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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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My tick

Y'all will probably think that is a weird title for a Rainbow Bridge post.

I'm sad to say that we had to make the decision that no one wants to make, and say goodbye to our Moxie.

Most of you will know Moxie better as Richter's mom. She was also the mom to his siblings Jax, Angus, Lola, Sadie and Wicca - a very multi-talented group with titles in agility, obedience, lure coursing, nose work, barn hunt, rally, HITs, temperament and mad baby-sitting skills!

For me, Moxie was my tick. Tick was her nickname (and she answered to it) because she was usually embedded in my leg. She was a very snuggly girl. Not very discerning, she'd pretty much happily jump into anyone's lap. When she wasn't my tick, she was her brother's tick. I have had several sibling pairs but none like these two. Moxie loved Royal beyond belief. I have so many pictures of her lying on him, sitting on him, spooned into him ... I used to dread him passing before her because I just didn't know what she'd do without him. When we lost him suddenly (broken leg / osteosarcoma) in January 2019, it broke my heart to watch her track him the next day to where I loaded him into the car to take him on his last trip. But you know, she surprised me. She just got on with it. She kind of turned her attentions to Wicca, her daughter, but not as fiercely as she did with Royal.

I'm telling everyone that if you asked me 6 months ago if she'd be here for her 13th birthday in August, I would have said sure, easily. And then things just changed. She got hit out of the blue with idiopathic vestibular syndrome in January and then again in March. I'm not sure she ever really got over the second one. It definitely weakened her. A few weeks ago, she started hesitating to do stairs but with encouragement and a little hand if she needed it, she'd get it done. Then a couple of weeks later came the flat out refusals. Well, maybe not a refusal but definitely trying to tell me she just didn't think she could. I want to, mom, but I just don't think I can. So, a sling was made and we tried to cope. Then she started to drag her back right leg, and would walk on the top of her foot. And her rear started to sag. My husband would leave for the week and come home and just be shocked at how different she was in 5 days, and then another big deterioration in just 3 days away. She couldn't stand long enough to eat her meal, and it just became time. I truly hope that she and Royal are together again. I'm bringing her ashes home tomorrow and am sorely tempted to put her box on top of his rather than beside, because I just think that's what they would want.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 10:12 PM
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I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend. We never have them long enough.
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I'm so sorry.

My Gin had vestibular syndrome. She also didn't recover from it.

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I'm so very sorry for your loss... I think that's the hardest thing about dobes. They'll be fine seem like they'll go on forever and then suddenly...
I am sure Royal was waiting for her <3

Show yourself
I'm no longer trembling
Here I am
I've come so far
You are the answer I've waited for
All of my life
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I'm so sorry. It's so hard to let them go, but when it's time, it just is...

Run free, Moxie.
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So sorry Mary .
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I'm sorry for your loss.

She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader.
She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
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I'm so very sorry.
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I am so sorry. Inadequate words to express my feelings, as every loss I read of these precious dogs has me in tears. I don't know of any other breed that quite wraps themselves around your heart and soul the way Dobermans do. Your tribute made me feel I knew her.

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So sorry for your loss. She was obviously loved very dearly.
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How do you pay tribute to a dog you never knew, but meant so very much to you? I'm so very grateful that Moxie was "part of my life", even though I never met her in person. I'm grateful she gave me my Richter. I'm thankful you had so many years with her, although, of's never enough.

I feel like it's sort of the end of an era. I've given Richter a lot of extra hugs in the last couple of weeks.
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So very, very sorry for your loss. Sleep softly sweet Moxie.
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I remember when Moxie and Royal were puppies--so hard to believe they are both gone.

I'm sure she and Royal have both gone where the good dogs free with you brother Moxie.

I'm so sorry--I think the older guys and girls are hardest to lose--just because they've been with us so long.

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Moxie was such a little sweetheart, I'm so glad I got to meet Moxie when you came to visit me and Sammy. You and Jay gave Moxie a wonderful life and she knew how much you loved her. I hope Moxie and Royal are running around having fun. No matter how long we have them its never enough time, I still think about Blushie and Sammy all the time and miss them so much. Hugs
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

She sounds like a wonderful girl and she left behind quite a legacy in her kids and their accomplishments.

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I know I already gave my condolences on FB, but I will give them again here. I'm so sorry for your loss - it's never long enough and the longer they are with us the more we miss them IMHO. I think about how old you and I were when you had your litter and I had mine - 12 years is a long time! There have been so many changes - it was a lifetime for Moxie and almost seems a lifetime for us. She had a really good life as a tick :-) and I know you loved her. RIP Moxie/tick

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If only they could be with us forever It sounds like she was a very special girl. She will be watching over you, she and Royal.
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So sorry for your loss, you gave her a wonderful life, full of love.
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So very sorry. RIP Moxie.

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