July 21, 2010
Missed By: Darryl, Neil, and Biggles
Holly came to us as a miracle dog. Although she was a 12-year-old rescue dog with a tough background, she was the sweetest, friendliest and most well adjusted dog ever.
We adopted Holly on November 27th, 2009, the day after Thanksgiving. I wanted her before Thanksgiving but there was all sorts of red tape involved. Regardless, she was worth the wait.
Holly acclimated pretty quickly to her new home. For a while it seemed like Holly and Biggles were just co-existing, but before long we saw a bond forge between them that was unexpected and charming.
I have to admit that it was a blast getting to know Holly and all of her mannerisms and quirks. After about a month of being generally a quiet dog, she just stood up one day, looked at me and started barking! (Translation: Take me out, NOW!) It was hysterical (well, the first few times). We also discovered that her favorite food was cheese, specifically Velveeta individual slices. Side by side she would choose that cheese over a steak! And I shouldn't admit this, but she also loved tortilla chips and potato chips. I found that weird, as my other dogs would never touch them. She didn't have them often, but when she did, she went to town!
Holly Ollie Oxen-Free, as I called her, single-handedly became our little Neighborhood Watch. She would sit on the front lawn and monitor everybody and everything that went by. With Biggles by her side, nothing got past them. Eventually the culprit would come into the yard and befriend them! Thank God we live in the most dog-friendly neighborhood ever.
After 8 blissful months with our little sweetheart, Holly's body decided that it's 'time for a long rest. We prayed for her recovery, but it never came. Now we have to say goodbye to one of the most beautiful souls we've ever had the privilege of sharing our lives with, even if it was for such a short time.
It's going to break my heart every time I see that spot by the front door where Holly slept, protecting us from anything (or anyone) that she deemed strange. She was a true and loyal guardian to her humans and companion.
Holly went to sleep for the last time with her face in my hands this morning. Goodbye my beautiful little girl. Thank you for coming into our lives when we really needed you, and you, us. We loved you more than you could have ever imagined. We still had so much love and time to give to you.
Snoopy and Triton will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Please continue to watch over Biggles for us.
Holly (1997 - July 21st, 2010)