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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Angel Chi-Chi Diana Spaulding

Dear Friends,

My sweet Sis, Chi-Chi went over the Rainbow Bridge one week ago today...
My Mommy could not pull herself together to post the sad news on my bloggie since it happened :o(

My Daddy wrote the Tribute to her wonderful life and it was read at her funeral:

Chi-Chi Diana Spaulding - April 27, 1996 to March 26, 2011

Chi-Chi Diana Spaulding was born April 27th, 1996 and went over the Rainbow Bridge on March 26th, 2011, a month shy of her 15th birthday. In between, she lived a wonderful life and brought joy to everyone who knew her. She first entered our lives in mid to late August 1996, less than a month after we had been married. Ron’s Mom was looking for a Shih Tzu, and Amalia and she had found the adorable and very busy black & white almost 5 month old little girl at a local pet store. Mom wanted Ron and Frank Adrian to see the puppy first before buying her. When we all went back a few days later, there was also an adorable brown and white 2 month old Shih Tzu male, and Mom ended up making the tough decision to go with the male (named Riki Ming-Toi), leaving Chi-Chi behind.

Since the condo we were living in did not allow dogs, and we already had Chupy living “clandestine” with us, Chi-Chi was not an option for us. However, on September 8th we found and made a deal to buy our house in Gurnee.
On September 10th, Ron was looking for a gift to surprise Amalia for their 1st anniversary of when they first met. Ron called the store and Chi-Chi was still available and she became the anniversary girl. He brought her to Ron’s Mom’s house where Ron put her into Riki’s cage while Amalia waited impatiently outside with Riki and Chupy. Upon coming back into the house, Amalia’s eyes immediately shot to the cage where Chi-Chi was waiting. She ran to the cage and took her out and hugged her and tears of joy were coming down Amalia’s cheeks. Chi-Chi may have been a bit less thrilled as her eyes bulged and wondered what was wrong with this lady. As soon as she was put on the floor, Chi-Chi ran to Riki, and they began playfully wrestling and their life long bond had begun.

Chi-Chi loved her weekly visits to play with Riki, and was busy at home pestering her much older sister Chupy. She was full of mischief, and when we returned from our delayed honeymoon where she had stayed with Riki, we wondered what had happened to all the jade leaves on Mom’s jade plant. Mom said to ask Chi-Chi, and upon asking her, we found a big jade leaf in Chi-Chi’s mouth. In July 1997, a Yorkie puppy named Sparky entered our lives and Chi-Chi adored her new found brother. Later, in November 2001, Leo also entered her life and she loved her “boys” and was quite the popular party girl. In 2009, Riki came to live with us for the last 6 months of his life, perhaps the happiest 6 months of her life. In 2010, after the passing of Sparky, she welcomed Neeko into the family as her baby brother. They had a “complicated relationship” at 1st as they both loved their food, but they grew to adore each other and she became like a mother to him.

She enjoyed and very much needed her visits to the spa (the groomer). We often joked that her original cage said, “If you buy me, must have Swiss bank account!” and she lived up to that motto. The kitchen was her church and the refrigerator was her altar. She used to say that she was on a “seafood diet” in that she would see food and eat it. She enjoyed being outdoors but did not necessarily like our long walks; she was a bit less than thrilled with being in a fitness crazed family and late in life would take advantage of the baby carriage we got her and was looking down on the “peasants” walking on foot.

She was quite independent and extroverted and was friendly to everyone. When we would take her to the dog parks or dog beaches, she would stroll around to see all of the other people and dogs and would willingly see everybody on the beach and not worry about our whereabouts. The “Independent Girl”, the “Party Girl”, “Chrysanthemum” (for her stunning looks after being brushed), and “Sweetness” (for her joyful personality) were her nicknames. We enjoyed many wonderful trips with her including Wisconsin Dells, Galena, Door County, Mackinaw Island, downtown Chicago, 3 trips to Florida, and many boat rides on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva. She was a member of the pack of rock stars that got attention everywhere we went.

She survived one major health scare in her life when she was 11 (having her spleen removed), but other than that remained healthy until the last 3 weeks of her life and retained her beautiful black & white silky coat and youthfulness. Her body was laid to rest at Arrowood Pet Cemetery next to Teddy, Chupy, Riki Ming-Toi, and Sparky.

She will be missed dearly by her family, who is very thankful for her long happy life.

Until we meet again...



Pepsi the Lazy Bum said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Chi Chi's passing. My heart and thoughts are with you and your furmaily, Neeko.

RIP Chi Chi.


Mr. Pip said...

I was so very sorry to hear about Chi-Chi! I have been thinking of you all week and wondering how you were doing. What a beautiful tribute to your girl. You really captured her essence and after reading it, I feel like I know her so much better.

Sending you lots of wishes and prayers. RIP dear Chi-Chi.

Pip & family

Kim said...

Like Pip, we too had been thinking about you all. We are sorry to hear about Chi Chi but we know she certainly has been a "teddy" i.e. gift of God to ur family and forever she will remain in your hearts. Dad wrote a beautiful tribute for a beautiful girl. RIP Chi Chi. Our love and prayers to you and your family. Love ya, Jon Terry and family

Frankie Furter said...

I am soooo very sorry to hear that Chi Chi has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I know she will be here in your thoughts and hearts and over there waiting to welcome all of us.
That was a beautiful tribute to her, butt the best tribute is the fact that she was taken such good care of. To have lived to such an age is proof of how much she was loved and cared for.
Run free Chi Chi. Or sit in the HOOOOOGE kitchen in front of the most jam filled cold box.. that NEVER has the Door Closed.

Asta said...

That was vewy special bootiful twiboote to ChiChi.
She was loved and chewished and had a most bootiful life. I know she is happily waiting fow all of you ovew the wainbow bwidge along wif hew beloved siblings
smoochie sad kisses

OKcats said...

Oh Cutie Neeko, we're so, so very sorry to hear about Miss Chi Chi. Our mom was just devastated when she had to help our brothers cross the Rainbow Bridge - she still misses them both every day. We're sending our softest purrs to you and your family during this extremely hard time.

Love, Fuzzy and Zoe

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...


We are so sorry Chi Chi had to leave for the bridge. When our Mommy had to help her Samantha go to the bridge when Samantha was almost 15 years old she wanted to go with her. She will keep your Family in her prayers.

Please give your Mom kisses from us.

{{{huggies}}}.....Mona & Weenie

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

What a beautiful tribute to Chi-Chi! She is so pretty and sounds like such a sweet dog. We loved the picture of her in the baby swing! We understand your Mom must have had such a hard time posting this. It is the hardest thing in the world to lose a loved one, isn't it. :*( Make sure the rest of you surround your Mom with extra love and attention, cuz thats what Chi-Chi would want you to be doing!

K9 + Grace said...

Dear Neeko, I am so sorry that Miss ChiChi has passed on. She will be so greatly missed. The pain that you all feel will ease with time and love... and God. And we love you.


K9 + Grace said...

I will miss you my sweet ChiChi. One day we will really meet in Heaven.

Forever yours,

Lisa, Ozzy, and Ricky said...

I am so so sorry that all lost Chi Chi.She was a beautiful girl and so loved. I'm sure Neeko and Leo are grieving too. Words can't express.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So sorry to hear the passing of ChiChi. She absolutely lived a long great life. Just like Sparky, you'll have forever wonderful memories of ChiChi. Sending you guys lots of Golden Thoughts and Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sam and Pippen said...

So sorry to hear about Chi Chi. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam and Pippen

Frankie Furter said...

I just wanted you to know that you are still in my thoughts.

3 doxies said...

Oh Neeko and family, I am so very sorry to read dat Miss Chi Chi has gone to da bridge. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of ya'll.
Her was such a lucky girl to haves such a wonderful family.
What a beautiful tribute your dad wrote to celebrate her life.
We'll be thinking of ya'll!

Puddles and family

houndstooth said...

We are very sorry to hear your sad news. Her tribute was wonderful and recounts a life that all dogs should be lucky enough to lead! Our hearts go out to you!


Wilma said...

Our herts go out to you for the loss of your dear Chi chi. How wonderful you were able to share all those years loving each other. A very lovely tribute.

bbes tribe said...

So sorry to hear about sweet ChiChi. What a wonderful post about her life with you. They leave us all too soon and leave a hole. BUT ChiChi had a great life full of love and caring. You have all those good memories stored to bring up time to time. That's a good thing.

Mollys Momma said...

Ohh Neeko and Family, my heart goes out to you all at such a sad time for you all. That was such a beautiful post by your Daddy, his words rang with the love he felt for Chi Chi. What a wonderful life she has led with such loving pawrents and family, Richie & Ronnii asked me to tell you all that they know Molly will have met her at the bridge so they can go be divas together. I can just see the two of them checking out each others wardrobes up there and having a fine girly time.
Please let your Mommy know we are thinking of her and all of you and keeping you in our hearts and our prayers.

With all my love
Momma Tea

Run Free Sweet Chi Chi

Asta said...

I hope all ouw love and pwayews awe helping youw pawents get thwough this most difficult time. ChiChi will be wif you fuwwevew in youw heawts
smoochie kisses

Maggie Mae said...

Mom and me is so sorry to hear da news 'bouts Chi Chi. What a wunderful tribute to her.
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Pup Fan said...

Beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss - sending lots of hugs your way.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are so very sorry to hear of Chi Chi's passing. What a very long life she had. We know you must miss her terribly, but we are sure she is very happy across the Rainbow Bridge with many other of our furry friends. Hugs to all.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Wyatt said...

So sorry to hear about Chi Chi. What a great life she had living with you.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Neeko said...

Meee and my Family would like to Thank Everyone for the wonderful and comforting words on the passing of our sweet Chi-Chi.
My Mommy’s eyes are all leaky reading all the beautiful comments.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated and we all feel the good and calming vibes coming our way.

Pawsome Thanks for thoughtfulness my wonderful Friends!
The Spaulding Pack ♥
P.S. We know that our “Party Girl” is running free with all the Angels that went over the Bridge before her. Blessings to you all!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I am so sad to know that Chi Chi went to the Bridge. You gave her the best home ever and felt all your love.
I will wrap my paws around you while your heart heals.
The tribute was so beautiful

K9 Katastrophie said...

Hi Neeko, I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Neeko, I'm so sorry it's taken me such a very long time to come tell you how sad I am to hear about your sister, Chi-Chi. This was a Most Beautiful tribute to her and I know your family misses her lots. I hope that one day soon that your pawrents tears will turn to smiles whenever they think about her.

Gentle wiggles and wags,

George the Lad said...

I'm so sorry, that this comment is so late. I feel your pain at this sad time, it hursts so much when they go to the bridge, but over time it will ease.
It's is a fine tribute to her.
Our thoughts are with you
Jan and George xxx

road-dog-tales said...

Oh, Neeko - we came over here from Sugar's blog, realizing that we haven't visited you in quite some time and were so sorry to read about Chi-Chi! This was a wonderful tribute to your beloved sister and it's heartwarming to read about her wonderful, long life and how very much she was and will always be loved.

Take care and let her wonderful memories be of some comfort to you.


The Road Dogs

K9 Katastrophie said...

Hello my Neeko, I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you lots!


Chewy said...


i am so sorry to hear about chi chi. She was so beatiful and i will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Paws and Licks

Casper Bear said...

We are so sorry to hear about Chi Chi. What a beautiful tribute to her. Sending you lots of wishes and prayers. RIP dear Chi-Chi.

Genista Gold Milaika said...

I am so sorry to hear about beautiful Chi Chi! My thoughts are with you and your family,
Princess Kisses