Monday, July 28, 2014

Rest In Peace Millie

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


  1. It's never easy put an animal down, but you are helping them by putting her out of their misery. It was a week ago today that I had to put my 12 yr old greyhound down for the same thing. They are at Rainbow Bridge running and playing and feeling no pain. I'm sure you have alot of wonderful memories of her. They will be missed but NEVER forgotten.

  2. There is nothing I can say except that I am thinking of you and the kids-love dee x

  3. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    The joy and richness that Millie has brought to your world are gifts that I'm sure will keep giving throughout your life and those of your children.
    Blessings to all xx

  4. My heart goes out to you all as a family, how thoughtful of the children to want to dedicate a post to their beloved Millie. I lost my little dog a month ago he was my main reason for going for a walk daily it's not the same without him, like Millie he was already of an age when I adopted him and I'm not quite ready to get another dog just yet but when I do it will be a senior dog and I will give him a good retirement, knowing that you can't replace one with another but I will love them equally.

    Love to you and your family and a special hug for your mom.

    Margo on Vancouver island

    1. Thank Margo
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Good luck in finding the right dog for you in the future.

  5. I'm so glad your mother was compassionate enough to take both dogs as I think being separated from their family is more than enough trauma for them without being split up. How sad the children never visited their dogs again; perhaps seeing them again would have added to their sadness. I'm so sorry to hear about Millie; that is devastating and I do hope the remaining dog isn't in too much distress, or your mum and kids xx


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