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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

it's a sad day for our family!

it's a sad day for our family! our first family dog passed away today. we loved him very much! he has been a part of our family for 13 years. josiah was three, rachel was 18 months, and olivia was 6 weeks old when he was welcomed into our family. he was the cutest golden retriever that you have ever seen. he has astonished the vet in living as long as he has. over a year ago, he told us that dodger had already lived past his expected life span and to not expect him to live any longer. but, up until a couple of weeks ago, you never would have known that he was even old, except a little graying in his face. today, he decided it was time to rest from this life and meet us in heaven. we expect for him to greet us there when it is our time to rest from this life as well. he has touched all of our lives and we will never forget him.


                                                                                           DODGER
                                                                                11/1/1996--11/18/2009

                                                                                                isn't he beautiful?



                                                                               he could catch anything!!



                                                                                    he loved the water!



                                                                                 looking for leftovers at the kitchen table



                                    jacob loved to spread his front legs apart and scoot himself back until he could lean upon dodger's chest
 


                                                                                    or just use him as a pillow

we will miss you very much dodger! you were the best dog EVER!




45 comments:

wife.mom.nurse said...

I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your precious dog. They really become an important part of the family...a very real grief follows a loss like this.

Praying for your family...

Laura said...

Christy,
I'm so sorry. These pictures really touched my heart. Our furry babies are so precious, aren't they? I am thinking of you during this sad time.

RCUBEs said...

It's always difficult whenever we lose something/someone of great value. May all of those wonderful memories with Dodger comfort you and your whole family at this difficult time. God bless.

Andrea said...

Oh Christy,

I am sooooooooo sorry. I am sitting hear with tears and my heart hurts for all of you. I love my animals and I know how difficult this is for all of you, but especially for the kids. There are special prayers being said for each of you, right now. We will see Dodger in heaven one day. I believe that...
Blessings, hugs, love, and prayers, andrea

He & Me + 3 said...

Just getting a doggie of our own...I am so sad for you and your family. What a precious dog Dodger was. So beautiful too.

Bridget said...

Oh Christy!!! I am so very sorry!! Dodger looks like he was such a well loved part of your family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Real Me! said...

Okay this makes me sad because we have a lab/golden mix and she's 13 years old too. She's slowing down but seems pretty happy for the most part. We will be sad when her time comes too.
Thanks for sharing your memories. Dodger looked like a nice dog.
Hugs
Kim

Linda said...

I'm so sorry Christy. I know he will be missed so much. I have such fond memories of our family dog, Shep. He, as far as I'm concerned, was the best dog in the world.
Just as your sweet dog was.

Karen said...

So sorry for you and your family...sounds like your sweet doggie enjoyed a long and happy life with his loving family....

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Oh, Christy. I know exactly what you are going through. Please know your family is in my prayers. Dodger was beautiful. I love Golden Retrievers. You can tell by the pictures that he was a wonderful dog.

Mary said...

What a beautiful dog - I know he gave you years of joy. Their passing is so difficult, but I also believe we will see them again!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I hate it when our dogs die. We had to go through this last year and it was extremely hard on all ofus. I just love those wonderful pictures of him with Jacob. Makes me miss my Bubbadog.

Tracy said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Prayin'

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

He is a beautiful golden! It hurts to lose these special friends. I was a mess when I had to say goodbye to my first golden, Beau. It is never easy.

Wishing you much peace in your memories of Dodger.

Shalom,
Denise

Darcie said...

Oh Christy my heart is breaking for your family. So sorry...so hard to lose a pet...especially one as good as Dodger.

Pilar said...

I am so sorry for you and your family.
Sometimes, our pets can become part of our family

LisaShaw said...

Oh Christy, I'm crying right now as I read this. I'm so sorry and I pray peace and comfort in the Lord for your family.

As a HUGE dog lover since my child hood I've had to say good bye for now to many. Last year 4 days before my birthday it was Teak. This year it was Mommy (she was our cat). I have two maltese boy dogs that are young that my hubby got for me last year after my time of saying goodbye to Teak.

So I can only imagine what your family is feeling. Thank GOD that you all as will we, be able to greet our loving fury-family members in Glory.

Our pets are grazing, running and playing in a beautiful place with the LORD.


Blessings dear friend.

Anonymous said...

so sorry! i know the pain of losing a pet! prayin for all of you.
Kim

Anonymous said...

So sorry! I know this is painful. We've been through it. Our present dog is 10, so we know someday we'll have to face this again.
Marsha

HappyascanB said...

Lifting up you and your precious family in prayer. We're a big dog lovin' family, and we have a 13 year old dog, too. Absolutely love them! Praying for you!

Anonymous said...

So sad. . . praying for your family!
Pat

Anonymous said...

Awe. I'll be praying for you guys. It's so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends!
Laura Brown

~*Michelle*~ said...

Aw, I am so sorry...I am sure you have seen this before.....but it always has been a source of comfort for me when I've had to say goodbye to my pets/animals.

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....

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sorry! It's so hard to lose a precious pet
Nan

Anonymous said...

Hi Christy, What happened to Dodger? Was he sick? I'm so sorry. That makes me sad too.

I am looking forward to seeing you next week. I am missing you all so much!

Connie

Loren said...

Christy,

I am sooo sorry for your loss....Dodger looked like such a sweetheart!! I will be praying for al of your family and your kids especially ~ I know how hard it is for them! Asking the HOLY SPIRIT to comfort all of you as only HE can!!

sending big hugs to you my friend!!!

Anonymous said...

aw so sorry Christy!! Our dog is 11 years old and I am dreading that day..she is family..I find myslef looking at her when she is sleeping and making sure she is breathing just like she was a newborn baby...
Carrie

Heart2Heart said...

Christy,

After wiping away tears as I read this and looked at all the pictures you posted, I can truly see the love and loyalty of Dodger in your lives. What a great member of your family he was every step of the way. Can't wait to meet him when we are all face to face in heaven.

May God bless your family and be with all of you during this difficult time with the kids.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

christy rose said...
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Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. I lost my first golden passed away 12 years ago and I still am sad that she is gone.
Deanna Cooper

christy rose said...

Thanks everyone!
Connie--We honestly do not know exactly what happened. He was having a hard time getting around for the last couple of weeks but other than that he showed no signs of being sick or old. The day before he died he would not eat and the next morning he could not get up by himself. I could tell it was not good because he still would not eat or drink. By 2:00 in the afternoon he was gone! It was so fast and sad! I was hoping that he would stay alive until the kids got home from school. The saddest part was burying him. We all cried.

Jess said...

Christy, Im sooo sorry! Dodger is the only animal I have ever loved! He is the only pet my kids have everknown, I have so many fond memories of my kids learning how to be around animals, since we've never had one. Oh, and I'll never forget how excited Nolan would get when we told him we were going to dodgers house! All along thinking that dodger was Aaron!! So many great memories of a great dog! We will miss you too dodger!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh that is sad. I am so sorry my friend! He was a beautiful dog and I am sure he will be greatly missed. May your sweet family remember all the happy times you had with him.

Lisa said...

I'm so sorry! What a sad day indeed. That really brought tears to my eyes. I can see that he was truly and wholly loved though and as you said, you will see sweet Dodger in heaven.

Hugs dear friend,
Lisa

Angie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your "sad day". I know how you feel, I lost my Boxer dog a couple of years ago to cancer. She was like my first child because we got her before I had the kids, and she was so good with my boys when they were born. What a great way to honor Dodger! He had such a cute face.

Deborah Ann said...

Oh Christy, I'm sorry! He's beautiful! Our dog Otis is getting up there now. I can't even start to think about what our life will be like without him.

Your family is in my prayers, sis!

Angela said...

((((hugs))) your new post brought tears to my eyes also...Sorry for your loss for your entire family...

E @ Scottsville said...

Awwwww, he was a beautiful guy. He reminds me of our "Jake". He was our golden retriever and was more 'red' than Dodger.

He got hit by a car but made his way back home before dying. Oh how we miss him.

septembermom said...

Christy Rose, I'm so very sorry for your family's loss. What a beautiful dog. Those pictures are precious. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Christy,
I am so sorry to find out that Dodger died. I am so sad at the thought of not seeing him any more when I come to visit. I thought he was the best dog. I loved him.
It is always so sad to lose a pet that you have loved for so long. I know God is able to heal the hurt but it takes a while, for me at least. I am so glad that you got some really great photos of Dodger.
The ones you posted on here are so sweet. I remember how much he loved the water when Aaron would turn the hose on him. Those are great memories. I believe he is running free now. No fear of anything hurting him now. He's probably up in heaven playing with Missy!
Love you, Angie

Carin said...

Oh I am so sorry for your entire family. Dodger was obviously a Best Friend to you all. I know he will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Christy I feel for you. Breaks your heart when a pet passes away. They are so much a part of our lives. Will be praying for all of you. I love my dogs!
Marsha Hiatt

Libbie said...

Oh what a sweet tribute to your pup! So good to see your family pics with Dodger...you can tellhe was a big part of your family!

Kristin said...

Christy,

I am so sorry I completely missed this post somehow! I am bad about reading the top post and not scrolling down to make sure I didn't miss any. I had no idea you had gone through this this week and I wish I could've offered my support. What a beautiful dog. Hannah is much the same way, as we have always had a hard time keeping her fenced in. She had been doing so well, not leaving the yard, until the other day. I am so sorry that this happened to your family. That was a beautiful tribute to Dodger.

Beth in NC said...

He was beautiful! I am so sorry for your loss. :o(