As you may know, Maya is the official “Factory Pup”. What you may not know is that Mamie, our oldest dog, was the equivalent of Maya’s great aunt (or something like that).
Mamie became a part of our lives when she was about four months old, and our children were two years old and three months old. She was part of our family for fourteen years.
Sadly, she left us yesterday.
Super pup Mamie was a great one! She was eager, fast, smart, and the boss. Of all dogs in our lives, she rose to the top and was deservingly nicknamed #1.
She was always a loving and faithful family companion, hunting buddy and protector. She loved to swim, kayak, run, retrieve, ride the four-wheeler, get tummy rubs, play, and yes, nap. She was always by our sides, nudging us for a bit more petting, and put up with all we asked of her – from road trips, costumes, silly hats, strange boots, the salty surf, to icy duck ponds, to snow and sandy beaches, to our other new pets like Pearly, Zoey, Frost and Maya. She just smiled her smile, wagged her tail and was “all in”. She traveled with Bob or us to Llano, San Angelo, Manitoba (2x), South Dakota, Colorado, Missouri, Fluvanna, Sargent, Houston, Galveston, Winnie, and many other places.
Now, she’s romping and playing at “Rainbow Bridge” with Ike, her first and best buddy Tina, Kirby, & even Pearly (our cat), as well as previous hunting buddies Crowley, Buck, Sarge, and Drake. She is again swimming, retrieving, wrestling, basking in the warm sunshine, enjoying a few cookies here and ther
e, and just back to her happy (and fast!) pup she was for almost 12 of her 14 years.
She has passed the gavel to both Zoey, and Maya the “Factory Pup”, to keep the great family dog / hunting dog tradition going.
So today we pay tribute to our Mamie. Rest in Peace #1.
You are and will be missed for a long time.
Nov. 5, 2001 – Jan. 24, 2016