It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Heidi, our beloved german shepherd. We had the great pleasure of being Heidi's family for the past 7 years. I can still remember the excitement and anticipation of the adoption process all those years ago. Heidi was absolutely gorgeous and it was love at first sight for us when we saw her picture on our computer screen. We adopted her from Lost Dog & Cat Rescue out of Northern VA.
Her story brought sadness to all who knew it. For you see, Heidi had been chained to a tree with no shelter, food or water. A utility worker saw her and reported it to the humane society. (If only I could thank that person for saving her.) When she was rescued, she tested positive for heart worms. The tips of her ears were scarred from fly bites. And she was extremely timid. But we loved her and brought her into our home.
Heidi enjoyed life with us to the best of her ability. I can only imagine that she was abused by the dominant male in her household prior to coming to us as she was always timid around Mike. He has the patience of a saint. I think many would have taken her back but Mike loved her and worked with her to show Heidi that she no longer had anything to fear. Heidi loved him the best way she knew how and Mike was always overjoyed to receive a lick on the hand or face.
Although no one knew exactly how old she was, it is our guess that she was 13-14 years old. Last night she failed suddenly and had problems walking, keeping her balance and even drinking water. We knew what needed to be done... Our final gift to Heidi today was letting her go "home." It gives us great joy amidst the tears to know that she is now complete and her sweet spirit is restored, no longer subject to the horrible abuse that she must have endured all those years ago.
So in memory of Heidi, I'm asking that you give your four-legged companions an extra belly rub and an extra helping of sweet whispers in their ears.
I am blessed to be a wife, mother, sister and daughter of a very loving family. My husband and I have a 7 year old daughter who is truly a gift from God. We enjoy our life together and try to make time for the simpler joys of life!