Rest in peace beautiful Phyllis.💔 When I found Phyllis through @susiesseniordogs she appeared to have come from a puppy mill because according to the vet, she had produced countless litters of puppies. When she got too old to produce anymore they turned her loose on a rural highway in the cold Colorado winter. By that time she was without any sight and most of her hair was gone because of a bad uterus infection. Through the grace of God someone found her before she was hit by a car or eaten by a predator or frozen. She was taken to a small local shelter where our paths finally crossed and I brought her home to live with me.
When Phyllis used to play my sides would hurt from laughing. She would crouch down to pounce at me but since she couldn't see, she would miss me by a mile. I would break out laughing and that would fire her up even more until finally I would let her find me so I could tickle her. I will desperately miss her on our walks, sitting in her backpack with that crazy hair blowing in the wind, enjoying the smells and barking at the dogs she couldn't see. She was full of confidence and a sense of belonging. At night she slept close to my side, head on my arm, snoring in my ear. Last night she seemed to sense what was happening. When I woke she had crawled up on my chest to sleep. She had never done that before.
She was diagnosed with cancer in October of last year. She fought that like she lived her life, with a steady perseverance. But her little body finally had enough. What a few weeks ago appeared to be a neurological issue on one leg, quickly spread to another. Then a sore appeared and started to grow on the spot of her previous tumor, a probable sign of cancer's return. Most telling of all, Phyllis's bright light dimmed and she would no longer eat
My faith tells me when I see her again she will be young and healthy. She will have her eyesight and be able to see me physically for the very first time. How sweet that will be.
She died in my arms this morning peacefully, knowing love until the end.
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