Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

All hail Queen Abby!


Katie here. Mama and I received very sad news last night. Our friend, the regal Queen Abby crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday. I was heartbroken when mama told me.

Queen Abby.

You might remember that I first met Abby a few years ago in Ann Arbor when we walked in the Arboretum together. We were both younger then, and we walked a long way!

This is fun!

Abby and I had so much fun! I noticed that though she was a little younger than me she carried herself with such grace, and looked so regal. I immediately decided she was a Queen. I’m sure you agree.

She was definitely royalty.

Then the moms got us together again, in a little park on an island in the Huron River. We had a beautiful day to explore, though we didn’t walk as much as we had before, we were getting older you know.

We were always willing to pose for our moms.

I so enjoyed my time with Abby. She was the perfect park explorer companion. We liked to walk together down paths and across fields.

Abby was a happy girl.

And we loved to sit together in the shade too.

Can you believe the moms want more pictures?

Abby was such a classy Queen. She never sniffed my private parts, and she never snapped at me, even when I was sniffing hers.

How you doing, girlfriend?

We got along like we’d always known each other. If we’d lived closer to each other I know we’d have turned out to be best friends.

The Queen surveying her park.

I think Abby was an old soul, you know? She was a wise, sweet girl who liked to go on adventures in a sedate sort of way. As befits royalty.

A Queen and her chariot.

And just like me, she was happy, no matter where she was, as long as she was hanging out with her mom. A wise girl indeed.

They loved each other so much.

We met again, our last walk together, just this past fall in another park. We hardly walked at all, but the moms found shady spots for us to sit and talk. We had a good time even though Abby couldn’t see very well anymore.

The Queen resting for a bit.

I’m kind of glad I didn’t know back then that it was my last visit with the Queen. I’d have been so sad, just like I’m sad now.

Content to sit near her mom.

I wish I could go on one more walk with her, but I know that when I cross the rainbow bridge Queen Abby will be there to welcome me and show me around. She’ll have her sight back, and we’ll both be able to hear again. And we’ll be able to run and bark and explore together forever!

We had a great view of the park from up here!

So, Queen Abby, please know how much I treasured our friendship. I know you have lots of friends and siblings at the bridge, but I hope you remember to keep an eye out for me. When I get there we’ll go on our royal walks once again, and everyone will be in awe of our combined beauty, just like they were when we were together down here.

Our last picture of the Queen.

Mama says she will always remember you too, and that little white patch on your behind. It makes her smile, she says, to remember you. Mama and I are keeping your folks in our heart. We know they will miss you forever.

The royal team and their shadows.

Run free, sweet Queen Abby. We sure will miss you Your Highness.

See you later sweet Abby.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

38 thoughts on “All hail Queen Abby!

  1. Oh the white hair on her back is so cute too. Run free Queen Abby! You will meet her again someday!


  2. What a beautiful triibute to another regal and royal Sheltie – aka KHOLLIE 🙂

    We know there will be so many furiends to greet her at The Rainbow Bridge –

    Our hugz to her humans – be ready for her signs!

    Willow and Phyll


  3. Katie–I am so sorry about Queen Abby. You know my favorite photo/caption of the both of you was Abby saying to you: “Hey Katie, let’s not look at them when they take pictures of us, OK?” That so made me laugh.


  4. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Such a sweet memorial for Queen Abby!


  5. Sorry for the loss of your Queen, Katie.


  6. I’m so sorry to hear this. Hugs and love to both of you!


  7. Sorry for your loss Katie, this post was a tribute fit for a Queen…


  8. Aw so sorry on the loss of Abbey. Please pass my condolences onto her mum. There are so many Shelties who will greet Abbey at the Bridge.


  9. I’m sure Queen Abbey will be ruling from the cloud reserved just for her in the heavens.


  10. Wise old soul Abby sounds like our beloved Sarah. Perhaps they have met out there over the rainbow. I hope they will be patient with young Peasy, because he will need some doggie love in that strange land out yonder without his people.


    • I know Sarah is taking care of Peasy. She will use her wisdom to show him how everything goes, and her love to keep him company when he’s lonely for you. Sarah has enough of both to share.


  11. Oh golly, this brings tears to my eyes! I rather feel like I knew Queen Abby, too, at least from Katie’s posts. I know her folks are shattered — we all are when our fur-kids leave for the Bridge — but Time is a great healer (and perhaps one day, they’ll get a new puppy to love on?)


  12. So very, very sorry. Sigh. Made me teary eyed to read this. One thing is certain. Dogs do not live long enough.


  13. Aww, it’s hard to lose a beloved friend, Katie, you two had some great times together. Both of you are beauties! Whatever your spiritual beliefs, God has a place in eternity for all of his creatures. We shall see them again!


  14. Oh, my heart goes out to Queen Abby’s family on their tremendous loss. What a lucky family to have been able to share some of their life with such royalty.

    Hugs to you too Dawn and Katie.


  15. It is always sad to loose a good friend, especially a walking buddy. We are sure Essex, Deacon and Sherman greeted Queen Abby.

    Dog Speed,

    Gemini & Normandy


  16. Oh Katie….I am so sorry to hear about Queen Abby. The news has brought me to tears. Abby was such a wonderful, regal friend. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. The pictures from this past Fall’s visit were some of my favorites. It was easy to see that there was a special friendship between you and Abby. Sending you, your mama and Abby’s mama hugs and love. 💕


  17. Farewell, Abby. My sympathy to everyone that her life touched.


  18. I am so sorry to hear this, Katie. Your last walk with her seems all the more special now. Goodbye, Queen Abby.


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