Thanks for all your kind words

The loss of a beloved pet is something so many people have experienced and still feel years later. No other post has gotten so much response. Thank you all.

I’m sorry to say that we’ve been turned down for Zoey and Bryant — the rescue group that works in Ohio is looking for a young active family for that pair, and we don’t fit that category any more. But the woman who fostered Annie Fannie saw our application and remembered our names because I’d sent her a copy of Dreamers of the Day to show how famous Annie had become.

Kathie is now actively looking for a good match for us. We’re hoping for a miniature dachsie (or two), a little smaller than Annie was: maybe 8-13 pounds. Sweet-tempered, and cuddly; house-trained is a plus. Adult, 3-8 is fine. Slight preference for a long hair, but short-haired would save $40 a month on grooming!

I still can’t talk or write about Annie without tearing up, so this is my eulogy: her passing was gentle and her memory is a blessing.

15 thoughts on “Thanks for all your kind words”

  1. I suspect that you and Don are going to be getting a sweet little dog that needs you far more than Zoe and Bryant would have. With your wisdom and years of maturity, you will have the patience and the acceptance to love the dog you ultimately come to own and all three of your are going to be marvelous together.

    Losing a pet is SO hard, but they give us so much in their short lives, and those memories can make us smile, even through our tears, even years and years later.

    I know you and Don are going to end up with a spectacular Dachshund and that all of you will be very happy getting to know each other, together.

  2. Mary,
    We lost our beloved Scout after 13 years of joy and companionship. He was the reason Bob started to bounce back after his stroke at the age of 49. I read about pet therapy and I knew what to do.Bob and Scout became best friends. Our 100 pound lab got him off the couch and moving around. We miss Scout everyday,and hold him in our hearts. He was an amazing dog. We know
    the sadness you our feeling. Bob is now 70 and healthy. Thinking of Annie will soon make you smile.

  3. Mary, this is Judith Roth, former torah study member from many years back and friend of Jennifer tucker at that time. we are in Durham, NC where bryan is an endowed professor at unc at chapel hill.

    I read your post and am sad you lost Annie. We have now lost all the dogs we lived when when we moved from Cleveland to Durham. It was so painful as they got older knowing the end was in sight. We lost our last golden, Mickey in March and I am still having dreams of looking and not finding her. Please give yourself time to grieve and be able to remember her with love and laughter. They are our vulnerable children and so a part of our daily, hourly, lives. They give us so much and leave a terribly big hole when they leave us. I wish you peace of mind and time to grieve so when you are ready to adopt a pair of dogs (excellent idea, BTW), you will have all the energy you need to love and care for them as new members of your famil.

  4. Well said, your eulogy, and understood.I don’t much care for rescue groups who like to play god. I’ve had beasties all my life, BIG besties, small besties, young beasties, old beasties, cat and dog beasties living happily together. ALL lived long, happy, and healthy lives. Sure, some had an illness or an injury but we paid the bill (brain cancer in a dog is, trust me, a serious $$$ commitment) and didn’t look back. We, too, were turned down by tight-ass pettifogging know-it-all’s who had some sort of secret ability to allow them to communicate with dogs or cats. Bull. I hope you find your beastie and share another long happy relationship.

  5. If it was not meant to be, somewhere there is a special dog (or more than one) that will be waiting for you. Usually dogs choose YOU! Look for the offered love! It’s a journey….

  6. I still tear up thinking about our precious boxer, Angel who died in December of last year. We have a new, big dog-Roxy who we love but there will never be another Angel. We dog lovers understand your tears.

  7. We’ll let you know when our darling Hildegarde is pregnant. She is the product of Japanese, british, german, and norwegian bloodlines; no american.

  8. I believe in rescues as wonderful, loving family members. If one or more does not become available, consider the alternative. We actually purchased a new Doxie baby who has restored smiles to our hearts after losing our sweet sixteen year old dachshund.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss.. A dear friend once told me: “Some people live too long; our animal companions never do!” Blessed be… Carol… (I am reading my 4th set of The Sparrow and The Children of God. My other 3 sets have been shredded from use…) Although, I always have other reads in progress, those two are beloved. Thank you… I love and live to write also, only need an agent! If you have any suggestions, they would be appreciated greatly…

  10. She thinks Mickey is a good match and he looks like a short-haired doppleganger of Annie. Smaller, but also rather reserved and happy to be an only dog. We meet him a week from Monday! Can’t wait!!!

  11. My dear favorite author, I can understand how you feel. On Sept 9th, I lost the love of my life, the joy in my heart, my soul mate BabyAmby. While to others he was only a cat, but to me, my bestfriend. In all of my 58 years, as of yesterday, no one was ever more loyal or has loved me or has been there for me. I have had a very very mild case of M.S. since I was 21 but my health took a huge dive after I ruptured the bottom discs in my back in a car accident in 2005. Not operable. BUT then in 2015, my mom finally passed from cancer. I was exhausted. A week after she passed I went to bed and was pretty much in bed 85% of the time for 9th the as the doctor said I had severe Fibromyalgia. That cat never left my side. If I even tried to sneak off to the bathroom when I saw him asleep, there he was, a minute later, squinting. And he would follow me back to bed. If I dragged myself down to do a load of laundry, or went to take a shower, or go to the kitchen go get an apple, he followed me there and back. If I scored because I took extra pain meds, he stuck his paw in my mouth! About August 5th, this year, I woke up and from that day on, I started feeling better. August 24th, we went to the vet, my vet of 30 years. He said BabyAmby had slipped discs, gave him a shot in the spine, gabapentin for pain, and an oral steroid. The next day, he was lethargic. Vet said he needed another shot. After that he got terribly worse. I took him off of everything. But by then, he would still play but wasn’t interested in food. That was Tuesday. Thursday he was miserable. I had another vet look at him. His lungs were full of fluid, he had had a reaction to the meds. Friday, 2 months yesterday, I had to put him to sleep. Should never have happened. Not a morning has passed that I haven’t cried, not a night has passed that I haven’t cried before bed. I left my house right after and stayed with someone going through 7 was of radiation. But now I’m back home. And it is quiet. I’ve no kids or siblings. So I have decided to adopt a kitty in Texas, who was rescued from deplorable conditions. There are transport groups that move these rescued cats all over! Anyway, I wanted you to know how sorry I am for your loss and that I truly understand how much it affects your life. I hope you are blessed with one or a couple of new babies who need some love. That is probably the best thing to help with our grief…..

  12. I am sorry for your loss and sorry for the relentless medical challenges, but so happy that you’re adopting a new kitty. That does seem to be the best medicine for all ills!

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