Goodbye Katie Katherine Bubbas

Welcome to the weekly edition of “List O Stuff”.  Maybe I will just call it something new every week!

1. It has been a sad little week over here. Mostly Abby’s losses.

2. Of course, there is the loss of her sweet Pupper-dog, Katie, who was her almost constant companion for the last 10 years.

3. When Kate wasn’t relaxing in Abby’s room, she was guarding her door, or standing in the doorway between the kitchen and laundry room, waiting for Abby to come home.

4. Not to say that Kate didn’t spend an enormous amount of time sleeping in her dog bed, or next to someone on the couch.

5. We have already noticed her absence in many ways, some expected, some not so much.

6. After returning home from the vet, Abby had a bowl of cereal. She said a single Cheerio fell out of her mouth and she thought “crap, I am going to have to pick that up”! Katie was our own personal Roomba, and our home will need much more vacuuming.

7. There is no little poochi-doo excited to see you when you come home, whether you have been gone for 2 weeks or 2 hours. Cats just yawn and stretch and say, “oh, were you out?”.

8. Honey said cooking is just plain strange. We are accustomed to moving slowly, while looking at the floor. She was the queen of being underfoot.

9. Whenever someone was in the kitchen, she would bolt out a dead sleep if she heard the sound of cutlery on dish, or the refrigerator door opening.

That’s what we always chanted, “someone’s in the kitchen, someone’s in the kitchen!!”

10. We used to tease her when we had ice cream. She was always present whenever anyone made that scraping sound with their spoon. One would clang their spoon and she would run over to them, then another would clang and she would trot over there. We sometimes had her running around the coffee table. Relax, we always put the bowls on the floor for her to clean up. She could almost lick the pattern off!

11. There was not much she would not eat and she ate quite a lot that should have killed her. She never cared for celery, mushrooms, or strawberries and grapes. Yet she has enjoyed an entire pork rib bone, plastic bags with almonds in them,  paper cheese dividers, all manner of disgusting things she found in the garbage cans and litter boxes, and has gnawed a corn cob until her toothless gums bled. Among her favorite treats? Mini carrots, tuna juice, yogurt, and ice cream. Really anything in the whole anything kingdom. That dog could eat her weight and she NEVER, N.E.V.E.R., ever  threw up from eating too much. EVER.

12. I am going to have to retrain myself when cutting vegetables, so that I do not randomly throw small pieces on the floor. Or just automatically place my dishes on the floor for her to more efficiently clean.

13. The other night while lounging watching tv, I found myself looking down before I put my feet back on the couch. She had a habit of repositioning herself right up against you when you changed position, and we never wanted to disturb her slumber by conking her in the head.

14. There is no jingle of her little collar.

15. But there is also no coughing down the hallway or regular wheezing and choking.

16. No more dead animals need fear her.

17. The vet’s office were so sweet to Abby. They remembered her and her frequent visits over the last few years for blood work, surgeries, x-rays and medication refills. One hugged and cried with her. They were a kiss on the cheek from God to her. They sent her the kindest sympathy card.



18. We are glad she is no longer struggling and suffering.


19. But she leaves a void in our heart shaped like a small, soft, loyal dog.


A common look. She was an excellent cleaner.

Begging was her most refined talent.


Just taking some air on the front porch.


Diaper doggie.


Daddy’s sissy dog.

She was never more comfortable than in the crook of Abby’s arm.

Going to Florida.


20. Goodnight, Girl.


  1. jodaley said,

    September 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Aww, they do definitely leave a hole in our homes and in our hearts.

  2. September 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Awww. sorry for your loss. Those doggies sure have a place in our hearts. I love the pictures! You should make a scrapbook. Do you think you would get another doggie?

  3. Wendy said,

    September 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Oh, she was sooo sweet. I know y’all are missing her, and Abby especially. Even though mine is a “jack”, I can see the terrier common traits!

  4. pravolar said,

    September 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    She will definitely be missed……

  5. Carol said,

    September 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    So very sorry. This is a huge loss.

  6. sterlingsop said,

    September 15, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    What a glorious tribute to your lovely pet. She was obviously loved by all of you and that kind of love never dies, it just goes on in a different way. God bless you.

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