8 August 2008

RIP Rosie

Rosie grew sicker as the day progressed yesterday. I walked around the garden with her in the afternoon because she couldn't sit still inside. When Hanno came home, he took her to our old vet, the one who operated on her eye a couple of years ago. Rosie had kidney failure and we were advised that even if they started treatment, because of her age and current condition, she probably would not survive. We chose to have her euthanised. She died late yesterday afternoon. This morning we will bury her in the backyard under the Banksia rose where she loved to sit.

We Have A Secret
We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.
Author Unknown



  1. I am so sorry to read that Rosie was so sick. Its a hard decision. Thinking of you all.

    Shelley P
    from over the pond

  2. Rhonda and Hanno,

    I am so so sorry to hear the news abour Rosie - I know how you must be feeling as I lost two of my dogs in the past couple of years. I burst in to tears when I read the poem.......it says so much.

    Big big hugs to both of xxxx

  3. A sad day for you and your family, so sorry. I'll be thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Take time to rest and relax this w/end with your loved ones.
    Take Care.
    May Rosie RIP - Colette from US xx

  4. Rhonda, I am so sorry for your loss. They never live long enough, our furry friends, but I think the only thing sadder than losing them would be never having them in our lives to begin with. Rosie was a beautiful dog. I love that poem, it is so appropriate. Here is another that I have always loved, and that you may not know: http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/housedog.htm


  5. Oh, I am so sorry for your losing a faithful friend! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about Rosie. Our doggie companions mean so much to us. You did the right thing for Rosie.

    Thinking about you

    Alison x

  7. Sorry for your loss. We lost our bullmastiff a year ago and one never expects how deeply it affects you. Strength to you and Hanno.

  8. Oh gosh. I am so sorry to hear this. The loss of a pet so dear, such a hard decision to make. Thinking of you and Hanno, and Alice, who must be missing Rosie as well.

    What a beautiful poem.

  9. ((Hugs)) I'm sorry for your loss.

  10. Although new to your blog, Rosie had already touched a place in my heart. I am so sorry to hear that she is gone. Thank you for sharing her with us. And not only her, but the rest of what is important to you. Rhonda you are such an amazing woman! I am learning something new from you each day. Thank you for being so real about your life and your family. And for being willing to share your wisdom and knowledge with us all. I am praying for you and your family as you grieve during the next few days and weeks.
    Shannon B Monmouth Oregon

  11. Dearest Rhonda,
    My heart is hurting with you and Hanno. I am sad also, but know you gave Rosie such a wonderful and blessed life. I am praying for you my friend...asking the Lord to comfort you during this difficult time.

    Blessings to you,

  12. Rhonda, I am so very sorry. Go gently, dear girl, off to rainbow bridge. xxx Diana

  13. I am so sorry about Rosie. I too know how it feels as I lost my dog 5 years ago, but a cat of ours died 3 years ago. And we are counting the days of our old geriatric cat - she's 20yr and still going strong.

    The poem was gorgeous, it brought a lump to my throat while reading it.

    *hugs to you both*
    Natty in the UK.

  14. I'm so sorry, Rhonda. Such a hard thing to lose such a dear friend - thinking of you.
    Rachel L from NZ

  15. Sending our love to both you and Hanno at this sad time. Rosie was truly a beautiful girl. Give Alice a extra big hug from us.


  16. Rhonda- I am sitting here with tears running down my face as I read your post. I have had to make this difficult decision for a 4 legged family member also. My heart goes out to you both.


  17. I'm sorry that Rosie has gone. I know she was a light in your home for a long time. We in Maryland are holding you both in the light.

  18. My thoughts are with you both. The loss of a pet is the same as losing a family member. Rosie was a beautiful girl.

  19. So sorry to hear about Rosie - a hard decision to make for such a lovely loyal friend .... but you made the right one to save her suffering too much.

  20. It is so hard to lose a beloved pet - they go through so much with you. She was blessed with a wonderful home and people.
    Thinking of you here in Chicago.

  21. Rhonda, Hanno, and Alice),

    Though we are oceans apart, you are with me in my heart! May your beautiful memories of Rosie give you strength during this very sad time.

    Hugs for California,

  22. I was saddened to hear the news of Rosie. I am sure that both yours hearts are hurting something fierce. Thinking of you during this difficult time. I am sure that Alice will also miss Rosie's company.

    Liane xo

  23. I am so very sorry.

  24. So sorry to hear of your loss, thanks for sharing that beautiful poem and for sharing your sadness...

  25. Dear Rhonda Jean and Hanno,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Rosie had a charmed life with you both.
    I will light a candle for her.

    Much love to you both.
    Julie xx.

  26. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You did everything you could, and Rosie had a wonderful life. I hope you take comfort in that.

    Anna Marie (of the bread)

  27. Dear Rhonda, I am so sorry for the death of your Rosie. I've had several dogs who have died this way, and it is always heartbreaking. They are such a part of our family and our lives..........Hugs to you and Hanno.from Kristi, using her daughter Emily's computer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  28. Very sad Rhonda...the poem was beautiful. Small blessings that you were there with her rather than on a work day.
    with kind thoughts and wishes

    Bella from Brisbane

  29. my thoughts are with you and Hanno - it is heartbreaking to lose a companion. Alice will miss her sorely also. Take care

  30. I am so sorry for your loss.
    It is so hard to lose a pet.

  31. You made the right decision. It's a sad time for you.... deepest condolences.

  32. We were sorry to hear about Rosie. It is a hard decision to make, but the right one. Lots of hugs and love-Sharon and Claude

  33. I am so very sorry. I'll be thinking of you.
    Becky K.

  34. Sorry to read the sad news. It is so hard when you loose a dear companion. Thinking of the good times. Best wishes from Blu in Brittany France.

  35. Dearest Rhonda and Hanno
    No words can describe what you are going through but my heart goes out to you. When I opened your website this morning and only saw the two words tears welled up in my eyes as it is so hard to lose a member of the family.

  36. rhonda jean - i'm very sad to hear about rosie. however i am sure you know that she will always be with you. my soul kitty died five years ago and i swear, she is still here with me. many blessings to you, samantha

  37. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my little dog 2 years ago April and I still miss her so much.

  38. I was saddened to read about Rosie this morning. Thinking of you Rhonda.

  39. I'm sitting here crying after reading the poem. All I can say is that I am so, so very sorry for your loss! Just know that I am thinking of you and Hanno.

    Kristina in Nebraska

  40. Dear Rhonda Jean,
    Such a beautiful poem.......thinking of you.

  41. Our animal friends bring us such joy but when they die - such pain. We love them so.
    So sorry about Rosie. Love to you and Hanno.

  42. Rhonda,
    I am very sorry for the loss of your darling girl. The three of you will be sad for a long time. Draw comfort from each other and your special remaining girl.

  43. i am so sorry. the poem was so lovely. thank you for sharing.
    God bless you.
    julie harris

  44. I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she had with you and your family.

    The poem and photo brought tears to my eyes.

  45. My thoughts are with you & yours this day. I'm sorry that Rosie had to pass. I used to have a great dane, Tye became so much a part of my life that when he passed I have never had the courage to get another. I hope that on this day in the future you do not remember Rosie passing, but the wonderful joy and quirkiness she brought to Hanno & yourself all the years she was with you. Remember the good things that made you laugh.

    Chrissie & Co.

  46. I am so sorry to hear about the news of Rosie...it is so hard when you loose a beloved pet...we lost our Border Collie Maddie a few years ago with the same thing...take care..Julie

  47. We're so very soory to hear about Rosie. Hoping you, Hanno and Rosie can find comfort soon.

    With fondest thoughts, Marilyn

  48. Rhonda I am so sorry for the loss of Rosie. Let yourself feel every feeling as it comes and let it wash over you, and you will be ok. Still reading your blog every day still finding strength and comfort from you. You give so much now its our turn to help you. Much love Julia in Mackay

  49. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. (((HUGS)))

  50. oh, I'm so sorry for your loss.

    you and Hanno are both in my prayers

  51. My thoughts are with you.
    It's never easy losing a friend,
    Especially the loyal furry kind,
    Take Care

  52. Rhonda & Hanno, I'm so very sorry about Rosie.A difficult decision and a loss you will feel keenly.
    Praying for peace and comfort for you both.

  53. I'm so sorry! (((((HUGS)))))

  54. My heart goes out to you and Hanno.
    Our pets create such happiness for us that loosing one is heart breaking. I lost a cat we'd had for 17 years to cancer and I thought I'd never stop missing him. HUGS!

  55. Dear Rhonda Jean and Hanno
    We send our love to you and will be thinking of you.
    You are a great inspiration and we really feel we know you and yours personally.
    Tears are running down my cheeks.
    Big hugs.

  56. I am so sorry for your family's loss. rest in peace Rosie. Know you are well loved even by people that knew you only through this blog. I would also like to share this poem with you.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Rainbows Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...

  57. That just stinks. I'm so sorry. xoxo

  58. I am so sorry. The death of a well-loved pet leaves an aching spot in your heart that nothing can really fill. But time does help. Love the poem. Very apt.

  59. A Poem for the Grieving…

    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there, I did not die…

    Rhonda, Hanno and Alice,

    Hoping that you will find peace in all the love and memories of Rosie that you have stored in your hearts. I know that you will all miss her dearly.

    HUGS to the all of you!

  60. Oh Rhonda, I'm so sorry. Poor old Rosie.

  61. I'm glad for Rosie that she had you and Hanno to care for her but sorry for your loss. Take care.

  62. Rhonda and Hanno,

    So sorry to hear of Rosie's passing.


  63. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I'd been thinking of Rosie. What a lovely way to honor her though by burying her there.

  64. Rhonda, my heart goes out to you. It's very hard to say goodbye.

  65. Rhonda,
    What a beatuiful poem I could imagine you and Rosie as I read it.I will be thinking and praying for you Rhonda through this sad time.

  66. So sorry to hear you lost your dear friend. Praying for you and Hanno.

    Blessings, sara

  67. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear Rosie.

  68. Dea Rhonda and Hanno

    My deepest sympathies,
    the death of a four legged friend is always hard to take whatever the circumstances.

    Your poem was lovely and made me think of all my babies that have passed on. Thank you


  69. I am so sorry for your loss. My beloved Border Collie Sara, my constant companion of over 10 years, died in April, so I understand your pain. ((hugs))

  70. So sorry to hear the news about Rosie... What a lovely poem.

    Jodie :)

  71. Hi Rhonda, So sorry to hear your sad news. Rosie was a beautiful dog and so much loved and appreciated by you both. There is a charity shop near to me which collects dog food for the poor animals who are unloved or illtreated and end up in the animal shelter. I will put some food in the box this week in memory of Rosie.
    Best wishes, Eileen.

  72. So sorry to hear about Rosie, but she is in a better place now with no pain. -huge hugs- the poem is beautiful and your post reminded me of my beautiful "cheeky" that I also made the tough decision to end his pain.
    Take care of you
    -more hugs-

  73. I am so sorry to hear that. Thinking of you. It's so hard to lose a pet.


  74. Rhonda Jean, Hanno and Alice,
    I am so very sorry for your loss!
    Please know that you are in my thoughts!
    It's so very hard to lose a member of the family-fur or otherwise...
    The poem you shared was beautiful!
    Gentlest of hugs to you all!

  75. I am so sorry. I remember having our Storm Girl put to sleep last year as my husband held her. I cried for months and just thinking of her makes me cry again.

    Our furry best friends are God's gifts to us, true love in such an upside down world.

    Just getting to know you a wee bit from your blog, I'm sure she had a wonderful life.

  76. Oh I too send my thoughts to you on losing your lovely Rosie...May your heart heal quickly and your memories make you smile forever.

  77. I am so very sorry for your loss. Letting our beloved pets go, when there is nothing further we can do for them, is the final most loving gift we can give them.

  78. By helping Rosie go gently, you have shown how much you loved her. We have been there and felt we had to do the same. Our hearts hurt for you. Judie J

  79. My heart goes out to you as you mourn the loss of Rosie.I too had to have my beloved poodle Annie euthanased because of renal failure.The poem is beautiful and I also burst into tears as I read it.
    Patricia Gold Coast

  80. My heart goes out to you! You lost such a close and dear friend, a very important member of your family, and I am so sorry for your loss!! The poem really touched my heart. Thank you!

  81. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Rosie.

  82. To Rhonda and Hanno

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Rosie.....What a beautiful poem


  83. Rhonda and Hanno,

    Im so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Rosie. I am thinking of you both. XXXX

  84. My heart goes out to you and Hanno and the rest of the furry friends of your homestead. I'm sure everyone will deeply miss her.

  85. So sorry for your loss. We feel your pain and loss. Hold on to the good memories.
    Thinking of you from Mount Airy, NC USA

  86. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  87. I am sorry. I know this is a hard thing to do, but the right thing to do. She is still in your heart and memories. Thinking of you and your family.

  88. Oh, I'm so sorry, Rhonda. She was a good dog.

  89. I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. The picture of her in your post is such a nice one of her. We love our pets very much making it so sad to say goodbye. May you and Hanno take this weekend to rest and talk about the good times you had with Rosie.

  90. Rhonda,

    Thinking of you! The poem is beautiful:)


  91. Peace be with you during this time of grief.

  92. {{{HUGE HUGS}} I'm so very sorry to hear the news :(

  93. Rhonda I'm so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers

  94. Rhonda Jean and Hanno

    I am so sorry for your loss. I understand what you are going through. My Venus and Little Bit died (euthanasia) over the Christmas Holidays. You had kind words for me then. I only wish I knew what to say that would help you feel better. I will be thinking about you as you go through your grief. Take care.


    Myra (Pittsburgh PA)

  95. I am so sorry about Rosie. It's so sad when an old friend passes away. You and Rosie are in my thoughts.

  96. Rhonda Jean and Hanno,
    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  97. Losing a pet like Rosie is so painful. I can sympathize with you on the loss. Thinking of you and Hanno at this time.

  98. A loss is never ever easy; no matter whether it is a human or an animal. You loved Rosie, had a bond with her; you nurtured her with food and love, and she returned the love. The sense of sadness will likely never go away, but the pain will ease with each day, I am sure. You are in my thoughts.

    Please keep writing your wonderful blog, which I so love. Your connection with nature and all living things has brought me such hope over the past months as I, too, experienced some tremendous losses. You are simply wonderful.

  99. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your precious Rosie. She is sick no more and running free with lots of new friends.
    Sending you both a big hug.

  100. I am sorry for your loss of the lovely Rosie. The fur babies are such a huge part of our lives, aren't they? So sorry...

  101. I am so sorry about Rosie. It is so hard to lose a friend. Thinking of you, Hanno and Alice.

    central Illinois

  102. Prayers and furry dog love to all of you from Kansas, from me and my girls.
    Your girl was well loved...as were you.

  103. I'm so sorry for your loss of Rosie. I'm sure she was a sweet dear friend.
    God bless!

  104. My daughter lost her little chinese pug last year. They had only had her 4 months. She had heart problems and they didn't know it. I saw them go through such heartache. I can't imagine what you are going through. I come and vist your blog everyday. I don't always comment but I love your blog. I learn so much. I will pray for you both.

  105. Dear Rhonda, I am so sad for you all. I hope you and Hanno and Alice find comfort in each other. Thinking of you all. Hugs.

  106. I'm sorry to hear about Rosie. I know she meant a lot to you. That is a beautiful poem.

  107. Rhonda,
    Although new to your blog I read this post with a lump in my throat. What a touching poem. Thank you again for all you share and model through your writing.

  108. Rhonda,

    My condolences to you and Hanno. Loving thoughts go out to both of you and Rosie. Rest in peace sweet Rosie.

  109. I'm so sorry to hear about your Rosie. I know it's hard to lose a pet, and my thoughts are with you.

  110. I'm so sorry for your loss. We lost our dog of 15 years only a few short months ago so I can totally sympathise

  111. Hugs to you and Hanno and to Alice too.

    cheers Kate

  112. Oh Rhonda, I was so sad to read your news of Rosie's passing. Big cyber-hugs to you, Hanno and especially Alice, who must equally upset.

    Best wishes, Julie

  113. I am so sorry, Rhonda Jean. Love and hugs, Q

  114. Rhonda,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Thinking of you, Hanno and Alice.

    Take care,

    Rosemary from Oregon, USA

  115. Rhonda and Hanno,

    I'm usually just a lurker on your site, reading everything that is written but not posting much. But I just had to respond to this.

    I just wanted to let you know that I am so sorry for your loss. We have lost several of our pets in the last few years and they are just irreplacable. They are all buried in our backyard with markers. While we only visit their graves occasionally, we think of them on almost a daily basis.

    You'll be in my thoughts this weekend.

  116. So sad to read about Rosie - I had to do the same to a well loved companion late last year. The poem brought a lump to my throat, - sincerely,
    Twan P - Hilton, South Africa

  117. I am so sorry about Rosie. I know how hard it can be...
    I loved the poem! I was so touching!

  118. Rhonda and Hanno,
    what a wonderful life Rosie had with you both, I know just how much our loved pets are missed
    Love and Hugs Lorraine

  119. I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. It is so hard to lose a dear pet who not only gave companionship, but unconditional love. As always, thanks for sharing.

    Blessing to you,

  120. Rhonda:

    I'm sorry to hear of Rosie. Those kinds of decisions we make for our pets are very hard to make. I still remember vividly the day I took my two oldest dogs to the vets for euthanasia. It broke my heart then and still gives me the glooms when I think about it too much. But then I remember the good times we all had and the fact they were such great dogs.

    I also know that they are safe, well and at peace wherever they are!

    ((hugs)) to you and Hanno and Alice.

  121. Poor Alice whos lost her play mate and sorry to you Rhonda and Hanno who lost your little one.

    Hugs from Down under

  122. I am so very sorry for you both.
    We had a similar experience a few years back with our dear dog Daisy- we had her longer than our children at that stage- and her loss was huge.
    Rosie had a lovely life & you all enjoyed each other.take care

  123. my heart goes out to you and hanno,
    sorry for your lost

  124. I'm so, so sorry about your loss. Only people who have given their hearts to their dogs can understand your grief. I love the poem and will keep it with others that have helped me when I've had to help ease one of my dogs into a better place. Run with wind, Rosie!!

  125. Oh Rhonda, I'm so sorry :(


  126. I'm so sorry to read this Rhonda, I'll be thinking of you and Hanno.

  127. So sorry to hear about Rosie. We lost our cat to heart failure - it's hard to watch them suffer and sometimes to let them go is the kindest thing.
    Thinking of you.

  128. Hi Rhonda & Hanno,

    I never know what to say in times like this but I am thinking of you. And sending you {{{{hugs}}}}

  129. My thoughts are with you and Hanno.

    Having pets is a double edged sword, they give you so much pleasure but you also have your duty of care for them and that includes making sure they don't suffer. It's such an overwhelming feeling having to make that final decision but in your heart you know when it is right.

    My love to you all

  130. I'm so sorry for your loss Rhonda,

    RIP Rosie


  131. So sad to read about Rosie, what a beautiful dog. Am thinking of you. Hope Alice will be okay.

  132. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that, Rhonda. Godspeed, Rosie. :-( It's so hard when an animal you've had with you for so long dies. Even though it's usually a short time for us humans, it was a lifetime for the animal.

    Christine from the NL

  133. I am sorry to hear about your loss.
    Sonja from Margaret River WA

  134. You are in our thoughts and prayers

    It was the right decision for Rosie but painful none the less.
    Never doubt your decision and always remember her in your hearts.


  135. Am so sorry for your loss R + H. RIP gorgeous Rosie.

  136. Sorry to hear about Rosie, the poem is such a lovely tribute to her. Take care.

  137. Dear Rhonda Jean and Hanno. I was so very sorry to hear about Rosie's death, my thoughts and prayers are with you today.

    That is a lovely photograph you posted of Rosie, you can truely see her soul in her eyes.

    Thank you also for the poem, it is so touching and made me cry. I shall copy and keep it somewhere safe!

    Love and Light

    Sheryl xx

  138. I am so sorry that Rosie has passed away
    my heart goes out to Hanno and you xxx

  139. Rhonda, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news and thinking of yourself and Hanno. I can imagine what you are both feeling, its a hard decision to make but you did what's best for Rosie.

    I've made a little scrap-page of Rosie - if you email me at zalia2003 at yahoo dot co dot uk I will let you have the photobucket account details so you can see it and download it. Roz xx

  140. Oh I'm so sorry for your loss. Rosie must have been a very special part of the family - she looks absoultely beautiful in the picture, and that poem beautifully encapsulates the wonderful bond that can be formed with dogs. Best wishes to you all.

  141. Rhonda and Hanno,

    So sorry to hear that you have lost your beloved dog Rosie. Thinking of you all.

    Brenda in Scotland

  142. Your beautiful Rosie is gone, but she will always live on in your hearts. May you all find comfort in the special memories you hold dear.

  143. I am so sorry about your Rossie. My precious black lab died in April of kidney failure. Even though we have adopted two more dogs, we still miss her like crazy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  144. Hanno & Rhonda,
    I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Rosie. I've been keeping up with your posts about her and had hoped she would get better.
    Please know you're both in my prayers and I'm sending hugs your way.
    Take care.

  145. I'm so sorry. Poor little Rosie. You made the right decision though and she's no longer in pain. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Big hug to you and Hanno xxx

  146. Rhonda & Hanno,
    So sorry to hear about Rosie. It's a heartbreaking decision to make & I know that you will miss her. Remember all the good times you had together. Please give Alice a big cuddle from me.

    Hereford uk

  147. Rhonda,
    I am so sorry, about your loss. My heart so goes out to you. we also had a Rosie (the sweetest pit bull, you ever would meet. We lost her to breast cancer, 5 years ago. My daughter and I were there with her, when she took her last breath.

    They truly leave paw prints on our hearts.

  148. Dear Rhonda & Hanno,

    My deepest condolences for your loss.
    We buried our springer spaniel under our rose bush last year. These furry creatures give so much love that the loss of them is tangible.

    May you have comfort in knowing so many care.


  149. I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. It is very sad when a wonderful four legged friend leaves us. They become so much a part of our lives.

    Thinking of you both.

    Jenlala from Virginia

  150. Rhonda and Hanno, my deepest sympathies to you at this time.

    Much love and healing to you all, and safe journey sweet Rosie.

    Amanda xxx

  151. I've never posted before, but I was so crushed when I read the news that I had to send my best wishes. I'm so sorry. Poor girl; I can tell she had a good life from your stories and pictures.

    My husband makes fun of me because I referred to my dog in the present tense for at least five years after she died. I just couldn't bring myself to say, "She was a good dog," because to me she still is. She's a good dog, and so is Rosie.

  152. I hope this will bring you as much comfort as it has brought me.

    A Dog's Prayer

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

    And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

  153. I'm so sorry for your loss.


  154. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss.



  155. Oh Rhonda Jean and Hanno, so sorry to hear this news! Peace to you...

  156. My heart goes out to you....it is sooo hard losing pets that share our lives in so many ways. I immediately went out and gave my 12 year old dog some loving....My prayers are with you both. Valerie, Missouri, USA

  157. I'm sorry for your loss, Rhonda Jean. May Rosie rest in peace. :(

  158. A hug for you, Hanno and all the rest from California.


  159. So sorry to hear this sad news. I know you're hurting, but the choice was the right one, and you'll meet again one day.

    What a sweetie she was!

  160. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about poor Rosie. It's so hard to say goodbye to dogs. It's plain to see, though, that she had a wonderful life with you and Hanno!

  161. Our pets become our friends and a part of our family. Their love and companionship touches our hearts forever. I remember too well how hard it was to lose my canine friend. Sending you a big {{{hug}}} from the other wide of the world.


  162. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have a dog that I've had for 14 years who has kidney problems too and I know that it will be very painful when her time comes. They are such a part of our lives. Take comfort in all the joy she has brought you.

  163. I am so sorry to hear abut Rosie...we hd to put one of our dear dogs down and it just broke my heart. My prayers are with you and Hanno.


  164. Rhonda, Two years ago I lost my Gracie of 16 years. It was a difficult thing to put her to sleep - she went in much the same way. But she is still with me. I remember her often, as she was with me through good times and bad, through all sorts of phases, homes, cities even. Rosie will still be with you.

  165. I don't often comment here, but I always read. My heart breaks for you and Hanno. One can see the soul in Rosie's eyes in that picture. I know she will leave a void in your little family. I will pray for comfort for you both.

  166. I am so sorry to hear about your Rosie. Last year our lovely Lady passed away. We had had her 13 years and it was so hard on our family. I pray Hanno and yourself will have fond memories of her.

  167. Rhonda and Hanno, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs to you.

  168. I'm so sorry for your loss xxx

  169. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. A faithful dog is a good friend. Gen--IL Homesteader

  170. My condolences to you and Hanno for your Rosie.

    May God comfort you.


  171. Rhonda and Hanno,

    I was so sorry to read about Rosie, but I am sure you know you did the best thing for her.....you will all miss her so much. I will always remember how I felt when I had to have my beloved Clemmie put to sleep.....I sat and cried for days.....

    Take care both of you....

  172. so sorry for your loss. thinking of you

  173. I love visiting your blog and am so sorry to hear the sad news about Rosie. It's hard to lose such a good friend. You and yours will be in our prayers today.

  174. I was so sad to see this when I came to your site. We love our pets too and would just be devastated.

  175. my deepest sympathies to you both, rhonda and hanno. may rosie rest peacefully now.

  176. Dear Rhonda, how heartbreaking...I hope you will find comfort in the many fond memories you must have.

  177. God bless you and Hanno for doing what was best for Rosie. Rosie would thank you if she could. You took wonderful care of her and you will reunited with her again someday. -- Donna Giles

  178. Dear Rhonda and Hanno, I was so very sad to hear the news about Rosie, I believe that she will always be with you in spirit, this poem helped me when we lost Anna our lovable springer 4 years ago. (((hugs)))

    I Stood By Your Bed

    I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep
    I whined to you softly As you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
    I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, Your hands reached down to me.
    I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
    I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, That I'm not lying there.
    I walked with you towards the house, As you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me"
    You looked so very tired, And sank into a chair, I tried so hard to let you know, That I was standing there.
    It's possible for me, To be so near you every day. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
    You sat there very quietly, Then smiled, I think you knew… In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
    And 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.

  179. My thoughts are with you. My own dog is getting on now and I dread the day... it's an awful decision to have to make but an awfully important one too.

    Sharon J (with tears running down my cheeks)

  180. Hello Rhonda and Hanno :)
    It breaks your heart - so sorry

  181. Oh Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear about Rosie! I know she meant so much to you. Lots of hugs to you!


  182. I'm so sorry to hear about Rosie. I know how i would be feeling if we lost our beloved Jess. I hope she's in a place now where the grass is thick and soft, there's plenty of biscuits, sticks and balls to play with, all the treats she likes, and lots and lots of cuddles.



  183. Rhonda, You and Hanno are in my thoughts and prayers. I was sorry to hear about Rosie. She is beautiful. Karen (USA)

  184. I am so sorry about Rosie, thinking of you all,

    Gill from Canada

  185. All our love to you, Hanno, and Alice. It is hard to lose a family member, and a very hard choice to make. Rosie was very loved.


  186. I am so sorry, Rhonda. We had Airedales when I was growing up - I still remember saying goodbye to our Zelda when her time came - what a sad day.
    Thinking of You,
    Kate in NY

  187. I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. You and Hanno are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lisa in North Carolina

  188. Rhonda and Hanno,
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I feel your pain. There is nothing like loosing a loved one. Just remember only the body is missing, not the spirit. I shed tears forever after I read this post and all the comments. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    take care,

  189. Oh Rhonda and Hanno, I'm so sorry about Rosie, what a faithful companion she's been. (((HUGS))) The poem was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful tribute to a loyal friend. Alice is going to need some extra hugs and she has the perfect home for being spoiled a tad. Thinking of you all, Heather

  190. I'm so sorry. Rosie was such a beautiful member of the family - I know you must miss her terribly.

  191. I am so sorry for your loss. Be embraced. Peace be with you dear Rhonda.

  192. Dear Rhonda & family

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Rosie will live on in your memories forever. She is now pain free and at peace.

    Thinking of you all that this terrible time.

    Luv Rachael

  193. My deepest condolences on the loss of your Rosie. She is a doll...and I know you'll miss her. Your blog is one of my favorites and I learn so much every time I pop in...thank you.

  194. Dear Rhonda I'm sorry for your loss. Someone once told me that the purpose of our grief is the awareness of gratitude in that which we have "lost". It helped somehow.

  195. So sorry to hear about your Rosie. I'm sure she will be greatly missed. It looks like she had a wonderful life and you were the perfect loving family for her.


  196. I know she wasn't 'like family', she 'was family'. Thinking of you and sending love.....


  197. I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. Sending Big HUgs to you and Hanno,


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