Ruby in the Kitchen

small black and white dog in grassy field

Our dog Ruby Sue will be 14 years old in just a few weeks. As The Deer Hunter would say, she’s getting a little long in the tooth.

Before Ruby we had the sweetest beagle you ever seen named Wilma. The blasted coyotes got Wilma while she was running a rabbit out on the ridge. She only lived one day after the attack.

There’s no doubt Ruby’s living her last days. She’s been fighting diabetes for the last six months and is so skinny you’d think we neglect her, yet she eats more now than she ever has before. Who knew diabetes causes weight loss in dogs.

Several years back when Ruby was still feisty enough to do mad dashes that left us all in hysterical laughter Chitter wrote a fiddle tune and named it after her “Ruby in the Kitchen.”

I hope you enjoyed the tune! Its one of the tracks on the girls’ cd “When it Ends in a Walk.” If you haven’t picked one up yet, you ought to, the cd is full of great songs. You can find it here.


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    August 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    How cute Ruby is. We have a Min Pin, he is also 14. We thought he was a goner about a month ago. He pulled threw. We have already said when he’s gone, we will not get no more. Loved the song Tipper. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    August 18, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Awww , sweet little Ruby Sue …… our little dog Molly turned 14 too on May 1st, a poodle/ shih tzu mix .Before her we adopted a little terrier mix and named her Missy, but not long after she got very sick and the vet said she had a genetic kidney failure disease , and we ended up having to put her down, so sad she was a sweet playful thing, special little dog …. so a bit later our oldest daughter and granddaughter who lived in Wisconsin at the time brought us down a new puppy, .. we call her Molly-Hopper ,very loving and smart and loves to eat too. Perfect song for a sweet dog.Time sure does fly

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    August 18, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    We had a terrier that lived almost 19 years. Every dog we’ve had was gifted with a different personality. We don’t have one now so I talk to those in the neighborhood.

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    Wanda Devers
    August 18, 2019 at 10:09 am

    It’s so sad to see our pets aging and having health problems. Ruby is so cute & I know she has had a wonderful life full of love.

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    Aaron Patterson
    August 18, 2019 at 9:44 am

    It is so hard to give up beloved pets. My 2 Jack Russell terrier s(Nipper @ Ginger) lived to be 16 and had to be put to sleep; but they are buried out by the barn and I pass their graves each day and feel they are still with us. Haven’t had the courage to get another dog yet: just hate getting attached. But we do have a stray cat that has adopted us. She/He ? has brought numerous voles, moles, birds, chipmonks, mice, squirrels, rabbits and snakes and leaves by the front door as payment for keep.

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    Gayle Larson
    August 18, 2019 at 9:17 am

    A few weeks ago we lost our 18 year old cat and now our fifteen year old dog is in her last days.
    They bring us such joy and we miss them when they go but I know they have both had a great life
    and we will see them again someday. Our Tippy looks just like Ruby but with longer legs. Such a sweet face.

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    August 18, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Ruby Sue. She looks like our Chihuahua and Rat Terrier mix, who will be 12 in November. We adopted him from the SPCA when he was five. Our dogs are family members too.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 18, 2019 at 7:09 am

    That song perfectly accompanies Ruby ranging around the kitchen looking for something else to eat! She is a sweet precious little dog with quite the personality!
    Like Ruby, my cat Yoda is getting to his end of days and it breaks my heart.

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