Once upon a time we had a fantastic little dog we called Gidget. She was as close to a rescue dog as you can get from a pet store – Louise bought her in 1998, partly because Gidget had the “eyes”, and partly because a shopper in the pet store mentioned that Gidget was so ugly no one would take her home.
Gidget turned out to be a real Mom’s dog – she doted after Louise and would go into panic attacks when Louise left the house, even to just go next door! When Louise came back from a 2 minute absence or a 1 week absence, Gidget’s reaction every time was as if Louise had been gone for months!
I worked from home for years while I was at Arrow/MOCA and at Apple. Gidget would come downstairs to sleep in a dog bed in my office and it got to the point where in the morning whenever I made a move in the direction of the stairs, she’d jump up and run down to the office ahead of me!
She’d been having respiratory problems for some time in the past few years and it finally caught up with her on Dec 22. We had to take her to the CARE Emergency Animal Hospital and she never came home – we had to put her to sleep on Sunday Dec 23. She was just over 14 years old.
It’s been really tough on all us, especially Louise who had become very attached to Gidget – it’s taken me a week to be able to write this and it’s still pretty raw. It definitely put a damper on Christmas this year.
Gidget will be missed terribly.