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Thursday, February 24, 2011


Rubee is the matriarch of our dog pack.

She had 38 puppies for us.

Puppies that have gone on to be the best companions, better than their families could have dreamed of.

She was the best dog mom... ever!

She taught her kids how to behave during the holiday mayem

Rubee was always helpful with whatever dogs we had here. Helping them to learn how to be a well mannered dog.

Rubee has loved Angela.

Rubee is Dean's dog.

Always by his side. Loyal. No matter what, she was there for him. She was there when his previous wife, Fae, passed away from breast cancer. She came along with him to my house when he and I first met.

Rubee is 9 1/2 years old now, and she is very sick. I've known in my gut for several months that there was something happening to her. Inside. Where we couldn't see it. I just knew because she told me she was feeling different.

A few days ago she came over to talk to me. Insistent. I scratched her nose like I always do, and noticed that she was breathing heavy. She didn't seem stressed at all, just breathing....a little different....

Three days ago she only ate about 1/2 her food. Rubee always eats. Yesterday she didn't eat anything. Last night she wanted to stay in the basement, and when Dean tried to coax her up the stairs to come to bed, she had a hard time.

Dean brought Rubee to the vet today.

He called me in tears.

Rubee is sick.

He left her there while they did some tests, and the kids and I went to pick her up. And I had to make a decision I wasn't prepared to have to make today.

She has a tumor in her heart. She is tired.

Tomorrow we will have to say goodbye to Rubee. Our beloved, faithful Rubee.
Please say a prayer for Rubee. And for Dean. And Angela. and Axel who doesn't understand why we're all crying. And me.


Julie said...

Leah, I'm so sorry. It's so hard to say goodbye to someone who is loved so much. Prayers for all of you.

Roberta said...

My heart is breaking for you both. She is such a special spirit - it is so hard to let go. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. God bless.

Kathie Brinkman said...

Oh Leah, you know I understand your pain. Rubee has been a lovely, loving, loyal dog. She has always carried herself with dignity and humility. Always doing what was right. Such a sweet dog and I know she will be so missed. Tomorrow when she leaves this earth she'll get to see Jesus. And I'm sure Othello will be happy to welcome her to heaven and show her around. She will be in a good place until you see her once again. Call me if you need to. Tell Rubee "Well done good and faithful dog & farewell" for me.

Jeremy said...

Leah, I am so sorry. Rubee is a wonderful friend and a great mom. Brandy, Lola, and I will miss her and you and your family remain in our thoughts.

Cindy said...

Leah I am so, so sorry. We lost our 11 year old black lab Buddy to cancer this past Thanksgiving. I know what you're going through. Your family will be in my prayers.

Laurie said...

I am SO VERY sorry. I know that pain. I pray for you all as I sit here in tears.

Charissa said...

Oh, this is the saddest post ever. I am so sorry! I know this is hard!

Tamara said...

Oh, Leah, I am so so sorry to read this. Prayers for all of you. Ruby was a great mother and did raise some awesome puppies. You're right when you say she raised "puppies that have gone on to be the best companions, better than their families could have dreamed of".

Thank you, Ruby. You gave us the best dog ever.

Angie said...


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


travcat said...

I am so sorry! We lost our Golden Retriever about a month ago. He was 14. It is so awful to have to make that decision!


Christina said...

So sorry to hear about your beautiful dog Leah! xoxoxoxo