Sunday, March 6, 2011

Rest in peace, Artie

Artie drove across country with Nancy and Megan last year. 

Artie and Megan were planning on moving here from New York. That plan didn't work out so Artie stayed here with Nancy while Megan flew back to make further plans. He wasn't expected to live very much longer. He had several health problems, among them being blind and deaf. He got along pretty well, though, but had a diminished quality of life.

Nancy's dog, Tootie wasn't very welcoming but she tolerated him. They made their peace with each other.

Artie settled in and came to the office with Nancy and Tootie every day, where he had his own special pillow and plenty of treats.

Sometimes he slept in Tootie's bed with Tootie's favorite toy. Usually she didn't get mad.

They sometimes went on walks together while Artie was still able.
 

He loved the water.

 Sometimes he could be naughty. He may have been blind and deaf but he still had an excellent sense of smell. He noticed that there were some dog bones in this bag of groceries.



 He appreciated art. But sometimes it just put him to sleep.


He often took time to smell the daisies.


Nancy took very good care of Artie and his favorite sleeping place was in her lap.


 Or under a colorful fleece blanket.
Artie died a couple of weeks ago. 
This is how I picture him in "Doggie Heaven".

6 comments:

Molossus said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It's been almost two years since we lost our Mastiff, Cedric, and almost five since we lost his brother, Liam. But they are still very much alive in our hearts, as I'm sure Artie will live on in yours.

L. D. Burgus said...

I am so glad Artie had such wonderful people to share life with and animals too. It is a happy story and a sad ending but Artie is happy now too. You will love Artie and miss him a lot but he did a good job of showing you love in return that warms the empty spaces.
I really am encouraged to know that there are people out there who really honor and respect the lives of animals

stART said...

What a sweet and blessed life Artie received before his passing. What a joy to see how loved he was despite his disabilities and how full his life remained to the end.

Megan Hill said...

Thanks for the sweet Tribute Barbara. I loved that dog so much and was so happy knowing I left him in good hands. I know he loved being with you and my mom in California, living out his golden years in the sunshine. I can't thank you enough for taking such good care of him. :)

Christine H. said...

How sad, but Artie certainly did have an eventful life with lots of love and attention. I bet you all miss him so much. I have always wanted a fox terrier.

barbara and nancy said...

Thank you all for your sympathetic comments. We all loved Artie. Thanks, Megan for sharing him with us.

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