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The Dogs in Our Lives: Part II Cee-Cee

Updated on October 11, 2012
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Barbara Anne Helberg is a Fiction freelancer, Internet writer, WordPress blogger, former Journalist, and a Famous Writers School graduate.

When Mom's on the computer, Cee-Cee is in her "desk" chair. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2012)
When Mom's on the computer, Cee-Cee is in her "desk" chair. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2012)

Losing and Gaining

It isn't really possible for a family or an individual to lose a dog to whom they had become endeared. Dogs are a lifetime gift to any human who experiences their love, loyalty, and commitment.

The difficult thing about dog "ownership" is that we outlive them, one by one. We adopt them, purchase them, "own" them, walk them, care for them, play with them -- for a shorter period of time than seems fair. Their lives end, while ours continue.

Our kids' lives continue as we grow old. But our canine companions pass on -- physically. Their spirits, however, live on, around us, within us, through us.

And we never really "own" them, do we?

Dogs are special that way. Their memories just stick with us no matter whatever else we do. Although even memories are difficult to bear and share in the beginning of their physical loss, as we remember them and yearn for them to once again curl up next to us, time does provide a healing and soothing sense of satisfaction that they once were there, romping along with us, curling up at nighttime, and stretching out a "Good morning" to us every day.

When I first lost Ebony, my great black Newfoundland, the emotional agony was unthinkable.
Then I read a book entitled The Dogs of Our Lives, lovingly compiled by Louise Goodyear Murray. With its enduring tales of dogs loved and lost, the book taught me to reconcile my loss and reach out again for that next adoptee.

"Gigi" became my "Cee-Cee", whom I welcomed into my life in October of 2010, nearly two years after losing Ebony.
"Gigi" became my "Cee-Cee", whom I welcomed into my life in October of 2010, nearly two years after losing Ebony.

Cee-Cee

Cee-Cee came to me as a four-year-old. A Border Terrier/Basenji mix, she had been a day away from euthanasia in the local pound when an organization called Animal House Rescue took her case and placed her in a foster home. (See the above notation published in our local newspaper, The Napoleon Northwest-Signal.) I e-mailed the foster parents, a caring husband-wife team who now have retired from fostering many animals, to learn about Cee-Cee and soon after formulated her adoption.

Cee-Cee (2010-present) posed for me outside our apartment in Napoleon. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2010)
Cee-Cee (2010-present) posed for me outside our apartment in Napoleon. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2010)

The picture above is the one I submitted to enter Cee-Cee in the Defiance Crescent-News' Pet Parade Contest 2012. The event is an annual vote-for-your-favorite-entry contest which the Crescent sponsors, with part of the proceeds going to area animal shelters to help homeless and potential adoptees to find a forever home.

Cee-Cee won!!

There were some 40 dogs, cats, and a pygmy goat entered in the contest. All participants were entered through their "owners"' payment of an $18 entry fee. Voting consisted of a 50-cents-per-vote for one's favorite animal. So everyone contributed to the total funding raised. In the required 12-words or less description for one's entry, I said this: "Cee-Cee loves sniffing every scentful wind, visiting all humans, and lap naps".

Cee-Cee and I used this note to thank voters and others who supported the Pet Parade Contest 2012. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2010)
Cee-Cee and I used this note to thank voters and others who supported the Pet Parade Contest 2012. (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2010)

The first three top vote-getters in the Pet Parade Contest 2012 were awarded prizes for pet supplies. Cee-Cee and I donated part of our winnings back to the Henry County pound, which initially handled her rescue. A portion of the contest's total proceeds went to help fund area shelters: Fort Defiance Humane Society, Friends of Felines' Rescue Center, and Labor of Love Dog Rescue.

The first thing Cee-Cee does in the morning is awaken with "bed-head". She does her "Good morning" stretch a little later than most! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2012)
The first thing Cee-Cee does in the morning is awaken with "bed-head". She does her "Good morning" stretch a little later than most! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2012)

The Pet Parade Contest 2012 was just the beginning of Cee-Cee's celebrity this year. In September, my friends and I went to the Henry County Fairgrounds to support a "Bark For A Park" fundraiser. The local communtiy is raising funds to purchase fencing for a dog park on land donated by the city at one of our public parks.

The day's fundraiser included events for attending dogs, such as Best Dressed, Best Shedder, Best Trick, Best Kisser, etc., which had been announced on flyers available throughout our community. I wasn't certain I wanted to have Cee-Cee along, as she had shown some minor heat stress through the hot summer we experienced.

However, when we arrived at the fairgrounds with my friends' Border Collie mix, we discovered there also would be a contest for Best CurlyTailed. "Who has a curlier tail than Cee-Cee?!" I claimed. We returned to my apartment to get Cee-Cee and bought plenty of water at the fairgrounds. (She enjoyed herself with no heat-related problems!)

Upon our re-entrance to the fairgrounds, my question was quickly answered -- a Pug, with the standard double-curled tail had appeared and was entered in the Best CurlyTailed affair. Undeterred, I entered my little champ anyway.

Always ready to scout outside! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)
Always ready to scout outside! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)
And always posing for another picture! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)
And always posing for another picture! (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)
This is Cee-Cee's feed me (Corgi) look, don't you think? (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)
This is Cee-Cee's feed me (Corgi) look, don't you think? (Photo by Barbara Anne Helberg, 2011)

Monitored by an adult supervisor, the three teenaged girls judging the Best CurlyTailed looked over the entrants and soon pointed to the Pug and to Cee-Cee. A little debate ensued, then Cee-Cee was named the winner by the extra length of curl extending from her hairier, looser curly tail. She was declared a double curl and one half!

Our day was doubly successful when my friends' dog, Natasha, was awarded the Best Shedder.

Contest winners were given a grab bag filled with dog toys, I.D. tags in the shape of a bone, a copy of Dog Fancy magazine, various pet coupons, and doggy informational flyers.

The day was sponsored by the organization Benny's Retreat & Paws For a Cause named after Benny, a Beagle who survived cancer.

So once again this summer, Cee-Cee and I were privileged to contribute to a worthy cause for dogs and animals without homes, to shelters, and to improvements for the lives of animals. And we helped raise money for a dog park that will be just a few blocks away from us upon its completion. The park will enhance summer pleasure for the two of us, as well as many others in the community!

Shortly after I lost Ebony, I, a non-smoker, had the first of several attacks that late in 2009 was diagnosed as advanced COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). That news was a jolt less than a year after my retirement. More importantly, in the beginning, it seemed to dash whatever hopes I had of ever obtaining another pet.

But after being put on maintenance meds to boost my breathing ability, I rebounded well enough to search for my next forever best friend, and Cee-Cee was there. I found her picture in the paper as a potential adoptee only because that picture appeared on the one day of the week that I buy that newspaper. And she had been placed with Animal House Rescue just one day shy of euthansia. So, it has been, indeed, in my mind, a match of destiny.

Cee-Cee is the little motivating light of my life. I'm able to walk with her and enjoy some time outside, where we take great pleasure in peaceful "sits" by the Maumee River, which runs behind our apartment buidling. Lots of people in my building enjoy her, too, and I'm assured that I have again struck gold in the way of a canine companion with whom I am privileged to share my life, to care for, and who also takes care of me.

In love again
In love again

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    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Thelma Alberts...Hi again, Germany! Thanks for stopping this way, and your compliments on my sweet pea, Cee-Cee.

      I think it's funny that there are two remarks here about Cee-Cee as a "model"! As far as I know she doesn't have a secret backstory, but I won't tell her about the comments to avoid a possible "big head". Ha!

      Hugs delivered!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Cee-Cee is gorgeous. She looks as if she had been modeling before. I´m glad you found her. Take good care of her and give her a hug from me. Enjoy your weekend Barbs;-)

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      MsDora...Thank you for your kind expressions!

      Cee-Cee teaches me patience and love every day!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Eiddwen...Hello again, Eddy. Thanks for expressing your enjoyment of this Hub. It's always nice to meet other animal lovers on Hubpages!

      Cee-Cee, indeed, is a gem, a loving rescue who continues to bring new joy into my life.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @RhondaHumphreys1...Thank you for your kind thoughts on Ebony and Cee-Cee. Our dogs are so hard to lose, but what joy when you bond once again!

      Cee-Cee gave me a little extra this summer with her fantastic contest wins that were very unexpected. Not only were we able to help other homeless animals by entering the contests, her fifteen minutes of fame even made it possible to for us to give back! Quite a nifty experience.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @teaches12345...Welcome again! And thanks for your kind thoughts.

      Cee-Cee is quite the enjoyable energetic partner. I feel fortunate to have found her!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @drbj...Thanks for following along on my series about "Dogs in Our Lives"!

      And thank you for your kind thoughts on my acquiring Cee-Cee. Unlike Ebony, who looked me straight in the eye at the pound and said, "Please take me home with you", Cee-Cee totally ignored me and the treat in my hand upon our first meeting, so naturally I knew we were meant for each other!!

      She's my little sweetie pea, a joy to have at my side.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @mary615...Thank you for stopping by, Florida! Nice to make your acquaintance! Schnauzer's are very distinguished looking, I've always thought.

      And I know what you mean -- Cee-Cee is also an every day joy!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      You, and others like you, who invest into the lives are animals have my deepest admiration. Thanks for your stories, and may God bless you and Cee-Cee.

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub;I love dogs well all animals actually and his hub was a treat Cee Cee is a gem.I now look forward to so many more to come.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm glad you found another love after the loss of Ebony. Cee Cee looks like she is a ball of joy. And what a little star!! Voted up and awesome

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I love Cee-Cee. What an adorable story and pet. I am glad that you have her in your life.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Cee-Cee is an adorable dog, Barb, and I'm delighted you found each other. She poses for pictures as if she were an accomplished model on a runway.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading your Hub about Cee-Cee. She is adorable. I am a dog lover and I love my Minature Schnauzer who is the joy of my life. I hope you have many happy years ahead with this little cutiel.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @writer20...Hey, bless your heart, Joyce, for that opening thought!

      Thanks for following along to my happy ending, or rather, happy continuing with another canine friend. Talk about going from a giant (Newfoundland Ebony) to a tiny package of energy! Ha! Cee-Cee's a joy every day! I'm lucky!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Nettlemere...Thanks, UK! And I appreciate your Hub on the differences of what to do if you find a lost dog in the UK or Australia! Very informative!

      Yes, Cee-Cee is an adorable little corker! Her face is what people see first -- how cute -- then they comment on her curly tail, which is rather exceptional for a mixed breed.

      I'm blessed to have her!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I just knew you find another dog to love as much as Ebony. Cee-Cee is really a cutie.

      Vote up and beautiful, Joyce.

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @aviannovice...Thank you for reading about my new "find", Cee-Cee, and your thoughts and compliment.

      Cee-Cee's been a perfectly lovable companion from day one, and my first lap-napper (one thing Newfies really don't do well)! I feel blessed and lucky to have her!

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      Nettlemere 

      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      She looks adorable and such an endearing character. It's great that you 'found ' each other and have had lots of adventures together.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And excellent story. It's so nice that you found such a great dog!

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