Saturday, January 9, 2010

Just A Dog

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Yes, Bear, all dogs do go to heaven. 

But you already know that.  You’ve been chasing bunnies through meadows of Easter Green  all night, free of the pain that had stopped you from walking here on earth.  Yes, I did know when I took this picture of you with Your Boy  that it would be the last.  Your Nanny and Grandpa  even came to see you one last time this Christmas, poor old Grandpa hobbling around behind you, commiserating with you on how Time  had brought you both to this point in life.

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Do you remember, Bear, the story of how you came into our life?  How your boy was so very young when we found you at the dog pound, and there you were, sitting in the sun, and our eyes met and my heart heard your heart say,

“Oh, look, it’s my real mommy”.

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Patriotic Bear

Gentle Bear, you have been so much more than a dog; you have been a faithful servant, protector, and lover of all living things.

scan0009 Sweet, sweet Bear, you are forever a part of the story of my life.  My heart aches to see you again, and I know that I will, for our Loving God would never give us a Heaven without animals.

scan0013 Until then, my beloved friend, keep chasing bunnies through

meadows of Easter Green .  

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To become a Real Dog, you must prove yourself

Brave, Truthful, and Unselfish.

scan0015You have been all of that, and more.

Oh how I am going to miss your smile.

Love, your real mommy.

34 comments:

Dajon said...

A beautiful Tribute to a beautiful dog.
I am sure you are going to miss her.

Ces said...

I love this! I love Bear. I love Ryan. I love you. I love Alice. I love your Knight. I love your family. Ryan is so handsome. He is so handsome!

But Bear. Oh Bear. Bear went to heaven for sure. God bless you Bear.

Dogs make us love even more. They demand nothing just love and care and they return it a thousandfold.

Thank you for this Deborah. This is what makes us rich. I love you.

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

What a thoughtful and awesome post Deborah. YOu shall see Bear one day again, and he will be waiting for you. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me today also. It means a lot to me and your kind words. Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend and may your heart be filled with the loving memories of Bear!
Cheers

She Writes said...

You have me in tears! Oh my gosh, tears!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Dog Heaven


In dog heaven, there’s plenty of time to think…
You can howl if you want to…..
Test your new wings or chew on your halo---it’s okay!
You can rest after a busy game of chase in the meadow.
We know our people will join us sometime…..so
we wait patiently and remember them.
There is always a big stick to fetch and friends to play with.
Chew toys are everywhere, even in the clouds!
Dog Heaven is a VERY GOOD time, no matter what you like to do.
So please don’t fret Mom; life’s a beach here!

Love,

Bear

Renee said...

Oh Darling I am so sorry about Bear you will indeed see him again.

Oh I'm so sorry sweet Deb.

He is beautiful.

Love Renee xoxoxo

sweetmango said...

Oh sigh, such a beautiful face. You know that I understand in the deepest of ways what that loss is like. I am so glad he has had such a beautiful time with you and your family. They give us so much, so much.
Kisses for your heart.
Fly high little Bear.
xxme

sherry ♥ lee said...

What a beautiful tribute to the love you feel for your sweet Bear. Sending you hugs and kisses and love. Missed indeed, but never, ever forgotten. ♥

Marie S said...

I am so sorry for your cracked open heart!
I am so sorry.
Tears for you sweetie, I am so so sorry!

yoborobo said...

Oh Deb! I came here to tell you that you write the very best prayers ever. I want to sit next to you when you pray, because I know God is listening to your words, the way I do when I read them, and maybe I can sneak one in while you have his ear. :) And then I read about your sweet Bear, and I see those pictures of him and Ryan and the tears just come streaming down my cheeks. What a sweet dog, and a sweet, sweet boy, too. I'm so sorry for your loss - xoxo Pam

Kelly H-Y said...

They absolutely do go to Heaven! What a touching post.

Manon Doyle said...

Beautiful post for Bear! I can so relate to your pain.... i lost two dogs within 5 weeks of each other. I still get teary eyed when I think of them. Bear will forever be in your heart!!
A big hug to you, my friend!!

manon
xo

6p00d8341cd06653ef said...

A lovely scrapbook of memories. Our pets are so much a part of who we are.
hugs and kisses from downunder
xoxo
M

deb said...

Visiting from your beautiful comments on a few blogs...
and and now my heart breaks for this.
sorry, if that helps.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh Deb! I am so sorry. He had a beautiful gragceful and gorgeously graying and wise face. They are SOO much. Sometimes there just aren't words. I send you strength and peace.

"...Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy"

Sonia ;) said...

(((((((((HUGS))))))))) to you Deb, and your family. Our pets become a very big part of the family. Sometimes like one our children even, I know my pugs are.

Hugging you dear sweet friend xoxoxoxo

Lila Rose said...

Oh Deb this has made me cry!
Bear is absolutely gorgeous.
What a brilliant tribute!
Many many hugs,
Lila xx

Ariadone said...

Oh, what beautiful honour to your lovely dog. Yes, when a dog comes to live with you...life changes. I suddenly feel the need to write a tribute to our former dog Rocky, a beautiful wonderful big Kusky-Malamut who was poisoned when only six years old. One day a lady in the parc told me, when I walked with our new dog Louis ( who had kennel-syndrome and was very autistic ) that she saw another dog walking with us and it was Rocky, in the spirit, who had been strong and couragious. Oh, Deborah, you see where your dear dear post brings us ....
You will miss him dearly. Go through sadness knowing he had a wonderful life in your home.

LDWatkins said...

Oh, I can hardly bear it. So beautiful. They take up residence not only in our homes but literally steal our hearts. I know you are hurting. Kisses and hugs for your sore and broken heart! I'll be crying for awhile.

Renee said...

I am kind of mad at myself but not really. I thought I told Ces and Bella and you and Marie and Manon and now I don't know who I have told.

Thank you for your prayers you know how I love them.

xxoxo

Diana Evans said...

Hi Deborah!!!

oh you made me cry today....what a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to a sweet sweet member of the family....I have to go and hug our dog Minnie now....They are amazing companions aren't they!!!

Bear is in Heaven and enjoying the great view and the treats!!!

Hugs
Diana

Georgina said...

Oh Deb, just how sweet and sad. You'll see Bear again, I just know it...all dogs do go to heaven. I miss my babies too and I know I'll be seeing them someday.

God bless and so very sorry about your loss...what a great doggie.

xxoo,
Georgina

Marie S said...

Bear isn't just a dog, she was your friend!!!
Heart hugs to you.

Thank you so so much Deb. Madi is a light for me!!
Happy Happy New Year sweet one.
Love and huge hugs.

Sophia said...

Awwwww...what a heartwarming tribute to a gorgeous dog that has most definitely left its mark on you and your family. Adore. :)

LDWatkins said...

You have such a huge capacity for love! That's why you are loved so much. Thank you for coming by my blog and thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement. I do so appreciate them. Rest in peace, Bear. Love and hugs, Lynda

Renee Khan said...

I forgot to tell you I think Ryan looks just like you here.

The house must feel empty without boy and dog.

xoxox

Javajune said...

Oh, I'm so, so sorry, I know how hard it is to lose your doggie. Your words were so beautiful they made me cry. Although Bear is in Heaven, I know he leaves a hole in your heart. I'm sure he had the best life and more love than any dog could ask for.
Love and hugs to you and the fam.-jj

Ces said...

Deborah, I got the Chico's catalog today. You should try modeling. You are the perfect model.

Ces said...

Ooh I love Black Market but you have to have a model's physique to make those dresses look good on you, so yes, that's perfect for you!

linda said...

oh my, you are the second one who has suffered this loss this week...it will end one day, your separation and in the meantime, she will chase rabbits and reindeer, dig for moles to china, have chocolate and never get sick...and always she will be watching over you and yours♥

Carolyn said...

Such a sad loss sweet Debs , (( big hugs )) for you all . I cried reading this .
They complete a family , with unconditional love - i hope you find some peace and know Bear is in a good place waiting to see you once more .
I was told of a poem , called 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...



xoxox

Renee said...

Darling did you know that you always make me burst into tears with your prayers.

xoxo

Silke said...

Dearest Deborah, not much has me in a puddle as fast as reading about a pet passing, simply because we've been through it twice in the last three years with two of our beloved dogs. I know how heartbroken you and your family are! Their loving, gentle, happy presence is so missed when they leave this physical world. But I know your Bear is chasing bunnies in heaven and wagging his tail wildly every time you think of him! All my love, Silke

Mermaid Queen said...

Oh Deborah, this is so sad, and I'm so sorry to hear about your doggy! Sweet Bear will be able to run and play now with my Toby our dear black lab. Dogs become such a part of the family, and I couldn't live without them.
Take care,
Martha