Sunday, December 20, 2015

Run Free, Ruby!



Ruby went to the Bridge on Friday.  She had been living with her mega esophagus since March and it was only getting worse.  She was keeping almost no food down, and had lost at least 25 pounds.  There is no cure for this condition in which the esophagus stretches out and no longer pushes the food into the stomach.  We tried many medicines and combinations of medicines, but nothing really helped.  



Friday the vet told me that she thought that the bond between Ruby and I was the only thing keeping her alive.  Well, that's no good.  









I've been going through pictures to try to put together this blog post and have enjoyed seeing Miss Ruby in her healthier, happier days with her brothers Bart and Gizmo.  


my absolute favorite picture of Ruby - the lobster was a present from Bert

Ruby was rescued at 4 or 5 and this became her Forever Home.  She was loving, sweet, gentle and had the softest fur of any rottweiler I've ever met.  She held her own with Otto who outweighed her by at least 30 pounds.  She loved her mom.  She refused to be trained. She was a very good girl anyway.  I miss her.  I miss Bart.  I am enjoying spoiling Otto, spending more time with him and training him.  It will be nice to have an 'only dog' for a while. 

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 Gotcha Day, Mar 29, 2010 - December 18, 2015




54 comments:

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Oh no, we are so sad to hear this, but we know there comes a time when one has to do what is best for the beloved pet. Ruby fought the good fight - we wish she could have had more time with you. She was a beautiful girl. Soft woos and gentle hugs to you from all of us. We are happy you have such wonderful memories of your sweet girl.

Hugs and Woos - Ciara and Lightning and Mom Kathie

Idaho PugRanch said...

We are so sorry. It is wonderful that you have beautiful memories of Ruby. You gave her the most loving gift of letting her go. Sending pug hugs and prayers
love
Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

Dachshund Nola said...

I'm so, so sorry. Hugs!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your "canine sister" Ruby. What a gem she was, and how lucky you were to have found one another. I hope you have found comfort in knowing that you truly made a difference for her, and in remembering the wonderful life you shared. She will missed, and not forgotten by people like me who are sharing your loss.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are so sorry.. Your heart had been torn for a long time,, in trying to find ways to help Ruby.. You felt her pain.. And you unselfishingly,,, thought of her and not yourself, when you had to let her go.. You know she counted on you to know when it was time to lead her to the path.... yes,, she trusted you.
With tears, we share your pain.. We are beside you.
Ruby was the happiest dog ever, and now she will be telling all the friends at the Bridge,,,, how much love you gave to her.
We are sorry.
love
tweedles

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very sorry for your loss and are sending loads of hugs your way...

Ziggy Stardust said...

I am so sorry to read this. I bet Ruby is running free with my sister Angel Sasha right by her side.

Ziggy Out!!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Such a privilege to have known Miss Ru.. How I miss our lunch dates! But now all the bitches of our pack are together... RIP Ruby, Sue and Mabel. I know you girls are bossing around our precious boys: Gizmo, Bart and Hank...what a pack! Thanks for letting me tag along!

MilitaryPugWife said...

So sorry for your loss! I just read about it on the POTP site!!
Sending you prayers and pug hugs!!
xxoo MaddiethePug

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

This makes us very sad. We were afraid this would be the outcome when we first read about her condition. SHE used to have an Irish Wolfhound who had the same thing.....same outcome. Hugs to all of you and keep spoiling Otto!

Team Beaglebratz said...

Mom Kim here - Sometimes it is just so very difficult, almost impossible to do what our mind tells us what the right thing to do is even when the heart falters and says, NOT YET! You did a very brave and yes, even honorable thing. I wish my vet had said that when I let my Angel Oreo go. Maybe Ruby was living for you but you made the decision that she should now be free of any discomfort and release her from any pain - you set her free.

Run free dear Ruby - you always will be a beautiful girl

Bouncing Bertie said...

So very sorry to hear about dear Ruby. She was so fortunate in finding a loving home and owners who knew what was best for her right up to the end.
Sending love and hugs from across the Pond.
Gail and Bertie.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
How the heart aches, even though never met - Ruby found happiness and now knows that Love saw her to the next level. Blessings to you and Otto - extra big hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Mitch and Molly said...

We are so very sorry. Our hearts break for you. Huge hugs to you and Otto♥
Godspeed Ruby. You will be missed.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Ann Adamus said...

I am so very, very sorry to learn this ~ Ruby was a magnificent lady and she will be greatly missed. Farewell beautiful girl, run free forever.

Mark Muller said...

I'm sos sad that you lost your sister Ruby... hugs to you all and a special weim-kiss...

Sandra said...

My heart is hurting for you and Otto and my eyes are full of tears. Sweet Ruby will leave a gap in your heart for a long time. God's blessings on you and Otto left behind. so very sorry to hear this.

The Daily Pip said...

Oh, I am so sorry to read about Ruby. What a beautiful girl with a wonderful heart and spirit. Please know that we are sending you much love and support across the miles. Run free, sweet Ruby ...

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

So sad to hear about Ruby. hugs.

Cinnamon said...

So sorry to hear this.
Run Free sweet girl.
xo Cinnamon

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Oh Lisa, I am so sorry for your loss!!! You gave Ruby a great life and I know she'll be waiting for you, on the other side.

Sending love and hugs to you and Otto

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

the hardest thing we ever have to do is let something we love go - but it is also something we have to do for them so they no longer suffer - Run free sweet ruby - we know Bart was there waiting for you

Sweet William The Scot said...

It is with a sadden heart we say good bye to Ruby. Gizmo and her must be so happy in seeing each other again. Why I bet they are you running and playing together.
Sweet William The Scot


Bailey said...

It is hard to make the tough calls, but they are the right calls and you have to honor those calls made with love. They hurt, it will hurt, but you know it was the right choice for her and thus you will let go of the pain of making the choice. She would want you to do that. You set her free from the pain, set yourself free too.

Blessings and prayers for you and your family as you go through this. It is never easy to lose one of our furry ones, but it always seems this time of year makes it even harder some how. Peace to you and yours.

Amber DaWeenie said...

It's so heartbreaking to hear this news about Ruby. She had a wonderful life with your family and I know you have so many good memories to hold onto. My deepest sympathy to you and all who knew and loved her. Run young and free, sweet girl.

Millie and Walter said...

We're so sad to see that sweet Ruby has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It is never easy to know when the time is right but you know that you did the best for her now and for her entire time with you. Love and hugs to Otto and your mom.

Inger said...

I'm so sorry, she was beautiful and so full of love. You can see it in her eyes. Sending hugs.

Nanük said...

Sad news indeed, pawing all our sympathy. Soft woooos,

NukNuk & Family

Casey said...

Oh, we're so very sorry to hear this! Ruby was a very special gal, and she's probably having a wonderful Christmas feast up at the Bridge right now!!

Jeanne Pursell said...

I am heartbroken for you...so very sorry you have lost your sweet Ruby. My heart goes out to you.

Sue said...

I'm so terribly sorry. She was such a sweet girl and she'll be missed so much. There's never an easy time to lose a pet but this is an especially hard time and I've lost so many during the holidays.We're thinking about you and sending hugs to Otto.

angelswhisper2011 said...

We're so sorry of your loss. We haven't met Ruby, but as we read, she must have been adorable. Sending Extra Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3 <3 <3

The Army of Four said...

We are so sorry! Thank you for sharing the good times with all of us, as we got to know sweet Ruby a little bit! She was so loved - and that love will never leave either of you!!!
Run strong and free, Ruby!!!
Cammie

Stacey said...

my heart is aching for you! sending big hugs, she's happy and healthy at rainbow bridge until you meet again

Jans Funny Farm said...

We haven't haven't been able to visit for a while but we remember sweet Ruby. We're so sorry it came her time to leave for the bridge. A warm hug, purrs and soft paw taps of comfort.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh no, we are so sorry to hear about Ruby. Run free sweetheart
Lily & Edward

Madi and Mom said...

Oh dear me we are so very sorry to rad about Ruby's passing.
Bless her sweet heart she fought hard. I know ALL of her friends and Gizmo were at the bridge waiting to great her.
Ruby may you have sun on your furs and a gentle breeze in your face furever.
My human sis's first cat had megacolon so we sure know what your struggles were.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Bev Green said...

We never met Ruby but are sending our deepest sympathy to you for her loss..there is nothing sweetie than that rottie love and even many many many years later we dearly miss our Eich..we lost him at 9 from Liver failure..we hope the love from around the blogging world helps you at this time..sweet Ruby will i am sure be close to your heart always..love Fozziemum and family <3 <3 xx

2browndawgs said...

I am very sorry and will miss Ruby. :(

KB Bear said...

My heart fell in great sorrow when I read this news. Ruby loved you so very much, and you loved her just as much. I can imagine how hard this is for you. You've had a lot of losses in the past few years. I send you love and hugs. Hug Otto - I think he'll help your heart. After all, Ruby helped raise him. Run free, sweet Ruby.

Wyatt said...

We are so sorry for the loss of sweet Ruby. We send our love and hugs and deepest sympathy.

Wyatt and Family

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh mates. We are so sorry to hear this news. We send our love and gentle hugs to you all. Run fast, run free at the Rainbow Bridge, Ruby. Our family and furriends will welcome you with open paws. Till we meet again sweet girl. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory and Carol xxx

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

We are so very sorry to read this news. Run fast and free Ruby. Sending hugs.

Leslie said...

Just heard the news and I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Ruby. Thinking of you all and wishing you peace...

Jacobi said...

Oh no. We are very sad to hear this. Otto, you must be feeling lonely... We hope Ruby is now running in peace, and eating lots of bacon over the rainbow in the sky. Many hugs and licks and wags to you and your people.

Cobi and Ojo

Marjie said...

Ruby, I will miss you. My heart aches for your family. Love to your Mom and Otto, and best wishes for a happier 2016.

xoxo Marjie

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scottiechronicles.com said...

How did I miss this tragic news???? I'm so sorry to be so late with my letting you know how very sorry I am to hear of this great loss. Ruby and Stuart are rolling in smellies together.

I hope our thoughts sent to you across the miles give you some comfort in the days and weeks to come. Dear Sweet Ruby. Missed terribly.

Send any photos you'd like to The Scottie Chronicles! No guidelines. Nothing but fun.

With a heavy heart,

Stuart's Peep

FiveSibesMom said...

I am so very sorry to hear about your beautiful Ruby leaving for the Rainbow Bridge. I just lost my Gibson four days before...it is a sad season for us here in Blogville. My thoughts are with you and I'm sending you hugs. Run free, beautiful Ruby.

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Wild Dingo said...

I'm so sorry! I had no idea because I've been out of touch with all my blog pals. :( I'm so sorry. Ruby was extra special. Kisses to you and Otto.

Augie said...

I've been out of touch too, but thinking about whether I want to start blogging again. After I set up a page for AUGIE, I began to follow a few blogs and, of course, yours was one of the first. I can't tell you how sorry I am for your losses. It just sucks, doesn't it? There are no words that really help, but I hope you're feeling a little better by now. Kathy (Tank)