12/20/87 - 3/20/00
loved by Dianne, Ron, Sr. Elizabeth
We were blessed with Rosie’s presence for twelve wonderful years. As a puppy she proudly held the title for “most chew damage done in a single afternoon,” having successfully updated our Early American furniture to a more contemporary style. (First she removed all the skirts, then she ate the mattress.) When we got home our house resembled something on the order of “D'em Old Cotton Fields Back Home.” Another of our favorite Rosie stories is this one. Our friend, Sr. Elizabeth, a home health nurse, frequently took Rosie and our first Mini Schnauzer, Sadie, with her on rounds to the senior housing units. One day she left them in the car instead while she briefly ran in to deliver some meds. Rosie took up her usual post with both paws on the steering wheel and Sadie in the passenger seat anxiously awaiting her return. Suddenly a few minutes later an elderly lady came running through the lobby yelling, "I saw it…I saw it with my own eyes… a dog driving a car..." "Oh no", Sr. Elizabeth thought as she raced to the back door. No car. It had rolled backwards down the driveway and come to rest in a parking lot across the street with Rosie still at the wheel, and Sadie howling away from the passenger side. Thus Rosie's theme song which plays on her furpage: "Baby, Won't You Drive My Car" by the Beatles. Rosie was diagnosed with cancer on 4/2/99 and given a four month prognosis, but Rosie, unsure if there was any food on the other side, decided to stick around just in case, for another wonderful year. Sadly, her spine collapsed last week leaving her in pain and with difficulty walking. Rosie left my arms for the Rainbow Bridge on the first day of spring, right after consuming a face full of doggie biscuits for the road. There will never be another Rosie. Good bye, my love.
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