You came to me to fill the void in my heart from the loss of Cuddles. You became the best dog I could ever hope to have. I kept saying that I thought Cuddles was up in Heaven guiding you.
You were house broken within one week. You never left the yard, unlike Cuddles who would get his nose to the ground and disappear. You always showed how much you loved me by all the kisses you gave me, all the time. I loved the way you sat up and pawed at the air when you wanted something.
I took you to puppy obedience classes and later to regular obedience classes. At the final class when we walked together, you were heeling beside me to show how well you learned. At the end, when the instructor said "Stop your dog" we stopped. Suddenly, everybody said "ah!" and the instructor said "Extra points". I looked down and you were sitting up pawing the air. By the way, you were the smallest dog in the class. All the rest were German Sheppards and Labs.
I miss the way you would beg when I peeled potatoes. You so loved raw potatoes. When you heard me open the refrigerator door and then the crisper, you came running. You loved lettuce. In fact, one day when I was carrying groceries in, I sat a couple of bags on the floor while I went out and got more. When I came back in, you had taken a big bite out of the lettuce I had just bought. I quickly learned not to set bags on the floor again.
When I said it was time for bed, you would go straight into the bedroom and sit in the dark and wait. You never tried to jump up on the bed, I always had to lift you. I think you were a bit of a pansy. That was okay with me though.
You would go off and sit in the computer room and bark every once in awhile. I'd go in and there you would be sitting in the dark waiting for me to come give you a treat.
You used to bark at everybody who came to the door. Then, when we were doing some remodeling, we left a key for the worker to get in while we were at work. When we got home I asked if you drove them crazy with you barking. They said you just sat on the couch and didn't make a peep.
When we did the remodeling, we took the carpet off the stairs. You used to always follow me up and down. After the carpet was taken off, you never went down the stair again. We had to carry you. And, most of the time you would scamper up on my shoulder while carrying you down.
I remember when we were outside with a toddling grandchild. You would grab the grandchild by the back of the diaper every time he tried to get up. I wish I had a camera with me.
You were my dog. You followed me everywhere. When I was on the computer, you would lay behind me and wait. When I got up to go watch TV you followed me and laid on my lap. When I went outside you went with me. When dad would stay home from work for some reason, he said that you stayed in your kennel all morning, then five minutes before I would get home, you would come out and lay by the door. Everytime I opened the door, there was you little head greeting me.
All these things and more I miss about you. I wish you were still here with me. I hope you think I gave you a good life. For me, 13 1/2 years was not long enough. I'm sorry for whatever I did that may have made you unhappy. I know you are in a better place now and I will see you again sometime. I love you Misty and will never forget you as long as I live. I'm sure Grandma and Grandpa are with you along with Caesar, Happy, and Cuddles. They will take good care of you, until I see you again.