(June 24, 1994 - February 25, 2005)
Yorkie-Poo (Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle Mix - and yes, it was on purpose!)
Chiisai's 'registered' name is Chiisai Tenshi (pronounced chee-sigh), which
means 'Little Angel' in Japanese. We named her that because she was so little
when we got her and because my wife had heard a story about how some people
think dogs are angels sent from heaven, sent to earth to test us mortals and see
what we're made of.
She was just 8 weeks old and barely two-pounds and the runt of
the litter the day we brought her home, but what she lacked in size she made up for in attitude and spirit!
No dog we have ever known had such a personality and was as intelligent. She
passed obedience school with flying colors, finishing at the top of her class.
She enjoyed Agility, and won many awards in it, including a first place trophy.
She loved to learn and do tricks, and picked them up very, very quickly. She was
always animated and eager to please, but loved to cuddle and just be with you if
that's all you wanted. Sadly, Chiisai passed away in 2005 after several years of illness. We miss her terribly
and think of her every single day. She was truly our Angel sent from heaven.
(September 2, 1995 - May 12, 2014)
Also a Yorkie-Poo, Shadow's 'registered' name is Chiisai No Kage, which means 'Shadow
of Little Angel' in Japanese. She got her name because she followed Chiisai
everywhere she went and was literally her shadow when we first brought her home. We
decided to keep the Americanized version, because everyone always had problems
pronouncing Chiisai's name. Chiisai was just over a year old when we found
Shadow and they became fast friends. Shadow was also a very smart little dog, but much
quieter and laid back than Chiisai was.
Shadow was such a joy to have around and always LOVED to
play and go for rides in our truck. She knew both those words so very well, we used to have to spell them
around her if we didn't want to really play or go driving. Born on September 2,
1995, Shadow remained such an active, healthy, and good-looking dog over the years that people
used to mistake her for a young pup and often still couldn't believe she was a senior citizen, even at 18.
Shadow slowed down a bit after she turned 16, but she still enjoyed
her daily walks and strolling around the neighborhood in her own 'doggie chariot'. She was a fighter, rallying back
from illness again and again, as if to say, don't count me out yet! Shadow joined Chiisai at the Rainbow Bridge
on May 12, 2014 after several months of declining health due to old age. Words cannot express how devastated we are at
her passing. Life will never be the same for us, but we take consolation in knowing she lived a very long, and
we hope, a good and happy life, and is finally now at peace and reunited with her sister.
Below are links to some pictures and videos of our 'girls.' We've got so many photos and
videos that we'll definitely be adding more as time goes on.
Shadow in back, Chiisai up front