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Monday, July 16, 2012

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Last night, we had to let sweet K go because her body was failing her. Her downward spiral was very fast. Just eight days earlier, she'd easily hiked up to Hug Hill with me, played in the aspen groves, and gave me kisses on a boulder. For that reason, although her battle with osteosarcoma lasted about 6 months, her loss feels like an awful shock. I feel as I've had the wind knocked out of me and can't grab my next breath. I keep gasping as K's absence overwhelms me again and again.
The oncologists said that K's life expectancy was 4-6 weeks at each monthly check-up since April. Because she repeatedly beat the "expected", I'd started to believe that K was invincible. Alas, no one is, not even the amazing spirit of K.

The hardest decision an animal lover ever has to make is to let them go. K and I spent the weekend lounging under the pine trees near our house. I could see how tired she was, and yesterday, her eyes told me that it was time. Later, when we walked out of the vet clinic just after K's passing, a huge rainbow arced across the entire eastern sky. The tears flowed down my face.
Today, R is sticking very close by my side and licking away my tears. I will find my way - I know that I will - but the path is difficult to see right now.

I thank all of you for your support through this journey. This blog will continue but, depending on how I feel, it may be a little erratic in the coming days.

The photos in this post were taken during a hike last July 15th at almost exactly the time that K died yesterday. On that beautiful summer day, it never crossed my mind that my relatively young dog who I loved with all my heart would die a year later. Seize the day, my friends.

And, this amazing and soulful painting, given to us by you and painted by Kathleen Coy, will help carry us through the coming days of grief.


  1. I am sitting here struggling with the words to tell you how I hurt for you, the Runner, and R. There are no words to comfort you all during this time but know we are here, we will be your shoulder to lean on.
    My heart aches for you.
    K's spirit will live on.

    RIP dear, sweet K...I will never forget you, your strength, your zest for life, and all you have taught us about living life to the fullest.

    Allison and Puddles

  2. I'm so very sorry. Sending hugs and love. The offer is still there if you need a shoulder to cry on.

    Christine, Aaron, Sam and Monty

  3. Before the tears REALLY take over and blur my ability to type, we applaud you for listening to K -

    We knew you would but want to compliment you anyway -

    It so looks like she sent the sign of thanks -

    Where happy little bluebirds fly -


    Khyra and The Rest here in PA

  4. This took my breath away, too. I am so very sorry for your loss, KB. But I can't thank you enough for sharing her and your journey with us. She was and is a remarkable spirit and we all are richer for having known her through your blog.

    Take care of yourself in the days ahead and know that there are many people who are sending you love and strength across the miles.

    Run free, K.


  5. I have followed your blog for some time lurking and reading about your deep bond and love with K. I have been amazed at the beauty of the last few months. K was extraordinary and you captured her resilience and courage and keep joy of life so perfectly. My deepest condolences for your loss. I know words pale at times like these, but we kitties will keep you in our thoughts and purrs.

    K is not truly gone, her spirit will always reside in those trails and those woods with you and will help you heal.

    God bless
    Abby,Boo,Ping,Jinx & Gracie

  6. Even though I knew this post was coming soon, I still feel like I've lost my breath. It's hard for me to think of a world that doesn't have K in it, and I know it must be even harder for you. I'm crying as if she were my own dog, and in a way, that's the gift you gave to all of us who read your blog. You've made us all love K and R through your words and your beautiful photos. I've often said that our dogs would be perfect if they just lived as long as we do, and I feel that way every time I read about a beloved dog crossing the Bridge. I know that you and K had a special bond that not everyone is lucky enough to have and it will lead you to love again when the time is right. Don't worry about posting -- it will happen when it happens. Please know we're thinking about you and your family! I am so very sorry!

  7. We are without words but understand the pain and emotional roller coaster that comes with the loss of a furry friend. You and K had an incredible journey together. Thank you for sharing K with all of your readers.

    {{{hugs}}}, purrs and pawhugs.
    Jan & Funny Farmers

  8. How to put into words how much K meant to us - can't be done. We knew somehow yesterday that she had made her trip. She was such a joy. Just too sad for us to find the right words. Sending you our heartfelt sympathy and wishing there were more we could do or say. Run free, sweet K and have a grand time with all our friends across that Rainbow Bridge - how very appropriate that rainbow was.

    Hugs, Kathie and the OP Pack

  9. Even though we all knew what had to be, we were a little like you, full of wonder at K's indomitable spirit and wanting to believe it would indeed make her invincible. We are so sad that the time for goodbyes did come after all. Thank you for letting us share this journey with you, and for giving us the opportunity to know this wonderful soul, so full of courage and joy.

    Big Hugs, as well as soft purrs, gentle woofs and sweet neighs,
    #1, The Chans, Tommy and the Percheron trio

  10. Words from Khalil Gibran, out of his book " The Prophet" .... Love knows not its true depth until the hour of separation.... Your love for K will always be with you, her spirit, her endurance, the bond of togetherness always there. Let Runner and R comfort you,our words help, and so many thanks for sharing all of your and K's journey,we are so much the richer.Fond and loving greetings from Jean

  11. So sorry to hear this. We too thought that K was invincible after all this time. We are so glad that you were able to make her last few months so special.

  12. I wish I could find the right words, but I'm not sure they exist. My heart goes out to you. One thing is for sure, you have no regrets. You made all the right decisions through this whole gut wrenching process and let her live whole, without comprimising the quality of her life.

  13. I'm so sorry! Even though you knew the end was coming, it doesn't diminish the pain of K's passing or the feeling of loss. We are all thinking of you and your family.

  14. Oh KB, we offer you our sincere sympathy and love. Dear sweet K showed us how to live and enjoy each minute of every day. We can only thank you for sharing her with us. She truly was a beauty. Special hugs to you all. I'm so very sorry. Words just can't express enough today. Love Carol

  15. Oh,KB. I felt this this weekend and didn't want to check your blog. I didn't want to say goodbye to your sweet K. Feeling like this, knowing your girl only through a computer screen, makes it hard to imagine your pain right now.

    Know that we're here, sending hugs and good thoughts.

    Kona and I watched our resident bobcat meander up a hill this morning during out trail time. We don't see him often, but he always makes me think of you and K, of your resilient spirits. K's spirit will carry you. The lessons you and K have taught all of us...seizing the day...will continue to carry all of us.

  16. So, so sorry. God speed, dear K. We all hold a little tighter to our loved ones tonight...

  17. Dear KB and Family, I have not been on-line for awhile and when I checked your blog, immediately felt an immense sadness. Your K did/does have an indomitable spirit, and I believe that its essence will always live on in the hearts of those who loved her (including those of us who have come to know and care for her through your blog). Hugs to you all as you grieve.

  18. Oh KB, I am so very very sorry. We all knew this was coming but it doesn't make the reality any less painful. I have lurked around your blog nearly a year now and have been blown away by your beautiful photos, your love of life and nature and your bond with K. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your journey and I cannot begin to tell you the effect it has had on my outlook on life. There really are no words...just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, R and The Runner.

  19. I have been holding my breath all day waiting to see this post - knowing how hard it was for you to write. It is a beautiful tribute to K's beautiful spirit.

    Your Pillars of Strength are all out here in blogville - lean on us in the days to come.

    Run free, Sweet K.

  20. So sorry for your loss. It hurts so bad when you have to let someone go...

  21. "I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
    "Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
    "Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment,
    "You see me there....

    "You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
    "I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
    "To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
    "I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours."

    from Robinson Jeffers, A House Dog's Grave

    So much love to you. We never have them long enough. We grieve with you.

    (((gentle internet hugs)))

  22. I sit here with tears pouring down my face. I think everyone who follows your blog feels as though they lost of piece of themselves as well. But, it's an amazing thing that I've gained from you these past 6 months... the strength to see above it all, the strength of being positive and keeping faith and hope. You are an idol to any animal owner and I pray to have your courage when Corbin's time comes. Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers and with you, Runner and R during this time. K truly was a special gift and I'm honored to have "known" her.
    -Corbin's momma, Jenn

  23. Please accept our sympathy and know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We know it is hard to lose a valued friend and companion. We thank you for sharing her with us for these many hikes and rides through the mountains.

    Mogley G. Retriever, Bella, Molly and Piper, the Golden Family.

  24. “Grieve not,
    nor speak of me with tears,
    but laugh and talk of me
    as if I were beside you.....
    I loved you so -
    ‘twas Heaven here with you.”

    – by Ilsa Paschal Richardson

    You are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
    Maggy and Zoey,
    and Ann Adamus ~ Zoolatry

  25. Sometimes the best we can do is provide a peaceful passing, and knowing when the time is right is a gift. I don't know from who...the gods?...but a precious gift it is. Although heartbreak is a jagged pain, and I empathize deeply, I am also glad for you, that the decision was a clear one, and you were able to give your dear companion a peaceful passing.

  26. You've knocked the wind out of me. I wasn't expecting this because she seemed to be hanging in there so well.

    My heart goes out to you. I'm so glad you got a rainbow goodbye.

  27. The tears are slipping down my cheeks. My heart aches for you, KB.
    Godspeed, K. We will never forget you.

    Sue, Mitch and Molly

  28. Oh we are so sorry. We are crying too. I think the rainbow is God's and K's promoise to you. We will miss K. I know that "gasping" feeling. I guess it is just a part of greiving. We know R will help you get through this. Again, we are so sorry. We are praying for all of you.


  29. I wish there were magic words, or some formula that would help you in your time of grief, but we all know none exist. You have my love & prayers while you make this difficult adjustment.

    Pam & Oskar

  30. Wow, we haven't been here in a long time and she really did last a long time but we are so sad that she is gone. Lots of hugs coming your way. It is so so hard when they are gone. But she sure did have so much love while she was still here so she was such a lucky dog. We are so sorry.

  31. As tears stream down my cheeks all I can say is "I know how you feel." Sending love to you all during this most difficult time. So young; so fast...I'm so, so sorry.


  32. If only tears could wash away your pain and broken hearts could change destiny. All we can do to offer some small measure of comfort is tightly wrap you in our paws and arms and let you know we share your journey still. K lives forever. May she and your entire family be at peace.

  33. I knew this post was coming and it still knocked me down as tho someone slapped me. There are no words. I hope and pray that my son Jonathan in heaven met K at the bridge and showed her around. I know Jonathan would love doing that job.

    The world is dim today with this tragic loss. K showed us all what it truly means to seize the day, to live your best life.

    Our love and prayers are with you all.

    Diane and Indy Bones

  34. It is so hard to let them go, but K knew it was time. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers are coming to you from all of us at Forty Paws.

    Luf, Us and Maw

  35. We saw Ann @ Zoolatry's note and came to offer soft purrs of condolence.

    We didn't know K, but our human understands your loss only too well. And while only you can find your own way through the grief, please know you aren't alone.

    We wish you peace, and we wish K godspeed.

    Universal Peace and Blessings.

    -Kim, with Nicki and Derry and angels Annie and Chumley

  36. I write this through tear-filled heart aches for you. I, too, believed that K's great spirit would over come...what a beautiful soul. I am truly sorry for your loss. I am so glad you had the special close times together right up until K's last breath, and that beautiful K's passing was peaceful and surrounded by so much love. The hole in your heart is huge, I know, but one day I hope the beautiful memories you have shared with K will replace the pain. And I believe that was K sending you the rainbow as a beautiful message that she did indeed arrive at the Rainbow Bridge. I'm now sending you and R lots of love and hugs, and will give my babies even more hugs tonight.

  37. Love, prayers and hugs flowing to you. We are so sorry, but thankful you had the Rainbow.
    ~ The Bunch and Mom Bobbie

  38. I'm so very sorry to read that beautiful K went to the bridge :(

    Rest in peace sweet girl

    sending (((HUGS))) to you all

  39. I am so very sorry. Knowing an end is coming, makes it no easier to say goodbye. Thank you for sharing her and her story with us.

    Run free now, K. "And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

  40. I only know you through your photographs and words, through what you have chosen to share with all of us on your wonderful blog, and you don't know me at all. I don't mean to intrude on your grief, but my heart reaches out to you. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of K with us. There aren't words to describe her beauty and strength, or the amazing bond you two obviously had together. She will always be your sweet girl. She was here, and she was yours, and you were hers. You will always have that. I send you hugs, and I hope that your many lovely memories will give you comfort.

  41. Oh, KB. I'm typing through tears. K will rest and romp in your heart forever -- thank you so much for sharing her great spirit and her love of life with all of us. Hugs from SoCal, and please take good care of yourself. We are all hugging our dogs a little tighter today.

    Love --


  42. SO sorry. We never noo K, but it is clear she was a much loved woofer.

    Sending comforting purrrrrrss and gentle headbonks to you all.

  43. I am so very sorry. My heart breaks for you and K ...but it also soars because she was so filled with hope and beat the odds so many times ... She was a true inspiration. Seize the day, indeed!

    Run free, beautiful K.

    Kristin & Pip

  44. "Our" sweet K! How you will be missed by the many who loved you so. Our heart breaks along with your family.

    Through your blog, we always felt like we could sit here and pet you and scratch your head. We hiked with you as if right by your side. We laughed with you, we cried, WE were comforted by your Mom's words.

    We shall truly miss you in our lives but know your new Journey in Heaven has just begun. You are free of pain and are now running up to your new Hug Hill. The Angels will rejoice upon your arrival.

    Your Blogville friends will ALWAYS be here for your family.

    "The Angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God."

    With love,
    Lily Belle, Muffin & Mommy Kim

  45. We are so so sorry to hear about your sweet K crossing the bridge. Our hearts are heavy and knowing it was coming doesn't make it any easier. I am so glad I have had the honor of reading your blog and following K's journey. She spoke volumes in her pictures that you took of her.

    Run Free Sweet K. If you see a droopy eyed basset running your way stop and say "HI" her name is Cleo and she will help show you around up there as it has only been 10 months since we sent her on her journey due to the horrible "C".

    The HoundDogs and Sherri

  46. We are so sorry to hear that K has gone to the Bridge. We have leaky eyes and sad hearts but we know that you listened to K and did what was best for her.

    We admire you for making every single day count since K was diagnosed. You lived life to the fullest and K got to celebrate every second of her life with you.

    (((Hugs))), purrs, woofs and prayers to you.

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  47. I visited Kathleen Coy's site to watch once again the video she put together depicting the process of creating the stunning painting of K. For anyone who hasn't seen it, take a moment to watch. It is a poignant tribute to K's spirit.
    Run free dear sweet K you have taught us all so much! Heather

  48. I am so sorry to hear that K is gone. How you loved her! And how she loved you! We know this is a painful time for you and just know that you are in our prayers and please don't feel guilty about not being able to blog regularly. You need to heal and just know that we are all here to lend our support and our prayers and understanding. Thank you for letting us share in your journey with K. We weep with you. Oh sweet K - I wonder if she knows how many lives she touched and continues to touch? Seize the day indeed!

  49. I'm so so sorry for your loss. It's heartbreaking to know what you're going through - hang in there!

  50. There are no words...I am so very sorry for this loss. K is so lucky to have had such a family....and you to have K.

  51. All of us mourn with you, my friend. All hail K, Queen of the Heart Dogs!!!!

  52. Dear KB, As all have said above, no words can bring comfort or ease your pain. Please know however, that many of your friends, are holding you close to our heart now. For those of us who have loved and lost our beloved furbabies, we mourn with you. Sending soft gentle hugs to you today and in the coming day. You and your K have touched many lives and I truly believe you will both continue to do so.

  53. Oh KB...
    Your post reduced me to tears. Having had the honor of knowing K and seeing her tremendous heart and spirit soar above this disease I feel spellbound by who she was and always will be in all of our hearts.
    Sending love, support, empathy, and hugs to you, The Runner, and beautiful R. I know you are all reeling from the sadness and missing her beyond measure.
    With love from all of us at DVR,
    Sue and the crew at DVR

  54. I'm mourning with you. She was so beautiful, so brave. Mum sends a warm hug, too.

  55. I can't really believe it
    I too thought K was invincible.
    We kept seeing her still hiking, as you do in your heart forever.
    hold on to that picture ,
    K will never leave you and let all of us, her blogville family try to dry your tears
    K will always be in our hearts..everytime I see a mountain, a gorgeous sunset and so many other things that she showed us

    Deerest K run free in the clouds , till we see you once again
    love and Asta's healing smoochies for your heart

  56. So sorry, even though we all knew this day was coming it is still tough and we are sharing tears with you.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  57. We are so so sorry to hear about this. I just don't have the words to express our sympathy.
    ~Maggie, Milly, and Shelby

  58. We knew this day was coming, but it still doesn't make it any easier. We send you comforting purrs and hugs to help ease your sadness. K will always be with you. And you are right...seize the never know what tomorrow will bring.

    RIP, will be missed.

    Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

  59. We are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    The silvers and more

  60. Our love is wending it's way to you, R and the Runner...Peace!

  61. We are so sorry for your loss...
    It's very hard to lose a good friend...
    Last week we lost our beloved Jack, he was a very special dog too...

    Run free sweet K, run free!

    Kaiser, Farrusquinho & Cristina

  62. Oh, we are heartbroken, and our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your beautiful K. What an amazing dog and what an amazing life you gave her!

  63. We knew this day would come, but that doesn't make it any easier. I am heartbroken for you, KB. Her spirit will live forever in your, and our hearts, and will look out at you through the painting. I am glad it brings you some comfort, now and in the years to come. All dogs should have as happy of a life as you gave K.

  64. I don't know what to say. Ive only been following you since K got sick but I'm stunned by you're love for her. I'm so incredibly heartbroken for you. I know exactly how it is to lose a heart dog. We love you and are thinking Of you
    Love always
    Nola and mom

  65. Imam so very sorry to hear about dear sweet K. We send you many.purrs, lots of love and hugs. Run free sweet one, run free.

  66. I'm so sorry about the loss of K. Truly sad for the pain you are going through.

  67. So sorry for your loss - we are thinking of you.

  68. We all knew this day was coming, but K made us wait until she was ready. What an incredible legacy you have left of her with all the beautiful pictures you have shared with all of us on your blog. The blogging community is crying with you and your family over her loss. Run free K.


  69. So sorry for your loss. Your K is such a beautiful soul. I'm certain that you and she had an amazing relationship. Your post made me weep. Please take care of yourself during this time.

  70. I am so sorry to be reading this today. I've been trying to check on K as often as I can (since I don't have computer access right now), but it was such a shock actually reading that she has gone to the Bridge. Take comfort in knowing that you gave her that very last wonderful gift of peace even though it has torn your heart to shreds. Her memory will always be safe in your heart and in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. God Bless!

  71. My heart is breaking for you because I know how your heart is breaking. I've been in your shoes - when life knocks you to your knees and it feels as though your heart has shattered. Take one day at a time and KNOW that your darling, precious friend is now free of pain and whole once again. I'm sure you will feel her presence when you are out in the elements once again. She's there, you know, and she will watch over you always...

  72. I know mere words are not adequate to comfort you. Just know that we are thinking of you and understand the incredible...almost suffocating pain you are going through. I am glad she ran and romped almost up to the time she left you, and I hope that brings some comfort. You could do no more than to let her go without unnecessary suffering.

    Hugs and love,
    Chester's Mom ♥

  73. We are so sorry for your loss. We have been following your blog and it breaks our heart. K was a spirit that will never leave any of us.

    Godspeed K
    Run Free at the Bridge, will will watch for your star in the night sky and we will all see you again.

    Sheila & Bob

  74. I'm SO very sorry! I know how hard it is to let them go. With tears in my eyes I am sending you lots of hugs. I know K is now watching over you and R and he will always be with you.

    Run fast and free sweet K!

    Holly & Khady

  75. We came to paw our respects, soft husky wooos,

    RA, Isis & Nanük

  76. I, too, want to send my condolences. My heart aches for you, and I have no magical words that can take away your pain...Sure wish I did! I am just so very sorry. Please know that although I am a fairly new reader to your blog, you have inspired me! You and your dogs seem to get more "living" out of a single day than I seem to manage in a whole week. I can only imagine how many readers have been touched by your relationship with that magnificent dog.

    Inspired by you, and in memory of the amazing K, I will view each day in a different light and endeavor to treasure it as the special gift that it is.

    Once again, I am sorry for your loss.


  77. Tears flowing for dear K. This brings to mind a quote that has spoken to me in the past:

    "It occurs to me that every time I lose a dog, he takes a piece of my heart with him. Then every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of his heart. Therefore, if I should live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will then become as generous and loving as dogs are!"

    Even though I only knew K through your site, I feel like she gifted me with a piece of her heart through her strength and courage.

    Laura Wood

  78. Oh goodness, we dreaded this day for you. We are so very sorry for your loss and are sending lots of hugs and prayers to all of you.

    Take heart in the fact that K is completely healthy now, and you will see her again.

    Meowm Rhonda, Junior, Orion and Sammy

  79. Words can't even begin to express how sorry I am that K has gone over the rainbow bridge. I know I just found your blog not to long ago, but I was so impressed with how beautiful K was. She was in my thoughts and prayers these last few days and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    I'm crying sad tears for you and K. To be quite honest, it just sucks. Sorry, but I had to say that:(

    RIP beautiful, dear K.

  80. love and be loved, is life's greatest gift... That love is what will carry you through these sad days and bring you out onto the other side, knowing you had something so special it is yours alone, to hold and treasure and remember, and K will influence your life from a different plane now, but still beside you...

  81. If only we could right the words to ease your pain..... We are sending lots of comforting vibes and pray you will find peace in knowing K had such a beautiful life with you. We had to let one of our kitties go just two weeks ago, so we definitely feel your pain.

    (((hugs))) & Hearts;
    Maggie May and The Creek Cats

  82. We are so deeply sorry to hear this. K was such a fighter, as were you.

    I wish we could do something to help. But nothing can lessen the pain other than time, yet nothing can take away her amazing spirit either.

    The Tripawds community mourns the loss of a true warrior princess. {{{hugs}}}

  83. Hello, Puddles from the 3 Doxies sent us over. We're sorry for your loss. It's never easy and it will never be. If it was, then your love and commitment would have been too shallow. So the degree that it hurts is indicative of your loss. We understand and we're sorry. We wish you peace.

  84. K's journey has been an inspiration to us all. Your bond, your love has been both wonderful and heartbreaking to watch. You were K's best friend to the end and helping her to make her journey when she was too tired to go on was your final, and most difficult, act of kindness to her. She will never be forgotten.

    Mango Momma

  85. I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing your beautiful K with us. K will always be in your heart.

  86. I'm so sorry for your loss. She is in the hearts of everyone she ever touched through this blog. RIP sweet girl.

  87. I don't even know if I can see to type this out, the tears just keep coming. While my MOM knows what you are feeling right now she also knows that for each it is deeply personal. I will never forget Miss K and all the wonderful things she taught us, her spirit, her beauty both inside and out. You and Runner and R will continue to be a part of our prayers. We will light a candle tonight in honor and memory of her shinning spirit.
    With much love,
    Goose and Michelle

  88. So sorry to hear about K. We are praying for healing and comfort for you. We lost our Dillon yesterday morning, and I'm sure he got to help welcome sweet K to the Rainbow Bridge when she arrived.

    Love and hugs,

    Jackie and Mom

  89. I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said.

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw your latest post, knowing K's journey was over.

    You have given her the greatest gift of all, and she is now healthy & whole again. Your strength at making this tough decision proves your love to your girl.

    I know the hole in your heart will be there for a long time, but as I'm sure you know the coming days will be the hardest. She was an amazing dog & will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for sharing her with me...with all of us.

    hugs to you, the Runner & R

    RIP Beautiful K

    Murphydog's Mom

  90. Stopping over from Rottrover. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  91. Sending our purrs and hugs to all of you. Thank you for sharing K and especially this most difficult journey, with us. You gave her the greatest gift a pet mom & dad can give - you took her pain into your own hearts.

    Lots of love from the Carolina Cats, Callie woofie and Mom Nora

  92. Rest in peace sweet K

    Stop on by for a visit

  93. Just came by to sit with you for a while. K will be well greeted at the bridge. I applaud you for listening to K
    Love always

  94. oh KB...we knew this day would heart aches for you....K was so loved....and your last gift of love was to let her go without suffering....i know your pain is raw and you will navigate through this grief....thank you for sharing your love for K with all of truly had a remarkable bond.....

  95. We're so sorry for your loss. Sounds like K let you know that she made her trip to the Bridge safely, but we'll light a candle for her. *hugs*

    -Dr. Liz, Fiona, and Family

  96. She still is your guardian angel and will always watch over you...

  97. many many tears... can hardly see to read your post. I know that pain that you are going through. Sending you BIG hugs from all of us. We loved K so much. Thank you for sharing her with us. It was a pleasure knowing her.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie, Hailey and Staci

  98. I feel your pain and this day I've been dreading since I started reading your posts 4 months ago. I'm so glad you were able to share the journey and K had the best life a dog could wish for. Life is way too short. My thoughts and prayers are with you...betsy

  99. God speed, dear K. You taught us so much. We will miss you and keep your memory in our hearts.

    And God bless, dear KB. You taught us so much. We are here for you still and and we will hold you in our hearts along with memories of K as you go forward in your grief.

  100. From the mom - this is indeed a shock as I struggle to hold the tears back - it is not easy so I know how impossible it is for you. I am so sorry for your loss of the beautiful and courageous K. I saw the notice from Ann in my inbox when I first signed on just now - it is way too soon for K to have left this earth to make her way across the Rainbow Bridge. K and you were a true inspiration to us all - you kept going, giving K the chance to live her life as she wanted. You talked about her eyes telling you it was time - I know that look, one you really don't want to see but a look that a truly loving, caring and responsible pet guardian knows of what has to follow and yes, it is the most difficult and heart-wrenching decision you can make but it is the only right decision to make.

    Please take whatever time you need - many of us know firsthand what this time is like. Come back only when you are truly ready. Be there for R and he will be there for you and Runner. We hope dogs understand when their best buds leave but they still have trouble adjusting.

    I pray that you all will find solace and peace in your many great memories of K.

    Run free sweet K - now you can climb all those mountains and roam through the grassy fields - forever feeling good and forever in all of our hearts.

  101. I don't know what to say to make you feel better. I wish I could take your pain away and make it hurt less somehow.
    K is at peace now, still near you, but in spirit and deep in your soul. I knew the day would come when you'd post this (bravely) and I'm still not prepared to help.
    I send you hugs. I hope you understand how much we are here for you.

  102. It's raining tears, here, too. We're so sorry K is gone, but so happy for the years of love you shared.

    Hugs, Jed & Abby

  103. Oh my, there are no words to convey how sorry I am and to let you know I understand where you are today...What a wonderful friend and companion you had in K and she in you. She will live forever in your pictures and the portrait. All of you have a hard time ahead of you but you have each other and you will be ok. My tears flow with yours and I hold you in my heart with thoughts and prayers.
    Take care,
    Lucy (Troy, Ohio silent MOD)

  104. Fly free, lovely K.

    I was afraid this was coming when there was no post yesterday. I am so sorry. But remember that you and K had a rare friendship and that doesn't just end now; she will always be in your heart, and in a small way all of ours.

    Many hugs to you, R, and the Runner.

  105. When my friends hurt- I hurt.
    And that is how I feel right now.

    K touched all of us in blogville with her courage, love of life and devotion to you. You touched our life with your courage, and always looking for the bright spot in the day.

    When you listen to the wind,
    know that the gentle breeze
    on your face
    is the soft kiss from K.
    Look at the sunsets and sunrises
    and see the painted skys
    watch the clouds and you will
    see her jumping from cloud to cloud.
    Look at the stars,
    and I know you will see that eternal star in her eyes
    looking down at you.
    K spoke and you listened.... this was the biggest gift of love that you could ever do for her.
    Unselfish love.
    K counted on you to be there for her last needs, and you were.
    The Rainbow Bridge has welcomed K
    with ourstretched arms. And one day we will all see her again.
    We cry with you,

  106. We hopped over from Goose's blog. So sorry to hear about your beautiful girl. Our purrs, purrayers are with you during this most difficult journey.- From all of us at Prancer Pie.

  107. so free sweetheart
    Benny & Lily

  108. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about your beloved K's passing. We are holding all of you even closer to our hearts tonight. Run free sweet K....

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  109. Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about your beloved K's passing. We are holding all of you even closer to our hearts tonight. Run free sweet K....

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle, Maggie Mae and Max

  110. Kisses and gentle hugs from Greyhound Gardens. I am so sorry but at the same time so thankful that you had such quality time together.

    K will always be hiking by your side, no matter where you go.

  111. So many loving wishes from so many people. Both you and K have won the hearts of so many. My heart and tears go out to you.

  112. We're so very sorry. You and K have been an inspiration to us as we look ahead to the journey that faces all of us someday. I hope that we'll be able to face it with as much courage and spirit as the two of you. You've been a reminder to live life to its fullest every single day! We love you, and we're sending you our thoughts of support.

    I'll see you on the Rainbow Bridge someday, K!

    Casey and Andrea

  113. Sorry just doesn't seem like enough at this time. I was hoping the day would never come that I had to read this post. My heart is breaking for you, and the tears are flowing here. You were able to give K a wonderful life that many dogs could only dream of and then you were able to give her the only gift that you could give her- one last gift of peace.

  114. I had a feeling that this had happened when I saw no post yesterday. I kept hoping that you had taken a camping trip with K and family. My heart sank when I read your post. I am so sorry and will hold you, the Runner and R in my thoughts and prayers.
    K's wonderful spirit will always be with you. You gave her your all and she gave it back 10 fold. What a beautiful love story that ended much too soon.
    Sending gentle hugs to you all.
    Run Free Special K, Run FREE!!

  115. We are wooing sadly over K's passisng.... her Spirit will be with you Forever and Ever... (((hugs))) and God Bless,

    Jack, Moo, & Pat

  116. We're so sorry for your loss.
    Thor, Jack and Mom Eliana

  117. I am so very, very sorry . . You had a most wonderful and remarkable relationship with K. We will miss her too . . .

    Patty (Blogless)

  118. I'm so sorry for your loss, we are crying tears right along with you :( RIP K

  119. I'm hurting badly for you, KB. Again, I'm so, so sorry.

  120. I'm so very, very sorry. They just don't stay with us long enough. My tears and thoughts are with you. :(

  121. Oh no....

    How terrible. I had started to believe maybe she was invincible too! I had went back recently and read some of your older posts about her (2009, etc.) and it made her seem that much more vibrant and alive and unsinkable.

    She was obviously a special dog.

    I'm glad she was mostly healthy and active over the last six you could enjoy your time together in the mountains, rather than her wasting away indoors.

    We're thinking about you all!

  122. We knew it was coming, but it does not make it any easier. Our hearts go out to you.
    Run fast and pain free to the bridge, K.

    Love, Wyatt's Family

  123. You did every thing you could for her, from her diagnosis until the end. When she wanted to play, you played, when she was tired you rested with her. The best medical care. You didn't leave her side. We didn't leave your side. But there really is no end, not a day will go by that you don't think of her, when you and R go to Hug HIll, you can talk to her, or anyplace for that matter.

    We all will miss her.

    Love and hugs,
    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  125. I am so sorry for your loss, KB. Thank you for sharing K with us through your beautiful pictures and words. We were able to see her through your eyes and grew to love her dearly. Know that her amazing spirit lives on. You let her live her life to the fullest to the very end. No one could ask for more.

    Much love to you, the Runner, and R at this sad time.

    Sue T. in AZ

  126. Oh! Such a journey with an end that we knew was coming but so sad. I'm terribly sorry about your K. What a girl. Sending all our hugs. xx

  127. I'm one of those silent ones in the background who checks your photos and writings daily. I was shocked to read about K's passing today. I am so, so sorry to hear she is gone. I thank you for being such a loving and wonderful partner to K throughout her much too short life, and knowing when to let her go. She gave you all the joy she had up until the very end - a testimony to true love and loyalty. My sincerest condolences. KF in pagosa springs

  128. Ann...from..THE OUTER BANKS OF NC..said..I am so heart aches for all of you ..K is and always will be "MY HERO".. My daughter said..."You made K's life complete and to remember her with smiles and laughter for that is how she will remember you.. she will always be with you in spirit".. and I am glad you saw the rainbow because God and K were sending you a Promise and a Blessing....where-ever a beautiful soul has been....there is a trail of beautiful memories....God bless you KB, R and The Runner as He gives you His strength and His shoulder to lean a time like this...May He comfort you and assure you of the everlasting life and that precious K is still with you in spirit... Hugs

  129. Oh gosh, I'm so sorry that K has passed. You gave her a life that was full of love and fun until the end. Your bond was, and is, beautiful. I think she will always be watching over and taking care of you and your family as she runs through the mountains. Sending love and peace to you, The Runner, and R.

  130. Dearest, dearest KB
    Words fail me this morning as I absorb the shock of your loss and reflect back on my own.
    You have been a marvel of strength throughout your this journey - putting aside your pain to attend to the needs of an incredible animal. Your love for beautiful K has prevailed throughout...right to the end.
    Please accept my sincere condolences and love, sent from across the oceans to you and your family.
    Rest well, my sweet friend, as K runs free with all our other heartdogs in the heavens.
    'As I look to the sunrise,
    I now know
    that you are there
    in its glorious glow...'
    With all my love

  131. Dear K,
    I no knowed you, but I wish I had. I can see in your eyes what a brave and noble kind of dog you is; you look so happy and free on your adventures. I knows you is happy and free now too, and you is missed by many here who will tries to understand that we all has to cross over the bridge some time. I sheds a tear for your Mama tonight - she will never forget your beautiful self, and you will has a reuniting at the bridge when the time comes.


  132. There are no words that are just right for a time like this. I can only tell you that you are in my prayers and I will keep praying for you for the next few difficult days and weeks to come. K is running free and without pain now. God bless you

    Anne and Sasha

  133. My heart goes out to you, and know the pain you are feeling as all our fur friends give us so much love but are never on this world long enough.
    Sorry I can't be there to give you a hug.
    Run free dear K
    George, Tess and Jan

  134. Thank you for sharing your love with K, and your journey. You have touched my, and I have no doubt many other's, heart irrevocably. May you find peace.

  135. How will I write, its difficult. Starting with your post on my job and got a punch in my stomage and the tears are flooding.

    I´m reallys so sorry for your big loss. K was a special dog and I´m so happy to found your blog and could follow you on your hikes and learn through your beautiful pictures your wonderful countryside with K.
    We all knew that the day will come but its always like a chock. We know our loved ones and they tell you when its time. Always very hard.
    K is at the Rainbowbridge now
    hiking with all the other who already left us. She´s still happy and without pain.
    She´s always will hike with you and you will see her on your future hikes with R. You see the signs from her.

    I dont feel like working today, have a meeting at 9 AM and then I will go home to my dachshunds and just be with them.

    Many many hugs from us!

  136. Dear KB,

    Special friends never leave us,
    even after they are gone,
    they live in our hearts forever.

    If my arms could stretch across the miles I would give you the biggest hug xx

  137. I am so deeply sorry. I have no words that can touch the pain you must be feeling. This is something only time can lessen. My heart goes out to you the runner and R.
    Rest in peace K, for your spirit will live on forever.

  138. Maybe K's body was invincible but definitely not her spirit. It lives on. Again and again.

    Thank you for sharing K with us over the years. Our heart breaks for you. And we will miss K dearly.

    Much love and hugs to you, R and the Runner.
    Wild Dingo, Loki and Juno

  139. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Run free sweet K.
    Hugs, Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x

  140. Dear KB Words fail me, but I very much want to tell you that I know how you feel- K was a very special dog and special to you. Thanks for sharing her with us, Love and best wishes to you and the runner from ea in dk

  141. My heart breaks for you. I hope your pictures and memories of time well loved with K will hug you close and bring comfort. She is romping in the fields and mountains of your dreams waiting to one day be reunited.

  142. We are so sorry to hear this sad news and know you must be feeling heart broken. Time will eventually ease your pain and the happy memories of your walks together in the mountains will be a happy memorial to her.
    With gentle purrs and love,
    Hannah and Lucy xx xx and Mum Sue

  143. We've heard of your loss on the Woos blog, and we wanted to pay our condolences. Such a sweet looking doggie.

  144. We are so very sorry.

    Sending our love to you and R,
    Riley (and his mum)

  145. Hello
    Through your beautiful photographs and blog, when we think of Front Range and the Rockies, we always think of K in the landscape and as a big part of the picture. Sorry for your sad news. You have helped many of us who read your blog. Thank you K xx

  146. There are no words other than May God Be with You. My heart breaks for you.

  147. So so so sorry to hear about K :(
    I know how much it hurts, i only lost my first dog deefa a year ago. he should of been 8 today. It seems that the most special ones are always taken from us too soon. Take joy in the fact that you made K's life so happy and fitted in enough fun and adventures to last many life times over. You'll meet again some day and the pain wil fade over time and leave just the happy memories you made together xxx big hugs, hold on tight to R and let making him happy be the thing that keeps you going in this painful time xxx

  148. So very sad to hear the wonderful K's time to cross the bridge had come. Such an amazing life you two shared together. You gave her so much as did she you. Though your heart is heavy from her passing, may you find comfort in the many joyous memories you have and knowing she is now running free again without pain.

    Love and Hugs to you,
    The Roo Family

  149. KB, my heart is with you... Tears are also flowing down thinking about you and K. She lived a truly tremendous life that not many dogs get to experience.
    I know she is on the Rainbow Bridge now, truly pain free, and always watching down on you and R.

    Sending you lots of hugs and prayers.

  150. I popped over yesterday as usual full of hope. I am sorry to hear from the Woos what has happened. Our thoughts are with you and the family and R. I write this with a tear in my eye. Take care. WE will miss K.
    Best wishes Molly

  151. I heard the news and wanted to stop by and drop off some woofs & huggies for you and your family. :) :)

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  152. Me and my cat Charlie came over from Hannah and Lucy's blog. We are so so sorry to hear about angel K. We send you our purrs and prayers. Take care

  153. Sorry to hear it but were very shocked to this post, but I know that K is happy now with God and K really inspires us in every post and adventures of yours, K will always be a friend and a great buddy, we love you K.

    Dog Shock Collar | Puppy Bond

  154. We are so sorry for your sad loss. We send our condolences and purrs of sympathy.

  155. So so sorry to read about your loss of sweet K. We ache for you, your husband and R and send love and huge hugs.
    Sam, Avalon and mom

  156. I ache for your loss. Even when you know it could happen, you're not prepared. We just went through this with our precious boy-kitty, Oz. As so many have said, you shared K with all of us through your wonderful blog...thank you.
    God Bless.

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  158. Deepest sympathies on your loss of K.

    May her memories remain with you always.

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  159. Now K must continue her journey alone - as must you - until your paths converge again. It's so very hard, I know. Thank you for helping all of us who will be facing this heartbreak soon. Wishing you peace and strength...Godspeed, glorious K!

  160. A poem I posted for darling Wilf - reminds me so much of you...

    Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow;
    I am the diamonds glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush,
    I am the sweet uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight,
    I am the first star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there. I did not die.

    -Mary Elizabeth Frye

  161. Everyone that has and will comment here has or will lose their fur friend so you can feel sure that we all know (or will know) your pain and feel your profound sadness. Having this year lost my best furiend - my siamese boy Lautrec - to cancer and surviving his leaving - and I do mean 'surviving' because I really wanted to die wirh him - I can relate to what you are now going through. Only you can work through that pain, but know that you can and will especially drawing strength from the knowledge that K is no longer suffering. He is now watching over you and waiting for the day when you will be together again. Hugs, Cat

  162. We can never be prepared for the loss of the beloved. I knew K through your blog but my heart is broken too, she will be truly missed. There are no words I can say to ease this loss, and there are no words either that can express how lucky you've been in sharing your life with our beautiful angel K. She will never be forgotten.
    A big big hug...


  163. I am so sorry to hear of K's passing. I know everything that you are going through and although Louie has filled our hearts with joy I miss Lily everyday.

    Run free and fast sweet K.

  164. It has taken me since last night to be ready to write my comment when I read the sad news I felt like my heart was going to break and I sobbed my heart out.
    I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are feeling right now but you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    K's indomitable spirit will live on in all of blogville's hearts for years to come, her strength and determination is a shining example to many humans dealing with illness.
    I will treasure her memory .
    Hike Free & Fast Sweet K, we will miss you very much.

    Momma Tea & The Kresty Krew

  165. I am so very sorry for your loss. Words just can not express how sad I am for you. I wish I could take away some of your pain. I will be praying for your healing.

  166. I am so sorry for your loss. It is so painful to lose your best friend. You were both blessed to have each other in your life time. Thank you for sharing with us in your blog. You have wonderful memories and beautiful photos and I hope they will comfort you in the days ahead. Please take care of yourself in this difficult time.

  167. We are so sorry. There is NEVER enough time with those we love. Please know we are thinking about you all.

  168. I am a friend of tweedles and a new blogger. I am so very sorry to hear about K. I didn't know her but looking at the pictures I could tell she was one happy fur kid and loved her life with you. The painting of her is beautiful! My mom told me when she brought me home it was because their little minpin had went to the rainbow bridge. They felt the greatest tribute to him was to do something in his honor so they rescued me from a terrible puppy his heart goes on at our house. Sending a big hug your way! stella rose

  169. oh i am so terrible sorry for your loss....i know how hard it is to lose a sweet pet...oddly enough, this morning i woke up thinking of my crockett whom we had to put down over a year ago due to cancer...we never forget....peace be with you during these hard days ahead....

  170. I never thought I'd cry about losing a dog I never met. There are no words but just know that there are many people grieving right along side of you and your family. You are not alone. I don't know what else to say. I am heartbroken for you and for Blogville because K was such a huge part of us.

    mamma heartbeat

  171. the fruit comes home to weigh the branch--and nothing is ever come-by-chance.

    love the splorin wolfies

  172. I heard about K through Basset Momma's blog. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for you and R.

  173. KB -

    I am so sorry for your loss. I don't post much these days, but still follow along in lurk mode. My thoughts are with you and your family - I know what a difficult time this is for you.

    The Secret

    We have a secret, you and I,
    That no one else shall know,
    For who, but I can see you lie,
    Each night, in fireglow?
    And who but I can reach my hand
    Before we go to bed,
    And feel the living warmth of you
    And touch your silken head?
    And only I walk woodland paths,
    And see, ahead of me,
    Your small form racing with the wind,
    So young again, and free.
    And only I can see you swim
    In every brook I pass...
    And, when I call, no one but I
    Can see the bending grass.

    -- by Beulah Fenderson Smith

  174. We are so sorry to hear about K's passing. We are sending you purrrrs of comfort and strength.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles

  175. I usually lurk here without commenting but I just want to say I am so sorry to hear about K - may happy memories overpower the sad. RIP dear K - you brought joy to many through this blog.

  176. Our deepest condolences to you and your family today for the loss of your beloved K.
    -Mom, Hubbs, Annie & Paul

  177. I am so sorry for your loss, but what a treasure you had to spend the time you had with K! Thank you for sharing your journey together :hugs:

  178. When we end their pain ours is just beginning.

    Thinking of you guys.
    Jackie, Angel Abby's mom on Tripawds

  179. Dear KB,

    We were incredibly saddened to see the email this morning from Ann at Zoolatry sharing the news of K's passing. I don't know what more I can add to what's already been said, except that our thoughts are with you, and our hearts ache for your loss. It has been a privilege to know K through your loving words and beautiful photos, and we mourn her along with you, although not in the same way. Sending you lots of hugs.

  180. Tears streaming down my face for your loss. I am so, so sorry. I wish there were words to comfort. I wish there were actions to heal. I hope you can find comfort in knowing beautiful K is not in pain and in a perfect place. Sending you see beautiful thoughts and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  181. So Sorry to hear about the passing of K. It is every dog owners worst nightmare and I feel your pain having had to do the exact same thing.
    Rest assured that you did the right thing for your girl and she would love you no end for that. You didnt let her suffer and gave her all she needed.
    Have fun at the bridge K.
    Hugs to all the family.xx

  182. I am so sorry for your loss. K was such a special dog, strong, resilient, and she loved you so very much. She knew you made sure that she had the best life any dog could wish for.

  183. My heart hearts for you. Big HUG.

    Marge & Puggles

  184. I am so sad for the sweetheart who has just left you. I am crying.


  185. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Run with the wind K.

    Love Ruby & Penny

  186. Sending prayers your way for the loss of your beautiful pal K.

  187. Our hearts are full for your enormous loss. We well understand the path, having lost our dear Spencer at age 4 to lymphoma. Somewhere in the night sky I feel his star, and think of him running free in the Big Green Field. The wonderful Patricia McConnell said, of losing her dear Luke: "It was as if someone took all the oxygen out of the air and expected me to live without it." And so it feels.
    I think of you and pray for your heart to find its way to peace. ~ Jeanne, Bob & Rex

  188. We are so so sorry ! We just don't have the words !
    Run free sweet K !

    Iris & Mom

  189. I only knew K through you, and your blog and beautiful photos. Really, it's only recently that I came here and "met" you. I'll miss her, though, and I'm glad that you have R to give you comfort.

    That painting is beautiful.

  190. Thank you for sharing K with us, and I know how you feel. July 24 will be 1 year since I've lost my Kaiser to lymphoma, like K, he died young. Chemo only gave him another 9 month. Take comfort in knowing that K is not hurting anymore, and that you've done everything you possibly can for her. She's had a great life and she's looking after you and R from up above. Rest in Paradise K.

  191. You will always find K in your heart, our condolences on the loss of your sweet friend.


  192. We are so sorry to hear the sad news. We are sending warm thoughts and prayers to you...

  193. There are no words to express how much we will miss K.
    Rest in peace sweet baby.

    Linda and Cinnamon

  194. I am so so sorry to hear this, K was such, and is, such an inspiration. Losses are always so sudden and such a shock, even when we feel like we know what is coming. We are thinking of you

    urban hounds

  195. My heart breaks for you and I struggle to even imagine the pain your heart must be feeling. Our thoughts and prayer are with your during this difficult time!

    ~Higgins and Patrice


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