The pack that will greet me at the Rainbow Bridge just became larger today, October 23rd, as my son, Collin, had to make the hardest decision a pet-owner has to make, as it was time to say goodbye to Wilma.

Wilma and Elmer were sister and brother, born on July 1, 2015. Wilma was 6 years old. She was diagnosed with cancer in the summer, and passed away today. I can just imagine her at the Rainbow Bridge talking to Katie, Bob, Wishbone and Henley filling them in on all the happenings since they passed.

Although Wilma was technically Collin's, she spent just about every day at our house for the last 2 plus years. I remember when Collin first got Wilma as a puppy, and I thought holy cow, that's one big dog! And she was just a pup! We had never had big dogs before and the first time I took her out to poop, I was amazed at the size of it! Yep, it's proportionate to their size!

Wilma taught us that Danes are special dogs! So much so, that we rescued Elmer and Pebbles.

Wilma had great adventures with Collin. She even made it halfway on the Appalachian Trail with him! Every time I took her out in the rain, I would tell her, "We're just going out to the bathroom, don't worry you don't have to walk 10 to 15 miles today in the rain!"

The last couple of weeks had been really hard on Wilma. Today, when she came over to the house, she just didn't have the energy. She looked at me as if to say "it's time". And it was. I was able to spend time just sitting down on her bed, holding her paw, stroking her, and telling her how much I loved her. I told her it was ok, she was going to go join Katie, Bob, Wishbone and Henley at the Rainbow Bridge and to go see my father. He would take care of her. I told her she wouldn't hurt anymore and that God willing, I would see her again. Elmer was by me the entire time, licking me, and he's not normally a licker. He knew it was time, and he was giving Wilma and me strength.

Check out some of the photos and you'll see why she was so precious, and was the Queen! If you have a pet hug them and tell them you love them. Our time together is too short.



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