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Dixie Lou

Status: Deceased 08/25/20
Gender: Female
Age: Senior (> 10 Years)
Size: Mini (< 12 lbs)
Color: Black & Tan
Coat: Smooth
I have been trying to come to terms with losing Dixie Lou and it has been hard and very sad. For eight years (six with my husband Hal, and two on my own since he passed in 2018), I have been caring for Dixie. Her original owner, for the first seven years of her life, was my Dad. He fed her too many snacks of eggs and cheese, which resulted in her becoming diabetic. For the past several years, this has meant a special GlycoBalance diet and two shots per day of Vetsulin.

She had so much tenacity and just kept on living life no matter what. I really admired her for her strength and forbearance of her condition. She just didn’t let anything get her down. Even in her last days, when she was in pain from oncoming pancreatitis, she refused to give in or give up. Having to take her in to the vet was so hard knowing that this was not going to work out well for her. I had time in a private exam room to hold her close and tell her how much I admired and loved her. Although she was calm, she was also letting me know I should let her go home, where she could be with my Dad. It was so hard to say goodbye.

She was a true miniature dachshund, with a silky smooth coat and had special ears that stuck straight out and that gave her the nickname of “Bat Girl”. I would smooth her ears down and say “Dachshund ears", but as soon as I let them go, they would immediately pop back up in Bat Girl mode. She was bigger than life for such a tiny dog, and although she was 15 years old, she was just so beautiful. I know she is now free of pain, running around, or curled up on Dad’s lap.


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