Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In memory of our faithful dog Sally November 14, 2011 R.I.P.

Our Sally wasn't improving this time and she was beginning to lose her dignity as she lost control of her bodily functions and staggered around. She was happy and alert and loved to eat, she was still following me everywhere I went although her breathing was very labored. I knew it was time to send her home to heaven. My top priority today was to blog about her and just have a good cry. So I held myself together to get the girls off to school, we listened to music and told jokes anything I could think of to keep the morning normal and to try not to let them miss her presence. While I was just dying inside. We all shed many tears last night as we stayed with her while she went so peacefully. It's been said that writing helps to heal the soul....so I'm writing....
This is Sally as a puppy in August 1998 not long after she joined our family. Sally was one of the "children" to us as we were told I would not be able to have children. She helped to heal some of those pains and our dogs Pupster and Baxter accepted her fully and became an inseperable pack. They have since passed as well so she was the last of our original "crew". I know they are so happy to see her again.

Here I am with her and my faithful Baxter. Sally always liked to lay in our lap and be carried around like a baby....then she grew into a 100 pound bundle of love, so that started to become more difficult.
She was there for us through all our moves, our heartaches, our joys and touching the lives of everyone she met.

When God blessed us with our girls by nothing short of a miracle...Sally became their protector and loved them with all her heart. Each day would she would sit at the front door and wait for them to come home from school and for me to come back inside after taking them out. She'd also accompany me to the mailbox.

Always faithful...these girls could climb on her, tug her ears and tail and she'd never flinch...
She liked to take long walks with my Dad at their house.....
My brother in law Brent taught her how to give you her paw and as you would sit down she would come up next to you and continuously give you her paw. As long as you kept petting she was good...as soon as you'd stop she'd kept hitting you with her paw over and over....

As long as she could be right with you she was happy....

Come on PopPop! I'm ready for my walk!!!

And I know you have some treats waiting for me too....

She was always such the lady...crossing her feet each time she layed down.


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...


As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade

I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, an on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful - lush and green and wide
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright glow pierced the night
"Twas the glow of many candles, shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in it's brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be
We are still connected by a cord no one can see
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart


I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
- Author Unknown

Prayer for pets #1

Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, thank you for having entrusted us with a loyal pet.

Thank you for letting him teach us unselfish love.

Thank you for the memories that we can recall to brighten our days for the rest of our lives.

Finally, in gratitude, we return our pet to you.


Prayer for pets #2

Heavenly Father... We know that not even a sparrow falls without your knowledge, so we know that you are here with us today.

Although this beloved companion animal will be missed very much, we give thanks to you for allowing us to have so many wonderful years with her. Thank you for this and for all thy blessing, Lord.


Prayer for pets #3

Lord Almighty God, this animal brought sunshine to us and was a vital part of our lives.

His passing has created a void in our hearts that cannot be filled.

We do not question the will of God, but ask Him to be merciful in our loss.


Kathllen said last night "she'll be up there with Uncle Patrick now, right? And he'll take good care of her won't he?" Yes sweet girl he will......

Sally we will miss your kisses and hugs, your presence everywhere, your devotion, our car rides together, your favorite meals , treats, and foods, your warm fur and soft nuzzles....we're missing a piece of our hearts...

"The one, absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog"
-Sen. George Graham Vest

Rest in peace dear Sally.....we already miss you so much. This house is so hard to be in here by myself without you.



Mama to 4 said...

i am sorry about your loss. Hugs mama - animals are like having children. Hugs

Patti said...

Oh, Jill, this post has made me cry. I can SO relate...we got our Nikki in August of 1998 as well. While we still have her, we know it probably won't be for much longer.

I am SO sorry for your loss. I know her presence will be sorely missed.

Love and hugs to you,

Chelle said...

Sorry to hear about your dog. We had to have a our dog put to sleep once. I couldn't even take her. My husbands Dad did it for me. Our dog now is part of our family, it would hurt us all if something happened to her. I know you will miss her.

Genn said...

Oh Jill, I am so very sorry that you lost your sweet Sally. I hope that your hurting heart gets better with time. xoxo

Mark said...

This is so sad. I'm struggling for words right now. And all I can think about is my dog(Roman) who was also born in 1998.
I know Sally will be happy in her forever home. I'm sure she's running and rolling in the grass right now.
Take care of your girls. I feel so sad for them.
Your Friend, m.

Jenny said...

Oh Jill, I am so sorry for you and your family. Pets bring us so much joy and it is impossible to ever really say goodbye. I am thinking of you.

Kerri said...

So sorry for your families loss Jill. I hope your good memories of Sally get you guys through this sad time.

Erin said...

I am so sorry for your lose. You & your family are in my thoughts.

Nicolle said...

I am sad to hear about the loss of your precious dog. Sending you a hug and lots of comforting prayers. I know how hard it is. xo.

Beloved's Bride said...

I am so sorry, Jill. I will pray that the Lord will comfort your entire family. Our animals are so very special to us when they have been apart of our lives for so long.

Nezzy said...

Sweetie, I'm soooo sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to you beloved family member.

Sendin' big old hugs your way!

God bless and have a peaceful day my friend! :o)

SonyaAnn said...

I'm so sorry. I'm crying for you and your family. I know the loss of a special pet. It is heart breaking. My love to you and you family.

claudia b said...

oh Jill, I am so sorry for Sally's passing, I will be keeping your family in my thoughts.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I am so sorry! What a tough day. I know exactly how you feel. We had a dog who was our first "child", too and he passed on two years ago. It still pains me to think of it. It is hard on the whole family. Praying you all will be allowed to grieve and you will feel God's presence strongly.

Hugs, Jackie

Victorian1885 said...

RIP Sally.. big hugs to you & your Family..

Julie said...

I am so sad for you Jill. I am so sorry. They are our children, just with 4 leg and faster. Remember those wonderful days and nights and hug your girls and hubby. Sally is truly waiting for that day when everyone will be together. I am so sad Jill.

McVal said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! And the poor girls. Having known her all their lives.

Miranda said...

Jill, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of your family.

Kat said...

Aww this makes me sad. Sally was such a sweet heart. Big hugs squeeze.