It is with a sad heart that I am posting this In Memoriam post remembering Ruffles, one of my guest dogs who I have loved having here over the last several years. Ruffles developed pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart) from a malignant mass, likely Hemangiosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the blood vessels, which affected the vessels leading to her heart. It was a shock, as it usually is with Hemangiosarcoma. It’s a quiet cancer that usually goes undetected until it’s too late.
Ruffles was an absolute joy to be around! I will miss her sweet spirit and her goofy antics. For her memorial tribute, I wrote this poem:
Ruffles, a little red greyhound so petite
with a big personality sugar sweet.
She was often quite comical.
The tilt of her head said quizzical
and her behavior was frequently whimsical.
I nicknamed her “BOING BOING”
for she gleefully jumped up to give kisses,
Her bounces boinging with very few misses.
It’s hard to believe she’s gone.
But she’s not really, for her spirit lives on.
There will always be a special place in my heart
For that dear little sweet tart!
Although we miss her so
We’ll see her again, this I know.
October 2001 – February 2014
Run with the wind, precious one!
Love always, Michele and all your Grey Zone buddies