|Ruthi and Scratch, Tidbit's Firstborn Pup|
I felt honored by being entrusted with the care of each pup while mom dog birthed the next arrival. Five puppies were born within an hour and a half. Oh, what a blessing to witness their birth and to watch Tidbit in the starring role of Mother Dog.
Puppy Paw PrintsSurely you jest!
|Puppy Scratch, First Paw Prints in Snow|
Scratch wanted nothing to do with walking around, nor with sniffing for a tinkle spot on the cold white ground. For a long time she just lay there in the snow, naught but a shivery fur-baby, and all the while whimpering her disapproval.
Mother Daughter Dog ChatI can't get away with anything!
|Tidbit and Scratch Mother Daughter Dog Chat|
Me and Momma RuthiWe're ever so cute, don't you think?
|Puppy Scratch and Ruthi|
Seriously, this silly girl made me laugh every day — hence, my Silly Sunshine Scratch girl. What a pleasure it was to watch her grow up. Everything about her world seemed to excite her, taunting her into exploration. Having Scratch around was like having a toddler around — from terrible two’s into fabulous fours! I adored her every moment of growing from puppy to dog.
Puppy Finding Her Own WayIn my Momma's shadow.
|Pup Scratch with Mom dog Tidbit walking nearby.|
Notice how Momma Tidbit still stays close by, feeling I’m not quite ready for being on my own, and she’s probably right. I’ve plenty of growing and learning yet to do as I seek my place in my wonder-filled world.
Another MotherLucky me, I have three!
|Young Dog Scratch with Helen|
This picture, this day, would haunt Helen later. Who could know what the future would hold for me and my Mommas? Helen feels she could have spared me the animal abuse that I would one day suffer at the hand (car) of Momma Ruthi’s EX. Ruthi assured Helen that things turned out the way the need would be — Tidbit and Scratch had each other and together they did survive! And Aunt Helen (and Uncle Bill) would be the ones to rescue the dogs, bringing them home to Ruthi who awaited their arrival at Helen’s house, where we all lived happily ever after; well, until we got a home of our own.
(For those who don't already know it, our tale of abuse to be told at another time.)
Puppy Scratch All Grown UpI grew into a beauty of a dog!
My dog Scratch grew up from a little fur-baby puppy into one of the most beautiful dogs I have ever had the pleasure to have walk by my side. She was beauty on the outside and had the most beautiful of spirits on the inside. She was my Scratchy Sunshine Girl!
Not a day went by without Scratch spreading a bit o' love and laughter my way. Just thinking of her still adds a bit o' sunshine to my every day.
|Scratch, all grown up from a pup into a beauty of a dog.|
Grieving the Loss of Scratchy Sunshine DogOne of the most difficult days of our lives...
|My Dog Scratch in a bit o' Sunshine|
I will never forget the kindness I heard in Brenda’s words. Yes, I cried. And yes, I cried the following day when I had to say goodbye to my Scratchy Sunshine.
As we headed to the vet, a thunderous storm hung overhead and a downpour of rain represented the tears I would cry on this day...
Scratch — Ruthi’s Sunshine Girl
Sky announced itself with a thunderous roar,
My swamped eyes letting loose in a lordless downpour.
Nothing I could say, not a thing I could pray,
Could undo the deed I’d have to do on this day.
The earth beneath my feet slow moved with disdain;
Found no consolation, no allay to the rain.
Lifeblood o’ my spirit pumped low and doused deep,
As I begged her pain staid, to submerge unto sleep.
When my precious baby girl locked eyes with mine
I felt my forever lose a bit o’ sunshine.
In a moment o’ time years flashed in my mind
And I wondered just how life could be so unkind.
Then the showers that be, they reminded me,
In the love that now passed into eternity:
The power o’ the storm is wrapped in a shroud,
Unleashed in a sunray peekin’ out o’ the clouds.
Untimely Demise Sympathy CardPoetic Creation 12th of July, 2015
I am missing you today, my Scratchy Sunshine. It is a doubly reminiscing date of love and loss for me since you died on the date of my Mom’s birthday. But as I reminisce the memories of the both of you today, I created this haiku greeting card of the essence of my love in tribute to the both of you.
If still alive, Mom would have turned 80 today and you have been gone 5 years now. But of course, your dog sister NewBe and your Momma dog Tidbit have also passed on to be with you now and I am thankful you are not alone with your loved ones there with you now.
The hands of time, they do fly by…
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