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{Sadness} It’s a dogs life, excuse the drool

Blog post: Talking about the loss of a dear pet. Dogs are our LOVEs. xx

 

Things had been going pretty swell so far on the bloggy, wouldn’t you agree?  We laugh. We do fun stuff.  We hang out.  It’s like we just get each other.  I like it.  You are all that, and a bag of chips.  I could do this all the live long day.

 

Just for kicks,  I thought I’d wake up and torture myself this morning by sharing a bloggy post with laughs and nose tears.  Just once, I’d like to cry while looking like a super model.  A little tear, strolling eloquently down my cheek.  A stunning beauty.  Nope.  I cried with a big ‘ol roll of toilet paper twirling around my fingers.  Then I cried a little bit more.

 

I’ve had a headache for days.  Is it possible for eyebrows to hurt?  Because they do.  Can you just run over my face with your car?  My headache just won’t go away.

 

Houston, we have a problem.  I’m on a roll.   A shitatastrophy roll.   My life is a shit storm.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

 

I want to tell you a story, but I’m afraid to tell you the story.  It’s kinda sorta sad, but it does have happy mixed around in it… and possibly a bit of drool.

 

Do  you  have  a  dog  ?

 

Doesn’t a dog just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?   Only me?   Fine.

 

Don’t you just love how a dog can just soak in your presence?  They sit there, all happy go lucky.  Staring at you.  Happy.  Just because.  That’s love, man.  I wish Channing Tatum would look at me like that.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

Dog Love

 

 

Dogs look at you with that ‘ all of me, loves all of you‘ face.  They have the ability to speak without words.  They do small things with great love.

 

Unconditionally.

 

Cats … well, they can be furry goofball jerks.  But Dogs.    Dogs just get you, don’t they?  They just do.

 

Have you ever done some really stupid things?   Never mind.  I know you have.  Who is it that faithfully stands by you?   Your dog.

 

Unconditional  love

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

 

 

Unleash   the   Awesome …

Have you ever heard of The Great Pyrenees Breed?

 

They are gentle and sweet.   Affectionate with e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e.  They have a quiet, unshakeable confidence and a soft disposition.  They will protect you when necessary.  They are incredibly patient and unbelievably loyal. They are sweet, attentive, kind and fearless.  Uhhhm, and sometimes they smell like the inside of a belly button.  Wet dawg.  I thought I should warn you about that.  Oh, and they drool.  The icky kind of drool that you hope never ever ever never lands on you.  Gag.  They adore snow and the great outdoors. They are big beautiful dogs, with pure spirits.  They teach you about love and loyalty.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

Our dog family story …

10 years ago, my Mom was visiting during a wicked crazy snowy snowmobile season.

Note:  Ontario men love snowmobiles.  Just sayin’

My Mom and I had been searching the classified ads for Great Pyrenees puppies.  Our minds were made up.  We had found the perfect pup.  We waited for Michael to be all dressed in his snow gear and raring to get out on the trails.  His snow distraction would work to our advantage.  That dude loves snow.   I know.  Weird.

Michael walked into the house to say goodbye to us for the day …

Me :    Hey hun, Mom and I are going to get a new puppy today.

Michael :   Sure.

He left the room, all bundled in his snow gear.

Mom :  “Lynne, look at me.  Put your coat on.  Let’s GO!!  Did you hear Michael??!!  He said YES.  Let’s get the puppy !!!”

 

Start   The  Car  !!!!     Start   The   Car  !!!!

 

Later that day, Michael returned from his snowmobile trip.  He spotted our new fluffy puppy, Oliver.

 

Michael :    Whaaaaaaaat is that?

 

Me :    Uhmm, that’s a puppy.

 

Michael :  We should talk about a family puppy before you get one.

 

Me : Oh, we did.

 

Michael had zero recollection of the 3 second chit chat that we had that day about getting a puppy.  It was the only day in Oliver’s life that Michael didn’t like him.  One day.  In 10 years.

 

Oliver changed all that.

 

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

    

 

Michael + Oliver = Inseparable for 10 years.

There were fun times, and bat shit crazy times too.

Oliver survived a few fiascos over the years. He ate steaks off of the BBQ, an entire pie in one gulp, a block of cheese without getting constipated… and oh.. oh… who could forget the two porcupines?

 

The  Great  Porcupine  Adventure :

 

We live in the countryside.  Nuff said.   Oliver sniffed out a porcupine.  One speedy ride to the vet, and she pulled the quills from his nose.  As we were leaving, she said …

 

Vet :     See you soon!

 

Me :    Whaaaa?  See you soon?!!  What the what-what whaaaaaa?

 

Vet :    Dogs always do this TWICE.  She said it with quiet confidence and that face.  You know the face.  The you-know-she-is-right  face.  I hate that face.  Pffft.

 

Me :    Errrhhmergerd.   You have got to be efffffing kidding me.  We handed over billion dollar bills to pay the vet bill, and skipped out the veterinary door.  Not.  Oliver had the face of shame.  Surely, he learned his lesson.  I like to tell myself these lies.

 

We’ll be fine <— famous last words.

 

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

He’s Contemplating

 

Then it happened. It was like ground hog day.  History repeated itself.

 

It was the great return of the dreaded porcupine on a hot summers night.   I woke up in the wee hours and Michael was nowhere to be seen.  The barn lights were on.  How odd, I thought to myself.  And a whole lot scary.  I hate going outside alone in the dark with the boogie men.  I wrapped myself in my fluffy housecoat & pink fuzzy slippers and wandered out to the barn in the darkness while grasping a flashlight for dear life.

 

There they were.  It was a sight.  A sight for sore eyes.

 

There, in the middle of the barn hallway, was Michael and Oliver. Michael had {thankfully} slightly drugged Oliver with homeopathic Rescue Remedy.

PS.  That stuff is d’bomb dot com if you ever need to chill a dog, a child or anyone who needs to be slapped with a calming agent.

Michael was gently pulling the quills out of Oliver’s muzzle.  One at a time.  But that’s not all.  The story doesn’t end there.  Michael was buck naked !!

He did, however, have enough good sense to be wearing sandals.  Errrhmergerd.

 

 My eyes.  My eyes.

 

I have never ever, in the history of ever.. stopped laughing about that night.

I might be scarred for life, and now you have that vision in your head too.  My bad.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

That was 10 years ago.  10 years goes by in a flash.  Like it was yesterday.

Flash

*  Gone *

This is the part of the story that I didn’t want to tell you.

 

This week, our dear sweet Oliver passed away.  

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

 

Our family sat huddled together in quietness and wept.  Quiet, slow tears. The moments just ticked by. Together, we listened to soft music playing in the background and talked about how we had truly hit the jackpot with such a great dog.  We talked between tears.  Oliver hit the jackpot with all the love he had from us, our friends and family too.

If love could have saved him, he would surely be alive today.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

 

We had a chance to be with Oliver and love him for his last few cherished moments.  The kids huddled around him.  Michael held him as his legs slowly gave away.  He laid down, took his last beautiful sweet breath and then he was gone.

 

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

 

It was in that moment that I wondered…

How could the sun possibly rise tomorrow?

Can’t we all just take a pause?

Pause.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.

Goodbye to our sweet bear.  Goodbye to the beauty you brought into our lives.  Goodbye to all the greatness you showed, kind Oliver.  Goodbye to the dog that protected our children.  Goodbye to you, my friend.  Thank you for blessing us with your gift of love.

 

May you rest in peace and have sweet dreams.

 You were the best pal a family could ask for.

It's a Dogs Life ~ Excuse the Drool. The story of a family dog. Love, laughter & tears #DogLove #Love #Family

Lynne

 

 

 

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Yolande Bolduc

Je sais se que vous avez vécu, j’en ai perdu une petite du nom de coquette en juillet 2013 et je ne l’ai jamais oublié. Avant qu’elle nous quitte j’en ai sauvé une de la mort elle n’avait que 10 mois et elle est avec nous depuis ce temps,elle ne me fait pas oublié ma coquette mais je l’aime aussi, c’est une LassaApso. Elle a maitenant 5 ans. Elle a été malade elle a fait des pierres aux reins, ont l’a fait opéré et je ne le regrette pas. Elle se nomme maggie.

Hi, Very moved by your doggie tale! Lost our little Bear on our Wedding Anniversary (46th) we were gutted – our Siamese master (Nicco) chocolate point was so gutter he pulled out all the hair on his bum. After one week I phoned the shelter, 8 days later we got a JUG cross between Pug and JR Terrier (our Pooh Bear was a JR Terrier). House is mad again, doggy smell on the sofa, bed etc. bowls in the kitchen, toys all over the place – Lovely! I found your story by looking for giant needle patterns, I am a… Read more »

Deedra

Wow…I was so blessed when I read about your Oliver. I, too, had to say goodbye to my Alaskan Malamute, Jody, on almost the same day that your Oliver passed. Jody was also with me for 10 years…we shared so many adventures together and I loved him dearly. I knew it would take some time before I was ready to get another dog. Then I met Brody, my Great Pyrenees. He is everything that you described Oliver to be. Brody is my gentle giant and has such a sweet spirit…… If I could only get him to quit digging holes!… Read more »

Lynne, I just found your blog and absolutely love your writing style (and your design style, too!). We’ve just recently (just a short 3 weeks ago) lost our beloved lab/shepherd, Emma. It’s truly amazing how our furry family members become such a huge part of our lives. Emma kept me company in the kitchen, thoughtfully cleaning up all the dropped scraps……she loved running errands with me in the car, and would curl up on the driver’s seat (keeping it warm and toasty!) waiting for me to return……..her favorite words were “Let’s Go” and she knew instantly to hop in the… Read more »

oh Lynn~
Our most sincere sorry in the loss of Oliver. He was magnificent! I cried reading your blog on the last day of his life. I was raised on a small farm in PA and there we raised 3 Great Pyreneese. Mona and Lisa, then Dudley Do-Right. They were the most sweet, noble, and gentle souls I ever encountered. I’m sure you are still sad, but if you ever need an extra ear…i’m here!

Simone Weldon

Hi Lynne, I just stumbled upon your blog while browsing “The art of doing stuff”. You made my day. I haven’t laughed like that in a while. I was even reading parts of your blog to my husband and my two boys. My 15yr old asked if we were twins (not by looks but by the love of white) and my husband asked if we are cosmically related. My poor guys have been living with my craziness of turning everything white. I just finished the last room in my house. Yeah!!!! (Imagine confetti coming down.) I have to listen to… Read more »

Love this entry. What it means to love a dog like family. I had a Siberian Husky that owned my heart, too. My husband held her as she took her last breath and her legs gave way. He sobbed like a baby. I have never seen him cry like that. I remember my Athena in little moments every day. The way she would peek around a corner then run to the other end of the wall and peek around the corner….. It was her invitation to come play chase with her. I swear she was as smart as a human.… Read more »

Marti

I’m sorry about Oliver 🙁 such a beautiful dog!!!

I have a Doberman and knowing that one day he will leave us breaks my heart (he’s almost 2 now).

I love him so much even though he drives me crazy at times (especially when he decides to cross the street when he sees a cat or a dog buddy) Arrrghhhh!!!

Jodi Palmer

I know how you feel about the lose of a pet. After 13 years our beloved golden retriever passed away. And is was as you said the years flew by. Molson died 20dec2013 and there is not a day that I don not cry for him. The ugly cry is what I call it. Some days I feel so lostwithout him.

Bobbi

Hi Lynne. I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple weeks. I’m married with two beautiful collage age daughters and a rescue lab, Shepard mix. ….. my baby.! Your love story is heart tugging, and I admire your humor and honesty. You’ve had me thinking about all your going thru, good and not so good, and. I’ve been wishing positivity your way! In the middle of all this, losing Oliver. My husband had a brain tumor when my girls were 4 and 5,and is doing fine now. We had to put our lab down, who was 17, not long… Read more »

Omg Lynne, I am so so sorry. I tried to hold back tears of my own while reading this. I am a huge animal lover and I have had them all my life. They are family and loss always hits hard.. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Oliver and your lovely family. I am truly again so very sorry. Please hang in there.

Warmest Regards,
Lisa,xo

Diane

RE: porcupines and quills
by the way … forgot to add … Gunner was twice SKUNKED!
At least these things do not happen in 3’s! xxxo

Diane

Came across your sweet bulky blanket. I have just knitted a very similar one sans pattern and wanted to see if you wrote any instructions I should have known before knitting HA!HA! Came across your sweet photo of Oliver in that time and tears came to my eyes. Losing a good buddy is so difficult. We just lost our dearest Gunner. He came to us in a funny way life just has for “meant to be” things. We were Gunner’s 3rd owners at only one year. He was emaciated and yet from champion stock (akc. no papers but we did… Read more »

Renee

Hi Lynne – I know what you are going through. On March 8th 2014 we lost our little girl (Yorkshire Terrier) that was only 5 years old. The family can’t get over it. She was so young. She was so apart of the family. She was like a little human. She knew how to tell us just what she wanted. We miss her soon oops much. So I guess our babies are together in heaven now.

Mary Ann O'Connor

Lynne – Thank you for sharing your feelings about your 4-legged child Oliver. It gave me hope there are still people who have such love and compassion. Our 13 yr old dachshund,, Gable, followed Oliver on Feb. 24, 2014. Your expression of a shit storm, shitastrophy was right on. He had such a big personality, as I’m sure Oliver had as well. They train us! We just think we are training them! We were just so blessed to have these dogs in our lives for those short years. I wish you well, and thanks again.
From Gilbert, AZ – Mary Ann

annette

Your story of Oliver brought tears to my eyes. My daughter lost her Shelty around the same time. She would of been 15 in April. She died in my daughters arms, looking up at her as her heart gave out as if to say sorry mom. Daughter had her since she was 12 so this dog was her companion all through the rough teen years. A lot of people don’t realize dogs are family not just a dog.. Hugs to you.

Thank you so much for your post on your sweet Oliver. Those of us who have loved our furry children are enriched by the experience and will never have a hole in our hearts because it will remain filled by them forever. I just happened onto your blog following a knitting pattern. I happy I landed here.

I have two beautiful Australian Shepherds. Nizhoni-Tipsoo is going to be 15 years old in April. I adopted her, my first puppy ever, after my four children left home. We’ve been through so many happy and sad times together. I can’t imagine living without her. I wanted Tipsoo to have a companion as she got older so I got Cinette-Rose to come live with us. It didn’t turn out like I expected though. After three fights I had to buy a gate and keep them apart. They love each other but both want to be Top Dog and only Tipsoo… Read more »

I was just listening to Garrison Keillor on my way home from the grocery store on icy, below-zero roads, and he had a poem for an old cat of theirs who died last week. It ended very much as your sweet wishes to your good dog does. I’m shedding quiet tears for you all.

Julia

Very hard to lose part of family. But no matter how good life were on earth – on heaven is much much better. How silly it sound…Angels will take care of Oliver.
Love is magic. I truly believe in reincarnation, so… may be, soon enough, u will recognise Oliver in other puppy or resque dog and will be reunited again. If not- just know, he in better place.

Auntiepatch

I lost Princess, my German Shepherd, 35 years ago and I still miss her. I love all dogs but Princess was special; we had a unique connection.
So, I’m sitting here with tears running down my face because my friend Lynne and her family have lost their special fur-friend Oliver. Just know that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and will be there to greet you when your time comes.
Blessings on you and your family; it will get better. =^..^=

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Susan

This is so sad. What a lot of love this great and wonderful dog must have known – and returned!

Janet

I loved that dog. Never met him, but didn’t need to. His pictures said everything I needed to know about that big furry love. I’m at work in the lounge…we r all very sad

Jim Knowlton

Helen & I are so sad that you have lost Oliver he was such a terrific BIG BIG dog. They were wonderful pictures of him.. It’s just like loosing a member of your family.
You must find another Oliver #2 to replace him.. That will be FUN.
Love, Helen & JIM (Dad)

I don’t appreciate crying every time I come around here Lynne!!! SOooooooooooooooooo sorry for your loss 🙁 it’s awful losing a family pet – what a beautiful, gorgeous, adorable, precious dog Oliver must have been. I hope the sun rises nice and bright even 🙁 Big huge hugs to you and yours during this sad time Lynne! <3 -iva

Cathy Hartman

I’m sorry for your loss. It always hurts when you lose a fur baby.
Thanks for your blog. Going through chemo now and it helps to laugh and cry. Mostly laugh!

Donna Curtin

Oliver was one of kind. I am so very sorry for your loss. His presence on your farm will be felt for years to come, even if he has tottered off to plod down in another sun patch. Sad times. Donna

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Linda

I’m so so soooo sorry for all of you… Oliver was beautiful and I loved all of the photos you have posted of him…. I know how you feel, we had to put our sweet Louie down last summer. He was 16 so we were blessed. Kisses and hugs are sent your way…

Oh Lynne! How awful! What a gorgeous poochie he was. My husband found me blubbering on the couch about this last night. But just think about how much happiness that lovely drooler has brought people worldwide because of your blog. I’ve always thought that it’s the most unfair thing in the world that other animals can live almost forever and that dogs don’t. I mean, if turtles are your thing then good for you, but I’d take a puppy face over a turtle any day. When things like this happen I find the most helpful thing to me is action!… Read more »

Cheryl Stanley

So sad to say goodbye to a best friend like Oliver. Those big eyes of his could surely melt any heart. Well maybe not a porcupine heart. So sorry for your loss. Time with a pet is always to short.

Lynne, I am so sorry to read of your loss. Oliver is beautiful in your photos and in spirit. I’m so pure your family will miss him greatly, but what wonderful memories you have!

Janet Sonnenberg

Dear Lynne and family, I am so so sorry for your loss of beautiful Oliver. You wrote such a loving tribute for your forever furry companion and dedicated family member. I can think of few things more heart-wrenching that having to say good-bye to our most loving soul soothers. My heart goes out to all of you and u pray your loving, funny, and cherished memories of Gentle Oliver will ease your sorrow. Thank goodness, All Dogs Go To Heaven.” With Love and Sympathy, Janet

Lisa

Saying goodbye is so hard. Oliver has touched many lives with those sweet eyes of his through your bloggy. I’m wrapping my arms around your family tonight in internet love and imagining Oliver running free in a land where he can catch as many porcupines as his heart desires, and no matter what, the needles never hurt. Hugs!

Embethlee

So I read the title this morning, then took your advice and took a nap with one dog next to me and one curled up at my feet under the blankets. I can’t imagine your sadness. Hopefully i’ll have a few more years. I finally read the post tonight, and just as i was beginning to believe it was a funny post with nudity and porqupines! whamo…caught off guard I balled like a baby. Hope you and yours are there hugging one another and drinking tea. Sweet dreams to all of you.

You have such a way with words….I only met Oliver once but through your story I was there from the beginning to his last breath…thank you for sharing and my heart goes out to you and the family during this sad time..
He will be our friend for always and always and always – Rudyard Kipling

Melody Donald

Oliver looks just like my Moncho! However Moncho has had porcupcine quills 3 times and I pulled them out in my farm coveralls not naked! Moncho had a habit of wandering the neighborhood block (which covers miles in our country property on the edge of town). We bought him a GPS tracker for his collar so we can find him on the nights he wanders. He still visits interesting places. One morning we got a call from the grocery store in town and he was there on opening wanting to just go in with the other employees, another early morning… Read more »

Carol

Kisses to you and family and a hug for as long as you like.

Linda

Oh my dear Lynne, I knew where this post was headed, but I kept hoping that I was wrong. I am so very sorry to hear of Oliver’s passing. What a big, sweet giant. I am hugging my Pyr Sheba and crying into her fur as I type. They are the most loving, loyal and stubborn dogs I have ever known and my only regret is not discovering their breed sooner. Sheba is 5 years old and I can’t imagine my life without her. I know when we bring animals into our lives, someday we have to say goodbye, but… Read more »

So sorry to read your blog about Oliver. Im wiping the tears away still…but also happy that you shared about your love for him – you managed to articulate many of the feelings we’ve had for our (2 best dogs in the world) who have passed away – hopefully playing and running around in some awesome forest in doggy heaven.

Victoria

Stephbo

I could tell where this was going, and I still had to keep reading anyway. I’m so sorry you lost your baby. Dogs are such wonderful creatures, and we are so lucky to be able to borrow them from God for the small while He lets us have them. Both of my girls are old ladies now, and I dread the day when we’ll have to part, especially when they look at me with those sweet faces and adoring expressions. Blessings to you and your family as you grieve Oliver.

You are such a wonderful storyteller Lynne! I so appreciate you sharing the joys and sad ending about what must have been an amazing pet dog. I can so relate to your grief as we had to put our yellow lab (Duke) down after having him as a gift in our family for 12 1/2 years just last June. It seems like last week. You written such a beautiful legacy to him through your blog. That is a gift for your family.
Take Care,
Thea

Sad, but wonderful story about a real furball. Calm, calm Oliver, never a nasty look did he give!

Shelley MacKenzie

Puppies always make life better. My heart aches for you. and my eyes tear for you.. Remember Sr. Suess’ wise words “don’t be sad because it is over, smile because it happened”. Of course, I still cry over the loss of the best cat ever 3 years later.

dearheart!… thank you so much for sharing the story of your journey with oliver! we have a 46 year old horse that we have the same kind of relationship with…he has been diagnosed with cancer and i have been struggling with knowing that the day will come when we have to say goodbye…our scout is very oliver-like…including the drool!:-) you have helped my heart by sharing your story…thank you:-) now, when the time comes, we will be better prepared to celebrate his life with story, pictures and song because you shared your dear oliver with us… wishing all of you… Read more »

….now you made me cry! I’m going downstairs right NOW to give my sweet doggie a big kiss and hug (one that will probably make him squeal a lil) because I’m loving him to hard….as my husband always says when my hugs are to tight!

Dogs, they are precious… aren’t they @FynesDesigns ? xx http://t.co/jjiso57mg3 Thanks for the share. http://t.co/cLpr2v1Gtl

Thanks for sharing Ollie today @harryc He was a peach. xx http://t.co/jjiso57mg3

Carolyn

I’m so sorry for the loss of Oliver. This must have been a hard post to write; those balls of fur add so much to our lives.

Carolyn

I just re-read what I wrote and it sounds kinda dirty…oops!

JP

Oliver, such a handsome pup that lived a great life. Allow yourselves (ALL the time you need) to mourn his passing. Xo.

Jaysus Lynne this just tore me up. I am sending the biggest most massive hug to you all over the stormy seas. And, you nailed it…if loved could have saved Oliver he would still be here. Awwww, so sad! We lost our GP last November, they are such big, strong, loving, LOYAL dogs that it takes so much for them to finally rest and leave the world, the family they care so much about…that’s what I sensed anyway. Tyson fought it to the very end. We were all there like you. My heart aches for you Lynne. It will get… Read more »

Oh, Lynne. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve lost Oliver. There is nothing like the hole a furry friend can leave in your heart when they have to go. I’m sending you a pocketful of love and sprinkles…

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Wow! Feeling your pain but the alternative is never have them in your life in the first place…..not an option.

It may be too soon but check out my blog, Facebook page or email me….7 weeks old tomorrow. 🙂

Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of Oliver. Your last day with him brought me back to our last day with our sweet sheltie. He wanted to take one last lap of all of his favorite spots in the house. Then he mustered enough energy to go down in the basement and fetch my son. Then we all went in to the family room and cuddled around him. We knew it was time. It was hard to watch his whole body go limp…The house was filled with sadness that day. But like us, you will find joy with another new… Read more »

THAT FACE. GIANT HUGS. NO OTHER WORDS.

It happened @TheMintTruffle I wrote it… It’s a dogs life, please excuse the drool.. http://t.co/jjiso57mg3 http://t.co/HoWeVpgJ3A

Writing through my tears to tell you. How sorry I am for your loss. We lost our 15 year old dog the week before Christmas…they are the best. Still cry every time I think if him. xo

babs

I am crying right now. I just lost two out of my three dogs this year. Rusty, our last dog, lost his mom and brother. He and I both grieved and then became overly attached to each other. I love and adore him.. He is a talker and sings (howls) if he doesn’t know where I am. He’s a big boxer and he is eight years old. Big dogs don’t live that long so I am showering him with all my love and attention. I’m not ready for any more dogs for now. It takes awhile to recover. Thank you… Read more »

Christine

I am SO sorry for your loss. I am sitting here in the office at my desk with tears silently rolling down my face. And I have no dogs but “furry goofball jerks” (aka cats) – both 17 and a half years old, and I dread the day that you and your family just endured. I hope beyond hope that there is that “Rainbow Bridge” because at the end of my days I will think EVERYTHING has been worth it to see my furry friends running to greet me – dew on their paws and the quiet sunrise warming their… Read more »

Susan Stanford

I am so very sorry. Oliver was a beautiful boy and it sounded like he had a wonderful 10 years with your family.

They’re never here long enough.

Lovely tribute to a faithful friend via @lynneknowlton http://t.co/APpZIwXN94

When I saw the title of your post I didn’t want to read it because I knew that something had happened to Oliver. I am so sad for you and your family, words can never express the deep love we feel for our furry or hairy family members. My most sincere condolences Lynne. RIP sweet Oliver, he has crossed the rainbow bridge.

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