My Dearest Loving Chance,
It was in December 18, 2007 when I was still greiving over the loss of my beautiful blue merle Maggie Mae. She had left this world on August 30, 2007, cancer was her fate.
I raised her from a puppy, she was my consumate mate, my service dog in the end and my BEST FRIEND. We did everything together. I wrote a tribute to her, which did not do much justice for her for all she had given me in my life.
Then one night about 9 pm something said, turn on your computer, go to pet finder and look! I did, and what did I see but a pure bred aussie with a white angel head, brown eyes, blue merle, and a full white collar! JUST GORGEOUS. I thought to myself, this is to good to be true! I called the number immediately, and the humane officer said, yes, he was just posted and first come first served.
I said, no, an aussie has to have a place to roam, a job and I have all over the above with ten acres. The next morning a drove 2 1/2 hours to the rescue place only to have the door locked right as I pulled up. They were shutting down for lunch. I waited and waited and when then unlocked the door I said I am here to see Jake, (that was your name at the time). Well, they went back to get you and you came screaming around to the front completely ignoring me.
WOW, you were beautiful, blue merle, with a white head black around each eye and a blue dot in the corner of each eye. You had perfect ears, half black, half white and a white collar that completely encompassed your head and shoulders. You were outrageously the most beautiful aussie I had ever seen!!! You were mine! Rather, I was yours.
I ran to petsmart and got you a harness and a leash to match (red) and paid a whole $25.00 for you. You jumped into the back of my explorer and were were off to your furever home! You road like a dream, lying in the back on a blanket I had brought for you. 2 1/2 hours through the worst rain storm I had ever driven in. We pulled in the drive and you went nuts! Jumping for joy, knowing you were home at last! You were hungry so I fed you a homemade meal as Maggie had left some behind in the freezer for you. Then I put a blanket next to my bed and you laid down on it. Sleeping like you were so exhausted. I would look over to see if you were still there during the night and you were!! I could not believe my eyes at your beauty and that you were really mine. Maggie had sent you because she knew mommy needed you and you needed me.
We were inseperable, going grocery shopping together, the hardware store, the hospital when mommy was sick. 11 days you stayed at my side at the hospital when I went through back surgery! Of course you were a full blown service dog by then. By the way you passed your cert with flying colors! You would give mommy high fives, roll over, dance, prance,with your show dog style. But most of all we were in love and you were the love of my life.
Then one day I discovered a lump under your right arm pit. The vet said a fatty tumor but it got bigger and bigger until, I finally said remove it, it looks bad. So the vet removed it and it was cancer. He sent me to a doggie oncologist and you went through another surgery to get clean margins. You wore a round ball for a drain around your neck, never biting at it, nor bothering it. You took your meds on time and did everything Dr. Gillings told you to do. You then healed and went through 4 chemo treatments. You rebounded like the champion I knew you were!
Mommy would take you for your ultra-sounds and x-rays and all was good. Then last December 2012, you started to cough. This was two years post cancer. I took you to the vet and he said you were FINE!! I knew you were not. So back to the oncologist. She did the ultra sound again and you had fluid around your lungs. She said you were not in distress but nothing more we could do. Mommy died inside.
But you fought and fought. You danced that night in the yard. Then you rested for the next two days taking all your meds. I asked you if you wanted your yogurt and you perked up. I drove to the store to get it and when I returned you did not greet me at the back door. You greeted me at the bedroom door instead. You were winded. I got your yogurt and you were excited! I told you to jump up on the bed and I would feed it to you. You did, but gave a big sigh, I rolled you over immediately, and you looked me straight in the eyes and said, "good-bye". I died, inside, I had lost you.
You went so peacefully, yet never let on that this was going to be it! You never, ever caused me pain. Just happiness, joy, and lots of questions about where I got the most beautiful aussie anyone had ever seen and I just say he was a gift was Heaven, God and Maggie sent him for 5 short years to live with me and I am the blessed one.
I will miss you forever big guy. Your beauty is unsurpassed, but your loyalty, love and compassion will forever be in my heart. Today is Memorial Day. You went to the Bridge on the 27th of January, 2014, and it has taken me until now to write this tribute because I still can't see beyond my tears.
I love you Mr. Man, and you taught me so much Chance (second Chance around) that I could never begin to know where to start. Send me another you when it is time. Rescue you? You rescued me my Dearest Chance. Rest in Peace, your earthly body is in the back yard where you used to hear the cows (the girls as you called them).You are wrapped in your favorite quilt, and your service vest was draped over you with your harness and leash. You were only 10 years old, and I got the best five of those ten and I hope you did too.
I love you and miss you so much. I see you in the big ole' yard and running outside in the snow, and drinking from your water bowl after mowing 2 plus acres of lawn in the hot summer with mommy. I see you every where on the ole' farm. God bless you honey-----and a big high five-----look down and you will see mommy's tears, send me another aussie pick just the right one cause Maggie picked you for me and she knew mommy could not live without an aussie, but a very special one just like you.
You are running with Maggie in those fields at the Bridge, wait for me, please as I am coming to meet with you one day so we all can cross that bridge together!
I love you baby, beautiful baby, you fought for me, and you went in PEACE. That is how you lived your life, in peace not the hell you had to endure the first five years of your life. I hope I did you well, for you did everything for me.
I could go on and on, but you and I know, we had the best life together and I will love you FOREVER AND EVER my Dearest CHANCE at the Bridge, Wait for me!