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July 26, 2007



Well, Dave and I are both in tears. So sorry for the loss of your buddies this year. We'll miss them too. Our thoughts are with you today.

Homesick Texan

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Y'all are in my thoughts.

Jeanie Jones

When I opened the pictures of your doggies!!!!.....they look just like my dog "boomer" He is a yellow lab mix....
I'm sorry to hear the sad news. "They" are our "family"


I'm sending lots of love to you... I'm sure glad to know the Christine you are today. Gina, Daphne, and Zoe sure were lucky girls. What you said about your father, very moving.

Patrick and Julia

Such a sad time. A beautiful tribute to a dog who fully deserves it. And to a dog who fully deserved the wonderful life she shared with all of you.

Ronnie at Around the Table

A beautiful tribute and hopefully a bit therapeutic for you. I have never connected the dots about the impact of a loss but after reading this post, I understand a bit more. I have felt those feelings about losing my mom but could never really put it into words. Thanks. One more thing: my guess is that these losses are exactly what we need to reinvent ourselves once again.

Susan from Food Blogga

This is a poignant post, Christine. I'll be thinking good thoughts for you.

Kevin Makice

There has been a lot of pet loss this week, it seems. I think it is wonderful you can use this blog as an outlet to share your relationship with your friend. It's a great insights about what we mourn when we lose the creatures that accompany us through our adventures. I wish you a resilient heart and a long memory.

Susan Wolfe-Bittle

Dear Christine,
I am very sorry to hear about your precious Regina Marie Puppy. Having been through this loss twice in the last eighteen months, I know how difficult it is. Please know that wherever our loved ones are, they are closer than we think.

Riley & Tiki & Kesey

We are very sorry that Gina is going to the Bridge, but very happy that she will be reunited with Max & Daphne & Zoe. Sending you purrs and soft woofs.


Oh, Christine, I'm so sorry to hear this. But what a beautiful post. I know it's been a tough year in your doggy family. Hang in there.

Ellis Hollow

Our son (now 26) learned to walk by pulling himself up by our yellow lab's ears (and other body parts). He lived to be 16. And our second roumd of pups are getting up there, too. I know how you feel. God bless you.


Christine - I am SO sorry for your loss. We have a black lab about 8 and 1/2 years old. I'm already thinking about that day and how I'll ever be able to get through it. Labs are the best! I have a lump in my throat right now...Bless you - You'll be in my thoughts.



Christine - I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your Regina Marie Puppy =(


My eyes have teared up reading this post, and my heart goes out to you :( Our pets are our children, companions and friends with oceans of unconditional love, so to lose them is a heartbreak :( You have written beautifully and eloquently of your losses, and if it is any consolation, I'm sure that the puppies loved every minute of being a part of your family as much as you loved having them a part of your clan.


Beautiful post, and beautiful memories to carry forward.


Oh boy. Once again it seems that we are exchanging soggy virtual hugs. Thanks for sharing your lovely experience. How amazing that those two black eyeliner-wearing "vanilla beans" reached out specifically to you through Jerry's dream. I love that! I will patiently await the sunny day when your appetite returns and you are ready to share the next chapter of your experience with us!


Aii, I've been away and just now 'heard' the news. I'm so sorry, can only begin to imagine how quiet it must seem without Gina there all wriggly beside you. And besides Gina, it's a beautiful post, and I featured it on Blogher http://blogher.org/love-loss this morning. A big hug to you my friend ...


I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely Regina Marie Puppy. I have a sweet little cocker spaniel who's just about to turn fourteen and has her own little old age ailments. Every time I see her these days, I give her an extra hug to let her know how important she is in my life and with an eye toward the day I won't be able to do it anymore. Regina was a lucky pup to have such a caring family. Hang in there.


What a beautiful post. I'm sending you good thoughts as you adjust to the loss of a treasured companion.

Momo Fali

I am so sad for you. Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote in my blog about my yellow lab getting older, so this really hit home. I've had dogs all my life, but this one is the first for us as a family. My kids' first dog. It takes me back to when I lost my first dog. It breaks my heart to know what it will do to me, but also what it will do to my kids. Ouch.


Hey, Christine - sorry for your loss. One more reason to stop when you are in the area. My big yellow Lab, Cooper, will supply some of those missing kisses............

Terry B

Christine--so sorry to hear about your loss. A beautiful tribute and thoughtful view of grieving. I know what you mean about mourning for for our own pasts. I can also tell that the road ahead for you and Jerry will be just as interesting and rewarding.


Christine, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Send you lots of hugs.


I'm so sorry to read about your furry friends. May your heart heal quickly.


You and your pack have seen so much loss this last year or so, and all of us that have loved a mutt or three grieve along with you. Those buttery pups rolling along and loving us make life rich, and we are better for it.


All I can offer you is a virtual hug (((((Christine)))) and a little story that helped me when I lost my Nico a few years ago. (BTW,Your "vanilla beans" are gorgeous. :))

The 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


I am really sorry to hear of your loss. I u'stand how you felt. I was devastated when I lost my Spitz. She was my first love truly.

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