Sunday, May 22, 2011

Miss Cup

We have three dogs living here at the cottage and you can read their doggie profiles on my Dogs Page. They all have interesting stories to tell but today I want to tell you about my fourth dog, my Granddog. Back in 2005, my daughter Brittany was 15 when her Grandmother, Sweet Ella, passed away unexpectedly. Britt was so sad.

A family friend asked if she could give Britt a puppy for Christmas. We thought it would help her through her grieving. She named her new puppy Reese Cup, AKA Miss Cup. She is a chihuahua mixed with fiest. When Miss Cup was delivered, she was so tiny and didn't weigh more than a few pounds.

My younger daughter was holding Miss Cup when all of a sudden Miss Cup jumped out of her hands and fell to the hardwood floor. We all rushed to pick up Miss Cup to check her for injuries. My Mom was here for Christmas and she picked up Miss Cup first. Mom is a RN and knew Miss Cup was severely injured. Miss Cup went lifeless and quit breathing. Both my daughters were crying. Brittany cried out, "do something MawMaw." Mom sprung into action and began giving Miss Cup CPR. She gave her a few breaths and chest compressions. Miss Cup started breathing again. Whew...things were very turbulent there for a few minutes.

We knew Miss Cup was still in danger because her breathing was very labored and raspy. Each breath seemed like it could be the last. We decided to take her to the Emergency hospital for pets. The doctor said there wasn't much hope but they could try admittng Miss Cup and putting her on IV fluids. Her chest and head were severely bruised. Well...we didn't have the money and told them we would take her home. A few minutes later, the Dr. came back in the room and offered to "put her down" for $60.00. This was very upsetting for a 9 and 15 year old to hear. When we refused, they tried the guilt line of...It's cruel to let her suffer like this. Girls are crying...I asked them to prescribe something that would possibly help Miss Cup recover at home. They sent us away with an antibiotic that maybe would help her not get pnemonia because she had possibly aspirated fluid in her lungs. We went home pretty scared. Every breath Miss Cup took was painful for her and us.

Britt cradled her puppy all night. She didn't get any sleep for 4-5 days because she was afraid Miss Cup would die. Slowly, Miss Cup recovered. She will be five years old this Christmas. We all love her so much. She is spoiled rotten. When Britt went away to college in 2008, she was so lonely without her baby. She only lived in the dorm for one semester. She then rented an apartment and came home to get her car and Miss Cup. I want to share a few pictures.

Miss Cup living the good life. Myrtle Beach ~2011

 Miss Cup and Britt. Myrtle Beach ~ 2011

I get to keep Miss Cup when her Mom goes out of town. It's my pleasure. ~2011

Miss Cup at home in Chapel Hill, NC ~2010

Miss Cup with Aunt Mara. ~2009

 I painted up this little doll bed for Miss Cup.

A bed fit for the Princess that she is!


Ms. Cup's Profile

Miss Cup giving her Momma some love.

Thank you so much for reading about our dear sweet  dog...Miss Cup. I am linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Night Special Pets link up in honor of her dear Beethoven. Go on over to read about beautiful Beethoven and more sweet pet stories.


  1. What a moving story! I was on the edge of my seat. I once had a cat we took to the vet. They said she would die and they wanted to put her down. That was several years ago, and she's still with us. I'm so glad your children didn't have to go through that loss, too. Your photos are adorable and I can tell how loved she is.

  2. Oh, Miss Cup and Britt are so cute together! How wonderful that the story had a happy ending; the part at the vet was terrifying. She certainly has had a happy life--love her bed.

  3. love Love LOVE the post Mom. Had me in tears reading! You have a beautiful talent in telling stories and connecting with emotions! See you Thursday.

  4. How adorable and so happy the story ended as it did! Love her special bed, so cute!
    Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet it when you come by!
    Happy Monday,

  5. Wow, what a story. That is a cute dog (looks big for a chihuahua!) and your daughter Brittany is beautiful.


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