Friday, March 20, 2015

The clock struck midnight

The momma here:

The thing about being Cinderella's fairy godmomma is that you know eventually that clock is going to strike midnight and it's time for her to leave the ball. My sweet girl was already a senior and not in the best of shape when I first adopted her, so I knew she wasn't going to have as long as she deserved to dance at the ball. She made it 13 wonderful years (or so -- her age was very hard to estimate!), 4 as my baby girl. But unfortunately, her time came today, and Cinderella has gone to dance at the Rainbow Bridge.







Cinderella was my very first foster dog and convinced me that I could actually do this whole fostering business. I was thrilled to adopt her out to a wonderful family . . . and devastated when she was returned a year later. I promised her that I would find her the best family EVER because she deserved nothing less. It took her some time, but eventually Cinderella informed me in no uncertain terms that she had already found the best family and she wasn't going to be leaving us. I adopted my girl on October 4, 2010 and have loved her every day since. She gave the most delicate little kisses, worthy of a princess, and then made me laugh by rolling around in the grass with all four paws waving in the air. Everyone who met her adored her. The neighborhood kids would come running up to meet us when I walked the dogs together, and when age stopped her from walking as much, the kids all asked about "Mrs. Cinderella" and "Princess." She had a bellydancer outfit for Halloween, and she loved prancing around in that thing and wiggling so the coins would jingle more. Every night when I went to sleep, I'd stop first at her bed for "bedtime bellyrubs." She had the sweetest smile and the gentlest nature.

Good night, sweet girl. You will always be my Ella Bella. Thank you so much for choosing me to be your momma.

45 comments:

rottrover said...

Bart went to the bridge today, too. Hopefully they've met up at orientation :-)

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very sorry for your loss....run free, sweet Cinderella!
Hugs!
Mama Beth, Dory and the Boyz

Whitley Westie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss - sending big hugs.

Sandra said...

My heart is aches triple today, i just came from Rottover and Bart died yesterday and another blog Harriet died, when i got here and read Cinderellas story, my heart is hurting for all of you... maybe the three of them will all run and play together. hugs and i am so sorry

Unknown said...

I'm so sorry to read of your loss. She looks so happy & loved in your photos... she was so lucky to have found you to take care of her. Sending lots of love your way,
Kira, Jasmine & mom Kim

Maggie Mae and Max said...

OoH Momma Andrea,

Our hearts are breakin' fur you and fur Casey. Even dose we never gots to meet sweet Cinderella in da furs we luved her very much! Run free sweet girl!

Blessings and Love,
Maggie Mae and Max

Mark Muller said...

Oh noo... Cinderella.... I'm so sad that you had to leave this ball... I hope so much that you can dance too on the other side of that bridge.... my eyes are full of tears, but I know you really were the bestest princess your momma ever had...and you had the best momma a princess could have..
easy rider

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Mommy is in tears. We are so sorry fur your loss. We do love that belly dancer story though. Cinderella was a classy lady. She will not be forgotten.

Millie and Walter said...

We are so sorry to hear about your sweet Cinderella. She was lucky to have you as her momma.

Idaho PugRanch said...

Oh Sweet Cinderella, we are so sad to see that you have gone to the bridge. But we rejoice in the knowledge that in your last years you had the bestest forever home a princess could ask for. Sending lots of pug hugs and prayers for your momma and brother Casey
love
Mr Bailey, Hazel, Mabel & Mom

speedyrabbit said...

Paw hugs are on their way,so sorry for your loss,xx Speedy

Sully said...

So sorry for your loss. You were both blessed to have had each other. Cinderella was loved by all. Gentle nose nudges to you mom.

Aroo to you,
Sully

rottrover said...

Casey and Andrea! Our Bart went to the bridge yesterday, too. Bart, always a gentleman, I'm sure has asked Cindarella for a dance. And, he always loved a good romp with his boxer friend!! Sending love and rottie kisses.

Ruby, Otto and Mom Lisa

Sarge said...

Oh, no! I'm so very sorry to hear about our lovely Cinderella. She was such a beautiful and sweet soul. I enjoyed every moment with her at the recent Valentine's Dance and it was my honor to be her date. My whole pack is sending you warm hugs and loving vibes. Thank you for sharing her with us so we could enjoy her too. Love to Casey and all of you.
Grr and a Mournful Woof,
Sarge, Furiend

Ruby said...

Oh noes. I am so very sorry to hear this. My heart is breaking for you, butts I know that Ms. Cinderella is roachin' and dancin' up a storm!
Sendin' lots of AireZens and {{{hugs}}} for all of you. ♥
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Ranger said...

Sending biggy hugs your way. Cinderella was a beautiful and sweet girl. Her face always made me smile.
So.... sorry for your loss.
Wags,
Ranger

Frank The Tank said...

I am so sad to hear that Cinderella had to cross the rainbow bridge, I loved reading about Cinderella and seeing her gorgeous smile, she was a very pretty old lady with a young heart, you could see how truly happy she was to be in her forever home with you, I'm glad she spent the rest of her life with so much love, I'm sure she is looking down on us all with her sparkling wings and meeting up with all our loved ones that have crossed before her, until we meet again sweet lady, I know you will be running free, waiting for your family and friends. All my love and prayers from Frank and Momma Jemma XxxxxxxxX

Murphy said...

It knocked the breath out of us when we read this on the POTP blog. We are so sorry and saddened at the loss of your girl but on the other hand we rejoice that you had the last years to be together. Dance Cinderella Dance!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Lovable Lily said...

Oh goodness, not our furend Cinderella! We are so very saddened by this news. We know your heart is breaking right now and so is ours losing our furend. A beautiful girl loved by one and all and will be truly missed here in Blogville. You're a great Mom who loved her like no other. She deserved and got the best from you.

We shall miss her always.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Chef Sasha said...

I am so sorry and saddened by this. Run Free Sweet Cinderella!! My Remington will be there to greet you along with all the others who have gone before us. I will cross paws and Mommy will pray for your family. This hurts my heart.


Loveys Sasha and Anne

Duncan said...

We're very sorry to hear this news, and send big westie hugs your way!

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey ....... I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Cinderella and I have only met recently. I wish I'd known her longer. I'm so glad she found you for her final 4 years. I know you will miss her terribly. Mum and I are thinking of you and sending hugs ....... Love, Charlie.

LBJ said...

You gave her a very wonderful life for which she will always adore you. This is such a hard time for you, I know, but know there are many that care.

Abby the Lab's Mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

This was such a shock. I'm so sorry. I know you gave Cinderella a lifetime of happiness in the 4 short years that she was with you. Keep all the good memories safe. Cinderella, I know you'll be the Belle of the Ball at the Bridge!

Hugs

Susie and Sidebite said...

Oh my...we are gonna miss that gal....we know Casey will miss hyer as much as you.....so glad she decided to adopt you as her furever home....no where else would have been so great for a senior pup....bet she is at the Bridge still a gingling them coins........see you one day sweetie!

The Mad Scots

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Sending you love at this difficult time. Run Free Cinderella!

Ellen Gawthorp said...

I just saw this on Facebook .. I am so sorry! Cinderella was a lucky girl to be loved by so many! RIP Cinderella - say hello to my girl, Tiffany, for me XOXOXO

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've come over from the POTP blog, and am so saddened by the loss of your beautiful girl. We too, have just lost a dog, so I know the heartbreak you are feeling at her loss that has happened much too soon. We also foster dogs (taking in seniors) and like you, are grateful for the time we have with these special pups that find a way into our lives. I hope you find comfort in your memories, and in knowing what a wonderful life you gave Cinderella, and that you truly, truly made a difference for this most beautiful girl!

Madi and Mom said...

Mom and I are so very sorry to read about Cinderella! She was such a classy lady boxer always so stylish in her bows and baubles and wearing a beautiful smile.
Run free sweet friend. We send Lon
We and hugs to your kitty sibs, Casey and your precious mom
Love Cecilia and Madi

JoAnn Stancer said...

What a beautiful tribute, so glad she picked you as her family and that you had 4 wonderful years with her. So sorry for your loss.

The Army of Four said...

Cinderella truly did find the very best home EVER! We know that Zimmie and Dave are up there waiting to dance with her. They'll treat her like the lady that she is.
We are so deeply sorry she isn't here with you any more, but know that you will meet up again one day.
Sending lots of hugs to you and to Casey.
Cammie!

M. K. Clinton said...

What a beautiful tribute to the beautiful Cinderella. Thank you for giving her a fairytale life. ♥

Sue said...

The Rainbow Bridge is a better place today because she's there. I know she and Samba will keep everybody in line. We're so sorry that your house is now so empty, we know that feeling too well.

Just Me Pooh said...

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Cinderella and we are also sorry we never knew her, what a sweetheart...love that sweet face. Sending you lots of warm, gentle hugs and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Maggie, Chancy, Pooh, Baby Boy and Popsy

Murray's Mouth said...

Aww, so sorry!

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're very sorry Cinderella's time came to leave, but so glad she had these last wonderful years with you. It is so hard to lose our furries. A warm hug, purrs and paw taps of comfort.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Paws of comfort and purrs of sympathy, we are so very sorry it was Cinderella's time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. We can tell you loved her very much.

Corbin said...

We've been away from the blogging world lately, but I found myself thinking of you, Casey & Cinderella, which led me to this post. My heart breaks for you as you've had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl. How lucky she was to know true love for the last years of her life. Sending lots of hugs and love your way and holding you close to our hearts in the coming days. Run free, sweet Cinderella.
-Corbin, Amelia and the momma, Jenn (Diamond, too)

Corbin said...

We've been away from the blogging world lately, but I found myself thinking of you, Casey & Cinderella, which led me to this post. My heart breaks for you as you've had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl. How lucky she was to know true love for the last years of her life. Sending lots of hugs and love your way and holding you close to our hearts in the coming days. Run free, sweet Cinderella.
-Corbin, Amelia and the momma, Jenn (Diamond, too)

stellaroselong said...

Dear Andrea and Casey:
We were not on blogger all weekend but saw your post first thing this morning. It brought tears to our eyes, and our heart aches for you both. Mom told me sometimes being a fairy godmother can be a hard job, that they may have to make decisions that are made out of love, even though they cos pain to the heart. I know how much you liked your Cinderella and most of all Andrea she knew how much you loved her. I am so glad you gave her the forever home she had been looking for, and I know how much joy she brought to both of you. All our hugs and thoughts for you today...Stella rose and Momma

angelswhisper2011 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet Cinderella. Soft Pawkisses to comfort you <3

Angel Pip and Ruby said...

Rest in peace beautiful girl …we will always remember your sweet smile and soulful eyes. I hope you find Pip across the bridge and the two of you can dance the night away and run free like a couple of carefree puppies.

Lots of love to your mom. We are sending much support across the miles.

LP said...

Our hearts were truly heavy when we read the news of your beautiful and sweet Cinderella. Our Mama thought, not yet it is too soon, you have only been with your wonderful ,loving and exceptional family for four years!! We didn't want to think about the years before you were there with her Casey and your Mama , and the kitties too.But we know that those fours year, were a lifetime to Cinderella. Those four years erased all her bad years and lifted her up to a special place called , Being Truly Loved. And she was. Truly loved.In the best possible way. We hope you find the cottage angels on your travels Cinderella, that you dance with them and feel lighthearted and young again together. Rest in peace. You were truly loved.

All our love and heartfelt condolences,
the critters in the cottage and their Mama Sophie XO

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Casey,

We are so very sorry to hear of Cinderella's passing. Out hearts are heavy. Mommy failed fostering 4 times now, she just did again with Sammie Jean,
and knows the joy of fostering and then adopting them out or keeping them,. Along with the joy comes the pain of losing them too. Mommy says she is sure our
Weenie and Cinderella are best buddies now at the bridge.

God Bless......Mona, Prissy, Sammie Jean & Mommy

scottiechronicles.com said...

OOOOHHHHH! I'm sooo sad to read this news. She's the belle of the ball forever. Sending Scottie love,

Stuart and peeps