The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Harley takes his role as navigator seriously!

Princess Gretchen Has Gone to the Rainbow Bridge

Sunday, January 3rd, was a terrible day for us. We had to say goodbye to our beautiful little dachshund princess Gretchen. She had one of those terrible accidents that you could never anticipate or even imagine happening. Diving off the patio to play, she dove right into a rod that used to hold a garden ornament and it went nearly through her. I hugged her in my arms until I had to let her go as much as it hurt to do so.
We met Gretchen when she was five weeks old and she came home with us in our motorhome when she was only 6 weeks old.

She came to live with us and two other female dachshunds. Dave thought they could teach her the ropes. Good thing they didn't have many bad habits as that is what they chose to teach her.

A little later in life, Willy came along and became her brother. Eventually, it was Willy and Gretchen and then Harley came along. Gretchen got over being shy when she had two brothers who were more than willing to hog the limelight. She learned to step right up to get hugs and pets before the boys got them all.  She loved to travel.

And had no trouble making any spot her own.

She could slip from being Mama's girl to Daddy's girl at a moments notice.

She was such a beautiful little princess  "Princess Pooky" to her family and friends.

She was always ready to share a secret or console someone who needed an extra hug.
 She was always up for a trip by car, truck, or RV.

Such a sweet girl........

She and Harley loved to cuddle and share some sunshine.

She was ready for whatever action came her way.

She had her Daddy wrapped around her little paw.

And her mama too. Nothing going on here Mom.

She will always travel along in our hearts and, even though they are broken for losing her right now, hopefully they will mend in time but she will never be forgotten.

We love you little girl. Heal and play while you wait for us by the Rainbow Bridge with Fritz, Ginger, Heidi, and your brother Owen. We will be along to join you further down the road.

Rest in Peace
Gretchen Phipps
16 April 2003 to 3 January 2016


  1. How sad. So hard to loose one of our little buddies.

  2. Can't imagine how your heart must hurt. I do know I still find tears when thinking about our Ben who left us six years ago. So sorry...

  3. Sorry for your loss. Grew up with doxies, they are 4-legged people. Your Gretchen was loved and that is a wonderful thing.

  4. Ohhh, I am so, so sorry. That must have been just terrible for you all. Poor baby, she had a wonderful life with you filled with love and exciting experiences. Rest in peace, little princess.

  5. I was so sad to read this. Your heart must be broken. It sounds like you gave her a wonderful life and lots and lots of love. Praying the Lord gives you comfort and peace as you go through this hard time.

  6. I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a tragedy. Sending you both and the fur boys many hugs.

  7. Been thinking about you and wondering how all of you are doing. Hugs from all of us.

    1. Thanks so much for thinking of us. We are getting through it day by day and trying to concentrate on the all the good times instead of the one bad time.


Thanks for commenting.