Sunday, August 9, 2009

At a loss for words...

Nothing Can Stay Gold
by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Our hearts are breaking tonight as I share with you the news that our beloved golden retriever, Dakota, is no longer with us. We are overcome with grief and sadness. It became clear to us today, she was very ill and uncomfortable and we did the kindest and yet most difficult thing possible. Some day soon, when I find my words again, I'll come back and share more about her. She was our first baby, our first love, our "little girl." And she was as gold as they come, in more ways than one.

13 comments:

  1. Vicky-my heart is breaking for you tonight. I can truly say that I know what you are going through. Have you ever read Rainbow Road? It is a poem I received when my Midnight passed away and it is so beautiful. Let me know if you haven't and I"ll send it to you!

    I'm praying for your family tonight!

    Hugs

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  2. Oh, my sweet Vicky. I'm sitting here crying with you. I'm so very very sorry. I don't have any words either... just that my heart hurts with you and I love you all.

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  3. Vicky...my friend, I hug you from here. My heart is heavy as I read about the passing of your sweet Dakota. I cry with you, Vicky. I am so very sorry for your family's loss.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  4. O Vicky, my sweet friend. I'm so very sorry you lost Dakota. Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. If you've ever truly loved a dog or cat and have them weave their way permanently into your heart, then you know. And when you have kids it's compounded.

    I will be praying for all of you. Our JoJo is growing older and more feeble and I can't even bear to look at the day. Love to you and hugs and comfort.

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  5. Hello Vicky

    I am sorry that this is what your day has brought.
    Our dog too went a few months ago...and there is still a vacuum...

    Happy days

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  6. Oh Vicky, we are so sorry to hear about Dakota. She was such a sweet and gentle soul. All our love to you, Rick and the boys....

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  7. Oh Vicky -- I am sooooooo soooooo sooo sorry. I don't even know what to say. I am just at a total loss for words. Goldens are the BEST! They just are one of the family. I bet all of you are just devasted - Dakota was one of the "Westra 5" in your family. I am not even going to try and find some words to say what I am feeling for you --you know. I care.

    Kristi

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of your dog's passing. It's such a difficult thing to go through, and so I share your pain with you.
    I hope your boys are doing okay....

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  9. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dakota. Hang in there.

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  10. Thank you, everyone, for your sincerity, your compassion and caring. And mostly for being here for us. The boys have both turned to the blog and have been encouraged with how much love and support you all have shown us.

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  11. I'm late getting here Sweetie...oh the breath is knocked out of me. I'm so very, very sorry. There are no words...
    I am sending tears, prayers and love love love to you and yours.
    Oh, how heavy my heart is Vicky...

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  12. Nolan and Colton...I am very sorry to hear that Dakota is no longer with you. She will always live in your hearts. Our cat, Sammie, passed away not long ago. I'm 59 years old. Did I cry? You bet I did. Was that OK for me to do? You bet it was. Sammie was part of our family just like Dakota was and always will be a part of yours. I want you to know that a lot of people are thinking about you...and send you great big comfy hugs.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  13. I wish God gives you and your family enough strength to see this phase through!

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