I wanted to tell you about Dixie, she is no longer here, she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge last Saturday, but she will always be here in hearts of those who loved her. She was a Boston Terrier, but I do not think she ever considered herself a dog of any kind. She was a full pledged family member who took part in everything possible. I do not know any dog that knew more people or travel more. Her dads have a travel company and she came with them on sales calls and on trips all over the place. She experienced all kinds of fun and loved driving around to new places. Everyone who has met her could not stay indifferent to her charm.
She lived just a few floors from me and I used to bump into her into elevator, she was always so well behaved and full of kisses. Oh yes Miss Dixie had a lot of love, not only for her humans but all the other ones who payed attention to her and appreciated her. I know I will not see her again, sitting proudly in the front seat of the car going on another adventure…I miss her dearly.
When I started my Dog Photography Business Dixie was one of my first models, I needed to shoot some collars and coats for Modern Dog magazine and Dixie happily posed for me. Here is the old post.
I also used her to try our a new lighting and backdrop one day, she was not impressed by that at all!
And here is little love bug with the tongue that licked my face on many, many occasions.
As the years went by I got my Mischa (totally inspired by Dixie’s spot on the back), Dixie, even thou she did not like the other dogs gave Mischa a benefit of a doubt and they played happily quite a few times.
See Mischa’s spot is not quite as big as Dixie’s, but when I saw all the pups, she was the only one with the “rocket” on a back of her neck and I thought I have to have that dog..
As I said despite the age difference, Mischa and Dixie got along. Mischa is super submissive with other dogs so even when Dixie snap a bit she just backed off and there was no problem.
Dixie was loved by everyone in our building, ok maybe not everyone, but for sure the nice people who love dogs. As a matter of fact quite often the neighbors would tell me how well behaved Dixie was, I think on many occasion that was the way to tell me that my dog is not perfect…well jumping up on people, licking their toes this sort of thing.. Maybe that is why Mischa is sticking her tongue at Dixie when she is not looking…lol
Dixie on the other hand was very calm and not intrusive, if you payed attention to her you would be showered with kisses, otherwise she would just sit nicely and wait for the door to open. Well, if the door opened and there was another dog there the story changed a bit. Dixie never learned to be with other dogs. She was adopted from a Boston Terrier Rescue by Freddie and Dave as an adult, they tried for a while to help her socialize wit other dogs, but then came to conclusion that there is no point to force it. She never had to be with other dogs anyway, when their dads were away and she could not come, she would spend the time at her Grand mommy’s house having a little country vacation.
Over the years Dixie had a lot of health problems, she won the battle with cancer few years back, then had a problem here and there. Unfortunately what has happened recently left her fathers with no choice, but to let her go peacefully. They tried everything available, but Dixie was fading away, it was time to let he go. Her humans always put her first, and it was not difference this time.
These last few photos were taken just a week before she passed, she has slow down a bit by then, but she was always devoted to Dave and Freddie. Just see how she looks at them in this next photo.
This one is my favorite photo of the trio.
Dixie, I hope you are making friends in doggy heaven, or knowing you – You most likely sneaked your way into an angel’s quarters… That is ok Angels can use some love too! Until we meet again..
Please give your pet extra hugs today and everyday, we never know how long we have left and if we are gone before them their will sure miss us too…