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Monday, October 18, 2010

Rest In Peace, Tartan!


I wish I could write about Tartan, our 12 year old Sheltie client and friend, in a happier mood but I can't do that because she passed away last Wednesday night (October 6th) after 5 months of fighting against the effects of kidney disease. I think it hurts worse for me than for Amos because I was the first to start visiting her nearly two years ago and I was the one who saw her 5 days before she passed away. 

Of course, the ones who are suffering the most are her owners, Wayne and Cindy, and I can only imagine how lonely they must be without her.


One of the reasons why I suspect Tartan's parents are especially lonely right now is because that girl was always talking about something. In the above picture, I suspect she was told to smile but instead she carried on a full-length conversation about every subject under the sun. Tartan had the gift of gab and she was proud of it!


Tartan's barking often continued on our walks but when it was late at night or early in the morning I bribed her with treats to keep her silent so as not to disturb neighbors.

Tartan beamed with pride every time I praised her for her silence because she knew she had earned the best praise of all...treats!


Sadly, Tartan did not enjoy her walks or her treats in her last few days on earth so she decided it was time to go to Rainbow Bridge where "all the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor."

I take comfort in the fact that Tartan is no longer suffering and is happy and healthy once again. Rest in peace, Tartan! We will miss you forever!

23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to a gorgeous dog!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about sweet Tartan. I did not know her but after reading about her and seeing that sweet face, I feel as though I did know her. That was a very loving tribute and I know she will be loved and remembered forever.

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  3. what a nice post in memort of Tartan
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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  4. We are so sorry to hear that Tartan had to go off to the Bridge. Your heartfelt and wonderful post was a beautiful tribute. Purrs and prayers to you and Amos, and especially Wayne and Cindy...

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  5. So sorry 'bouts Tartan. :(

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  6. So nice...shevwill be missed for sure!

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  7. We are sorry to hear about Tartan. Rest in peace gorgeous girl. purrr....meow!

    Angelina & Brad

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  8. God speed Tartan. We will look for your star in the sky tonight.

    Wyatt and Stanzie

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  9. Our hearts go out to Tartan's owners. Rest in peace. What a beautiful soul.

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  10. Wow what a sweet story, she sure sounded like a special dog.

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  11. Oh I am so sorry to hear about adorable Tartan!! What a completely lovely and utterly beautiful doggie! What a star and what a loss!!! My thoughts and prayers go to Wayne and Cindy and to you and Amos too. I'm truly sorry.

    Hugs and purrs from Charlie too! Take care
    x

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  12. We are so sorry to hear of Tartan's passing. What a beautiful girl she was! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wayne and Cindy.

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

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  13. RIP Tartan and run free sweetie. Thank you for sharing about Tartan and I am sorry for their loss and yours.

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  14. So sad about Tartan, I am sooo very sorry, this hit especially close to home because today is our 3 yrs anniversary of when our Sheltie boy Dakota arrived in our home....Shelties ALWAYS have something to say, love their treats and are the most affectionate dogs ever!

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  15. So sad. We're so sorry to hear about the passing of Tartan. She's a beautiful girl and I'm sure she's running happily over the bridge now.

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  16. Awww we will all see Tartan over the Rainbow Bridge one day.
    So sorry.

    Muah,

    Minnie Moo and Lincoln too

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  17. I am so sorry about Tartan. She was a beautiful dog that I am sure brought happiness to everyone she came in contact with. Beautiful post.

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  18. What a beautiful girl, see ya on the other side some day.

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  19. Thank you for taking the time to lend your support and comfort to Amos and I and to Wayne and Cindy at this sad time. I want you to know that I sent an email and Facebook message alerting Cindy that I've written a post about Tartan but so far, no response, but once she reads your comments she and her husband will be overwhelmed with the love you've sent her way! Please keep the comments coming so that Tartan's parents have more words of sympathy because they truly need them more than we do!
    Thank you....April and Amos

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  20. We cannot thank you, April & Amos, enough for all your kind care. And everyone's comments here are so comforting and appreciated. Right now, the loss of Tartan is too great bear...she has followed her eldest sister kitty Chestnut, who passed away July 2009 and her middle doggie sister Kuchen, a Keeshond, who passed away Aug. 2006. Tartan was our last baby. Our hearts are full of grief, but someday peace will replace the saddness as Tartan was a special dog who is now running with her sisters, doggie-cousins, and Grandpa Mike Donnelly (died March 2009).

    And yes, she was a yapper :-)

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  21. So sorry for your loss of Tartan. I know the full effects of losing one to kidney & liver disease. We lost our Tabby in June 2010, so I know Tartan was greated at the Bridge with open paws, even though they never met. God Bless, HoundDogMom and the Hounddogs

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  22. we are so sorry to hear of Tartens passing.

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