Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bringing Sissy Back

I mentioned a while ago that we tragically lost our puppy, Sissy, to distemper a couple of weeks ago. We were all heartbroken, but I think it was especially hard on Anna, missing her special Sissy dog. They were glued to each other, always following one another around. Sissy slept with her, cuddled by her feet when Anna was still for more than 2 min, and was her playmate and her friend. It was very hard for her to lose that.

We wanted to do something for her that would help her to feel less alone and to let her know that Sissy is with her and loves her. We found this dog from Build a Bear.

We sat her down and told her that even though Sissy couldn't be with us, she sent all her love inside this new Sissy dog, and then handed it to her. This was her reaction...

Needless to say we were all in tears. She hugged "Sissy" like that for a long time, just holding her close.

She hasn't put her down since she got her yesterday, and is already having all sorts of adventures with her. They are glued at the hip and I have a feeling they will be for a long, long time.


  1. I'm so glad Anna has a snuggle buddy to help her feel better! What a wonderful idea this was.


  2. Losing a dog is such a hard thing for an adult, however children usually get over it much easier. Before you know it, she won't remember the puppy at all. This is such a great idea to help her overcome her sadness.
    I loved growing up with dogs, and I wish that we could have some for the kids. Military life just does not sit well with dogs, and we recently lost our two beloved West Highland Terriers.

  3. This is so beautiful!

  4. Oh my god. I'm in tears reading it. My sweet little friend. I'm so glad it's making her happy.

    I hope today was amazing. I also selfishly hope you guys can come over again really soon.