Sunday, August 14, 2011

Goodbye, Our Royal Highness

We were informed by her adopter that our little Princess left us earlier this week.

Princess was about eight years old.

Princess was the first and till date, only cocker spaniel we have had with us at Gentle Paws. She was such a joy to have around.

Princess came to the shelter because her owner stayed in a HDB flat and received some complaints from neighbours.

Despite her name this girl was no haughty royalty. She adapted to the shelter quickly.

Although she was often wet from the puddles on the ground, she was perpetually happy.

During her short stay at the shelter, she fell head over heels in love as well.

She took one look at our dear Wei Feng and she was smittened.

It was inexplicable. Almost irrational. But through her actions, Princess declared to the world that that this human being was hers.

She's mine!

And although Wei Feng often laughed and called Princess her smelly princess, we all knew that deep down, where it mattered, Wei Feng loved this silly girl with all her heart as well. 

As her short fur started to grow out, we slowly started to notice just how beautiful she was.

When she first arrived...

See how pretty she was?

Because she was such a wonderful dog, Princess was adopted quickly.

We will forever be grateful to her adopter, Mary, for looking past the fact that Princess was already seven, for giving her a second chance at having a home and a family to call her own.

Some time ago, Mary informed us that they discovered a tumour on Princess' body.

The outcome wasn't positive.

And the tumour became painful.

And then it became intolerable.

Earlier this week, her adopter made the painful decision to put Princess down to end her suffering.

Dear Mary and family, we are devastated to hear the bad news. We know you must be feeling awful too.

Thank you for taking care of Princess while she was sick.

Thank you for doing all you could for her.

Thank you for making the last year of her life such an enjoyable one.

Goodbye our darling Princess. We are sorry we weren't by your side to give you the royal farewell that you deserve.

We are blessed to have had you in our lives.

We will see you on the other side.

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