Saturday, December 17, 2011

Remembering FurFriends

Earlier this week, I thought I'd prepare some posts ahead of time for the week as the time for holiday hustle and bustle increases...and then there was news of a loss of a furfriend...and then another...and then unbelievably and shockingly so, today I've learned of one family's devastating loss. Add this to the recent passing of some other petpals, it's very difficult to shake the sadness when the news hits. It envelopes us like an ill-fitting coat. I believe the pet world is a close knit, caring, and compassionate world. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. And today, we are all hurting.

There is no "good" time to lose a pet. And having such a terrible loss around the holiday season just seems to magnify the pain. It's certainly been a sad week of loss in the pet social media world. Through social networking, as we have all discussed before, we have forged some lasting relationships with other pet parents - sharing the tribulations, trials, joys, and sorrows that come along with raising and loving a pet. We have lost too many it seems recently with The Thundering Herd's Kodiak, Rottover's Gizmo, Help Save Zen's Zen, Tails from the Pack's Bruno, Scooby Star, a personal friend of mine's Nico, and others who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

The passing of our beloved pets hit hard and deep. A hole is left that feels as though it can never be filled. We are shaken hard while facing daily activities without a familiar cry, nuzzle, lick, or push of the hand. These recent deaths certainly do weigh heavy on our minds and makes us pause to realize we never really know how long our loved ones will be in our lives. Hold them tight. Give them extra hugs and kisses. Take time to toss the ball one more time. And thank God everyday for bringing them into our lives.

Run free, sweet furbabies. You will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with your hu-families. 

Today, let's take a moment to reflect on these wonderful, loving animals and their families. Today, this blog is in memory of them.

Earning their furangel wings this week, we bid a sad farewell to:

(@BensontheHusky on Twitter)
Age 3 Years & 7 Months

(Blogger & Facebook furpal who has been in a #pawcircle of strength)
 Age 16

And to the FIVE PITTIES from the Houston, Texas Kissa-bull packMayzie's Dog Blog has organized a Chip-In who perished in a house fire. The hu-family and two pitties were lucky to have escaped, but they lost their house and five of their beloved rescue babies. The Blogger community is gathering together to help this family out. for anyone who would like to help. No amount is too small to help this family.

Run free now, Benson, Keva, and Pitties...and frolick and play with all the friends who have gone before you, waiting there to greet you and escort you beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.
~Author Unknown


  1. It is too unbelievable what happened to this family right around the holidays. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to them!

  2. Wooo it has truly been an awful week and everytime hu'mum reads something about one of the recent furangels she gets the leaky eyes again. Thoughts and prayers to all the families x

  3. Thank you for posting a beautiful dedication. The poem sums it all up and we will look to the sky for our bright shining stars. Until we meet again. The dog blog community is awesome.

  4. How beautiful. Yes, it is all so overwhelming. I am thankful to be part of such a loving community.

    Painter Pack Mom

  5. A beautiful tribute.

    Maxx and mommy

  6. a well pawed, touching beautiful tribute,

    RA, Isis & Nanuk

  7. That was a wonderful and loving tribute.

  8. THANK YOU for posting a Beautiful Dedication

  9. Thank you for the beautiful post. I'm pretty much out of words for this. Blogville is the most amazing community on the planet, bar none.
    Grr and a Mournful Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  10. That is a beautiful tribute to those who have suffered such terrible losses. Seems like there has been too much sadness for too long now. We hope the days ahead can find a way to bring joy and happiness into all of our lives. Soft woos and gentle hugs to all who have suffered losses.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  11. Such a sad, sad time for so many. What a beautiful tribute to all our furry friends and the lives they've given us.

    **Giving an extra hug tonight that is more than deserved.

  12. So, so sad to lose loved ones. :(

    I put a chip-in on my site too.

    Woofs & hugs< <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  13. Thank you, sibes. We also lost Thor last August and El'bow earlier this week, two of our wonderful mastiff fureinds. We've been getting so many hugs from mom lately, it's unbelievable!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  14. Your post is the tears are flowing again. It's been one of those days. Blogville has lost too many friends this year.

  15. Mama keeps crying every time we read about those five doggies who were in the fire... it would be her worst nightmare to lose, not just one, but FIVE babies! :*(

  16. Thank you for such a great post. We lost our brother Samick August 4th of this year and it hasn't been easy, we miss him dearly. RIP to all who have crossed. :(