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Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm sorry

To all my friends I am terribly sorry that I've not been around. It has been an awful week and half.

My husband and I have been helping my SIL. Her dogs both came down with ailments that needed attention from a vet. Yesterday was the last day of my husbands vacation and we were planning a quick trip out to her house to help out and basically take it easy because we were tired from the running back and forth.

I was woke up about 5:00am by my dog Ginger. I thought it was her wanting to go out and I thought I heard her bust thru the gate we put up at night. If we don't put up the gate she climbs the stairs which is not good for her arthritis.

It was Ginger, not coming thru the gate, but bumping into it. I moved it because I thought she had to go... She stumbled and could not get up and was panting like she was in a panic. By this time the whole house was up and down there. My poor Ginger died in my arms yesterday morning. She was my best friend, my confidant, my baby.
Now I know that you have to be a dog lover to understand, but I am really going thru a tough time right now. Please be patient with me. There are obligations I have to some of you, and please don't worry. I will be there. I just need some time right now to myself, to mourn. Ginger has been a part of my life for almost 9 years. She was the center of the family. Always under my feet, following me from room to room. She is the reason why I drove out here from California instead of hopping on a plane. 2500 miles under her belt and she still went crazy when you took her for a ride - she loved it!
With her just passing, it's almost as I feel I don't know what to do. Each day is a routine. I get up in the morning to get my hubby off to work and we go thru the routine together. Amazing as it may sound I think the dog was almost human. For those of you who know me personally you know how she is when her Daddy comes home. It's almost like she can tell time. She gets so excited to see him running back & forth from window to door til he pulls in the driveway. She is going to be missed terribly.

Thank you everyone for understanding. I will try to be back very soon.



Cheryl said...

Oh my Joani, I have tears streaming down my cheeks reading your post. I just went thru this about 2 weeks ago and it is just too fresh in my heart. I don't have a day that I don't break down, so you take you time and grieve. I wish I were there to grieve with you. Sometimes I feel that a hug would help so much, but most people don't understand what it is like. This has not been our year--my FIL passed in March, my dad in Sept., Abby in Oct. and now Jerry has lost his job last week. 2009 HAS to be better. So, I guess what I am saying is that I understand your pain and go ahead and take all the time you need. I am so sorry.
Hugs to you.

Carmen O. said...

Oh Joani, I'm so sorry for your loss. I grew up with dogs and I know how difficult it is when they pass. Hugs to you and take your time getting back, we'll be here :). Hugs,

Betty said...

I am so sorry for your family as I personally have seen you all with Ginger. Here is a poem for you...
Love, Betty

Heaven's Doggy Door

My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms,
Were of his younger puppy years,
And Oh...his many charms.

Today there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart that's filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a doggy door!"

Author Unknown

Nicola said...

Oh, Joani,

I cannot even begin to imagine what your going through. I do know however that if it happened to me I would feel exactly the same. My little kitties are my world. I would be lost without them. I send you lots of love and hugs your way. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Melissa Galban said...

So sorry for you lose! I too am a dog lover/owner and just know how you feel, they do become part of the family. Take care.

Melissa Galban
Angel #2958

Shellie G. said...

So sorry for your loss! Over the years we have lost a couple of beloved pets (2 dogs and a cat) and it's always so very hard. My heart goes out to you. I wish you peace.

kssdesigns said...

Oh Joani

My heart goes out to you. Someone once told me, "take time to grieve." It couldn't be more true. I hope you find peace in the coming months.


Barb said...

Joani, I'm so very sorry for your loss of Ginger. When they wrap their paws around our hearts it's forever & they become a part of us. Take good care of you.
Gentle Hugs, Barb

Mary Beth said...

Oh Joani, I hope what I'm typing comes out friend my friend cause I can't see right now for tears streaming down my face. I am so,so very sorry for your loose:) Huge hugs to all of you. Cherish the memories, and never let anyone tell you Ginger was "just a pet". Love, Mary Beth

Kim Baker, Sanford, NC said...

Joani - I am so very sorry for you loss. Pets are so precious and truly Gods way of putting that calm in our very busy lives. My heart goes out to you and lots of hugs.

Bobbie said...

Joani...I too know how you feel. we have lost a few pets also. My heart is breaking for you and the rest of the family. I an so sorry and if it is OK I will add you to my prayers.
Angel Hugs...Bobbie

Argyle Cats said...
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Argyle Cats said...

Sorry to hear about your loss, I know it is not easy. You are in my thoughts!

Julie Temple said...

Joani, my heart goes out to you and your family! I DO understand, and you take all the time you need. I have all of you in my thoughts...


P.S. The poem Betty left was GORGEOUS...and OH, so true~!

renee said...

Joani, aww my heart goes out to you, we have 3 dogs in our family too and thats just what they are family! Take the time you need and know that your in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this trial. blessings to you and your family
~big hugs~~ Renee

Anonymous said...

Hi My name is Silvia I don't have a blog but I came across your Blog while looking at the scrap jazz page. I just wanted to tell you that I am so Sorry for your Loss. You are so right to say that Our pets become a part or our everyday lives. They are loved and cared for like a member of our family. I wish you strength in the upcomming weeks. Your Ginger was a very beautiful dog.

AngelRenee said...

Joani I am so sorry to hear of Ginger's passing.. I understand how you feel.. My day is coming soon with my oldest Gizmo and I dread the day.

It is so wonderful that you enjoyed her and loved her so much.. Some people have a dog and it's just a pet not a member of the family..

Hugs, Renee

kellyrae said...

Oh Joani, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Mere words cannot ease the heart ache but know that cyber hugs and prayers are speeding your way.

Nancy B. aka Jean said...

Pet's play important part in our lives. They are there for us when we need them. And under our feet when we don't.
I'm so Sorry to hear about Ginger your Best friend. I know she will be missed by you very very much.

Remember all the good things about her.

Take care!! Please if there is anything I can do. Please let me know.
But for now I will say a little prayer for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I do not know you (I have been checking out your blog for about a month now); but I know how you feel, devastated to say the least. Please know that prayers are coming your way to hopefully ease your pain. My husband and I (both in our early 50s) have no 2-legged children but we have two beautiful 4-legged children who we absolutely adore. We have Buster, a beagle 8 years old and Toby, a sheltie 3 years old. Hopefully, you can have peace knowing that Ginger is in a better place.

Sheryl G.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss... we have been through the same thing. They are forever missed. Take your time to mourn. . . We'll be patiently waiting for your return and your wonderful creations!! Take care!!

Barb said...

Oh, Joani... I am so sorry for your loss.

renee said...

joani, just want you to know your still in our thoughts and prayers and hope your feeling a bit better day by day. big hugs~ Renee

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Oh Joani, my heart just breaks for you. I am so sorry to hear about Ginger. I know how you feel. It's the worst feeling. I'm sending you big hugs and lots of love. Hang in there Darlin' OXO mel

Gabby said...

OH heart is hurting right now and I am in tears. Being a dog lover and also having lost a dog we had for many years...I know how you are feeling. Big hugs to you and know that even though I am not around...I am there with you in spirit. I know it's no comfort...but at least now Ginger isn't suffering from the arthritis and is running in doggy heaven. BIG BIG HUGS JOANI!

Toni said...

Oh Joani, I am sooo terrribly sorry to hear about your baby! I can't imagine what you must be going thru. I never understood how people got so attached to a dog until I became a dog parent. So my thoughts are with you during this difficult time and if you need anything let me know :)