Kerri: A Tribute to our first ‘Fur Child’

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Kerri: A Tribute to our first ‘Fur Child’

Kerri 2

Kerri was a Welsh Terrier. They are a rare find in this Country since they are only bred to a waiting list. If there isn’t an owner waiting, there are no puppies born. So how did we find Kerri? As it happens her owner’s were building a house and it would not be ready when Kerri was ready to come home. We wasted no time in going to visit and adopting that puppy who needed a home. We bonded immediately. Kerri was born on Valentine’s Day. She was our wonderful Valentine.

From that first day until her final day having Kerri in our household was more like having a toddler than a dog. She was too smart for her own good in many ways. Don’t try to hide medication in her food because she will root it out and discard it. How did she know it was there? No idea… She just knew.

Kerri seemed to understand when you spoke to her. We also have 2 American Eskimo fur children and although we love them immensely, they are dumb as door knobs in comparison. You could talk to Kerri and she would respond accordingly. She may not like what you had to say… You see, Kerri never met a treat she didn’t like. If she finished hers before the others finished theirs, well let’s just say we had to run interference.

Kerri loved to play tug of war. Welsh Terriers were bred for fox hunting so their jaws are extremely strong. How strong you ask? Kerri could grab hold of the rope we played with and I could lift her up in the air by those powerful jaws. She loved it! She also loved to run. Throw a ball and she had it back to you before you could blink an eye. Then of course you had to wrestle it from her because who could resist that tug of war game?

Kerri was a well travelled fur child. We must have moved house about 6 times while she was with us. She never tired of it. She was happy as long as she was with us.

Kerri’s enthusiasm never diminished. Her tail was always wagging even when she no longer had the energy for it. She was more concerned for her people than for herself.

Kerri struggled with health issues in her final days. She had hip dysplasia that would have taken another dog down much more quickly than it did her. It had to be sheer determination to live with that kind of discomfort for so long. We made the decision that as long as she was still getting joy out of life we would let her continue to spend her days with us and keep her as comfortable as possible. She so wanted to play, but we could not allow it. We stopped grooming her, but for minimal maintenance. It was just too stressful for her.

Kerri leaves behind her best friend Zeus. Zeus joined our family when Kerri and Zeus were both 3 years old. Zeus’ owners left him at the shelter when they moved. When we found him he was dying of a broken heart. Seriously… Kerri and Zeus quickly became best friends. He was at her side until the end.

Kerri & Zeus

We held Kerri’s hand as she made her transition.

Kerri will be missed by all of us. She brought so much joy into our lives. Kerri will always have a special place in our hearts.

This poem is for you Kerri…

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. Author unknown…

2/14/2001 – 11/29/2014

We Love You Sweet Girl! Always!

Geek Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. jacquiegum says:

    I'm so sorry Cheryl. This was such a beautiful tribute! I too have suffered the loss of some fur kids…I still miss them! But I'd like to think that my 4 furry kids are on that Rainbow Bridge along with Kerri. My heartfelt condolences.

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you. I hope Kerri is spending some lovely time with all her new friends at Rainbow Bridge.

  2. I'm so sorry you have lost your pet Cheryl. We love them, and then it is SO awful when they die. – we lost our kitty of 15 yrs earlier this year, and it was really is heartbreaking . We got another cat who is adorable, but I still miss our little tabby Ottaline. What a lovely tribute. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    • Cheryl says:

      It really is difficult to lose them. None can replace them, but others can help ease the pain of their loss.

  3. jan says:

    Such a lovely post. I'd never thought of referring to pets as "fur children" but it is purrrrfect! jan

    • Cheryl says:

      I have always referred to them as my 'fur children'. It is just a much more fitting label since they are so much more than pets.

  4. patweber says:

    Oh our furry friends. It seems they stay so short a time with us. I found a website that does a Sunday evening candle ceremony which was just the thing my husband and I needed when Chanel, 16 year old miniature poodle, had to leave us. I think about her every day. I have 1 other there at the Rainbow Bridge and know they are both as alive with tails wagging, as can be. Positive thoughts and prayers your way Cheryl.

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you. I know Kerri is having fun with all her new friends. She was with us almost 14 years. Now she can play as she once did. Thank you for your prayers.

  5. JeriWB says:

    It's always so hard to say good-bye to our pets, especially the "smart" ones. I totally get that. My Speckles was a rocket scientist compared to almost every other dog I've encountered. Amazing how we can just click with certain animals the way we do with certain people.

    • Cheryl says:

      We bond with them all, but the smart ones especially. Maybe yours and ours are playing together now.

  6. Susan cooper says:

    Cheryl, i am truly sorry for your loss. I can completely relate to the relationship you had with Kerri, as mine is that close with my Samuel. It is amazing how much love, joy and companionship our pets can bring to our life. When they are smart and have their own special personality you just bond with them even more so. My condolences, friend.

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you. I know you have the same relationship with Samuel.

  7. Adrienne says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    I had to come by and share my condolences too, I've lost four legged children as well and it's just heartbreaking.

    I wish they could live much longer but as long as their quality of life while here was at 100% then that's all we can hope for right!

    Kerri sounded like a wonderful child who brought so much joy into your home and I know will be sorely missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you deal with this loss.

    ~Adrienne

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you so much! Your comments are truly appreciated.

  8. upliftingfam says:

    I am so sorry. It is tough to lose a furbaby.

    • Cheryl says:

      Thank you. Yes. It really is difficult.

  9. Mike Vogler says:

    Cheryl, I came over here from Jeri's post and I'm deeply sorry to hear about you losing Kerri. It's been a little over 3 months for me losing my kid, Phoenix, and it still tears at my heart deeply. I loved how you shared all the brightness, vitality and energy into your day to day lives. Her intelligence being beyond reproach. Undoubtedly the look of love and hope of approval she always had in her eyes. And she was so blessed to be with you have it all returned. It's amazing how unconditional they are isn't it? Sending you lots of love and prayers and blessings for your healing as I know it will take a long time. All my best, Mike…

    • Cheryl says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. Each day gets a little easier. The grief seems to come in waves at unexpected moments and then passes. I read your last post and it was like remembering our Kerri. Lots of love, prayers and blessings right back at you.