My Old Friend Penny - RIP Beautiful Girl by Ginny York

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This is a picture I took a few years ago of my beautiful American Pit Bull Terrier Penny. Here she is shown at age12 in her wheel cart, in my yard in Amherst, Virginia, USA.

Dedicated to all those wonderful animals who have made a impact in our lives.

Penny was a puppy that I bred and was born in my house. She was always a special girl. She grew a little tall and lanky for a while, and back then I was showing dogs in the UKC (United Kennel Club). I didn’t think she would do too much at a show…but I brought her to her first show as a puppy just for fun and she took Best Puppy! She stood like a true champion for the Judge. I was so proud of her. She went on to become a UKC Champion. She loved to go to the river and swim. She liked to splash as she jumped in most of all, and would jump in and out most of the time we were there. Such a silly girl. At home she loved to chase the ball and just about fly in mid air and most every time catch it like a pro and bring it back wagging her tail happily and wait for you to throw it again. Over and over. She just never seemed to run out of energy.

CH ‘PR’ York’s See A Penny
This is a shot I took of Penny at a show

At age 10 one day she fell over in the front yard and couldn’t get up. It was horrible. She went off to the University for just about every test that could be done to see what could be wrong. Nothing really showed up and the best they could tell me was that she had had what is called an embolism..and most likely a small piece of cartilidge or bone had broken free and lodged in her spine and she couldn’t walk. I was devistated. I went to get her at the University and she seemed quite depressed. Myself and Victor (the person I live with) were showed how to walk her with a towel under her to hold her up while she moved with her two front legs. We toweled her out to potty and then to the car to take the ride home.

Well I brought her ball with me…which she had always loved…and as we started down the road I took it out and showed it to her. Her ears perked up and a light came in her eyes. So I threw the ball right at her…and she lifted her body up a bit and caught it!!! Her tail did an ever so slight wag. It was then that I knew she wanted to live. So as soon as I got home I called the doggie cart place and ordered the cart. It took about a week to get here. In the mean time as we toweled her out…she tried to run with us. :)) Such a tuffie. And every day she went to Hardee’s for a bowl of vanilla ice cream in the car. She loved that. :))

The cart arrived…and as soon as she got strapped in and I put her leash on and walked her a few feet…she realized that now she could go…so I unhooked the leash and off she went all over the front yard. If you took her ball or her tire…another very favorite toy…she would run you over trying to get it!! Such spirit.

Her embolism happened and age 10 and we lost her at age 13 due to an enlarged heart that began to press against her lungs.She had a wonderful life and a true enduring spirit. She was put to sleep humanely at the Vet before she began to suffer. I told her she was going to the Rainbow Bridge where she could run free again and fly through the sky and I would see her again one day on the other side.

This is a dog who truly made a huge difference in my life and my outlook on it.

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  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 5 years ago

    A lovely tribute to a beautiful animal.
    She was so lucky to have

  • Thank you so much Brandie! I was the lucky one. :)) She blessed me in ways I never knew existed.

    – Ginny York

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago

    A wonderful tribute Ginny! Yes you will get to see her again one day!


  • Thanks so much Kevin. I know we will see each other again on day. I appreciate your kind words my friend. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    This is just heartwrenching, Ginny. This is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful animal. xo

  • Thanks so much Lori! She was a treasure to have for all those years. Thank you so much for adding her to your favorites. that means alot to me. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savilleover 5 years ago

    awww Ginny…so beautiful :)) We are kindred spirits :))

  • Thank you so much Di. I do think we are kindred spirits. I will still pray for Newman to keep getting better. Make sure you give him a soft hug for me.

    – Ginny York

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful story and sad at the same time. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend.

  • Thanks so much Bootiewootsy for your lovely and true comments. It really was sad that it happened at all, but I was so glad that she still loved life and got 3 more years to enjoy. And she did enjoy them. :))

    – Ginny York

  • LeighSkaf
    LeighSkafover 5 years ago

    oooh little baby. what a story. I am so glad she had that cart. Nice to know she lived her life out in a good way.

  • Thanks so much Leigh. I’m so glad that there were a few companies that made doggie carts and I was able to get one for her. It gave her 3 more happy years. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Zdogs
    Zdogsover 5 years ago

    Oh Ginny, what a beautiful heartwarming story of your Penny, such a strong spirited girl, and oh so pretty :) She was lucky to have you in her life, and you were surely blessed to have her too. A wonderful tribute!

  • Thanks so much Danni…You really said it all in your comments. :)) Thanks so much for adding her to your favorites. You would have loved her in person. She was everything this breed should be.

    – Ginny York

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    Awww~ A wonderful tribute to Penny!!

  • Thanks Cheryl! She was really special.

    – Ginny York

  • Lover1969
    Lover1969over 5 years ago

    What a beautiful girl! I loved reading the story about her life. She was very lucky to have you as her Mommy. I know her spirit lives on in your heart.

  • Thanks so much Connie. She does live on in my heart… and in her puppies… and their puppies….and their puppies. She has passed on her genes well. :))

    – Ginny York

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlover 5 years ago

    You obviously made me cry…
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • I’m sorry TickerGirl….I didn’t mean to make you cry. Yes…a tragedy did happen to my sweet girl…but she took it way better than I did…especially in the beginning. She taught me alot when she went through all she did and was still such a happy fun loving girl. She got to live 3 more happy years…so maybe you can keep that thought… and it might take the tears away. Thanks so much for commenting so beautifully and honestly about this image. :))

    – Ginny York

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