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Astra Carey, 1992-2009

Astra Carey, 31 October 1992-9 January 2009 My darling girl and the love of my life Astra died at 6:30 p.m. 9 January 2009. She spent her final day being extremely boisterous for her breakfast at 5:30 a.m., being variously sat beside and sat upon by her young sister, Marcie, and taking in as many […]

Written By Jean Marie Carey

On 10 January 2009
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Astra Carey, 31 October 1992-9 January 2009

My darling girl and the love of my life Astra died at 6:30 p.m. 9 January 2009.

She spent her final day being extremely boisterous for her breakfast at 5:30 a.m., being variously sat beside and sat upon by her young sister, Marcie, and taking in as many B-movies as it is possible for a deaf, blind, elderly dog to absorb, all things she did most days for many years.

Astra was an amazing Italian Greyhound. During her long life she climbed the Bridal Veil falls trail and played in the falls’ freezing spray, ran on Miami Beach at sunrise, chased armadillos and wild boars, aspirated a sandspur, consumed an entire bag of dark chocolate, was stung by a bee, dove into an alligator-infested river, and walked thousands of miles with me in all sorts of environments. Astra survived all her adventures and misadventures with good cheer and a hearty appetite. Over the years I said many prayers to Saint Francis and Saint Mary imploring them to watch over and protect this loving, gentle soul and I believe she is receiving a warm welcome in paradise tonight and rejoining her sister, Queequeg, who went first as always a few years ago.

Until arthritis affected her range of motion these final years, the first sound I heard every morning after the alarm clock was Astra’s tail, thumping the bed, ready to greet another day in happiness and with love.

Astra was frequently infatuated with animals of other species, particularly rabbits and cats, and though her affections were often misunderstood she remained steadfast.

I have no other words to express my grief but also my ineffable gratitude at having had so many wonderful years with such a wonderful child.

4 Comments

  1. Ben Harper

    Beautiful angel.

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  2. Donna

    My greatest sympathy for the loss of your precious girl. It sounds that she lived a wonderful and long life. The hole such precious companions leave in our hearts when they go is close to unbearable. Hopefully with time the pain of such a loss will subside, though I am sure, Astra will always live on in your heart and mind.

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  3. Marge Shiner

    It does my heart good to hear of such a beautiful animal living such a wonderful life even though she went through this life without sight and sound. My Iggie Chloe is deaf and I often wonder how she would manage without sight too. Now I know she can have a good quality life as Astra did.

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  4. Robin

    God Speed, gentle Astra.

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