Seven years ago, when I was pregnant with my now almost 6 year old. My mum saw an ad in the paper, looking for a good home for a schnauzer and a poodle. My mum had been looking for another dog for a while, so resolved to take the schnauzer. She arranged to drive down and pick it up from the family, who were divorcing. It was very very sad, as the parents were both separating into new homes, where dogs were not allowed. As you may imagine, the children in the family were distraught at the prospect of their family breaking up and then to lose the dogs on top of that, must have been terrible for them.
When mum realised the situation, she offered that they could visit the dogs any time they liked. Mum has never heard from them since that day, but the memory of those very sad kids is something she says was most distressing.
Mum had arranged to take the schnauzer, but as the new poodle owner never turned up, the owner told mum, if she didn't take both dogs, she couldn't have either of them.
She knew I was looking for a dog too, but we were uncontactable and away on holidays, so she made the snap decision to take both dogs. She also didn't know I was pregnant yet, as I had had so many miscarriages that we never told anyone, until the pregnancy was very well established.
When she told me what she had done. I told her of my situation and that I was in no position to take a badly behaved dog, which they really were, especially Millie.
My mum is definitely a dog whisperer and a very kind lady and slowly the dogs have settled down and had a lovely life with mum for the last 7 years.
Millie is still much naughtier than the schnauzer, Billie, but she is much improved
and my kids absolutely love her.
So it was with great sadness that we found out yesterday that Millie has cancer. We have resolved to get her put down today, as it is quite advanced and she is in quite a bit of distress.
My kids are very sad and wanted me to write a blog post about her, so she will be remembered for ever.
Rest in Peace Millie