...not just my husband, but my parents too. They were always very encouraging and enjoyed reading Payton's posts, even if they had been on the adventure or knew about the story. Since things are wrapping up on Pugnacious P, I wanted to give them the opportunity to share something with you.
It was crazy how much Payton loved her Gampy. If he was near, no one else was given the time of day. Tim and I were always thankful when she would still want to go home with us after a visit. In case you didn't already know, my dad, Payton's Gampy, has his own blog, Life IS a bowl of cherries!, so I'm sure he will continue to write about Payton now and again. That being said, this post just wouldn't be complete without him, so he's up first.
Today, I want to honor two people who devoted 9 years to the health, well-being, and love of one seriously sick pug. Christy and Tim rearranged their lives without qualm when Payton was diagnosed with PDE. I could go on for pages about their sacrifices but most of you who have unwaveringly followed this blog know all about the 24/7 round the clock care, the emergency and routine trips to the vets (near home and in Chicago), the extraordinary financial burden...well, you get the picture. Payton was a very fortunate little miracle. Most families could not have done all those things and that's very understandable.There is no way to possibly count the number of times that my mom, Gammy, stepped up to help out and watch Payton so that I could still work during the first few years of Payton's illness, run errands, or go on a date with my husband. Payton loved her Gammy, but she also liked to boss her around, demanding treats and toys. They were great buddies and playmates.
The journey Payton and Christy took us on via Pugnacious P is a story of love, humor, sadness, joy, and hope, educating all of us about the horrific illness that is PDE. I pray every day that Tim and Christy understand Payton's gift to them, that of ultimate love. And that is what their sorrow should turn into with time, love for the many blessings they gave each other!
Thank you, Christy. Thank you, Tim. Thank you, my little Noodle-Nose!
Payton touched the deepest part of my heart that will always remain with me. I can remember her first visit to our house. Steve [Gampy] and I were waiting in the back yard with anticipation. She was the cutest thing I have ever set my eyes on. She immediately came over to us and showered her love all over our faces. And she never failed displaying her unconditional love towards us.
Payton was so precious how she would talk to me at the dinner table wanting more than a nibble. Her face always melted my heart, so I would give her treat after treat after treat! Her eyes were like no other. They were so expressive and human like. And the way she would use her paws to hold a toy was amazing. She always surprised me with her intelligence.
Not only was Payton adorable, but she was also very playful. And I took advantage of all the opportunities to play with her. Whenever Payton came to visit, the first thing she would do is go to the back room and stand by the dresser waiting for a new toy. Before we entered into the living room sometimes the squeaker or the toy was destroyed. I keep her favorite, Sea Horsey, by her picture.
Every time I saw Payton I just wanted to squeeze her and give her all of my kisses, even though I never received any most of her life. Instead, each time Payton and I would meet, she would sniff and lick my ears while pulling off my earrings. When I did not wear earrings, she would nibble on my ear lobe. How cute is that?!? I could feel the softness of her fur and whiskers as she breathed on my face and in my ear. There are many endearing moments but her tender ear "kisses" are my favorite and have a special place in my heart. The last couple of days the Lord gave me to be with her were the best ever. I was on my knees, and she did nothing but gently gnaw on my ear, kissing them, and my face, and like never before, my lips.
I truly miss her! She gave me so many treasures I will never forget. I thank God for His wonderful creation, teaching us how to love and be loved.
Last up, but certainly not least is my silent [until now] partner and husband, Tim. He was the one that really pushed me into starting the blog.
Hi everyone. This is Payton's dad. I want to say a few words to my girls.Payton had a routine when Tim got home from work every day. Many of you saw the rubs and scratches post/video. Well, just in case Tim would ever forgot, Payton would bark and follow him around until he picked her up. This video is a prime example, and it was taken the Friday before she passed.
Christy, I'm so proud of you. You started the blog to raise awareness about PDE, and you've clearly begun to do just that. As a by-product, you've created a wonderful catalog of Payton's life and adventures. Your writing authentically captures Payton's spirit. Many people across the world got a glimpse of how incredible our little girl was thanks to you. You were an amazing mama. Staying home with her full time was as challenging as it was rewarding. But I know that she loved having you by her side through it all. And I love and appreciate all you did for her.
Payton, you won me over the first time I saw your little expression. I couldn't go home without you. And even through all the tremendous difficulties that your situation caused, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Your strength and determination cannot be put into words. 6 years with PDE! Even the doctors could only smile and shake their heads in amazement. And the whole time, you loved life. You never let anything get you down. That is what I hold on to. You lived every day like it was the only moment that mattered. In your memory, I'm trying to do the same. I miss wrestling with you. I miss giving you a "scratch session" when I come home from work. I miss you "attacking" me with kisses. I miss you. I love you. And I was so proud to be your dad. I hope I get to see you again, my sweet P.
It's hard to say if Payton was a daddy's girl or a mommy's girl. I was home with her for the last 5 1/2 years of her life (working from home 3 1/2 years and then becoming a full time pug mom for 2 years), so we did everything together. But she knew that Tim was her provider and protector somehow. She just loved to be with us. Sometimes she would refuse to play until we were both home. I feel privileged having had the opportunity to spend so much quality time with her, and so thankful that since being diagnosed with PDE, Payton was never alone. She was always with me, Tim, Gammy, and/or Gampy. Here are some of our favorite memories shared with our girl.
So the You Tube video was supposed to be imbedded here. I have no idea why Blogger found the two videos above, but can't seem to display the third one in the pick list of my videos. Ugh. Sorry. Here's the URL, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6i6g1sa0XQ. Please check it out.
More memories tomorrow as I pay tribute to the pug behind the blog, the one and only, Pugnacious P.