My three girls. Thank you Lauvern.
“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”
Theodor (Dr. Seuss") Geisel
I wish it was that easy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS!
The week between April 2 and April 9 has haunted me for years. Losing Princess so close to her birthday was very distressing. Add Bailey’s recent passing this time and it has been even more difficult. That said, I can never let Princes’s birthday pass without celebrating in a BIG way. How lucky I was to have had her in my life, what joy she brought to me, what lessons she taught me and what friends she presented to me, many I may never meet in person but I will think of forever as dear, dear freinds. I was lucky indeed and only wish my time with her had been just a little longer.
PRINCESS'S TEN YEAR ANGELVERSARY
April 2, 2007-April 2, 2017
Ten years ago my beautiful Princess crossed the bridge to freedom. Freedom from pain, freedom to be as she once was, whole and rejuvinated. I revel in the joy she must have experienced but still feel immense sorrow that she is no longer with me physically. The path to her resting place has been refreshed with new wood chips. The clover I have tended over the years is coming back after its winter sleep. The forest is coming alive, new growth everywhere. Reminders of the years we spent together there, building trails, planting and playing are all around. Oh for just one more day in the forest with you. I love you Baby Girl.
HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY to my beauty Bailey (aka Little Bee), March 7, 2017.
In spite of all of the challenges you faced, I felt sure you would be with us on our trip (your trip) to Orcas this year. I thought you would defy the odds and make it to your 13th birthday but it was not to be. There are notes about our trip on your page....
I hope 2017 is a happier year and I wish all of my critters friends the best.
to all of my angels across the Rainbow Bride. Each of you missed and remembered with love gratitude and joy
Marquisea is celebrating her 9th angel day across the bridge on November 24. On that day she became whole again. The pain in her leg from her osteosarcoma was gone and she could romp as she one did with Princess and now Bailey. All of my angel are missed every day and I love them all with all of my heart.
A NEW ANGEL IS BORN
March 7, 2004-November 4, 2016
Spring and Summer 2016
Spring, time to work in the forest as we did many days. Planting, weeding, making trails. We were a team. Ahh summer. While Princess was not a fan of warm weather she did love to swim. And, of course, she loved her ice cream! Think of you often Princess when Kit and Bailey go to the beach. But then, you are never far from my thoughts no matter when or where.
2016 PRINCESS'S 23rd BIRTHDAY!
Celebrate with all of your freinds: Dale, Copper, Sammy, Cupcake, Luna, Saada, Molly, Barbra, Cinnie, Luke, Toby, Rowdy, Lil' Joe, Klaus, Liam, Deputy Dog, Delilah, Lucky, and more. I will celebrate in my heart the fact you came into this world and into my heart for almost 14 wonderful years. (New page Happyy 23rd Birthday.)
NINTH YEAR ACROSS THE BRIDGE BUT..
NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN!
PLEASE VISIT my new page, "9 years without you".
I came across the above quote on our local Golden Retriever Rescue site (Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue). Princess would have loved the idea that Dr. Seuss presides over her memorial. It is getting only slightly easier to live by that even though it is so true. How blessed I was to have shared so many years with such a dear friend.
This is borrowed from Hunter's memorial and says it all especially about goldens:
You are not the sunrise
You are not the sunset
You are the sun!
Another year has come and gone without you. Bailey grows older and more frail. I look at the pictures of you with her when she was just a puppy and connot believe the time has flown by so fast. I am not sure how much longer it will be before she will meet you across the bridge. I still miss you so very much as cannot think about saying goodbye to another furbaby. Love you Princess.
"The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal, and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but, you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to." by Elizabeth Kubler Ross & John Kessler.
Seven years have passed since you crossed the Rainbow Bridge and now my dad has met you there. I still tell everyone who will listen about you and how special you were.
Six years have now passed and I still miss my beautiful girl.
Five years ago Princess was called from my side and received her golden wings. During that time there is not one day that goes by that I do not think of her, the good times and the bad, the happy, the sad and everything in between. No one could have had a better friend and confidant than I had in Princess. No matter how many years pass, I will never forgot this beauitful girl and her amazing spirit. My critters support group has been so helpful in times of great saddnes and I thank the creators and custodians of this site for making it available to those of us who mourn. Special thanks to Vicki S and Lauvern P for making fabulous composite pictures for me to post on special occassions such as this.
I love you Princess and miss you so very much.
It has been 3 years since my Princess became an angel. In the months since that time I have learned alot and met many wonderful people who have shared a similar loss. This site has been my lifeline and now that I am healing, I feel it is my turn to help others who have come here and are hurting. I am proud to be part of a wonderful core of people who visit the birthday and angelday memorials everyday. I know how much it means to me each time I receive the "New Guestbook entry.." email notification. I want to pass that along to others who need to know their companions have not been forgotten. Thank you Princess for all you have given to me. Thank you Critters community for all you have given me too!
June 2009 addendum
If you are new to Princess's web page you might wonder if I still miss her. The answer is a resounding YES but my memories are bittersweet now. Though fewer and fewer people read through her tribute, the fact that it is here and I can remember her myself through my own eyes as time passes is very important to me. I will continue to work on her pages as life with other furkids goes on and right up until the day I can be with her and the rest of my pack once again. Thank you for visiting her, please remember to sign her guestbook.
I am adding these thoughts almost 10 months after I lost my Princess. The memorial is sad to read and Princess was not a sad girl. She was JOYOUS. It is the only word that fits her. It is what is missing from our home and my life...that pure JOY!
As time has passed I have had a chance to reflect on her life and what she added to mine and our family. She was a true teacher, so patient and kind. If I was distressed in any way, she came to me instead of hiding or making herself scarce. She took what life offered her, be it good or bad, in stride, always trusting me. If she had something caught in a paw or tangled in her fur, she trusted that I would take care of it. Usually I noticed right away when she came to me and she would stand quietly, waiting for me to help her. In her older years she would get a hitch in her hip. If I slowly rotated and flexed the joint it would loosen up and she would be OK. I remember her slowing up if we were out walking so I could "fix" her up. We had a connection that I have not had with any other creature or person, one that I dearly miss and will treasure forever. With that said, read about my girl and know that the saddness expressed is mine not a reflection of the dearest friend I had.
In loving memory of our Princess whom we love so much. My true soul mate, comforter, friend, task master and Buddha dog, wise beyond all of our years. I did not know those almost 14 years ago how much grace, beauty, love, laughter and tears you would bring into our lives. The lessons you taught us all and continue to teach, even now, after you have gone. The last months of your life were hard but you never complained. Even when you had to have one eye removed and a tooth pulled. But the joy on your face when I cooked your salmon and chicken was a vision I still carry in my mind. How you loved your salmon (wild caught of course!) The free-range chicken was OK too. You even liked your organic vegetables and fruits. Your ritual nose cleaning after eating and roll for joy at the goodness you just received would put the rest of us to shame in our thanks at the dinner table. Your dad didn't mind sharing his breakfast oatmeal either, sorry you couldn't have as many bananas are you would have liked and I regret you did not get one last birthday ice cream cone.
On your last day you only came and asked for help never whining or crying though I know you were in distress. When you stood in the kitchen that day and told me you had to go I felt your only wish was for me to know you loved me and to forgive you for leaving me. At the hospital you used the last of your strength to wag your tail for me one last time and to barely lift your head in acknowledgment of my presence.
Barkley, Critter, Jolean, Kit Kat, Scotter, Tigger, Jazzy, Deeter, Dutchess, Friendly, Bouncy, Towser, Tsuki, Henny Penny, Butterscotch, April, Pernod, Hugger, Smokey and even another Princess all welcomed you at the Rainbow Bridge. So many friends here and now there. Though you may not have known them all, I know the love we had for you and all of them connects us all. The hole you have left in our lives and hearts is immeasurable. Until we meet again, rest and be happy and whole, play in the surf and snow with me by your side in spirit.
I love you
Please see page 10 (Just A Dog) for one of the best stories I have ever read about loving a dog and why.
SEPTEMBER 2010 UPDATE
I attended a dog training/behavior seminar last weekend. One of the speakers was Patricia McConnel the famous author, animal behaviorist and trainer who was speaking about the death of her soul mate border collie Luke. I think any one of us could insert our own special companion's name and understand exactly what she means:
“I imagine Luke's death to be as if someone took all the oxygen out of the air and expected me to live without it.”
Thank you Lauvern for the lovely photo frame image!