I may have a soft spot in my heart for Bette Midler. In 7th grade we had to pick a fascinating person to write and do a speech about, I chose her. She always seemed to be someone who beats to her own drum. And, truly is a fascinating person. However, the story of my life is a choose not the obvious choice (note: my hero choice in Catholic class was Harriet Tubman, not Jesus.) In 7th grade, fascinating people tended to be Anne Frank, Jackie Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Why I went Midler and Tubman, is beyond me. But, I did and she has had an interesting life. And, seeing her last night at the Oscars was awesome. She looked so classy, elegant and beautiful. She is almost 70 and looks so good. I thought she was one of the best dressed both on the red carpet and her performance dress.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 the sun set on one amazing dog, Evelyn Roxanne VonDogstein. Evie was born April 28, 2004 in Des Moines, IA. She was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in 2012 and up until the last months lived a very normal, good life. Some might even say she was spoiled.
Evie as a puppy was always interesting (to say the least). She was very playful and destructive. Carpet, couches, remotes and end tables were no match for her. Although she mellowed with age, she maintained a puppy-like personality up until the end.
Evie enjoyed very specific toys: “mean kitty”, “frog”, “bird”, “puppy” (ok her parents were not good at naming things). However, Evie’s most loyal friend was a $1 toy from Target, “flip-flop”. She also loved a plastic cat toy ball that she would chase all around the house and would constantly get caught underneath the couch, ottoman, chair and behind the TV.
Her favorite time of night was always “bedtime”, you said the words and she dashed up to bed. Why? Because her parents were horrible parents and she realized she got undivided attention and was able to play, lick, dig blankets and crawl all over. It was basically another playtime. During the night she would paw at the back of her mother’s head so she would turn around and could snuggle right next to her.
Her favorite season was definitely fall. Of course everyone know this because she could spend hours chasing leaves. Hours.
If you ever met Evie, you knew she was a kind, happy and loving dog. Very loving. Almost too loving sometimes. Her parents always joked if they could harvest the energy from her licking and wagging tail they could power the earth.
Though not much of a car dog, Evie loved when the trip ended up at Grandpa Tim and Grandma Julie’s house. Because that meant double, triple or even quadruple the treats she got at home. And their house was always much more fun then her own.
Evie is survived by her human parents, Nick and Nicole. Her dog sister, Mollie (which I don’t think she liked so much, but nonetheless). Dog cousins, Callie, Shiloh, Gracie, Emerson, Jaxon, Lexie, Rocky & Charlie. Her many sets of human grandparents, aunts and uncles. She is preceded in death by her dog cousin, Red and cat sister Shadow.
The family would like to thank the staff at Value Vet and Iowa Veterinary Specialties for all their care and support. Also a special thanks to her many babysitters, because she was too high-maintenance to stay at a kennel. Evie will always be in our hearts and especially when the first leaf falls. We were so blessed to know such wonderful spirit.
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