Friday, January 18, 2019

All dogs go to Heaven

At least that's what I believe.

Mini passed quietly away on December 5th.

She had been failing to the point where she wasn't enjoying life anymore and we knew it was time.

When she went to Heaven, she was lying in her favorite chair, with her head in my lap, as the vet gave her the gift of forever without pain.

She was 13 years old.

That's a long time to have a dog in your life and I'm thankful for it.

I'm not sure I've ever shared her story...

We had just moved into the first house in Ohio. Annie had gone for a walk with Shiloh and somewhere along the way, a little puppy had joined them.

We had two dogs at the time and I didn't want another one, but she wiggled her way right into my heart after finding out how she ended up at our house.

You see, we asked around the neighborhood and some people told us that the neighbor down the street had a habit of buying puppies for his daughter while she was visiting him during the summer and when she would leave he'd let the puppy go.

We went to the house to confront him, but he wouldn't answer the door.

The garage was open and there was the leash tied to a pole.

She had no water or food.

That did it.

She was ours.

I called her Mini, because she looked like a miniature version of Shiloh.

Now, she's in Heaven with her brother, Shiloh

and her sister, Fluffy.

Some of you might remember them from my last blog.

I tried to find a picture I had of all three of them together on a chair, but sadly it's missing. 

Maybe it'll turn up one day.

Anyway, I'm thankful she found us and had a good life where she was loved and taken care of.

Bubba was heart broken for a while, but he seems much better now and I've stopped looking for her under the kitchen table or in the living room, but I still go to hand her a treat when we're eating sometimes.

But I'm sure that'll stop eventually, just like the tears did.

Well, until I sat down to write this post.

When I brought her ashes home from the vet right before Christmas, I talked to her all the way home about how it was the last time she had to go for a car ride and that she was in a better place.

When I got home, I kissed her little box and placed her with Shiloh, Fluffy and another sister of theirs, named Hildy, that none of them knew in life.

All of their ashes will be put with me when it's my time.

It makes me feel better knowing that we'll all be together one day.



  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mini. May your hearts be comforted by fond memories and of the joy she brought to your lives. And, yes, our cherished, furry companions, indeed go to Heaven.

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  2. I am so very sorry for your loss. Mini was truly a family member. I think it is wonderful you will all be together someday. (hugs)

  3. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved fur-baby ~
    Always remember she will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.
    Hugs ~

  4. All Dogs go to Heaven:). Mini was meant to follow Annie and Shiloh, to be with your family full of love:).
    Hugs and pats,
    Kathleen in Az

  5. Oh Rue, I'm so very sorry! What a rough Christmas and New Year for you! I am glad you were holding her...I'm sure that was a comfort to her and to you! Bless your heart, I'm crying with you and I didn't even know any of your sweeties! Love and hugs sweet friend!

  6. Oh, so sorry for the loss of your little lovey. We've lost so many dogs, cats, rabbits, you name it, and it's always so painful. I too have kept my babies' ashes to be sent with mama when the time comes. It's taken me three years since the loss of my 2 corgi boys, but next weekend we bring home a new baby boy to love. Mini was sure a sweet looking girl. XOXO

  7. She was beautiful. You took such good care of her. I love the photos. Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry for your loss.

  8. Oh, Rue! I'm so so sorry to hear about sweet little Mini! I'm with you - I believe our precious pets go to heaven. You're in my heart, sweetness.

  9. Hugs.. we lost our Boston Terrier on Labor Day, she was 13 1/2, her name was Molly. She was my first dog. I loved her so much. Her love for our boys as they grew up, it was precious.
    xx oo

  10. Rue, I'm so very sorry for your heartbreak. Dear sweet Mini! I know the hole in your heart and your home now that she's not there with you. And how hard Christmas must have been. But I know you would say she was so worth the pain because she gave you so much joy and love all those years. I'm so glad she knew your love and your home. I'm crying for you but I'm picturing Milo and Otis meeting her there in heaven. Maybe they've told each other about their moms who are blog friends.

    Sending love and a hug from one mom to another,

  11. Rue, I’m so sorry to hear about Mini. It’s so heartbreaking to lose a pet. It’s wonderful that you were able to give her a such a loving home (after the terrible man down the street).



  12. I was on way home with groceries (and three dogs in the car:) and you and your dogs popped into my head - and I wondered how you all were doing. Then I saw your email . . . I couldn't even get through it the first time around - I had to return to your words. My heart aches for you and your family. What a love Mini was! And such a life with you and your family. I've said goodbye so many times . . . but I 'd do it all over again because I have had these loving, devoted dogs and cats in my life - and haven't I been the lucky one? Take care . .. Karen

  13. Rue. I am so sorry. My heart ached with you as I read this and your love just comes forth in the pages. She was so lucky that she chose your family. I often wondered what to do with the ashes of my pets, now I do, what a wonderful way to handle it. xoxo Su

  14. My eyes were filling with tears as I read this, so sorry for your loss, I know from experience how much sadness it brings, but she had a wonderful life with you. x

  15. Dear Rue ~ Thanks for sharing this sad bit of news. Yes, dog will be in heaven, so will cats. ;-) I am sorry for your loss, it is so hard to let our dear pets go. John's hanging her collar on the Christmas tree, is so touching.

    Love, hugs & prayers for all of you ~ FlowerLady

  16. I'm so sorry, Rue. I know the pain of losing a beloved fur oldest, Zippo passed away right before Mini in November. Like Mini, Zippo was surrounded by me, Brian and Tim when it was time and we were able to hold him for a long time and tell him what a good boy he was and how much he was loved. And he had such a wonderful, long life with us as Mini did with you. Maybe the two have met each other already. :-) Much love and hugs to you.

  17. Oh Rue!!! I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. It is so sad/hard to lose a pet. It is like losing a part of our family-a part that is completely dependent on us for food, love and attention. I am so sorry you had to lose a piece of your heart. I don't have time right now but I need to drop you a line and tell you what our three year old said about "pet heaven" that she visited. We had never said anything about that and they did not have pets. I will try to get back here later today if I can. xo diana

  18. This brought tears to my eyes as we are facing the same thing very soon. Dogs never seem to live long enough. Mine have brought me comfort when no human could (or would). You gave her everything a dog wants in their lives here--being loved and being safe. Some people say dogs don't go to Heaven but, as that often-quote goes--if dogs don't go to Heaven then I don't want to go there. Bless you all.

  19. I'm so very sorry for your loss Rue. Since I've been around for awhile, I knew about your other dogs as well. I've been through this 3 times and will have to go through it again. However, they bring me so much joy I'll put up with the pain when they leave me. I also believe dogs go to heaven and just like you their ashes will go with me. I'm sure it brings you joy to know you gave her a wonderful home with lots of love.
    Take care

  20. I'm so sorry Rue. It's so hard to lose a pet-they become family.

  21. I am so so very sorry for your loss. It's just heartbreaking. What a beautiful and sweet little dog she was. It just never gets any easier....loving them and then having to let them go...awful awful pain. I'm not "over" Gypsy and I never will be. It's a huge loss when you lose a companion and best friend. I pray our sweet memories will us get through it as we go through losses. She loved you very much.

  22. So sorry to hear and I know you miss her so much. Such a sweet post of memories shared here of Mini.

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  24. It is always sad to lose a family member (how I see my pets) but the wonderful memories brighten our hearts. Our last dog was cremated as well and when my husband died at age 56 in 2012, her ashes were mixed with his as he had requested. They both were scattered in several places as my husband had wanted. Now they explore together the beautiful nature they loved so much. One day my ashes will, too

  25. Oh, I'm so sorry. I love that you rescued her from the neighbor and she became a loving member of your family.

  26. Oh Rue...I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like you were so blessed to have each other in life. Sending shared tears and a big hug...xoxo

  27. Rue, thank you very much for making me cry! :-) Surely all your pets have known they had the best mom in the world!

  28. :) So glad you gave her a good, happy life. Sending you hugs sweet girl.

  29. I'm so sorry, my sweet friend, oh it's so hard to lose one of our furbabies, even when we know it's their time. I'm so glad you rescued her from that a**hole, she had a good life with you, and she knew she was loved. Sending you hugs...xoxo

  30. I am crying reading this, I am so tender hearted when it comes to dogs and cats dying. I am facing this with my sweet cat Shurlee(male cat)
    I have ashes of my little pugs also
    Sorry anybody has to face this, thinking of you and Mini

  31. Oh Rue, I am so sorry to read this.
    My heartfelt condolences.

    All the best Jan

  32. Oh Rue, I'm so sorry to hear this my friend. Hugs and hugs and hugs to you...xoxox

  33. So sad to hear of her passing - but what a glorious life you gave her,after having landed with a callous individual. And.. my previous dogs have been buried or their ashes buried on our property - I love your solution better - wish I had saved those previously for eventual burial with my ashes. From here on out, that's what I'll do. Recently, my horse of many years passed on - and he's buried on the hill here behind the house. I told my husband we can't possible ever leave this Old House now, Opie is just up the hill.

  34. So very sorry to hear about the passing your sweet Mini. We have two dogs that are 14 and I'm sure we will be facing this sometime soon. Hugs!

  35. This sweet post brought a lump to my throat.

  36. Rue,
    I am sad to hear about your sweet dog. It's so difficult when we lose our pets. I have been through it quite a few times myself and it never gets any easier. She was so fortunate to find such a loving home.
    RIP Mini....very sorry for your loss Rue. Hugs, Linda

  37. Rue,
    So sorry to hear about Mini. It is hard to say goodbye to our fur babies. We lost Autumn almost two years ago - she was 16. What a wonderful idea to keep the ashes. Hubby planted a tree in her honor (an autumn maple) and we put her ashes in the dirt with the tree. Her collar is hanging on a branch.

  38. This is a sorrow that I know well. A big strong hug, Rue.

  39. I just found your post again and am sitting here in tears all over again. I lost my little puggie baby girl in November and I don't think I will ever mend. She was my best friend. I am so sorry for your broken heart and I too believe all dogs go to heaven. Prayers for you. Sandra

  40. Oh geeze.. I am all teary eyed.
    I am so sorry!!!
    Sad to lose your buddy and sweetie~pup.

    We are getting to that point with our fur baby. He's got meds for his arthritis, and he does ok. The day will come and I hope that it's a peaceful passing for him.

    Sending tons of hugs.

  41. I'm sorry for the loss of your Rue. I'm sure he was very thankful to you and I believed the pets went to heaven like our dog Vaska recently passed away due to caner and after her pet cremation houston I know she crossed the Rainbow bridge already.

  42. Thank you for sharing this, Rue, I am so sorry for your loss, it was like reading my story from last August, we lost our dear sweet Jack, not a day goes by that I don't cry for him. He adopted us, someone just dropped him off at our farm, and was in such a bad state of health, I promised him that no one would ever mistreat him again, and they did not.I am so looking forward to being greeted by him one day, I just can't seem to give my heart to another for now, though I know there are so many who need our love and care.
    Blessings Sue

  43. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Mini. She was supposed to be with you as well you were meant to be with her during this life. In her pictures she looks like she was a very sweet, good dog.

    Susie D.

  44. May God bless Mini.
    She is such a pretty girl.
    She was happy & loved. Can't ask for more.

  45. It's so hard to lose a pet. It looks like u have help from the others in grieving and healing. I love your pics of the dogs.

  46. Hello, Rue. I am visiting via Kerin's blog. My heart goes out to you over the passing of your sweet Mini. I let my miniature poodle of 10+ years a few years ago and missed her so much. We rescued an Italian Greyhound mix from the shelter and she is my close companion. Thank you for sharing your story and photographs of all your sweet babies!

  47. They are family and always in our hearts. I still grieve for my beloved Munch-a-bunch (Mr. Mittens). The night he died, he walked through four big rooms to get to me after not walking for two days prior. I held him and told him it was ok to go. They have a special place in our hearts that no one else can ever take. What a sweet thought to have them with you when you are called home. I never thought about doing that. I wish you healing during this difficult time.

  48. Aww, I am so sorry ❤! I had to dry a few tears too. I lost my wonderful Golden retriever Jenny two years ago, miss her so very much. She is safe in heaven now ❤. I have two little ladies now. Love dogs so much, they bring such joy. Pam x

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