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RIP Kizzy: Nov 1997 - Jan 8, 2011

0981 Kizzy in winter

Dear Kizzy,

When I got you I knew nearly nothing about dogs. You looked like a cute little spaniel-retriever-something mix, and I thought, "Sure, I can handle that." Imagine my surprise when you grew a long nose and a thick coat, and turned out to be a Chow-Border Collie (or maybe Aussie)-something mix.

rachel and kizzy puppy

I have to be truthful! You were a difficult dog. Reactive towards other dogs, and suspicious of strangers, I had to learn a lot about dogs because of you. I probably would not be a dog trainer today if it weren't for you, so I owe you a great debt. Thank you for bearing with me over the years, as I gradually began to understand that you did not enjoy outings or meeting new people, and would be very happy to just stay home. Thank you for taking agility classes with me, even though you really didn't want to. Thank you for tolerating the occasional foster dog, and for (mostly) accepting that Gromit was here to stay.

1758 G and K on playset

1780 G and K romp

You have been a good family dog in many ways. You never needed a lot of attention or work, and were content to hang around the house. You rarely destroyed the boys' Webkinz and other toys, even though they were always lying around everywhere. (I will forgive you your crayon and army guy habit.) You saw us bring home three babies, and somewhere around the time they started tossing food to you from their highchairs, you forgave us. You've taught each of them to Respect the Dog, providing timely (and highly inhibited) (and justly deserved) nips to each of them in their turn.

2254 J trains Kizzy

0573 Henry boys and dogs

We will miss you next summer when we open the pool, and you aren't there to monitor the situation and show us the exit. I'll think of you every time someone walks by the house, and you aren't there to bark.

8589 Kizzy after a dip

2032 B&W Kizzy

One last thing .... I would really love to know, what did you find under the stairs??


( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
I am very glad I got to spend time with her yesterday.

I hope her passing went as well as one could hope.
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Very peaceful -- she died in her sleep, quietly and quickly.
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Rest in peace, Kizzy!
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.

(And OMG they are both so cute!)
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this.

Jan. 9th, 2011 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.

She is very lucky to have been in a home with understanding and love that allowed her to be who she was meant to be.
Jan. 9th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
That's a great set of Kizzy pictures.
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
What a lovely remembrance.

I'm sorry for your loss.
Jan. 9th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry. Goodbye, Kizzy. I'll miss you barking at me like it was your homework, and then wagging your tail afterwards to make sure I didn't think it was personal.
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Bye Kismet. You always seemed to like me, even when I came in stinking of cigarette smoke.

Rachel: how are the kids doing with this?
Jan. 9th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
The boys are doing ok. Lots of crying last night, but today they seem better. Seth asked to be excused from "take out the dogs" duty because it made him sad.
Jan. 9th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
My condolences for your loss.
Jan. 9th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
She was a great dog. I'm sorry she's gone.
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with you in your loss and transition.
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. What beautiful pictures, and what a lucky girl to have you.
Jan. 9th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about Kismet.
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
Jan. 10th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Surely you mean "awesome-something mix". :)
Jan. 10th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear this.
Jan. 17th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Alas. In my experience, Kizzy was one of the best socialized dogs I'd encountered (dogs and I mostly don't get along). I think this reflects well on your standards for discipline.
Jan. 19th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry to hear this. She was a wonderful dog.
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