Monday, June 21, 2010

Angel

It's taken me a week to be able to write this post.  A week ago today we lost our sweet rottie, Angel.  She was 11 and 1/2 years old and had been with me for 11 of those years.
Her passing has left a huge hole in our daily lives.  She would wake up with us every morning and head out to check on "her" horses and goats.  She would walk along the fence making sure everyone was accounted for.  Then she'd find a nice shady spot to lie down and keep an eye on everyone.
All of our animals are special in their own way and losing any of them breaks my heart, but losing this girl so suddenly really hurt me.  I wasn't ready to say good-bye to her.
I still almost cannot believe she is gone.  I find myself looking for her everywhere and expect to see her in all of her favorite places. 


Angel was a great ambassador for her breed which too often is portrayed in a negative light.  Everyone who met her loved her. 

And she loved her bunnies and would even let them push her around and move her out of their way.  They had an understanding and lived peacefully together in our house.
The reality of loving and sharing your life with animals is that they will leave you too soon and always before you are ready to say good-bye.  And it hurts like hell and you will grieve and always miss them. 

But you will treasure the many happy memories you have of them and be thankful you had them in your life, even for what seems like too short of a time...

Thanks for the memories Angel.  'Till we meet again.

34 comments:

Maria said...

So sorry for your loss and pain, I know she was a much beloved companion. With the way it hurts to lose them I often wonder why I keep getting more. Will be thinking about you.

jane augenstein said...

I am very sorry to hear about your beautiful girls passing! From the posts and the pictures of her that I saw she was a one in a million dog, what a beautiful soul.

Yes, it is sad to think that our beloved pets are only here with us for a short time, but ahhh, the time that we do have with them is so very special indeed.

I know your heart is breaking now but in time it will hurt less, you were blessed with a special girl let your heart smile and be warmed by that.
hugs....
Jane

Lavender Rabbit said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Your baby looks like such a sweetheart. I will light a candle in her memory. Nose bonks to you and yours from our warren.

Lisa said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Angel was a beautiful lady, and it was always clear in your posts that she had a heart of gold. My heart goes out to you.

Rocky Mountain Yankee said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. My dog is getting older too and while I think the day she leaves us is a good ways off you never really know. So glad you were able to share your life with such a wonderful dog.

Sandra said...

I am so sorry about your loss. She was such a beautiful girl... we are never really ready to say goodbye. We know they will leave before us but that doesn't stop us from taking the animals into our lives... and that is a good thing... there are always animals who need a good home. She will always live in your heart. Bless her.

Crystal said...

Im so sorry for your loss. Its always sad when one leaves, and now just remember the happy times she brought you.

Christina said...

My heart breaks for you Bridget. These beautiful creatures drift in and out of our lives within seconds or minutes but leave memories and sorrow that can last for eternity. I will be thinking of you dear lady.

Dani said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Angel...

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Judy said...

Brigitte, I am terribly sorry to hear about the loss of Angel. I hope the wonderful memories of her will heal your broken heart. Hugs.

Michelle May said...

Oh Bridget...oh I am sooooooo sorry! It does hurt like hell. A year ago yesterday I lost my beloved Chloe bunny. She was so young. Seems we are never ready to let them go and when they go sooner than expected, it's worse.
Sending you a giant hug for your heart my friend. I'm so sorry. :(

Gaina said...

((Brigitte)). It's no consolation but 11 is a ripe old age for a Rottie (I gather 8-9 is the average). It must have been all that love and fresh air that kept her young :).

Don't be surprised if you think you see her out of the corner of your eye occasionally. Her spirit will stick around the place where she was happiest ;-)

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Oh I am so so sorry....sending you some hugs.

Sarah said...

Awwww hon...I am so very sorry....so hard to lose them..we love them so. Sending big hugs your way hon!!

Murph's mom said...

Dear Bridget, how sad this is. Girl this has been a really tough year for you. Eleven years is a long time and your beautiful pictures of her show why you gave her her name. I send you hugs too and hugs also to all her friends there who will miss her terribly. I agree with Gaina, I think you might feel that Angel is with you at times. My hat's off to you Angel - good job.

Gail said...

I am so sorry! It is never easy to bear a loss like this.

The wonderful thing about dogs is they give us so much in the short time they are with us.

Anonymous said...

Bridget,

So sorry to hear about Angel - our pets are here for a short time but the joy they bring is unmeasurable. Know that the life you gave her was the greatest gift.
Kim

The Japanese Redneck said...

Aw, so sad. I'm so sorry for you. I understand how hard it is believe me. I've lost my share of my furry loved ones.

Take care and hope your heart is mending.

Ramona

ain't for city gals said...

This is the only downside of loving a dog...it breaks your heart at the end. The only way I got through it was someone reminded of the George Strait song..."I could have missed the pain but I would have missed the dance"..I don't think any of us would want to miss the dance with our sweet four legged friends...take care...

Cowgirl Goods said...

I know it took all you had to write that post. From the day you found her along side the road you gave her the most amazing life. She will always be your Angel. I'm so sorry B~

Cherinda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Animals are such a beautiful part of our lives and they make life so rich and full. Thanks for sharing her with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Phyllis said...

It is heartbreaking to lose them. She was beautiful and certainly special. It takes so long to get used to life without them.

She'll be waiting for you.

Rural Rambler said...

Bridget I am so, so sorry. You are in my heart.

The Urban Cowboy said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Rottie's are wonderful and loving dogs(my GF has 2), and your Angel sounds like one of the best.

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Anonymous said...

So So Sorry..... (((HUGS)))
~Calamity

Deborah said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Angel looked like a love.
xxoo
Deborah

d. moll, l.ac. said...

OH, sigh, so sorry, hugs.....

Carolynn said...

I just saw this now. I'm so very sorry. My heart breaks for you and all the animals who knew & loved her and relied on her gentle protection.

Blessings,
Carolynn

Shirley said...

I'm sorry to hear you lost your beloved companion.

sassyglassdesigns said...

I feel your pain - we lost our Rottie last year and it was so hard - they are such wonderful animals...God Bless!

Blackfeatherfarm said...

The best place to bury a good dog is in your heart.....we never stop missing them, we just learn to live with them being gone.
So very sorry......

Anique said...

Special special girl! enjoyed the pics of Angel!

KaLynn said...

Found you through 4 dog day. I'm soo sorry about your baby. Hugs to you!