Monday, August 15, 2011

Rosie...

April 1993 - August 2011
Last Monday I had to say good bye to my sweet girl, Rosie. Rosebud....Rose Mose...Miss Rose...

I got Rosie when she was about 7 weeks old...she was so stinkin' cute. I had moved out into a one-bedroom apartment by myself...a little apartment out in the country. It was a mess. I remember taking my mom out to see it and she immediately said, "You are NOT living out here."

Well...I had already made up my mind. I was going to live there. So in true mom and dad spirit...they helped me fix it all up. We painted and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned...and cleaned. It was pretty bad...but we had a vision. My dad installed a new shower surround...I had carpet and linoleum installed...and before we knew it, it was a cute little apartment.

I moved in...and a week or so later along came Rosie girl. That was 18 years ago...

Rosie has been with me through 4 moves...she was there when I met Chris...and when the boys were born. She's been with me longer than any of them have...Rosie had seniority. (I kid...pretty much.)

In the last few years Rosie's health began to deteriorate. And I knew that the time was coming...I knew I'd have to make a really hard decision at some point. She had health issues...but they didn't seem to stop her. She ate and drank and kept herself spotless clean. But in the last few weeks she was starting to move a little slower...to walk gingerly...and she ate less and less.

I knew...it was time.

So...I did the right thing.

Her little indentation is still on the back of the sofa pillow...her favorite place to lay next to the front window. I don't have the heart to fluff it up...

I miss her like crazy.

11 comments:

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Ohhhh, so sorry that life is hard like that. {Hugs}.
Heaven will indeed be beautiful without death. (And that's just the tip of the iceberg!)

MAYBELLINE said...

This difficult time will lessen in pain as the memories fill the void.

Pets give us so much pleasure that's why this time hurts so much.

Hope you have a momento representing Rose for your garden. Perhaps you could plant a rose in her name. Take care.

Denise said...

oh dear. I feel your pain. Pets provide us with so much pleasure unless of course, you have a puppy). Take care Michelle. I will be thinking of you.

Shannon Holzem said...

I'm so sorry for your lose. You made the best decision you could for your dear Rosie. I know exactly how you feel. I have had cats live to be 18 and 21. It has been years since they have been gone. But I still feel him around me sometimes. I hope the memories you have of her will help you through this time. She will always be with you!
Shannon

You Can Call Me Jane said...

Oh, sweet Michelle! I am so sorry. Your last act (like all the others) was done in love.

Nancy said...

she's a pretty little thing. goodbyes are always so hard. so sorry, dear friend.

Shannon said...

So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a dear companion and a sweet kitty.

{{{Hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry, Our pets are family to us, and it's so hard to let go. Thinking of you, praying for you.

Eloise

Christina said...

that is never easy, but we mama's know when it's time.
there is a place in heaven for our furry, sweet children.
bless~
xo

Carissa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, pets are like family... So loyal.

So so sorry.
Love Carissa

Michelle said...

:::hug:::