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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


As I find myself having trouble functioning without K in my life, I remind myself of the lessons that she taught me. Live each day as well as you can... try to find joy in the small things even if huge things have gone catastrophically awry. In that spirit, here are a few spots of joy from the past few days.
A Cassin's Finch in my yard

R lying in K's morning sun puddle

My first sunset hike without K - a rainbow glowed over our house
Last, but certainly not least, is how much all of you have rallied to express your sympathy and help me to feel the incredible spirit of our blog-world. Thank you.


  1. KB, you are one of the strongest people I know. I know I say that to you often.. but I do not think I would be nearly as strong as you if I went through what you are going through. I'm really not sure I would have the courage and strength to see the beauty and positive things around me, at least temporarily.

    You are an inspiration to me!

  2. One day, we'll all have our trying times

    It is nice to know so many get it -

    Lovely pictures - of course, the rainbow is yet another sign from K that she's missing you but knows it's not's just...for now!

  3. Gorgeous photographs! I suspect that I (and I KNOW that you) will never again look at a rainbow without thinking of K. And smile because of all she taught us.

  4. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

  5. It's tough moving on, but it WILL get better. We hope you can find comfort in all the beauty around you that you so often shared and experienced with K. Remember she may not be there running next you but she is forever with you in so many other ways.

  6. You truly are amazing KB! Thank you for your beautiful post today because it helps to lighten OUR hearts a bit.

    We too believe that beautiful K is within that rainbow. Perhaps it is her way of telling you she's doing OK at the Bridge.

    We all miss her deeply as she was such a big part of our Blogville family!

    We're keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lily Belle & Family

  7. Each moment, each step, each day...K will always be with you in spirit...and that beautiful rainbow is yet another symbol from her that she is all around you. One day, I hope her love and beautiful memories will replace the pain you are feeling right now. They own so much of our hearts, how to heal without them is a real mystery. There is so much beauty there where you are...may it and R bring you much comfort in the days ahead.

  8. I'm so glad you decided to share some of your beauty with us tonight! That is one amazing shot of the bird in flight. Holy crow! I bow to your photography skills. And I love that shot of R, too.

    I know the days after I lost my heart dog were tough, and honestly, I don't remember a whole lot about them, which I guess is one of the blessings of time. I know that it's really hard, but I also know that somehow, in some mysterious way we don't comprehend, it gets better. I've been thinking about you!

  9. It is nice to see your post tonight. You have been in my thoughts over the last few days.

  10. Ahhh, R in the sun puddle is so sweet! I admire you for finding beauty in some of the most difficult days ever. Thank YOU for showing us that it can be done!
    Erica :)

  11. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust to Life Without K.

    All our best wishes are with y'all.

  12. There will be so many firsts, for you and for R.He too will need to adjust to life without your wonderful golden K at your world is amazing, and it shows how much, how many, and how deeply we all care, and have shared this journey with you.We thank you for your photos, stories of adventures , and specially for todays words.I saw a new born lamb this morning , and marvel at nature, the sadness and the joy. Your courage, love and inspiration will be with each of us when we face that day at some time. With fondness from Jean.

  13. Ann..from..THE OUTER BANKS OF NC....said.... KB You are such a beautiful person...inside and out...I know it's hard ..but take one day at a time..that is what K would want you to do....For precious K....(it was not good-bye) was a "(see you later)"....for she will always be with you in spirit .....Give sweet R a hug...I can tell in the picture ...he misses K...hold him close.....God Bless......

  14. Beautiful post KB. The one of R just made us tear up. One day at a time my friend. Keep seeing the beauty and living as sweet K taught.

  15. Sweet KB
    Amongst your own sorrow- you are reaching out and seeking the beauty in our world. I feel like it is a special touch that you saw and were able to capture the amazing photo of the red bird in flight. It truly is a sign from K. And the glorious rainbow over the mountain that you and K and R have gazed at so many times---- is so beautiful.
    We have not stopped thinking of you over the past days,,,
    I think that we are feeling quiet as you are also.,,, we are with you.
    Blogland also has a very big hole in its heart from the loss of K.
    We will take one day at a time to heal, just like you. Thank you for helping all of us with our sorrow by sharing these moments during the quiet healing time of your broken heart.
    As R sits in K's sun puddle-he seems to be thinking,,, maybe about what he can do for you to help you heal.
    We love you

  16. Seek out every drop of joy and color and life that surround you for each is a sign the Your Girl walks beside you still guiding you to embrace the wonder of the moment. Your photos tell us you instinctively know that...they are celebrations. We, too, are beside you still.

  17. You'll never really be without her, as you'll carry her in your thoughts forever. :)

  18. R doesn't seem like one to let a good sun puddle go to waste. I wonder if he feels here there, even as you do?

  19. KB -
    You have been such a role model for me in dealing with my neck injury and the resulting challenges over the last few years and although I don't comment often I always enjoy your words and photos. Murphy and I are thinking about you and your family and grieving for K. She was a lucky, lucky dog to have had you as her human.

  20. One day at a time, dear KB. Your pictures are beautiful and exude the tenderness which prevails at this time. Keep writing, KB, it helps. Remember always that we love you, and you are not alone.
    Sending lotsaluv to you.
    ((Hugs)) too.

  21. A beautiful rainbow indeed. I hope R can settle in time also with the loss of his friend K too.

  22. You have been in my thoughts as well. May R bring you some comfort and know that each time you hike that mountain or see that rainbow...K is there with spirit....and always will be.
    Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  23. R looks like he's missing his K.
    Not a day goes by that we don't think of you, KB. Beautiful photos!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  24. Beautiful post KB! K will always be with you, in your heart and in your mind...I think the rainbow proves that.
    We will always remember the lessons K taught us.
    We will continue to wrap you in our thoughts for the days to come.


  25. Simply thinking of you all.
    Best wishes Molly

  26. Beautiful post. I am so sorry that you lost your sweet K. I think that rainbow symbolizes what a beautiful and amazing spirit she had.

    K will always be with you.

  27. Hi dearest KB! What words you true!! I went home after lunch that day and just sat with my dogs, they felt that I was in a sad mode.
    It will still be heavy days coming...But you have to grieve and also does R. I now that dogs do that too.
    You see, I wrote it!! Your hike without she was there!!!The rainbow you saw thats saw the Rainbow Bridge for sure!!

    Thanks for stopping by ...take care and we miss K a lot!! Hugs!!

  28. One day at a time and there will be good and bad days for sure. Thanks so much for sharing the pics with us I love them all especially R in sun beam and the rainbow that glowed over your house is awesome. K is watching over you from above. Have a blessed day. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  29. Everyone is right. K will always be with you... in the sun puddle, the rainbow. She's taught us all some important lessons, too. Y'all have weighed heavy on my heart this week. Glad to hear from you.

    mamma heartbeat

  30. Your pictures were beautiful and the expression on R's face says what your family is going through. My Mom told me when they lost zeus their little minpin that sometimes when she let herself stop, and be still in the world she could feel him right there beside her showing her what she needed to do next to find some comfort and peace in her heart. In my Mom's case it was rescuing three horrible behaved pugs. Zeus I am sure is laughing and laughing cos he was such a good little pin. Sending you and R a big hug. stellie

  31. Thinking of you....K makes the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen...funny I saw one yesterday when was working not knowing about your beautiful K until today.
    Sending you prayers.

  32. Ditto what Sam said in the first comment. That rainbow pic made me cry - and smile all at the same time.

  33. As my husband said of our dear Spencer: "I want to be more like my dog". Such lessons they teach...
    We are with you,
    Jeanne, Bob & Rex

  34. Wonderful post - so good to hear from you. As much pain as you are experiencing without K - you are choosing to see the beauty in the world, the beauty in a rainbow. God bless you!

  35. Through your grief you take the time to share pieces of the beauty around you with us. I cannot thank you enough for that and again admire your strength.

    I wish with all the might of your Forests that you'll find and feel joy in the coming days. I know K approves.

  36. KB,
    So good to see your photos and wonderful words today. K will always be near and that rainbow proves it!!
    Give R a big hug, he is such a handsome boy!

  37. We are thinking of you! We are sure K has met up with all our wonderful friends and playing in green fields.

    Sending love!


  38. OK. That rainbow made me cry.

    Love R's sleepy morning face. Such a handsome boy!!

  39. Best wishes. I can't say it better than already said. Peace.

  40. That's it KB, small joys do bring comfort. Live by K's rules. Enjoy the moment. Special hugs to R too. He is a beautiful boy. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  41. That rainbow is the most glorious sign that K walks with you always.

    The finch is glorious too, as is R of course!

  42. you guys sure were lucky to have each other
    Benny & Lily

  43. Take care of yourself KB. Beautiful Rainbow. We know K is with you in your heart.

    We are thinking of you.

  44. I am pretty sure I see K up in that rainbow, looking over you and smiling.

    Anne and Sasha

  45. Thank you for seeing and sharing such beauty at such difficult time in your life. K is everywhere you in your mountains now.

  46. Your pictures are beautiful KB - just like K was. May her memories be with you always.
    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  47. Oh KB, my heart sank as I read of K's passing.
    Thank you for sharing her with us... She taught us all so much about life. Thinking of you all during this difficult time,

  48. KB, you have been in my thoughts often this week, and I'm reassured to know that even in the face of this grief, you are still able to recognize and take joy in the beauty that surrounds you. I hope, too, that the many beautiful memories you made with K will in some small way help to sustain you during this incredibly painful time. Please know that we're all here and thinking of you.

  49. The little things is life, no matter how tiny and almost insignificant, help with healing and moving forward. K is still with KB...just as I key these letters in...look...K is part of your name...KB! Perfect!

  50. KB I wonder if you have any idea how many lives you and K have touched. Your honesty and courage (and photographs!) have moved so many of us. Have you thought about how enormously far reaching K's legacy is? I know that it won't change how much her loss hurts. It is just so amazing to think how one young woman and her chocolate lab have touched so many hearts the world's incredible! Carpe diem KB! you remain in my prayers and thoughts, Heather

  51. KB, I know it will take a very long while before the pain departs; however even as K did while fighting the battle you continue to look for the beauty in small things. I'm thankful that you have R to get out with. I love and echo what lovable Lilly said.
    You are one incredible person and I'm so thankful that you are here in blogville.
    Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

  52. It is incredible how tough you are, KB. I couldn't write about loosing Josy for weeks... I just pulled back from blogging then...
    That rainbow sent tears and a smile at the same time in my face, too.

  53. After my Boo died I had trouble visiting his favorite hiking spots. Two things came of this, I found wonderful new places with Mer, and, when I finally felt I could go back to Boo's trails I got to see them fresh through Mer's eyes. I hope R does the same for you.

  54. What a loving tribute to K that you continue to live the lessons that she taught. You're right of course, she showed us all how to find the good amidst the pain and to live for the beautiful moments. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

    I've been gone for a while. Dealing with my own demons. I think perhaps God was watching over me and not wanting me to feel the sorrow of K's passing just yet. As devastating as it is to me, I think it helped that I was able to read the follow up posts and to know that life really does go on and that you will get through this ~ just as she would have wanted you to.

    As strong as you are, I know this isn't easy. And that you will hurt for a long time and never stop missing your sweet girl. Yet, surely knowing how much love you gave her and how you made her every need your priority must give you SOME peace. She never, for even a moment, doubted your love for her. I can't think of a better gift to give.

    And K gave the very same gift to you.

    You're in my prayers, KB.


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