Tuesday, January 29, 2013

RICKIE, ONE YEAR HE HAS BEEN GONE

A year ago yesterday, I had to put my long haired chihuahua Rickie, down.  I thought I would put some pictures of Rickie on so you can see him.

When I got him he was sick.  I didn't know until I took him to the vet to get his puppy shots a day after I got him.  The vet told me to take him back and get my money back, but I told him I couldn't for two reasons-I loved him and if I didn't get him better the breeder probably wouldn't either.  Of course I had more money then than I do now.  So the vet got rid of Rickie's worm, clearned his ear infection and cured his chest cold. 

Rickie was named after little Rickie in the TV series I Love Lucy.  He loved people but was afraid of everything except big dogs.  I use to say he was a St. Bernard in hiding.  If a big dog came up to him, he would hold his ground and bark.  I would pick him up.  He was afraid of his own shadow and I am not kidding.  He also didn't like bubbles, paper flying in the wind, kids dressed in Halloween costumes and more.  He would bark at anything especially when I went out of the apartment and left him home.  People told me he really parked while someone took care of him when I broke my ankle and was in the hospital 3 1/2 weeks.  Every time I left after that, he was sure I wasn't coming back.

He got cancer which the vet removed, but it came back.  I took him to Cornell University and was told he would last about 10 weeks.  He lived for almost 2 1/2 years.  I say the good Lord and love made him live that long.

I always said I would not let him suffer.  The day before he went, we getting our apartments remodeled and he was chasing after the work men.  He loved to do that.  But that night he cried all night.  I called the vet and took him in.  She said he had reached his time to go.  I stayed right with him while she put him down.  She let me stay with him for a while and held him when I left. I had him for 11years. His ashes are on top of my TV next to Niki, the poodle I had when I got Rickie.  I hope they are both playing together in heaven. 

There are a lot of things about Rickie I didn't say, but he was a good boy and I love him so much even now that he is gone.  He didn't like if I cried or had tears so: Remember him with a smile not a tear. 

Marilyn

28 comments:

Vickie said...

What a sweetheart. Good for you two Marilyn. ♥

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
He was my little sweetheart and still is in my heart.
Marilyn

Chasity said...

What a sweet memory, thanks for sharing it with us.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you Chasity.

Marilyn

kymber said...

he sure is a cutie! i am glad that he had his time with you Marilyn. thank you for sharing his pictures and memories with us.

your friend,
kymber

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Kymber,
Thank you so much. I am glad I had him for that time.

Marilyn

Anonymous said...

Bless him Marilyn -how very precious-so glad he had you to love and look after him-

Fionalina

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you so much, Fionalina. I am glad that I had him to love and look after, too.

Marilyn

annie said...

so hard letting go, they are precious friends indeed!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Annie,
I agree with you 100 per cent. Rickie as is Pierre are treated like my children.
Marilyn

Elaine said...

He was beautiful Marilyn! What a blessing our pets are to us. I know you miss him terribly. Thank you for sharing this.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you Elaine. I do miss him. Thank you for your kindness.
Marilyn

Amish Stories said...
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Amish Stories said...

Pets are definitely the best, and I can relate to Marilyn since I lost my own (Tammy) in April. My home has not been the same since and never will in that respect, I've always related much better to animals compared to people.


I've cried for my pets more than I have for most people in my life, and more have placed a smile on my face. I'm hard core when it comes to animals, always will be. Richard

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Richard,
I agree with you 100 per cent. My only comfort is that if Rickie hadn't passed, I wouldn't have had Pierre. I still cry over Rickie every once in a while.
Marilyn

Veronica said...

Hello Marilyn I remember when we had to put down our little Skippy. He was what I called my best friend. He was a cuddly dog and I could just hug him and talk to him. We still have our Buddy but he even missed Skippy when we never brought him home. They are great company although Buddy will be our last dog. Moving to the apartment was a difficult adjustment for Buddy. My husband and myself have never traveled ever and hopefully one day we will have the resources to do so which is why another dog is not in the cards for us. It would tie us down. Nice to read from Richard and the others. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. God Bless my friend Veronica

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Veronica,
So sorry about your Skippy. It sure is hard to take. Thank you for your comments.
God Bless you and yours,
Marilyn

Merilyn said...

Thankyou for sharing the story and pictures of Rickie! It was lucky that he ended up with you and had 11 years of love, kindness and safety with you - that more than a lot of dogs get, it sounds like he repaid you in spades during his precious life - our lives are all the more richer for having these amazing companions!!!!!

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you Merilyn. I really appreciate that.

Marilyn

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry about your Rickie. May your heart be comforted by your good memories of him.

New York State Of Mind said...

Thank you so much Melissa, My only comfort is I couldn't have gotten Pierre if Rickie hadn't passed, but I still miss Rickie. Rickie is still in my heart and memories.

Marilyn

Jim McCart said...

We just had to put to sleep our little guy. We had him for almost 17 years. We were so lucky to have him. I know how it feels Marilyn. My heart is broken. Take care. Thanks for sharing your story. Jim McCart

New York State Of Mind said...

My heart is with you Jim. I know how it feels, too. I am sorry you had to put your little guy to sleep. Try to remember the good times and joys that you had.
Thank you for sharing here,
Marilyn

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