Archive for the ‘Pet Tributes’ Category

For Anyone Who Has said Goodbye to a Canine Friend

November 16th, 2017 Comments off

My best friend closed his eyes last night

As his head was in my hand.

The doctors said he was in pain,

And it was hard for him to stand

The thoughts that scurried through my head,

As I cradled him in my arms

were of his younger, puppy years

And oh . . . his many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge

With an intense “I love you gaze”

Only a heart that’s filled with tears

Remembering our joy-filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me

And he said, “You should cry no more,

God also loves our canine friends,

He’s installed a ‘doggy-door!”

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Rosanna Reinertsen Brown Says Goodbye to Andy

December 15th, 2015 Comments off


“My little boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, as much as it hurt me & crying like a baby I know he’s not suffering anymore. Little Andy was 14 years old & he was my baby & was one of best dogs I had ever had. He’s gone to a better place but will never be forgotten! RIP Andy!”
Rosanna Reinertsen Brown

Saying Goodbye to Bailey

October 17th, 2013 Comments off



From Mandy Borland on FB

Mandy-and-Devin-150x150“I spent the last 12 1/2 years with this guy under foot (driving me a little closer to crazy most days: )).  Yesterday, we had to say goodbye to him.  I know he is enjoying a never ending bowl of water and will never feel thirst again, but it still hurts to not have him here.  We love you, Bailey Ross Borland, rest in peace.”


It was an honor to share my name with this beautiful feline from Wisconsin.

September 20th, 2013 Comments off

She added to the star power of the room

just by making an appearance.

When the mood struck her 

she unapologetically and unforgettably

hammed it up for the cameras.

Little Miss Etta

A Tribute to Brenda as We Say Farewell

February 15th, 2013 Comments off

IMG_0212We have had to say goodbye to several of our canine companions in our neighborhood just in the past year or two.  

Of course, my heart is still tender from losing Ralphie.  Man, I still miss that little dog and can tear up thinking about him.

 Tonight, knowing that Brenda’s journey is coming to an end, our neighbor Dave dropped by to let us say farewell to her.  It moved me to tears, but I really appreciated getting the chance to say goodbye.

Brenda loved my Ralphie Boy.  Every time she would see him she would whine and bark and carry on.  He, being a shy fellow would pretend not to notice, but I think he secretly liked her too.

She looked ill, tired, and weary as I said goodbye and asked her to please tell Ralphie hello and that  I miss him. It was somehow a comfort to think they might be together again.

If you have loved and lost a furry friend then you understand, if you haven’t, then you’ll think I am just being ridiculous.  It doesn’t matter, I once felt that way too.  That was before a certain little black and white cockapoo stole my heart.  

RIP Brenda, we’ll miss you. Our prayers are with the Reimann family who shared their lives and love with this ‘good girl’ for 15 years plus.

Jon Dees’ says Goodbye to ‘Bear’ his great friend of many years – “A special and stubborn light has passed from the world.”

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

A Tribute to Tyler

May 1st, 2012 1 comment

Keeping watch over Margie’s garden.


We are sad to say goodbye to our canine neighbor, Tyler.


A beautiful Australian Shepherd/Border Collie Mix, he was on the alert at all times.   Tyler stood attentively as Margie worked in her garden.  When Dick took him for a walk with his ‘sister’ Katie, he was ready to go. He had a good life and was well loved and well cared for by his family.

They won’t ever forget him, of course.  In fact, they will probably continue to find reminders of him around the house for a long time to come:  half eaten socks, shoes, anything he could get into his mouth was prey to this puppy-like trait that he never outgrew . He got in trouble . . . a lot!

One day, when Margie found her crafts decorating kit scattered about the floor, contents all over the place, she accused Tyler of being the guilty party.  He denied it of course, but the next day she saw the back yard was decorated with  tiny styrofoam balls which he had deposited when . . . well you get the picture.

Margie and Dick have always had canine companions in their home  so they know all too well the pain in losing one.   When the dogs got older, 14-15+ then it was not a surprise when they started to fail physically and/or mentally, but Tyler was only 8 years old, which is relatively young, so they were less prepared to lose their playful fellow.  Each of their  dogs had a distinct personality and left a particular void.  The same is true with handsome Tyler.   Now, who will watch over Margie as she works in the garden?  Maybe Katie will take up the post and stand guard.

 Rest in peace Tyler, you will be missed.

 (put Margie’s garden in the search box to read previously posted blogs)

Pet Tributes – Another Goodbye

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

Bob and I became acquainted a few years ago as we walked our dogs. The last time I saw him he told me the sad news –   his Sheltie companion of many years ‘Penny’  had died.  She was a beautiful animal.

Ralphie had a ‘thing’ for Penny.  She is the only dog he has ever shown an interest in.  Every time we walked passed her house he would bark and pull at the leash to go to the window where she was peering out.  It was cute how they would just gaze at each other.  I used to say they were like two teenagers in ‘puppy love’.

Since Ralphie has been ill with heart problems he hasn’t been walking around the block.  I wonder if he misses seeing her?  

I have been surprised at the number of pets we have lost during the time I have been writing this blog:  Tebbe, Millie, Boots, Luke, Little Miss Etta, Sierra, Dolly, Cupcake, Prissy,Wally, Shadow, Peppermint Patty, Weuter, Tinkerbell, Peanut, Blackjack and Diva.   I’m sorry, there are others whose names escape me at the moment.

I’m not sure what I will do when my ‘best friend’ Ralphie leaves me. I don’t know if I will get another dog to fill the terrible void he will leave, but I know I will grieve.  I will feel real pain of loss, and I will never forget him.  He will always be #1 dog to me.

Have you ever read the category of pet tributes on this website?  Take a look, and if you would like to pay tribute to your animal companion, no matter how long he or she has been gone, send me a picture and whatever you would like to say.  I’ll help with the writing if you send me the information. It is a nice way to memorialize our dear little friends who give so much and ask so little.

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Saying Goodbye to Cindy’s Sweet Furry Companion, Tebbe

January 6th, 2012 Comments off

From Arizona, an email from Cindy, a reminder of the gift of our animal companions and how much they add to our lives.   Tebbe has been on this website before.  You can see her by putting her name in the search box.  Rest well, little Tebbe.  01-05-12

Hi Mary Etta—
I lost my sweet Tebbe today.  She had been failing since October.  The vet treated her for a urinary tract infection at that time, but she never really returned to her old self. She had lost a lot of weight since October and her coat had lost it’s sheen.  She was 16 years old.
Tough to go through….I had her for 14 years and I will miss her.  She was a nice cat.  
I don’t think I will get another pet . It would probably outlive me !!! 
I’ll just stick with my fish, Fanny.  Next Tuesday is her birthday and she will be 7.  Guess I’ll give her an extra sprinkle of her fish flakes on her big day.
Take Care—-Cindy
While we are sad to say goodbye to Tebbe, we are glad to hear that Miss Fanny is still doing swimmingly well.  She has been on this website before too! (who hasn’t you might ask) If you put Fanny in the search box hopefully her page will come up too.  
God Bless you Cindy, you too Fanny!

Shadow 1994-2011

July 20th, 2011 2 comments

We say farewell to Shadow, with memories of a sweet, gentle, ‘good girl’.

Our thoughts, and prayers of comfort go to her family: Sandy, Kong, Titus and Oliver.

We  are also thinking of Pearl, her adopted canine sister.  She will miss Shadow’s quiet presence and the walks they took together around the neighborhood.   Life  will be different for Pearl now, but she is a feisty little gal and hopefully she will soon recover from the sorrow of Shadow’s absence.  It may take the human companions longer to adjust.

Rest in Peace Shadow.

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