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March 04, 2005

yorkshire terriers

For years, my mom and dad had two dogs: Macho and Muppet. They were both Yorkies and they were damn good dogs. Macho wasn't afraid of anything except Muppet. Muppet wasn't afraid of ANYTHING.

Those little fuckers weighed less than a few steaks I've eaten, but they were bred to go down holes and catch live rats. They are smart, courageous little dogs. They may not be big in stature, but they have hearts like a lion. I loved those dogs.

I put both of them down, about two months apart, at the vet's office (Oh, MY! Beth should have a REALLY clever comment on this post). My dad was dying at the time, both dogs got cancer and my mama didn't have the heart to do it, so I did.

One at a time, I held them both when the vet slipped the needle into the leg-vein they use for the job. One quiet sigh and the lights went out. Nothing left after that but a dead dog and a lot of memories. I did that twice.

My father died and my brother and I bought "Fancy," another Yorkie, as a Christmas present for my mama. ($400 for a pup that would fit in my jacket pocket at the time.) Fancy has been my mama's companion for 11 years now, and she's dying of grief from what she sees happening to my mama. Yorkies are smart, emotional dogs, and I just hope that I don't have to do to her what I did with Macho and Muppet.

I like Fancy a lot.

Comments

You'll give her a home I'm sure. If you like her she's bound to like you. And she knows you're family.

Posted by: Nelly on March 4, 2005 07:01 PM

I realize that this is inappropriate given the context, but is there anything funnier than the idea of a stud Yorkie? Two pounds of rompin', stmopin', bow-on-his-head sexual dynamite.

Posted by: BlogDog on March 4, 2005 09:26 PM

I had to put down both of my dogs, remember Higgins and Aggie? They were very good dogs and I loved them like they were my kids. Veryu hard to do.

Posted by: Catfish on March 4, 2005 11:08 PM

I agree with you all about the dogs, but would you feel the same way about a cat? I may have to put my wife's cat down one day and to be honest, I'm kinda looking forward to it.

Does that make me eeeeevilllllll?


Posted by: clonefan on March 4, 2005 11:46 PM

I love Yorkies! I had two while growing up.
Right now I have a Silky, my husband promised our neighbor if anything happened to her, we'd take her beloved DeeDee.
well, that day came and DeeDee is letting my two other monster sized dogs know WHO exactly is the BOSS in our house!

Posted by: Maeve on March 5, 2005 01:00 AM

Yorkies or mutts, dogs are great 'panions for the elderly. My mother would be gone yesterday if it wasn't for our mutt, and vise versa..
Cats are , um ok, they just sit on a different step.

Posted by: murry on March 6, 2005 02:51 AM
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