All in the Family
Aries Daisi



I got Brandi at 6 months, from a young friend. She purchased Brandi from a breeder with no idea the time needed to care & My hubby agreed to us taking the pup, (he isn't a dog lover, crazy right) so she wouldn't be placed in a shelter. My 3 teens and I took her to puppy school, potty trained her & loved her like crazy. It wasn't hard, Brandi was a little snuggle bug with attitude; loved to cuddle in the kids blankets, next to me under a quilt and play tug of war with toys. About 3 years after getting her, Brandi returned the favor & literally rescued me. I sank into a deep depression, after a major auto accident injury & being forced from work on disability. At times I could barely get out of bed or leave the house. Drs weren't able to help, but she was. Once everyone left the house for the day, would jump in my bed, a total no-no. She would lick, whine and even scratch at me until I got up. Sometimes she just sat and let me hug her and cry; others she insisted on a walk, jumping at the door until I gave in and drug myself out with her. Gradually I was getting up on my own, and willing walking her. We went to the beach & chased gulls, walked the woods & trails sniffing out chipmunks. We eventually worked up to about 2 miles a day. Though I continue to suffer depression, Brandi was the reason I finally realized something needed to be done and I sought help. We continued this routine for about 7 years. We could literally feel each other's moods. Brandi was about 9 1/2 when she started having trouble holding her urine. She would ask to go out, and have an accident before I could get to the door. After months of antibiotics, blood tests, etc. for urinary infections, we were sent to an internal specialist. An ultra sound revealed turmors on her bladder and her adrenal gland; she had cancer. They were inoperable & nothing could be done. Ten days after her 10th birthday, just two months after diagnosis, Brandi went to sleep in my arms. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but she deserved to be at peace and pain free. It is 4 yours since she crossed the rainbow bridge. Every year on the anniversary of her passing I take a walk thru the park we went to on her last day on earth. I remember her scurrying from side to side checking out all the smells. Her little tail waving in the air, with it's white tip like a flag, calling to me to come along. Brandi was my 1st dog and the love of my life. She is the reason I love "puppies" like I do and why I chose to volunteer at my local SPCA. Thank you Brandi for loving me and rescuing me from myself. You will always be my 1st love and live on forever in my heart.

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May 20, 2011 wolfgirl66
Sorry! RIP BEAUTIFUL Brandi!
May 20, 2011 gmhendershot
Beautiful girl, beautiful memories!
May 20, 2011 BeautyLover
I'm so sorry you had to lose Brandi and just wish our pets could live forever. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you and was lucky you found each other. Thanks for taking such good care of this beautiful little girl.
May 20, 2011 pupfanatic
What a bittersweet story: and I identify with it. We think WE rescues dogs but they really rescue us, don't they? My first love, our family dog and thus, my "sister" was a beagle, too. I used to just stare at her beautiful little face w/ that built in eyeliner; looks like Brandi had it, too! God Bless her little soul. She's waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge, free of pain. RIP little sweetheart.
May 21, 2011 LuvzPuppiez
RIP Brandi my sweet "bagel", "growly girl"; I loved you with all my heart. I can't believe it's 4 years since you crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I'm taking a walk in our favorite park; I'll meet you there someday. Thank you for all the kind remarks; though she can never be replaced someday I will have another beagle. She truly taught me what unconditional love was and I so love the beagle spirit.
Sep 19, 2011 lucyny2000
Your Brandi looks so much like my Phoenix! I found him abandoned with bleeding feet and bones show through the skin over 6 years ago. I already had my first dog then, so he is my second love, but o,boy, I didn't know affection before I got him! This dog loves me more than anyone ever did, well, maybe close to my paternal grandmother! He is so sweet! Last year I adopted a cat, named her after my grandmother Paulina, and she is in love with Phoenix, she likes to groom him every day. My first dog is 11 years old, I have her since she was 6 weeks old, and just a thought of loosing her puts me into depression. Please, look at my albums, if you have a chance. God Bless Our Animals!
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