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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Off To A New Adventure

Ruby's Mum here. Our sweet red rock adventure girl left us yesterday for adventures in pastures new. It came out of the blue and was very quick, leaving us shocked, but grateful there was no long, drawn out suffering, and that we were both there with her. We think it was a heart attack.

Ruby left the way she lived, with no dilly dallying. The day before she had an acupuncture session, visited the staff of OfficeMax, then spent an hour fishing at the creek. She was the liveliest we've seen her in the water for a while.

She slept outside with me that night, and slept in for a little in the morning, both of us enjoying the cool morning breeze, until Dad came to take her for a walk at Long Canyon. In her usual way, she made friends with some Japanese girls walking the same path, and when she was ready, told Dad it was time to come home for breakfast. A couple of hours later, we heard her scream. She struggled for two breaths, and was gone.

Ruby touched more lives than any dog I've had. Just a couple of days ago I was walking with her in our neighborhood, when someone in a car that Ruby seemed to recognize, stopped to say hello. They of course greeted Ruby, not me, but as if she were a person. "Hello Ruby, how are you? I haven't seen you in a long time. You're looking good."

I had no idea who this person was or where they might have met Ruby. This happened on other occasions too, to the point that we thought maybe Ruby was leading a parallel life and meeting these people without us. The strangest one happened when we were on holiday in California a few years ago. Some people stopped us in the street and greeted Ruby by name. To this day, we have no recollection of meeting them anywhere before.

Emails and Facebook notes have been flooding in, and we are so very touched by the depth of feeling people have for our girl. She has been my constant companion and workmate for almost 11 years. Today was my first day giving a massage without her. I sorely missed her trotting out to the gate and giving the client their first greeting. This was clearly her job and she never liked to miss a session. Once the greeting part was done, and she had led the person to the studio, she would take her place on the kitchen floor and stay there until a few minutes before the end. She didn't like me running over time, and would let me know when she thought I should be done by getting up and stretching, and shaking her collar so the tags jingled.

Many a time I would reenter the room when the session was over and find the client down on the floor with Ruby, having a heart to heart. People connected with her on a very deep level. One of my friends, who never met Ruby in person, sums it up perfectly.

"All people and all creatures have their intrinsic worth, but some people, and especially some dogs have a special luminosity. I think Ruby Red girl was one of these special beings. And she seemed to have chosen you to communicate her love to the world and other human beings. I will miss your wonderful stories about her."

There are a few stories yet untold, and when the rawness of it all has subdued, I'll share them here, along with some more pictures.

With boyfriends, Robert and Gabe, in California. The boys were training to be service dogs. Only Robert made the grade and lost his battle with cancer just a few months ago. Gabe still lives with his trainer parents. Ruby learned a lot in that week.


the Sedona Knit Wits said...

Jyoti, I just love what you did here. I am sure Ruby so appreciates it too, knowing that the two of you will love each other always. I too had a friend like that called Bella a fawn boxer. I know how you feel I still miss my Bella~

a knitwit

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I am so sorry to read this today. Because we've lost several Goldens of our own, I know how difficult it has been for you to lose your precious Ruby because she made such a different to so many and was so embedded within your life. I hope that you're able to find comfort in your memories of her, and in knowing that you'll see her again one day, and what a wonderful day that will be....

God speed Ruby...

Ruby's Raiser said...

I am so sorry to read of the loss of your sweet Ruby. Your post is a beautiful tribute to her life, a life lived to the fullest with those she adored. Yours was one of the first blogs I added to my reader when I started blogging two years ago. Sending you my deepest condolences and big hugs.

KT and Lady said...

A beautiful tribute. I wish I could have met her.

Shortly after Lady died in Phoenix on March 1st, I was called (?) to Bell Rock to say goodbye, lick my wounds and connect with the bridge. I highly recommend it.


Sam said...

We thought about you all day yesterday. When we started blogging we never realized how much we would come to love our fellow blogger's dogs. Ruby was one of the first we found, and she held a special place in our hearts too. I'm not ashamed to see a cried when I heard. Send all of you hugs.


MurphyDog said...

oh gosh...Mom's heart is breaking right along with yours. Its never easy to say goodbye, and we are both so sorry to hear Ruby is gone, but your bloggie has been an amazing testamonial to the fabulous life she had with you.

RIP Ruby-girl

wags, wiggles & sorrowful slobbers

forever dorothy said...

Like those strangers, I feel like I knew Ruby. I'm so sorry for your loss of your beautiful girl. I think she was what some people call your heart dog, one very special to you. I will miss reading about her adventures.

Moondance Huskies said...

We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Heaven has a new star & angel. She touched many lives and her spirit will always be around you. Treasure your precious memories and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hugs and sad howls,
Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kitties and mom Joan

CJ/Rick said...

It will take some time to get over such a long and loving relationship. I dread the day for myself.
Thanks for sharing your story and love of Ruby.