My Dear Lady

Lady is 18, a grand old age for a dog. One of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever known. Originally from Costa Rica, she came to me 10 years ago. Her haunches were worn bare, her nose brown and crusty, most of her teeth worn down from gnawing on the concrete in the shelter where she lived.

Over the last year, her age is starting to show. I noticed how skinny she was getting, like a bag of bones. Her hips are visible through fur and skin. She began to slip when jumping down from her chair; Her legs collapsing from underneath her.

Lately, she paces or stands in the middle of the room, staring into a world I cannot see. Sometimes, she barks and pauses over and over again. I wonder what she is looking at and what she thinks as she stands there. As I softly call her name, she snaps out of her reverie. Where ever she was, it wasn’t here. She wags her tail and comes to me for a pet.

I’m learning to predict her needs. I scoop her up and place her on the chair she can no longer jump upon. I let her out more often and put down pee pads. A lot of pee pads. She follows me everywhere as if she needs the comfort of my presence.

Watching her life wind down is bittersweet. I love the warmth of her body as she curls up beside me on the couch, and when she looks up at me, I take a mental picture to etch everything about her into my memory. These moments are coming to an end.

My dear Lady. I’m thankful she’s had a long life and that she spent most of it with me. For both our sakes, I hope she passes quietly in the night, lost in her dreams. I miss her already.

17 thoughts on “My Dear Lady

  1. My sweet little lady.

    On Sun, Feb 6, 2022, 8:43 AM Crazy Sunshine Jane, wrote:

    > Jane Elizabeth posted: ” Lady is 18, a grand old age for a dog. One of the > sweetest dogs I’ve ever known. Originally from Costa Rica, she came to me > 10 years ago. Her haunches were worn bare, her nose brown and crusty, most > of her teeth worn down from gnawing on the concrete” >

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  2. Sweet Lady, I know that look. Picking up my dogs when I knew they could never jump, loving them even more than I already did. It’s so hard. So good to see you, again, Jane. I hope she passes quietly in the night, too.

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  3. Dear Jane,

    Do you remember me, Woodland school chum Pam. I know how it feels to see your best furry friend beginning to fade away. I am so happy you have given Lady a loving home, I am positive animals are grateful for the chance to give their love and support to us.

    Going off subject, I have suffered from Panic Attacks/Disorder since I was a child. I am sure you remember I had to sit near the classroom door. Sadly at that time, the disorder was not recognized and it wasn’t until the 1980s Panic Disorder was finally beginning to be heard about. Before then I had no name to call my condition, along with my severe shyness and social anxiety. I finally received treatment in 1995, and I was able to at least get to a point that I could have some independence. But as life goes on and stresses that come up through the years, I am back to the way I was before. My long time therapist does understand, because I also suffer from severe chronic pain due to an inherited spinal condition. All that started in 2001 and my therapist says chronic pain and panic disorder isn’t a good mix.

    I wanted you to know I still remember our walks around the school yard and the talks we had.
    Kindest Regards, Pam

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    1. Pam! I’m so happy to hear from you. I would love to chat. Is there a way we can connect? Email? Facebook? This is going to sound crazy, but I thought of you just the other day and wondered how you’re doing.

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  4. Hello Jane,

    I really would love to have a email friend, I don’t do social media and I am not computer savvy, but I have a cousin on Facebook, I am hoping she can get me your email. I will keep you posted here, I hope very soon we can connect.

    Much Love, Pam

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  5. Jane, I’ve sent you a email from my email to the address above, I hope you have received it. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a computer savvy person and use a basic email address. Pam

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  6. Dear Jane, I am sorry if I keep asking, I’ve tried your email address and hope my emails are coming to you. Please let me know. Much Love, Pam

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  7. Jane, I hope there isn’t a computer glitch, hopefully you receive them soon, I will also keep checking both my email and this site. Pam

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  8. Jane, I just sent you a email from another address I have. The one I was trying may have gone dormant, because when I sent a email this morning to my cousin, she said it came into her spam. Hope you receive the new email I sent. Pam

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  9. Hi, I received your email and wrote you this morning and sent a photo. Like I said before, I use a simple email so check your spam, I just hope my emails get to you, sorry I’m such a worrier. Thanks. Pam

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