The Princess Tails

The Musings of Zena, a Tibetan Terrier sharing her life and wisdom with Raffles, a Standard Poodle

RIP Sweet Rosie


Christmas day with her pals at the dog park

Christmas day with her pals at the dog park

If I am Princess Zena, Rosie was the Queen of the Poodle Posse. She called the shots and sorted out any who might threaten her poodle pack.

Rosie took Raffy under her care when he first arrived at the park.

Laying down the rules to new pup Raffy

Rosie was rarely without her pal Ollie who was more than happy to let her take the lead and be the boss.

Rosie with best pal Ollie

Rosie liked balls and when she set her mind to it she could get one every time, even Cassie let her win – after all, Rosie was the Queen.

Look What I’ve Got!!

All mine 🙂

But you mustn’t get the idea that Rosie was in any way aggressive. She was gentle and sweet and mothered us all. I went to her home recently to have a special hair cut and she was perfectly happy to have me there. She was always gracious.

Like any of us when the treats were handed out Rosie sat and waited her turn with impeccable manners.

Share and share alike. Rosie is the well mannered girl in the pink collar sitting at the back, she knows her turn will come.

A beautiful red colour, Rosie held her lovely tail up high and curled over her back. She was so happy and confident and it was actually Rosie and Ollie who was instrumental in our getting Raffles. They were so personable and made a good team.

She held that tail high and wagging until the last day.

Rosie was only a young girl and it breaks our heart to lose her. Her owner is devastated, describing her as the best dog she has ever had. In four short years Rosie has made an impression that will never be forgotten.

Beautiful Rosie

Just before Christmas we learnt that Rosie had lymphoma. Nothing could be done. It was aggressive. We saw her a couple of days ago and commented how well she was looking and how well she was doing. She had just completed a long walk, her tail was up and wagging and she even played with the other poodles, though we had noticed that for a few times now at the park she didn’t want to play.

She took a turn for the worse last night and today Rosie was put to sleep so that she wouldn’t suffer the pain that was coming her way. Now her owner is suffering.

Her poodle pals will all miss her. Ollie will be lost without her. Cassie will have no other female to look up to and adore and Raffy will never learn more from Rosie’s wisdom.

A prance of poodles with Rosie in the middle.

Beautiful Rosie, we will miss you so much.

Every time we go to the park we will see your shadow running after the ball, walking alongside the prancing Ollie with dignity and we will always see you walking at your owner’s side – the only place you ever wanted to be. There will be a gap in our photos, the pack will be one down and they will feel your loss too and that gap will never be filled Rosie because it is a gap that only you can fill. It will always be there but once the awful pain of grief has passed we will remember the golden red girl who was always so happy and tolerant of the rabble she presided over.

We take comfort in knowing that Rosie’s four short years were happy years filled with runs on the beach, walks through the bush and the stimulation of the poodle posse, but most of all spent with an owner who she adored and who loved and cared for her.

Rosie we will never forget you. You were one of the special ones.

We miss you Rosie

With love from the sad Princess

Author: Zena

I am The Princess (aka Zena), niece of Zac the All Black and awesome Tibetan Terrier who took me in when I was just a six week pup and tried to teach me all he knew. When I was six and he was eight, Zac crossed over the rainbow bridge and all of a sudden I was alone. I could no longer be the ditzy, happy-go-lucky pup that I had been. This is a diary of how one Princess managed when the world turned real.

48 thoughts on “RIP Sweet Rosie

  1. It’s great to see you post and hope al’sl well your end. So sad to hear about beautiful Rosie. Love and hugs to you all and Rosies family xxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. Oh, no, Princess, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how you’re feeling…tears are running from my eyes….Rosie was so young, that makes it more incomprehensible. It’s good you have so much beautiful memories of her, although I know they hurt right now. Soft Pawkisses and Big Hug from Granny 😦

  3. I am so grieved for Rosie’s owner. I pray that you are comforted by knowing that you could give her a gift in not letting her suffer. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Fiona

    • Exactly Fiona. Her owner acted as soon as our lovely, happy Rosie showed signs of suffering and she will be remembered as vital and bright, not sick and in pain.

  4. So sorry, I too just lost my girl cat to cancer. Within 24 hours she was gone. She was only 3, nearly 4. It was brought on by the medication she was taking for an auto immune disease. Please pass my condolences to her owners. What a beautiful girl Rosie was.

    • That is so sad. I am sorry that you are going through this loss too. We miss our little fur pals so much and sometimes they leave us too soon.

  5. What a beautiful girl Rosie was! We are so sorry for your loss, and our hearts go out to Rosie’s family. Gone far too soon – run free, sweet girl… 😦

  6. Rosie was lovely. It’s very sad to lose a friend so young.

  7. Oh Zena I’m so very sad to hear about your friend Rosie leaving for the Bridge after such a short life. She was a beautiful girl too – I’ve never seen a red poodle before and she had such a sweet face and beautiful coat. It sounds like she was full of love and did a lot for the pack to make everyone feel welcome and I know Raffles learned a lot from her. She can at least run and chase balls forever now – with no worries about any pain or suffering or disease – knowing that makes it just a big easier saying goodbye………..but only just a bit………I’m sad for her owner and I bet everybody at the park will do their part to help her get through this hard time. I’m also very happy to hear from you again – I’ve missed my Princess Z ! Hope you are happy and well too….

    Love and Hugs, Sammy

    • Thanks Sammy. I appreciate the hugs and support. I am doing well and trying to give The Help a bit more energy and get her back to writing my blog more often!
      It is rather confusing without Rosie but as you say, she is out of pain and discomfort and that is the main things.

  8. That is devastating to lose such a beautiful girl so young. Do feel for her family.

  9. we are so deeply sorry about the loss of your dear furiend ((((hugs))))

  10. I am so sorry for your loss, she sounds so lovely!

  11. A moving tribute to a great pup. I’m going to give Eko a hug.

  12. Oh no, my tears are running for this wonderful girl. That’s so sad, Princess Zena. Please give her family a hug from me.

  13. Whee are so sorry for your loss. Rosie sounds like a wonderful doggy and whee are sure she will never be forgotten. May she run free over the rainbow bridge and mother all the little doggies up there.

    If tears could build a pathway, and memories a lane, whee would walk right up to heaven to bring her home again.

    Sending all our love

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  14. Rosie you were so beautiful and so sweet to be taken so young! My heart breaks for your owner! Zena and the Help … I too keep you in my thoughts and prayers.. Thank you for the wonderful tribute to a sweet soul. You know I am convinced God so wanted to demonstrate is unconditional love on earth He spelled His name backward. … Rosie was a classic example of that!

    • Thank you Margaret. Yes, her owner has a broken heart today and is a lonely figure. You are so right about the unconditional love, we can learn so much from our fur pals.

  15. Oh Zena, Raffy and family
    We are so sorry to hear about Rosie!! Wes feels for her parents and Ollie and we sends them purrayers and strength! Such a wonderful tribute for such a wonderful furrend.
    Nellie, Kozmo, Jo-Jo, the hairy slobbery sisters Bob and Cinnamon and Mommy and Daddy

  16. We’re so sorry to hear of Rosie’s passing – please send our love and licks to her mom and Ollie and to you too.
    Wally & Sammy

  17. Only FOUR?? I thought Kenzie’s leaving us at 9 was very premature. Boy that must hurt.

    • Yes, only four. And like you, I thought losing Zac at 8 was unfair. It has been painful for us all, she was so much a part of our mornings, and we only found out about her illness just before Christmas. It took her so quickly. Her owner is suffering, her best pal has gone but she is also very brave and looking after Ollie at the moment and still joining us every morning at the park.

  18. I read this with tears pouring out. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful pup, and what a terribly sad thing to have happen. Our hearts go out to Rosie’s family, we know how deep their pain is.

  19. Four years…so young! I cannot imagine what Rosie’s family is going through. My thoughts and condolences go out the her family. Rosie sure was beautiful! Glad to see you post again, Zena – even though this post was very sad indeed. Much love to you, The Scottie Mom.

  20. I have been where Rosie’s owner is now ,with a poodle who ,it seems, could have been Rosie,s soul sister. Reading about her brought on the potentially overwhelming tide of grief which is forever in my own heart. Only two things to say about this really, gradually you will grow your little shell over the wound and it will be ok. Other loves will come but this is not forgetting; only finding a way to live with the loss of the irreplaceable and the so terribly missed. It is possible to live with this, to look at the photos and retell the stories with one’s companion, but not too much or too often. How foolish we must seem to those who have never loved a creature of another species so much or received such love from such a great character… that is their sad loss though. Better to have loved and lost etc….
    We send you our love and true sympathy and I hope it helps that so many people out here are so genuinely moved by your situation and are thinking of you, Yours, Jane Aiken, Robert Brew and our Sapper .

    • Thank you. You are so right. The grief doesn’t go away does it, you just learn to live with the hole and although you move on and form other bonds with other fur pals the gap is always there. It is so good that there are others who understand that losing your furry companion can be painful and it is not ‘just a dog’.

  21. What a beautiful tribute to your lovely friend Rosie. Our thoughts are with you and Raffy and Rosie’s human and all those she touched in her four very short but special years.

  22. Such a lovely tribute. So sorry to hear about your friend. She sure was a beauty xxxx

  23. Oh, sweet thing. I’m so sorry. Such a lovely apricot spoo. It’s always a treat to meet a gentle dog with good manners. (((hugs)))

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