Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Last night we lost our beautiful girl, Penny. As you know she has not been the same since we lost our Duffy, ironically 3 months to the day yesterday. She had slowed down and the last few days did not drink or eat. It was a decision we struggled with but yesterday morning she tried but could not stand up. She looked at us with her velvety brown eyes as if to say "It's okay, I trust you and I am ready". We waited until the end of the day and there was a beautiful sunset. When we came home amazingly there were two bright stars in the sky. I like to think it was Penny going to Duffy.

It is finally a lovely sunny day here today. Even though she did not see it, we are having a cup of tea in the sun for her, she would have loved that.

When I think of her I will not see the tired girl but I will see my beautiful girl rolling in the spring grass and soaking up the sun.

The studio will not be the same without her. I don't know what I will do this spring without her looking at me from the rug, sharing my potato chips and Duffy crashing through the screen door he ripped so he could come in whenever he wanted.

I believe they are together now, he is no longer lonely and she is telling him the latest news. They are young and happy perhaps meeting all of our other furry family who have gone before them. I do not know what lies ahead for us. This is the first time in our married lives that we have not had a dog in the house. It is so lonely right now I cannot bear it, but I do not know when I will be ready for another, Penny and Duffy will be hard to top.

If I had 100 Wishes, most of them would be for the animals. One wish would be that their lives lasted longer and they stayed younger, 10 years is so short for us, it is not enough. We miss you sweetheart, I wish that our darling granddaugher could have known you better, longer. I wish you could have one more healthy summer, and selfishly I wish I had you both for just one more hug.


  1. So sorry to hear about the loss of both your beloved pets. They sure do become like family. I know that you will miss them very much.

    Even though they can't be replaced, you sure do have sweet memories to keep them close.


  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I too think they are together now rollong around, having fun.

    Many Blessings to you and your husband, V.

  3. My heart is breaking with yours. I am sitting here crying with you. I know your pain too well.

    Duffy and Penny have made friends with my Hannah and Kodak and they are playing and have so much fun. They are waiting for the day they will be reunited with us and they will run to greet us with their tails wagging and happy smiles.

    I did smile when I read about Duffy running through the screen door. Kodak did that too and just last night I was telling my husband, remember the time Kodak ran through that screen door.

    I'm sending you a big ((HUG). I will include your Duffy and Penny in my prayers to the Sisters of St. Francis.

    You will see your fur babies again. They are waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge.


  4. I was so upset to hear your news; I really do understand what you are going through. Pets bring us such joy, but as you quite rightly said, their time with us is too short. Looking at your pictures it is clear that your dogs had an idyllic life with you, and that is the thing to remember, that you were able to make them as happy as they made you.

  5. My heart aches for you losing both Penny and Duffy in such a short span of time. I know how much you must be grieving but know that the warm memories will replace the sad ones. They had a wonderful life with you and now they will be those stars in heaven twikling over you to remind you of all the fun times you shared.

  6. My heart just aches for you this morning ...hugs and prayers !

  7. I am so sorry for your loss of your furry babies. I'm glad you can find some solace in knowing that Penny and Duffy have been re-united. I have been where you are and I know how your heart aches. Be kind to yourself...

  8. So so sorry for your loss Sue. Take comfort in all the memories.


  9. Oh dear, dear, sweet Sue. I'm so sad for you and the loss of your beautiful Penny and that it was not so long after Duffy's passing. I know the ache of losing blessed little furry family members and the sadness that it brings. I am happy that Duffy and Penny are together again and I know you'll see them again, too. It's the in between time that is so difficult to deal with.

    Many, many, many hugs and so much love I'm sending to you and yours and thoughts of Penny and Duffy rolling in green grasses and having fun together again and watching over you and yours until you are together again.


  10. Oh Sue! :(
    I am so so sad for you!
    I know how hard it is to lose a pet
    I'm sure Penny and Duffy are running around together
    You must remember you made their lives full of fun and love

  11. Well,I did not expect this. I am very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you. I know one day maybe we will get to see our loved animals. We lost one a few months ago but only had her for 3 years. But still it hurt very badly and it took awhile but its better now. I still miss her though! They are out furry kids. I will say a prayer for you and hope it gets easier for you. Hugs to you.

  12. I am so sorry you have lost your very special family member ... I'm crying right now thinking about how hard it must have been to say goodbye. I do, for one, believe they go on over the rainbow bridge and are waiting there for us when it is our turn. But, still it is so hard and ten years is not nearly long enough.

    Hugs and Love to you !

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your doggie. I definitely believe there is a place in heaven for animals and you are right they are together now. Take care Cyndy

  14. Oh Sue, I am so sorry I did not read this post before your last and was not aware of this heart breaking news. Honey, I am so, so sorry and wish more than you can imagine that I could do something to take your grief. I know they are together running beneath the sun that glows with eternal love. Please be good to yourself and know that I will add your family to my candle work this evening. All my love, Mina

  15. So, So sorry for your loss. We can never measure the love and lessons we get from our gentle friends. Take comfort in knowing what a wonderful home your Duffy and Penny had. We could only hope that for all animals.

  16. Sorry to read about your loss! The unquestioning love we receive from our furry friends is such a wonderful gift.

  17. Oh Sue, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Our furry babies grace our lives for such a short time, but the memories they leave us with last a lifetime. I hope the memories will bring you comfort, and know that Penny and Duffy were lucky to have you for their mom.


  18. So sorry you have lost both of your pets. They are the very best family members. But they are together watching over you from above.

  19. Oh Sue, I am so very sorry, my heart is breaking for you and your family right now. Sweet, sweet Penny is now safe and pain free and playing with Duffy, I truly believe that. They are such a joy to us but are with us for far too short a time, it just doesn't seem fair that we lose them so soon. I know words won't help right now but know that I am thinking of you and of Penny and Duffy and keeping you all close in my heart. Big {{hugs}}, Deb

  20. I've been out of contact for awhile now, I was reading your blog when I saw that you lost Penny! I am so sad for you! I know it's been hard, and it will take awhile to feel better. Just know my heart goes with you. If my puppy died I would be devastated! Take care!