Dogs’ Lives Are Too Short

 “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

We said goodbye to Gracie a couple of weeks ago. While she had begun to seem a little feeble, it took us by surprise.

With heavy hearts, we made the decision to let her go as we discovered her kidneys were failing.

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Gracie would have been 14 in May, she was Chloe’s sidekick, who we lost a year ago in February.

They were two peas in a pod. 🐾🐾

So many fond memories of Gracie are tied to Chloe, that it seems like losing Chloe all over again.

With Gracie gone, we are thankful to have Lola to love and keep us busy. She will be a year old in May.

“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog – it merely expands the heart.”

– Erica Jong

Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days.

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” – Dean Koontz

“A dog has one aim in life. . . to bestow his heart.”

― J. R. Ackerley

Thank you Gracie for some of our happiest days and bestowing your heart.🐾

If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.

Gracie, 2005 – 2019

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

~Roger Caras

Thank you for your visit.

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  244 comments for “Dogs’ Lives Are Too Short

  1. Debra
    March 27, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry for the loss of yet another ‘fur baby’. Your little doggies are just so precious and I have enjoyed every post highlighting their escapades. Blessings to you both.

  2. Cheryl
    March 27, 2019 at 7:03 am

    So sorry for your loss. Ours was 16 and it wasn’t close to enough years. Still miss him two years later.

  3. Susie
    March 27, 2019 at 7:05 am

    So sorry for your loss 🐾❤️🐾 it’s heartbreaking to let them go but Gracie had a lovely life with you…Bichon’s steal our hearts ❤️❤️

    • marja carew
      March 28, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      I am so sorry for your lose of Gracie.My thoughts are with you.

  4. Kelly
    March 27, 2019 at 7:06 am

    So sorry to hear this news! Hugs to your family.

  5. Lorree
    March 27, 2019 at 7:06 am

    My heart breaks for you! It’s so hard to let go of our babies. But you have Lola to brighten your days, and I know she will give you lots of puppy love.

  6. Raylene
    March 27, 2019 at 7:06 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Glad Lola is with you to remind you of what great furparents you are. May your fond memories of Gracie and Chloe see you through the rough days. God bless.

  7. Ann Woleben
    March 27, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your posts about Chloe, Gracie and Lola have always touched my heart. I believe that Chloe and Gracie have reunited at the rainbow bridge. May you feel peace in knowing that she is not suffering.

  8. March 27, 2019 at 7:11 am

    So so sorry to hear this news. She was a joy! Lost my Westie in July and I am still missing her. Working from home she was my side kick too.

  9. March 27, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Oh, so sorry to hear that. I loved the memorial you put together for them. I always enjoyed seeing their pics. I am glad that Lola is there to help bridge the gap. I think that is the absolute worse thing about having a dog. They don’t live long enough.

  10. March 27, 2019 at 7:11 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Grace was a star attraction and looked as if character just oozed from her. Little dogs leave very big holes in your heart.

  11. Patti
    March 27, 2019 at 7:11 am

    We lost our dog, Annie, of 10 years on Sat March 23. Annie was a blonde Cairn Terrier. You said very eloquently what I am feeling. She was loved and will be greatly missed. We have her half brother, Ozzie, and that is helpful. Like your Gracie she had health issues we could not heal. She lost use of her back legs almost 2 years ago. While she adjusted to her disability and we always included her on outings she could not chase squirrels and play with her brother like she used to. I take comfort knowing she can now run and chase squirrels and bark to her hearts content. We took her in vacation to Bryson City,
    NC last fall and had a great time. She loved life as did your Gracie and lived it to the fullest of her capabilities. My sympathy to you and your family.

  12. Bren
    March 27, 2019 at 7:12 am

    What a lovely tribute to your sweet Gracie. I am so sorry for your loss- our pets leave their paw prints on our hearts for sure.
    Loved all the quotes, and that flower arrangement that looks just like her is precious! May your hearts heal and may peace fill your souls knowing you will meet again at Rainbow bridge. Xo ❤️

  13. Linda Smith
    March 27, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Our pets hold such a special place in our hearts and I can always feel your love for them through your pictures and commentary. My heart is heavy but I know Gracie had such a perfectly wonderful life – you all were so very lucky to have found each other. 🙏💔

  14. Sherlie A Magaret
    March 27, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I am so sorry.

  15. Rita C.
    March 27, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Oh, Mary, my heart aches for your loss. I’m so sorry.

  16. Susan Nelson
    March 27, 2019 at 7:18 am

    So sorry to hear this….my favorite posts of yours are of the three pups…so sorry

  17. Daphne
    March 27, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Always remember that you gave both Chloe and Gracie lives full of love, fun, and beauty all around them that you created for them to enjoy with you.

  18. Roxanne Bernard
    March 27, 2019 at 7:23 am

    There are no words to express except I am so sorry for your loss. Gracie brightened so many lives through your photography. She will be waiting for you when you get to Heaven.

  19. Jean Kissane
    March 27, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I understand your loss and your pain. Three weeks ago I made the decision to send my Gracie, an 11 year old cat, to heaven. Our decisions were difficult and correct.

    I enjoy your photos of your dogs, especially the photos on the boat.

    Fondly,
    Jean

  20. Gail
    March 27, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Hugs

  21. Kathy
    March 27, 2019 at 7:29 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Gracie. When we had to lost our Collie ” Sweet Annie” .our daughter consoled us by telling
    us what a good dog life she had lived with us and now would lead a wonderful life in dog heaven.

  22. Dana
    March 27, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Gracie brought a smile to my face every time you would post pictures of her. It made me want a dog again, something I haven’t wanted since we lost ours. Dogs lives are definitely too short. Again I am so sorry.

  23. katy
    March 27, 2019 at 7:31 am

    So sorry to hear the loss of your fur baby…now I’m crying into my coffee.

  24. Ginny
    March 27, 2019 at 7:31 am

    I’m so sorry Mary ! 💔💔 I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. All of your photos of Gracie are so beautiful. I know she loved you just as much, if not more!

  25. Julaine Durdil
    March 27, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Cheryl Foley
      March 29, 2019 at 10:36 am

      My heart goes out to you ❤

  26. Jane
    March 27, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Mary
    So sorry for your loss. Dogs are wonderful companions. So hard to let go.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs…..

  27. Annie
    March 27, 2019 at 7:41 am

    This is just wonderful. I love seeing all the photos through the years. RIP Gracie ❤️❤️❤️

  28. Mary Ann Campbell
    March 27, 2019 at 7:43 am

    So sorry for your loss. The hardest thing about having a dog is saying goodbye.

  29. Susan Scott
    March 27, 2019 at 7:45 am

    So sad to hear this news. I have enjoyed all your pictures and stories about you furrry loves.Lola has big little paws to fill. Not to replace Gracie and Chloe but to continue the joy of puppy kisses and cuddles..

  30. March 27, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Oh Mary…I am so very sorry to hear about Gracie….I so remember always looking forward to the antics of Gracie and Chloe…they made me smile and made my day so many times. They were pure sunshine. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers Mary. Their love for you and your family will live forever along with the most precious memories.

  31. March 27, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Oh, the pain of losing a fur baby is so deep…if we love with our whole heart, we hurt with our whole heart. I’ve loved seeing and reading about Chloe & Gracie for years and now Lola. They are all so Beautiful!!! I am thinking of you these sad days but so happy you have precious Lola to love on.

  32. Sue
    March 27, 2019 at 7:51 am

    To you Mary and your husband, I am so, so, so sorry that you have now lost Gracie also. When I fist started visiting your blog I thought you had two of the best and cutest little dogs. I even told family members about different things you would share about Chloe and Gracie and how reading about them brightened my day. Prayers to you.

  33. sailorgal2018
    March 27, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Oh, I am so sad for both of you. Over the years of reading your blog, I have taken as much pleasure from watching your dogs as I have from all your beautiful arrangements and luscious food. So many unseen prayers are coming your way. Much love.

  34. March 27, 2019 at 7:59 am

    So sorry for your loss..It has been several years since we lost our sweet Savanna and we still have not brought ourselves to consider getting another dog..Maybe after I have my knee Surgery….
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  35. Priscilla Shoulders
    March 27, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Oh, I had no idea. Your sweet pups always make me smile. I’m so sorry about Gracie. She had a huge fan club and will be missed so much.
    Hugging you with my heart ♥️

  36. Linda Yeargain Thieman
    March 27, 2019 at 8:00 am

    There are no words that can take away the pain of losing one’s sweet dog. But please know many people who have followed your blog and enjoyed the photos of Chloe and Gracie are shedding tears at learning of your loss. Such sweet little girls!

  37. Kaye Wright
    March 27, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I am so sorry you’ve again lost one of the sweetest souls in your life. What lovely memories of Gracie (and Chloe) you have in your heart and in these pictures. What perfect loves they were.

    I frequently forward your sweet puppy posts to my daughter. But I’m saving this post, simply because one day I know my daughter will need it; her love, family, and support is her fur baby whom we love dearly. Until he came into our lives seven years ago, I never realized how deeply the loss would be dreaded.

  38. Tardevil
    March 27, 2019 at 8:01 am

    So sorry. Will miss seeing her in your posts. :’(

  39. Susan Martin
    March 27, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I am so, so sorry………………

  40. Granny Gay:)
    March 27, 2019 at 8:02 am

    What a shock to learn about Gracie…we, too, have been through the trauma of first, deciding when it is time to let go, and then, having to do it….just a few weeks ago….I know this was a difficult post to prepare in many ways, but what a grand tribute to your loving companion. Love the medallion and wish I had done just that very thing. Enjoy life with Lola….

  41. SUSAN
    March 27, 2019 at 8:04 am

    I am sooo sorry! This is heart breaking. I know you will miss her so much. I’m glad you have so many pictures and fond memories.

  42. Sue Farmer
    March 27, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Oh Mary I am so sorry for your loss. Our pups bring so much to our lives. Hope you are doing ok. xoxo

    • Mary Michelle
      March 27, 2019 at 8:48 am

      What a lovely tribute to your Gracie in pictures and fitting quotations. I am typing this with tears in my eyes feeling the sadness the loss of a cherished pet brings.

  43. March 27, 2019 at 8:08 am

    So sorry you have lost Gracie. Every quote you have today is so true. Dogs add so much joy to our lives.

  44. Gina Buffum
    March 27, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I’m so very sorry. It’s the hardest thing we do in life, saying goodbye to these beautiful souls.

  45. Maureen E.
    March 27, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Mary. Two dogs in one year cannot be easy. We lost one a few years ago and have not been the same.

  46. Maria J Cesario
    March 27, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Gracie, yes dogs are so special to us and we are very lucky to have them even for a short time.

  47. Maureen
    March 27, 2019 at 8:18 am

    So sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your photos and memories of Gracie and Chloe. Lola will help to ease your pain. Yes dogs give us unconditional love and the day of their passing is heart wrenching. I have lost 3 dogs and the last one was very difficult. For that reason I have decided no more pets. I can’t go through the pain of loss. That is just how I am wired.

  48. Robyn
    March 27, 2019 at 8:20 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am in tears reading this beautiful post. I miss my Lizzie and this stirs the heartache I have felt since we lost her in August. So happy that you have sweet little Lola. We have a new little girl that we will pick up in about a week. I have missed my furry snuggles. Sending lots of hugs and prayers to you and Miss Lola. I’m sure she will miss Gracie.

  49. Donna
    March 27, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I am so sorry. We had to let go of our precious Penny last month after 16 years. I know she’s with her “sister” Lucy now. You are in my prayers

  50. March 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    So very sorry for your loss. I lost my sweet Jersey a week ago and know how you are feeling 😢

  51. Franki
    March 27, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Awwww…that is a tough time…been there. So many smiles. Take good care. franki

  52. Diane
    March 27, 2019 at 8:30 am

    So sorry Mary,our bichon was with us for 15 years. Gracie will now be reunited with Chloe.❤️❤️❤️

  53. Karen
    March 27, 2019 at 8:32 am

    So sorry to hear about Gracie. Beautiful tribute. Will miss seeing her photos.

  54. Clara
    March 27, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Mary, Our sympathy goes out to you and your family including Lola as we know the loss affected her too . Pets enrich our lives so & leave paw prints 🐾on our hearts❤️ when they depart. We all enjoyed seeing her sweet face & cute outfits. We will all miss her. Clara 💔

  55. Shannon
    March 27, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Dogs are the most wonderful addition to a family. I’m sooo very sorry to hear of your loss. She was adorable.🌷

  56. Alice Genzlinger
    March 27, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Oh Mary, I can’t stand it. Our hearts are breaking for you. Their love for us is so pure and sweet. I pray we will have them to love forever when we arrive in heaven.

  57. Brenda McCrary
    March 27, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Mary, I am so sorry! I’m not wise enough to have the proper words to bring you comfort. I have experienced the same loss and pain that goes with it so my heart goes out to you and yours.

  58. Cynthia
    March 27, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I’m so sorry.

  59. Nancy Edwards
    March 27, 2019 at 8:38 am

    💔🐾💔So sorry, Mary. Their time with us is never long enough, but I know Gracie & Chloe are together again. Hope that sweet Lola helps to fill the hole in your heart.

  60. Linda L
    March 27, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Mary, so sad to hear of your loss. In a smaller way it is our loss too. She will be remembered by your many readers from all your beautiful posts of her. My sympathies and love to you and your husband.

  61. Jan Fusco
    March 27, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Fur babies are the best! I’m so sorry for the loss of Gracie. I’m glad you have Lola to hold and love. Now you need a playmate for her. I’m so used to seeing two on your posts.

  62. Dorinda Selke
    March 27, 2019 at 8:43 am

    My heart can surely understand your pain and anguish. Nothing would make me happier than for our treasured pets to be with us our whole life. Your pictures are gorgeous and such a tribute to Gracie. May God Bless you and soothe your pain Hugs, Dorinda

  63. Doris Nollman
    March 27, 2019 at 8:43 am

    So sorry for your loss. While our furbabies are with us, they live BIG. We are nearing this same decision with our baby, Boomer. While each dog is “the best”, the next baby will be there to nourish our souls once again.

  64. Clara
    March 27, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Mary, Sympathy to you and your family. Words are never adequate at time like this. We shall all miss her sweet face & her cute poses in her outfits. Pets enrich our lives so much & give us wonderful memories & leave 🐾 paw prints on our hearts ❤️ when they depart. We shall all miss her being in your posts. Clara 💔

  65. Mary Michelle
    March 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    What a lovely tribute to your Gracie in pictures and fitting quotations. I am typing this with tears in my eyes feeling the sadness the loss of a cherished pet brings.

  66. March 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss! I always loved seeing the sweet pics of Gracie. Our fur babies steal our hearts. Much love to you and your hubby, Gracie had the best home and life with you all!🐾❤️🐾

  67. Susan H Whetstine
    March 27, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Our Casper has been gone 3 years and we still miss him.

  68. Joanne
    March 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    This morning’s post has truly brought me to tears. Having two Bichon babies myself, I can truly relate. I remember the loss of your precious Chloe last year, and can only imagine what you are feeling once again. Our Bichons are also in their senior years, and we embrace each and every day we have with them. I can’t imagine a life without their little paws prancing around the house. Your words were beautiful, and I know that little Lola is already bringing a great deal of warmth, comfort, and love to your lives. Your posts that featured your pups always put a smile on my face. I hope that your memories of them will bring you more happiness than sadness. Again, My thoughts are with you.

  69. D Nixon
    March 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I’m so sorry Gracie’s kidneys were failing… even making the hardest decision and doing the right thing never eases our heart. We had to make this decision on New Year’s Eve for our 10 yr old Jeter. Chloe was waiting to greet her, and they are together again – playing and loving one another. You have shared many beautiful memories of Gracie, and she will be remembered by many. Hugs❤️

  70. Kaye Moore
    March 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Mary- I am so sorry to hear about Gracie. My heart hurts for you and David. Just remember that you and David gave her a good life. You are right in saying their lives are very short
    Take care Kaye

  71. Lynette Forrest
    March 27, 2019 at 8:55 am

    My heart is weeping…
    The only consolation is that both dogs are together once more!
    Love to you all!

  72. draprilyanda
    March 27, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I’m sending you hugs!! Even Though I never knew Gracie and Chloe it seems like they were good friends because of the wonderful pictures and heartfelt thoughts that you shared with us through the years. Bichon’s are the best !! Our Bristol was with us for 16 years, so I know the joy and the pain. Take care💕

  73. Kim Jefferson
    March 27, 2019 at 8:58 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your furry family member.You are right, a dogs only fault is their lives are too short.

  74. Mary
    March 27, 2019 at 9:00 am

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Gracie, your tribute was very touching.

  75. Cyndi ott
    March 27, 2019 at 9:01 am

    What a special, beautiful tribute to your little girl. I am so sorry for your loss. These guys sure have a way of sneaking into our hearts. Keep the memories alive. I feel so sad, as if I’ve lost one of my own. Ive been following the girls for a long time, so it’s as if I know them

  76. Carole S.
    March 27, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I’m so sorry. There’s absolutely nothing like a precious pet’s love. Wishing you comfort.

  77. Jennifer
    March 27, 2019 at 9:03 am

    My heart is broken for your loss. Four years later we still miss our little Sweetie.

  78. Constance Elliott
    March 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Gracie so soon after Chloe. You know they are romping and cuddling together somewhere. All the sayings are so very true.

  79. Janet O. Robinson
    March 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Mary, when I saw my email I told my husband I did not want to open it because I knew it was not good news. I was crying before I knew about Gracie. She was a beautiful little soul and I am so very very sorry for your loss. I have loved all your posts of Chloe and Gracie and I know how much they were loved and cared for. I hope that Lola fills the huge hole in your heart right now. I will be sending you love and good wishes over the next days and weeks.

  80. March 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Oh my, dear Mary, I have tears in my eyes as I read this. I am so very sorry in the loss of your beloved Gracie. I know that Chloe was waiting for Gracie at the Rainbow Bridge, so that they can play and romp together. Thank you for honoring Gracie through this post and sharing her pictures and the beautiful quotes with us. Love and hugs are sent to you….

  81. Tricia
    March 27, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I’m so sorry. I feel very sad because I have followed your post for several years and feel like I knew her. I’m going to miss seeing pictures of her at every holiday dressed up looking adorable. My sincerest condolences.

  82. Hetty
    March 27, 2019 at 9:11 am

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

  83. Linda
    March 27, 2019 at 9:14 am

    IAM so very sorry for your loss. I feel your pain in every word every sentence every pause. I’ve been there myself more than once. Our FURBABIES take part of our heart when they go. But I believe that we will see them again. Mine are there with my husband waiting for me in Heaven. The Bible tells us that there is animals in Heaven. Our Lord is coming back on a white horse, and the ox and the lamb and the lion….my prayers for you. We will see them again.

  84. Marsha Wassel
    March 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    What a meaningful and touching tribute to your beloved family member. I have so enjoyed watching Gracie and Chloe in your posts. I know how much you will miss them. Remember the love and cuddle Lola.

  85. Martha
    March 27, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Tears in my eyes — I, too, have been there and they are such a blessing — dogs do show us what true love is…..Always loved the quote that I hope to be half the person my dog thinks I am. So sorry for your loss.

  86. Peggy
    March 27, 2019 at 9:25 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your fur baby. My heart breaks for you. The only good thing about losing Gracie is knowing that she crossed that rainbow bridge and is running with Lola. Prayers for comfort.

  87. Lyn
    March 27, 2019 at 9:26 am

    With tears running down my eyes, sitting with my own Gracie girl in my lap, I am so touched by your loss and beautiful stories and pictures. I agree with all of your quotes; I believe dogs are heavenly angels…may your Gracie and Chloe run free together. Hugs—-

  88. March 27, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. I know the pain of losing a furry friend. I’m sure Chloe and Gracie are together again!
    Living hugs from England, Melissa

  89. March 27, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. I know the pain of losing a furry friend. I’m sure Chloe and Gracie are together again!
    Loving hugs from England, Melissa

  90. March 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

    My heart is broken for your family – I was so shocked to read your post, Hugs ~ Sharon

  91. Peggy
    March 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Sorry, I meant Chloe.

  92. Cathy Higgins
    March 27, 2019 at 9:31 am

    My heart is breaking for you. Obviously, Gracie was special and very much loved. Yes, the worst part about these lovely friends/companions/loves is that they do not live nearly long enough. So very sorry for your loss, You will always have the White Angels, Chloe and Gracie in your heart. Thank goodness you have Lola

  93. Lauren Butler
    March 27, 2019 at 9:34 am

    OH gosh, your news of Gracie brought tears to my eyes…through the years I have so enjoyed your post, but the ones with Chloe and Gracie were extra special.
    Not that I have ever met you or your family, but you write so beautifully and decorate so beautifully.
    When someone shares they have just said the last goodby to a beloved canine, it just takes you back to all the great canine souls that have been in your own life.
    Truly sorry for your loss.
    Wise decision to bring Lola into your lives.

  94. Lynn Williams
    March 27, 2019 at 9:36 am

    There are tears in my eyes for your heartbreak. Our furry babies love us unconditionally. I hope that we all can live up to be who our dogs think we are.

  95. Phyllis
    March 27, 2019 at 9:44 am

    So sorry for your great loss. I’ve been there and know how sad it is. No earthly love is greater than that of a loving dog. I’m so glad you have the puppy to console you. Hugs.

  96. Judy
    March 27, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I feel so bad for both of you. Keeping you in my prayers.

  97. Sherry Darlington
    March 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Many hearts are with you.

  98. jae
    March 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. She was a beautiful little girl and I always enjoyed seeing her smiley face on your posts. She will live in your heart always…..

  99. Mary Anne McWhirter
    March 27, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I know your heart is broken….She was so incredibly lucky to have you and you her. Know that the two of you will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge in heaven. My thoughts are with you and your broken heart. You bring so much joy to so many of us…and we all long to comfort you at this time of loss. Many take the passing of an animal lightly…Yet they are like our children and an incredibly loyal companion. Know that the warmth and love of all of your followers is with you today.

  100. March 27, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Mary, I’m so very, very sorry to hear about Gracie. Having to send my fur babies to Rainbow Bridge have been the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. She was such a precious little girl, and I can imagine how much you miss her. Please know that you’re in my thoughts…

  101. March 27, 2019 at 9:55 am

    So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful tribute. I will never forget the loss of my beloved pets.

  102. Vicki
    March 27, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Mary, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family for your loss. Gracie was a cutie, and how many wonderful memories you all have of her with Chloe and Lola. You will meet again!

  103. Patricia
    March 27, 2019 at 9:58 am

    So saddened to hear about Gracie. I have loved every one of your posts that have featured your fur babies. Gracie’s face melted my heart every time. All of your fur babies are obviously cherished and live special lives. Thank you for sharing their faces and stories with us.

  104. Linda
    March 27, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I had a pair of beagles, brother and sister, and lost them within a year of each other. It’s very, very hard, it is like losing them all over again. They were such buddies and so sweet, it just broke my heart. I found this plaque on line that sums it up for me “It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as the are.” Anonymous. I have had dogs all my life. I know the pain of losing them, and the joy and tears in remembering. I am sorry for your loss.

  105. March 27, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Oh, no. I am so sorry Mary. I think your dogs may have been the original reason I started reading your blog. I always looked forward to seeing them in your photos. And then of course I came for the potting shed :). I’ll keep your family in my prayers!

  106. Carol Brooks
    March 27, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I am heartbroken for you and Dave. So very sorry. She was well loved and had a wonderful life.

  107. CHERYL COOK
    March 27, 2019 at 10:07 am

    What a wonderful adventure she shared with you for a while. She rainthrough the flowers, nesltled in the pillows, and floated on the lake in your arms. She sends you warm licks and knows she is in your heart forever.

  108. Betty Butkiewicus
    March 27, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Mary, I am so sorry for the lost of fur baby Grace. What a beautiful tribute to her.

  109. Yvonne Shafer
    March 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Thank you, Mary, for sharing your girls with us. Lola has big paws to fill but I’m sure she’s up to it and will carve her own initials on your heart. Warm hugs to you.

  110. Vicki
    March 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Mary. Like many of your followers I too know of the difficult decision you had to make. We have been so blessed to see Gracie and Chloe grow up before our eyes as you chronicle them with your lovely photos. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  111. ANNETTE
    March 27, 2019 at 10:21 am

    A wonderful tribute to these dear souls.

  112. FRANCES M TROY
    March 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

    OH, I am SO sorry. Typing through my tears. I am glad you have Lola now. Prayers.

  113. Kathy
    March 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Oh Mary. I am so sorry for your lost. When the worst of your sadness passes, I hope memories of Gracie will bring joy to you and your family.

  114. Theresa R Keller
    March 27, 2019 at 10:29 am

    So sorry to hear this, i know from experience how hard it is…. blessings to you.

  115. jane Lund
    March 27, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Oh nooo, I am sooo sorry to hear this! She was such a cutie and I loved seeing her in your photos. It is so sad. She certainly had a good life surrounded by beauty and loving parents. RIP Gracie and my heart and prayers go out to you!

  116. Jill
    March 27, 2019 at 10:33 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Obviously she was very well loved and will be missed.

  117. March 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    What a lovely eulogy to your beloved Gracie. Your photos of her and her “sisters” are just the best. Hard to fail when your subjects are so winsome. Out little pupsters move into our hearts and just wreck us when they leave for the Bridge. What a happy life she had — boating, modeling, lounging in your lovely garden, and loving you.

  118. Nancy
    March 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Feel a big hug from me. I am sure that she will give you little signs from heaven.

  119. Court
    March 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I was so sad to hear about Gracie’s passing. Your pups are what first drew me to your blog and I’ll miss seeing her sweet face. I hope you find comfort in the beautiful memories of her and all her adventures. Thank you for sharing her with us💕

  120. Shirley Graham
    March 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

    So sorry for your loss. I still miss my kitty so much so understand. She certainly had a good life!

  121. Melodie Strickland
    March 27, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Mary, my heart breaks for you in the loss of Gracie. I know she brought you so much joy. Gracie will always be in your heart. Glad Lola is with you. I know how it is to lose a doggie companion–lost Ginger 15 years ago and Shortie last October. Still searching for another doggie companion.

  122. Claire
    March 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry to hear the news about Gracie. I know y’all will miss her so much. My heart is heavy for all of you. Prayers and God bless.

  123. monica
    March 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

    that face……so so sorry

  124. March 27, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I am so deeply sorry. Your Gracie was so adorable and I know the whole she leaves in your heart is a large one. I am so very grateful you have Lola who will need you as much as you need her as you both grieve the loss of a wonderful friend.

  125. Sandra Lee
    March 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Yuck. I’m so sorry for your loss. I agree doggy lives are too short. Their personalities are definitely missed. Be well.

  126. Vanessa
    March 27, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Mary so sorry for your loss. In your posts; I love seeing how much joy you have in caring for these precious babies. You and your family are in my prayers. Blessings.

  127. bamacarol
    March 27, 2019 at 11:16 am

    So sorry for your loss of such a great friend and loved one. We have no children, only cats, and it has been heart wrenching to lose each one. So glad you have Lola to turn to in this time of grief. Chloe and Gracie have provided so much happiness to all of us over the years.

  128. Chloe Garden
    March 27, 2019 at 11:18 am

    My tears started the instant I saw the title of the post in my email and continued as I read the loving tribute you posted. I am so sorry for your loss.

  129. Loryl
    March 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

    By all the comments it is positive proof that dogs are such a wonderful part of our lives. I am so sorry for your loss. We had to say good-bye to our Aussie 2 years ago and there are still days I cry for him. Our new pup a Golden, is a welcome addition to our family. So loving and loyal. I so enjoyed seeing Gracie on your blog. She will be missed.

  130. March 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

    My heart broke when I read Gracie passed, the pain of Chloe’s passing must still be raw. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve realized that as terrible and hard as the loss of a pet is, I still open my heart to love again. Pets are priceless.

  131. Debbie
    March 27, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and Sweet Lola. Prayers for you all.

  132. Kathleen
    March 27, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I’m so sorry to hear that Gracie is gone to be with Chloe. Lola must be wondering where her big sister went. And you must be grieving so much. Gracie and Chloe both will live on in your hearts.

  133. Gail Jones
    March 27, 2019 at 11:48 am

    So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed your puppies photos. Bless you for the good home you gave them.

    • Ellen Martin
      March 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      God bless you Mary, your husband and Lola in the loss of your dear Gracie! Your dogs have been so fortunate to be in such a loving home. Thanks for sharing them with your readers.

  134. Paulette Watton
    March 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Gracie. It is hard to lose part of your life and your heart!

  135. Kim
    March 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    A beautiful tribute to Gracie, Mary. Our hearts are with you. This is so true and the quotes hit it on the mark. It’s heartbreaking how short we have them but we still do it. Our Livie, a yellow lab who is twelve, I’m getting ready but we all know the loss. Your dogs are so well cared and loved and one thing you can always know is they had a great life. Our thoughts prayers to you and your husband.

  136. Anne Marie
    March 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Gracie. This was a beautiful post and tribute to her. It made me cry. Hug Lola and let her ease some of the pain in your heart.

  137. JoAnn Geary
    March 27, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your photography of your dear sweethearts always made my day extra special!
    I am heartbroken for your loss of Gracie. I wish you and your husband strength as you move forward with Lola.

  138. pineconesandacorns
    March 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I am weeping as I type this. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Gracie. I have loved following along on the adventures of your sweet pups. My thoughts are with you.

  139. Debbie White
    March 27, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    So very sad. It is a very, very hard thing to go through. You have worded it so well. Thank you for that. Hugs.

  140. Barbara
    March 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Gracie. Losing a pet is one of the deepest sorrows. Take care and know that every day helps lessen the heartbreak.

  141. Michele M. / Finch Rest
    March 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss/es. I am happy you have another to love and cherish – our fur babies are truly our family. The loss is deep and lasting. May your loving happy memories sustain you till you all meet again on The Rainbow Bridge. ♥♥ They will be waiting for you. ♥♥

  142. Kitty M in WA
    March 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    So sorry that you had to say goodbye to Gracie. She was a cutie, for sure, and had a wonderful life with you, your husband and her dog mate, Chloe. I think that if our hearts didn’t hurt so much when we lose our babies, we wouldn’t merit “having” them. May you find comfort in little Lola’s love.

  143. March 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this! Sending lots of love your way. So heartbreaking for you… here is a hug. Hope it helps just a little. ((Hug))

  144. Laurie
    March 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Oh Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you! I’m picturing her with Chloe, romping around under the rainbow 🌈 bridge 💕🐾

  145. ann kretschmer
    March 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    She was a member of your family; a mother, sister, child, cousin–what ever you needed at the time. That’s why their loss is so profound. I’m so sorry.

  146. Camille Morgan
    March 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    So sorry . Our dog is 14 and not ingreat shape. I know they don’t live much longer than this and I do not look forward to losing her!
    Deepest condolences on your loss.

  147. Kristie
    March 27, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    So sorry! We will miss them too!

  148. Diane
    March 27, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It doesn’t seem fair that our furbabies bring so much love and pure joy and live such short lives. I lost my sweet sweet Ozzie on August 19, 2018–he was 16 years and 4 days old. He brought me joy every. single. day. Wishing you peace and healing during such a difficult time.

  149. Kathleen
    March 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    A beautiful tribute and love all the quotes which our so true. Maybe it is a good idea to bring a new puppy (Lola) into your life when you have older (Chloe) pets as you then have memories of them together. I’m feeling very sad for you! There’s a lot of love in your post.

  150. Peggy Reed
    March 27, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May your heart find comfort in all the beautiful memories that you shared with your beautiful Gracie.

  151. Marnie
    March 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I know we all share in the pain of your loss, your pup posts brighten our days and we’ve all come to love your doggie adventures and snapshots. And a lot of us have endured that horrible pain of loss ourselves. Your tribute was very heart touching and I so relate to the sentiments. I’m praying for your comfort and peace.

  152. anne
    March 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Mary, I’m so sorry for your loss. Gracie was such a precious little sweetie pie. I know you and your husband will miss her dearly. May you take comfort in knowing that she and Chloe are together once again. xo

  153. Tricia
    March 27, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I’m so sorry, Mary, for you and your husband and Lola. What a heartbreak. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Chloe and Gracie with us. They brightened up so many of our days

  154. rosie
    March 27, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I feel your pain. I had to put my Ratdog down a couple of years ago. I miss him every day.

  155. Sue
    March 27, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    So sad, and so very sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing Chloe and Gracie and little Lola with us over the years, they always brought with them many smiles and adventures…
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and touching tribute, Mary.

  156. Liz
    March 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Mary…Ive followed you for awhile now…I’m in Toronto Ontario and I never comment. I admire from afar. But this post brought me to tears. I’m sooo very sorry for the loss of your precious Gracie (and Chloe earlier)!! So very sad. Our pets are beautiful, precious angels who dance into our hearts…I’ve had dogs my whole life…loved them more than a lot people truth be told. My firefighter husband died 4 years ago and my son was in first tear final exams in university at the time and just totally and utterly devastated him. The road back has been a challenge to say the least, and I bought a service dog a Havanese my son named “Cash” after Johnny Cash. Best thing I ever did…best buddies who love and need each other and Cash has been that lifeline that got my son through very sad days. Gracie and Chloe are always with you and forever in your heart and dreams. Bless them both. Hugs from Canada. Take care. Liz 🐶

  157. barbara
    March 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I am so sorry to read this.

  158. Susan B.
    March 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Oh no! I can’t believe this. I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your precious Gracie. Nothing hurts like the loss of a pet. So many people say “it’s only a dog/cat”. They have obviously not been touched by the love of a pet. There is nothing in the world like that unconditional love. I hope you find some comfort in the knowledge that she had the most wonderful life any dog could possibly have, with you. She was, and always will be adored. Sending you big hugs and healing prayers. xoxo

  159. Susie
    March 27, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    There just are no words–I am so very sorry.

  160. March 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I couldn’t agree more that the hardest is the day we let go. I just let go of my Carmen (kitty) a week ago. Your pictures show how much a part of your lives she was. May your days ahead be comforted with good memories of your dear Gracie.

  161. Marion
    March 27, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Sorry for your loss Mary. Gracie and Chloe are reunited,romping and playing together. Chloe was at the gates of doggie Heaven welcoming Gracie.
    Marion,Joan and Marilyn

  162. Naomie Moore
    March 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    So so sorry for your loss! What a spectacular tribute to dear Gracie. There are no words to describe your loss. Just know you gave her the best life possible. Take time to grieve, it’s important. Sending sympathy and hugs to you and your family! 🤗

  163. March 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. All of us grieve when we lose our much cherished companions. It is heartbreaking when part of our family is lost.

  164. March 27, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Oh Mary, I am SO very sorry that your sweet Gracie is gone. I know the heartbreak of losing a dog and it is so hard. I always LOVE your posts about the sweet fur babies. You gave her such a WONDERFUL life and she gave you unconditional love and so many memories. I will be praying for you and your hubby. Take care. Hugs, Pinky

  165. pamela
    March 27, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    so sad

  166. March 27, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Mary, It is so hard just to write this little note–I am crying and feeling such sorrow in my heart for you. I am also picturing sweet Gracie reunited with that other pea in her pod, filling Chloe’s ear with tales of the newest ball of fur in the family. You have given us all such joy, allowing us to experience the antics and sweetness of your girls through the photos and stories you share. I truly hope that memories of those many “happiest days” can give you comfort. Linda

  167. eatsbythebearch
    March 27, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    My heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry. If it were only possible for the tears streaming down my face to lessen your pain.

  168. Sally
    March 27, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about Gracie. They are never with us long enough. This was such a lovely tribute to your Gracie and I believe Chloe was waiting for her when she crossed over. I am so sorry for your loss.💔🐾

  169. March 27, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    The minute I read the title of this post, I knew what the news would be. I’m so sorry for the loss of Gracie…now Chloe will have her sidekick with her again. May you get to enjoy Lola for many years to come. My heart goes to all of you.

  170. Mary Stevens
    March 27, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Tears are flowing it’s so sad when we loose one which I have done many times! So sorry for your loss she looked like a very loveable little girl!!

  171. March 27, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry. What a lucky little girl Gracie was to have you for her person. I saw something not long ago that said that when we get to Heaven, all of our beloved pets will be there to greet us. I sure hope because that’s my idea of Heaven. Bless you.

  172. March 27, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    You know my heart goes out to you, so many years of joy, I looked forward to seeing one last montage for a beautiful send off. Grateful lola was there to ease your pain. It’s an end of an era, I watched them from the first days of your blog, we all feel like your pups were part of our families too, from recipes for bones, to ice cream, boating trips and sunporch lounging your girls were always present and exceptional well photographed! Wishing you peace and happiness for now and much joy on your horizons to come.

  173. Dianne Chrestopoulos
    March 27, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Mary I am in shock to read this and so so sad for you and your husband. I have not been following you for too long, but long enough to know that it was not that long ago you lost Chloe. I am sending prayers for peace. THIS is the way we show our final act of love, to let them go tho we do not ever want to. Nancy Tillmon a children’s author wrote a gorgeous book called The Heaven of Animals. In it she says “when angels whisper in our pets ear, it is your voice they hear”. This line has brought me much comfort at times like these and when I think of all of the dogs we have lost or let go because it was time. I hope you will read it and that it will bring you some comfort too. I truly believe all of my dogs are waiting for me in Heaven. Sending hugs.

  174. Darlene Gardner
    March 27, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Mary, I am sorry to read about Gracie’s passing! I bet her life just wasn’t quite the same without Chloe around. I believe animals sense loss like people do. So glad you have Lola, but I know no one will ever replace your older ladies!

  175. Debbie
    March 27, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Mary,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I felt the tears as I remembered the loss of our last one. We haven’t been able to take that leap again because we still feel the pain. Hold on to your memories, they are precious and thank you for sharing them with us!

  176. Michelle
    March 27, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I’m a cat lover but I always enjoyed looking at ur adorable doggies. God bless their little hearts and urs Mary!

  177. March 27, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I’m sitting here crying Mary, I’m so sorry. That comment about ‘one of the worst days of our lives’ is so true. Please take care of yourself and give Lola a big ole bear hug for me.

  178. Jeannie
    March 27, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss! This brought me to tears…remembering my much-loved Riley. I now have a beautiful rescue but one never replaces the other! You just keep adding rooms to your heart!

  179. Kathy Sutton
    March 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. Dogs bring us so much joy.

  180. Donna B Oliphint
    March 27, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  181. DianeD.
    March 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Mary I am shocked at the news. Sending you my heartfelt sympathies; it is very difficult. My bichon passed last October 18th and continue to have a hard time. Your Tribute to Gracie had me in tears, it was extraordinary! Many hugs!

  182. March 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The brightest candles burn the shortest time. I am so very sorry for your loss. I am still mourning Chloe, at least they are together playing again. I have 2 bischons and I could relate to so many of your stories. My prayers are with you.

  183. Sandra
    March 27, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    So very sorry for your loss but what a beautiful tribute to your sweet baby. I hope Lola brings you double the love as you grieve.

  184. Linda R Cunningham
    March 27, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry for your loss, she will be missed. I love seeing those sweet faces and bundles of fur on your blog. In fact, that was one of the biggest draws to your site when I first started following you! We lost one this year rather sudden and her side kick is lost without her. I want to share one more quote, “It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”
    – Anonymous-

    May God bless you as you go through this sad time in your life.

  185. March 27, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Mary, I’m sobbing and can’t really type at the moment. You know how heartbroken I am for you. Words not needed!
    Sending you a huge hug of comfort and love. Will be in touch. 😘

  186. March 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    😢 hugs and prayers Mary, I know they’re not enough, but they help…
    Jenna

  187. Ellen Stillabower
    March 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Mary, I am so very sorry to hear of this loss..at first I thought it was a tribute to Chole..but then I realized the worst…I’m writing this with a heavy heart and tearful eyes…you must be so sad..I know how we felt losing our 16 year old Tootsie but you are very brave getting anther little one like Lola. I/we hesitate because we don’t want to experience that loss again….I admire your courage…dogs are just an extension of our children…I have no more words other than..sorry!! ❤️😢❤️😢❤️😢🙏🏻

  188. Darlene
    March 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Heartbreaking news! Seeing the precious pictures you have shared with us is proof, love for our little fur babies is unlike any other and the love they give in return is priceless! Never easy but, their sweet memories will forever be in your hearts.
    Love and many prayers.

  189. Patty S Wells
    March 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    My sincere condolences on your loss. Gracie and your dog you lost last year delighted your viewers, and often made difficult days bearable. My love to your doggies gone, and your new Lola. 💕

  190. Paula
    March 27, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    ~Mary~
    Im so sorry , I know it is truly heart breaking :(. I miss my Lexy girl everyday still !!

    Your sweet puppy was lucky to have been in your family !

    Hugs,
    Paula
    IN

  191. Deborah
    March 27, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    What a sweet girl! I am so sorry – yes they make us whole and happier.

  192. Fran Silver
    March 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    So sorry for the loss of another one of your sweet girls. Hope your little one makes you smile and remember her sisters.❤️

  193. Sadie
    March 27, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I’m so very very sorry for your loss. I have always enjoyed pictures of your sweet babies and I know how heartbreaking it is lose these special beloved family members. I’m praying that Gracie and Chloe are having a wonderful reunion in heaven.

  194. Sue
    March 27, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I read your post through tears. I am so sorry for your loss and heartbreak. Thank you for giving such love and care to your fur babies. I wish you peace and comfort.

  195. Amy K
    March 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Its heartwrenching to lose a beloved pet. We lost our lab after 14 years as well. They leave such a mark on our hearts. Your memories will keep her alive in your heart.

  196. March 27, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    We always remember the day they came into our lives as puppies – how they chewed everything, cuddled and played with us. Now a year since we lost Pepper, not a day passes without fond memories. I too shared your pictures with my grandchildren and even adopted some of the treats and holiday ideas from your blog. In our 70’s now, we’ve made the decision not to have another because no one could treat them with as much love as we would. You have sweet Lola – give her more hugs and treasure the time you have.

  197. Nancy Bailey
    March 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Oh Mary – I am thinking of you with a heavy heart. This is such a loving tribute to Gracie and the quotes you included are so very true. Your sweet memories of Gracie and Chloe will give you much comfort.

  198. Cyndi Raines
    March 27, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Oh, Mary, I feel sick to my stomach! As soon as I read your blog title I felt my stomach go into a big knot. To loose Gracie so close to Chloe’ s passing is awful! I’m so sorry for you, your hubby and little Miss Lola. 😢 Too, too sad. You will all be in my prayers and I will miss Gracie’s sweet little self and those precious eyes. Loved all of the darling pictures of Gracie, the quotes and beautiful sunset, it is an awesome tribute to her and speaks of your great love for her. Precious! I will really miss her! ♥️🐾🐶♥️

  199. Nancy Brantley
    March 27, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss of Gracie. My heart is sadden. Your quote is so right…their lives are too short. It is so heart breaking to lose a fur baby because their love for you is REAL. I’m crying typing this because I have lost precious fur babies too. Praying for you. Hugs

  200. Betsy
    March 27, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Mary,

    My thoughts are with you. We had to make the painful decision 2 weeks ago to let go of our beloved 18 year old yellow lab. Your tribute was lovely, and the quotes quite comforting. We have both been blessed to have the kindest of souls in our lives. May that thought help you to remember the good days and bring you peace.

  201. Pamela Sweeney
    March 28, 2019 at 12:59 am

    What a lovely memorial for Gracie and Chloe! I know you loved them dearly. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are our families, too. I hope you have many happy years with Lola. She’s very lucky to have you!

  202. Lynn Zuzzolo
    March 28, 2019 at 4:14 am

    So sorry for your loss. It is never easy to let go since they are family. We all have enjoyed seeing your fur babies throughout the years and thank you for sharing them with us. Here is hoping the little one you got doesn’t miss her too much and that you will continue to share her with us.

  203. Susie
    March 28, 2019 at 5:25 am

    So sorry for your loss. What beautiful memories you have of her.

  204. Karenann
    March 28, 2019 at 7:50 am

    My heart breaks for you. There is nothing more sad than having to say goodbye to our beloved pets. Please know you and your family are in my heart and prayers at this most sorrowful time.

  205. Barbara
    March 28, 2019 at 7:52 am

    My heart is breaking for you. I felt so sad to read your post. Think of Chloe and Gracie back together in doggie heaven. While Gracie and Chloe have gone you still have all the wonderful memories of the joy they bought you. Lola will be sad also. Love from Australia.

  206. JanF
    March 28, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I am so truly, deeply sorry for your loss. Love
    all of the pictures you post, your precious little dogs have been a joy to see them sharing their lives with you. So glad you have Lola to comfort you with her love.

  207. debbie probst
    March 28, 2019 at 9:25 am

    So very sorry for your tremendous loss, once again… My heart is aching for you and your husband. Such a lovely, heart warming tribute. God bless…

  208. Hotscotgal
    March 28, 2019 at 9:44 am

    There are so many comments on your post about losing Gracie, I don’t know if you will even see mine, but I am compelled to respond with my sympathies anyway. You made a lovely memorial with many truisms about dogs, I share your sentiments. Bless…

  209. Bonnie Morgan
    March 28, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Oh, Mary, my heart is heavy for you over the loss of Gracie. Much too close after losing Chloe.

  210. Peyton
    March 28, 2019 at 11:07 am

    If you haven’t cried enough tears, I’m crying some for you. I so enjoyed your pooch posts of Chloe & Gracie…and now Lola. That they would ‘pose’ for photos amazed me. Those who have never had a fur baby cannot understand the sorrow when they leave us. Your heartfelt post is a beautiful tribute to Gracie. So sorry for your loss.
    Love from Asheville.

  211. Betty
    March 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

    So sorry for your loss ! It just seems like yesterday that you lost your little boy ! I have 2 dogs one year apart and I hate to lose them so quickly after each other ! At least you have your little one !
    Bless you during this hard time !

  212. Marilyn
    March 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss Mary. Your little one will be totally lost without her.

  213. Laura L.
    March 28, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I’m SO sorry Gracie is gone. I hope Lola can help with your grief.
    Love from Mississippi.

  214. March 28, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  215. Kristi Stokes
    March 28, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I am so so sorry for your loss. They are such a part of our lives, we had to say goodbye to our 14 year old sweetheart Mandy. I feel like a part of me is gone for ever. God bless you, Kristi

  216. Debra Matcovich
    March 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    So, so, sad. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  217. Cristy Lee Bennett
    March 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I add my heartfelt sadness.

  218. Liz
    March 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss of Gracie. Chloe and Gracie were blessed to have had such a wonderful, loving home and special Mom.

  219. Joani Younger
    March 28, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Enjoy your posts and especially the ones with your dogs.

  220. Peggy
    March 28, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Mary I am so very sorry. My heart hurts for you, having recently lost my grand-dog. My son lost his Best Friend, his lab at 12 yrs young in Jan. My heart broke for him. And a year ago we lost one of our Yorkie boys, also unexpected. Their companionship and unconditional love that they give to you is so deep in your heart. I know my other Yorkie guy of 14 will probably be with us for just a a little while longer, I hold on to him every day. And I look forward to being a new Grandma to another little Lab who will be arriving in April. And though he will never replace our loving Sam, he will start his own loving journey with us. ❣️🐾

  221. rvbrossman
    March 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    A very sad and heavy heart for you and your great loss. So sorry.

  222. Gina
    March 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Mary, my heart aches for you; your loss. Thank you for all the years in which you have shared your lovable fur babies with so many people. Each and every photo of Chloe and Gracie was enjoyed and their cute antics brought joy to so many readers. I am so sorry for yet another loss!

  223. Virginia
    March 29, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Mary, Please accept my sympathy for your loss of Gracie. It is very obvious how much you love you little dogs as they are all so precious. You are so right about our pets lives being too short especially since they give us so much joy. Please express my sympathy to your husband as well.

  224. Janet
    March 30, 2019 at 11:57 am

    The unconditional love of dogs is something only dog owners know. You and your husband have been blessed with that love from Chloe and Gracie, now Lola. She will keep your hears growing. I am so sorry for your loss, your post is a beautiful and touching memorial to your girls.

  225. Norma
    March 30, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Mary, my heart goes out to you. We as humans have many friends but our fur babies only have us to love. I’m so very for your loss and so glad you have Lola to ease your pain. Your Gracie and Chloe gave you such unconditional love and so will your Lola. I so enjoy all of your posts except these sad ones but everyone needs a good cry sometimes Hugs to you

  226. April 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss! I lost my Buster 2 1/2 years ago and it was horribly devastating! Beautiful photography you could share of your found memories!

  227. Gail Savoie Connole
    April 2, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. They are now both together at Rainbow bridge.

  228. April 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss 🐾🐾🐾🐶😔🙁

  229. April 3, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    So very very sorry for your loss. Our dogs are such a big part of our family as well. We have 5! She looks so much like our little Bella. My hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

    Blessings,
    Jill

  230. J
    April 4, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I’m so sorry for you going thru another loss Mary! My heart is breaking for you! Both your dogs were happy with the wonderful life you gave them and now their together in heaven! 🐾🐾

  231. April 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Gracie and Lola were absolutely precious….God bless…

  232. Susan
    April 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry to hear of Gracie’s and
    Chloe’s passing. My heart is filled with sorrow.
    My deepest and heartfelt condolences. I have
    tears running down my cheeks upon reading
    this. Our furry family members love is so unconditional that I often think losing them is
    harder than losing a human being. My thoughts
    and prayers are with you. You blessed each
    other’s lives.

  233. sdgoebel
    April 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss!

  234. Blue
    April 15, 2019 at 7:54 am

    I am sorry you have had to say fare the well to your precious best friend, your part of your heart..
    When I said goodbye to my Mike, I thought my heart would never love again. But here I sit, years later , now with 4 dogs AND 2 cats, and this was a surprise to me. But my heart still grows and it still holds dear those that passed before. There isn’t a greater thing a human can accomplish than to love and be loved. May your heart be blessed with comfort and lots of love

  235. April 20, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Such cuties!!! ❤️🦋🌀

  236. May 1, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  237. May 27, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss… they were absolute beauties.. Bichon Frises?

  238. June 10, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Mary…..I’m so sorry to hear…..sadly I too know how you feel…….Lola will lift your heart until you all meet again.

  239. June 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Sorry for your loss. It’s hard to let them go as they are such a big part of our families!

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