The Day Our Princess Died


Princess had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks, and so I took her to the vet last Monday. She was put on some medication, but did not improve. Today, Denise took her in and the vet discovered she had liver cancer. The tumor could not be treated, and there was nothing that could be done to relieve her suffering. So, the decision was made to put her to sleep. About 1 1/2 hours ago, she ceased to be an integral part of our lives.

She was only six years old, and we bought her while we were living in Wisconsin. Six years ago, Denise was diagnosed with cancer, and after the treatments had begun, asked me if she could get a dog. I relented, in the hope it would help her during this time. We bought Princess that April, and soon after I noticed Denise was smiling for the first time in four months. I also fell in love with Princess, and over the years she tended to be daddy’s girl, a bit of a sore spot with Denise 🙂

Princess was Denise’s companion when she traveled back and forth from Madison to Brainerd for work. She kept her company on the long trips and the nights away from our home in Madison.

When we moved back to Minnesota, Princess had a lot of room to run around and chase the various “beasties” on our property. She also loved to tag along with me whenever I was working outside. The picture above is from this summer, when she was in the garden with me, while I was putting in some more raised beds.

Words cannot express the grief we are experiencing at this time, now that Princess is no longer with us. We have many great memories of our time with her, but wish that time had been much longer.

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