Monday, July 29, 2013

Good bye, Sweet Xena~

This past weekend was a sad, sad time for our family. 
Our Xena quietly passed on to doggie heaven. 

She was 8 1/2 years old and died from kidney failure.
Thank you, sweet girl, for being the best dog ever.

Here are some photos of our girl over the years...

She was only 1/4 lab, but everyone thought she was a lab puppy because she was not very big.
I wanted to name her Petunia Lucille, but Paul did not want to have to call such a sissy name so we ended up with Xena Lucille.
She was a total girly dog, Petunia would have fit her much better, so Xena (the warrior princess), turned out to be an ironic name, which I suppose fits our sarcastic family well...

When she wanted food treats she would say "I love you", only it sounded like ry rov rou.
When she barked it hurt her own ears and she would shake her head. So it went, BARK!, shake shake shake, BARK! shake shake shake. It was funny.

She loved her wubbies (stuffed critters) but she hated to play fetch. 
She would bring her wubbie to you to show you, 
but if you threw it, she gave you a look like, Why did you do THAT?!
She LOVED to hunt for moles and bunnies and rodents 
and was forever digging holes looking for them.

She also loved to roam away and visit the neighbors... it was my job to make sure she was always nearby, which entailed calling her every so often to keep her close.
 I am still looking for her everywhere.
It will take a while to break that habit.
Goodbye to my girl.


  1. awwww, so sorry to read of this. Whether they are here- 8 weeks, 8 months, 8 years, or 18 years, it is never long enough.

  2. What a beautiful dog and the love received from all of you is to cherish. The unconditional love from our pets is a comfort and blessing. Sorry but she will never get lost in heaven.

  3. So, so sorry to hear of your loss Hanlin family. Our pets so touch our souls and leave such a hole in our heart when they are gone. She was such a sweet dog... know you will miss her a lot.

  4. I am grieving for our 5 year old Bullmastiff that died of lymphoma last week. I'll think of sweet Xena now, too, and know that we're all in this together.
    They add so much to our lives and take a piece of our heart when they go.
    Much love to you all.
    Carolyn Gordon