by Mama Martha
Gabriella became part of our family when she was 8 weeks old. Being a Chow/Aussie hybrid, we did have our reservations regarding what her disposition and behaviors would warrant.
rom puppy on, her intellect and affirmation of affection shined bright. We could trust her around any child, and all animals (including cats). She proved to us that she indeed was one of our Dear Lord's best and greatest creations.
Gabbygirl aged gracefully, until she became 12 years of age. She was then diagnosed with diabetes, which meant she would be regimented to twice daily insulin shots. We were informed she would most likely expire within the next 6 months.
We decided to enjoy her as long as we could since the rest of her bodily functions were intact and of healthy status.
Time passed... nearing "two" years later - Gabby, now deaf and blind from cataracts. Her aged body revealed in her guarded gait and her slow but sure iron will ability to stand. Her days consisted of long periods of rest.
We prayed diligently for God to take her in her sleep. We did not want her to get to the point of pain or suffering.
Recently, her input/output changed, and we knew we had to take measures into our own hands. We made the painful decision to put her down. The vet came to our house and Gabbygirl was put into a forever sleep. She passed peacefully and calmly on Thursday, August 23, 2012.
A gift to comfort us...
The moment Gabbygirl passed, our door bell rang. Upon answering the door, there was NO ONE at the door. In the movie It's a Wonderful Life it is mentioned when a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
It is apparent to us that God had granted us a heavenly blessing that Gabbygirl had gotten her wings and that she was now in His loving care - renewed and made whole again.
We have a huge sorrowful void in her absence and our hearts are in anguish - but the joy, love and memories of Gabriella and how she enriched our family will forever remain.
Our precious Gabbygirl... we will meet again!
Lovingly ~ Papa, Mama and boys