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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Saying Goodbye Is Never Easy

We said goodbye to Caleb today. He was diagnosed with cancer in October and we were fortunate enough to have these past months with him.  I will miss his goodbye barking as we leave for work each morning, but I believe  we will meet again in heaven.  He is now with Ernie, Holly, and Noel who went before him. It is never easy to lose a family member but I know eventually the sorrow will be replaced with wonderful memories.

28 comments:

Wyatt said...

So sorry for your loss. It's so hard to say goodbye to a member of your pack....Run Free, Sweet Caleb.

Wyatt's Mom

Sarah Jackson said...

awwwww... I'm sorry. :-(

olddog said...

sorry to hear about Caleb. A dogs only fault is its short life.

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 that 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....

Good bye Caleb, until the day we meet again.

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

Oh I'm so sorry. He's such a handsome boy. I know he's waiting for you.

BZ Training said...

I am so very sorry. We are not blessed with them for nearly long enough.

ForPetsSake said...

I'm sorry for your pain. Like Wyatt said, goodbyes are never easy, but now there's no more pain, or bad feelings. Only good memories. Hugs your way.

24 Paws of Love said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. So glad you were able to have the time you did with him. Glad he had friends waiting for him and that you will see him again someday.

Mariodacat said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Caleb will be pain free now and can chase butterflies on the other side of Rainbow bridge. May you find great comfort in knowing you did the right thing to help him cross. HUGS for you.

Painter Pack said...

We are so sorry for your loss and understand the sadness. Since Heaven is a place with no tears or sadness, I know we will be with our furry kids again.

Painter Pack Mom

Santa, Minnie and Christmas said...

We are sorry for your loss. We are sure Caleb is now running free over at Rainbow Bridge. He will be looking over all of you up where he is.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

(((((hugs))))) I am so sorry to hear about Caleb. My heart is breaking for you.

What a handsome and WISE looking dog he was...yes one day you will be reunited in Heaven....my thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Retired One said...

I am so, so sorry. He was very beautiful and soulful.

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So sorry for your loss. saying good-bye is hard but for sure you have wonderful memories that you'll treasure forever. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

Roo said...

Wishing you a wonderful time across the Rainbow Bridge dear Caleb.

Hugs and loving thoughts to all of you through this time of sorrow.

The Roo Family

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Wyatt and Stanzie told us about your loss of Caleb. We are so sorry for you. It is never easy to lose a loved pet. We lost our sister to cancer a few years ago and we still miss her a lot. Hugs to all.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Oskar said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of dear Caleb. I hope he is running happily on the other side of the bridge.

Hugs & nubbin wiggles,
Pam & Oskar

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Fun free and have fun Calab at the Rainbow Bridge. Lots of love, Holly and mom

Hoke said...

So sorry! Think of him always because he will always be with you!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Caleb will always be in your heart until you meet again.

Dee . . . . . said...

So sorry to read of your loss.

RIP dear Caleb.

Hugs from us all @ Templemoyle

xxx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wyatt and Stanzie told us about Caleb. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Thuglets said...

Wyatt & Stanzie told us of your very sad news about the loss of Caleb.

You are so right it is never easy saying goodbye. We are thinking of you.

Runfree Caleb with the wind in your face forever.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Emma Rose said...

We heard about Caleb from Wyatt's blog. We just wanted to stop by and wish you blessings and comfort. This is a hard thing to go through, no matter how many times it happens. It would be so great if people and their dogs had the same lifespan. But you are right, we will meet in Heaven.

Blessings,
Emma Rose and the Duchess

Matron said...

So sorry to hear about Caleb, I lost my Buddy this week as well. Think of the good times and smile!

1000 Goldens said...

Caleb looks like such a love. I'm sorry we are just meeting you today. Wyatt sent us. We are so sorry for your loss :(

Angela Häring-Christen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Raising Addie said...

Our friend Wyatt let us know about your Caleb. What a gorgeous boy he was. Even though this is our first visit, the tears are many. We are so very sorry.

Great Pyrenees are very special to us.

Sending BIG hugs to you.

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Writer With Dogs said...

Just left Wyatt's blog and wanted to say hello and I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful family member. I have six dogs myself, and my old girl is 15. Every day is a blessing she is still here, but I know time is limited. Your heart is full of love for dogs and Caleb had a wonderful life I can tell. A beautiful dog. They never leave you as you carry them in your heart always. Barbara