A Tribute to Miniature Schnauzer Annie

by Sarah
(Florida)

my last night with Annie

my last night with Annie

I have had the joy of knowing my Annie for 12 and a half years. She was such an amazing girl. She never wanted to disappoint me and never had an accident no matter how long she had to wait. I could kiss on her tummy and make her smile. It was so amazing to see her mouth move into a smile!

When she was 4 years old she began to have petit mal seizures that would only last for about 30 seconds. She would seek me out and I would scoop her up and hold her while she stared back at me. We had quite and amazing bond. I could pick her up and she would look at me for a few minutes and never break her gaze. I could just see the love in her eyes!

On August 11, 2010 I got home from work to find her laying at the door having a grand mal seizure. As I began to cry and pick her up, she urinated on herself. I just held her until it was over. Afterwards she was back to her usual happy and loving self. Something in me just wanted to take pictures of her. I grabbed my camera and took a multitude of photos with her. God knew why. I fed her a wonderful meal of ground meat followed by a treat. We then layed on the couch and she buried herself under the cover as she always did. I layed down right next to her for hours. We went to bed as usual that night. I tucked her in right beside me.

At 6:46 A.M. August 12,2010 she woke me up with unusual breathing. I began to freak. I called my mom crying and she told me it sounded as though she was dying. I called the vets office waiting to see if I could rush her in. I took Annie outside so she could use the bathroom. After she finished urinating, she collapsed on the grass. I picked her up and laid her on my bed. Vet's office still had no answer. I laid with her and sang "You are my sunshine". Finally I got through to the vet and rushed my Annie in.

When I got there the vet listened to her heart and informed me all she could do was hear fluid and needed to be given meds immediately. I gave my baby a kiss and watched as she tried to get out the vets arms and back into mine. I will never forget her face as she was squirming to be with me. If I any indication of the events that would follow, I would have gone back and never let her out of my sight.

I stayed in town for hours waiting to hear something. I finally went home after the vet informed me she had gotten a chest x-ray and was trying to reduce the edema in her lungs. At 11:45 the vet called and said she had not changed but they had given her lasik and heart medication to get her breathing under control. At 1:55 pm the vet called back to say she passed away on them. I fell to the ground screaming and crying. I had just lost my heart and best friend and I was not there with her as she died.

Once I got to the vet I asked why I had not been notified of her deterioration. The vet told me she did not think I would want to have seen her that way. I advised her I would have been there for her no matter what because Annie was my world and I loved her so much. My angel died wondering her momma was and why I was not there. The vet brought my girl wrapped in a white towel and laid her on the table. I picked my baby up for the last time and held her while in shock that she didn't look at me like she always did. I took her home and laid her in the ground under a beautiful tree where I talk to her daily.

I have never known a better, more loving, or beautiful dog in my life and I am forever changed for knowing her. Annie passed 08/12/10 at 1:54 pm. from heart failure and I cry constantly for her.

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Oct 01, 2010
My heart aches with you
by: Dolores Lawson

Tears came to my eyes as I read your tribute to Annie. I know how bad you feel not being there with her but she knows that you loved her. She knows you did not abandon her. I too have a pet that I loved for almost 16 years but I had to make that fateful decision to have her put down and it tore my heart up. She has been at the bridge for four years now. Yesterday was her birthday and I cried missing her so much. So I fully understand what you are going through. My dog was not a pet she was my precious baby.

Sep 28, 2010
response to everyone
by: Sarah

Thank you all for the kind words. It is nice to know there are others out there who feel close to their pets and consider them family. Annie was just simply amazing and I loved her more than she could have ever known. She went through so many of my life's changes. I got her at 17 right before our family schnazuer had to be put down. She was with me through my parents divorce as well as my own. I am thankful to have been blessed with her. (She was a pet store dog) and had my heart when she nibbled my shoe laces and licked my nose at 7 weeks old. I know she is free of pain and I was able to lay her to rest wrapped in her favorite blanket under her favorite tree in my 7 acre yard. God bless all of you

Sep 28, 2010
Wish you could read this annie
by: From Greece

Little annie

I hope wherever you are now, you can receive the same love that you mommy gave to you when you where together .i am very sad after reading this tribute..we all know that one day we will gave to facebook the same problem.. Wish my dog could reach my years and grow old together...

Take care..

Sep 27, 2010
My heart is with you
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Annie. I know there are no words to describe how you feel. They ask for so little and we want to give them everything. I can tell from your description that you had a true heart connection with that little girl. Even when we are not physically together, we are in spirit. Right now there is so much grief, it's hard to feel that that connection never ends. As time passes, love will outweigh the grief. You did not fail her, you gave her a wonderful loving life. Saying prayers for strength to get through these difficult times and to find some peace in your heart.

Sep 26, 2010
May God bless you Now
by: Anonymous

I can only say this made me cry for you knowing the love I have for my 4 year old schnauzer Lola.I pray God will comfort you in this time of grief!I can imgin the pain when she i not by your side .I only home you will get another schnauzer pup.I know it will not be Annie!But the love they can give is such a blessing each one .I also have a very close bond to my schnazerso I feel your pain.You did all you could and gave her such love and devotion back.

Sep 26, 2010
Thinking of you
by: Sandra

I was so sad reading your tribute for your little angel Annie. I am crying as I write this because I too lost my little angel Tia 5 weeks ago yesterday under tragic circumsatnces also.
The pain is unbearable when you loose your soul mate so suddenly and the sadness comes and goes but never leaves you. I called a pet bereavemnt line and they were brilliant in helping me understand my feelings of despair. It was good to talk to someone who could help me through the maize of emotions I was feeling. The one thing they said that helps me be strong is that as long as I remember her she will live forever in my heart. She may have left me physically but lives on in my memories. The person I have become because of her presence in my life and the depth of grief I feel for her is tribute alone to how much she was loved and loved me in return. I am so sorry for your loss. Grief for our angels is the roughest of all storms to weather so ride it, embrace it and live in hope as I do that the sun will shine one day. God bless you and little Annie. Light and Love Sandra and Tia. xxxx

Sep 26, 2010
Dog = god
by: Dee

I am still crying for you and your loss of Annie, she was one of gods most perfect creations, dog, god backwards, she is waiting at the bridge, playing with all my boxers.

Sep 26, 2010
A Wish for You
by: Teresa Johnson

AS I read your sad and loving story about your Annie, I was brought to tears. I know very well how we love our precious little ones, but more importantly, how deeply they show love to us...pure devotion. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand that it does take time to get to a point where you can even write down and share what a tremendous loss you have gone through. That one regret that you have about not being there and the "less than perfect" goodbye and reassurance to your sweet Annie pulls at my emotions so strongly. I wish I could help you through that need to have been there for her. As for me, that has been the most difficult feeling of emotions and regrets to overcome in my loss. I felt robbed of something so needed for my baby at that time. Here are prayers and a wish for you peace with a sense that through your love for Annie, you did what any good mommy would do...seek medical help and assistance in making her better as soon as possible. Sounds like she knew you loved her dearly. Best wishes from a stranger with warm, heartfelt feelings for your loss.
Sincerely,
Teresa

Sep 26, 2010
This breaks my heart.
by: The Sassy 7 Pack

Hi Sarah,

I was soooooooo sad to read your story about Annie, Please know I will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. When my first mini died, I thought I would never get another dog again, but after only a few months I bought another mini, and you would be surprised at how this will help you to heal. My new mini did not replace my first one, but it did help to heal my broken heart. It has been many years now since my Muffin died, and I still remember the fond memories and great moments we had together. Big hugs to you.

Sep 26, 2010
Hugs and more hugs
by: Anonymous

I read your story and felt so much deep sympathy for you. We have a 10 yr old male, named Sebastian and he has been my rock and soul companion for 10 yrs. Such a good, good schnauzer he is. I know that one day I will go through the pain you are bearing. Just know that Annie is at the bridge with so many others to frolic and play with. She misses you, I am sure, but with time the pain will lessen. Please know that there are many, many others that are feeling your loss and thinking of you. There will be brighter days ahead and the memories will always be there.
Hugs and more
Wishing you comfort and peace
Denise

Sep 26, 2010
SO SAD FOR ANNIE
by: Anonymous

so sad to hear of your loss, the thought that one day I will lose my Jack is unbearable.

Sep 26, 2010
Annie's Loving Heart
by: Becky C.

I am so sorry that you lost your loving and devoted friend Annie. She sounds like a true friend of the heart. I truly believe that you will meet her again and when you do she'll be happy and in no pain. I'm sending you a virtual hug (~) and prayers for comfort.


Sep 26, 2010
Annie
by: Anna

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Gus on March 31, 2010 and this brought it all back. Gus was only with us for 7 years, he had lymphoma cancer and we were blessed to have him for 8 months after diagnosis. Your Annie knew you were with her in spirit and knew the love you had for her even if you weren't with her at the end. I will pass on this prayer that was given to me when Gus went to the Rainbow Bridge and joined my husband that I lost 3 years ago. My comfort is that they are together waiting for Max and me.
"Lord we thank you for sharing one of your special creations. Our only hope is that we were worthy in your eyes to have had this blessing."
Anna and Max

Sep 25, 2010
Weeping for your loss...
by: Jeanette Silvey

I wept openly reading your story.. As I know I would of felt the same way for my little Gambit..He is my world and I am still crying while I type this.. Please know that your beautiful Annie is waiting on the Rainbow Bridge for you and is in no pain now!!! God Bless you..

Sep 25, 2010
Annie
by: Diana Chiew

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches and tears rolled down my cheeks. I am sorry that you were not there by Annie's side and that Annie did not have you by her side when she left. That was very sad. Hope you'll be strong and think of all the happy times that you have spent with Annie. I am sure Annie is up there looking over you!!

Sep 25, 2010
My deepest sympathies
by: Jennifer

My heart is breaking for you and I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you will find some comfort knowing that we are thinking of you in your time of sorrow. I hope the good memories of Annie will bring you some peace. It's such a difficult thing to lose such a beloved family member. I'll say a prayer for you and Annie.

Sep 25, 2010
Annie!
by: KG ~ Ebenezer's "mom"

My heart aches for you for the loss of your beloved Annie.
Here is the story titled "Rainbow Bridge"
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they each miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling to each other in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together........
Author Unknown

Sep 25, 2010
Sweet Angel Annie
by: Schnauzers Rule

Sarah - May you somehow find strength and comfort in the beautiful memories you have of sweet Annie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. A virtual candle has been lit for Annie, too!

Sharing in your sorrow and thinking of you in prayer ~Schnauzers Rule

Sep 25, 2010
Prayers with you, as your remember your honey!
by: Anonymous

I understand your pain, the schnauzers are wonderful loving pets and make a perfect addition to a family. Your wonderful Annie had 12 awesome years with you as her parent. She is watching over you, and as you mourn, she wants to remind you to remember the happy times. Times like these are hard and often unbearable, but remember the good, fun times you enjoyed with her and she is doing that about her times with you!

Sep 25, 2010
Greiving with you!!
by: Barbara Masters

My heart breaks along with yours. We have a mini schnauzer named Annie too. We thought we were loosing her this summer too, but it ended up being a gall bladder attack. I don't know if I could take it if we had lost her. She is 10 y/o and is our life. You story is precious, and I can just feel the love you and your Annie had for each other. I know she knew how much you loved her. I'm sorry she didn't get to pass away in your arms. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you.

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