Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baby Love

I have been thinking about this all morning and am not sure what to say. Baby Love passed away this morning. She starting having some serious issues around 4am and by dawn we were off to the vet. It was bad, and I had to make the decision to stop it. I felt it was the only way. I spoke with the neurologist this morning and she agreed. If there had been any hope I would have done anything to save her. I know you all have followed her story for sometime and your thoughts, prayers and donations for surgery have been a blessing. She has meant so much to me. She and I were joined at the hip from the age of 4 weeks so starting over will be hard. She is in every part of the house and yard. I have about a million photos and videos of her. I think the hardest thing will be de programing myself off the routines and scheudles we had. My favorite memories are laughing and cheering her on as she jumped an played in the yard. She loved to be held like a baby and we cuddled almost every night. She loved music, I have a wonderful memory to share with you. One night my husband came home to hear Salsa music blarring in the house and me yelling. In coming in the door her thought "What the heck". What he found was Baby Love and I in the kitchen dancing to the music, she was jumping around and so was I as I cheered her on. I know she felt a lot of love and security, I just wish these last few days were not so much about pills and me being afraid to touch her and more about cuddles and fun in the yard. I have thought all morning about this and have made 2 decisions. One is that I am going to spread some of her ashes at her favorite places in the yard and the rest will go in a beautiful pewter urn. Second, I plan to continue the blog in her name but about my other dogs, her sisters. They were always so good to her and I am sure you guys will love to see and read about them.

To Baby Love:

You were an inspiration to us all. You were a comic, a fighter and a gentle soul!!

Someone told me once that for all I did for you and other animals that I would get a huge crown of jewels in heaven. But he can keep the stones if I can see you again! In all your glory!


River said...

From River's mom who is at work--
I am sosososo sorry to hear about Baby Love. We will remember her as the grass 'hopper' which was such a fun video to watch. I wish that it could have ended differently but it sounds like she had such a lovely life with you. I think your plan of what to do with the ashes is wonderful. Take care. We will love reading about the others. She will have a bunch of my beagles to meet and play with--she'll have fun with them at the Bridge.

love & wags
from River & his mom

Lacy said...

sad sad w00f's, what can i say..i am in tears like i no u r...BL taught us a lot of things in her short life, one of them was how to have joy, even if u have a handicap...i also loved to watch her videos, she wass soo cute runnin around..Run free little girl, ur a pup now, and not a thing is wrong with u..lacylulu will help u learn ur way around..u will 4ever b in our hearts...take care mom and her sisters, and her family...ur in my thoughts and prayers...

a very sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama..

Snowball said...

I am sorry to hear about this. She has been through a tough life. She has been a brave girl.

Its a comfort to know that she no longer have to suffer.

There was once, we found a pup that has the same condition as Baby Love and worse of all, we dun have any neurologist for animals here.

This poor pup can't control his limbs and will fall everytime he try to walk. Seeing him falling and knocking himself was such a pain. Due to his condition, he can't be toilet trained so it became a chore to clean up after him.

Later when the fosterer can no longer foster him, he was put on long term boarding at a kennel and there begin to have skin condition that can never heal properly if he had to continue to live in the kennel.

In the end, his fosterer and rescuer decide to end his suffering and put him to sleep when he was slightly more than a year old. Its a painful decision but they think that its the best for him.

At least Baby Love gets to lead a more normal life and she is able to have fun like a normal pup. She is already a very blessed pup.

May god bless you and your husband for your kind heart in willing to provide a home and so much love for a pup that most people will not want to take in.

Our thoughts is with you and your family. Baby Love will always be loved and remembered.

Luv and sympathy

Anne and Snowball

Deetz said...

I have no barks....only sincere paw hugs for all

The Army of Four said...

We're so very sorry for your loss! You did so much for Baby Love - gave her incredible care and showed such love! She is no longer hurting - and can run and play to her heart's content.
God bless you and comfort you -
The Ao4 and our humans

Thunder, Stormy and the yappitizers. said...

We are so sad to hear about your loss. BabyLove was loved by you and yours and she knew it. She's watching down at you now, not in any more pain and running free. She was such a good girl.

Woos, wags and wuv,
Thunder & Stormy

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

The AO4 mom just pawed a note to my mom - so it is fresh in her head AND before her eyes leak too much, we'll just say we are sad - so very sad.

Please know we were all pulling for her - and since I'm a Sibe, that was LOTS of pull.

We'll meet you someday BabyLove!

And we'll try to keep an eye on your mom fur woo -

Khyra and her mom Phyll

The Airechicks said...

We are so sorry !!! We can't think of anything else to say.

Loving them and having to let them go for their sake is the HARDEST decision - of course you made the right one - we will miss seeing her "grass hopping" and finding what looks to be the most uncomfortable sleeping positions we've ever seen, and just being one of the happiest pups around.

Thank you both so much for loving her and giving her the best this life has to offer and allowing her to be who she was no matter what...
She'll always be with you - she touched our lives also...

Continuing the blog with her sisters is a wonderful idea and we'll love to read about their adventures...

We wish we could take away the hurt but we guess that's the price of love...

Please take care - and if we can do anything please just bark at us .....


Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of sweet Baby Love. Godspeed sweet Baby Love. Run free at the rainbow bridge free of pain.
Sitka and Tia

The Brat Pack said...

We are so, so sorry to read this news. You were so lucky to have each other.

May she be running healthy and happy at the Bridge.

Maryann & The Brats

D'Azul Siberian said...

This is so sad. We are so sorry. What a brave battle Baby Love fought.

D'Azul Siberians

M & S on mom's blogspot said...

Our eyes are leaking BAD! We just started following Babylove's adventures--but though her life was short we sure saw it filled with love.

Rest in peace, Babylove, where you can see all the wonder around you.

Simcha said...

I read about Baby Love on Khyra's blog and hope you don't mind.

My HuMom is so sad reading about Baby Love. She's left an enormous pawprint on your heart. We are very sorry.


Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We're sorry to hear about Baby Love. You did what was best for her and she knows you loved her. We'll be thinking of you as you try to adjust.

Steve, Kat, and mom

Katherine and Pippa said...

Oh we are so sad to read this. We so thought she was going to get better after her op. She will always have a place in our hearts. Sending you whatever good thoughts we can, but we know it's not enough.

Very sad Pippa, Kate and Adrian.

janetleej said...

So sad to hear the news! It is hard to let go, I know.

Summit the Super Mal said...

What a brave girl and what a devoted Mom. Hugs for you and wishes for a swift, pain free journey to the Bridge for your Baby Love.


Asta said...

We awe cwying ovew youw loss..BabyLove was so vewy special and we know you loved hew and cawed fow hew with all youw gave hew so much joy..and i know you got so much in wetuwn fwom mow pills, no mowe needles..just joyous Sissie and Bwuvvew will welcome hew at the bwidge too.

You have ouw deepest sympathies
love and smoochie kisses

Clover said...

Oh we are so sorry to hear about Baby Love. Please accept our condolences during this hard time. She sure was a special girl, and an inspiration to so many. Thanks for sharing her life with us.
Love Clover & Mom

Joe Stains said...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss :(

Faya said...

Baby Love, que son repos soit aussi doux que la joie qu'elle a semée autour d'elle.
Kisses, Faya

Gus and Louie said...

Oh Suzanne I am so sorry. I don't know what to say to make you feel better. We know how much you loved her and we did too.. She truly touched us all. All we can do is remember all the good times that you shared..
We all love you. If you need anything just let us know we are here for you.

Gus, Louie, Sue and Dan..

Shmoo said...

In her short life, she taught a lot of us the fun of playing in the grass, of enjoying the simple pleasures, of realizing that not everything should be taken seriously, and not every obstacle can stop us from life, love, and enjoyment.

She carried such a burden, but it never stopped her. Thank you for not seeing her physical problems, but loving her for her spirit.

She will be missed, even by those who were touched by her from afar.

The gimpy gang:
Meeshka, Loki, Sam, the human woman

Maggie & Mitch said...

OMG, we just heard the news! We are just devastated here! We are so very, very sorry! We love Baby Love so much! Our thoughts and prayers go out to your mom and your whole family!

Love ya lots,
Sue, Maggie and Mitch

Lola Smiles said...

RIP sweetie. You sure were loved...beautiful tribute!

Lola Smiles

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Run free sweet Baby Love - you fought so hard, and you have earnt your angel wings.

our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


brooke, greg, charlie & opy

Charlie Daniels said...

MyNameI am sad. My eyes are leaking. Run free now Baby Love .....


Bumpass Hounds said...

The void created is in the heart more than the home. Baby Love will always be a part of you. You did what was best. We know to well how you feel. Baby Love was obviously a very special soul. Here' something our Dad read to us when Chance and Gordon went to the bridge:
The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this – the last battle – can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand,

But don’t let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,

Only, stay with me ‘til the end

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its’ last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We’ve been so close – we two – these years,

Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

- Anonymous

We will howl to the big backward DOG in the sky tonight and ask him to take care of your Baby Love.

Homer J. - Jubal - JEB - Shelby - Jack - Abby - Max - Shiloh _ Alex - Boru - Jenny = The Bumpass Hounds

Mack said...

We are so sorry, words cannot began to explain.
Now Baby Love is seeing, running without pain and playing with my Emily. I think they will be fast friends. Emily was an Aussie Shepherd who loved life much like BL.
You and your family are in our prayers Suzanne.
I know how hard this must be on you. I have lost pets unexpectedly like this too.
I'm so glad you are gonna continue blogging. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Butchy & Snickers said...

We are so very sorry for your loss of dear BabyLove. May your hearts heal in time. Run free BabyLove.
Wirey Hugs,
Butchy & Snickers

Thor said...

Mama's eyes are leaking a lot, and she asked me to include her condolences with ours. I said okay. Please know that she would not want you to be upset. Sometimes helping us to the Bridge is the best thing you can do for us, and we love you for it. She knows how much you loved her, and she will watch over you until you see each other again.

Soft woos,
Thor, LeeLee, Smoky, and Bandit
(The Wild Hunt)

The Aphasia Decoder.... said...

I'm sorry to hear about Baby Love's passing. It sounds like you gave her a wonderful, loving home while she was here on earth.

Levi and Angel Cooper's mom

Anonymous said...

Oh Baby Love! I'm so so sorry you had to leave! Your mom is right--you do have such a gentle soul.

Be happy and safe and well at the Bridge, and enjoy hopping in the grass. Please know that your family loved you so much, as did all of us who read about you and your wonderful life!

Love and hugs to your family...



Dear Baby Love's Mommy,

Me and the Mommy are so very sorry to her of Baby Love's passing. She was a remarkable dog and she was lucky to have such a loving Mom.The Mommy is crying right now. We did a post earlier this evening about a little dog with will power that was given a chase to live and we know that Baby Love was brave too. The Mommy is gonna ask my sister Samantha, who is at the Rainbow Bridge wating for the Mommy, to look Baby Love up and they can run & play together with all the precious doggies that we have all lost.

We will love to hear about her sisters, so please don't leave the DWB world.

God Bless you...Mona & the Mommy too!!

Petey said...

Hi there,

We never knew Baby Love but share in your heartbreak at losing her so soon. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that you provided her with the best possible home, filled with kindness and love.

She will send another pup that needs your love your way.

Cairn kisses,

Petey (and his Mom)

nl1990 said...

Suzanne - {{{hugs}}} to you for being such a wonderful person, first for bringing Baby Love into your home and heart and second, for making such a difficult decision.

Run free Baby Love!

~long-time reader who is really going to miss the little grass "hopper" :(

cyber-sibes said...

Sending sad wooos over the loss of Baby Love. You gave her such a wonderful life, and now she is pain free and undoubtly romping around at the Rainbow Bridge, having a ball.

Star & Jack & our humom, Pat

Me & my puppies said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

happy said...

We're really sad to hear about Baby Love. Although she had a tough life, yet she had a lot of love and joy from you. Hope you'll take comfort that she's no longer in pain. Our thoughts and prayers to you.

Ruby Bleu said...

I am soo sooo sorry...she will always be in our hearts. she was a special girl and you are special to have loved her so.

love, michele & ruby

Moondance Huskies said...

We are so sorry to hear of Baby Love's passing. She was a very lucky girl to have such a wonderful and loving Mom. Her gentle spirit will be around you always as she bunny hops in the grass at the Rainbow Bridge until you meet her there. She may not have had a long life, but she certainly had a full and happy life with you. You gave her the ultimate, selfless gift when you let her go to the Bridge.
We are sure she would be happy that you will continue the blog and she will be the angel on your shoulder as you type.
Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you at this difficult time.
Hugs & Kisses,
Skye, the Moondance Huskies and Joan (Mom)

Holly said...

I saw about Baby Love's passing on Khyra's blog. I am sorry I never got to know her, and I am even more sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

I am sure she will be happy that her blog will be continued in her memory. She is smiling down on you.


Bama said...

The right words never seem to come at a time like this, but I'll try. You went to amazing links to care for and let her know how much she was loved. I'm so sorry it turned out this way, but have no doubt she's jumping and playing again, on the other side of the bridge. Take some peace in the knowledge that you gave her a wonderful life! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The RHP & RHPmom

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

We are so sorry to hear about Baby Love. Mama told us (Hershey and Kaci) that Bosco (Hershey's older sister) will meet Baby Love at the Bridge (or in Bosco's case schnauzer heaven). They will have so much fun together.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

Southbay Girl said...

Suzanne, I am SO SORRY for your loss! You were an amazing Mom to an amazing little dog! I enjoyed reading her blog everyday! It brought me such joy to see her happy and hopping in the grass! And enjoying her life! She was taken away too soon, but she enjoyed her short life to the fullest!

It's so hard to lose a furry member of your family! You did EVERYTHING you possibly could for her-and she loved you with her entire being just like a cattle dog does!

Rest in peace Baby Love! Now you can bunny hop in the grass whenever you want!!!

We will miss you but look forward to meeting your sisters!!!

Suzanne, the cast and crew of Mad men sends their thoughts and prayers to you as well!!

Rest in Peace Baby Love!

Velcro and Penny

BrandytheGreat said...

We feel very sorry for your loss, hope you're feeling better soon enough.

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh no, we are so sorry to hear of Baby Love's passing. She was a real fighter and went through so much in such short time.
We are thinking of you all.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are sooooo very sorry! We know that you made her life on earth as good as it could possibly be and you knew the right time to let her go. It takes a very special person to take care of a "special needs" dog and we know you are one of those people. Baby Love can run and play with a lot of our buddies at the bridge and she will never be in pain again.

We will look forward to hearing the stories about your other dogs and we will pray for you. We know that the loss of a family member leaves a very large hole in your heart for a very long time. Please take care of yourself and remember the good times with Baby Love!

Poppy, Penny, Patches and their mom

Saint Lover said...

I heard about your loss from Maggie and Mitch the Airedales. I am so sorry and my heart goes out to you.

Saying goodbye is sometimes the hardest, yet kindest thing to do.

Hugs to you in your sad time.

xx The Saint Lover xx

Petra said...

It was almost a year ago that we lost our cocker Sadie, so I feel your pain. I found that losing my dog was losing a part of my family, and I still have an empty place in my heart when I think of her.

Thank God for the precious memories you have of Baby Love, and I love your future plans.


Peanut said...

We are so sorry.

Tatum Tot said...

I'm so, so sorry... :(

Georgeous said...

Oh so sorry to hear your sad news.
Baby Love will be at the Bridge waiting for you.
Try and remember the smiley times you had with her, even though it will be difficult right now.
She will be furever in your heart.
Love 'n' Lickies

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Baby Love was so beautiful and you are a wonderful family for giving her the incredible life that you did. My heart aches for how much you will miss her. You'll all be in my thoughts. -danni

Girasol said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Baby Love. I don't know what else to say...a big lick & kiss for you.
Run free Baby Love...

Jake of Florida said...

Deepest sympathies on your loss. We only came to know Baby Love recently, when she was already so sick, but we know how much love and caring -- and joy -- you gave to her from the time she was a pup.

Jake and Just Harry and Joan

Niamh said...

We are so sorry about dear Baby Love. Your heart must ache. We always enjoyed reading about her adventures. She lived her life with joy and courage.

Your friend,
Niamh and her person Barbara

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

I just read at River's blog about Baby Love. Although we did not know her, we know about losing a beloved furry friend and family member. We wanted to stop by and give you are deepest condelences.
She took all the love you gave her over the Rainbow Bridge and you'll meet there again someday.

Gus and Louie said...

We left a very special post for Baby Love today. We know how you are feeling we too have heavy hearts..
Like I said last night Baby Love has touch us all and we are all better for it.. You are a very special lady....

Gus, Louie, Sue and Dan

Gus and Louie said...

Would you do us a favor and repost the Baby Love video of her hunting grass !!!

We so loved seeing her in all her glory !!!

Thanks, dan ......

and Mom, Gus & Louie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, no. We are so sorry Baby Love didn't make it. You gave her the best life possible.

We send purrs and tail wags, praying you will have peace among the memories.

Chef said...

We didn't know Baby Love but we are really crying reading your beautiful words about her and all your love for your beautiful girl.

All we can do is tell you we are so sorry for your loss and hope you take consolation in knowing that Baby Love is at peace and remembering her wonderful life with you.

Take care.
Chef and Linda

Bogart said...

Run free Baby Love... and big Big Aire Kisses to your family...


Tenkiller Airedales said...

We just heard about Baby Love. We send our love (and we have a lot here) your way today. Sometimes the greatest love shown is the love of letting go. You'll see Baby Love again, we just know it!

Aireslurps to you,
Chief Apache and her tribe

Amber-Mae said...

We just heard about Baby's passing. We're so absolutely very sorry to hear about it. I thought everything would be fine. My deepest condolences to you & your family. Baby Love, although we just met, we miss you so much. Sleep tight little girl...

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

a. said...

i stumbled upon your blog about 'baby love' and was so happy that she had someone like you to care for her & give her such a wonderful life.
the joy, strength & the lesson of love that a dog can show is just amazing & i see baby love brought all that to not only you & your family but all who read this blog as well.
I wish you the best with your other doggies & my sympathy for your loss of beloved Baby Love; she has touched my heart tremendously. I know my lily-girl wouldve loved her too.
know she will be your angel forever. blessings.


cookie said...

We haven't been blogging, so just found out about Baby Love. We are so very sorry. We loved to log on and see what she had been up too. She will be missed so, so very much!!

Cookie and crew, and mom too