Sunday, December 09, 2007

Mavis and the Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection that Kermit sang in The Muppet Movie is still one of my all time favorite songs. Even when I was a kid, the song would make me cry when I heard it because rainbows and all the hopes and dreams that they symbolize, hold a special, unexplained place in my heart.

On Saturday, I found myself singing this song to sweet Mavis, the wonder Corgi as I helped her over the rainbow bridge.







Mavis
Dec. 22, 1992 - Dec. 8, 2007


We took her into the vet with the intention of scheduling surgery for a blown disc in her back and found by accident that she had huge cancerous tumors on her liver and lungs. Saying goodbye and having to make the decision to let her go is the hardest thing we've ever had to do. We spent a third of our lives with her. She was like the middle child. She vacationed with us, shared our food (even though we know she wasn't supposed to) and endured the brattiness of two kids. She loved the beach and the snow (and got to play in the first snowfall we had on Wed.), hated cameras and lightning and refused to fetch anything. She escaped from the yard anytime she was given a chance, chewed the buttons off of my handknit Annie Modesitt corset (yup, she ruined it), jumped on the furniture when she thought we wouldn't notice and rolled in yucky stuff everytime we gave her a bath. The daughter of champion AKC registered Corgis, she'd agressively herd you in the direction she wanted you to go in at a moments notice. She shed non-stop (I'll be vacuuming up her fur for many, many months), gave us big kisses with her Gene Simmons-like Corgi tongue and was the most fiercely loyal friend you could ever ask for.

Mavis wasn't with us nearly long enough but the time she shared with us will last a lifetime. We were so blessed to be owned by such a loving animal. Thank you for choosing us, sweet Mavi.

19 comments:

Nikki said...

Oh T - I'm so sorry...

Nik said...

As a fellow dog owner, I feel your pain. I know that decision would have been a difficult one for me to make as well.

You're in my prayers, hon.

Shanti said...

Letting go of such a wonderful and beloved pet is so difficult. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Punkin said...

I am sorry.

Leslie Shelor said...

Much sympathy for your loss. Mavis sounds like she was a wonderful companion; she'll certainly be missed.

Keowdie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Even though I gripe & complain about our dogs, I know it will break my heart when they leave us, and I'm sad to think that you guys are going through that now.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so heartbreaking to lose a pet - I have a few tears in my eyes after reading your post. May you find comfort in remembering happy times with her.

Robin said...

Oh T...I'm SO sorry, I know the pain you are all going through right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
With Sympathy:
They will not go quietly,
the pets who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.

Old habits still can make us think
we hear them at the door
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them...
and always will.

– Author unknown

emmy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your post is a lovely tribute to Mavis and I am sure she knew just how loved she was. Thinking of you....

Pam! said...

i'm so sorry for your loss. We had to make a similar decision in '06 for our Morgan and stories like this bring it all back. It's amazing how much pets infiltrate our hearts & lives and how very much they are missed.

KnitNana said...

Ah I'm so sorry. She was such a darling, and I know you'll miss her terribly...
There's a little blonde angel kitty who'll help her along when she gets there, show her the ropes and keep her company till we get there...
You and your family are in my thoughts...
(((((hugs)))))

Renee said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet. You are in my thoughts.

La said...

hugs to you. That's a hard decision to make, but it's the right one. Now she can ber whole again, playing with other puppies.

Diana said...

I'm sorry Tanya, that is a tough time for everyone. We've had to do that too. Blessings to your family.

Sandra said...

Please accept my condolences; losing a friend and companion is never easy...especially when they are also beloved.

Anonymous said...

I"m so sorry to hear of Mavis. you are in my thoughts. - Amy Boogie

eyeleen said...

I'm so sorry. She was very lucky to have you and your family. Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

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