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RIP, Penny... - Jessie T. Wolf
January 28th, 2011
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RIP, Penny...
At 9pm tonight, Penny crossed the Rainbow Bridge...

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She was only 6 years old, but spent the last few years battling many health issues, one of which was a grade 5 heart murmur. Over the last couple of months she had been slowing down, and showing more signs of pain to her back legs, so we brought her into the vet and after having X-rays done, we discovered that her knees had been displaced and ground down to nearly nothing, and she required knee surgery. I was hesitant about putting her under with her heart condition, but if there was a chance that she might make a good recovery and be able to walk again free of pain, then I wanted to at least try.

Penny came through the operation very well... unfortunately the recovery from surgery was too hard on her. She began losing wait, refusing to eat, and eventually she became too weak to even get up. Tonight I found her near death in her bed, and I spent the last minutes of her life holding her, with my friends and roommates all around me. Everyone cried... we all made a toast to Penny. Everyone in this house loved her... at least she didn't die alone.

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Penny was lovingly referred to as The ChihuahuaCat. Since I originally brought her out to Vancouver with me from my Mom's house in Toronto, Penny used to live with about 60 cats, and as a result developed a lot of cat-like mannerisms, including sleeping on the arms of couches, and even meowing (yes, she *meowed*).

Her other nickname was The Destroyer of Worlds, because she was a tough little dog. She was never a yappy little ankle-biter, like a lot of Chihuahuas tend to be, but if another dog got in her face, she would never back down and would always stick up for herself. She had no fear. She was an awesome helper in training rehab dogs, as she had a very calm and confident nature to her, and her balanced energy helped other dogs feel comfortable.

She was a happy, affectionate little dog. We called her Helicopter-butt, because when she wagged her tail it spun around in circles. She used to "smile" when you got her really excited, by baring her teeth and snorting at you. She had a spot near the left side of her butt that looked just like a paw print, only missing one toe in the middle. We used to joke all the time about getting a Sharpie marker and drawing in the missing toe. :-P

For being the only small dog in the house, the guys here spoiled her rotten and loved her, even though she was a "rat-dog". She was the most loved Chihuahua ever. She will be sorely missed...

Here are some more pictures and video of my baby girl. I wanted to share her happy little self with my friends.

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RIP, Miss Penny...

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From:skookumpaws
Date:January 28th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear of your loss>>>My heart out to ya.**Hugs
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 28th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you, hon... *hugs*
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From:chibiabos
Date:January 28th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
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*tender pawhugs*

The one thing about being a doglover that makes me question the sanity of it is going through this way too often. :/ We're doomed to outlive our tailwagging companions again and again. :( Not fair! But ... just can't resist. I'm sure there are fantastic tortoises, parrots and elephants all of whom live much longer lives, but there's just something about dogs ...
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 28th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
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*nods* That's the saddest thing about owning a pet. But I'm glad I could be there for her and she wasn't alone. I was there for my German Shepherd Barkley before that, and I'll be there for my Rottie Jango when his time comes too. *hugs* Thanks for the kind words.
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From:okla_spiritdog
Date:January 28th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Sorry for your lost. =( At least she was happy and loved.
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 29th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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Thank you for your kind words...
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:January 28th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)

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I've been crying all day, and she wasn't even my dog... she was just that special...
I'm so glad to have known her.
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From:wlfdog
Date:January 29th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)

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Best pic you ever took of her. <:) I am totally using it on my new website, once it's up at the end of Feb. I love how she even got along with Taffy (fiery little dog standing up to a Pit Bull!). I will never have another dog like her. I think I'll try doing some art of her.
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:January 29th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)

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I just wish I'd gotten the chance to get more pictures of her... She was an amazing dog.
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From:vlen
Date:February 2nd, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
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Sorry to hear Jessie *hugs*
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From:wlfdog
Date:February 2nd, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
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Thanks Vlennie... *hugs*
From:jurekale
Date:April 8th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
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found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

From:cifegulo
Date:April 14th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
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I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your great points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

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