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August 18, 2006



What a lovely tribute. Zoe will always be lucky to have had such a wonderul human as you. Peace to your wonderful dog.


Oh Christine, my heart aches for you. Loving and losing a so bitter-sweet

Bea at La Tartine Gourmande

Very sad and I am sending all good thoughts. I can fully relate. We lost a 10 year old briard in February this year. Amazing how attached we are to our dear pets. What a lovely tribute of you to her!


It is so wonderful to see your life with your dogs. They give us so much and ask so little. Zoe is a wonderful dog, and I am happy to know her. You are doing so much to make her comfortable and loved.


Lovely. We also watched our dogs, once vibrant and lively, grow old (they had no right!). My father cooked for them with the same love and affection he used when he cooked for us because they were part of our family and deserved it for brightening our lives the way they did. Cheers to Zoe and to you.


Beautifully written, and so sad. I am housesitting two dogs this week and quickly becoming attached to them. It is not going to be easy for me to give them back after just 10 days, so it is hard to imagine giving up a beloved hound for ever.

My thoughts are with you.



Bless you for being such a good dog mommy. All my wishes for the best.

melissa mcgee

i've never read your blog before, but was directed here by matt armendariz to read about your beautiful girl zoe. as a dog lover, my heart breaks and aches for you and i wish i knew some words that might make things easier. it sounds though, like maybe you already know all the right words. my heart is definitely with you and your sweet zoe. certainly you are blessed with zoe, and certainly zoe is blessed with you as her dogmom. i wish for you nothing but beautiful time with zoe, whatever time you have left.


Christine, this is such a loving post and a sad one too. It really touched me and i hope however much time Zoe has that it would be so beautiful. You are and have been a great mom to her.


I just finished reading your post and I find that familiar lump and closed throat sensation setting in. I lost my best buddy of 12 years just 3 weeks ago. Your post is beatiful and so incredibly true. My Harpo taught me much about loyality and the excitement and pleasure that exists under each bush, around every corner, and in every flower. What I have now is the knowledge that we brought a ton of joy into each other's lives. It sounds like Zoe totally gets that. You are both "lucky dogs."

*sigh* Dogs. Rotten little wonderful scoundrels. :)


Accept our condolenceses. Such a beautifully written tribute to a devoted friend. I'm fighting back tears reading this, relating your loss of our beloved Schnauzers, Oprah and Demi, both gone within a matter of months. Bless you.

Belltown Bent

Yes, meals, and life, should be good to the last bite.

Sometimes we wipe the plate clean with a treasured crust. Sometimes we push the plate away with a lingering gaze and the knowledge we've had enough.



We don't deserve all that they give us, do we? Lovely writing.


There is something so special about dogs -- they teach us so much, but you have to be a willing student. Your tribute to Zoe and all of your other canine friends was so beautiful.

I feel so blessed to have our black lab, Winnie, just 4 years old and still full of spunk and mischief.


This is such a poignant story which brought tears to my eyes. Zoe & Daphne were blessed to have you as you were blessed to have them.

I pray for you and for your dearly departed dogs. I know how awful it feels to lose a dog, as I have lost a few.

Now, I have 3 more & they're between 5-7 years of age. I'm fearful of how age will get to them, yet I am grateful for everyday that they're by my side.

God bless u & your canine family!


I love my alpha animal last week, 17 years of paws-around-the neck hugs and making room for herself on the desk between me and the laptop. Tearing up again now ... pets to the dog and to you.

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