Squirl's Nest

Sunday, October 16, 2005

A good friend gone

Seems like in blogland a lot of people are losing their beloved pets lately. Ichabod and I don't have any pets so I "adopt" them through other people.

Ichabod's parents' last three dogs have been female Afghans. The first, a beautiful blonde named Farrah, had passed before I met Ichabod. Then next, a mixed brindley kind of color, was a sweet thing named Alexandria. I loved her very much.

After she passed they decided they needed another Afghan. Cassie was a funny little black and tan hound-looking thing when they got her. She loved everyone. In fact, she was a little rambunctious which put people off a bit. If anyone here knows Afghans you know that, like cats, they don't do anything they don't want to.

But Ichabod's mother would take her to the seventh grade classes that she taught and Cassie was a gem. Well-behaved and well-loved by all. She was so good with people that she had even been certified as a Therapy Dog. That means she could go to nursing homes and places like that and just hang around for lots of love.

Around last March her moods seemed odd. She didn't respond as well. By June, when this picture was taken, she was starting to have seizures. Cassie just wasn't herself. They tried thyroid treatments, which is an Afghan problem, but that didn't really do it. The seizures got worse. She didn't seem to recognize people or be herself at all.

Two weeks ago, just four weeks after her sixth birthday, Ichabod's parents make the hard decision to let her go. We'll always remember the sweet girl that she was.



Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Awwww, Cassie, what a sweetheart. Was it her I met, or was it Alex?

Sun Oct 16, 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

OH! SO sad. And she was so young. I am so sorry. Hugs to everyone!

Sun Oct 16, 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Bucky, you met Alex, who was also a sweetheart.

Kranki, thanks. I'll send some hugs to Ichabod's mother who is missing her more than anyone right now. Cassie was too young to have this happen.

Sun Oct 16, 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

It sounds like Cassie blessed many in her short life. It takes a special dog to be a therapy dog. So I know Cassie had to be special. Sorry for your loss . . .

Sun Oct 16, 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nanina, thank you. You would have loved her. Ichabod's mom was planning on retiring after this year and next year they were going to do more therapy work.

I just left a comment at your site. We must have just crossed.

Sun Oct 16, 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Aw, Squirl, I am sorry. Hugs from me to you and Cassie's "mom," too. You are right, so much pet loss recently. I know Nina and I wrote about losses from a while back, but Eclectic, Sharkey Malarkey, and Recovering Straight Girl all just lost their doggies. Maybe others, too, that I'm not remembering. Too, too much loss. Blessings to all, and Thanksgiving for pets -- can't imagine life without them.

Sun Oct 16, 02:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Amber said...

Aww, hugs to you guys. I know how hard it is to lose someone so close. She sounds like a wonderful dog.

Is it just me or are the word verification thingies getting longer?

Sun Oct 16, 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Susie, thank you. You're right about life without pets. That's why I have to know people who have pets. I will pass your words along.

Amber, thanks, she was a great dog.

Word verification is sucky, but comment spam is worse. I think...


Sun Oct 16, 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger August95 said...

I am sorry you have lost a buddy. It sounds like she made a lot of ripples in her life.

Sun Oct 16, 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August, thank you. Yes, she did. She was a good one.

And I was just leaving a comment on your site as you left one here.

Sun Oct 16, 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

What is it... in the air or something? This whole dog-death thing going around has GOT to stop! Cassie looks like a sweetie-pie. I must admit, I've always thought of Afghans as the beautiful airheads of the doggie world, but after hearing about Cassie's therapy work, perhaps I should reconsider. I am so sorry for Ich's mom -- I know the pain, and it sucks. Give her my best, please, and keep some for yourself, too.

Sun Oct 16, 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Oh, Eclectic, I know this subject is so fresh and raw for you. I appreciate your comment a lot.

And, yes Afghans can be smart, they just tend to do what they want. She was a good therapy dog because she was a sweetheart and liked people so much.

Much love and hugs to you.

Sun Oct 16, 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

The hole that the death of a pet leaves in your life is unbelievable!
I hope that your mother-in-law will quickly fill this hole with a new dog to love.

Sun Oct 16, 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, you are so right. It's amazing how much "space" a pet can fill in your life.

I'm sure she'll be getting another dog one of these days. She's one of those kind of people who can't live without one.


Sun Oct 16, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Gosh dang it, icky sad posts. :(

Time to use the power of a security word: vebloc!

Sun Oct 16, 09:31:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, you're right this was sad. I'll change it now. Ve Bloc sad posts here today.

Not to say there won't be any in the future, though.

Mon Oct 17, 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Oh so sad! Such a pretty dog too! My heart goes out to you and Ichabod!

My Mom & Dad just told me that their dog, Princess, an Australian Blue Heeler has some form of cancer or something and has lumps covering her body--it's only a matter of time--it would be worse to put her through the intensive cancer care....She's been a part of the family for a good 12 or 13 years now...
It's like losing a really good friend, isn't it? It makes me want to cry....

Mon Oct 17, 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Effie, oh I'm so sorry for you about Princess. Pets get to be like family members. I know I always cry. Sometimes I cry a little, sometimes a lot. But they are part of the family.
Thank you.

Mon Oct 17, 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Okay, I KNOW I left a comment on here today. Or tried to, anyway. I must've messed up the secret word or something. I believe what I said was...

What a sweet tribute to your canine friend. HUGS to you, Squirl.

Mon Oct 17, 09:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, thank you. I'm sorry blogger ate your comment.

Tue Oct 18, 09:23:00 AM  

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