Missing Miss Abbey


This is a photo that I took a few years ago of Abbey (right) and our then new puppy Penny. This picture makes me smile because I had so very much fun watching the two of them play that day – as I did many, many subsequent days.

It also makes me laugh because it seemed as though Abbey was coaching her “baby sister” on just how much mischief a pup is allowed to get into without getting into trouble.  When she herself was a babe, Abbey was very good at inventing games, such as nibbling the buttons off my sweaters – which would be followed by her giving me a thoroughly happy puppy grin and a nub wag, and by her inviting her older sisters, Lucy and Ginger, to play.

Abbey loved all of her sisters, including ol’ Peachy who came along a few years after Penny. But Abbey and Penny were best buds and their antics were consistently amusing. They played lots of chase and tug of war and vied for the most snacks, the most belly rubs and the best position on the sofa. Abbey always got the most snacks, but I think that they were pretty equal on the belly rubs … and the best position on the sofa was that closest to my head.

Being next to me on the sofa wasn’t enough. Miss Abbey was a Mama’s-girl. She always followed me around the house, looking up into my face, and it always made me happy to see her right there by my side.

We had to say goodbye to Abbey recently, after she was stricken with an aggressive form of cancer. Abbey was loving, sweet and gentle, playful and joyful … and too young for us to have to say goodbye to her. And we miss her dearly.


22 responses to “Missing Miss Abbey

  1. Even though I haven’t been to the house in awhile, I have fond memories of the girls. I enjoyed sitting and cuddling with Lucy, Abbey, and Ginger. I’m sorry to hear about Abbey’s illness and your loss.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are truly family. They bring such light into our lives, and don’t ask for much in return. My two best dog friends have been gone almost 10 years and I still miss them every day.

  3. So sorry to hear about Abbey! She was such a sweetie, I’ll miss having her sit beside me while I work when I’m staying with you 😦 It’s SO hard to lose a pet especially when you have to make the difficult decision of letting them go rather than having them suffer. You know it’s for the best but it still breaks your heart.

  4. Very sorry for your loss, Miss Abbey looked like a sweet little one. My parents had to put their dog to sleep last week ~ always sad to loose a pet, they give so much and ask so little.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My little Otis has be gone just over two months and I can’t express how much I miss his smiling little face every morning. Because they can not be with us any longer we are blessed with the memories that will last a life time, until we shall meet them again.

  6. Oh I am so saddened to read this. Putting down a dear animal friend is the hardest thing to do. We had to do it with our beloved Poochie when I was a Senior in High School. She’d been with us since my 4th birthday. I still remember my mother crying into the bacon 3 days afterwards. It’s as upsetting as loosing a human friend or relative.

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