Memorial created 05-16-2010 by
Gretel, June 1999-May 15, 2010
My Special Princess
Don't grieve too long, for now I'm free.
I've followed the path God has set for me.
I ran to Him when I heard His Call.
I swished my tail and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To bark, to love, to romp or play.
Games left unplanned must stay that way.
I found such peace, it made my day.
My parting has left you with a void.
Please fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, you've given so much,
Your time, your love and gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your head and share with me,
God wanted me, He set me free!
Well, my bestest girl, I saw Sandy today and she said she was sorry you were gone. Then she reminded me of when we all first moved into The Ridge. Alex, her boy, was only around 1. They used to walk by and visit with the 2 of us. Alex would always tell you to "glute", you'd sit as asked and then Alex would sit. It was so cute! He always loved you so much. I bet when Sandy tells him that you have passed over the Rainbow Bridge, that he is going to be sad :-( There were a few tears today but I'm feeling a little better. It's just so hard my sweetest girl. Sissy misses you, Kenny misses you and of course, Dad really misses you. He doesn't say much but I can see it in his eyes. Tomorrow is the 3rd week anniversary since your passing. Take care my Pup Pup Girl. I love and miss you something fierce.
My Camera Shy Pup Pup
I was standing on a hillside in a field pf blowing wheat
and the spirit of a Doberman was lying at my feet.
She looked at me with kind dark eyes
And ancient wisdom shinning through
And in the essence of her being I saw love there too.
Her mind did lock upon my heart
As I stood there on that day
And she told me of this story
about a place so far away.
I stood upon that hillside
In a field of blowing wheat
And in a twinkling of a second
Her spirit left my feet
Her tale did put my heart at ease
My fears did fade away
About what lay ahead of me
On another distant day.
I live among God’s creatures now
In the heavens of your mind
So do not grieve for me, my friend
As I am with my kind.
My collar is a rainbow’s hue
My leash a shooting star
My boundaries are the Milky Way
Where I sparkle from afar.
There are no pens or kennels here
For I am not confined
But free to roam God’s heavens
Among the Dobie kind
I nap the day on a snowy cloud
Gentle breezes rocking me
And dream the dreams of earthlings
And how it used to be
The trees are full of liver treats
And tennis balls abound
And milkbones line the walkways
Just waiting to be found
There even is a ring set up
The grass all lush and green
Where even Rescue Dobermans
Become the Best of the Breed.
For we’re from waters laced with gold
My world a beauty to behold
And wise old dogs do form my pride
To amble at my very side.
At night I sleep in an angel’s arms
Her wings protecting me
And moonbeams dance about us
As stardust falls on thee.
So when your life on earth is spent
And you stand at Heaven’s gate
Please Have no fear of loneliness
For here, you know I wait.
Love Within My Eyes
I've been blessed with many things
The best of all is you,
A friend unlike all others,
With a Love so strong and true.
As the days go slowly by
I'll watch you from above
Guiding with a gentle paw
And never ending love.
When you need to feel me near
Look to the starry sky
For the twinkle that is brightest
Is the love within my eyes.
~ by Terri Onorato ~
I wish I had more pictures of you Gretsky. You were so very camera shy. when I'd try, you'd turn and run. But the pictures in my mind are so very real. The tears still fall daily, but usually in private. I don't want people to think that I'm a baby! Dozer went searching for you again yesterday. When he does that, it hurts that much more. I'm hoping that soon, he'll finally realize that you won't be coming back.
Watch over me my "heart dog". You were a one in a million friend. My love for you will never fade.
I am going to work on your memorial up on the land this weekend. I really need to do this for you, though some may feel it's silly. You deserve to have a spot and the area I've picked is one that you used to roam on. It's right near the barn and behind the trailers so even when we finally build and move up there, you will be so very close. I may even move the memorial after we build. I'll see. But then again, that was your area so...Love you my bestest girl!
One Month Angelversary
Well, my Gretsky Girl, you've been gone from me for one month to almost the minute. Where did this past month go? I have yet to lay you to rest, as the spot I wanted just isn't right. Too much stuff that has to be cleared and I'm not sure it was right any way. Dad and I looked over the weekend but decided to wait for a bit longer. I have another spot picked out, so we shall see. I think that Dozer has finally realized that you won't be returning to us. He doesn't whine like he did before, nor does he go looking quite as often when he's given his special treat. This site has made your passing so much easier for me. There are many people here who know how I feel and are so good about comforting me. It still hurts like crazy that you are gone. I made your memorial stone over the weekend and cried while I was doing it. Poor Dad, he just had to sit and watch me. He hurts too for his special Girl. Sissy is washing all of your bedding so that your smell won't remind Dozer. I think that's a good idea, but I used to just sniff your blankie. I have another that I put away, it still has your smells on it. I had the carpet cleaned to day, so another reminder that you aren't here.
I miss you so much my Pup Pup Girl. You were my very special one and although I love the Dozer, he's not you! You two have such different personalities, both fun and unique but I miss your quietness. You were always there but never hardly made a fuss or was overly rambunctious. I have to remember though that he is still a puppy, albeit a very LARGE puppy! You are my very special Girl and I love and miss you something terrible my Gretsky!
The Bestest Girl-EVER!!!
Month 1 and 1 Day
If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
(I borrowed this off of Winky's site, I hope they don't mind but it was so fitting for you Gretel GIrl!)
When tomorrow starts without me, And I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry The way you did today.
I know how much you love me, As much as I love you, And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, And took me by the hand, And said my place was ready, In heaven far above, And that I'd have to leave behind All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, A tear fell from my eye, I had so much to live for, So much yet to do, It seemed almost impossible, That I was leaving you. I thought of all the love we shared, And all the fun we had. In all the years we spent together, We were never sad.
If I could relive yesterday, Just even for awhile, I'd give you my paw and kiss you And I know I'd see you smile. But then I fully realized, That this could never be, For emptiness and memories, Would take the place of me.
When I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. Tremendous love surrounded me. I knew I'd never be alone. When God looked down and smiled at me, He said "This is eternity, And all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past, But here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, But today will always last, And since each day's the same day There's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, So trusting and so true. I promise, you, that one day Those you had to leave behind, Will one day join you too."
So when tomorrow starts without me, Don't think we're far apart, For every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.
My precious girl, the past 3 days have been so very hard for me. I miss you so very much and want you back with me. Your sweet soft face is so missed. I still have a hard time believing that you are gone. It's so hard Gretty, I hope that you always knew that I loved you! You were one of the very best things in my life and next to Dad, the VERY BEST!! Which is why I always called you my Bestest Girl! Life is just not the same right now without you. It's so tough, so very, very tough. We are going back up North this weekend. I don't know if I'll get your ashes buried then or not. I'm not sure I want or can do that yet. You sit right next to the bed on my table in the trailer. Your collar is attached to the little container. Oh Gret, I miss you my Bestest Girl! Life just seems so empty right now without you. Only my Critter's family knows how much I miss you, I don't even talk to Dad about it. He hurts for you too and I don't want to bring it up with him, as I know how he feels. I just keep it all inside, except to write to you here, when I can. Dozer is doing better. I know he misses you though. You were like his second Mom except that he drove you nuts! Take care my sweet Angel Dog. God will decide when we are to be together again but until then, love on my Dad for me, give Gus, Annie and the rest of the Marshall "fur babies" puppy kisses for me. I know you were never big on that, but do it for me. I love you big girl! Mom
One month and 8 days
Well my darling Gretsky, I missing you today as if you had just left me yesterday. The pain is still so very raw. When I am alone and thinking of you, the tears just fall. I found a picture of you over the weekend that was on the camera that I didn't know that I had. It was taken just 4 days before you left me. I haven't downloaded it yet, I'm almost afraid to. We went up to the land last weekend but I still haven't put you to rest in your "place". That's because I can't seem to find the right place right now. It's just so hard without you my baby girl. You were my life, my companion, my friend, my confidant. I love you and when I think of the one time I got angry with you, I am so hurt! You never did any thing to me and yet that one time, I was upset and took it out on you. No, I didn't hit you or any thing like that but I was not nice to you and that memory haunts me right now. Oh Gretty, I'm so sorry my Pup Pup Girl. You were my life for 11 years. My child. I miss you so much right now and can't stop the tears as I'm writing this. I know that God and you are keeping watch over me. Thank you Gretty for 11 wonderful years of friendship, companionship and just for always being there for me.
One month and 12 days
Well Big GIrl, we are heading back up north on Friday. It still seems weird that you won't be going with me. Another thing, I'm getting a new car this week. It's going to be hard to let go of the old R-2, as I've had it longer than I had you. It was your car. You loved to go for rides in the 4 Runner. You and I had some good times in it. Trips up north, trips to FL when we lived in GA. I told Sis the other day that it was your car and I shed some tears over that. Most people would be thrilled to get a new car but I see it as just one more piece of you going. I gave your air bed to the "Boys". I knew they could use it as they are getting up there as well. Lukie is having a hard time lately. He doesn't want to play ball any more and just lays around. That makes me very sad. Obi is getting such white chops too. I think that Rocky misses you and the times you had running up and down the fence line with him. You two were so funny and had a good time doing that. You were my Bestest Girl, Gretel and I miss you.
Well my pretties girl ever, it's been over two months now since you left us for the Bridge. It's gotten a little easier but I still miss you as much as ever. That little box that has your ashes and is encircled by your collar still sit by my bed at the camp. I've not found your perfect "forever" spot. I look at you every day and wonder why you had to leave me so soon. I wasn't ready even though I knew that our time would eventually end. I know that you and I made the decision together but that doesn't make your loss any easier.
I found this really cool ring that I wear now in your memory. It is a burnished silver with a gold dog paw on it. On the inside it reads "Faithful Furry Friends are Angels that follow you through Life". It was the Angel part that sold me, as that is what you are now and have always been to me.
I've made some very good friends on this site. They are there for me whenever I am missing you and hurting. Diane and Vicki are the best friends ever. I'm so glad I've added them to my "forever friends" list!
I've found some more pictures of you, my PupPup Girl! As soon as I get them copied and down loaded, I am going to add them. You were the light of my life for so very many years. You were there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on, when times were tough and I had no where else to turn, you were there. Not everyone can say that.
Where did the past two months go? I run through your last couple of days over and over and cry oceans of tears.
I saw Kim with Reggie the other day. It was the first time I had seen them since you left us. When I told Kim, we both stood on the drive way crying. She told me how much they loved you and how hurt John was going to be when she told him. He really loved you a lot. They were some of the first people we had met when we moved into the house. You loved their Teddy and you two played like crazy when you got to see each other, even though the size difference between the two of you was hysterical. She's a little puff ball and you outweighed her by 50 lbs. But you two always played so well together. You'd run and run and run. I miss you so much my sweet PupPup Girl. You were my Bestest Girl and I told you so every single day. You were truly my baby and I miss you so terribly right now. Dozer is a wonderful boy but he doesn't have your sense of my "need", at least not yet. Maybe it's because he's still a "baby". That's so hard to believe when he outweighed you by 40 lbs. I love you Gretsky and wish I could hold you and rub your sweet white chops and velvety soft ears :-(
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