Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New Milford, CT
Rica Teca - My Sweet Girl
I remember when we brought you home from the breeder. You were a little fluffy black and tan ball of mischief, with a little bit of a white mustache on your chin. Dad would get you to chase him around the house to tire you out at night. You became Max's little sister and kept him company the last two years of his life.
You loved playing fetch, it didn’t matter what the object was. I can remember you bringing your bone and dropping it at my feet with that look that said – “come on, Mom, throw it, I want to play fetch”. And there was no convincing you that a bone wasn’t really a good fetch toy. I also remember your tennis ball soccer game in the kitchen. I never could kick that ball by you, no matter how hard I tried.
And you were such a great hiking companion. Dad still talks about your hikes with him on the Appalachian Trail to this day. And he remembers the night you saw the deer in the front yard and started after it. But one little whistle from him was enough to call you back. You were the best girl in the world that night.
I remember when I found out that your hips were bad at 5 years old and how my heart sank when the orthopedic vet said you would be completely crippled by the time you were 8. We researched and did everything we could to keep you active and happy. And you were still walking, playing, and hiking at 10, even if you couldn’t do the 6 mile hikes anymore, you could still do a mile or two. Gradually the hikes got less and less because you would pay for it for days if we went too far and we started just going to the park. But you were still determined that you would play ball, no matter what.
It finally came the time when your back legs couldn’t hold you up anymore and we had to help you up and down the stairs and outside. We did all we could to keep you happy, but last Wednesday, you looked at me as if to say – “I’ve had enough” and I knew I had to let you go. I didn’t really want to, but I knew it was the right thing for you.
We all miss you, Rica. But at least now I can think of you running with Max and Kelly and hiking in the woods until we’re all together again.
Aodhán (GSD)- Mar 2002
Caleb (Quill vom kleinen Teich) - Mar 2009
Rica (GSD)- Nov 1996 - July 2009 RIP
Max (GSDx) - 1983 - 1998 RIP
Kelly (GSD) - 1986 - 1996 RIP