the. end.

63 Comments!

  1. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:28 am |

    Oh Sondra honey… I am so sorry.
    Words cannot begin to convey my feelings.
    Know that you are in my thoughts.

  2. Dave
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:30 am |

    Sorry to hear this.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:40 am |

    *Big Hugs*

  4. Lurch
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    I’m sorry about your loss.

    God Bless

  5. S2
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm |

    He doesn’t hurt anymore, but I sure hurt for you.

  6. mech
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    Hugs from me, too.

  7. Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    RIP, Old Buddy.

  8. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm |

    The world just got a little lonelier.


    This is the last photo I took as I left Missy’s place back in ’11.
    Always tugged at my heart a bit.

  9. Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm |

    Condolences.

  10. mojo
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

    So long, fella.

  11. mary
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

    So sorry. There goes a little piece of your heart.

  12. MikeG
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm |

    So sorry, Sondra. You need anything? *HUGS*

  13. Caged Insanity
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm |

    :(

  14. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm |

    Hugs and prayers to you, my good friends.

    is it OK if I cry, too?

  15. RetRsvMike
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

    Good boy, stay…

    you take a rest here now for awhile, we’ll all be along to catch up to you somebody.

    Good boy, stay!

  16. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm |

    I’m so sorry Sondra, JR. Lovely pic to say goodbye.

  17. PeggyU
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

    I hope the relief of knowing there is no pain softens the sorrow. The photo says it all. Hugs!!!

  18. Lynne
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

    So Sorry. Painful to loose a BEST friend. My heart hurts for you and all of us who had to go through this.

  19. Christine M
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    I wish I had words to take away the pain….I’m so sorry.

  20. Ivy
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    When a well loved pet passes — I can’t help but be sad for the people it owned. But for the pet, I am happy that it knew love, that it knew caring and comfort, and that it owned someone who made sure its life was cherished even unto the end. Cyber Hugs while you grieve

  21. Hopefulone
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm |

    You were an amazing Corgi. Canine Congressman, NATO Ambassador, White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense (twice), and tweaker of the lymp-minded. You’ve left a lot of your unconditional love behind and I hope that it buoys Sondra.

  22. Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm |

    I’m so sorry. Some of the worst hurts in my life have been parting with four-legged family members. You gave Rummy a wonderful life, and that’s a tremendous accomplishment. I wish I had some greater wisdom to take away even a bit of the hurt, but for now I’m sending a long-distance hug.

  23. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm |

    Been there. Done that. Hated it.

  24. Jess
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm |

    The world will be sadder, but heaven will be happier.

  25. Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm |

    Amazing how much one’s heart can be carried by one of these furry little people.

    My deepest condolences.

    Mostly Cajun
    (Staff to seven cats)

  26. kinlaw
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    I just have no words Sondra, I am so sorry. Sending you all the love in my heart.

  27. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

    Hopefulone (21)
    … and he’ll have the answers to some unknown unknowns before we do.

  28. Merovign
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm |

    :( (no words)

  29. Chris in NC
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

    I’m so sorry Sondra.

  30. rickn8or
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm |

    Those furry-faced little people don’t ask for much, but they sure take a lot with them when they go.

    ((Hugs))

  31. PatrickP
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm |

    So sorry, Sondra.

  32. Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm |

    My heartfelt condolences, Sondra.

    Somewhere in this world in the past few days a child went home to be with our Heavenly Father and the Father decided that little one needed a furry companion to hug and play with.

  33. Susan Lee
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm |

    The old lady said to the Jesuit; “I could NEVER be happy in Heaven unless my dog Fido is there, too”.

    The Jesuit replied; “Then, Fido will certainly be there”.

    It was supposed to be a joke, but I get a lot of comfort out of it re; my cats.

    Susan Lee

  34. Firehand
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm |

    Damn

  35. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 4:28 pm |

    All the dogs who have ever owned me ended up being a best friend.

  36. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm |

    Just think about what a good life you had together and how much better you made each other’s lives.

  37. geezerette
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm |

    Been thinking of all of you knowing this was coming. My heart goes out to you. I love the “so long” picture. It’s beautiful!! I’ll have to just send hugs seeing as I can’t actually give you all one.

  38. SteveHGraham
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    He was a lucky dog.

  39. accipiter NW
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    Sorry, Sondra. And thank you for sharing your pet stories with us- past, present, hopefully future.

  40. Posted January 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm |

    Thank you for bringing your Rummy into our lives and hearts. He’ll be sorely missed.

    Sincere condolences.

    Jim
    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  41. Chuck from Tacoma
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm |

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. We all know how you loved your Rummy. The picture is a beautiful tribute. Hugs.

  42. RonF
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm |

    Reminds me of a country song: “If Dogs Don’t Get Into Heaven, Then I Don’t Want To Go”.

    It’s painful. But the only way to avoid pain is to avoid love. My sympathies.

  43. Brad
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm |

    My sympathies.

  44. Annoyed White Male
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm |

    I’m very sorry for you. They are friends, family, children. I understand. If my pets are not in heaven waiting for me, I’m not going.

  45. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm |

    Don’t grieve, for he is not in pain.

    Don’t grieve, for he is not sad.

    Don’t grieve, for he is not truly gone.

    Don’t grieve, but look forward to that day when you will see him again. And rest assured, he will be there waiting for you as will all of those that you have loved.

  46. PunkyD
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm |

    I’m so sorry Sondra. There’s an ache in my heart as well.

  47. Spin
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 10:54 pm |

    If it’s any consolation I’ll bet Odin is showing him the ropes…and comparing notes too.

  48. The Digital Hairshirt
    Posted January 26, 2013 at 11:25 pm |

    You loved each other while on Earth.

    He plays now in the fields of Heaven, waiting for you to greet you one day with that love. Rumsfeld is not alone – he’s in good company, such as my Dante.

  49. Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:47 am |

    Never forgotten. Never replaced.

    ALWAYS loved!

    My condolences on your loss.

  50. Stick
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:10 am |

    Missy, I know that when you reach that point, you know it’s right, but it hurts so bad. I couldn’t even comment until now. God bless you & JR

  51. Buzz
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 6:58 am |

    My Annie is carrying sticks and catching frisbees right now, never tiring and needing the water break.
    Frisbee after frisbee after frisbee…

    Through dating and divorce, she was always there when humans weren’t.

    It hurts.

    I’m sorry.

  52. tctsunami
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:50 am |

    So sorry to hear this. But his memory will always be there.

  53. TimB52
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:13 am |

    So sorry Sondra :(

  54. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:16 am |

    When the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
    I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.

    I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
    Be patient, live your journey out… then come home to be with me.

    (A perfect note for the photograph you posted, Headmissy….)

  55. Ironic in Denver
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    Sondra, I’m so sorry. In recent days I’ve been wondering how it was going, but wasn’t sure it was good to ask.

    I am certain you did the very best you could.

    And for what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure what some people above said about dogs and heaven is true. If there’s anything on the other side at all, they are surely there.

    I agree with RonF about the only way to avoid pain is to avoid love, except with one caveat: avoiding love doesn’t actually avoid pain — it just changes the kind you have. It is better the sharp pain of loss than the dull grimness of lacking love.

    Absent friends are always near….

  56. jw
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:54 am |

    i am truly sorry for your loss

  57. LTC F
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm |

    I’m so very sorry. I lost my best friend Bubba in October after 10 years of constant companionship. I know there’s nothing I can say to ease your pain.

  58. The Ugly American
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm |

    I’m gonna miss that little stinker…

  59. icemaned13
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm |

    Sorry to hear the sad news about your dog.

  60. Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    Hugs,
    Been there, done that, will be there again in the next couple of years. I steel myself against it; tell myself I won’t do it again. Yet the next aging canine is waiting for a home.

    Never gets any easier.

    God bless you, darlin….no words can express, or feelings shared, counter the grief.

  61. Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm |

    I am so sorry, Sondra. I have, over the years, found comfort in this poem:

    The Power of the Dog
    by
    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie–
    Perfect passsion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find–it’s your own affair–
    But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone–wherever it goes–for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we’ve kept ‘em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long–
    So why in–Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

  62. Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm |

    Truly sorry to hear that.

    Hugs from Camp Geezer.

  63. PeggyU
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 10:25 am |

    I like Kipling even more now. Thanks, Jeffro!