Tori Bates' 17-year-old dog Dixie passed away this week. Tori was 17 herself when she adopted Dixie who was just 6 months old at the time. "I walked in and saw her and she saw me and did the whole body wag and it was just meant to be," Tori described to DogHeirs. "She was there with me through high school, college, grown-up life, marriage, and kids. Every major event in my life, Dixie was with me, half my life."
"We lived in 4 different states together and every high and low, she was there. My oldest son and I are devastated while my youngest just doesn't understand," Tori wrote of Dixie's passing. "We are determined though to remember her life and all the times we had together."
Dixie with Tori
Tori told DogHeirs, "She was there through every monumental moment of my life, always with love. I could not have asked for a better dog than Dixie."
Tori wrote this loving memorial letter for Dixie in celebration of her life.
Thank you. Thank you for 17 years. Thank you for stealing my sandwiches and leaving your toys on my plate, for tearing things up unrepentantly, for running away and when you saw me following, speeding up and making me curse. Thank you for barking at boyfriends, for sleeping under my babies cribs and making anyone coming to them have to go through you. Thank you for all the times you let me grab you up and cry in your fur over boyfriends, missing family, and life. Thank you for being there every single step of the way for 17 years, for every major milestone. Thank you for big brown eyes and velvety ears and always wagging your tail when you saw me. Thank you for keeping my feet warm and for your pig noises when you'd give me doggy kisses and how carefully you always took treats. Thank you for making me always think of sunshine and green grass and the happiest moments of my life when I looked at you. I will never ever forget you and I will always love you and I cannot thank you enough for spending all these years with me and choosing me to be your human.
Rest in Peace, Dixie.
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