Monday, September 24, 2007


My 13 year old Golden Retriever died in the wee hours of the morning, September 15. I'd post a photo of her but it would just make me cry.

We give dogs our extra time, our affection, a corner of our home. In return, they give us everything.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And a wise friend once told me "Nothing loves you like a Golden Retreiver" and Smith lived up to that statement and then some. I'll miss her, too. She was the cutest, roly-est poly-est puppy I've ever seen. - Michelle

September 24, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Steven Gould said...

I'm so sorry, Maureen. Smith was totally great. I'm also glad you didn't have to make a decision about putting him to sleep.

September 24, 2007 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm sorry to hear this. You have my sympathy.

I too live with the memory of an unforgettable Golden Retreiver. His name was Milo. My nephew Brian raised and trained him for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Milo loved guiding so much that he would come into the living room and grab someone gently by the arm and take them out into the back yard to lead around. He was valedictorian of his guide dog class.

It was a sad day for us when he went to serve with his blind person but he brightened the world of a man blind from diabetes.


September 24, 2007 11:15 AM  
Blogger Darby M. Dixon III said...

Oh I'm so sorry.

September 24, 2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for you.

September 24, 2007 11:59 AM  
Blogger Rose Fox said...

I'm so sorry, Maureen. I hope you have 13 years' worth of wonderful memories to bring you comfort.

September 24, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger ellen said...

I'm so sorry. Smith was a great dog, and I'll always imagine him standing at the sliding door, waiting for cows.

September 24, 2007 2:00 PM  
Blogger dubjay said...

Sympathies, Maureen. This is particularly poingnant because we had a scare with one of our cats this weekend. (Hid under the bed for two days and wouldn't eat or drink, but is now okay. Maybe was just on a diet?)

September 24, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger meredith said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss. :(

September 24, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Splinister said...

Dear Maureen, you have my sympathies. It's terrible to lose a faithful and loving companion. Much love. Maura

September 24, 2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

Oh, Maureen, I'm so sorry. Every time you posted a picture of her, my heart just melted. She seemed like such a sweetheart.

September 24, 2007 10:07 PM  
Blogger David Moles said...

I'm sorry I never got to meet her, Maureen. Hang in there.

September 25, 2007 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Steve Leigh said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, Maureen. Hugs to both you and Bob...

September 25, 2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger Erin O'Brien said...

Oh no Maureen. I am so sorry.

September 25, 2007 1:03 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

September 25, 2007 4:05 PM  
Anonymous austin said...

This makes me feel horrible that I told my wife we were too busy for a dog...

I'm sorry for your loss!

September 25, 2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger Karen at Pen in Hand said...

Oh, Maureen. I was so sad to read this. I send you hugs and many good good-dog thoughts. We are so lucky to have them while they're here.

September 25, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Derryl Murphy said...

I'm so sorry, Maureen. That hasn't happened in my life for many years, but I remember how tough it was. Such perfect companions for such little time is hard to deal with, some days.


September 26, 2007 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Smith, I'm sure, was a Good Dog indeed.

September 27, 2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

I join the others in offering you my sincerest sympathies. I've lost a couple of golden retrievers over the years, and it is truly profound. They're the closest thing to a pure good we ever get to see.

September 27, 2007 9:49 PM  
Blogger Responsible Artist said...

I'm sorry, Maureen. Smith was a good dog.


September 28, 2007 12:57 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

gulp. :<

September 28, 2007 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, I am crying as I write this Alex and I lost our beloved Yang in July. He held out for one more visit from his boy. I feel your emptiness, but I also know it will ease in time. I hope you remember the funny times, and they sooth your soul. I'll always remember Smith in the wig on this page. The nights at your house and the cow watchig.

with deepest of sympathy,


September 28, 2007 10:03 PM  
Blogger Haddayr said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. My sister just had to put down her beloved dog of seven gazillion years, and I just found out that my German Shepherd Frodo has outlived all of his siblings, so I'm counting the days.

Pets just wreck me.

October 07, 2007 1:31 PM  

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