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On the Loss of a beloved family pet

Growing up I always wanted a dog, but my parents did not believe in house pets. After a short time of caring for a lost Pomeranian that had been abandoned in our yard and later found by the owners, Lynne and I believed it was time to adopt our own puppy. We traveled to Arkansas City, KS to a Pomeranian breeder and it was love at first sight with Rosie. She came home in Lynne’s arms and has been a gentle, loving caring family pet for nearly eight years. She absolutely loved our three sons and they unreservedly loved her, regularly fighting over whose bed she would be sleeping on each night.
We usually let her out our front door to do her business at night before bed. Two nights ago, less than ten feet from our front door she was viciously attacked and killed by two roaming dogs (one a pit bull mix) as witnessed by my oldest son. We had her funeral last night and buried her in the back yard. We will miss you Rosie.

It was love at first sight
Rosie’s curly tail
She was a playful and lively pup
Rosie’s constant smile
A close companion on many a hike
Rosie’s pleasant kiss
A brave one family defender
Rosie’s shed fur
A terrific gentle mother of four
A Pomeranian like no other
In our hearts you will always be.
Maybe we shall meet again on the New Earth?

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December 3, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

6 Comments »

  1. Oh, Adel and Family! I’m so sorry to hear about your little dog. What a terrible thing for Abraham to witness, and for your family to bear. We have a little dog and a big dog now, and they are my constant companions as I work at home. I can’t imagine something like that happening to one of them, but do know that God provides us comfort whenever one of our friends leaves us. We’ll be praying for all of you.

    Comment by Kate Eaton | December 4, 2008

  2. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful note Kate. Rosie was such a comforting and loving blessing and I am very grateful for the 7+ years she had with our family.

    It sounds like your dogs are that same kind of blessing.

    We miss you and Mark and Molly.

    In Him,
    Adel

    Comment by Adel | December 4, 2008

  3. I’m sorry for your family. It’s hard to loose a family pet. While it’s hard sometimes these losses are teaching time for our kids. Blessings to you all. Sz

    Comment by Suzanne | December 5, 2008

  4. Thank you Suzanne. This has been a difficult, yet important time for the kids.

    Comment by Adel | December 5, 2008

  5. Dear Lynne & Adel,
    I am so sorry to hear of your families great loss. I know what an emptiness the loss of a beloved family pet leaves in your heart, your gut and even your house. I have lost 3 boxers to old age and one cat by a dog attack. All are devastating, but the dog attack on our poor kitty Scruffy haunts me daily. That Scruffy had to leave us that way, right in front of my eyes and my daughters too, it has left me scarred by the viciousness of the attack.
    Whether it be to old age (one of my boys went to rainbow bridge at 13 yrs old, but it still is not long enough) or before their time the emptiness we’re left with in our heart remains in us forever. The thought and comfort the rainbow bridge poem offers is a beautiful concept. The poem allowed me to release my grief to cry & sob. Every time I see the poem along with the music I see my beautiful boxers, Striker, Hershey, King and my Scruffy kitty..
    Warm hugs to you both and the boys,
    Love,
    Yvette

    http://www.indigo.org/rainbow/

    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…

    Comment by Yvette Young | December 8, 2008

  6. Thank you Yvette for your very thoughtful and caring note. We miss you guys.

    Please send our love to Andrew, Vanessa and Russell.

    In Him,
    Adel

    Comment by Adel | December 8, 2008


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