Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Angel Tootsie

Dear Hearts and Kindred Spirits,

At 1:30 pm on April 20, 2020, Tootsie crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our Tube of Fur has been the center of our family for almost nine years, ever since we were blessed enough to adopt her on July 1, 2011. We will be eternally grateful to Dr Michelle Ward for connecting Tootsie with our family back then.

Our sweet Tootsie and her special unicorn friend in November 2019

After spending the summer in the Pacific Northwest, Tootsie traveled to Switzerland with her mom for the first time in September 2011. That's when she became a Bicontinental Dachshund. She landed in Milan on September 5 and traveled to Switzerland in a rental Smart car. During a stopover in the northern Italy town of Cadrezzate, she experienced her first Eurowalk on the shores of Lake Monate, where she exercised her First Amendment rights (bestowed upon her by her country of origin) to respond to four large resident dogs who were barking like crazy at her from their fenced yard. Three days later, she started this blog. 

Our incredible Tootsie and her mom engaging in flight practice in the Swiss Alps

Tootsie has been the center of our lives ever since she joined our family. We have done our best to give her the best life possible, but she's done much more than that for us.

Our precious Tootsie exploring the Appennines in November 2011

We owe our deepest debt of gratitude to Dr Claudio Pozzi and his team at Centro Veterinario Scairolo. Emma was a deeply special friend of Tootsie's during several hospitalizations. Thanks to Dr. Pozzi's amazing, compassionate, clinical care, Tootsie was able to overcome a major health crisis in October 2017 and stay with us as long as possible.

Her physical tube of fur has left us, but she will always be with us, deep in our hearts.

Our amazing Tootsie waddling on the beach in Tuscany in November 2011

Senior Tootsie at the top of Monte Sassalto in Southern Switzerland in 2020
Fly free, Angel Tootsie. The pain from losing you is even more unbearable than we expected. Our hearts are shattered. You are our everything.

Love forever,
Mom and Dachshund Daddy

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tootsie Tuesday!

It is Tuesday and time for Tootsie Tuesday. Grateful for every single day with our super senior. Tube of Fur knows naps matter for humans & canines alike. Find your best burrow and have a nap! 

Our favorite burrow (pictured) is our DreamSack from Dachshund Delights. Dachshund Delights is based in Ohio. In addition to pawsome handmade in the U.S.A. dog items, April and her team are currently making face masks for humans. They announced their masks and within thirty hours had over 1,500 orders! Thank you, Dachshund Delights, April, & your whole team!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Happy Birthday, William Wordsworth!

It is Tootsie Tuesday & William Wordsworth's birthday!
Renee here: I'm thinking of all those years my dad was quoting William Wordsworth, and how I didn't realize it until I got to college.
So I phoned Dad: "Hey, you've been quoting Wordsworth since I was little!"
Dad's reply: "Yup." (Tootsie's grandpa is the best!)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Our Everything

We are thinking of you, friends, during these challenging times. May your hearts be full of joy and sorrow. And naps. Tootsie is our nap champion. Tootsie is our everything. xo

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