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Princess Nimby Twyla

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She came to me as a foster in aug of 2002. I had been fostering for a year

or two and had a number of pups come through the house. I was pretty

convinced that it would be me and Kurt my omega dog just fostering down

through the years. It only took a day or two with Twyla in the house before

I made the call: "She's staying". :)


What a sweet princess she was. She was always more interested in people

than any dog. (She would politely sniff them and then move on to the important

part of getting some petting out of the folks holding the other dogs leash).

She would take petting over any other reward, including treats, walks, or naps.


The 4 years we spend together were packed with love, petting, walks,

petting, travel, cuddling, petting and joy.


She was far from perfect, but even her bad habbits made her more endearing.


Some snapshots of her:


- For the first 6 months I had her she refused to jump into the back of the

truck. She would walk over to the door and look at me: "I am ready to be

lifted into my chariot".




- She was a champion whiner. If I was somewhere nearby (bathroom too long,

or the basement or garage where the dogs were not allowed) she would fire

up the whining until I came back into view.




- She would play with her food. If she wasn't quite ready to eat she would

take a mouthfull of kibble and take it over to a blanket or dog bed and

"burry" it for later (of course another dog would come along and eat it

long before then). She would push her food and bowl around with her nose

until it was in just the right position to start eating. Sometimes she

would push the bowl off the table and look over at me with a glint in

her eyes.




- She was a therapy dog. She loved to go to the nursing homes and

get attention. She loved people in wheelchairs.




- She could care less about thunder and loud noises.




- She would nest in most anything. Turning the make the perfect place to

lay down and sleep.




- Being the princess she was, she hated getting wet. When it rained

she would just wait until the storm passed before going out.




- She loved to cuddle, but couldn't really spend a night sleeping with you.

If you started to go to sleep, she would jab you awake to keep petting her.




- She was a fixture out at the colorado ren faire. I don't know how

many people adopted because of her, but it was more than a few. I know

many folks who said "I want one just like her".




- She was an alpha girl who bossed all the fosters I had around, but

yet when staying with a friend who had a alpha greyhound, she deffered

to her host and was a perfect lady.




- She loved to eat ice cubes and would demand one everytime I got a

drink with ice in it.




- On walks she was the marker, not either of my two boys. She would

let the entire neighborhood that she was there and this was her turf.




- She would roach often on any of the couches, usually with her tounge

hanging out one side or the other.




- If you were sitting down and petting her and stopped for some reason,

she would poke you with her paw to keep petting. If she couldn't get

her paw in place she would give you the look to keep petting. Stopping

was not an option.




- She wagged her tail often, and never knew a stranger. In her world

there were people who were petting her, and people who _should be_ petting





- She raced 61 races, and did ok, but not outstanding.



- She was at countless events and meet and greets, always pulling

hard on the leash to get to her adoring public.


- She was often the rooing police. If a group of hounds started to roo

and any of them were out of tune she would growl and let them know

to stop.


- She recovered quickly from her amputation, and got around very well

on 3 legs. Running up stairs, chasing the other dogs in the yard,

jumping right in the car.


- No matter what she went though at my vet or at CSU, she was always

happy to go there and get attention from everyone.


This weekend we went out to one of her favorate places on earth, the

colorado ren faire. Saturday she plowed up the hill and had a great time

being petted by one and all. We went out again sunday and she was

able to get in some more petting.


Monday it was apparent that she was ready to go where she could

breath easy and run whole and free from the cancer.


She passed quietly with her paw on my arm.


The rose collar is empty and Twyla is running free with a peice of

my heart in her paws. I know someday I will meet her again, she'll nudge me

and tell me to stop crying and pet her.

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What a beautiful tribute for such a beautiful girl! I'm sorry for your loss.

Jayme with Pippi (the scaredy-beagle)
In the memories of all of my Bridge-babies I'd like to remind people to choose adoption--and that it's not just dogs and cats that are available!

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The rose collar is empty and Twyla is running free with a peice of

my heart in her paws. I know someday I will meet her again, she'll nudge me

and tell me to stop crying and pet her.


I was already bawling by the time I got to this part, and then I really lost it :cry1 I know what a special girl your Twila was to you. May God hold your aching hearts in his hands. Run free, you precious girl! :gh_run

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What a wonderful tribute... everything got a little blurry toward the end... I was needing a tissue. :weep


Godspeed beautiful Twyla!

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Guest argolola

I'm crying with you too. There are no words to express my symathy over the loss of your beautiful angel.


Look up tonight. There's a new star in Heaven.

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What a sweet memorial to a wonderful girl. I never had the chance to be charmed by your princess but I wish I had. Your girl is running free and waiting for you.



Elphie, Kulee, Amanda, Harmony, Alex (hound mix), Phantom, Norbet, Willis (dsh), Autumn (Siamese) & Max (OSH) & mama rat, LaLa & baby Poppy! My bridge kids: Crooke & Mouse (always in my heart), Flake, Buzz, Snake, Prince (GSD), Justin & Gentry (Siamese), Belle (Aussie/Dalmatian mix), Rupert (amstaff) and Fred, Sirius, Severus, Albus, George, Hagrid, Hermione, Minerva, Marilyn, Wren, Molly, Luna, Tonks, Fleur, Ginny, Neville, Bill, Percy, Rose & Charlie (rats)

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I am so sorry. :( Run free and fast Sweetheart...You are loved and missed. What a beautiful Angel. :f_pink:grouphug


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what a beautiful story, and what a beautiful girl :wub:


run fast and free, pretty girl :f_red

Kim and Bruce - with Rick (Rick Roufus 6/30/16) and missing my sweet greyhound Angels Rainey (LG's Rainey 10/4/2000 - 3/8/2011), Anubis (RJ's Saint Nick 12/25/2001 - 9/12/12) and Zeke (Hey Who Whiz It 4/6/2009 - 7/20/2020) and Larry (PTL Laroach 2/24/2007 - 8/2/2020) -- and Chester (Lab) (8/31/1990 - 5/3/2005), Captain (Schipperke) (10/12/1992 - 6/13/2005) and Remy (GSP) (?/?/1998 - 1/6/2005) at the bridge
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Oh no! I was so hoping NOT to see this name in this forum....



I am so very, very heartbroken for you. :f_pink


God Speed, Twyla

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