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Gone… but never forgotten.

It’s been a rough thirteen months for us and our pets.

On Tuesday, 3/27/2012, we sadly said goodbye to our precious dog, Katie.  Her health had been failing and, quite honestly, she was the reason we stayed in Alabama as long as we did.  We had developed a good relationship with a local veterinarian in Troy, AL, and wanted to continue working with him through this difficult time.  We adopted Katie when she was five years old, and we had eight wonderful years with her.  She lived to be thirteen.
One of Katie’s favorite things to do was sleeping.
Sam and Katie

Last year, on Saturday, 11/5/2011, we lost our precious cat, Puffy.  Unfortunately,  she escaped out the door to chase a squirrel and we never saw her again.  We searched and searched with no success.  She was a stray that we believe was dumped out in the country near our house in Virginia.  We rescued her and another cat, Phoebe, in the Spring of 2009 and were blessed to have her in our lives for about two and a half years.  She was only about three and a half years old at the time she took off.
“Question Mark Tail”
Best friends, Puffy and Phoebe

Also last year, on Thursday, 3/3/2011,  we sadly said goodbye to our other precious dog, Mr. Sam.  He was actually Katie’s brother from the same litter.  He came into our lives about a year after Katie.  He was totally blind and in need of a home.  Of course, we took him in and reunited Katie and Sam, ending about a one and a half year separation for them.  We had Sammy for about six wonderful years.  He lived to be twelve.
Mr. Sam
Sam and Katie
Synchronized Sleeping
(Katie and Sam’s rear feet are touching while sleeping.)

So, sadly, our pet count has been decreased by 50 percent in just over a year.  We’ve been through this before… and we’ll experience it again.  We still have Phoebe and, sisters from the same litter, Mabel and Murphy.

It’s really hard losing a pet, especially for those of us without children.  Our pets are our “children.”

We’ve really gotten behind on our blog!  We’ve moved four times since leaving Alabama!!  Stay tuned for the updates in the next few days.

PeaceLife goes on…  and so will we.Peace


  1. Pets add a lot to life, that's for sure. I guess that's why there is such a void left in our hearts when we no longer have them.

  2. So sorry to hear about the losses. I think losing a pet to running away is harder..because you know they are out there somewhere. I lost a cat in a similar way when I was a teen. Always wondered if he was ok.

  3. I'm sorry to hear about Katie. :( And the sad events of this past year.

    What happened to your Puffy is my worst nightmare. I keep telling Harry that we have to be so vigilant and careful to make sure neither of our cats get out of the fiver. :(

  4. Sorry to hear about Katie. It is so hard to lose a pet. They bring a lot of joy into our lives. Take care.

  5. So sorry to hear about your pets. We lost "Lady", a black lab, not too long before we went full-timing and still miss her.

    Jim and Linda

  6. So sorry to hear about your loss guys. We know how much you love your pets. We wish you both the best, and hope you experience restorative powers from this fulltime lifestyle. Take care.
    Jim & Dee

  7. Yes, it is very tough to lose them. So sorry to hear about Katie. :(

  8. I had no idea you had lost so many members of your family so recently. I'm so sorry. I have an extremely difficult time when my pets die and at the farm we had lots of them. I never stop missing them. I guess that's why I am petless now. I'm just not strong enough to go through it again. My heart goes out to you both!

  9. So sorry to hear of your losses. We hope the memories of the happiness you shared with them will comfort you. They were very lucky to have a great home and to be a part of your family.

  10. So sorry to hear that you lost one of your pets. They are part of the family and the loss can be hard. The joy they bring is priceless.

  11. It is so hard to do the right thing and let a beloved pet go.

    Thank goodness for pictures to remember these special friends that add so much joy and love into our lives.

    Safe travels as you head to Kerrville, wish we were going with you. Looking forward to meeting up with you on the road.

  12. So very sorry for all the losses you've experienced in the last year. I know you miss them all horribly. It's never easy losing a family member. Losing so many is unthinkable. So, so sorry.

    Glad you made it Kerrville. Will be in touch later today to make plans.

  13. Sorry to hear you lost Katie. Looks like she had a great life being part of your family.

  14. So sorry about all of your losses. We lost one of our dogs in July last year and we still miss him greatly. You will never lose the memories.