Thursday, December 14, 2006

In memory of....

Tubbs! We will miss you so much!

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I just want to remind everyone to take photos of their pets too....they are a part of the family also. I knew this time would come but I kept putting taking picture of him off thinking surely he'll be here a little longer, but now it's too late. He had lymphoma cancer and last night he took a dramatic turn for the worse....he was ready to go. We decided to put him to sleep and end his pain. So please today, spend some time with your pets, love on them a little more than normal and take some photos....I'm searching for some and I only have 2 of him and it's breaking my heart.
ETA: THANK YOU SO MUCH everyone for your love and support! Grady and I agree that I think it's going to get worse before it gets better...we are still numb to it all. I forgot to add this poem that Melissa gave to me. Gracie keeps asking what doggie heaven is like so as soon as I'm a little more together, I'm going to read it to her.....it's perfect! Thanks again for sharing this Melissa!
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Author unknown...

40 Comments:

Blogger Janet said...

Sorry for your loss. Your dog was beautiful. Thankfully I many photos of my pets....they are the only subjects willing to pose endlessly for me.

Hugs,
Janet

10:08 AM  
Blogger tara said...

i am so so so sorry for your loss. but look at it this way, those 2 photos will be so treasured and loved and at least you have 2. he was so CUTE.
love,
tara

10:22 AM  
Anonymous kathy p said...

i am so sorry for your loss. he was a beautiful looking dog.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Awe, I'm sorry Brenda! What a sweet looking dog.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Claudine said...

Brenda,
so sorry for the loss of your dog...he was beautiful. May your memories of him comfort you.
Claudine

11:21 AM  
Blogger NmB said...

Yes, it is really hard to lose a pet and the house seems strangely empty without them. When we lost our twelve-year-old golden last year we only went three months before getting a new puppy. The story of our life with Bogie is on my dog blog:
http://bogitebits.blogspot.com

11:26 AM  
Blogger Jenessa said...

Hi Brenda,
Your story and the picture of your beautiful dog brought tears to my eyes. You're right, pets are a big part of the family. My thoughts are with you.
Jenessa

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I'm so sorry....we lost 2 cats over the last 2 years and it is so hard. My kids took it badly. Yes I agree, we need to remember to include them in the photos sometimes.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

What a sweet looking dog. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for the advice...I'm going to take photos of my dog with the kids very soon. I don't even think I have any of them with him.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

So sorry for your loss. Thank you for the gentle reminder of how special our pets are. I'm gonna go home and take some pics of our girl!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Bren. Our dog died the same way too. My husband just assured me that no doubt they all go to heaven. I can never look at snow without remembering our Husky. Thank you for the message and the reminder.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Sabreena said...

Oh my gosh, he looks just like my dog, which made me cry when I read the post. I am going to go home and take some photos of mine. I am so sorry for your loss!

Sabreena

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet dog. We have two pets and they are extremely special to our family. I'm off to take some pictures of them right now.

Gentle Hugs.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

awww...i'm sorry, brenda. our dog is truly a part of the family, too. makes me think of that movie "All Dogs Go To Heaven"

2:14 PM  
Blogger April Walker said...

So sorry for your loss of the family dog. My very best friend that recently moved from Luboock to Katy, just found out that her dog has the same thing. She called and said that the vet told her 6 weeks. So sad...I will keep you in my prayers.

Loves,
April

2:38 PM  
Blogger jsbebe said...

I'm so sorry for your loss... What a sweet faced guy.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

Brenda...I am so sorry for your loss. I am choked up just thinking about all you are going through. A prayer is going up for youa ll now!

4:26 PM  
Blogger samiam said...

Brenda: I write this little note to you and your family with kleenex in hand. I am so sorry for your puppy as they are a part of you. I just know he had a wonderful life with you and you would have given him sooooo much love!!! He will be forever in your heart. I have also lost but I try to remember all the good things that our dear "friend" brought to our lives!
love
Susan

4:59 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of Tubbs. I'll be thinking of you and your family.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

I am so sorry for your loss Brenda... I wish I knew what to say.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Angelique said...

That poem gets me EVERTIME!!!

I am so sorry for your loss.

We almost lost our doggie this weekend too- she was in the ER for 2 days. It was so hard to think of loosing her. She had a terrible uterine infection and ended up on IV's and having surgery- where they also found cancer.

Feeling here for you and your family- what an adorable photo.
My dog WILL NOT let me take her photos- she RUNS when the camera comes out.

Thinking of you.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Julie C Butler said...

Brenda, I am sorry for your loss. Tears are rolling dowm my face as I am reading this...
They are special little species, and we must not forget them when they are here and when they are not...
I will spend and give my puppy dogs a little more lovin today...in memory of your pooch! Take care!
PS - the photo you have here is breathtaking. I can see in his eyes how much he was loved and will be forever and ever.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Tina Parker said...

Awwwee, Brenda- I am so sorry, I know it's very hard to loose a fuzy friend....BIG HUGS!!!!
Tina

9:08 PM  
Anonymous --cherry said...

I'm so sorry brenda...{{hugs}} to you and your family...

10:27 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I haven't read al the comments...so this may have already been mentioned...but I HIGHLY suggest getting the children's book "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant. I am an elementary school teacher and have sent it home with many a student who has lost a pet. It is a delightful, heartwarming book that truly helps the hearts (of both children and adults) heal.(She also wrote Cat Heaven)
So sorry for your loss...very sorry.

Sara

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I'm so sorry. Losing a beloved pet is awful. I don't know what I'll do when I lose my Mr Solo

Hugs to you and your family

Chris

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Nadia said...

Oh I am so sorry. That has to be tough. I don't have any pets, but I can imagine it's a great loss.

You and your family are in my thoughts.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous jen G said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are the one constant in our lives who pick us up when we are down and love us unconditonally! Our Bella had cancer and we were put in the positon of putting her to sleep this October. I still struggle with it every day she was our baby when we could not have babies and she pulled us through a time that was very low. I thank heavens I have pictures that mean so much to me. Thank you for passing on the poem. Another thing to get to read to Gracie is a kids book called Dog Heaven. It is an amazing book it not only helped our kids but it helped me. My thoughts are with you.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous jen G said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are the one constant in our lives who pick us up when we are down and love us unconditonally! Our Bella had cancer and we were put in the positon of putting her to sleep this October. I still struggle with it every day she was our baby when we could not have babies and she pulled us through a time that was very low. I thank heavens I have pictures that mean so much to me. Thank you for passing on the poem. Another thing to get to read to Gracie is a kids book called Dog Heaven. It is an amazing book it not only helped our kids but it helped me. My thoughts are with you.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

OH MY..I'm soooo sorry! That is very sad & what a sad time for your little family. I know how important animals are to families. I'm sending HUGS your way!!!

Also go to ILP...I left you a present:)

http://ilovephotography.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=177616&hl=

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Roseann said...

I'm so sorry! Our dog died a couple of years ago and someone gave us a card with that passage on it. It still makes me bawl, but it's so good.

Some good books for kids about grief-- beautifully written, beautiful illustrations that would be great for Gracie's age are "The Tenth Good Thing About Barney" and "Where The Wind Blows" by Charlotte Zolotow.

Hugs,
Roseann

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

My condolences :( Losing a pet is so very hard. We had to make that decision just over two months ago for our 16 year old diabetic kitty. I am grateful I was there to hold her. I am very thankful she was my quiet model for several photography classes I took over the past year. My favourite photo of her graces our mantle.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Sugar Photography said...

Wow-so guess what...we're taking our last photos TODAY of our old doggie Wheels before saying goodbye tomorrow (dh is still coming to grips with this, but it's time).
I'm so sorry for your loss. (and let's talk about how you told Gracie...'cause beyond the book "Dog Heaven", I'm at a loss).
Let's get together and mourn over a starbucks!
Jen

10:04 AM  
Anonymous D.Lauren said...

We just got our power restored today. Been without heat or power since Thursday. Wanted to take a break and read some blogs and was so sad to read your news. I am so sorry for your loss. Definately will take some pics of our lab today! BIG hugs are being sent your way right now. Hoping your days feel happier soon!

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Frederique said...

Hope it's gong better Brenda. What a sad moment to go through...How is gracie doing? Hope it won't take that lovely smile from her face for too long..

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Oh Brenda...I'm completely crying right now. I'm so sorry for your loss. ((hugs)) and prayers going your way.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Peta said...

aww man Brenda, I'm so sorry, losing a pet is so hard. They most definitely are a big part of the family! Maybe you don't have a whole lot of photos of him, but what you do have is all absolutely divine, beautiful shots for Gracie to look back on as she grows up!I really hope there is a 'rainbow bridge' out there, and that your little Tubbs is enjoying himself and relishing in being in good health once again!

Off to kiss my Rubez Tubez!

3:23 AM  
Blogger amy m said...

brenda I know how hard this can be for a family. I'm so sorry for you loss.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Thank you so much everyone! It means so much that I have you guys that are there for us. We miss him so much....it's not the same around here without him. And Christmas is going to be tough...I went last night and bought the pet gifts and it was weird not buying something for him. =(

9:30 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))

I know I am late at reading this, but I am so sorry for your loss!

1:37 PM  

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