It’s with a heavy heart that I post this. Today we said our final good-bye to Minnie, aka Princess Minnie, aka Princess Crustybutt, aka Minnie – Queen Bitch Of The Barn.
She came into our lives as a six month old Boxer pup that needed a home and she was adorable. Six months old, a whopping 30lbs of tiny Boxer goodness. She has always had impeccable manners and came to us fully house trained, like an insta-dog. She fit in well with the pack and really cemented my love of Boxers. Those awful Boxer habits that the breed frequently has that you either love or hate? You know the ones I’m talking about – the energy of a perpetual toddler, the unexpected cunt punts, the general bounciness…well, Minnie was always more on the dignified side so she was good at ‘converting’ people to the Boxer side
We were really lucky to have Julie Austin come and take photos a few years back and this is one of my favorite photos of Minnie.
Of course, Minnie was a grand dame, like her name sake, Minerva McGonagall. This poster was used for a charity cabaret show benefiting some orphaned bear cubs and this is by our good friend, MTP Sudios. Over $6,000 was raised by this show!
Always one to extend an altruistic paw, Minnie also appeared in a benefit calendar. Sure, sure…..it was supposed to be a Pit Bull calendar but she was an honorary Pit Bull just by association. 🙂
In September of 2015 Minnie was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma. Well, shit. We started chemotherapy and she was never sick a day, she really sailed through the treatment like a champ. Here she is getting a cheeseburger after her first treatment.
Sadly , after three chemotherapy treatments she stopped responding to the treatment. We decided to discontinue the chemotherapy and continue with comfort care and she was a happy girl for four more months. She got to continue to go to work with me at Trupanion:
And she went for a scenic drive on the Mountain Loop Highway:
We had a brief affair with a cone due to an indolent ulcer but Minnie is a lady and took it with aplomb:
Minnie let us know that it was time to say good-bye today. With lots of tears, and a couple of cheeseburgers we ushered our girl from this life to the next. This is the final picture that we got of our beautiful girl…..just as beautiful as the day we brought her home. Keep the other dogs in line up there, girl….we’ll see you on the other side.