Those of you that have been following the site for some time have probably heard about my dog, Vegas. I got her a LONG time ago when she was just a few months old. I was a 23 year old “kid” living in Columbus, Ohio. I always worked at home, so she was with me all day long most of the time. She was about ten years old when I started Couponaholic and since then she has been mentioned in many posts, usually shopping trips with dog food or treats.
Well, I have some bad news to share with my Couponaholic “family.” Sunday night, Vegas passed away in her sleep. Even though she was almost blind (except when her little kitten was nearby) and nearly deaf (except when the refrigerator door opened or the microwave went off), Vegas seemed otherwise healthy even though she was VERY old (16 years and 3 months.) She had several brushes with death and even had an appointment to be put down a few years ago, but she always bounced back from her challenges and had lived the last 20 months or so without any illnesses at all…as far as we knew.
So…needless to say, her death came as a surprise to both myself and my roommate, Stephanie. We’re ok, although thanks to Stephanie I may need to find a nice deal on tissues soon. She has probably gone through a few boxes in the past two days.
Here’s what my roommate wrote on Facebook yesterday about the dog who shared a home with her for the last seven years…
Anytime that you lose a pet, it is brutal and heartbreaking. When you have a 16 year old dog, you know that the day is eventually coming. You truly believe that you’re prepared and foolishly think you’ll handle it well because it’s part of life. That theory was destroyed this morning. This is a very somber house today, as our sweet girl is gone. Vegas, we will always miss the snaggle-toothed grin that you greeted us with. We will always laugh that you snarled at having your picture taken, and that you barked when I sneezed. Watching you play with your cat, your very best friend, always brought smiles as well. Thank you for your love, loyalty and companionship. You are so loved, and will be missed every day.
Very true…she was loved…and will be missed every day. Honor her by printing some coupons. Just kidding…kind of. (I haven’t worked much the past two days, so the earnings are on the low side.)
Oh…and if you find a great deal on Totino’s Pizza and Frank’s RedHot, let me know about it. Vegas will want me to buy some and send it her way over The Rainbow Bridge.