For people who have never loved a dog, this makes no sense. If you have loved a dog as we loved our Rudi, this is the way to deal with the grief and the hole that she left within our hearts and our home where we used to see her. The Scriptures only give us clues about the eternal resting place for our Rudi. But we believe she is enjoying all that heaven offers, lying on her back upside down with squeaky toys, catching Frisbees in mid-air, and maybe enjoying a little beer now and then.
She was born somewhere within Dodge County, orphaned at a young age and living on the concrete floor of some basement in a home near Hustisford, WI. Friends of Animals advertised her for sale, and to acquire her we paid $17. She was of no particular pedigree that we could tell. The local veterinarian said her parents were probably Doberman and German Shepherd. She was, to us, simply a mutt. We named her Rudabella or Rudi for short.
Rudi loved sharing the couch with her “Momma,” often turning on her back to better extend her paws to be rubbed. We often teased her that her paws smelled like Fritos. It was a ritual for Rudi to know when her Momma was coming home from school. If Momma was late, there would be some whining, but eventual glee with her arrival. Then the ritual would be to grab her squeaky toys, lie on her back, feet up in the air, squeaking away to celebrate Momma’s return.
When Tyson, our daughter’s Doberman would visit, Rudi reluctantly accepted him. At first, there was some snarling and showing of the teeth. Eventually when Tyson’s presence became permanent, the snarling and all such episodes faded away, and Rudi and Tyson became best friends. We would often visit the area dog park. Tyson ran laps and went nuts over birds, but Rudi would just meander with a distinct smile as to say thanks, this is the day the Lord has made. We feel Rudi was a gift from God and showed us so many of His qualities. She was faithful, loyal, trustworthy, showing unconditional love as a companion, a solace in difficult times.
Rudi was born around October 1994. She had lived well past her expected date to leave us. Now her nights were fraught with restlessness, and all signs indicated she was in increasing pain. Four days before Rudi died, she was given a tranquilizer to help her sleep at night. That almost did her in. We took her to the vet and IVs were used to clean the sedation from her system. An overnight at the vet’s and we picked her up the next morning. Rudi was so happy to see us. A ride home and she could hardly wait to have the door of the van open. She was happy to be home!
Up until the end, Rudi did what she thought would please us. On her last day she went out to do her thing, even though she could hardly walk anymore. Her last meal consisted of chicken, ice cream, scrambled eggs and beer. While she did not want to eat much at the end, we believed that she did it just for us. Rudi died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 in the arms of her two faithful pack members. She was nearly 15 years old.
Rudi, we love you and we miss you, as we often told you in your last months and days of your life, you were simply the best!
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