My Sweet Baby Girl

by Ronald
(Harford County, Maryland )

On February 24th, 2014, Animal Control of Harford County, Maryland, got a report of a hound mix that had been hit by a garbage truck. They were chasing her, whom they named Angelica Pickles, down Magnolia Road and into my Sector where I'm a Police Officer.

I helped them get her and I stated to the Animal Control Agent that if no one came for her and she has some quality of life left, I would adopt her. So about 30 days later we got the call that they were going to put her down because she was unadoptable, but we adopted her anyway. The Humane Society and we were very happy.

Pickles, as we shortened her name to, had a lot of issues. She had a bad heart, a benign tumor, very bad arthritis throughout her body, and eventually she couldn't move her rear legs. But with all this, she was still happy and a loving sweet baby girl.

The Vet said she was about 11 when we adopted her. We had her for two and a half wonderful years. The Vet said she was fine as long as we didn't mind doing all the stuff to take care of her, which we loved to do for her. She was the best dog we could ever ask for.

We loved her so much and she us. I miss her more than anything in the world. We had to put her down on 16 September 2016. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I don't know if we would have waited, if the Vet could have done anything else or not. We took her to the Vet every month for blood work and checkups. She did great for a couple of years.

It seemed like the night we had her put to sleep, she was telling us she was ready. She spit out her medicine and put her head down.

Even knowing this, I feel so guilty for putting My Sweet Baby Girl down. She had so many medical issues, but was still so happy that she was loved. I didn't want her to suffer anymore though. She taught me so much and I hope to God I'll see her again one day.

I love and miss her more than life itself.

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Thank You All for the Kind and Caring Words!
by: Ron

I thank you all for the kind and caring words. I feel so bad for each and every one who has lost a loved one. It is so heart-breaking.

I hope in time we all feel a little better in knowing how much we love them and they us. They will be in our hearts and souls for ever, but I sure hope the pain gets a little easier for all of us.

Thank you all, and, for a place where we can all have a great place to talk about our loved ones.


My Sweet Baby Girl
by: Ron

Thank you so much for the kind words.

I went today to see her at the cemetery. People like you make me feel so much better, but it still hurts so bad. I am so sorry that you have lost one as well.

Lovely Tribute
by: Zita Caldicott

You are a truly remarkable person with a massive heart. You gave Pickles a wonderful home and let her live the rest of her life surrounded by love. I too believe in Rainbow Bridge, and that Pickles will be waiting to greet you. Rest assured.

God bless you for giving her the opportunity to be loved by you.

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."

The Greatest Act of Kindness
by: Ed in Denver

First, God bless you for taking Pickles in and giving her love and dignity in her final years. It takes a special kind of person to do such a thing and being a (thank you) police officer, you are that special kind.

I can relate to your story so much, as back in 2011, I lost my best buddy "Fritz the wonder Schnauzer" to old age and adopted a senior dog shortly afterwards. Her name was CoCo, and like Pickles, she'd had less than a loving life.

CoCo was an Aussie Shepherd / Border Collie mix and absolutely brilliant. She was "scary smart." She and I had only two years together before she developed serious medical issues that were beyond the Vet's ability.

The day I sent her home to God was the hardest day I can ever recall. I too second-guessed myself but my heart and CoCo's eyes told me I was doing the right thing by setting her spirit free from her sick, worn out body.

Surely there is a special place in Heaven waiting for you. A special place where Pickles will be waiting for you.

Pickles and Your Beloved Pet
by: Ron

Thank you so much. I believe in the Rainbow Bridge as well and I'm sure we'll see them again.

I know how you feel. I send prayers and good thoughts your way. I'm so sorry for your loss as well! We love them so much, but they sure can break your heart.

Thank you so much for the kind words, they sure help. You take care and God Bless!

by: Janey's Dad

Feel no guilt! Awesome what you did! Pickles was loved, and returned it.

It's the two year anniversary of our mixed hound's death coming up. We still cry tears of happiness and of having to put her down (19 years old she was).

I believe in the Rainbow bridge and afterwards. You'll see Pickles again!

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