Dutchess spent much of her life as my late wife’s dog, almost always at her side, often sleeping in the bend of Vickie’s knees at night. When Vickie passed away, I of course kept Dutchess and our other two dogs, Booger and Bouncer.
But keeping three dogs, and trying to manage the jealousies between them, became more than I wanted to deal with, so I gave Dutchess to my son and his kids about three years ago.
This morning Dutchess passed away due to complications from diabetes. She was an incredibly sweet dog, a true member of the family, and will be missed by all of our family.
Update: As I sat around this evening playing one of my guitars and thinking of Dutchess, the following tune flowed out of me. I share it with you in memory of Dutchess: Dutchess
Rest in peace little girl.