Our Missy Lady
by Randy Rienth
When she first came to our home
Three and a half years ago we mourned the loss of our male Mini Schnauzer Mr. Bud, it helped that Missy Lady was still with us. Missy came to us from a rescue in Tennessee when we were still living in Salem, NH. She was about 2-3 years old and had been in the wild (we think for her entire life up to that point.) She was with us for 13 years 1 month and 1 week and 5 days. Missy Lady was diagnosed three months ago with Lymphoma we chose not to do chemo as it would not cure but just delay the inevitable, as well as make her ill from the drugs. Instead we were giving her prednisone. She could live a mostly normal life and we could enjoy the time remaining with her as well as she with us.
She was the happiest little Girl, her tail always wagging even in her sleep. Over the years she lost all of her teeth so we soaked her kibbles in beef broth and added ground beef/rice. Her favorite treat was cooked carrots. She was a foodie to the max and always loved to clean pots and pans. During our afternoon walks we would always stop off to see her “Auntie Mattie and Uncle Bill” there were always pats and some yummy treats at their house.
Sunday morning she let us know that it was time for her to say goodbye. We spent final moments and said goodbye with her before the vet administered the sleeping medicine. As hard as that was to stay with her, it was only right and fair as she was always there for us. She was cremated and now rests on our place of honor shelf with Mr. Bud.
Missy thanks for all the great times we had, chasing chipmunks and snakes, exploring the dunes at the beach, meeting and greeting all the folks and dogs we met over the years. She had no fear other than loud noises, fireworks and thunder had her shaking, but I had seen her chasing coyotes, a full grown deer and much larger dogs. We use to call her devil dog when she kicked their butts, all 15 lbs. of her-lol.
I will see you and Mr Bud on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Love you Missy Lady