Thursday, July 1, 2021

Gotcha Day Anniversary

Ten years ago to this day, Tootsie waddled into our lives and changed our hearts forever. Our hearts expanded to include this lowdown tube of fur who was fierce and funny and obsessed with food, walkies, and cuddles.

Our first photograph together:

 

Dachshund Daddy promised Tootsie that he would carry her on walkies in her senior years. "One day, I will carry you everywhere." And he did. People in our town still think of us as the couple who carried their little dog everywhere.

When Tootsie passed away last year, two months into the global pandemic, our hearts were broken. They still are. To be a dog-less dog person is to know that you are less of yourself, for a time, but that you have been made a better self by your pup.

Dearest Tootsie, we send you all our love in the Great Beyond today on your Gotcha Day anniversary. And we send all our love to you, our friends.

Stay safe out there. It's a wild world.

Xo

Renée & Dachshund Daddy


 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

In memoriam

Here's our dearest Tootsie taking a nap on April 20, 2018, exactly three years ago.
It's been a full year since Tootsie flew to the great beyond, but her spirit is here -- and always will be.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A Sandspit in Lake Lugano

One of Tootsie's favorite places was the park at the mouth of the Magliasina river. Sometimes, depending on the currents and other factors, a sandspit forms in the shallow waters where the river meets Lake Lugano. It's so much fun to stand on the sandspit!

The mountains in the far distance are in Italy, while everything else you see is in Switzerland. That's why every duck in Lake Lugano carries a passport.


 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Champ and Major

We're super excited about America's first dogs, Champ and Major! 

Angel Tootsie wishes them all the best. Here's a screenshot of the original announcement on CNN, Canine News Network.


Sunday, December 20, 2020

A nap by the lake

Dearest Tootsie,

Do you remember your spring naps by the lake?

Or your naps on the trail? 

You elevated napping to an art form! 

Love, 

Mom and Dad

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

In memoriam

Dearest Tootsie, 

Today I'm thinking of you wrapped up in your green winter coat just below the top of Monte Reixa.

January 2017: Tootsie and her mom in the mountains above the Ligurian coastline on a clear winter day.

When you didn't feel like walking, I was always more than happy to carry you in my arms. That's because when you were in my arms, you were right next to my heart. You're still there, and always will be. 

Forever yours, 

Dachshund Daddy

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Mommy, I just ate a flower!!!

Today is Tootsie's Gotcha Day. If she hadn't crossed over the Rainbow Bridge just over two months ago, we'd be celebrating nine years with our girl. Here are some of the last photos that Dachshund Daddy took on April 19, the day before Tootsie's passing. April 19 was a Sunday and Tootsie got to go on three walkies: a short one at 11:30, a longer one at 5, and a third one at 8. As usual, she got carried a whole bunch, which she absolutely loved.

Mommy, I just ate a flower!!!

Whenever DD took his dog-ter on walkies, he would keep Mom up to speed by sending her WhatsApp messages with photos of Tootsie. Sometimes, Tootsie would write those messages. "Mommy, I just ate a flower!!!", Tootsie texted with DD's help at 6:49 pm. That was the last message in Tootsie's voice that Mom would ever receive.


The picture above was sent to Mom by DD four minutes later. It's our very last photo of our girl. After that, on April 20, Tootsie got to go on two more walks: a constitutional walkie with DD at 12:30 am, and a morning walkie with Mom.

Our girl loved her walkies. While she got carried most of the time during the day, she would walk quite a bit at night. Either way, as a champion senior tube of fur, she loved being outside, even more so than when she was a younger pup.

Dearest Tootsie, we miss you. We treasure you.



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