Saying Goodbye to the Dog of My Heart

This has been the most difficult post I’ve had to write. We lost our Chloe two weeks ago. While you’re never prepared to lose a dog, it took us by surprise.

She had a big heart as evidenced by her X-ray, and an even bigger personality.

She was oh-so-needy and neurotic. . .

Always hungry, she was my camera hound, ready to pose for a photo with the promise of a treat.


She was an ‘I wanna go on a walk /boat ride NOW’ impatient, outdoor enthusiast. . .

And wonderful, loving dog of our hearts.

She was always following me around the house, demanding attention or food. . .

And ready to sneak a bite of something when I wasn’t looking.

The house is so quiet without her.

We are heartbroken and weepy. . .

And Gracie is sad and lost without her shadow and twin.

Chloe, We wish we had more time with you. . .

May you always have blue water views. . .

Birds to watch. . .

A lap to ride in. . .

Wind in your ears . . .

A companion to curl up with . . .

Toys to play with. . .

Sunset cruises. . .

And treats to enjoy.

Thank you for loving us and making us laugh.

We miss you.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

~Roger A. Caras

Chloe, Dog of Our Hearts

May 21st, 2005 – February 5th, 2018

Thank you for your visit. ♥

  357 comments for “Saying Goodbye to the Dog of My Heart

  1. February 19, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I am so sad to hear this, she was so lovely and so adorable, even I just met with her on these blogging world and images, but left a a nice and unforgettable touches in my heart too. Not easy for you all and especially for her twin. My heart wth you all, Love, Thank you for sharing beautiful photographs of your world, in the far distance you made my day nice, I am crying with you now. Love, nia

    • April 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      I also lost my Molly she was a bichon as well. She was by my side for 17 years, and went everywhere with me.
      She loved the car and people as well as her furry friends. I too am a professional photographer and during the summer I’d teach black and white photography at an overnight camp in New Hampshire. She’d come with me and never was leashed. All the campers loved her and the kids came and took her everywhere.
      My camp neighbor had 2 dogs and Molly would go over every chance she could to say hi and play.

      We lost her 6 years ago and I’m just now looking to adopt another dog.

      Your post just brought back so many wonderful memories for me.

      Thank you

      • niasunset
        April 29, 2019 at 1:27 am

        Dear Keith, I can almost understand you. I had cats and when I lost them I know the feelings. But I never stayed without cat… I always had a new one… Of course none of them are being forgotten, every cat (as your dogs) had her/his character and memories with us… We live with them all togehter. Even they know once there was a cat here… I haven’t known that you take photographs, I am too but not professional one… If you wish you can visit my blog, I can send you an invitation. Thank you, have a nice Spring days, Love, nia

    • Nicholas Gravino
      August 6, 2021 at 7:12 am

      I have Bella and GIGI who I wrote books about they are the loves of our lives the true meaning of Unconditional Love

  2. Patti
    February 19, 2018 at 6:43 am

    What a beautiful post. Makes me cry. I’m just so sorry for you all. I know she has the blue water views, birds in the sky, wind in her ears, beautiful sunsets, plenty of treats and toys, and Gui’s lap to sit in. You were and still are the people of her heart.

  3. February 19, 2018 at 6:43 am

    My heart is broken for you Mary. I know that pain. I am sending you love and hugs and prayers for Gracie to get through this most difficult time. They do indeed take a piece of our hearts with them. I am reduced to tears as reading this beautiful tribute brings back so, so many memories of my precious LadyBug. Godspeed Chloe. You will always remain in our hearts.

  4. Linda
    February 19, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I’m so sorry….it stings so much to lose a wonderful friend and companion. Grieve for her because she was worth it and keep your fond memories in your heart.

  5. Linda L
    February 19, 2018 at 6:43 am

    My heart is breaking for you. Such a wonderful tribute to a beloved dog. Please except my heartfelt sympathy.

  6. Kristen Ayers
    February 19, 2018 at 6:44 am

    oh, Mary…so sad when we lose a dear pet that has so clearly been loved and has loved us in return…I know you’ll have comfort in the memories she leaves behind

  7. Bonbongirl
    February 19, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Dear Mary-
    May all the wonderful memories you have of your beloved Chloe bring you comfort & sustain you during this most difficult time.💖

    • Jennifer H
      February 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      So sorry for your loss😪 We lost one of our dogs three weeks ago. It is never easy and everything you said was true of ours too. It is so hard. My prayers go out to you😊

  8. Kathi
    February 19, 2018 at 6:45 am

    My heart goes out to you and your family. This is the saddest post I have ever read and I have cried like a baby. May you find peace in your heart knowing that she is in Heaven.

  9. Desha
    February 19, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I am so very sorry about beautiful Chloe, my tears are flowing as my heart breaks for you. I have enjoyed reading your posts about your babies, as I am also blessed with 2 sweet doggies. I thank you for sharing Chloe and Gracie with all of us.

  10. Sandi Lee
    February 19, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Oh, such sad news. My heart is breaking for you and your family. It’s such a very difficult thing to go through. Prayers for the peace that passes understanding. 🙏🙏🙏

  11. Susan H Whetstine
    February 19, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I’m so very sorry. It’s so hard to lose a furbaby. Hugs and prayers for you.

    • Linda S Speedy
      February 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

      So very sorry for your loss. Dogs are great friends and company.

  12. February 19, 2018 at 6:50 am

    My most sincere condolences to you and your husband. Chloe was a beautiful friend and pet. Thank you for sharing her through your posts. She and Gracie have brought many smiles to my face and heart. Praying your memories will give you comfort.

  13. Gale
    February 19, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Heartbroken beyond words!
    May our Father comfort you through this great loss.

  14. February 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    So sorry for your loss of a beloved family member. Hope all your pleasant memories of her will always give you comfort. Debbie

  15. Diane
    February 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I was so sorry to read that you lost chole. We lost our bichon,Daisy a while ago,but we still miss her and her crazy antics. She never met a food she didn’t like. May I suggest you go to a website called the rainbow bridge.
    It will give you some peace.

  16. Joan
    February 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    What a beautiful tribute to a loving and well loved Chloe. My condolences to you on your loss.

  17. Nancy Edwards
    February 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    My heart breaks for you. All posts with Chloe & Gracie were always the best & couldn’t get enough of them. Thank you for sharing them with us❤️

  18. Janet Fasanelli
    February 19, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Such a beautiful tribute to your beloved Chole.
    We lost our beloved Snickers, a Wheaton terrier, 1 month ago. She was 3 months shy of her 16 th birthday. A day does not go by that we don’t think of her. Still weepy as well. Miss her so much.
    My heart goes out to you.
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute.

  19. JC
    February 19, 2018 at 6:57 am

    So very sorry.

  20. Rita C.
    February 19, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Sad. No words.♥

  21. Carol
    February 19, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Mary. I am heartbroken for you and Dave. I am reading your post with tears streaming down my face. I know how much you, Dave and Gracie loved Chloe. Hugs and prayers for you all

  22. Ruth Willson
    February 19, 2018 at 7:01 am

    It is so difficult to say goodbye. I’m sorry Chloe is gone. But you wrote a beautiful tribute for your fur baby. Ruth

  23. February 19, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Have been there before…..don’t wish it on anyone. But wait! Maybe I do! Because it means you gave a little creature a home, shared so much time and love together! You were blessed with a very special personality and have so many happy memories and photos! It’s so very hard but that’s the sign of having been so very blessed! I am sad for you because I know how you feel. But I was always happy for you because I so enjoyed your photos of your sweet pups! Your heart will heal. Enjoy your wonderful memories and your other little pup.😘

  24. Shelley Trunnell
    February 19, 2018 at 7:02 am

    My heart breaks for you. I have felt this pain myself and know that it will never go away but it does get easier with time. We all know she had the best life you could have ever given her and was loved so much. What more can a dog ask for? Take comfort in knowing she has crossed the rainbow bridge and is happy and at peace.

  25. February 19, 2018 at 7:02 am

    My heart breaks for you….through your blog I have come to love her too long distance. So, so sorry………..

  26. Pim
    February 19, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Chloe, I send so much love and hugs your way, Pim

  27. Monica
    February 19, 2018 at 7:04 am

    So very sorry. Hugs.

  28. Yvonne Shafer
    February 19, 2018 at 7:05 am

    It’s never easy to say goodbye to a family member. You gave her beautiful experiences and she reciprocated. Warm hugs to you.

  29. Gail
    February 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Hope you find comfort in the words of Winnie the Pooh “If there ever comes a time when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

  30. February 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I’m so very sorry. Those of us who have been through this difficult experience can feel your pain and sadness.

  31. Kaye Wright
    February 19, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I always take delight in reading Chloe and Gracie posts and forward them to my daughter and much loved granddog. But this morning, I am heartbroken for you. What a sweet tribute in memory of Chloe; you certainly captured her personality and insistence. I can only imagine Chloe scurrying happily over the rainbow bridge. ❤️ Sending love from Tennessee.

  32. Deb C
    February 19, 2018 at 7:13 am

    My heart breaks for you Mary. ❤️

  33. February 19, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sweet fur baby girl. I am sure you are giving Gracie extra hugs as she is mourning too. So many sweet memories to cherish.

  34. Bren
    February 19, 2018 at 7:15 am

    So sorry for your loss of your cute Chloe. Our pets leave their paw prints on our hearts for sure.

  35. Robin Alion
    February 19, 2018 at 7:18 am

    So extremely sorry for the loss of your precious furbaby. Your truly in my thoughts and prayers, for I know the loss, the ache, the grief, the lonesomeness and the oddly new normal of losing a loving furry family member 😞 I believe with my whole heart our furbabies are waiting for us in heaven. Animals were the first creatures our loving, awesome Father created. He also saved more animals during the flood, than humans.
    Psalms 36:6 days…..”Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.”
    This is my verse of comfort. Rainbow Bridge is just the waiting room until we are all reunited.
    May your memories become beautiful treasures and your treasures become your comfort.

    Be Blessed
    Robin Alion

  36. Maureen
    February 19, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Your heart aches and so it should. You wrote a loving tribute to Chloe. I am sorry for your loss. Anyone who has lost a pet knows what you are going thru. I have been there three times. Cherish your memories.

  37. barbara
    February 19, 2018 at 7:29 am

    So very sorry to read this We all loved her,

  38. Lisa Vaillancourt
    February 19, 2018 at 7:34 am

    You gave her a wonderful life and she was so well loved!❤ That is the best any of us can hope for. To love and be loved! And Chloe was! You must not wait too long to find another to love!❤ So sorry for your loss!! We so know how heavy your heart is.

    • Kaye Moore
      February 19, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Mary I am so sorry to hear about Chloe. My heart breaks for you and David. Your tribute was so beautiful. By the end of it I was crying. Please take care

  39. Gayle Dodson
    February 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Your pictures and tribute certainly tell a love story. I am so sorry about your loss. We will all miss that darling face in your posts.

  40. February 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Mary, I don’t even know where to begin–I know words cannot heal your pain. Your comfort will be in remembering the joy Chloe brought to you, your hubby and Gracie, and the wonderful life you all gave her, too. I’m sure she is still spreading her infectious joy and fondly dreaming of wind in her ears, comfy seats, and hidden treats. My love to you all, Linda

  41. Linda G
    February 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

    So very sorry for your loss, I know, as I’m a pet sitter for a few People! The loss is not easy! Hugs to you both!

  42. emily
    February 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

    My heart aches for you all. She was such a personality and a part of all our lives

  43. Gail Bell
    February 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Mary I am so sorry for your loss. Our four legged friends hold such a special place in our hearts. May you find comfort from your memories and extra snuggles with Gracie. Thank you for sharing Chloe with us and thank you for the beautiful tribute to your beloved friend.

  44. February 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I am so so sorry and heartbroken for you, your husband, and Gracie 😞 We are so blessed to have our loving companions but the pain is so unbearable when we have to say goodbye. Your posts of your babies always made me smile and your love for them came shining through with each and every one. Chloe was truly loved and lucky to live in such an amazing home with her beloved family ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  45. Sherlie Magaret
    February 19, 2018 at 7:40 am

    What a lovely and beautiful tribute to Chloe. All I can say is how sorry I am for your loss. I will miss seeing her in your pictures with Gracie. Please give Gracie a hug. My heart breaks for all of you.

  46. Wanda
    February 19, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Breaks my heart to read this post, I follow your blogs and my favorite part is Chloe and Gracie. We have two English Springers and a Gracie too and your heartache is a grim reminder that this is before us as well. I have heard it said many times that maybe your Chloe moved on so that another pup could know and share your love. What a lucky girl she was to have been loved by you two, and vice versa.

  47. February 19, 2018 at 7:42 am

    No words can comfort you..this was a beautiful tribute!! I read through tears..pets are our children and some are better than children, my kids used to say that I treated the dog better than I did them (this was long after they were gone from home)… my answer was always that I always knew where the dog was, I didn’t have to pay for their college, I could have them fixed, she didn’t want to borrow my clothes or car and she obeyed! You know, if no one else is glad to see you, the dog always is!! They have unconditional love..they don’t care about your politics, religion, color, fat or skinny..they just love you and all you have to do is love them concern now is for the other little one..hope she gets along without her buddy..and you too!! My heart goes out to you! ❤️😢

  48. Colleen
    February 19, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Oh my gosh I am so deeply sorry. Just six months ago we had to say goodbye to our 15 year old Yorkie. Champ was my constant companion and I sometimes “forget” and look for him to be here. My heart goes out to you because I know how much you are hurting.

    • Sue
      February 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Chloe was truly.a blessing for you folks as well as all of those of us who follow so closely your beautiful posts. Please know how much we care and are so happy you shared her with us. We, too, are saddened and will remember her always with love and thankfulness.

  49. Libby
    February 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

    So, so very sorry for your family’s loss. These precious little animals capture your heart in a way that nothing else can. They give us all their love and affection and expect so little in return. “We do not grieve without first loving. We do not love without gaining more than we could ever lose.” May your happy memories sustain you and time bring peace.

  50. Leslie
    February 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to her. Words cannot express the hole in your heart and life when you lose a beloved family member (because that is what they are). Chloe will always be remembered by the love she leaves behind and she will live on in your hearts and memories forever.

  51. April Kochan
    February 19, 2018 at 7:50 am

    She was the cutest dog. I so enjoyed her antics and the photographs. Dogs don’t live long enough. I am so very sorry.
    April Kochan
    Hampton, VA

  52. Linda
    February 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. IAM a Hugh animal lover and love dogs . Our beloved Golden Retriver passed away last year. I know how your heart is broken . Yes our other Golden missed him so much as well as we did. He was only 6 years old…not that old at all. We rescused him when he was 2 . Yes we did get another one but no dog can ever take another dogs place or place in your heart. We love both of our dogs dearly. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  53. Bonita Ritter
    February 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss.Always so hard to lose a very loved family member.She will always always live in your hearts.

  54. February 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Mary, my heart is breaking for you. Our dogs are such very special family members, and their absence leaves a hole in our hearts. This was a beautiful tribute to Chloe. I hope all your wonderful memories will bring you some degree of comfort. Thinking of you…

  55. Claire
    February 19, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Dear Mary such sad news about Chloe. There really aren’t any words to say how much the lost of our fur babies hurts. Prayers for y’all and Gracie.

  56. Linda
    February 19, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I do believe we will see all of our beloved animals again in Heaven because the Bible tells us there are animals in Heaven. That will be a wonderful time .

  57. February 19, 2018 at 8:01 am

    I’m sending you a cyber hug from Surrey England. I know the sadness of losing a dog and Chloe was a very special dog indeed. But oh what a life she had! There are humans who would envy her life – sunset cruises, Homemade treats, and a loving family. After the tears, a smile will appear every time you think of her. 💕

  58. Karen Boehlert
    February 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

    My heart hurts for you all. How sad to lose her, but how wonderful that she gave you her all and you loved her with all you had as well. :( :(

  59. February 19, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Ooh Mary, my heart is so sad for you in losing your beloved Chloe. I’m sending love and warm hugs to you across the miles. God bless you.

  60. Kathy Harris
    February 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Oh Mary….my heart goes out to you. It’s so hard to lose a pet. I am so sorry. 💕♥️❤️

  61. Cheryl K
    February 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

    My heart is broken for you! As a dog owner for 70 years I feel your pain. My Augi Pug is 15 , not sure where the time has gone. Prayers and hugs for you and your family.

  62. Karen
    February 19, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about Chloe. I know how loved she was. My heart breaks for you and your family.

  63. Tardevil
    February 19, 2018 at 8:11 am

    That is so sad! I am so, so sorry. (((Hugs)))

  64. chrisott
    February 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Dear Mary so Sorry to hear that Chloe Passed I always love Them Both WE Losted one of are two Years go it is Hardto lose a Animals

  65. Karen Robbins
    February 19, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our pets are a big part of our family and give us so much love and joy. The pictures you posted always brought a smile to my face. It’s been almost five years since we lost our baby and I still miss her every day. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  66. Barbara Noland
    February 19, 2018 at 8:16 am

    As I sit snugged with my Maltese, Lexie, I feel your pain on the loss of Chloe. We put down 2 elderly poodles this fall…heart-wrenching. Thank you for sharing Chloe’s life with us. I have toyed with purchasing another Maltese from falling in love with your babies. Hugs and prayers.

  67. Cheryl
    February 19, 2018 at 8:18 am

    We lost our furbaby a year ago. They leave a big hole in your heart when they go. So sorry for your loss, Mary.

  68. February 19, 2018 at 8:19 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. People often say that dogs should live as long as we do. I believe that they are a special gift and their short time with us teaches us more about compassion and love than we could learn in a lifetime. I suppose it’s meant to be that way. It doesn’t make it any easier but there are times that I look at my aging, yet still crazy as can be, Golden and in that moment, he fills my heart with such happiness and content that I realize this truly is a gift meant to be enjoyed for a short time. They are far too special to last a lifetime. A beautiful post and touching photos, thank you…

  69. Janet O. Robinson
    February 19, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I am so sad to hear this news about Chloe… I loved all of your posts and pictures of her. I am so very sorry…crying as I read this. Looked at all of her precious pictures in your beautiful Lake Norman.

  70. Wren
    February 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

    so sorry for your loss

  71. Betty Savage
    February 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Oh, my heart breaks for all of you. It is difficult to lose these precious fur babies who own our hearts. You and your husband and Gracie are in my thoughts and prayers.

  72. Michelle
    February 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Oh Mary! So sorry to hear about Chloe😢 we lost our bechon last February and it is so hard to adjust not having them around. My husband has Alzheimer’s and he talks to Bear everyday.
    PIP Chloe. Hope Gracie adjusts. 💕💐

  73. Debbie
    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I am so very sorry for all of you! What sweet times you gave her and her to you all! This post is precious as are all the pictures. I’ll be praying for you.

  74. Peggy Ott
    February 19, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Oh Mary, I am sorry, I feel your pain. The lose of our little girls and guys is a very difficult time to work through. Lost my Cedar a year ago on Feb. 11th and miss him all the time. His brother took 3 weeks to find his way through it and now never leaves my side. He looked for him everywhere he could. Chloe will be with all of you as you continue your journeys and will meet you on the other side. The Tribute written for her is lovey and brought all the emotions to the fore front that I experienced a year ago. The true honor for Chloe is that you and your husband were a great Mom and Dad!!

  75. Marye
    February 19, 2018 at 8:28 am

    What a lovely tribute to a wonderful dog.

  76. Terry Workman
    February 19, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You gave her such a happy life.

  77. Ricki Treleaven
    February 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Tears are streaming down my face as I am reading this. I am so very sorry for your loss. When I lost my precious Bonnie Blue four years ago it broke my heart. We are still grieving. Bonnie also had a heart condition, and her breeder wanted to put her down, but we rescued her and she had ten very good years. Her cardiologist was a little shocked, too: she thought we’d have at least another year with her.

    (((((hugs))))) to you, Gracie, and your husband.

    • s.haskins
      February 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

      So sorry Mary to hear of this sad news. Our fur babies mean so much to us and leave quite a void in our lives when gone . Know that you gave a wonderful life to this pup while in your care. We will all miss the antics of Chloe .

  78. Donna
    February 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Chloe. I know the deep pain and sadness y’all are going through. I have lost beloved cats over the years and still feel that ache in my heart. Time will lessen it but it never truly goes away, no, not when we have truly loved. I pray you will find comfort in knowing she had such a wonderful life with y’all. It’s just never long enough…

  79. Robin
    February 19, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Y’all will be in my prayers. I lost my precious Pierre eight years ago. The pain is still there but the memories are so sweet. The love they give is unconditional, they truly are a gift from God. Bichons are the sweetest happiest loving dogs. My granddaughter used to say Pierre wants to be everybody’s best friend. Life is short but dogs lives are way too short. Love and prayers for Gracie too.

  80. February 19, 2018 at 8:33 am

    So very sorry for your loss. We have a sweet dog with an enlarged heart and we know that each day we get with her is a gift. So very sorry for the loss of your sweet Chloe.

  81. Connie Elliott
    February 19, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I am crying with you. Such sad news. I am so sorry. Take heart if you can knowing you are not alone.

  82. Karen Wright
    February 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Very SAD!!! So sorry, Mary!!! I know, it’s like there’s a colossal whole in your life, but very sweet memories! Hugs!

  83. Donna
    February 19, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Anyone who has lost a pet know the deep pain that comes with it. Your post was beautiful and now I have to go because my eyes are leaking all over my keyboard. Big hugs to you and hubby.

  84. Sue
    February 19, 2018 at 8:39 am

    So very sorry, Mary. Chloe was such a bright light for us so many days via your blog. Thinking of you…

  85. Linda S Sink
    February 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I cried when I read your post. I lost my sweet maltese of 15 1/2 yrs. recently. He was a twin and Ray was so sad without him, he died shortly afterwards. They are so precious to us and give us so much purpose, joy and unconditional love. I know you ache. I just feel blessed that I had them for as long as I did and I know y’all do too. Best wishes.

  86. Bonnie L Keearns
    February 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Oh Mary, Im so sorry to hear about your precious Chloe! May memories of her bring a quick smile to face and warmth into heart! For as long as memories live within your heart, Chloe will live on forever. Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers 😔

  87. February 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Dear Mary, So sorry to hear of the loss of Chloe. I’ve so enjoyed following along with the antics of Gracie and Chloe. Losing a pet is soooo hard. We lost our beloved lab Boston after 14 great years right before Thanksgiving and while it has been difficult I can tell you that it does get easier. All of the memories we have now bring smiles to our faces. Big hugs for you and your hubby as you go through this difficult time. Gracie too.

  88. Hetty
    February 19, 2018 at 8:48 am

    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~ Will Rogeres

  89. Barb Zuleski
    February 19, 2018 at 8:48 am

    We are so, so very sorry, God Bless your darling Chloe as well as Gracie and your entire family.

  90. Karenann
    February 19, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart aches for you. I, too, lost my precious, beloved Cupcake in November. I was truly devastated. I am so very lucky to still have his brother, Cocoa, with me. And every day I thank God for all the wonderful memories and love I had with Cupcake and now I make every moment with Cocoa as special as I can. Please know you, your family and Chloe are in my thoughts and prayers.

  91. Jacki Salinas
    February 19, 2018 at 8:49 am

    My heart breaks for you. They aren’t our pets, they are our family. I pray she waits for you, happily, at the Rainbow Bridge.

  92. Sally brown
    February 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

    The loss of a dear pet is like no other, their unconditional love for us cannot be duplicated in anything else. I pray that the sweetness and love of that relationship will overcome the sadness, but it will take time. Give Gracie some extra hugs. Thanks for the beautiful post, it reminds me to cherish all those who are precious in my life. Sally

  93. Granny Gay
    February 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Such shocking news this morning from you, Mary. Your dogs always looked so healthy and happy and I’m sure you never suspected that her heart was enlarged. I extend to you and your husband and Gracie. Gracie to the rescue…she will try so very hard to help you heal, even tho she is missing Chloe too. Wishing you happier times… enjoy your fond memories, and know that all of your readers send warmest wishes and hugs in sympathy.

  94. Joan
    February 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your life and your precious puppies with us. You all are delightful and bring me so much joy. Comfort and blessing for your family . 😘

  95. Catherine
    February 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Bonjour Mary, Je suis bien triste pour vous….je sais ce que c’est de perdre un petit animal que l’on aime…Cela laisse un grand vide…et beaucoup de chagrin. Vraiment je suis désolée pour vous et votre famille…Votre petite chienne avait de superbes yeux malicieux… Vous lui avez offert une vie merveilleuse auprès de vous. Je pense à vous…

  96. Martha Franks
    February 19, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Mary I am so sorry! I think in many ways she was our baby too! Sending prayers and sympathy to you, your husband and Gracie. What a lovely tribute you have written! God bless you all.

  97. Rhonda S
    February 19, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for sharing Chloe with us on your blog, her personality comes through your pictures. Tender moments.

  98. Pam
    February 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I think Chloe left paw prints on all our hearts. Tears…

  99. February 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Oh Mary, my heart is broken for all of you. We’ve gone through this more times than I care to remember. Our Miss Molly was so great for posing in front of my camera and when I wrote of her passing, I received so many comments that I ended up just writing a thank you post, rather than individually comment. I feel for all of you, but how well I know how hard this is for Gracie.

  100. Virginia
    February 19, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Dear Mary, I write this with tears in my eyes because it was so very obvious how much Chloe meant to you, your husband and Gracie. I have no doubt Chloe will be waiting for her loved ones to join her one day in God’s kingdom. You are in my heart for healing from this loss.

  101. Kym
    February 19, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Dear Mary, I was forced to say good bye to one of my dogs last Friday. We never know when they will leave us. I know you cherished your Chloe, hugged and loved her every day just as I did my Bear. Losing our lovely dogs will always place a whole in our heart. I try to use my happy and loving memories with them to re-fill that hole. It is a daily task. I wish you well. – Kym

  102. Jane Teague
    February 19, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I, too, would like to add my condolences to this beautiful tribute to your sweet Chloe. What loving joy she brought you. And you provided her with a wonderful long life. I send my sincere sympathy to you, Mary, in the days ahead.

  103. February 19, 2018 at 9:07 am

    It’s all been said…..sending a hug and love ~ Sharon

  104. Sharon Dolton
    February 19, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Oh Mary, I know how hard it must have been to do this beautiful tribute to your baby. Chloe will still never be far from your side and you will see her again on the other side. I hope that gives you some comfort. Losing a pet is one of the most difficult life experiences to go through. Treasure the memories and find comfort in how much we all loved Chloe too.

  105. Lynn Williams
    February 19, 2018 at 9:09 am

    So sorry to hear about Chloe leaving this earthly life. She will live forever in your hearts and will know that she was loved. Your life will never be the same but much richer because of having her in your life. May peace be with you.


    Lynn Williams 843-323-8073

    On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 6:32 AM, Home is Where the Boat Is wrote:

    > Mary posted: ” This has been the most difficult post I’ve had to write. We > lost our Chloe two weeks ago. While you’re never prepared to lose a dog, it > took us by surprise. She had a big heart as evidenced by her X-ray, and an > even bigger personality. She w” >

  106. February 19, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Oh, Mary, it is so hard to lose our furkids, they occupy such a huge part of our hearts. My heart aches for you today. Chloe’s Rainbow Bridge surely leads to lovely lake with a boat to feel the wind in her ears. Take care, I grieve with you.

  107. February 19, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Mary, I am so sorry. Our fur babies are so important in our lives. They love us without question. They listen to us. They are always there when we need a shoulder. Wishing you and yours well and a special hug to Gracie…..

  108. Priscilla Shoulders
    February 19, 2018 at 9:14 am

    It’s so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends and I truly understand. She was adorable and I really enjoyed seeing her on your post. Thank you for sharing her with us. Bless you!

  109. Vicki
    February 19, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Mary, I am so, so sorry for your loss of your beloved Chloe. How we readers have enjoyed seeing her grace your blog pages with such fanfare. My heart goes out to you, your husband and Gracie. Know that she is watching over you and that she has always has a place on the Lord’s lap.

    February 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Oh Mary. I am so sad for you.

  111. anne
    February 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I am so very sorry. I know you and your husband will miss her dearly. She was so darling. Sending a hug to you today.

  112. February 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I am so sorry to read your sad news. She sure is a cute pup.

  113. Tricia
    February 19, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a special girl and I’ll miss seeing her in your pictures.

  114. Theresa Keller
    February 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I am so sorry for your Loss, Mary. She was precious and I know how special she was to you. I lost my 11 year old Papillon 3 years ago and still miss him. Your tribute to Chloe was beautiful. I do so enjoy your blog….. take care.

  115. Kathy Rademacher
    February 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Mary, my heart is breaking and my prayers are with you. Your adorable dogs have been so much a part of your blog we all feel we know them. Thank you for sharing them with all of us. We will continue to enjoy Gracie, and all your wonderful work. God Bless you all!!!

  116. Fran Silver
    February 19, 2018 at 9:29 am

    We are so sorry for the loss of your precious Chloe. We understand, as we have lost babies in the past and our sweet Annie is now battling an enlarged heart. They are our children, our companions, our confidantes, our constant shadows. You gave Chloe a very loving home and amazing life. May the memories of the sweet times comfort you all.

  117. Sue
    February 19, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Mary, your post made me cry and smile at the same time. I am so very sorry for your loss. When my Petey died, a friend gave me a plaque showing a puppy dog with angel wings. The script reads “Run free now, go play with the angels.” That’s my prayer for Chloe and peace and comfort for you, your husband and Gracie. Thank you for sharing the dog of your heart with all of us, your readers.

  118. Bette McCollister
    February 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I am deeply, deeply sorry. There is no pain worse. Hold her in your heart, love to pieces the one she left behind.
    Comfort yourself in the belief of the Rainbow Bridge. God bless and with His grace, strengthen all of you.

  119. Carolyn
    February 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

    My heart is weeping as I read your good bye to Chloe. So sorry to hear about your sweet Chloe. Many of us have felt this same sorrow and you will be in my thoughts for days to come.😢❤️

  120. Donna C
    February 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Chloe. Your tribute is absolutely beautiful. My heart is sad for you, your husband and Gracie. Sending love and hugs.

  121. February 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Weeping. Weeping for you right now. I just pulled my 18 ur old blind and now deaf sophiejane into my lap to finish reading your post. I am so sorry Mary. No words. I will come back in a bit with better words, my heart is breaking right now for you…

  122. Donna C
    February 19, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Chloe. May her memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  123. February 19, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I’m so very sorry, Mary. Reading your sweet memories & once again seeing Chloe’s darling personality captured in your photos brought tears, and thinking of Gracie missing her sister is so heartbreaking. As the healing comes over time, may the love & joy that she brought to you, & that you lavished on her comfort your hurting hearts.

  124. Jan Fusco
    February 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Tears are flowing. I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoy seeing your fur babies in your posts. My husband and I lost our German Pincer September 15, 2017 and four months later, January 19th, we lost our Jack/Rat. We know your feeling of loss. My heart is breaking for you Mary.

  125. February 19, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I am so sorry. I have been through this and sympathize. I pray God comfort and strengthen you.

  126. Judi
    February 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I’m so sad for you. Our pets are like our children, they are a big part of our lives. Sending virtual hugs your way!

  127. Sheran
    February 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

    What a wonderful life you two shared. May the memories, love and laughter help you through your intense grief.

  128. Brenda
    February 19, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Mary, my heart breaks for you. I know that pain myself of losing the dog of my heart. Hugs!

  129. Jan McF
    February 19, 2018 at 10:05 am

    My heart goes out to you. Our fur babies show us unconditional love and how to be happy over the small things in life. She lives on in your heart!

  130. Kem
    February 19, 2018 at 10:07 am

    My heart aches for you. R.I.P. Chloe.

  131. Vanessa
    February 19, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Oh Mary – I am so sorry for your loss… I am weepy with you all. I will be praying that God’s comfort, peace and strength be with you. You made Chloe’s life so special and so good. Hugs.

  132. Laurel Peace
    February 19, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Oh, Mary! I am so very sorry for your loss! When. We lose a beloved pet, the hole in our hearts never really heals. I hope you and your family will be comforted by find memories. Peace to you!

  133. February 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Mary, this is such shocking and sad news and I am so sorry. We are all grieving with you, your husband, and sweet Gracie. Hold on to each other. Just so sad and sorry.

  134. Barb
    February 19, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. Losing a loved one is so hard. But the memories, good and bad, will always be with you. My daughter’s family lost their black lab a few months ago. Like your Chloe, Sierra loved riding on the boat and pontoon with her neon greenish tennis ball in her mouth! I miss her.

  135. Norma Rolader
    February 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

    It breaks my heart to hear of the loss of Chloe She is flying high in doggy heaven…Prayers for you and your husband and of Gracie who is just as lost as you both are…May God give each of you comfort and strength God bless

  136. Gale Nagy
    February 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I understand completely how you feel. We only had one at a time fur baby – but our last one will be our last. He tore our heart out when he died many years before his time. I still am heart broken and will miss him forever – which is why we didn’t get another – no one could be as special as our Charlie who was loved by all. You are so blessed to have your baby for many years. My heart breaks for you.

  137. February 19, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Mary, I am crying with you and my heart is breaking for your loss. I understand your grief. Chloe was loved by your readers, always made my day to see your babies! Hugs and love!

  138. Marie in AZ
    February 19, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Mary, I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. My thoughts are with you, your husband, and Gracie.

  139. Sheree
    February 19, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Tears and heartache. I am so sorry. All of you will be on my heart and in my prayers.

  140. Joanne
    February 19, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I cannot begin to tell you how sad I was for you this morning after reading your post. It truly brought me to tears. We have two Bichon boys, and they are the light of our lives. I totally felt your heartache thinking of my boys, who truly bring us so much love and sunshine. It was your two girls that attracted me to your sight for the first time.I always look forward to reading your posts, and most especially when they were highlighted in them. I understand all of your words, and can truly relate. They do give us so much, and I am sure your Chloe took all that you gave with her. I hope the memories of your adorable and loving Chloe get you through this very sad and difficult time, and that eventually Gracie’s loneliness will pass, and she will be happy again.

  141. Susan Sisson
    February 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    What a sweet soul. It is so hard to lose a best friend. Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  142. Cathy Higgins
    February 19, 2018 at 10:55 am

    We are so very sorry and heartbroken for you. Have been where you are and it truly is one of the most heartbreaking time of our lives. You gave her a good life and she was well loved and of course the memories are many and oh so precious. This awful pain is the price we pay for the years of love and fun these white angels bring into our lives. We know they will not be with us forever, (other than in our hearts) but when the time comes to say good bye it is almost unbearable. God Bless you and your husband and of course Gracie. With sincere sorrow.

    February 19, 2018 at 10:57 am

    You gave Chloe a wonderful doggie life and she enjoyed every moment. She is at peace and forever in your hearts. Sending warm hugs to Gracie.

  144. February 19, 2018 at 11:04 am

    They become such a loving family member. It is so hard when we loose our fur babies. From the pictures, she had a wonderful life and was loved. So sorry, Dianne

  145. Melodie Strickland
    February 19, 2018 at 11:06 am

    So sorry to hear this news–I know you are heartbroken. Chloe has gone on to a wonderful place where she can run and play. Chloe has blessed you and given comfort. Give extra love to Gracie as I know you will.

  146. February 19, 2018 at 11:07 am

    What a heartbreak…I am so very sorry to read of Chloe’s passing! I know everyone in your household is missing her terribly, especially Gracie. Big comforting {{{HUGS}}} & a pat on the head.

  147. Pascale SABY
    February 19, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Mes très sincères pensées pour vous et votre jolie Chloe. Elle va manquer à sa sœur Grace. On les aime et puis un jour notre cœur se brise, ils nous quittent trop tôt. J’ai perdu Oriane en 2015, je la garde toujours dans mon cœur. Courage à vous. Protégez et entourez votre petite Grace, elle a besoin de vous.

  148. Yvonne
    February 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet precious girl, I know it takes quite awhile to move on when we lose a fur baby. Your pictures and words are a beautiful tribute to Chloe and all the love and joy she brought into your life. All of us who have lost a beloved pet are crying with you. There must be a doggie heaven

  149. Kim
    February 19, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I am sorry for the loss of your fur baby.

  150. Sandi Allen
    February 19, 2018 at 11:17 am

    So Sorry for your loss! Hugs and Prayers to you!

  151. Linda Charlton
    February 19, 2018 at 11:22 am

    My heart breaks for you. R.I.P. over the Rainbow Bridge.

  152. February 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

    She was lovely! My breed is Papillon, for almost thirty years….and after some heartbreaking losses, I now tell everyone who looses a wonderful dog, to get right back into the game, and get another dog. It’s the only way we heal…. having a new love, and more work! Loving dogs is what we do best! ❤️

  153. Karen Ann
    February 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

    So sorry for your loss. They make footprint in our hearts that can never be erased.

  154. Laura L.
    February 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

    So I’m sitting here at work crying—I’m SO sorry you lost Chloe! I know your heart is breaking but I promise you, you’ll see her again!!!

  155. Sandi
    February 19, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I’m so very very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  156. February 19, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. But, you gave her love and a wonderful life. You could not give her anything more. I hope you find peace.

  157. cigalechanta
    February 19, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I am so sorry, I’ve been a fan of the two dogs but i’m going through a sad time with my mini poodle Pastis. He has an enlarged heart the vet said he could die at any time well it’s going into a second year since that diagnosis and he is now, deaf, blind. and worse, dementia The vet is surprised he is alive but not much he can do. He poops all over the floors no longer can afford new rugs, he steps in his water and food dishes and they spill. He constantly gets stuck under chairs, th ebed and traps himself in corners, . Like Chloe he has an enormous appetite and no pain so I can’t think of having him put to sleep. I’m constantly cleaning up his messes. My husband didn’t want to get hospice so I took care of him, but this is worse. Pain killers help my husband to sleep he lost is appetite so not so much work for me. with Pastis, it is non stop, go out less and less because I come back to bigger messes

    It’s pay beck time, me caring for him as he help me through the loss of my husband.

    as ever,


    I try to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.[]


  158. Karen rippy
    February 19, 2018 at 11:47 am

    My heart breaks for you. I am so very sorry.
    Just know she had a beautiful life. She will live on in your beautiful posts. Hugs, love and tears.

  159. jae
    February 19, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I am so sorry. I know how much it hurts to lose a much loved four leg family member. I hope you find comfort in your memories. Sending you a big hug.

  160. February 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Mary, I’m having difficulty commenting on this. Chloe is part of my heart too, as I know she is for a good many of your readers. Now broken and sad, my heart aches for you. We all know that our loved ones and our devoted pets can’t live forever, but when that time comes, it leaves a hole in our hearts forever. I wish I could write words that make a difference, but there are none. Chloe lives on in many hearts. I love seeing these photos you have pulled together as a tribute to Chloe. I know the pain is real, sweet friend. My sincere condolences. Extra hugs and snuggles for Gracie too.

  161. February 19, 2018 at 11:54 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I’m crying along with you and asking God to ease the hurt. Chloe is now telling others in Heaven how blessed she was here on earth! Prayers and love your way.

  162. Marie Bettencout
    February 19, 2018 at 11:59 am

    This was just too close to my heart. I’m without words other than, I am so sorry. What a huge loss.

  163. February 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    So very sorry. Nothing can replace the love we share with our doggies. They bring a joy to our lives that compares to nothing else. My you find comfort. Much love sent your way.

  164. Becky
    February 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  165. Bandon Its a Shore Thing ~ Succulents 2
    February 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I so loved watching the furbabies interact with your blog. Big hugs and snuggles for the loss so Gracie will need time to get over the loss too. I lost my Parrot of 36 years(he thought he was a dog) and my Peta companion dog of 17 years all within months of each other. I is a big hole in my heart so I understand your pain. Sending love and hugs.

  166. Rosie Espinoza
    February 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I loved your tribute to your Chloe it was so beautiful.

  167. Carolyn Veith
    February 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Oh Mary, this really hurts! It is so painful to lose an animal who has been part of the family. I’m so sorry that Gracie is grieving as well, but after all that would be expected since they were so close. I know this will hurt for a long time, and we will miss seeing sweet Chloe in your future posts. What a beautiful tribute you put up here! She will always have your heart, I know.

  168. Joanna @ Gingham Gardens
    February 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so sad! My heart aches for you, cause we’ve been there. She’ll be forever etched in your memories and that is good. Blessings!

  169. Monna Accurti
    February 19, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I am so sad and very sorry for you. You have lost a dear member of your family. Cherish the memories.

  170. Maureen D. Eha
    February 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your dog, Mary. I can totally identify as we lost our gorgeous, sweet-tempered, full-bred collie last June from lymphoma, and she was only 6-1/2. My family and I still miss her.

  171. Maureen D. Eha
    February 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I meant to add: My prayers are with you.

  172. Yolie
    February 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Weeping, weeping for you. I know that pain. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. They have been worth it, many times over. May God heal your hearts, even as you thank him for the blessings that Chloe gave you every day of her life.

  173. February 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    You gave Chloe a wonderful life full of adventures and joy…It is always sad to lose our fur children, but you do have some beautiful memories… A hug for both of you and an extra one for Gracie…

  174. Melissa Leach
    February 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. The time with our fur babies is far too short. Your paw print memorial is perfect.

  175. linda kemp
    February 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I am heartbroken for all of you. She was so adorable and I loved all her sweet pictures. There is no easy way to get over the loss of a beloved dog. They stay in your heart forever. Hug Gracie for me.

  176. Cookie
    February 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I am so sorry. I am crying tears for your baby and for you. It is one of the most difficult things to live thru. I cannot at all understand how a parent loses a child since I know how difficult it is to lose a beloved pet, a part of your family. May God grant you serenity. Know that she is in heaven and playing with her friends, toys and eating lots of goodies.

  177. Cyndi Raines
    February 19, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Oh, Mary, I am so very sorry! I started to cry when I read the headline, understanding and knowing the horrible pain of loosing a precious fur-baby. Your tribute is beautiful and filled with love. I know it really feels like your heart is breaking. I will pray for you, your husband and sweet baby Gracie. Wish I could hug all of you. I said a prayer for you when I read your comment in Jenna’s blog that you could use a laugh, I wondered then what was going on. I will continue to pray for all of you in the days ahead. I too, believe we will be reunited in heaven . God bless you. Please hug Gracie for me, this is hard for her too. ❤😢

  178. Terry Wallace
    February 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    What a wonderful life you gave her she was so blessed to have you as her family. Our fur babies are so much a part of our family and our “packs”as well. You all will see her again one day but it’s never soon enough. Many blessings to you and your family, forever in our hearts. Terry

  179. Char
    February 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Beautiful tribute……… will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge…..

  180. Michele (Finch Rest)
    February 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I am so terribly sorry. Pets are family – and I grieve for you, and for poor Gracie.

    May Chloe be waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge.

    It’s been years since I lost my Romeo – and I hope to one day be reunited with him, as you are with your sweet girl.

    I pray for your sorrow to soften to a bearable pain, and then soften to fond memories. It will take time.

    I am so sorry. Tears for you all.

  181. franki
    February 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    There’s something missing in my home,

    I feel it day and night,

    I know it will take time and strength

    Before things feel quite right.

    But just for now, I need to mourn,

    My heart-it needs to mend,

    Though some may say it’s “just a pet”

    I know I’ve lost a friend

    You’ve brought such laughter to my home,

    And richness to my days…

    A constant friend through joy or loss,

    With gentle, loving ways.

    Companion, pal, and confidante,

    A friend I won’t forget,

    You’ll live for always in my heart,

    My gentle, forever pet…Chloe

  182. Lisa Clark
    February 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    What a lovely tribute to Chloe. It brought me to tears. May time mend your broken hearts. Obviously, your dogs are like fur covered kids to you, as all or dogs were to me and my husband. Such a special bond. Please know you are in my thoughts

  183. Marty K
    February 19, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet fur baby. Hugs ❤️❤️❤️

  184. Chloe
    February 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Every time a special friend crosses the rainbow bridge, the sorrow from the passing of all of my paw friends is remembered. While I only knew Chloe through your postings, she brought joy and smiles to my life. I felt a special connection because we shared our name. May my tears help dilute your sadness.

  185. Barbara Lundquist
    February 19, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I’m broken hearted for you and cried as if she was my own. My Bailey, a Bichon, is 12 and so much like your Chloe in every way! (Aren’t all Bichons so much alike?) I have loved your posts in many ways, but when your Bichons are there, they’re always my favorite. Thinking of you for healing, and all the beautiful memories she brought to you and your family.

  186. Debbie
    February 19, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Dear Mary,
    I love your girls so very much and am so sorry for your loss. Chloe will be missed by all of us who have followed you for so long. Blessings of comfort for you and your family.

  187. Iona
    February 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Mary, thank you for the love that you are sharing with us. I am so sorry and I wish I have words but I know this pain. So I will just pray from my heart for you all, that you will be strong and go well through this sadness, specially Gracie. It is a short life we have but our pets are great blessing we receive on this path.

  188. Susan Harrelson
    February 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I’m so very sorry and I feel your pain. Chloe is and was a precious pup and I truly believe you will be reunited. She will be eagerly waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Dogs are so Christ like and love us unconditionally. When we spell God backwards it all makes sense. Hope you can find comfort in all the beautiful memories you were able to make with her. Blessings and prayers to you and your family. 💕🐾

  189. Stacy Edmond
    February 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss Mary. We lost our beloved
    Jake last week due to congestive heart failure…many years too early. We miss him
    so much and understand your pain. We thank
    God for the gift of time with our “Little
    Brown dog”. Thank-you for sharing your Chloe with all of us these years!

  190. February 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    So saddened…we never forget these special pets and keep them in our hearts forever!

  191. Gail
    February 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    So sorry to hear about Chloe, I know how difficult it is. Prayers for all.

  192. Denise Anderson
    February 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and forever dear. Anonymous, May time heal your broken hearts.

  193. February 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I have followed your blog as much for the Bichons as for your talent. We lost our 2nd Bichon Dixie in 2013. We had gotten Dixie because I was worried about how attached we were to our first one, Buffy. It took my husband and I(empty nesters) forever to move forward. Dixie had become my heart dog too. I was obsessed with breeders. Dixie had Addison’s disease. She passed away to us singing somewhere over the rainbow.
    I miss her madly and can’t ever forget her love.
    In life the best walks are always too brief.
    Please give Gracie our love XOXO and know she is as sad as you are.
    God bless you and your family.

  194. Cindy
    February 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I still miss my pets that have gone on to wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge. Take comfort in knowing that Chloe will be waiting for you. In spite of all the hurt we feel when losing a pet, to me it is worth all the pain. They love you unconditionally.

  195. Vivian in Tennessee
    February 19, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This just made me cry,,, so, so sad. Sweet little Chloe. I loved your blog when you featured Chloe and Gracie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  196. Sue
    February 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    So, so, so sorry to hear that you have lost Chloe. I hope the photos and memories you have of her from your adventures and even in quiet times help to fill the empty hole you have in your heart. Please convey my sympathy to your husband and to Gracie also.

  197. Michelle
    February 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.

  198. Ellen
    February 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Chloe will be forever missed by your many devoted followers. Chloe and Gracie are dearly loved by so many friends they’ve never met. “Love has no age, no limit and no death.” – John Galsworthy. Thank-you for sharing this beautiful tribute and photos.

  199. Donna B Oliphint
    February 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Oh! I’m so very sorry and understand the heartache that envelopes you. We lost our needy, neurotic, high energy Ralph last July and still have Chanel, the cat in a dog’s body. Life is easier but far more bland without our little optimist. Gracie will grieve and be really confused for a while which will make the loss even harder. You are blessed to have so many beautiful photos of Chloe loving her life and family. Sweet memories! Blessings…

  200. Katy Maness
    February 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I had an adorable bichon (looked just like Chloe) for almost 18 years. I still miss him daily. He was the dog of my heart. His little face never failed to make me smile no matter what was going on in my life. It’s so hard to lose our sweet dogs. I wish they had a longer life span. Keep little Gracie close. She’s precious too. My condolences.

  201. February 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    It was a joy to get to know your sweet girl through your blog. She will be missed by all of us. Sending hugs, xx

  202. Henrietta
    February 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry. I understand this loss and feel your pain. I lost my Kobie. My heart goes out to you. Love and prayers are with you.

  203. Pam
    February 19, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Mary, I’m so sorry for your loss. They sure take a pice of our heart when they leave us behind. Have loved seeing your pups through the years in so many of your photos. She will be missed by so many.

  204. Liz
    February 19, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Oh Mary I am so sorry for you both. That was a beautiful pictorial memorial. May God heal your hearts and may the memories get you through this tough time.

  205. Joan
    February 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Sorry for your loss Mary.

  206. Gretchen Hickey
    February 19, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    You made me cry reading your post. We recently had to say goodbye to our 15 year old black lab Murphy & it was the hardest thing we’ve had to do. Remember all the great times with your sweet Chloe & the wonderful life you gave her & it will get better, I promise.

  207. Marion
    February 19, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss. we had a Parakeet named Rudy who was everything to us. When he died we were heartbroken . He is buried in our yard where we grew up.

  208. Kelly
    February 19, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Mary, I am so saddened to read this post! I am sure Chloe will be missed by all of you as I will miss her pictures on your blog. Hugs to all of, Kelly

  209. Marilyn
    February 19, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Mary I am so sorry to read about your loss of Chloe. I know she meant the wold to you.

  210. Johanna
    February 19, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    So heartbreaking to lose her….. she had a great life with you. I still miss my dogs Herbie and Pomona many years after losing them.

  211. Carol
    February 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I know you will always miss her. I am so sorry for your loss. After 10 years, we still call out our sheltie’s name when we come home. She would always come running to greet us.

  212. Carol
    February 19, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I know you will always miss her. I am so sorry for your loss. After 10 years, we still call out our sheltie’s name when we come home. She would always come running to greet us.

  213. Sandra
    February 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    So Sorry for your loss. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to grieve. It’s ok. You’ll be able to love again one day if you so desire.

  214. cathy p
    February 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved Chloe, I so enjoyed seeing your pups adventures, rest in peace sweet Chloe.

  215. Annie
    February 19, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Rest In Peace little Chloe. May she always have treats when she wants, hugs when she needs them & the knowledge she will be missed & always loved. Xoxo

  216. stacey purser
    February 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I am so sorry. Prayers!

  217. Susie
    February 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I am so, so sorry–there just aren’t any words to mitigate that pain.Thank you for sharing her with us.

  218. February 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Oh Mary, I am shocked and saddened to hear about sweet, Chloe! I am so sorry for you and Gracie. Your loss is felt among your readers in a deep way. Please know we care and are thinking of you.

  219. Sandy Park
    February 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Oh Mary, as tears run down my cheek, I’m broken hearted about Chloe going over the rainbow bridge. I know how much you love her and will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. It’s never easy losing a beloved pet.

  220. Carolyn Wolfe
    February 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I have followed you and your pets for over 3 years. I have never left a comment. I always looked for the two dogs as well as the shed and great food. But it will be so,so,so sad to not see Chloe. Loosing a beloved pet is so,so,so painful. I cried forever and an age when I lost my beloved Jordan. Gracie must be lost as well as you and yours. Your blog is a part of my day! Carolyn in NY.

  221. Paula
    February 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I am so very sorry and my heart breaks for you and your hubby. A loving pet brings so much joy into our every day living. Just Know you were the best pal that little fur baby had!
    I totally understand the empty spot since losing our Lexy girl Dec.28th, and we miss her so very much.
    Sending hugs.

  222. Doreen McKenzie
    February 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. I have always loved seeing your pictures of Gracie and Chloe. Thank you so much for sharing her with all of us.

  223. February 19, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Mary, I am just aching with sadness about you losing your precious Chloe! I don’t think there are any words that can ease your pain but please know that I’m thinking about you. Give Gracie an extra hug from me.

  224. Marti Boyer
    February 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    My heart is just broken! I have wonderful pets too and my heart goes out to you, your family and of course Gracie. Love to you all especially during this hard time. Marti. San Diego, CA

  225. Pat
    February 19, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Chloe! I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet/family member. I hope Gracie is doing well without her shadow. So so sorry—Hugs!

  226. Susie
    February 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    So sorry for you loss of sweet Chloe, I lost my beloved Bichon Gunner the end of Jan. So I truly feel your heartache. Good dogs are with us for awhile to teach us how to love as if it is our job, because it is!
    She was lucky to have such a wonderful home.

  227. Marge
    February 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    My heart goes out to you. I understand how difficult it is to lose a canine family member. Thinking of you…

  228. Jane Marie Greene
    February 19, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our pets are such a precious contribution to our lives! She always looked well loved and had a wonderful home!! Hugs…for Gracie too!

  229. Kim
    February 19, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    So so sorry for your loss, Mary! My heart aches for you both. I feel like I know your dogs because you share them so frequently. I hope Gracie adjusts to this change. Sending big hugs.

  230. Diane
    February 19, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I am so sorry your family–what a huge loss. You have shared a beautiful photo memorial. Sending you hugs and prayers for healing.

  231. Polly Coleman
    February 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Oh Mary I am so sorry! We lost our precious Shi Tzu Sophie Grayce on January 23 and I so feel your pain! I truly believe we will see our pets again in Heaven! Love and prayers to you, your hubby and GracieI

  232. February 19, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Mary….I say this with such a heavy heart. Words cannot express enough of how so very sorry I am for the loss of your beloved Chloe. Chloe was truly a joy in our blog world…to see her sweet face was always a treat. I hope Gracie is OK…I know how said she must be to have lost her companion. My sincere condolences for your tremendous loss of Chloe. This post is truly a most wonderful tribute to her.

  233. Debra
    February 19, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your Chloe. She and Gracie have brought me so much pleasure and laughter watching their antics. They are beautiful ‘babies’. I’m sure Gracie misses her as much as you do. Having lost a beloved pet (part of a dynamic pair as well) was heart wrenching. I wish you peace and love. Blessings to your family.

  234. February 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, Mary. You’ve honored your precious Chloe with a beautiful post…….full of memories and obvious love.

  235. Susan Bergman
    February 19, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    No,no! I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. There is truly nothing like the unconditional love of an animal, and we animal lovers understand the pain you are feeling. I hope you will find some comfort in the unbelievably wonderful happy, loving life you gave Chloe. I doubt anyone could have loved her as much. She had a wonderful life. There is NEVER enough time with our precious fur babies. Sending hugs. xoxo

  236. February 19, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Oh, Mary…
    I’m so sorry. She was a star and true friend.
    Take good care.💞

  237. February 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I am so very sorry. It is so sad when one of our pets go to heaven. Loved seeing all the wonderful things that they did.


  238. February 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    My heart breaks for you and your loss of this little fur person. Time heals but not really. Hang tight to your memories and know that we all are in tears with you in your loss.

  239. Anne Marie
    February 19, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed any post with Chloe and Gracie the most. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  240. Elaine
    February 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I feel as if I, too, lost a member of my family. One day we pet lovers will take a stroll over the Rainbow Bridge and find our cherished pets once again. Hugs to you.

  241. February 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family.

  242. Amanda Page
    February 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Hugging your Heart Mary. Such a sad time. I am so very sorry for you all. Sending Gracie a warm shoulder and healing thoughts to you and yours.

  243. Debbie
    February 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Such a sweet tribute to a lovely little furry lady.

  244. Lynn Shallenberger
    February 19, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    So sorry for your Loss of Chloe… She will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge…and has probably found the perfect spot to enjoy eternity on the water…Hugs to you and Gracie… Boat dogs are a “special breed”. May Chloe’s spirit travel with you always…

  245. Anne Keller
    February 19, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Oh Mary my heart just breaks for you and your family. I know how much it hurts to lose our sweet loves. May God grant you all, peace and love. Hugs, Anne

  246. Sandy B.
    February 19, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    So very sorry for your loss of Chloe. The loss of a pet (whether expected or not) is never an easy road to be on. Remember, the Rainbow Bridge is so very full of our pets waiting to greet us again. Much love to Gracie, who does not understand the loss as we do. Hugs!!

  247. Blue
    February 20, 2018 at 1:00 am

    You have my sincere condolences. It truky changes, I’m your world, when they come in and when they leave. When my Mike passed, I thought.. how vastly filled my world had been.. I did adopt a rescued dog, Prince, quite by accident, and he seems to know Mike is with us in spirit. I know that I had to find another dog, Gracie, who keeps Prince company now.. they do get lonesome. I hope you all know more love thru the Grace of this sad event.

  248. February 20, 2018 at 2:02 am

    So sorry for your loss and the big ole hole in your heart. They are our furry children and love of our lives. As a friend said once “Everyday is a party when you come home” They love you unconditionally and never have a bad day.
    We will miss your sweet Chloe too. Lovely tribute and photos.

  249. February 20, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I’m sitting here crying Mary. I’m so sorry and know exactly how difficult this is. Please take care of yourself and give Gracie a big ole hug for me.

  250. Donna Rowe
    February 20, 2018 at 5:34 am

    so very sorry for your loss

  251. Helen
    February 20, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Oh my, I am so sorry to hear. Dogs play such a special role in our lives….sending lots of hugs

  252. February 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    oh Mary, I have no words…I do know what you’re going through…you are in my heart…

  253. Debra Matcovich
    February 20, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My family also lost our Romeo in July. I miss him everyday. What I did do was plant a weeping tree for him. It was late in the season so I will plant some cat tails (he liked the cat) and wild flowers in the Spring. Along with that his favorite toy, a hedgehog in concrete will be put there. That makes me happy every time I see the tree, to know what joy he brought us.

  254. February 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I am so sorry to hear about this! Such a beautiful tribute to Chloe!

  255. Clogan
    February 20, 2018 at 9:35 am

    So incredibly sorry. Our furry loved ones never stay with us as long as we would prefer. Chloe appeared, to those of us that read your blog, to have a wonderful personality, full of playfulness and incredible love. We shall miss seeing her image. And we are grateful that you’ve shared your incredible tribute, dedicated to a sweet love in your life. Treasure the memories of her pure, unconditional love. Condolences and Blessings to you & yours.

  256. Marianna Smith
    February 20, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I am sorry for your loss. You gave Chloe a wonderful life.

  257. Cristy Bennett
    February 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

    My heart is embracing your heart. Thank You for all that you share through your blog, both the beauty as well as the sadness. May you find comfort from all of us who care.

  258. Carol Jones
    February 20, 2018 at 10:50 am

    What a fine companion Chloe was. There is no description for the love you can have for a pet. Thinking of all of you with great sadness, and wishing you peace in the days ahead.

  259. February 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Oh Mary, I’m so, so sorry to read this — it made me cry. I feel your pain because Hal and I have lost two beloved Scotties during our 30 plus years of marriage, and it never gets any easier. Dogs give us so much, while asking for so little in return. Your previous posts about Chloe and Gracie were always my favorites, and their cute poses and facial expressions always delighted me. Chloe was extremely lucky to have such a wonderful, loving home and those adventures in the boat, as well as a built-in companion in Gracie. I know Gracie is sad, too, so you will all three have to comfort one another.

    Thanks for sharing Chloe and Gracie with us through the years, Mary — sending you wishes for healing and comfort.


  260. Cyndee Randall
    February 20, 2018 at 11:08 am

    This was so hard to read. My heart aches with yours. Know you gave her a wonderful life. It is obvious from the photos. Hugs and praying for comfort and peace.

  261. Kirsten Defays
    February 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I am crying reading this. It is sooooo hard and especially if it was unexpected. Big hugs to Gracie and you two.

  262. Ginni Wren Wells
    February 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    There are not words enough to express the sadness and heartache I feel for your loss. I always looked forward to seeing the girls in a new post. We lost our little one this past July, and the house is still empty without her. Will keep all of your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  263. Beth Hely
    February 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    I’m soooooo sorry to hear the loss of precious Chloe! Chloe, you are such a beautiful doggy. Your story and beautiful photos of sweet C & G is very heartwarming. Thank you for sharing your family with us. They are part of our lives and home and family! Bye sweet Chloe!! We miss you already!!

  264. February 20, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I too have loved all my dogs and know that empty feeling when we lose a pet. Our little yorkie is 10 and is starting to show his age so we treasure our times together. As seniors we would never want a dog to outlive us so this will be our last and just a joy to come home to….as he sniffs our bags looking to see if we brought him something. Cherish the one that’s left and give them lots of love.

  265. Susanne C
    February 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Forgot to say…when my grandchildren visit three times a year, they always ask to see the recent adventures of Chloe and Gracie and loved the way they dressed for the occasions!

  266. Niki
    February 20, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    This broke my heart!

  267. Marnie
    February 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I am greatly saddened by this post and don’t know how to express what the heart feels. Being a dog lover and one who has experienced this pain several times over the years I understand and empathize with what you all are going through. Ever since joining your blog I have always found your posts delightful and inspiring and I loved how you included Chloe and Gracie and made them part of it all. She touched many lives and I hope you find comfort in knowing that, and in your own special memories. When you have another fur baby around I have found great comfort in extra love and cuddles with the other one is who also needing it.Sending you all love and prayers.

  268. Linda Cunningham
    February 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Oh Mary,
    So heart broken to hear of your loss. I have two myself, both 10 years of age and you are never prepared for their loss. When you loose one, a piece of your heart goes with them. So many memories to hold on to. Thank you for sharing them with us, they are always a joy to see. God bless you.

  269. WirthFam
    February 20, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. God bless!

    Sent from my iPhone


  270. Darlene Gardner
    February 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Oh Mary, what sad news. I am crying as I type this. I have always been a cat person more than a dog one, but I truly enjoyed seeing what your “girls” were always up to. And losing her must have been heartbreaking. I do understand the pain you are going through and I hope that the memories you have of this sweet little girl will bring you joy in the days ahead. Give Gracie an extra hug for me.

  271. February 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Mary. After I wiped my tears, I had to give my dogs a big hug. I have always enjoyed the antics of Chloe and Gracie. You have put together such a beautiful tribute to her here. My heart goes out to you, your husband and Gracie – may your hearts heal knowing that you gave Chloe such a wonderful life. God Bless.

  272. Beth Selanders
    February 20, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Chole. Since I recently lost my little guy I know it is very painful. Our dogs bring us so much joy. I have really enjoyed all the pictures you have shared of Chloe and Gracie on your blog. Thank you for sharing the joy and love of your dogs. Chloe will be missed!!!!!

  273. February 21, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Sorry for your loss, Mary. I know exactly how you feel right now when loosing a pet. You have given Chloe a wonderful life. You will meet her again one day. xoxo

  274. pamela
    February 21, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Oh how sad! I’m so very sorry, just heartbreaking.

  275. Barbara Sassano
    February 21, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Now I’m crying…………….My 13 yr old Jack Russell died in Cancer surgery in September and I am still so devastated that I don’t know if I will ever listen to another vet. He advised me that she had a 95 % chance of surviving the surgery and I should not have done it. She would have died in her own time, instead I shortened her life by listening to him. I know this terrible heartbreak – I got another dog, not quite the same but helps a little. So sorry for your loss!!!!!

  276. February 21, 2018 at 11:23 am

    So sorry for your loss. I loved the pictures and loving my little girl Rosie as I do and losing our other little girl Michaela I understand. Lynn.

  277. Bonnie
    February 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    A loving tribute for such a loving companion! I’ve so enjoyed seeing both fur babies in your blogs. Give Gracie extra hugs and treats as she is grieving also. You have taken some wonderful pictures of both dogs over the years that will provide many wonderful memories. God Speed, Chloe.

  278. Trish Overby
    February 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    You are right. This is a most difficult time. A time of pain and loneliness. Know that I am with you as you walk this path…you are not alone in your time. Your pain is shared just as your love for your baby was shared. God’s healing hand is upon you. May your heart be open to him as he carries you in his arms.

  279. Robin Kiser
    February 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Bless your precious hearts as your babies always brightened your beautiful photos of our beloved Lake. We share in your loss as saying “so long” to our four-legged loves is ever so difficult.”‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
    May you find comfort in knowing that your Chloe is at peace and lives forever in your hearts. Prayers for comfort.

  280. Barbara Bracken
    February 21, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Always enjoyed seeing her on your blog. They are our family, too. 🙏💔🤗

  281. Susan
    February 21, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I always look forward to pictures of Chloe and Gracie, so very sorry for your loss😔

  282. Kim E
    February 22, 2018 at 7:27 am

    very sorry to hear you lost your Chloe…it is always hard to lose a loving pet. May God bless you and your family.

  283. Debbie P.
    February 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Mary… Heartbroken for you all. She truly touched our lives, and will miss her sweet face. Love and prayers…

  284. Linda L Hovgaard
    February 22, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Two little sparkles of love and joy……Chloe and Gracie are in my prayers as well as your family. I will miss Chloe in your posts……..what a beautiful dedication to her. I am so sorry for your loss. Give Gracie a hug for me.

  285. mleewest
    February 22, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Oh, Mary, I am so sad to read about Chloe. If there’s anything I can do, you know where to find me. I’m here. Love, Mlee

  286. Jane C Brailsford
    February 22, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Chloe with us all. Our fur babies are the best and it’s a blessing to love and care for them. But some are extra special and close to our hearts and clearly Chloe was one of those special ones. So sorry!

  287. Lynn
    February 23, 2018 at 2:49 am

    So very sad for the loss of your baby. I’ve felt that heartbreak and pain and even though it never goes away completely
    time will allow for you to remember her without the tears. Chloe was special and lived a happy life with you. I know she gave you as much love and maybe more (if that is possible) than humans could ever give her. I know she left paw prints all over your heart and that it is breaking now. Your post, as difficult as it probably was to write, was a very nice tribute to her. Keep her in your hearts until you see her at the Rainbow Bridge.

  288. February 23, 2018 at 8:49 am

    The tears are pouring down my cheeks, I feel your pain and loss, she couldn’t have had a better life. I am so sorry for your loss, I hope the pain passes quickly and only the wonderful memories warm your heart again soon.

  289. Peyton
    February 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Because you have shared Chloe and Gracie so kindly with us, I feel like I’ve lost her too.
    Losing a sweet pet is losing a member of the family and it hurts. Love from Asheville….

  290. Bette McCollister
    February 23, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Scrolling through Chloe’s pictures. The photo of her on a pink quilt, the fourth in the series. She is looking up and directly at you. It stopped me, taking my breath away: the expression in her eyes is human, expressing much love to the photographer. I’ve gone back to look at it several times. It is indeed as if a human inhabits her soul for a bit. God love and bless you all.

  291. February 25, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Take care.

  292. Kimberly Young
    February 25, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Oh, Mary. My most heartfelt condolences to you and your husband for your loss of Chloe. She’s been such a sweet fixture on your blog and we’ll miss her also. Bischon was my father’s girlfriend’s favorite dog breed, she had one also for 14 years and I loved her so much. Us dog lovers understand what buddies they become to us and become a part of our family.
    I’ve lost several over my life and last year when we lost our yellow lab, Brook, I couldn’t imagine I’d get over the transition without her but today we have and it’s their memories we honor for their in our hearts always.

  293. Cindy lou
    February 25, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Just saw your post! TEARS ! God gives us these special creatures to fill our lives with joy ! We WILL be reunited in HEAVEN !!

  294. Pat
    February 25, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Had no idea why your posts on BNOTP were all previous ones; now I know and totally understand. I am so sorry; she and Gracie always brightened my day! Read this this morning thru tears and trying to verbalize now thru the same. My heart goes out to all of you,

  295. February 26, 2018 at 4:12 am

    I follow you from Italy and I apologize for my imperfect English. I want to send you a big hug, I know that pain and the immense emptiness when they leave us. It is said that when we die, the animals that have entered our lives and we have loved will welcome us by opening the doors of Heaven …

  296. Elizabeth
    February 26, 2018 at 8:18 am

    My heart hurts for you, as I know all to well the pain of losing a dear little furry family member. I believe all dogs go to Heaven! Hugs to you!

  297. February 26, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    OMG, Mary, as soon as I read the title I knew. I am SO very sorry. It is so heartbreaking losing our beloved pets. We had our Nettie for 17 1/2 years so I know what it’s like. I will keep you and your hubby in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing sweet Chloe with us all these years as we all fell in love with her too. Sending you BIG hugs, Pinky

  298. Lisa Smith
    February 27, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have two Bichons (Daisy and Charlie) and they are family…..precious dogs.

  299. February 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, Mary, words fail me. I’m crying reading your beautiful tribute and seeing the wonderful photos of your special girl. Sending you a virtual hug…

  300. Julie H from Michigan
    February 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    So very sorry the loss of your precious Chloe.

  301. March 1, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Beautiful post and beautiful photo’s. I’m so very sorry for your sad and great loss. I lost my own heart’s dog in January – my beloved and precious Cavalier King Charles, Reuben. He was my little man and my world. I cry everyday for him and I was so touched by your words because this is exactly how I feel and what I wish for him too. I have found that you have to take one day at a time (sometimes each minute or hour at a time!) and be kind to yourself. It’s very hard! Thank you and I’m so glad I found your blog. Take care, Lorraine

  302. Kay Ottinger
    March 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Oh, I just saw this post about your sweet Chloe. I’m so sorry. We have a Bichon and they are such sweet dogs. They become such a huge piece of our heart.

  303. Donna Burton
    March 2, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve been catching up on blogs today and am just now seeing your post! My heart is breaking for all of you. I read this at work and had to go to the ladies room to cry! I’ve shown your blog to everyone because I’m absolutely in love with Gracie and Chloe! I’ve told my husband so many times that I want 2 bichons just like them. They’ve won over many hearts and Chloe will truly be missed by so many people!

  304. Suellen Nance
    March 2, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I just read of your loss of Chloe and I am so sad to hear of your losing her. They were both so adorable and always made me happy seeing them in your wonderful pictures. You can tell they are so loved. I am so sorry.

  305. Christine Atkocius
    March 3, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Chloe. What a beautiful tribute to her.
    Many hugs to you. I know you and her twin will miss her so much.

  306. Miriam
    March 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I lost my 151/2 year old bichon two days after Christmas. I’m still heartbrokem. My heart goes out to you. She became ill suddenly. Rest in peace Chloe and Angel

  307. Sandy Balogh
    March 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Deeply sadden to hear of Chole’s passing. My husband and I have enjoyed your blog for several years now and our favorite blogs were always those with Chole & Gracie. How fortunate she was to be loved so much and the affectionate life she enjoyed. Thank you for sharing both Chole & Gracie with the rest of us and the joy they brought together. We lost a very precious pet (18 years old) 4 years ago. We have another little girl now, but I still and will always miss her. So sorry, I know it hurts.

  308. Mary Ann Naylor
    March 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, have lost pets who have meant more to me than just “pets.” They were my furry, four-legged children. I know that it will take time to heal, but you have so many wonderful memories of your friend. Again, I am so sorry.

  309. Suzanne Alexander
    March 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mary. Our dogs and cats are members of our family. We lost our beloved 11-year-old Maine Coon Cat, Shadow, on February 19th. I understand your pain. Even though we miss our fur babies a great deal, they will forever remain in our hearts.

  310. Kim Miller-Lisanti
    March 6, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Dear Mary,
    What can I possibly say when I know for sure that your heart is broken in a million pieces,
    except to say I’m very sorry for your loss but in your heart she will always stay . Kim

  311. Robin
    March 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I am so sorry for you and the loss of your precious Chloe. I know what it is like to lose one of our babies. She will be in your heart forever.

  312. Cynthia Bellwood
    March 8, 2018 at 12:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. I too lost two of my best friends the past two Summers. I first lost my little Snoopy my silver toy Poodle and last July I lost my Miss Daisy Mae my little Beagle Cocker Spaniel mix to cancer. I still miss them very much every day even though I got another dog each time that I lost one. They are all different and have different personalities. Your babies are so cute. I know that you’re missing Chloe so much. Prayers for you.

  313. Tricia
    March 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    What a Beautiful post for your Beloved Chloe. Loved all the pictures. Made me cry when I saw the last one. A Special Gift to you. Chloe will always be with you, wherever you go. They stay connected to us and watch over us, waiting for when we pass over and can be together again. You gave Chloe such a Wonderful Life here! Love never dies…

  314. March 10, 2018 at 2:31 am

    I have been doing death row dog rescue for over 40 years, saving one dog at a time, investing lots of time and money into each one of them, and keeping the un-adoptable ones that had no other options. Certain fur babies just become our heart dogs in a special deep way. There are days when I have felt like I would die in my tears once that heartbeat dog died. I know your pain, and the heart break of missing your special kid in fur. I know your dog will forever live in your heart instead of by your side. Many blessings as your heart heals from such a great loss. I am sorry.

  315. Nancy
    March 12, 2018 at 6:49 am

    My babies are asleep at my side as I cry through your poignant post about your Chloe. She certainly was a happy pupper. We have a 13 year old Coton. We rescued her from 5 1/2 years in a cage in 2010. She is pure love. Our Puggie was rescued from the streets of Miami after having been hit by a car during rainy season… starved, every parasite known to man… I can’t drop a pea on the floor in the kitchen without him getting it before I can. The are joined by our beloved 8 year old genetically deaf white blue eyed persian. I am sorry for your hurt, but joyful in the wonderful sweet memories and wonderful pics you have of Chloe with your family. She truly was a photo hound. God bless.

  316. Cindy Coopmans
    March 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are so precious to us. It’s almost unbearable when we have to say our good byes. I pray Chloe will be sitting along side your loved ones when it’s our time to leave this earth. ❤️🐾

  317. March 22, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are our family and it is never easy to lose one of them.

  318. June cox
    March 24, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Just seeing your story about your sweet dog. She must have really loved you. Very sorry.

  319. jelenanoa
    March 25, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Goodbuy to Chloe. This is by far the sadest post and such a beautiful dog. Lots of love from Noa (my dog) and me.

  320. Lybov Gaviota
    March 28, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    God, my beloved dog !!! I’ve always admired this miracle .. I’m a Russian, I’m sad with you (((

  321. Lynn
    April 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I lost a beloved cat yesterday when a coyote grabbed her and I couldn’t help but think of you and Chloe. I know how heartbroken you are. I was also wondering how Gracie is doing? My other two cats are in mourning for my cat Goldie. Hope your family is healing.

  322. Barbara Harilaou
    May 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. they were a delight to see them both in all the posts.I have 2 of my own and their part of the family. So i know how you feel .

  323. May 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Oh, Mary….I’m so sorry for your loss. Chloe was so adorable…. My heart is breaking for you. I know all too well that feeling of sadness, hug Gracie a little bit harder and remember how much love Chloe bought into your lives……

  324. Shannon
    May 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Chloe was such a precious member of your family and I can only imagine how deeply missed she must be. With tears streaming down my face I send you my heartfelt sympathy and a little kiss for Gracie.

  325. Jane
    May 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for the love that you shared with your precious Chloe! She was a lucky girl, and you were obviously blessed by her sweet spirit.

  326. Terry
    May 22, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I too lost the dog of my heart, Ted E. Bear After 13 1/2 years. He and Chloe shared the same birthday date but not year!

    July 26, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I don’t know why I clicked on this. It made me cry AGAIN. Dogs are such gifts.

  328. Lauren I Kowalczewski
    August 21, 2018 at 3:18 am

    OH, my dear friends. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Every time I open your notes, I’ve looked for ‘the girls’ first!! I grew up with dogs, always, and have lost more than my share.
    I hope your know that your sweet Chloe is watching over her sister and family. My heart goes out to you.

    Please hug Gracie for me….and treasure her.


  329. Dianne Chrestopoulos
    August 21, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Mary I have just this morning found your blog and was loving the posts I have read! My husband and I recently retired from 40+ years of teaching and we are buying a lake house in east Texas. And I just found this post and it spoke to my heart. Even tho it was Feb of this year, and some time has passed, it never passes or leaves you when you lose a loved fur-baby. I am sending my love and hugs to you because I know your heart is still aching for your Chloe. I want to tell you that we lost our Great Dane Blaze almost 5 years ago and she was my heart dog, and you just never get over it. But there is a line from a book titled The Heaven of Animals which reads as thus “When the angels whisper in your pet’s ear, it is your voice they hear”. This has sustained me through many tears and I hope it might also bring you some comfort. On a happier note – I cannot wait to read ALL of your posts! I am loving what I have seen so far and I has subscribed to your blog. Thank you so much – oh and we still have 2 Great Danes and we are planning to buy a pontoon boat to take them and the “grand dogs” and the kids (grown) when we go out on the lake, room for everyone. We are excited about this new part of our lives and trying to get used to the idea of “not having to be up for school” every morning! Thank you ! Dianne C.

  330. Jean
    December 28, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Chloe. I know if love could have saved her she’d still be with you. Hugs and belly rubs to Gracie too.

    March 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I’m so very sorry! Your photos are beautiful, your precious fur babies, even more so. A vet once told me as they laid a dog to rest with his owner and 8 year old son – explaining the why’s…..the 8 year old retorted “dogs lives are much shorter than ours…we spend forever learning how to love and be kind to others, what they’ve known and done along.” I loved that. May your memories comfort you.

  332. Geri
    April 6, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Bichon..We Lost our precious bichon Buddy March 8th and we are totally devastated by this loss. He was the best dog we ever have. He also had an enlarged heart but he was such a fighter and fought to the very end..we will miss him terribly but will forever remember all the happiness he brought into our lives..sending hugs your way…

  333. Laura
    April 20, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Oh goodness, so very sad for your loss since you had to leave your adorable baby across “the rainbow bridge”…lost mine August 10, 2017, & been depressed ever since. The doctor is treating me for “broken
    heart syndrome” & I’m just now coming alive after losing my adorable Shih Tzu-poo, many hugs & God bless

  334. Rose Rigby
    April 22, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Chloe sounds so much like our little Emma. Emma will be 13 in August. My heart breaks for you, Emma has a lot of health issues and we’ve almost lost her before. We call Emma my little stalker, she follows me around everywhere I go, even the bathroom. Emma also loves to eat and is always looking for something to eat. Then we found out that Emma is Diabetic, now we have to limit how much and what she can eat. I know that we can never prepare for the loss of our fur babies. I know that you are just lost without Chloe, but I’m so glad that she has left you with such wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing all her wonderful photos. Again, I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  335. gert stevens
    August 9, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Mary, I’m sorry this is so late. I was having issues posting to Woodpress. I am so sorry for your loss I have tears in my eyes as I read this sad post. I lost my Rusty the first of December so I grieve with you.

    Now….enjoy your new love.


  336. Kim Trover
    September 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I just found your wonderful blog. The darling pictures of your sweet Bichon pups caught my eye. This post as you said goodbye to your precious Chloe brought tears to my eye. We have had a Bichon for the last 29 years. We got that special dog in 2007 from a breeder in NC. Her name was Pauline Schultz. Your sweet pup looked so much like our Maisey. Bichon are a wonderful breed and bring such joy and love into your life. Our newest pup Snuggles, is continuing certain zest for life. Thank you for the wonderful words. All my best, Kim Trover

  337. Rose Rigby
    September 25, 2019 at 2:08 am

    How Sweet and Precious❣️❣️ I want you to know that my heart goes out to y’all. I have a Bichon and her name is Emma. Bichons are very special babies. I thought it was just mine, but I’ve read about so many and now I believe it’s just how Bichons are. Our Emma is 13 now. She has had a lot of health issues, but she’s still just as sweet as she can be. I’m already worrying about the fact that we will lose her in the future. She is Diabetic and had Cataracts in her eyes. We had the Cataract surgery in February and she could see again right away. Then last month she started bumping into things again and we found out that her retinal function has had a dramatic decrease and she is blind once again. I so miss my little Emma following me around from room to room. She has always been right there with me all the time. So I totally understand how you must be feeling without your precious Bichon. I’m so glad that your baby was able to bring you so much joy for all the time you had her. They truly are such a pleasure to have in ones daily life. You have some really beautiful pictures of Chloe. I know that your other Bichon must be lost without Chloe. Hugs and puppy kisses to you all. 🤗🤗🐶🐶😘😘

  338. Joy
    February 1, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Bless you and Gracie. We miss our Jake, too! Nothing like a dog (especially a Bichon), to make our life complete. We knew Jake had a huge hole in his heart when we adopted him. He was supposed to be “put down”, because of it. He was 6 weeks old when we brought him home. He was 9 years old when he left us. That was 9 years longer than the vet thought he would live. We feel so very lucky to have been blessed for so long. May you never be without a Bichon in your life! What a wonderful tribute you wrote in Cloe’s memory. May your find memories last forever, and comfort you whenever you think of her.

  339. Karen Collier
    September 2, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    We feel your pain and loss. We had our little bichon Lexus got 17 1/2 years. She was our little love.A white ball of energy. She went everywhere with us. Boat ride, car ride, ride in the basket of my bike rider. It tore a hole right in our hearts to let her go. But we knew her time had come. It took me 2 years before I was ready to accept a new girl in my life. And now we have another ball of white fur. Ivy. Needy, neurotic and nothing but unconditional love. Dogs are wonderful and we can’t imagine life without her. Thank you for sharing your story and photos.

  340. Celeste P Meehan
    February 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Condolences on the loss of your wonderful, lovely Chloe. May you all find solace in knowing that she had the best of homes, and was loved beyond measure. That isn’t something any of us should take for granted! xox

  341. Jeffrey McCall
    August 15, 2021 at 3:51 am

    This was written in 2018, I just now came across this and your loss. My heart breaks for you, this past September of 2020, along with all that 2020 left us to deal with and try to process and come to terms with, I lost my Milou suddenly and was utterly devastated. Took our last walk of the night, Milou and his step brother Scraps, we went to bed only to awake the next morning and my precious love could not stand on his own. Due to Covid, it took 4 days to get a vet to see us, and 10 days later he left us. The heart break and emptiness is haunting and I cried constantly, wondering what I could have done differently and did I do right by him. The hurt is something that leaves one feeling raw, lost, robbed of something more precious than anything else. You ache to see them at every turn, to see them play or demanding attention or lying against you fast asleep. I have hurt so over his passing and Scraps who had never been alone a day in his life was without his companion and it was clear he too felt the absence of the love that Milou brought into this world.
    God bless these special beings they are so much to so many.

    Jeffrey McCall

  342. Linda L Hovgaard
    August 22, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Oh Sweet Mary! I haven’t been able to follow your posts for awhile but this one brings tears to my eyes. I love the posts with your precious puppies and it breaks my heart that you lost one of your beautiful best friends. When I lost my Sparky I lost a sparkler in my life and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. My prayers are with you and all your beautiful bundles of joy….up in heaven and Gracie with you now.

  343. dolores V robinson
    September 18, 2021 at 11:10 am

    I know this is a late post, hope your heart is healing for the loss of your precious chloe your saving grace is the one you have left not that you can replace her, she is with you and the baby her buddy eyery though. I lost my molly 11years ago,took me 3 years to know I needed a dog in my life.her name is SUGAR she spent 3years in a puppy mil . she had no name, she in sweet and so loving.she just had her 10th. birthday. I’m 88 years young,she is my everthing I love her with all my heart.please give your gracie a kiss from sugar and me and maybe a extra dog bone.I belive all dogs go to heaven.

    • Nancy Wright
      August 6, 2023 at 6:18 pm

      Dear Mary, Gracie & husband: my prayers are with you. What a beautiful tribute to Chloe. Anyone who has owned a Bichon understands what truly special little personalities these little sweethearts have. They are not like other dogs. They melt your heart! I just lost my little Buster. I rescued him when he was only 9 months old. He was abused. He lived to be almost 18 years old. I haven’t stopped crying since the day I had to put him to sleep. The Bible tells us there are animals up in Heaven. I just know Chloe and Buster will be at the Rainbow Bridge to greet us when we die & we will be able to spend our eternal lives together. What a wonderful thing to look forward to! At least that’s what I believe. I can’t wait wait to get to Heaven. God Bless you!

    September 3, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    I feel your pain over the loss of your precious Chloe. The dog of our hearts left us just over a year ago. She was Bichon named Daisy and she was 14 years old (closer to 15 really). We rescued her when she was about 7 weeks old, from a Sanctuary that rescued her, her sister, and two brothers from a puppy mill along with many, many other dogs. One of her brothers died shortly after the rescue and within 30 minutes of their posting for adoption of Daisy and her remaining siblings, they had reached their maximum on applications. Ours was the last and somehow we were chosen as the lucky ones to adopt her. It was all just like you said – a life of love, play, food, walks, adventures, swimming, food, boat rides…Daisy loved it all, too. We will always miss her and love her so much. I still hear the taps of her toenails on our wood floors. Thank you for sharing your story and your Chloe with us. Our prayers and best wishes to you and your family.

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