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    Posted November 28, 2012 by
    West Virginia
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    Loving and losing a dog: Your tributes

    Ceili: A Love Story

    Ceili was a stray and not the sort of dog I would have chosen to adopt. But when my border collie mix, JD, saw her, it was truly love at first sight. He brought his toys and his bones and laid them at her feet. I said we couldn't keep her, because my husband was terminally ill. The last thing I needed to deal with was a new dog in the house.

    But JD had different ideas. He pined for three days. He wouldn't play and he wouldn't eat. All he would do was wait and watch out the front door window for her to return. I finally relented, and Ceili came to live with us.

    Never was there a sweeter dog in the world. Gentle and friendly toward all, she made friends where ever she went. But stubborn, too. After taking her to an obiedence class, I often joked I would have gotten far more for my money if I had taken a cement block.

    She never played with any toy; never chased a ball. She very rarely ever barked. But she loved to sit quietly by the fence and watch cars go up the road. And she loved to go for long rambles in the woods. And she loved to eat.

    I had her for eight great years. Then a couple of months ago, she began exhibiting symptoms of pain. She was eventually diagnosed as having a brain tumor that was pressing on several nerves. She went blind and finally lost the ability to swallow. I administered pain medicine, fed her broth with a dropper, and waited for her to tell me it was time. But stubborn to the very end, she did not want to let go of life. Eventually, I had to make the decision for her. The vet came to the house and eased her passing into the next life.

    I miss her smile and the way she would tap my leg with her foot while I was working to have me stroke her head. I miss the little happy dance she would do when it was time to eat. JD and I grieve together over the loss of our gentle-spirited friend. It is strange how a dog that slept most of the day and hardly ever made a sound has left such a gaping hole in both of our hearts now that she's gone.
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