Monday, October 31, 2011

Thank you.

Thank you for your condolences on the loss of our sweet Marigold.  Your comments, emails, and support wrecked me.  I couldn't respond to you individually.  You all understand the loss of a pet is a loss of a family member.  Just know that I appreciate each and every one of you AND your big hearts. 
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I know that I was lucky to have her as long as I did.  14 years is a long time for a Lab - for any dog, really.  And to have her relatively healthy until her last day is another blessing many don't get the privilege of experiencing. 


I am also very grateful to have 4 more furry bodies here to make me laugh with their tail-wagging, ear-flopping, Run*A*Round rabble-rousing - as well as their warm comfort when they just come sit next to me.  I never want to have a one-dog household ever again. Did that many years ago - it's too hard when you lose them - must have multiple furry souls at your feet.


The house is definitely much more quiet without Miss Marigold.  She was The Princess with a huge sense of entitlement to everything around her, never being left out of anything.  These other 4 pups are so unintrusive, it's almost too easy to go about my day.
One of my favorite photos of her - taken exactly 10 yrs. before her death.
I will probably never raise another dog from puppyhood (I know, never say never).  But the last 5 pups we've added after Marigold were about 8 or 9 months old when we adopted or rescued them.  They've been really wonderful and easy additions to the family at that age. 

Miss Marigold is buried next to her 'brother', Avis (a 150 lb. Rott/Lab mix), who left us 3 years ago at age 10.  She and Avis were the best of buds, so I'm glad they're reunited.
Avis and Marigold, together again.
It's been cathartic to be able to share (and also to lay low for a few days).   Thanks, again, to all of you.  Time to get back to regular blogging and sharing smiles...  :)  God bless our pets!

82 comments:

Jill said...

Bless your heart, T. Warm thoughts being sent your way. I love your photos of the family.

holdingmoments said...

A lovely tribute to your princess, Theresa.
That last picture with her brother is a beauty.

Robin said...

T, and God bless you too! I would like to come back a dog on your spread! So much love!

Ellie said...

T, this is a lovely post and tribute to Marigold. I love your picture of Avis and Marigold.
Sending you lots of hugs.

SweetMarie said...

Thank you for sharing with all of us. I know it's not easy. My heart hurts for you. Marigold was a Princess. You can see it in her. She reminds me so much of my Roxanne Love. I love the pic of Marigold and Avis...so loving. Big hug Theresa.

Margaret said...

Tears and hugs sent your way. I imagine every time you turn around you expect to see her. You take your time ... we will be here. :)

Sandra said...

Thanks for this post, we are all concerned for you and hurting with you. she is a beautiful dog and now she is with her brother who was also beautiful. hugs to you and we will all be waiting and i do understand the wrecked thing. Love can do that to us and we all love you and your blog. more hugs coming.

Kerri said...

There is a Marigold Princess in heaven looking down on you :)

Susan said...

Ahhhh, I feel so bad for you! It is so hard to lose a dog. I had a shepherd mix for 17 years. Her name was Princess Leia. Shows you how long ago that was, lol. Anyway, there wasn't a better dog and it was hard to have her go. My heart goes out to you dear friend.

Susan

Debbie said...

so good to read your beautiful words this afternoon!!

warm hugs and much love on it's way to fill your heart that's as big as texas!!

thanks for sharing these special family photos!!

love you t!!!

wayside wanderer said...

You make me want to go out and get a few more dogs. Marigold was even more beautiful than her name.

Sylvia K said...

Such a wonderful post! I know the pain is still there, but you do sound better and I'm glad! I do know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. When I lost my last Schnauzer, Gus, it was three years before I could even think of getting another dog. When I began thinking about getting another dog -- finally, I knew I wanted another Schnauzer. They're the right size for apartment living and I had already had three before him. But this time instead of the usual "salt and pepper" Schnauzer, I got a black one -- Sam Schnauzer. He was ten years old on Oct. 28 and happily still quite active for an old man, but I am all too aware of his years. God bless our pets, indeed!

Have a good week, Theresa.

Sylvia

DeanO said...

Pets, such a wonderful treat for family and friends. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

A beautiful tribute for a special Princess:). She will always be with you. Yes, God bless our pets.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Pets are God's blessings with fur on.. glad you were blessed with so many virtual hugs.. :-)

Pricilla said...

That is the way all of us should be able to live and die

Lynne said...

Thank you Theresa for sharing with us about Marigold . . . I hope "the four" give you plenty of tail wags, leg bumps and comfort galore!

Desiree said...

I missed your earlier post as we have been away from home. I am so sorry to hear you've said goodbye to your precious Marigold! You have honoured her memory with your beautiful, heartfelt words and we all feel the pain of your loss. Big hug xoxo

Karen said...

It's the hardest thing, when they leave us. My husband has often asked.. Why do you DO this to yourself? ... and I can't imagine having it any other way.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Thank you so much for opening your heart on your blog and letting us know a little more about your precious Marigold. I remember when our Golden died of an unexpected heart condition at 3 years old. I cried every single day for 2 weeks. I wondered if the tears would ever stop. This dog seemingly tore a piece of my heart and took it with him to Rainbow Bridge. My dogs are like my children and I'm sure you feel the same. Hope you are feeling better soon. Sending another round of hugs!!! I must go and grab a tissue now. :(

Farm Girl said...

I love that last picture,such a nice picture of love. I am glad you are doing okay. I am also glad you have other dogs. When I had to put my Sheltie down I just don't know what I would have done without Sasha.
Thanks for sharing how you are, I have been praying for you.

Katie @Pinke Post said...

I love your writing and sharing in this post. Taking time to pause, remember and cherish memories is absolutely necessary. I married into a "dog child", my husband's first love and child. He's a 10 year old Lab and is a blessing in our life. Take care T!

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for writing and posting additional photos of Marigold - what a sweetie, and I understand your heart is broken in two. the silver lining is that she was, as you say, healthy and happy. embrace your other furry souls, and take good care Theresa.

Bob Bushell said...

Here is one for Marigold.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I am so sorry to hear about Marigold. She was a stunningly beautiful dog and it sounds like she had a very full life! Huge hugs to you - I'm glad you have other furry friends for support while you grieve.

Kathy said...

Yes, you mourn them like you do a family member because that's what they are. May your next days be filled with joyful and happy memories.

Andrew said...

A wonderful tribute... and heres a big hug from me ((( ))))..
Take care

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Thinking of you so much...take all the time you need. A loss like this hurts so deeply. I'm so glad you have all the other fur babies to love on you.
xo, T.

Dawn said...

Been thinking of you.
Furry friends are special...and hard to say goodbye to.
Lovely post for her.

Ali said...

Lovely post....those furry friends know how to squeeze right into your heart and stay there don't they? it will get better... xx

Pam said...

Hopefully your memories will be of all the happy times you spent together.

no need to reply, Theresa.
hugs,
Pam

troutbirder said...

They are best friends and it's so hard to say goodbye. My four hunting dogs were all Chessapeakes and I often reflect on the good times we had together.

latebloomerbuds said...

Aww....Margie

Julie G. said...

My heart goes out to you ... so very sad. This is a most lovely post in honor of your beautiful blonde girl. I know our two adopted shelter dogs are like children to us, it's impossible not to become emotionally attached. They are so very precious. Sending big hugs your way ...

Samantha said...

I'm glad she's reunited with her best bud..

Love is love, and no one should ever question our grief over pets.
More hugs and healing from the WV Crew.

Chatty Crone said...

I'm glad she has her brother there. sandie

Cindy said...

Amen! Your Marigold sounds like our old lab Rosey. She was 14 when she died during the night, right here in the cabin. The perfect dog, right to the end. It won't be long until another dog adopts YOU!

Hugs to you.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos and a lovely post...She will allways be in your heart :)

Montanagirl said...

Sweet photos of A & M. So hard to lose a pet. I've had to do that a few times - It's not easy, and I no longer own any.

Paula said...

Marigold had a good life at your house.

Barbara said...

Wonderful photos - it's obvious how loved she was (and still is!) Sending more hugs :)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

This is a sweet tribute to Marigold...glad you shared it with us.

Buttons said...

I love these photos you can see the love. HUGS. B

Candy C. said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures of sweet Marigold! I'm glad she is with her brother.

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

I'm so sorry to hear that... dogs really are special, even different than all other animals... I still have little empty spots for each one we've lost over the years...

If it would help... remember that dogs are people too:

http://godgalsgunsgrub.blogspot.com/2011/09/dogs-are-people-too-ya-know.html

Dann in Ohio

Inger said...

Surround yourself with your furry friends and know that Marigold had a full and happy life ruling the house and being surrounded by love.

joo said...

It's so difficult to lose friend and family member, sometimes the most faithful in the world! Beautiful tribute to your Princess

Louise said...

That was a lovely tribute to Miss Marigold. I'm glad you have other fur friends to help you through this time of sorrow.

Jan n Jer said...

Being buried next to her brother has got to give you a feeling of peace. It's never easy to lose a pet or family member. The circle of life can be so sad!

bailey-road.com said...

A lovely and loving tribute to your sweet Marigold.

Rose said...

She will always live within you...even so, it is so hard sometimes.

I swear since I lost my Cougar II, a bit back, Bubbie has tried t fill his shoes....he comes and lays in my lap a little while almost every night...he never did that before Cougar passed.

Rose said...

Oh, instead of visiting Time Stand Still this time, read the post today on Pics and Pieces...just the last little bit for a smile. I was going to tell you that, or copy it here...then when I seen what had happened decided no...then seen the comment time to get back to regular sharing so will leave it with you if you want to...it is a Lorelei tale.

Giga said...

Jeden raz już to przeżyłam i powiedziałam : już nigdy. Teraz mam drugiego psa, chowanego od szczeniaka. Ma już ponad 11 lat i boje się takiej chwili, jak Ty przeżyłaś. Pozdrawiam

eileeninmd said...

They are sweet photos and beautiful doggies. They are family members and I have been thru the same loss as you. At one time we had two labs and two goldens. 4 dogs in a small house was crazy but we loved them all. It sad to let them go at the end and to this day I still miss them. But, hubby and I have great memories of our old dogs as I am sure you do too. We do have our Goldie Girl now. Take care.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you. It's very hard to lose one you're so close to.

Kay's flowers said...

You are so welcome! Many blessings and thoughts coming your way.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

God bless our pets indeed. They bring so many smiles, laughter and joy. Blessings.

Ms. ~K said...

Thank you for sharing Marigold with us...she will be missed.
My heart aches for you during this difficult time,
A big hug to you,
~K

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

They really are like our little children. Only they never grow up -- and they never stop loving us.

Sweet girl -- she had a good like with you, T. :)

Sall's Country Life said...

Amen, sweet Theresa!

Michaele said...

I have been heavy hearted about you and Marigold. Thanks for posting again and showing strength.

Patrice said...

I hurt so much for you right now. I have been down that road too many times and I know that as long as I love animals, I will have to be there again. She was so sweet looking. I'm sad, but I'm glad she had such a good home with you!

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Having a houseful of those big furry friends always helps to lighten the feeling of one passing. I have always had other dogs when one had to go until our last one 3 years ago. The grief is still there and fear of getting a new one and how much it hurts to loose them again. I am really having a hard time committing to a new one now. Your dogs have a wonderful life and I know will continue to bring much joy into your life.

Flat Creek Farm said...

My heart hurts for you.. what a beautiful soul, that Miss Marigold. Blessings and hugs being sent your way.. -Tammy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

{{hugs}} t.

Annette said...

I'll never go back to just one dog either. Our Sedona is nine and showing her age. I worry and fret about losing her - and I've already informed Brett that when she does go, we will immediately adopt another. We have two dogs now -- and I wouldn't mind having another but I think it would send Brett over the edge.
Sometimes I think the best part about blogging is the support. It was your turn to receive. We're all happy to give our love and hugs and support.

Kerry said...

It makes me weep to see the 137 comments below. So glad for that. Still so sad for you. Take all the time you need.

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

"I never want to have a one-dog household ever again. Did that many years ago - it's too hard when you lose them - must have multiple furry souls at your feet."

Amen.

xo, misha

laurak@forestwalkart said...

AAaaaaaww...sweet marigold....
what a nice post! i'm thinking of you....

Dicky Bird said...

Sorry about your Marigold! Pets do add so much pleasure to our lives. We too bury our pets in our "yard." Not a day goes by I don't think of our old dog Champ - who was 12 (outside farm dog) we so LOVED him...we all have such fond memories of him. I hope your memories help you through this sad time. Blessings from Ringle, WI

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I know you will always miss her. Still thinking of you.

AndysLens said...

They are such great companions.
Do take care.

heyBJK said...

What nice photos! Glad they are together again! :-)

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Oh I am so sorry. Sending hugs your way...

bj said...

Bless your little heart......♥♥

Hookin It With Mr. Lick Lick said...

Awww...I'm really sorry about Marigold. She was a beautiful baby. I know how you feel, I have one more at home that is almost 14 and he is my last baby for a while. You're right, the heartache is almost too much to bear. When he's gone I will travel for a while as long as I can and then when it's time to settle down again I will get another baby, probably even smaller than Leo (Jack Russell). They give us such joy and love. xxxx

Lindy MacDuff said...

Such a beautiful tribute to Marigold. ♥

I very much can relate to your statement, "I never want to have a one-dog household ever again." That is pretty much what hubby and I said to each other after Sophie went to the Bridge. I look forward to the time when we are able to adopt dogs again. I'm glad you have the other "furry bodies" there to keep you smiling. =)

bon bon said...

:o(
<3

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I read the 1st couple sentences & can't read more... I hate death & it makes me cry every single time... so sorry for your loss! God bless!

Saun said...

Here I sit crying my eyes out this is a lovely post and tribute to your beautiful Marigold. Sorry for your loss

Hugs Saun

Hilary said...

Hugs to you.. such a lovely tribute to your girl.

Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

I was just going through your blog and didn't realize your sweet Marigold had passed away. Nothing much harder than saying goodbye!! I know it's kinda late but know all to well. We had to bury Nicky and my long time goatee friend Charlotte. She was 14. Plus we have dog ashes ALL over the house! (in canisters of course) They come with us where ever we go. But a medium once told me that all my animals are still with me!She was uncanny!!
Hugs to you and your family!

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