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

    Comment by Melissa In Texas — January 26, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  2. Sorry to hear this.

    Comment by Dave — January 26, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  3. *Big Hugs*

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — January 26, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  4. I’m sorry about your loss.

    God Bless

    Comment by Lurch — January 26, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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

    Comment by S2 — January 26, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  6. Hugs from me, too.

    Comment by mech — January 26, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  7. RIP, Old Buddy.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 26, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  8. 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.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 26, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  9. Condolences.

    Comment by Joe Bethancourt — January 26, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

  10. So long, fella.

    Comment by mojo — January 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

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

    Comment by mary — January 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

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

    Comment by MikeG — January 26, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

  13. :(

    Comment by Caged Insanity — January 26, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  14. Hugs and prayers to you, my good friends.

    is it OK if I cry, too?

    Comment by JoeBandMemberâ„¢ — January 26, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

  15. 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!

    Comment by RetRsvMike — January 26, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

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

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 26, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

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

    Comment by PeggyU — January 26, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

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

    Comment by Lynne — January 26, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

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

    Comment by Christine M — January 26, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  20. 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

    Comment by Ivy — January 26, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

  21. 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.

    Comment by Hopefulone — January 26, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

  22. 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.

    Comment by Stilton — January 26, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

  23. Been there. Done that. Hated it.

    Comment by Alan outback bacon czar — January 26, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

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

    Comment by Jess — January 26, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  25. 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)

    Comment by mostly cajun — January 26, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

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

    Comment by kinlaw — January 26, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

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

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 26, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

  28. :( (no words)

    Comment by Merovign — January 26, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

  29. I’m so sorry Sondra.

    Comment by Chris in NC — January 26, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

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

    ((Hugs))

    Comment by rickn8or — January 26, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  31. So sorry, Sondra.

    Comment by PatrickP — January 26, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

  32. 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.

    Comment by Holger — January 26, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

  33. 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

    Comment by Susan Lee — January 26, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  34. Damn

    Comment by Firehand — January 26, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

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

    Comment by JoeBandMemberâ„¢ — January 26, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

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

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — January 26, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

  37. 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.

    Comment by geezerette — January 26, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

  38. He was a lucky dog.

    Comment by SteveHGraham — January 26, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

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

    Comment by accipiter NW — January 26, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

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

    Sincere condolences.

    Jim
    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

    Comment by Jim — January 26, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

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

    Comment by Chuck from Tacoma — January 26, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

  42. 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.

    Comment by RonF — January 26, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

  43. My sympathies.

    Comment by Brad — January 26, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

  44. 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.

    Comment by Annoyed White Male — January 26, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  45. 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.

    Comment by Mumblix Grumph — January 26, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

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

    Comment by PunkyD — January 26, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

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

    Comment by Spin — January 26, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

  48. 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.

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — January 26, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

  49. Never forgotten. Never replaced.

    ALWAYS loved!

    My condolences on your loss.

    Comment by Mike (AZ) — January 27, 2013 @ 2:47 am

  50. 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

    Comment by Stick — January 27, 2013 @ 5:10 am

  51. 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.

    Comment by Buzz — January 27, 2013 @ 6:58 am

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

    Comment by tctsunami — January 27, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  53. So sorry Sondra :(

    Comment by TimB52 — January 27, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  54. 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….)

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — January 27, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  55. 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….

    Comment by Ironic in Denver — January 27, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  56. i am truly sorry for your loss

    Comment by jw — January 27, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  57. 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.

    Comment by LTC F — January 27, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  58. I’m gonna miss that little stinker…

    Comment by The Ugly American — January 27, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

  59. Sorry to hear the sad news about your dog.

    Comment by icemaned13 — January 27, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  60. 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.

    Comment by Sven in Colorado — January 27, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

  61. 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?

    Comment by Jeffro — January 27, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

  62. Truly sorry to hear that.

    Hugs from Camp Geezer.

    Comment by Retired Geezer — January 27, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  63. I like Kipling even more now. Thanks, Jeffro!

    Comment by PeggyU — January 28, 2013 @ 10:25 am

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