From the day we saw her, we fell in love with her and (she) was the best dog ever.
I’ve had five dogs over my life and none stole my heart like Paris. She was so sweet and gentle and so brave and strong having faced so much pain and medical difficulties for her entire life. The first year we had her, things were not too bad but after we boarded her for a week when we took a vacation, care for her was a daily thing. We had to care for her lick granuloma every day till the day she left. We tried everything, as you know, including acupuncture which ultimately healed a large part of the granuloma but unfortunately part never completely healed. I learned a lot about taking care of a lick granuloma .
When she was young, she used to sit in the back yard and watch birds fly from bush to bush. She learned to catch them in mid air and would always bring us a sad broken sparrow as a gift; she was so pround. She also was a neighborhood celebrity for a while as she learned to dig up moles and rid the yards of them. She would catch them and throw them up in the air like a toy. She was so loving but she was one of those dogs that refused to give kisses. Over her life we only got two or three, mostly by accident. Instead she would come up to me and nibble on my nose when she wanted something or if I begged for a kiss.
Over the years, her original leg damage caused her to become lamer and lamer. We used to take long walks but in the last few years she would have to rest often and sometimes I would have to call Tina to come pick us up as Paris sometimes just could not make it back home. In the last year or so, we only took occasional short walks.
Every day for 10 years, we had to clean her open sores on the granuloma and dress them. It was our morning chore but it was dome with love and care. It was last year that she was found to have kidney failure in progress. More drugs and special foods helped but only delayed the inevitable. About five months ago she was very sick and Doctor Madison was not sure she would make it more than a couple of weeks. He suggested we try some fluids treatment and they kept her for three days and afterward, for quite a while she had a new lease on life. We prayed over her every day and were blessed with her for five months of love and sweetness. Then she failed completely, would not eat, drink or get up. The last night we slept with her holding her close.
We can never thank Dr Bart Madison of The Pet Hospitals Collierville for all his years of care and love. He is a Saint and near the end we would no let anyone else care for her. We also owe thanks to Dr. Kathy Mitchiner of Angel Care for her laser and acupuncture treatment.
Paris’ ashes are now home with us so we will have her home forever. We miss her terribly and do miss that waggy tail when we come home and just hugging her. It’s funny, she was a quiet sweet dog but the house is so quiet and empty we hate to come home now.
Rest in Peace Sweet Angel Girl – Rick & Tina Reublin
So do not grieve for me, my friend, as I am with my kind…
My collar is a rainbow’s hue
My leash is a shooting star
My boundaries are the Milky Way
Where I sparkle from afar.
There are no pens or kennels here
For I am not confined
But free to roam God’s heavens
Among my special kind.
I nap the day on a snowy cloud
With gentle breezes rocking me
I dream the dreams of earthlings
And how it used to be.
The trees are full of liver treats
And tennis balls abound
And milk bones line the walking ways
Just waiting to be found
There is even a ring set up
The grass all lush and green.
And everyone who gaits around
Becomes the “Best of Breed.”
For we’re all winners in this place
We have no faults you see.
And God passes out the ribbons
To each one—even me.
At night I sleep in angels’ arms
Their wings protecting me
And moon beams dance about us
As stardust falls on thee.
So when your life on earth is spent
And you reach heaven’s gate
Have no fear of loneliness
For here, you know I wait.
The Board of Directors extends sincere sympathy to the Reublin family on the loss of precious Paris. We are also very grateful to them for the love and care above and beyond what most would do to give her the happy life that she had. We know that we will see her again. Fly with the Angels sweet girl.