Goodbye, sweet friend...

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my sweet Russ. I rescued him from the pound when he was 9 months old; he lived to be nearly 15 1/2. In all those years, I'm sure I learned more from him than he did from me. Russ was smart, loyal, mellow, funny and my self-appointed protector from pretty much the moment we met. Many people over the years have commented that he was an old soul and I believe that to be true. He was a special and unique dog and I am honored that he chose me to be his person. I hope heaven appreciates him as much as we did.

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  1. Sorry to hear of the loss of your furbaby. Wishing you happy memories of times spent together.

  2. Oh my goodness, I'm soo sad to hear this, as it reminds me of our pug Ben, who died two years ago at 13. He was all you described your baby were; he even was self appointed the soul owner of our house! I miss him still and my heart goes out to you, my friend.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. I know you will cherish the memories you have.

  4. I'm so sorry. It's so hard to say good-bye to our Babies. May you be comforted by happy memories until you see your sweet Russ again.

  5. Oh, Eileen, I'm so sorry!! I know your heart must be hurting so much, for our precious doggies aren't just pets, they become family members to us.

    This post really hits home for me, as one of my beagles is 14 1/2, and for the last couple years, I've seen her declining and have known her time with us is nearing its end.

    Blessings and hugs,

  6. So sad to hear of the loss of your precious Russ. Memories are so important and they will carry you through. ♥

  7. I am so sad for you. It is hard to say goodby to our friends.

  8. Eileen, I am so sorry and sad to hear that you lost your little guy. Sometimes it just doesn't seem fair that we can't have them just a little while longer. I have a sweet cat that is 19 1/2 years old. It's hard for him to get around and he sleeps almost 22 hours a day. I know that his time is short bur we never know when that time will come. It is not easy watching them age. I feel for you and I am tearing up thinking about your loss. Bless you and Russ.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories carry you through this difficult time.

  10. Oh Eileen

    So sorry to hear about Russ - I know just how you feel. They are like our children.

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    PS We're having a giveaway - stop by if you have time.

  11. So sorry to read this - it's heartbreaking to lose a pet. I hope in time you will only remember the happy memories. xo


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