Dorothy

Companion to Jim and Terri Stanley

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August 10, 1996 to February 8, 2008

Dorothy Hamila Stanley was born in Pleasant Grove, CA on August 10, 1996. Her first home was with Pete and Else Clark, who ran the potbellied pig registry. Dorothy was 3 months old when she arrived in Nashville, Tennessee on Delta Dash. She came into a family divided - I wanted her more than anything and my husband was extremely underwhelmed at the prospect of having a pig in the house. It didn't help that she ran under the deck the minute we arrived home and my husband had to trudge through the dirt and chase her out. The very next morning my husband announced that Dorothy belonged to him. He may have captured her the night before, but she captured his heart in a mere 12 hours, which must have set the world record for falling in love.

We moved to the Atlanta area the next year and she spent the next 10 years basking in the lap of luxury. Pampering and caring for her was always our top priority. We considered her our child and loved her as such. She was so beautiful and sweet. She had wonderful manners and was such a Southern belle, even though she was born on the West Coast. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect girl.

Aging hits us all eventually, but it was quick and especially hard on Dorothy. Her inability to walk very well and the pain from her arthritis keeping her from even trying to get out of bed were too much for her gentle soul. She was slowly slipping away from us. After consulting with her vet, we put her on arthritis medicine and she died about 2 weeks later from complications from the medicine.

It has been 5 months and 2 days since she went to The Rainbow Bridge. We are still grieving, but our pain is no longer palpable. She is waiting for us to some day join her and that notion keeps us strong.

We adopted a male PBP on May 17. He was an abandoned young boy, about 1 or 2 years of age, and was scheduled for euthanasia at a shelter in Tennessee until an intervention by Shepherd's Green Pig Sanctuary in Cookeville, Tennessee. Our friend, Peggy Couey, who is the Director at the sanctuary, alerted us to his plight. After much soul searching, we once again became pig parents.

Dorothy will always occupy the greater part of our hearts and the 11 1/2 years of beautiful memories can never be taken from us. Someone once said that, "if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty". We knew that we had enough room in our hearts for both Dorothy and Hooper. We made the decision to concentrate on Dorothy's beautiful life, not her death.

Thank you for this opportunity to tell you Dorothy's story. I have attached a couple of pictures of her.

Sincerely,

Terri and Jim Stanley



More Dorothy Pigtures

Dorothy with Mom and Dad
Dad wrapped around Dorothy's hoof

Nothing like a pig for a pillow
The family Christmas card