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Snoopy Roper

We let Snoopy go on June 25th and it was as easy for my sweet boy as I hoped it would be.
Snoopy hated car rides. He loved being home with our other dog, cats and his chickens. He enjoyed watching the neighbor boys play basketball and walking to the mailbox with another neighbor. He wasn’t the smartest dog – took us 11 years to teach him to bark for a treat but he had the biggest heart and is missed by many.

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Harley Towberman

Our precious Harley, who suffered with bone cancer, went to heaven last week. We are very blessed by God to have shared eleven years of life… loving and adoring Harley.

He was so very human to us. Harley loved so deeply, desired to heal anyone in need that was in his presence, had the honorable soul of a saint, and taught us how to feel real joy in the moment. The gift of his unconditional love will always be with us.

Nine years ago when we lost our eighteen year old treasured kitty Isabelle, whom we still miss, we felt her continued presence in little two year old Harley because she helped raise him. Now, we have our little Toby, Harley’s Golden brother who is five years old, remaining with us, who is carrying on Harley’s living legacy because Harley raised Toby from a pup and instilled his beautiful ways in his little brother.

We are grieving and yet feel totally blessed to have had Harley’s mind, body and soul join us in this life. We will deeply love Harley forever.

With gratitude for your support and prayers,

Tom and Wanda

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Big Sir

ALWAYS: Big Sir was always a faithful fellow, and always full of love. He always greeted us with joy, always knew when we were happy, and always knew when we were sad. Always full of energy, until he became sick. Always knew when he was bad. Always knew when he was good. Always there, high or low. There can be no better and unconditional love.

We’ll miss you sweet friend, and our heart aches you ♥

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Ria Bryant

Ria was a very unique and rare dog. We called her Ferdinand because she loved laying in the flowers and grass by herself. She would sniff the air and flowers around her watching everyone else go about their day. She could find any body of water wherever we were and would splash around joyfully. She was very loyal and would keep an eye on me at all times just to make sure I was okay. I planted hydrangeas in honor of Ria’s love for beautiful flowers. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed.

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Trey Winchester Smith

To the best snuggle buddy in the world! Thank you for 12 years of unconditional love, kisses, enjoying morning coffee together and providing Noah, Lola and Emry with some of their best childhood memories. We miss you immensely but know you’re finally running and chasing those birds pain free.

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Allie Bruggman

Allie (March 2004-March 2017) was a corgi/cattle dog mix. She was a rescue and we adopted her in 2006. Allie had 3 previous names and we will never know her story but we were the lucky ones. She was very intelligent, well-mannered, obedient, independent, protective, and quiet. She would let us know when it was time for any affection. True to the cattle dog breed, she developed a strong attachment to her owner. My husband was her person and she would not let him out of her sight. She would wait by the door whenever he was gone.
Our final gift to her was preparing for a peaceful death. Knowing she would be leaving us was very hard. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Thorpe for helping us through this difficult and emotional time. Allie had a good life with lots of love.

D. L. Bruggeman

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Malcolm Hero- a gentle sweet German Shepherd-age 7 years. Malcolm was a blessing to us, and will live in our hearts forever.Malcolm Walker

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Buddy Shadow Tuz 2

“Sam and I miss you so much, but I know that’s because you were such an amazing dog. We’ll miss our long walks, snuggling on the couch, and your huge smile. You were always there for us, and made us feel better whenever we had a bad day. You were my best friend, and I’ll never forget you.”

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Allie of AlbemarleAllie jump

Athletic, smart, and loyal are the best words to describe our sweet Miss Allie. She brought fun to our lives. Jumping for joy was the way she started every walk. She enjoyed jumping in pools, on beds, and over downed trees on our walks through the woods. One of our best family vacation memories includes Allie jumping off the dock into a canal at Sandbridge, Virginia. She wouldn’t just run places, she would dart around trees, through gardens, and circle friends.

Her favorite food other than treats were popcorn and carrots. She could even be outside and smell the popcorn and come running to the door. Before every breakfast she always had a long stretch and pushed her nose under your elbow till you scratched under her chin. What a way to start each day!

Her loyalty was shown by always laying at your side. I miss your prance out to the car every evening and the thump of your tail when we walk in a room. Just having you lay next to us is a joy we will miss. We miss you so much but are glad you can run like the wind again.

Thanks to Cheryl for guiding us this past year. Your gentleness, compassion, and kindness is unmatched. Words cannot express our gratitude for helping us through this difficult time.

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Dolly

It all feels a bit surreal. Four days after returning from one of the most glorious, life-affirming, soul-changing vacations I’ve ever taken, I found myself saying goodbye to my best girlfriend. My Big Fuff, my Duchess Dollyrhymple, my Dolly. She was diagnosed with a vaccine sarcoma back in May and had been in slow decline since Thanksgiving. Each day looking more and more like a buffalo. Still eating everything in sight, still Miss Personality Plus. Just moving a tad more slowly, a bit more cautiously. Savoring every single nap in the sunbeam. Smiling at me with her eyes just a bit more deeply.

When our sitter informed us the day before our return she had stopped eating I knew we needed to prepare a farewell. And I was grateful for the spiritual food I’d taken into my starving soul while in Paris. As if in solidarity I caught the most hellacious bronchial infection of my life while on the plane. One which brought me to my knees. Even as I write this the words swim and the knowledge my companion is gone doesn’t feel entirely quite real. The absence of her constant whirring motor at my feet as I write feels louder than bombs.

The three days we had together were our most special of all, full of afternoon naps on the couch, the chair, the bed. Lots of purring on her part and much of the lovey special baby talk crazy cat ladies like me reserve for their special ones. Her passage was peaceful, the sky bright, the weather uncommonly warm. The Hubby says I spoke many beautiful words to the air during the ceremony but I just don’t recall.

Needless to say the juxtaposition of such bright glorious spiritual light in the dual forms of an uplifting trip and a great loss coupled with a terrific illness has knocked the feet out from under me. I’ll need a couple of weeks to get back. To digest it all and practice extreme self care. To get well. There will be a podcast Thursday, as always. That is my commitment to you, Dear Listener. Regular programming will return January 2nd. I promise many stories and much laughter. And I wish every one of you many quiet moments of joy. Of peace. Namaste.

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