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November 23, 2009


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Julie Yamane

What a wonderful euology! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

In Ariel's defense...she was never DQ'd from a competition because she never attacked or attempted to attack a person or another dog. She would never have CONSIDERED such a thing! (If you're DQ'd once, the dog is banned for life.) But, being excused felt almost as bad at the time. I'm SO glad Bekka perservered.

With much love, and fond thoughts of Ariel and of all of you and Tussah too,

Deborah Robson

Okay, thanks for the clarification! Shows what I don't know {grin}. Which is a lot. B. felt AWFUL about being excused. I'm proud of her for keeping on, too.


She sounds like an absolutely wonderful dog. My condolences on losing her, but so grateful for her that she found the perfect home--good thing that friend of your husband's took that walk when he did!

Janice in GA

I comfort myself with poems and quotations. My Bouncer is 13, and I'm loving him as hard as I can while I still have him.

Hugs to you...

A Heterodoxy
by Lord Dunsany

I dreamed one night I came
Somehow to Heaven, and there
Transfigured shapes like flame
Moved effortless in air.

All silent were the Blest,
Calmly their haloes shone,
When through them all there pressed
One spirit whirling on.

He like a comet seemed,
But wild and glad and free,
And all through Heaven, I dreamed,
Rushed madly up to me.

Back from his haloed head
A flaming tail streamed far,
This way and that it sped
And waved from star to star.

And, as I saw it shot
Like searchlights through the sky,
I knew my dog had got
To Heaven as well as I.
Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.

John Galsworthy


My heart goes out to you two. And thank you for a wonderful capsule of your charming dog's life.


This is a wonderful story. Thank you so much for the tales and the photos. I particularly love the travel shot of the two fur-babies.

I ache for you. Having lost a 17 yr old pet once, I remember how I would start missing him as I turned onto my street every day after work. Not the driveway, not the front door. Sooner. He was good company.

What a gift you all had in time together. Be gentle with yourself as you adjust to a quieter new life without your beloved.


Great sympathy for your great loss of companion,family member, trusted faithful friend.


It was my great honor to comfort Ariel in her last few hours. She was the sentinel at the top of your stairs, the laughter when she managed to open an "unopenable" cabinet, and the through-the-eyelashes look when she wasn't sure she approved of whatever. May your heart gradually heal, knowing full well that she's searching the angels for just the right one to send you.

Deborah Robson

Thanks so much for the thoughts and poem and support. I'm one of those people who toughs through things, and I am finding your comments help a lot as Tussah and I are here, adjusting to the absence of Ms. Ariel Fuzzy Face. And looking for a new "life as usual," since the previous "life as usual" broke yesterday.


A beautiful spirit... you'll meet again in joy.

Susan J Tweit

Oh, Deb! My heart goes out to you and Bekah. Thanks for sharing Ari with us all in this post, and thanks for being in that soft-hearted list. Richard and I are thinking of you and Bekah--ant Ari and Tussah, and holding you all in our hearts.


Came across a quote recently - Do not cry because it's over; smile because it happened.

So sorry for your loss. It's hard.


Awww... I'm sorry that your dog has passed. This is always hard. Thanks so much for sharing her wonderful story. I certainly enjoyed your post of a few weeks back, showing her in her go cart. My thoughts are with you now.



Thank you for celebrating Ariel's joyous life with us. My heart goes out to you as you begin to reconfigure life without her presence. Much love from my furry household to yours. This is such a hard thing to deal with; I still miss my Lucy dog, but celebrate the two furry companions who joined me after she was gone. Five years on, I am sad to say I know how hard it is to lose such a faithful canine friend.


Hugs to you and Bekka for making a tough decision. The sounds of only one dog in the house takes time to adjust to.


A beautiful story and a great reminder of how much a dog can give. I loved what you had to say about going places and doing things you would never have done if it hadn't been for Ari...
May you, Bekah, and Tussah find comfort in each other.


Deb, What a beautiful and fitting eulogy for someone so special. I am so very sorry for your loss. There were parts of your story that reminded me of our Abbey - a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Border Collie/ Ausie mix found and adopted as a 6 week old from the Canyon City, CO shelter. We also had to go to extremes to keep her in our fenced in backyard. We lost Abbey to cancer when she was 12 1/2. Like Ari she will never be forgotten.

My heart is with you,

Lindy (currently in AZ)

Diana Troldahl

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing Ariel with us.
I find this quote comforting at such times:
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."

Irving Townsend.


I'm sorry for your loss, but so happy for the life you lived together.

Deb Robson

We lost Heather at 12 to adenocarcinoma, which often affects dogs that were not spayed early--which, as a breeding dog, of course she was not. So sorry you lost Abbey! Twelve years is a long time (as is 15), but longer is better with the really good pups. . . .

Lynne S of Oz

So sorry about Ariel. But she looks like she had a fun life and those shots of her in her scooter on the snow? Priceless!


What a lovely life she had after such a bad start. Thank you for sharing her with us, now and earlier.


I never met Ariel but her story definitely touches my heart. I'll give my little rescued BCs a hug in her memory, as soon as my eyes dry up.

Thank you for sharing her story. I'm so glad you found each other.


So sorry to read of your Ariel's passing. They sneak into our lives and our hearts and certainly don't let go. Hope you are able to read your post now and again to know what a wonderful time you had together.
Take care.

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