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Remembering Rosie

"Our beloved Rosie passed away on October 30, 2023 after a wonderful 18 years of being loved and loving everyone she met. She was a beautiful reddish brown Chihuahua that was given to me as a Fathers Day present. She was the best gift I have ever received.

Rosie was not your typical Chihuahua. When we got her at 5 weeks old, she went to school with my wife (a teacher) and was the hit of the ninth grade. She was passed from student to student and became very well socialized.

She loved to go…. And she would go everywhere with us. If it was a three week road trip or out in the driveway to move the cars, she wanted to go. She went with us on several trips to California, Idaho, Nevada and Ohio. Looking back at our family pictures, Rosie was in almost every one of them. Our kids would comment that she had been to more places than they had.

What made Rosie so special was the unconditional love that she had for me. She would always say goodbye every time I left and would be waiting at the door when I came home. When I sat down in my chair, she would jump up and would sit with me for hours. And when it was time to go to bed, she would be right there in bed, curled up next to me, oftentimes taking up most of the bed, tiny dog that she was.

When we moved to Arizona, Rosie was in heaven. She loved the heat and loved being warm. She would lay on our grass and just soak up the sun. She was not a fan of the water but would float in our pool on her “Hamburger” floatee, just to be with us.

One of our best memories of Rosie was when we were in our hot tub and our neighbor’s dog was out barking. Rosie would often go back to the fence and visit with them. She usually ran over the cover of the hot tub to get to the fence. Well, when she jumped up onto the tub cover, she jumped straight into the water. You could see the comment bubble over her head as she saw the water. She did it one more time the next day. After that, she checked to make sure the cover was closed.

Rosie did everything with me and we had a very special bond. She followed me wherever I went. We can say that she went boating, jet skiing, motorcycling and snowmobiling. She would even ride with me on the riding lawn mower when I was cutting the grass.

Rosie will be missed everyday and it will be comforting to know that she will be with her other brothers and sisters. She joins Lola, Bubbles, Lucy, Maboo, Taz, Peekers, Mini, Stacy, Cubers and Big Kitty in heaven.

A big thank you to Dr. Sellers for making this the best it could be. You were very helpful and helped ease our pain on this very tough day.

Rest in peace Rosie until we meet again."

- Jim Woods


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