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The Story of Muffy the Wonder Dog

Muffy the Wonder Dog
19th May 1997 - 3rd December 2011
Nicknames: Bucket
Age: 14
Pet Type: Jack Russell/Silky Terrier Cross
Lived: In her Mummy's heart
Author: No1LadyDJ
Favourite Things

Food, Her Mummy, Chasing birds, Did I mention food?, Sleeping, Doggy chocs, Kissing her Mummy

Best Qualities

Protective, Loving, Brave, Happy, Funny

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THE STORY OF MUFFY THE WONDER DOG

 

She was a little bundle of black and tan fur, with a tail that never stopped wagging in a circle. Her right ear folded over at a funny angle, and she had little “Fu Manchu” whiskers under her chin. She came into her Mummy's life at a time when the world was grey - her Mummy's mother had just died, and another little much-loved dog had gone to Rainbow Bridge.

 

Until then, Muffy had been allowed to roam free, exploring everywhere, but without many comforts in her life. It took her quite a while to get used to being inside, curled up on the lounge next to her Mummy, or sleeping on her Mummy's bed. She looked puzzled at the bowls of food she was given, as if she couldn't quite believe they were really for her. She cringed at raised voices or hands, as if violence and anger were no stranger to her. All this and she was only 14 months old.

 

As the weeks passed she settled, and came to know that her Mummy would always give her shelter, food and love ... so very much love. And the unconditional love that she gave in return rescued her Mummy from the grey cloud that had hovered over her Mummy's life.

 

Her Mummy thought that her name was a little undignified, and tried calling her by other names. But she would only respond to Muffy, and so she became "Muffy the Wonder Dog". (In later years, she got the nick-name "Bucket", but that's another story).

 

Walks with her were always a time of laughter, as she spied a cat that she thought might like to play with her. The cats always had other ideas though, much to Muffy's disgust. Drain holes in the side of the road terrified her, and yet she was fearless when it came to meeting other dogs.

 

Chasing rabbits and birds was a favourite pastime for her. Her little body curled almost in a half-moon shape as she flew towards the birds, especially at the beach. Barking at the seagulls, telling them to get off her patch of sand. And racing just as quickly back to her Mummy, when the waves of the ocean got too close to her. She was never keen on water, and stubbornly resisted all attempts to teach her to swim.

 

Bath times were a trial. She only had to hear water going into the laundry sink, and she'd hide under the bed. Lifting her into the sink, she'd put all four paws out horizontal to her body, before reluctantly submitting to the inevitable. Then when towel-dried, she'd race around the yard, rolling in invisible smells on the grass, until she was satisfied that she smelt like a dog again.

 

She loved to go for drives in the car, paws perched on the window, looking like the Mistress of all she surveyed. And visiting friends gave her the perfect opportunity to turn her big brown eyes on people, silently saying "Oh please spoil me, because I'm so neglected, can't you tell?". Not even the coldest of hearts could resist those pleading eyes, the warm snuggly body, and that wagging tail.

 

And her wonderful kisses … they were the best kisses in the whole world. She gave them freely and with joy, whether in thanks for cuddles, when she wanted attention, or when it was time for her bed-time doggy choc. And she loved her food, oh my yes. In Muffy's eyes, her food was hers, and so was her Mummy's. She shamelessly stole a grilled chop from her Mummy's plate one day, and the chase around the house to get the chop bone back was hysterically funny.

 

A battle of wills ensued, her Mummy determined to get the chop bone before Muffy could eat it and possibly hurt herself, and Muffy equally determined to hold on to her treasure. Mummy won, but only by bribing Muffy with a sliver of cheese. Human food? No such thing in Muffy's mind.

 

She was a brave little soul, who'd protect her Mummy's life if she thought she was threatened. She nearly died doing it once, when she snapped at a Greyhound who got too close. She was 5 kg of fury, and came off second best on that occasion, badly injured and in shock. But she pulled through, and after that she'd rarely let her Mummy out of her sight.

 

Her Mummy got her a “toy-boy” doggy friend called Toto, to keep her company when Mummy wasn’t at home. Toto, funny little fellow that he was, turned out to be a “Sugar-Daddy” though, as he was much older than first thought. He and Muffy played together happily for a couple of years, but the time came when Toto started having fits. And so Muffy and her Mummy had to say Goodbye to their “Best Boy”, when he went to Rainbow Bridge, and they missed him very much.

 

As Muffy got older she'd follow her Mummy everywhere. She'd reluctantly share her with other dogs and people, but was never happier than when curled up on her Mummy's lap. Her silky fur showed more white hairs as the years went by, and she didn't move as quickly as she'd once done. Her new play-mate Charlie the Chihuahua (a.k.a. His Royal Dogness Prince Charlie) had a bad heart murmur, and it was a shock when her Mummy was told that Muffy had one too.

 

The wonderful vet said that there were medications to help the heart problems, so that Muffy and Charlie would have a good quality of life. And so, for several years, the two little furry friends continued on. But Charlie was struggling badly, and his Mummy made the heart-breaking decision that it was time to let him go. Muffy seemed to understand, and stood guard over his body before he was buried. And she missed her little mate, despite the arguments they had sometimes had.

 

And so, Charlie II came into their lives. A bundle of energy, he tried to boss Muffy, but she wasn't having any of it. Matriarch of the household, she demanded respect, and got it. Her heart problems were getting worse, but she was still a cheeky little Miss, spitting her tablets out when her Mummy wasn't watching.

 

And she was slowing down, her eyes weren't as bright, and the coughing and panting were distressing for her and her Mummy. She was tired, but didn't want to leave her Mummy ... after all, they'd been together for over 13 years, and who would look after her Mummy if Muffy wasn't there to do it?

 

Her Mummy knew the time was coming for Muffy to go to Rainbow Bridge. She felt like her heart was breaking as she cried tears of pain at the thought of what was to come.

 

And so she held Muffy closely and talked to her gently, all the while kissing and stroking her. She told her that she was so very much loved, and would be missed more than words could say. She said that she would never forget Muffy, and was so blessed to have shared so many wonderful years with her. And she told Muffy that while she would cry enough tears to fill an ocean, that it was o.k. for Muffy to go to Rainbow Bridge to be with Toto and Charlie I. Mummy would be sad, but she would survive, as she knew Muffy was tired and struggling, and she loved Muffy far too much to see her suffer any more.

 

And Muffy knew then that it was o.k. to go, and it was time to kiss her Mummy's cheek one last time, safe in the knowledge that the precious and treasured Love she and her Mummy shared would never die.

 

 

She was my Darling Heart, my Sweetness and Light, my Best Girl. She was my Bubby Darling, my Best Friend in the Whole World. She rescued me, and I loved her so very, very much. Always in my heart, Muffy ... always in my heart.

 

Love,

Mummy

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