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Susan -homedecsewing | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi friends, I’m sure many of you are animal lovers as am I , so I feel I can share this with you.My husband and I lost our beloved pets , Stinker Kitty 17 years old 2 weeks ago,and now my sweet 11 year old girl Katie an amazing rottweiler who graced me with her company,so diligently watching over us all these many years.It is the most excruciating sorrow I can remember, I wonder if I’ll ever be ok without them ?I just need to pay tribute to these extraordinary creatures.And I’m pretty sure I have some friends here who may care. Thanks, Susan

Edited 3/17/2007 8:19 am ET by Susan -homedecsewing


  1. cynthia2 | | #1

    Dear Susan,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved pets.  Please accept my sincere condolences.  Over the years my husband and I have lost one cat (18 years) and two dogs (11 and 13).  It's a terrible sadness to go through, but it's worth it for the love they bring into our lives.  Cynthia

  2. jatman | | #2


    I'm so sorry for your loss.   I just recently lost one of my cats who I'd had for over 12 years, so, I can all too easily imagine your pain.  Hang in there.  There are a few websites that might help you - petloss.com is a good one and they even have a chat room where there is almost always someone to talk to, and yahoo groups has a pet loss group, too.

    God bless your little ones - you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. samsmomma | | #3

    Susan, I'm sorry for the loss of your loved ones. We've lost several beloved pets over the 31 yrs of our marriage, and it is hard for anyone without pets to understand the big hole in your life when your daily companions are no longer there...  pets love us and accept us as no other person does, and we really feel that loss. The suggestion of contacting petloss is a good one. It will help you to ease the sadness. Best wishes,

  4. jane4878 | | #4

    Dear Susan,

    My condolences--how sad to lose both of them so close together.  I love animals and  know the pain of losing them.  My last was a lovely German Shepherd, who went far too early at 9.  5 years later I finally felt it was time for a new puppy (a poodle).  The love they bring to our lives is irreplaceable.  They live forever in our hearts though.


  5. Betakin | | #5

    My heart goes out to you. I have lost pets in the past but I now have a 15 y. o. little dog that I don't know how I will ever handle it should I lose her. I have tried to prepare, but I cannot even think about it. I feel your sorrow.

  6. solosmocker | | #6

    Susan, I am also so sorry for your loss. Pets live with us and love us unconditionally for years. How can one not feel a great loss? I have been where you are and it is difficult. I never thought the loss of a pet would ever affect me so. Take care.

  7. jacksgranna | | #7

    Susan,   As Solosmocker said, you just don't realize how difficult it is until you have to go through it.  I'm am so sorry.  I lost my springer spaniel several years ago and I remember thinking I was hearing her in the house and even outside, or coming home and she was not at the door with tags jingling.  A few months went by and my daughter and son-in-law wanted to go to the humane society because they wanted to look at dogs for themselves.  I so did not want to go there!!!  But, they were driving the car, and we ended up there.  They didn't find a dog, but surprisingly, I did.  We love our new poodle/terrier mix just as much as our springer.  Even though I felt I was not ready, he filled a hole in our hearts.  I'm wishing that for you as well, sometime down the road.   Sue



    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #8

      Thank you for your good wishes, Susan

      1. SewistKitty | | #9

        Susan, as I was reading your sad news about your recent family losses I started to tear up. I have a 13 1/2 year old poodle who is an integral part of my family. I can not imagine losing her as you have lost your dear ones. Mourn as long as you need to.

  8. user-51823 | | #10

    dear susan- i am sorry to hear about your loss. a few years ago i had to have my 18 yr old cat ann put to sleep, she was suffering. it is a hard thing to do, but easier when you know they will be at peace. ann's mom jumped into my lap as she went into labor, and had ann and her whole litter there in my lap. and that is where ann died 18 yrs later; the vet agreed to come to my house.
    there is a website called "rainbow bridge", it is an open tribute to pets in heaven. it will make you cry, but crying is a good thning at a time like this and Rainbow Bridge is a lovely way to share your grief.

    sorrow ends, but love lasts forever."...lost in an orchestral maelstrom of lunacy..."

    Edited 3/19/2007 5:02 am ET by msm-s

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    blondie2sew | | #11

    Sending you big hugs for your loss!! I can't even begin to say anything to make it better at this point!. After reading so many of us here I am so pleased to think wow even over the miles we all come together.

    I would love to give you a thought that maybe it might be healing for you!!

    I call it a Healing Blanket. Take some of those wonderful printable cotton fabric. Print out some great pics of your wonderful babies you just lost, onto that fabric. Then take some other things you may have of theirs like sweaters?, a certain blanket. Anything that is of a fabric nature. Then with your serger use your flatlock stitch to put your panels together..every other one a pic and then a remembrance item. blanket etc. Of course cut them into blocks! Use some wonderful fun variegated thread for your flatlock stitch...this will add some wonderful dimension to your blanket..then of course pick out some material for the back..something to remind you of your babies...make it cotton then you can really use it!! I put it together with of course batting. I even sometimes just use a rolled hem on my serger as well!! or you can bind it! But make it big enough so you and your honey can use it for picnics and such!!

    This will be a wonderful healing time as you make it and many tears will be shed as your in production but that is ok!! You will smile and laugh and remember and then as you and your honey have a wonderful picnics together they will still be with you always!! Remember it will get easier in time but you will never get over it!! And that is ok!!

    Holding you tight

  10. Alice in Atlanta | | #12

    Dear Susan,  thank you for sharing your loss with us, we know how heart wrenching these losses can be.  I know your heart is breaking and there are no words to give comfort only the words, "I'm sorry."  In my family we love all animals and when my daughter's dobbie and silver point siamese died within 6 mos. of each other she had each cremated.  She always said she wanted to have them buried with her when it was her time to go.  Little did I ever imagine it would be only 4 years later.  We made sure they were in the casket with her.  We love all of our kids, two or four legged.


  11. ccf | | #13

    Dear Susan,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat and your rottweiler. You were blessed with many years of their companionship...I hope you can be comforted by your many happy memories of them and also of thoughts of them playing with friends across the Rainbow Bridge (this website with the RB poem has images...one of a rottie and several cats...http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html )

    I feel the pain of your loss, having lost a 12.5 yo standard manchester terrier in January 2007 and another at 14.5 yo in 2004. I thought it would take me much longer to be ready for another dog, but the hole they left in my life was too big. I'm incredibly lucky that I've found two adult manchesters who will be joining my family in a week. They won't replace my beloved Timmy and Willa, but they will be new and welcome additions to the family.

    I feel the pain of your loss and hope that you are comforted by your many happy memories.

    Collette and @ RB Timmy and Willa, standard Manchester Terriers

    Edited 3/23/2007 6:25 pm ET by ccf

    1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #14

      Thanks to all for your kind words and wishes, I wanted to tell all that we are getting a new rotty tomorrow from the Guardian Angel Rottweiler rescue . Thru our sadness we realized that we should open our home to a sweet dog that really needs us. I think it may be the only way to fill this hole in our lives. Thanks again , Susan

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