When Annie Goes To College. . .

Our beloved Annie.

This was the beginning.
This was the beginning. | Source
Hiding in my husbands shoe
Hiding in my husbands shoe | Source
Just been groomed
Just been groomed | Source
Just before sunset
Just before sunset | Source

What will we do without our aging pet?

As we approach retirement, there has been more than financial concerns running around in our minds.

Annie is our 15 year old Doxie. She is in very good health. However, we know that her health can take a turn for the worse...overnight. Hopefully, some of my suggestions will help you to prepare for a day that we all dread.

Annie is very intelligent, she has a large vocabulary. Some words will trigger a robust response from her. For instance, when she stares at us it's almost as if she is wanting us to read her mind. Here are some of the words that we use to try to figure out what she is thinking:

Yum.....means that she want's her meal. (she will run to the kitchen if we mention Yum)

Sissy...means that she needs to go out to urinate. (mention this word and she runs to the back door)

Uppie...means that we are going upstairs to go to bed. (she heads to the stairs with this word)

Baby...means to get one of her toys. (Her toys are her babies)

Annie's body language


We are grateful that Annie will come to one of us and give us a tap on our leg when she needs to go out to poop. If she needs to poop we mention poopie and she spins around. It happens every time.

Annie will stare you down if she is hungry, until you mention the word that she is awaiting to hear. I do believe that she can tell what time it is. Everyday at 7:00 a.m. she is ready to eat...then at 10 minutes to noon, she is ready again. At 10 minutes to 5p.m. she is ready for dinner. She knows when we skip a meal on her. Her staring could burn a hole in your brain. Treats are not on her list of must haves. In fact, we don't know why but if we give her a treat, she will carry it around in her mouth for a long time. She puts it down and draws a V around the treat....we think she is trying to bury it. Then all of a sudden she will eat it with great passion.

Coping with the end result.

Lately, we have been dancing around mentioning the death word. My husband can hardly mention the word. So one day I told him...."When Annie goes to College," we will go away to a Bed and Breakfast. Of course we will not be turning her bedroom into a game room, adding a nice big Pool Table, however there will be major changes that will take place.

We will take all her items to the Dog Shelter. Her beds, food, toys, etc.

I know our lives will never be the same without her, so all we can do is love her and take care of her needs, until......"Annie goes to College."


Until we meet again....Francesca27




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NTR57 15 months ago

We personally know Annie and we just love her! She is definitely a very special dog. Animals are part of our families. If you're not an animal lover, you wouldn't understand. Animals love unconditionally. It is hard to say good bye to a faithful companion. When Annie goes to college, you will have many happy memories of her "childhood". Keep pictures of her so that you will always be able to look into her sweet eyes and know that you were loved.


Annamaria 15 months ago

Dogs are so precious. They are family. I too dread the day my Niko "goes to college". Thank you for the lovely story of "when Annie goes to College". When my Niko goes I'll think of him that way too!


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Francesca27 15 months ago from Hub Page Author

Dear pstraubie48: This is very bittersweet for us, we decided that this will be the last one who goes off to college. As we will be retiring soon, we realize that we will not be able to care for anymore pets. Enjoy every day with your sweet cats and take lots of pictures.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Awww. I do so get this....loving our sweet elderly pets is bittetsweet. My Honeybee kitty, my outside kitty, is 16...she is still well but the reality is one day she too will go off to college. Angels are on thecway...


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Francesca27 15 months ago from Hub Page Author

Dear peachpurple: We once had a cat that liked to hide out in our watering can...how wonderful to have our loving pets for so many years. I hope your cat keeps well for many years to come.


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

so so cute doggie, 15 years old is very old, my cat should be 10 years old, I am worried too, she understand OUT and WAIT

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