Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My precious Chihuahua Laci passed in the middle of the night

Does anyone here know how to post a tribute for a furbaby? I have heard of Rainbow bridge before-I hope that's the right name. Pictures of our Laci below.

In Loving memory

Our Laci Ann passed away between 1:45 AM till I found her near my computer chair-where she always sits to be next to me. I found her at 2:30 AM. Laci was 13 yrs old as of last month. Laci had a bad heart. She was on heart medicine and lasix. Lasix was for the fluid she had around her heart. Bless her heart-I guess it wasen't enough. She had been having more frequent coughing and wheezing spells in the last month. When this happened only my husband Mark could calm her down. Mark had a lazyboy chair that she would sit in and on her favorite blankie. We'd all love on her and fuss over her till she got through the worst part. Then she was her ole laci again.

Last night Laci seemed to be in a particularly bad coughing and wheezing spell. Laci always sleeps with us. We tried for about 30 minutes to help her calm down. But she didn't want to sit still, be held or anything. So I asked Mark if he would take Laci and go sleep in the lazyboy chair & see if that would calm her down.

I guess I fell asleep after I knew she would feel better with Mark. But around 2:30 AM I jumped out of bed to make sure Laci was all right. As I entered the livingroom I didn't see Laci in the lazyboy with Mark. I panicked and woke Mark up. I asked him where Laci was at? he thought she was still with him. He asked me to go see if maybe she went and crawled into bed with Brittany (our daughter). So just as I was about to run to Brittany's room...I saw my precious Laci. Right next to my computer chair. I don't think I'll ever get the memory out of my head of seeing my Laci dead.

By this time I was crying, falling next to my Laci. I knew she was gone from us. Mark tried to pick her up and I wouldn't let anyone move her. I wasen't ready yet. But all I could do was sit there and cry. Brittany was crying, Mark was trying to be strong for us girls but even he couldn't hold the tears back.

I asked Mark to get the large shoe box in my closet for me. I got up and got 2 of my newest extra long and softest Holiday kitchen towels to cover her up in. Some how I wanted her to have something new, soft and never used.

I laid the first one in the box like a blanket. Then I asked Mark to please pick her up with the other soft towel and lay her gently in the box. She looked like an angel, just asleep.

We live in a mobile home park-so I was worried that some animal might get to her, which made me cry even harder. So I asked Mark to get the duct tape and make sure it was completely secured. Then I remember just holding the box with her in it and not wanting to let go!! Mark finally took the box from me-with sadness in his eyes. He knew I didn't want to let go of her.

Then Brittany wrote her feelings about what Laci meant to her on top of the box. Then I did the same. Lastly we wrote her date of birth 10-28-1995 to 11/19-2008.

I asked Mark to please make her grave really, really deep, so that she wouldn't be disturbed. He did.

So in the middle of the night we all said our good-bye's and laid our precious Laci in her resting place.

Laci was mine and Brittany's first furbaby that we'd had from birth till death. Laci was a gift to Brittany from her dad and I when Brittany was 10. Laci's Mom was our first Chihuahua. So we watched Laci come into this world. We called her Laci, because when she was born-she looked the color of a beautiful old timey cream colored lace.

Laci was not just a dog as some will say. In fact we don't call any of our furbabies *dogs* to me that word seems inadequate. Laci was a member of our family-one who gave all of her heart and unconditional love to us all, till the very end.

Sleep well my precious Laci. You will never be forgotten.

Love you~Mom
[http://www.dogster.com/dogs/446276] Laci's page & pictures












22 comments:

Beth said...

Donna, I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious one. I know it's never easy, but I can tell that she had a wonderful home and was very loved.

Hugs, Beth

Lynne said...

Donna,

I read your entry and tears came to my eyes. I am so truely sorry for your loss of Laci. She sounded so dear to you and your family. I bet Sugar would know the answer to your question and would be glad to help. She is a huge champion for furbabys! God Bless!

Jeannette said...

So sorry to hear about your beloved fur. Contact Sugar, she puts all the pets on the memorial. You might have already done so, I have been busy today and only just seen your posting.

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

Oh, Donna, I'm so, so sorry. My tears are just falling. They are our babies. I know Laci is comfortable and very safe now. Like the rest, contact Sugar. She has the Rainbow Bridge link and also has her Pet Memorial up and running at blogger now. Your Laci is adorable! BIG HUGS

Yasmin said...

Sorry to hear about Laci, but I can see she was muched loved.

sugar from Sugar Shack has a pet memorial, and she will add Laci.

Take care

Yasmin
x

ladymagnolia said...

I wanted to say thank you-to everyone of you that have been so wonderful with your compassion, words and encouragment. For us and the loss of Laci.
You're all so wonderful!

HUGS~Donna
http://deardiaryitsmedonna.blogspot.com/

Emmi said...

So sorry for your loss. I have 4 chihuahua's and would be loss without them. Hugs!!!

Carlene Noggle said...

OH I AM SO SO SORRY. I COULD NOT HELP BUT CRY FOR YOU...GOD BLESS YOU HON. I KNOW HOW I WOULD FEEL IF ONE OF MY CHIHUAHUAS DIED. THEY ARE MY BABIES AND I LOVE THEM WITH ALL MY HEART...AND THEY LOVE ME MORE THAN ANYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE LOVED...I LOST THEIR MAMA RIGHT AFTER I LOST DANNY...SO YES I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL . I PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND YOU PEACE AND COMFORT...PLEASE KNOW THAT I WILL KEEP PRAYING FOR YOU.
LOVE,
CARLENE

Donna said...

I came here from Carlene's blog. Our pets are family, and it's never easy to say goodbye.

God bless you.

Missie said...

I'm so, so, sorry!

ResilientHeart said...

Donna, I'm so sorry for your loss of beloved Laci Sunshine. I cried reading your post as I can feel your heart, spirit, grief and love.

In my thoughts and prayers,
RH

ADB said...

Very sorry to hear that Laci died. It's like losing a member of the family, I know only too well

Guido

Hollie said...

As an animal lover ...I know your heart is breaking & I'm so sorry. They are definitely more than just animals! I have 2 inside cats & 2 dogs...& I would be lost without any of them. Our oldest dog has had 2 cancerous tumors removed...we have a fortune in him....but again he's worth EVERY cent! Your tribute was beautiful! HUGS:)

Chrissie said...

Go to this link:
http://memorial4ourbelovedpets.blogspot.com/
and see Sugar she will help you to put up the memorial for your precious Laci.
I'm so sorry for your family's loss.
Take care, Chrissie

Connie said...

I am so very sorry you have lost your Laci. It is so very hard-they become our heart.They ask so little and give so much.My heartfelt prayers for you and your family.
connie

Sugar said...

Dear Donna, so sorry to hear of your loss. I know words will not help right now, but remember the good times & all the wonderful memories she gave you. And believe she'll be there waiting for you when your time comes.
Let me know if I can help. I have a Pet Memorial here on Blogger.
God bless...

Joann said...

Donna, I'm so sorry for your loss of Laci, she was obviously a very important part of your life and family. I know she had a good life with you.

Lori said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is very hard for you.

Melissa said...

Oh, Donna, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I know only too well how heartbreaking it us to lose a beloved pet. I hope that you take comfort in knowing that you gave Laci a loving home. And I have no doubt that Laci will be waiting for you when you get to heaven. Just imagine!

I'm soo behind on journals and am trying to "catch up".

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I am so sorry you lost your Laci. She seemed so precious..

Lisa said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing one of our furry kids is so difficult to go through - my heart breaks with you.

Rest in Peace Laci.

swmpgrly said...

I am so sorry, and yes I too am crying for your loss.