How do you begin to say goodbye?

I have a 13 year old Black and Tan female dachshund named Lady “BoBo” Fu Schickens that has been my rock, my best friend, my companion, my confidant, my biggest supporter, the best toe licker and snuggler a girl could ask for. She’s been with me through rotten dates, awesome dates, bad breakups, heartaches, moving from a 2nd floor condo in the burbs to a craftsman with hardly any yard to a half acre fenced in yard where she loves to roam the perameter and look for bunnies. She’s been there for countless health scares and surgeries, weightloss and weightgain and weightloss and weightgain again followed by more weightloss. Everything really you can imagine she has been there for me. I love her more than anything or anyone in the whole world; even my husband knows it.

She loves to get her belly rubbed, sit up on her hind legs like a prairie dog and beg for treats, have snuggle time, read the Sunday paper with me on the sofa or sit on the grey chair and look out the window. She likes to slow dance and lick anything and everything especially since she had most of her teeth removed. Her tongue tends to hang out of one side of her snout. BoBo loves her dad and little sister Madison but acts like her dog mom, and they are two peas in a pod. When one barks the other one will bark. Half the time I don’t think either one knows what the other is barking at. BoBo loves to go for car rides and visit her Grannie and Bumpa and Bellawiener in Wisconsin or her Aunt and cousins Josie and Dexter in Bloomington. She also enjoys going to the vet because she has a love for cat food treats and goes crazy every time she visits and will eat the whole can if you let her. BoBo is definitely one of a kind. I am certainly very lucky to be her dog mom.

BoBo hasn’t been quite herself for awhile and unfortunately her kidney disease has progressed. Plans have been made to say goodbye next week. My heart is breaking. I wanted to have something to capture her spirit so I can cherish it forever. Sunday night we have a Joy Session scheduled with Sarah Beth Photography. She will come to our home and take some photographs of BoBo in her elements that she loves. She is my sunshine, my only sunshine. She makes me happy when skies are grey. I often call her my BoBo Ray of Sunshine. I honestly don’t know what I am going to do when my BoBo Ray of Sunshine goes away. No matter how hard you try to prepare for this moment it doesn’t make it any easier. Please don’t take my sunshine away.

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