Allie woke up this morning and let us know that it was time for her to join Nimmie and Kinnon across the Rainbow Bridge. We’ve been expecting this for several weeks as her arthritis and kidney disease worsened.
Allie joined us in December 2005 from the Kitsap Humane Society, recovering from a recent litter, being spayed, emaciated and with a case of kennel cough. She was our first canine companion and my first as an adult.
Her loves were the beach and romping through a DNR clear cut near our first house near Port Townsend. She traveled with us on many motor home trips, but wasn’t the most comfortable passenger on board. She also liked to take 20 minute walkabouts in the neighborhood.
She earned the nickname Alligator from sister Suzie, definitely not having a soft mouth. She was loving, though, and while not a cuddly dog, was never far from one of us during the day.
As she grew into her teens, she acquired a “sugar nose” and loved sunning herself on the deck. Her arthritis prevented her from fetching the ball and taking longer walks a year ago or so.
Today was calm and peaceful, with tears. She dozed in the dining room, not exhibiting any pain. Our neighbors came over to say goodbye and our wonderful vet came to the house on her day off to help with the transition. Our hearts are hurting, including Jamie. Run free, Good Girl!