Mimi (aka Blondie)
Mimi came into my world almost exactly three years ago today. Rescued from the rubble of Hurricane Maria, the poor wee girl went through a lot before she finally moved in with me. The story of her rescue was nothing short of miraculous: found in the back of a small cave and apparently dead, almost buried by rescuers who, on seeing her lift her head and blink, whisked her off to medical attention. The rest as is often said, was history. Loving care from the Humane Society foster mom in Puerto Rico, an airlift to Virginia and a drive to our Culpeper Humane Society was the start of her new life here. The Society paid for all the medical attention she needed: hernia surgery and total teeth removal. She was also found to have completely lost her hearing. When I heard her story and went to see her my heart was touched by her big brown Chihuahua eyes, her courage and her sweet nature in spite of all she had gone through. I knew then and there that I wanted to give her a forever happy and safe home and have her be my little buddy.
So, for the past three years my sweet companion slept on my bed, went with me on walks, fussed around my feet in the garden, played with my granddaughter, sat on my feet whenever I sat down. We were happy. Until one day we weren’t. Late Fall she seemed to become tired and listless, began losing her hair, could not jump up on the bed, lost her appetite, slept a lot and, most upsettingly, developed a large mass on her abdomen. The hardest thing was to hear from her vet that she was now quite old and in considerable pain, which she was probably escaping by sleeping. The most compassionate thing I could do for her was to let her go. That sweet little friend whom I had named Milagro (Miracle in Spanish) Mimi for short, had reached the foot of her Rainbow Bridge. Our loving responsibility was to help her cross over with serenity. It was a heartbreaking decision for me. My consolation is that she passed peacefully in my arms and was no longer suffering. She is in my heart forever and her memory will always be a blessing. – Patricia Heidlebaugh
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