Lost March 12, 2001
Dingle was whelped Jan 10th 2000 in ValParaiso FL. We bought her at six weeks of age as a birthday present for my husband. This is still the best $100 I ever spent. Not the most outgoing puppy in the litter, she was quiet and sweet. The largest puppy in the litter at 10lbs. We argued over what to name her - I wanted Mariah and my husband wanted Donna. I told Rich that we had to decide on something, she wasn't just some dingleberry hanging around, and the rest is history.
Being only six weeks old when we got her, she was really too young to be taken from her mother and littermate and became a mama's baby. I loved all the attention she lavished on me. She quickly became the light of our lives and a live toy for my son's older puppy, MooDog.
On the morning of March 12, 2001, MooDog pulled one of her old tricks and dug out under the fence, taking Dingle walking with her. They were seen together at Lion's Boat dock, swimming, one of their favorite activities. They were seen on sidestreets off of Bayshore and at the corner of Palm Blvd and McEwen. MooDog was found on ValParaiso Avenue later that afternoon but the people who caught her did not see any sign of Dingle.
Dingle was very friendly. She was wearing a brown leather collar with no tags. She had rich color and beautiful ears. She jumped in one lady's car as she opened the door in her driveway, but the lady was afraid of dogs and shooed her away. I can't help but wonder if she lives within blocks of me. We still wonder constantly if she is okay, and she will be in our thoughts as we wonder how she is aging. Just knowing she is alright, would help to heal the pain we still feel over her loss.