Saturday, June 11, 2011

We Love You Faithful Friend

Friday morning we said goodbye to our faithful friend and companion for 13 1/2 years,
Rodman.

I have to say for never having a dog growing up and not knowing what to expect with him, he was the best dog!

He never complained or had a bad thing to say to anyone.

He loved unconditionally and I know that he showed us more love than we probably did in return. He was loyal and amazingly gentle for being 105lbs.
He was pretty sure he was a lap dog.

He loved the kids and he loved life and even though his spirit was still alive and wanting so hard to go out and play, his body was just not able to keep up anymore.

He could longer get up without help and since his fall last week, each day we see him struggle to get around. It was not fair to him to have to struggle every day and there was nothing more that we could do for him to keep him comfortable.
He is running and jumping and barking at those squirrel now, or perhaps running and diving into the snow like he loved to do.
Either way he is free to run and do as dogs do free of pain and injury.

We miss him so much and we know that he has a spot in our hearts that will live forever.



My little man has also come down with pneumonia. He is doing good but Friday was not a good at all.
We will be ok but I am taking a bit of a break to be with family, grieve and make my little man feel better.
I will see you soon.

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75 comments:

Fabiana said...

I'm sorry for your loss. He is a beautiful dog and looks so sweet.

Brandi said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet. dogs leave their paw prints across our hearts.

i hope your son is feeling better real soon Michelle. take care my sweet friend.

Comeca Jones said...

Sorry about your loss.

High Street Cottage said...

Oh Michelle, I'm sorry to hear about Rodman. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet all too well. They leave us with such great memories and your post certainly expressed it perfectly.
Hope your little one is on the mend, not a fun time to be sick with Summer here.
Take all the time you need, I've been trying to keep a balance on blogging myself as Family is First.xxx

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Oh, sweetie. I know how difficult a time this is and to have your son ill and grieving as well is quite a burden. Take care and know that it does get better with time.

Sue
xo

Sandy said...

What a beautiful and sweet dog! I'm so sorry for your loss. We, too, lost our German Shepherd to bone cancer many years ago and still miss him so much. Our Dusty was 125 pounds but like yours very gentle.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

oh michelle i'm grieving with you. i feel the love. the concern. the loss. right now i will pray for your concerns. i will pray for extra reserves of strength. and i will pray that hope will find you and your family.

love to you.

michele

Deneen said...

So sorry! This makes me sad. I will pray for you all.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Michelle~
the loss of a family pet is never easy. I'm so sorry for your family.
Hope your son is better quickly-- Rest and take care.
Pat

Kristin said...

I am so sorry for your loss Michelle. The loss of a pet is so difficult. Sorry to hear your son is sick as well. Praying that will have time to grieve and to rest, and that your son is better soon.

A Rosy Note said...

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose at pet...they become such special friends and a part of the family. I'll be thinking about you.

I hope your little guy gets well soon too.

big hugs ♥ Tricia

Red Gate Farm said...

Michelle I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. We have 3 and I can't imagine what it will be like when a day like this comes for us. Pets fill such a big space in our lives.

Hope you son recovers quickly.

~Chris

Ming said...

Hi Michelle, Thanks for sharing Rodman with us. I totally understand what you are going through as we had our White German Shepard, Reggie, for 15 years and had to put him down for similar reasons. These animals, without much effort on their part, quickly become a member of the family and are loved as such. Our Reg has been gone since November and I still miss him.
Prayers for a speedy recovery for your lil' guy and that you all heal quickly from your loss.
Peace to you.

Low Tide High Style said...

Michelle you know how much it saddens me to know what you are going through! You and I have talked about this many times and you gave me such love and support when we lost Kylee just a few weeks ago. Rodman had a wonderful life with you and your family, and I know he will never be far from you either in your thoughts or in your heart.

I'm also sorry to hear that your son has pneumonia! Poor guy, I hope he is resting and will be back to feeling 100% very soon.

Take all the time you want, you have been in need of a break for awhile now. And if there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to call me!

xo Kat

Love of the Sea said...

I know how difficult this is having been there myself. It is so hard to make a decision like that but in the end -it is the right thing to do. I feel so sad for you and your family. It is just heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear about your fur-baby. I went thru a similar thing with my Thor and I know how heart wrenching it can be. Hugs to you and your family. Hope your little one recoups quickly.

Tanya said...

Aw, that makes me so sad! It's so hard to lose a family pet. Hang in there. It'll get easier. Hope your son gets well soon. Keep your spirits up. Your blogging friends care :) Hugs to you and your family.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, this is so difficult....I cannot bear the loss of an animal, and then to boot, your little man is ill. Keep cozy, and if your weather is like ours today (a bit chilly and gray), then stay in cuddle with him. I wish I had a son.

BLESSINGS to you and I really hope there are animals in heaven...oh dear, I am tearing up here!!! I gotta get outta here!

LOVE TO YOU AND MAY THE LITTLE ONE BOUNCE BACK QUICKLY! Anita

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear this. Rodman was just a gorgeous dog. I know how difficult it is to lose our furry members of the family. Hugs to you. Hope your little guy feels better.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

So, so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. He was a beautiful one that's for sure!

ANNE said...

Michelle, I know how it feels to lose a long time pet, and that you will get over the immediate pain and always smile when you remember the blessed time you shared with Rodman. He had a wonderful life with you! Sending warmest wishes to you and your family and hope your little man is all better soon!!

Rachel Noelle said...

I am sooo sorry my friend. :( Im almost in tears right now...
HUGS to you.. xo Rachel

Sylvia said...

Dear Michelle , I understand how you feel and know how wonderful Rodman was ; we have a 2-year-old chocolate lab and it's difficult for me to imaging the life without him . I wish you good days and love to your family !

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

aw, i am so sorry, i know how hard it is to lose a pet! i bet he knows how much you loved him. sending you hugs and get wells for your son!

tinajo said...

I´m so sorry - as you know I´m a dog lover and I´ve had to say goodbye to two dogs in my life - it´s awful. Still; it´s something we have to do when we see that they are not themselves anymore, so it was a good decision to make for you - he´ll rest now.

I hope your little one gets better soon, hugs!

Deborah said...

Grieving with you hunny, and lifting your little man up in prayer for a healing touch from God. xoxoxoxo
Love you so!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxooxooxoxoxo

becky said...

Take all the time you need, sweet Michelle. We'll be thinking about you with love.

Beach House Living said...

Dear Michelle,
I hope you little one feels better soon.
As for Rodman...my shepherd was my truest friend, keeper of secrets and loyal friend until his last. I can only draw upon my own experiences to have an inkling of your great loss....

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I am so sorry about your loss. It is not easy to accept and I know of no words that can comfort you and your family, so Sophie and I send all of you a huge hug, and an extra one for your little man with pneumonia.

Rayanne said...

Sending you lots of love and prayers!I know how you miss your friend! He was a beautiful doggy.
Praying for your little one too!
Love Rayanne

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh i am soooo sorry!!!!! keeping you in my thoughts. i know how hard it is to lose a beloved family dog.

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Oh Michelle, Rodman is just beautiful, and he is surely doing all the things you wished for him, now. I have never had to deal with a sick pet, or dying pet before, but I've had a few that just went missing. I've certainly never really had a dog to love before, but I can only imagine they are absolutely a HUGE part of the family, and he was greatly loved and very missed.

I'm sorry girl, and also your little guy getting sick just as the weather turns beautiful, whats up with that, :) Mine got sick last week too, thankfully getting better. All they really need is MOMMY medicine, and plenty of it.

Hugs, Bella :)

Seaside Style said...

Oh, Sweetie. I know how hard this is to loose a member of the family, .. It is a very difficult decision. I pray you will all heal, and take care of the kiddos as well as your self. I feel terribly for you as I have been there. He will always be in your heart. Bless you. Talk to you soon.

XOXO

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Sending some (((hugs))) to you and your family. I am so sorry about your dog. I hope your son feels better soon.

NanaDiana said...

Oh I am so so sorry, Michelle! My heart aches for you...and for your whole family...it is liking losing a family member. I didn't know you had a German Shepherd. They have a special spot in my heart.

Take good care of your little Man..pneumonia is nothing to fool with. Enjoy your time off. xo Diana

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh my. Prayers for your little boy and big hugs to all of you. I know that the death of our dogs is so hard. They really are part of the family. Take care my friend.

erin said...

oh dearest michelle,
i am so very sorry for the loss of your furry family member.........thinking of you.
erin
xxoo

Pam said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Rodman. He looks like such a sweetie pie. Sorry to hear about your little one having pneumonia. Hope he gets over it quickly and gets back to having a fun summer.

kristin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss :( It's always the worst to loose a pet and a lot of people just don't understand why one would be so upset over it.
There's little someone can say to make anyone feel better about a loss but he had a long and wonderful life with you and it's always a hard decision to make since they can't actually speak to us, but even though he might have still had the spirit it was for the best and he'll be with you always now.

Patti's Artful Design said...

Tears came to my eyes when I read your post, Michelle! It is so- o difficult to say good-bye to someone you love so-o much. Give yourselves all the time you need to grieve and don't worry what others may think.

So sorry your little man is sick.....I wish him a speedy recovery.

koralee said...

Oh my friend..saying goodbye is sooo hard..we had to do the same thing a few years ago..my heart is with you all. But you are so right...Rodman is in Heaven...he really is my friend.Read a true story about a little boys visit to heaven and he did see animals...EXTRA hugs today. xoxxo

Lara said...

((HUGS)) I know how hard this is.
You were the light of his life. ♥

Take Good Care,
Lara

Lisa said...

My heart goes out to you Michelle. Shepherds are one of my all time fav's. So beautiful. Hope your little one is better quickly, and sunny happy times are with you soon.

x

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, I am sooooo sorry sweet friend for your loss! They become part of the family don't they? I'll pray for your kiddos (and their parents!) as you deal with this and also that your little guy will start feeling better soon.
Hang in there!
Vanessa

beachcomber said...

hi michelle, so sorry to hear your sad news.losing a pet is like losing a family member.
hope your son is well again soon!
love cheryl xxx

Simply Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Rodman, he will forever live in your heart

janet said...

I am sad to hear about your dog..We lost ours 3 years ago and really do miss him but know it was not fair to have him suffer any longer..Hugs to your little boy at this time and to you and the rest of your family..
Janet

SUMMERSTEAD said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Saying goodbye is so hard, even if it is merciful.

I hope your little guy starts feeling better soon!

Amy Kinser said...

So sorry for your family's loss.

sally said...

I am so sorry for your loss....such a beautiful pup! We had to make the same decision not long ago with our oldest furbaby, and it is so so hard to do. I know you have wonderful memories of Rodman, and hope those sweet thoughts will help you smile through the tears. And I hope the little man feels better very soon.

Finding Home said...

Oh, my goodness Michelle, I am so so so very sorry for your loss. I am still new to the dog world and I am head over heals, I can only imagine what this part of the journey must be like. And on top of that for your son to be so ill, know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care my friend, Laura

Restoration House said...

So sorry for your loss Michelle, Rodman seemed like such a gentle giant. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Hope your son is doing better too. Take some time for you and your family. Luv ya sweety.
Kim:)

Desire Empire said...

Oh Michelle This is a beautiful post about a beautiful animal. The shots say it all.
Hoping your little boy gets well soon.
My Beach House Brat has a chest infection too. Not fun and very worrying, especially at night.
Hugs to you and yours
Best Carolyn

A Cottage Muse said...

So sorry to hear about Rodman...sending you a hug and keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Hoping your little guy is feeling better too.

KatieBee said...

I understand your loss
Our pet was such a joy and of a integral part of the family - find joy in the moments of remembering your dear pet!

Val said...

I'm so heart broken for you!! Thinking of you and sending you positive thoughts.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hi sweet pea!

It's so hard to let go of those furry family members. Rodman looked like a great pal. Sorry for your loss. I hope your son gets to feeling better this week!
Sending you a big hug! xxx

D and G Stories said...

So sorry for you and your family! Losing a family pet is always so so sad. Hugs to you!!

Els Manning said...

I feel your sadness... Been there, and those are the times you so wished you didn't love as deep.
I am grateful i believe in Heaven. I have no doubt your pup as many , many others are having a good spot with our Heavenly Father. Waiting for us to join one day.
As far as your sick one... good luck. Double whammy!
Hang in there! Good vibes coming your way...

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Having known the love of a German Shephard, my heart breaks for you and your family.

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, Michelle. Fur babies really are a part of a family unit. Sorry to hear about your son too...goodness. My hubby & I are sending lots of love and peace your way.

Big hugs,
Marie

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CatHerder said...

I am truly sorry for your loss...a couple of years ago i had to say goodbye to Casey (22) Angel (21 and Sushi (19) My hubby and i have been doing cat rescue for 30 years..our cats are CLEAN and well taken care of they are like family members, i can relate to your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry, there are no words at a time like this to comfort you, I wish there were. I know your pain, we had to let go of our oldest dog almost three years ago, and you never forget them, never! His name was Montana, and he was a gentle soul, and protected my daugther as she was growing up. Everyone's pets are so special to them, and we hurt in our own way. All I can do is say, I hope God helps ease your pain, and keep those beautiful memories alive. Stay strong!

Joni
Desert Dreaming

blessedmom's simple home said...

So sorry for the loss of your sweet pet, Rodman. I hope your little guy is feeling better soon too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Simple Daisy said...

Oh Michelle.
I am so sad for you. This post made me cry.
My own sweet German Shepard L.C. is 10 now and she has really bad arthritis in her hips. I see her struggle so much to get up these days.....and I know she is in some pain. I really can't think of the day when I will have to make the same choices.
It's amazing just how close we get to our pets!!! Take care and you will be in my thoughts:)
{{{{{hugs}}}}}
Heather

designchic said...

I'm so sad for you all...sending warm hugs ~

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I'm so sorry Michelle! *hugs*

I hope your son feels better too!

simone said...

so sorry to hear about your loss mein Freund. I hate when animals leave us. Find comfort in knowing that he lived a long and good life with you guys and is pain free now! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

Passionate for White said...

THE LAST BATTLE

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

-- Unknown

Tonya said...

So sorry for the loss of your dog! I'm sure its hard after having him around for so long...they really do become part of the family!! Prayers for your little man!! I hope he starts to feel better real soon!! Thinking of you of you friend!!

Kirsty said...

I think the first time I popped over to this gorgeous blog I found a pic of your pup and was hooked. Such a stunner and that snow photo is GORGEOUS! Hope you're all doing ok. I know how heartbreaking that can be.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dog. They so quickly become a part of the family and it is hard to imagine them being gone. So much unconditional love.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Oh, Michelle, I am so sorry to hear this. I had a dog myself for 16 years so I know the pain you are feeling. In fact it's been 7 years since I said goodbye and my eyes are still watering thinkin' about him. You are in my thoughts today.

Green Willow Pond said...

I've been so busy with other things, that I haven't been blogging or reading blogs lately. I'm so sorry for your loss Michelle. Our furry friends get deep into our hearts, and leave a hole when they are gone.

On a positive note, I'm glad your son recovered quickly. I will soon be writing more posts. The kitchen project is underway, finally. Have a good week my friend.

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