Sunday, August 23, 2009

Asleep

I found out tonight that our beloved family dog, Ernie, passed away this weekend.

Ernie June 09

I recently wrote about his enlarged, but faithful and spunky heart. I said good-bye to him for the final time a few weeks ago and, knowing that he was sick, I hugged him a little tighter that day.

I'm so thankful that I did.

Ernie2 June 09

To others he was just a dog, but to us he was someone very special. That little guy captured our hearts nearly 13 years ago and will always have a place in our family. We love our Ernie.

Asleep June 09

These are the last photos I took of Ernie. The very last one is of him resting.

And now he's truly asleep. And that makes me sad beyond words.

Hoping that tomorrow brings a phone call that will have me crying a different kind of tears.







20 comments:

  1. Rachel,

    i'm so sorry about Ernie. . . thinking of you tonight. those little doggies worm their way into our hearts - never to leave. i know you will cherish the memories you have with him.

    hoping right along with you, that your sad tears will turn to happy tears, with a special phone call tomorrow!

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  2. Is he a Shih Tzu? My husband and I both grew up with them and have had two of our own since being married. I just love them

    I am sorry for your loss. Praying for you. TC tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I am crying along with you. I remember that post like it was yesterday. Ernie was such a great companion to you and your family. I swear animals can touch our hearts in amazing ways. They always love..never judge.
    I am thinking of you and your family tonight Rachel.
    Hugs, Jill

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  4. I'm so sorry about Ernie. Losing a pet is so hard. Hoping very soon you will have something to celebrate.

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  5. I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved family pet is difficult.

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  6. I'm so very sorry! I don't know why they live such short lives, except maybe so we'll appreciate them more!

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  7. Ahhh....this post made my heart hurt :( Know that I'm thinking about you and about your puppy.

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  8. Big fat hugs my friend. To you and your family. You _know_ I feel your pain. I wish there was more I could say to make it better, just remember every ounce of that pain represents pounds of love. Hugs. Hang in there.

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  9. Those little dogs really know how to capture our hearts. I'm so sorry your family is experiencing such a heartbreaking loss. :(

    I really hope your phone rings today...

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  10. I'm sorry to hear about Ernie. It's hard to lose a pet.

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  11. awe I am so sorry about Ernie, I can't imagine how sad you must be.

    I want that phone call for you SO badly!! Come on phone...RING!!!

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  12. I'm so sorry Rachel. I hope that your TC comes today so you can bring home Josiah soon!

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  13. i'm sure with you on the *losing a family pet sadness*...its hard when they depart because they really do become family!

    p.s. glad to hear things are progressing for you guys in your steps towards josiah...soon and very soon!!!

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Ernie - losing a pet can be very tough.

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  15. Got a little teary eyed reading this... Its so hard to lose a dog. My Jakey at home is hanging on by a thread...

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  16. sorry about your hurt right now. I know the feeling of losing a dog a friend. We had ours for 14 years also , and he passed away in my arms the day after christmas. It is very hard that is for sure. My thought are with you, and prayers for a better phone call today

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  17. So Sorry... Praying your cheerful phone call comes to brighten your day!

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  18. I understand how you are feeling...

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