So Long, Suilish!

This is one of the dearest little dogs I have known in my life.  We called her Sulie,  and she just ran over with love for those she met along life's way.

She spent the first six years of her life in a Puppy Mill, having litter after litter of babies.  She was offered to us by Memory of Monroe Scottie Rescue and reluctantly, we took her.  I had been warned by friends that Mill dogs could be most difficult.  When we got her, she had some training in those everyday things that most dogs know about.  Then we tried to help her learn even more.  And she did learn, but more than that, she taught me about facing life.  She was so brave!  When in a situation that was new and a little scary to her, you could watch her take a deep breath and just do it!  She thought cuddling was the best thing in the world, good eats, and walks with her brother dog Otis. 

She loved to go walking, even in the snow, and she was so low to the ground, she would wind up with an under-tummy snow pack, which we would have to remove a few times on a long walk!  She just loved all kids, and when they would approach us on the street, she would just let them know she wanted to play!

One of my favorite memories of her is the first Christmas we had, very shortly after she arrived.  We went to my son and dil's home, about a dozen people there, and she was shaking!  She watched Otis and settled down in my lap, but then she took one of her big deep breaths, got down and worked the room!  Greeted everybody and then, came back to my lap, where she snoozed!  So brave!

Circumstances came along, where I could only have one dog, and since Otis was the eldest, I knew I had to keep him.  I wrote Jan at Scottie Rescue to ask if she could find a good home for Sulie.  Only the best would do.  Within half an hour, she had placed her with a great family that contained her mill brother Bailey, plus a gang of grandchildren! 

Jan came to get her,we said a sad goodbye, and it was so much fun to hear about her new adventures with her old pal Bailey and several kids.  She was in Heaven.

The little short girl developed Congestive Heart Failure, and this week, her happy life came to an end.  That is until she hit the Rainbow Bridge where she met lots of pups she knew. One very important one would be her dear buddy Otis who has been there for three years and I am sure knows Everybody!

This is just my little tribute to a very sweet little girl, who after she left the Mill, got all the breaks she missed out on .

Jo, Stella and Zkhat


TimberLove said...

soft husky woooos,

RA & Isis

Amy & the house of cats said...

Oh we are so sorry that you lost your friend Sulie - she was a beautiful girl. And even though her first six years were awful, it is so wonderful that you took her in and gave her a wonderful life, and, when you knew you needed to find her a new home you did so and made sure it was a good one - many people aren't that kind. We know you must be so sad, and we send you lots of comforting purrs and prayers, and we are sure that she is looking down from the Rainbow Bridge and sending you lots of thank yous for giving her a chance to show how wonderful she was!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We didn't know you had a Scottie - what a pretty girl!!! So sorry to hear of her passing, but as you say, she is in great company now.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

AC said...

What a sweet, brave girl! I'm so sorry she's gone but it sounds like she was able to live life to the fullest with the special homes she found.

Here's to more snow romps by the bridge...

Sue said...

She's such a sweet little thing. You inspired me to write about puppy mills today.

Remington said...

I am so sorry....it is hard to say goodbye to those we have shared memories with....but like you said she is now happy and carefree at the Rainbow Bridge....

WFT Nobby said...

Whar a touching post about dear Sulie. It's always heartwarming to hear about a life being turned around for the better. The little detail about removing snow from her low slung body particularly tugged at my heart strings, reminding me so vividly of Hamish, who suffered the same problem!
All the best, Gail.
PS Bertie and I have had words (see latest post) and I think he is about ready to make it up to Stella!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Khousin Harley thanks woo fur sharing your story -

And fur kharing fur her soooo much!

We are sure she's have a blast akhross The RB - so many pals there to make her feel at home!


KB said...

I'm so sorry that your brave friend departed for the Rainbow Bridge recently. Your tribute to her was heart-warming, especially the parts about how brave she was. That is a great example for all of us - take a deep breath, and dive in!

I'm sure that it was very hard for you to let her go but I can tell that it was out of an abundance of love for her.

Thank you so very much for sharing the photo and the fitting tribute.

Dexter said...

Such a wonderful story. It sounds like she touched many lives.


The Oceanside Animals said...

She looks like a sweetie. Glad she got to experience life outside the mill.

Yas said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful story of your beautiful friend.
Bet she's looking down and smiling!


Anonymous said...

What a most beautiful tribute to a most beautiful girlie. Run free, sweet Sulie!

Gentle Wiggles & Wags,

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What a great story Jo. We are so glad she was able to escape the puppy mill and find a wonderful home to live out her life..
RIP sweet girl.. Gone but never forgotten..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Just hopped by and had to get my Human a tissue! I was glad Sulie had found happiness, but Humans are so strange!
Y'all come by now!
Hawk aka BrownDog

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Stella, it's me Hawk aka BrownDog!
Thanks for comin' by. Yes those pics on my blog today are in WNC. Soon it will be too cold for the Humans and we will go back to the Low Country and the shore.
Y'all come back now!

Teddy Westlife said...

It was nice to meet Sully!

Zool Blogger said...

cute dog you owns


Lorenza said...

Beautiful tribute for Sulie.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Pup Fan said...

Such sad news... sending lots of hugs to you today.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Our Mom is weeping!! Run free sweet girl.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

D.K. Wall said...

What a beautiful story - and so sorry for the loss. We love to see rescues get such full rewarding lives and shake off their past.

Tee said...

What a beautiful tribute! *sniff* Thank you for sharing precious memories of Sulie's amazing life.

Licks and wags,

Tee and the DOg Woods Pack

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

Thank you stella, for all your lovely comments on my bloggy all the time! thank you so much.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Stella you are right Callie usually isn't still or quiet.. She has no volume control when she barks..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

The Luke said...

Love is Forever.

wif Love... from the Luke