On Friday we said good-bye to our dear girl.
|Mulligan - 1999|
We brought her home and added her to our crew. She joined our cat Phantom, and dogs Bailey and Cinder. She was gentle and soulful.
She was adventurous in her youth. She dug holes and chased chipmunks. The snow would drift over our 4 foot fence in the winter, and she would go exploring. But never too far, and we always quickly got her back into the yard.
She loved bananas. She loved all food.
We only had her 3 days when our husky bit her and tore her eye open. That was a terrible day. Rushing to the vet with her screaming in my arms. Blood everywhere. Her eye was uninjured, but her eyelid was permanently damaged. I thought her beautiful anyway.
People always noticed and commented on the beauty of our dogs. Only one person (a young boy) ever said "I like the black one best". A bump on her nose required surgery when she was about five years old, and she managed to get porcupined once. She hated the water. She ate poop.
She never learned to fetch. She never walked a straight line. She had the most beautiful golden brown eyes. She would scratch our chairs as we watched tv when she wanted a pet but she wasn't a cuddler. She liked me to hold her paw as she laid beside my chair.
Even though she was a quiet girl, the silence in the house now is deafening. There's no slobber to wipe off the floor. She was a lady with a gentle heart. She was the last one of our original crew, and now she is gone. Fourteen years went by with the blink of an eye.
I loved her. I miss her terribly. She was my Miss Mulligan.
|Mulligan - 2010|