Nancy Marie Haden,

December 28, 2000 - September 3, 2008


On September 3, 2008, after an illness of only 5 weeks, Nancy left us for Heaven.
She developed AIHA (Auto-Immune Hemolytic Anemia), the same illness that took
our first Dachshund, Pippy.

Nancy was very much loved and will always be in our broken hearts.

HEY!!! Why are you all crying???
This is NANCY MARIE, Reporting from the Bridge,
or I think you call it 'HEAVEN'!

Sorry it took so long to check in, but I was so busy when I got here. I was first greeted by a dog I didn't even know, her name was PIPPY!! Pippy is a dachshund too and she told me that she was my Sister, we had the same Human Mom and Dad on Earth. She told me that 7 years ago, she specially chose me and 'sent' me to my family after she left Earth.

Anyway, right after our greeting, she laid down and had me look up at the Light. Immediately I saw in the Light, this Wonderful Sight. I was greeted by this Kind Man who told me his name was Jesus. He told me He needed me here for some important work, one of the reasons He called me Home so young. He held me on His lap in those first few days I was here, He whispered all kinds of things to me that I am supposed to remember.

Soon I got to meet some Heavenly Angels.. they also watch over all of us and make sure we have everything we need. The Light here is inspiring and makes all of us feel so warm and safe. There is perfect joy and beauty in this Everlasting Light. I feel happy and peaceful. No wonder I left this earth so peacefully and calmly, I think an Angel whispered to me in those last minutes on earth that my Reward would be great when I arrived here.

Very soon, I started seeing familiar faces and others welcomed me that I didn't even know! Pippy and the others showed me around and it is very cool here! She introduced me to my Grandma Krause who I never met before, but she seemed to know me....

One of the last things I remember and felt was my Mom's tears falling on my body. I wanted to kiss her, but I just stayed, hovering over her for a while, trying to comfort her. Mom held me for a very, very long time while Dad held us both.

Mom sobbed for many days and I don't know why... I was so happy that she helped me feel better again, I mean, REALLY BETTER!! When I finally opened my eyes, I was in this Wonderful Place, and it was just, well, it was HEAVENLY!!
It was everything my Mom told me it would be and MORE! I just knew this couldn't be Earth. Everything is so beautiful!

Now I have to tell you, I feel just GREAT!! I am not tired or hurting anymore! I am so happy that there are no more needles here! I was starting to really dislike those needles! Oh, and guess what! I am HUNGRY here! There is everything to eat that you can imagine! And I can eat anything I want without getting sick! My tummy feels like it did when I was a young pup! I can have all the ice cream, cake and cookies that I want, even chocolate!

And I have lots of energy again, just like I did when I used to run that lure course! Remember that lure course?? I could out-run any doxie, what fun I had and now I can run the lure course anytime I please here!

There is only one thing missing here, and that is my family that I left on Earth. I do miss them all, especially my Mommy, Daddy, Grandpa, my brothers Frankie, Joey and even Sammy; that papillon puppy who THINKS he is a dachshund! HAH!!
I miss my family, but I know I will see them all again when they get here..

I want to thank everyone from around the world for praying for me when I was sick... I truly felt those prayers.

For all my family and friends, try not to grieve so deeply, for I will always love you all. Try to Trust in our Father's Heavenly Will, there is still work on earth for you all to complete. When that work on earth is done, He will gently call you Home. Oh, the joy to see you come! But now now... you have work to do. Always remember, I love you with all my heart.

~ ~ Love, Nancy ~ ~

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I know what you're thinking.
You think I'm dead. Because you cannot see me
me with your human eyes, cannot feel me, with
your hands or hold me in your arms.
You think I am gone forever.
You recall how I looked when I left this place
and you cannot remotely imagine that I could
possibly be alive in another place.
How many times since I left your immediate
sight have you been told that I am dead
and you should "get over it".....
How many times have you cried yourself to sleep?
How many times have you put yourself through
such excruciating pain because you aren't willing
to consider that I am not, by any means, dead.

I want you to do me a favor and go back in time with me.
Remember the days when I was healthy and not sick
and we did many things together. You were so proud of me!
Remember when my illness crept up on me and I couldn't get
up so fast and my movements were slow.
Still I met you at the door when you came home from work.
Remember the last time we saw each other with
earthly eyes? You tried to be brave but I knew you
you were crying so hard.....
Did I not look at you with such pure trust and love
that you yearned only to hold me close
and keep me with you always?
Did you not promise that you would love me forever?
And I believed you. And if this is so, then why have you
let me go by thinking I no longer exist?

Some folks demand you get over me, insisting that I'm dead
and you'll never see me again because animals don't go to Heaven.
Oh really? I'm here to tell you different!!
You were worthy of my love and undying devotion
on earth as I was of yours.
Do you really believe this love would be
snatched from us *forever* by a loving Creator
simply because I wasn't human? Was I not a living,
breathing creation with a personality?
How could I have been so if I didn't possess the energy
of soul, spirit and loving light?
And if this energy is and always will be,
then how can it be that I am dead?

But you know better. You cry because you miss me,
and this I understand. I miss you too...
I came to this place to live a whole new life, not because
I didn't love you anymore or because I wanted something better.
But I came here because it was time for me to go to the next phase
of my existance, something all living creatures must do eventually.
It is the normal progression of life.
I was not taken away from you because you cannot
take away that which was never owned.

You say that all you have left are memories.
Not so! You see, when I left my earthly body
I left a little something behind for you.
You can't touch it, hold it or examine it.
For what I left behind is so special..
I left behind a piece of my soul.
I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting
as we were always side by side in our earthly life together.
I love you too much to have left you with nothing but memories
which tend to fade and grow cloudy as the years go by.
I love you too much to have vanished without a trace.

I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament
to your love for me and I am honored and humbled.
But don't forget the good things we shared -
remember and smile. This is an honor for me as well.
And when you need me I will be here.
Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths
and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and
your notions of what death is and give me a chance.
Look for the subtle signs I send you as I will always be near.
I am still your baby, your friend and soul mate.
Don't memorialize the death of my body
but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life
for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you.

And so for now, be peaceful, Mom,
I am home with a new found freedom. I get to sit on His Lap,
and I play with the Angels, I am at peace.
Just remember, you will never be without me...
until we meet again..

~~ Love, Nancy ~~

Table of Contents

See Nancy's Illness Page Nancy Has AIHA

Nancy and Frankie's Baby Book Their First Year

See our Other Pages in the lives of
Nancy, Frankie, Joey and Sammy which can be found in the
Table of Contents Above or you can start at the beginning:
Nancy, Frankie, Joey and Sammy

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