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  1. Be safe and be well, Sondra.

    Give Rummy a big hug and snorgle for me, since he’s finally amenable to it.

    Comment by apotheosis — December 21, 2012 @ 10:32 am

  2. May there be happiness and joy until there is peace.

    Comment by Thomas M. — December 21, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  3. Thanks for the up date. Of course we’ve been thinking of all of you. We’ve all had those moccasins to walk in for pets and family and we’ve all done what was best for us. There is no other alternative. See those foot steps on the shore?
    If in my moccasins I’d have that picture framed.

    Comment by geezerette — December 21, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  4. Rummy had good innings.
    I’m gonna miss the “pair” of you.
    Sadly, this seems appropriate:
    The apocalypse through a dog’s eyes.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — December 21, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  5. I’ve had to put down two dogs in my life. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I feel your pain. In the long run it will be the best thing for your friend.. He will go peacefully in his sleep with you holding him. He’ll pass happy. Keep that in mind along with all the good times. I pray for you both.

    Comment by JimB — December 21, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  6. Losing family, furry or otherwise, is never easy. All I can think of in this moment is this little bit from TAPS:

    Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, and Share the Journey

    Remember the unconditional love Rumsfeld gave you, celebrate those life moments you shared with him, and whenever you are ready, share your journey through grief with another.

    God bless Sondra, and take care.

    Comment by Annoying Mike — December 21, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  7. I hope you have a peaceful, quiet Christmas, so you can spend the precious time with Rummy. Thanks for the update!

    Comment by PeggyU — December 21, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  8. I’m so sorry Sondra. I have Rummy and all of you close to my heart and in my thoughts. God Bless you Sondra.

    Comment by PunkyD — December 21, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  9. Hugs and prayers.

    Warm fuzzy Christmas memories to you all to cache away for years to come.

    *gonna hug my kitties*

    Comment by mech — December 21, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

  10. Every time I hear some wacky song on KBRD …I think of Rumsfeld.

    Comment by The Ugly American — December 21, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

  11. Thoughts are with you and JR and Rumsfeld.

    Comment by Wollf — December 21, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  12. Thank you for updating us and sharing both facts and feelings. I’m sure Rummy is still going to enjoy spending time with you, “being a dog and not doing the math.” I once described dogs as having “communicable Zen” – they help center you in the here and now in a wonderful way, just the way they live their own lives. Enjoy this time together, and know that a lot of positive thoughts are going out to all of you.

    Comment by Stilton — December 21, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  13. Marry Christmas to you and Rummy; may you have a wonderful time together.

    I think you have been a big girl through this, it is hell to lose a loved one, and you have help up.

    Especially your concern for his dignity, and that he has a life, not just exists in a medicated stupor.

    God Bless Sondra.

    Comment by kinlaw — December 21, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  14. I don’t have much to say other than that dog has been the luckiest dog on the whole planet to know that kind of love.

    Comment by Holger — December 21, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  15. My thoughts are with you all. Thanks for reminding me to give Schnooper an extra snuggle today and everyday.

    Comment by Mumblix Grumph — December 21, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  16. Go and have a good time.

    Comment by Dave — December 21, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  17. He has been your knight and protector, your companion and friend. It is your turn to repay that with comfort and love.

    As I have said before, Man did not domesticate Dog – Dog chose to come into the cave and become the partner of Man. That bond is sacred.

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — December 21, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

  18. they help center you in the here and now in a wonderful way, just the way they live their own lives.
    they do…..
    You, JR and your furbaby are in my thoughts…
    Enjoy the time you are allowed.
    hugs from Texas!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — December 21, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  19. Hang in there, and enjoy your remaining time with Rummy. Treasure the memories.

    Comment by Jeffro — December 21, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  20. My heart’s breaking for you and JR and Rummy there HeadMissy. Enjoy these last days and when that time comes, you’ll know it, he’ll know it and why and won’t hold it against you.
    Damn maid forgot to dust in here AGAIN.

    Comment by rickn8or — December 21, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  21. When your dog leaves, a piece of your heart goes with him. But, when he first arrived, he caused your heart to grow to include him.

    Comment by Twin — December 21, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  22. I will pray for you all. I had to put my best friend down last year just before Christmas. One of the worst days of my life and I have had some really bad ones. My dogs have been my best friends and maybe even my psychiatrist at times. I come from some hard people, used to be when the dog got sick he/she either died or got the .22 treatment. I’m way past that now and I can say the needle the way better for the dog but I’m sure it is a lot harder on the human, IMO. I shed tears just reading your update and thinking how hard last Christmas was without my buddy.
    God bless you all.

    Comment by blindshooter — December 21, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  23. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; King James Version (KJV)

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

    And whether good or evil, joyous or heart rending, this too shall pass.
    Thanks for sharing with us, and remember, we’ll be here for you when you come back.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — December 21, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  24. dick….
    well said!

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — December 21, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  25. You know what you know,
    and you’ll know what you need to know.

    Go. Love. enJOY.

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — December 21, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

  26. Thank you for sharing your sad love story with us. It makes us all more human, more divine. May God bless you with lots of Himself, love, as you endure this.

    Comment by Hopefulone — December 22, 2012 @ 1:35 am

  27. Have a happy, warm and Merry Christmas with Rummy and the rest of your family and friends. Watch, but don’t worry. Put your fears in a box for now, and enjoy what’s in front of you.

    Comment by leelu — December 22, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  28. No words, but u know.

    Comment by TRKOF — December 22, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  29. What Holger said.

    Comment by JoeBandMemberâ„¢ — December 22, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

  30. This morning, the dog which was the first to open Deb’s now thriving business, Whitney, the giant Schnauzer, was put down in the arms of his owner. What I…we have experienced since the grand collie, Nate (West River Nathaniel No Fear) passed, is a progression of elderly dogs whom have come to the point of needing to be put down. First went Tonka, the big ol’square head Rotweiler/Lab mix with the same kinda brain tumor. Then Kyle, a blind and arthritic Husky. Our great neighbor Jeff, who spearheaded the “Nate” fund lost his grand and goofy chocolate Lab: Spooner.Then our sweet old rescue, the Australian Kelpy, Daisy, whose heart valves gave out followed so soon after.
    This year Sasha, a Golden Retriver and Tyndale, a Border Collie went home.

    We knew them all….they were part of the “HOW” we met their people…who have become friends, and through the grief from loss of critters, have become community.

    My dear sister Steph (Digital Hair Shirt) is dead on, as is Dick.

    Sondra, your words and feelings are blessed and eloquent. Deb and I are blessed in this ‘hood, to be involved with such great folks.

    We are also blessed to know you all… brothers and sisters.

    Yes…….it is a strange and Brave New World in which we live.

    May God, however you understand Him, bless you all and keep you, your family, and this broken, wicked nation safe.

    Merry Christ Mass.

    Comment by Sven in Colorado — December 22, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

  31. BTW… Sondra,

    That picture is a wall hanger……God bless you dear Saggitarian sister.

    Comment by Sven in Colorado — December 22, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  32. Rumsfield is lucky to have you, as are we all.
    God has special plans for those with the magnatude of love that you both possess. May the prayers we are all sending you be answered yes.
    Aloha, Dear Lady

    Comment by yeah, that guy. — December 22, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

  33. My thoughts are with you.

    Wish there was something of more substance I could say, but it doesn’t come.

    I hope there are still some more good times, in the time you have.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — December 22, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  34. Prayers being sent for your family. Spend your time enjoying each other so you’ll have those memories forever.

    Comment by MitchM — December 23, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  35. I am so very grateful for your friendship, comfort and caring…….

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — December 23, 2012 @ 11:03 am

  36. I once had me a little girl named Heidi
    I picked her up at the Humane Society
    And though she wasn’t really was, was I was looking for
    She somehow convinced me otherwise
    That little bitch

    That little bitch

    Comment by Hog Whitman — December 25, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  37. Out of town and just now catching up – my heart hurts for you.

    Comment by Jane K. — December 26, 2012 @ 9:21 am

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