It was a terrible week for all of us in the Baxter family this week as we said goodbye to our beloved pet, Santa's Little Helper. She was 12. The picture at the right was taken on a chilly day last autumn when we took SLH and Tater for a walk on the beach.
Santa was born on a farm in Acton, California and was offered free to a good home. She was so tiny and all white when she was a puppy, much like Mini-Me, only cuter, and without a sex tape that we know of.
She was also the most obedient and most loyal of all our dogs. If Donna or I were ever sick, she would lie by the bed for however long we needed her. She would not even get up to eat or pee unless you made her. She so wanted to help.
Six years ago this October 30th, she had a spinal embolism and was paralyzed. We feared we would lose her then but through medication, physical therapy, and mostly her sheer willpower and desire to please us, she fought almost all the way back.
She has walked pretty wobbly since then and had some trouble with the stairs quite often but every day we got to be with her since then has been a blessing and a bonus.
Here are a few photos I pulled together this week of SLH, including a few of her as a puppy.
The end came swiftly. We think maybe last Friday afternoon she had another event that affected her muscles and she was clearly uncomfortable throughout the weekend. She wasn't moving at all other than when we coaxed her. In her final hour on Monday though she took herself outside and lay down in the rushing water of the pond in our yard. After a little while she walked into the woods and lay down behind a tree for the last time.
I know Tater doesn't mind sharing her day with Santa's Little Helper today. We will all miss her so much. We tried to give her a good life and I know she gave us one. This is the last picture I ever took of her. She was sitting in my office about two weeks ago, keeping an eye on me to make sure I wasn't going anywhere without her.
Neither of us could have known that it was she who would soon be going on without me. :(