Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tillie

I love decorating our tree, unwrapping the ornaments and remembering where we got them, who gave them to us, or who made them.
For the past three years, unwrapping this one has been like a punch in the gut. You all know how I dote on our dog Baxter, and I really love him. But Tillie was my first baby. We got her as a puppy when we had been married just a year.
Tillie taught me how to be a mama. Here she is with our now 15-year-old son:
And here she is with me on the day we had to say goodbye to her in February 2006. She was almost 15 years old:
We all miss you, Tillie.

15 comments:

Cari said...

Oh that makes me so sad... sweet photos.
Cari

Mom2Drew said...

OH, Tillie definitely looks slowed down in that last photo. What a loved dog though, you can totally tell!

Reds said...

Oh gosh Becky - what a sweet sad post! How nice that you have an ornament to remember her by!

pat said...

Oh, love that last shot with your fur baby. Love that soft, squishy adorable face on her.

Molly said...

So sweet. I had a dog I loved like that once. Can't bring myself to want another.

Dean said...

I miss good old "Tillie Willie", as I used to call her. I don't look forward to that difficult decision day in my dog's life. Thanks for posting Tillie.

Gypsy Girl said...

Ahhh such a sweet post. I just had to take our 12yo Chow in he bit someone agian. The first time he did it he was literally protecting my son, the guy asked for it but this time I couldnt defend him the same way in court. It was so sad.

Amy said...

She looks like she was such a sweet and gentle dog. And how nice that you honor her with the pretty ornament. :)

Lauren said...

Becky, this post really tugs at my heartstrings. It's so obvious how much your dogs mean to you, I think it's wonderful that you have that ornament and that it brings back memories of your sweet Tillie. The photo of her with you son is absolutely precious.

Nessa said...

That is so sweet and sad. I am so glad you have that ornament though, it shows how much you loved her to keep a remembrance like that.

Rachael said...

Oh what sweet photos. It's so neat you have the ornament on the tree to remember her at Christmas.

PierKiss said...

Your post made me tear up a little bit. I love the last picture of you and your dog-it's so sweet, and the emotions are palpable...

Bobbi said...

OK sorry I just saw your Christmas pictures post too (I have been so MIA lately) -hilarious. I knew you loved fake beards too...I knew it ;)

Joanne said...

Oh, what sweet memories! Sounds like an awesome friend. {{{hugs}}} to you and your family.

Suzy said...

So sad but what a meaningful ornament and sweet memories!