Goodbye Princess Twinkletoes

“I found a dog for you”, she said. And on the face of it, this seemed a strange thing to say because I wasn’t looking for a dog.  I was 22. I lived in an apartment. I was newly engaged. I could barely afford to feed myself. I needed a dog like I needed a hole in my head.

I brought her home all the same. How could you not? Before a year old her hips and shoulders broken, she was eating rocks, her litter of puppies died. How could you not look at that face and take her home?

And then Mr. Spit and I learned about the cost of the free dog. She ate 3 seat-belts. Destroyed countless blinds. A pound of butter. Howled when left alone. Destroyed 2 kennels and my father in law’s carpet.

She quietly, over the years, turned into a wonderful dog. The sort of dog that everyone knew, the sort of dog that had a bit of a following.

And last night, as I lay by her bed one last time, trying to say good-bye, I found myself saying thank you instead. I wasn’t looking for a dog- but a dear and faithful companion found me all the same. She found me, she chose me and she has been with me these not quite 13 years.

So, I didn’t say good-bye. I thanked her. I wasn’t looking for a dog, but she was looking for me.


“The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less
binding moral responsibilities than the friendship of a
human being. The bond with a dog is as lasting as the
ties of this earth can ever be.”
– Konrad Lorenz

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15 Responses to Goodbye Princess Twinkletoes

  1. Alicia Millis says:

    Oh no 🙁 so sorry. hugs and thoughts

  2. vablondie says:

    So sorry. It is so hard to lose a dog. They leave such a large hole in your heart when they leave.

  3. Mr. Spit says:

    So true. And this post has me tearing up again, as I read it again.

    Maggie-dog, always faithful.

  4. debby says:

    The loss of a life-companion always, always hurts like hell. No matter what the species.

  5. Julie says:

    Such a wonderful dogga. I am so sorry she is not greeting you at home today. I don’t want to project my beliefs but I have to pass along that I immediately thought how she is now with Gabriel. xoxo

  6. Maureen says:

    I’m so sorry.

  7. Kristen says:

    That they show up like this, as they do, is part of their magic – but that doesn’t make it any easier when it’s time to say Thank You. I am so sorry for your loss – and I hope you have some space to be gentle with yourself over the next few days/weeks. I’m tearing up right now thinking about her, and so I’m off to hug my own pup – who showed up at the right time and once had a love of seatbelts.

  8. Dipitie says:

    I’m so so sorry for your loss 🙁

  9. Vicky says:

    It’s so hard to lose them. I’m sorry.

  10. Alexicographer says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. I too have had one who was whole heartedly, unabashedly mine, and it’s so hard to see them go, to help them go.

  11. HereWeGoAJen says:

    I’m so sorry. I’m thinking of all of you.

  12. Reese says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend and loyal companion. May the memories of your years comfort you during this time….

  13. a says:

    I’m sorry for your loss…

  14. Naomi says:

    I’m so sorry to read of the loss of your precious dog. I hope that only the happy memories of her appear in your dreams.

  15. Julie says:

    I thought of you and Maggie this week as we said goodbye to our precious Ella. I do believe she is with Bear and she is perfectly peaceful but the pain of missing her is nearly unbearable. I am heartbroken. I’m so sorry Maggie is not there to help you manage the MS and everything else in life too. xoxo

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