Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweet Mandy


Today my dog Mandy passed away. To write that sentence feels like a nightmare, but I know that it’s reality. She was 9 years young and taken away far too soon. I’m sure God has big plans for her and that’s why she left. It feels like a family member is gone and my house seems empty.

I’ll never forget the day we adopted Mandy for her previous owner. Her last words to Mandy were, “Have a good 2nd half of your life”. I know we’ve given her the best life possible and that Chase was her best buddy. She’s been around since he was only 4 months old and that’s all he’s ever known. We often called her “Princess Mandy”, because we’d never seen a dog that loved being pampered or dressed up as much as her. She loved attention and would go to anyone willing to give it to her. She was a special dog with a loving heart. I’ll never forget our sweet girl.

I’ll leave with my favorite dog quote that says it all..

"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his."
― John Grogan







53 comments:

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

I think losing a pet is truly one of the hardest things. They are a member of the family! I'm so sorry to hear about sweet Mandy, but I absolutely believe in doggy heaven, so I'm sure she is having a blast right now :)

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Oh friend I'm so sorry! I still remember the day we lost my childhood dog. They really are a part of the family!

Hugs to you!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

My thoughts go out to you and your family dear!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Kelly Jo said...

Oh, man. I feel for you. Dogs are so incredibly special. Thinking of you.

MCW said...

Oh no! I am sorry...losing a pet is so hard. xoxo

Kerr said...

I am so sorry to hear this, I know how hard losing a pet is. You will be in my thoughts.

Cole said...

I'm so sorry! It's so hard to say good-bye to our special furry companions. Both you and Mandy will be in my prayers.

meghan said...

I am so sorry Jules. That's just terrible, and I'm sure it's very hard. I'm sure Mandy is in dog heaven and things are just wonderful there for her. I'm so sad for you and will be thinking about you.

Michelle C. said...

Oh, Jules.

I'm so sorry. Thinking of you, Geoff, and especially Chase during this tough time.

Leslie said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet truly is one of the hardest things, it's like losing a family member! praying for you!!

Natalie said...

I'm so sorry Jules, losing a pet is so hard! Big hugs to you!

Courtney B said...

I am SO sorry for your loss :( I understand how terribly painful this is... I'll definitely be praying for you to receive comfort through this hard time!

Vy Barto said...

Jules, I'm so sorry to hear about Mandy. Tommy and I send our prayer to you and Geoff!!! XOXO
((huggs)))

Cara said...

Jules, I am so sorry! Sending you big hugs!

Sarah Beth - Dixie Gator Gal said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know she is being spoiled in puppy heaven!

Michelle TheVintageApple said...

I am so so very sorry!!!! You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

so so sorry =(

Erin said...

I'm sooooo sorry! It's so tough. Utley is only 2, but Dakota will be 8 this year. I can't even imagine losing either of them. I like to think all the pets I had and pets in my family are all gathered together having a grand old time with my poppop. They are no longer here, but in a better place. Take care hun.

Fried Pink Tomato said...

I am so sorry for your loss! My Fender is like a son to me. I am sending prayers your way.

Mrs in Training said...

I am so sorry - our dogs are definitely a part of the family, so I can only imagine how hard this is. Thoughts and prayers to you!

Gwen said...

Oh Jules. I am so sorry. Loosing a fur baby is so hard. Please know that I am keeping you, Geof and Chase in my prayers. I know sweet Mandy is waiting for you now to cross the Rainbow Bridge with you one day. Love you my friend.

Mel said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. A pet is a true member of your family. Some people don't understand that, but I can't imagine what you are feeling right now. Hang in there! xoxo.

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry about your loss :( Pets are absolutely members of the family and losing them is devastating.

Jenny said...

So sorry to hear this news. Our dogs are family and will never be forgotten. Thoughts are with you.

Linda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! Hugs!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

Oh Jules, I'm so sorry! I know how tough it is to lose a pet. They enrich our lives so much. I'll be thinking about you guys during this difficult time. xoxo

Jessica Renee said...

My heart is just so broken for you, I know how hard it is to lose a pet. I'm so sorry and I wish I could give you a big hug!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Oh, Jules I am so sorry :( She was such a beautiful dog! And she had a great life with you guys. I'm sure she's looking down on you from doggy heaven now and grateful for the wonderful years you had together.

If you need anything at all - don't hesitate! Dogs truly are family members ♥

Christina said...

Oh, sweetie, I’m so sorry! We lost our cat a few months ago and it’s just so sad to not have that pet there every day. They are family!

BroncoMom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Loosing our dog last year was very difficult. Cherish your memories.

Nat said...

Oh no I'm so sorry for your loss :( Just rememeber she's in a better place now.

Kate said...

My dog has been in dog heaven for a few years now and I still get emotional thinking about her :( Sweet Mandy has many playmates up in dog heaven. Thinking of you and your family right now

Alison said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This makes me think of my own special boy, Nicholas Nibbleby. He's been gone for seven years now, and my family has the wonderful Miss Maddie May in our lives now, but I still love and miss Nickie!! Dogs really do make an irreversible impression on your heart.

Alison

Kathie @ Like A Box Of Chocolates said...

oh Jules, I'm so sorry :-( What a beauty she was. Sending you a big hug.

Meghan said...

I am so sorry, Jules! My thoughts are with you and Geoff! I cannot imagine what its like to lose a pet.

kourtney said...

I am so terribly sorry for you. Words won't help the loss and sadness you're feeling. Know that you loved Mandy, and she loved you back just as much. Time will heal, thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Sabrina said...

UGH. JULIE. I am sooooo sorry. We lost our family dog 3 months ago and it still stings walking into the house. I feel for you.
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Megan said...

I know that I am late reading this post, but I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about Mandy's passing. So much of Mandy and Chase's story reminds me of my own dogs...it hits so close to home. I had not realized that Mandy was adopted. I know that she had a wonderful 2nd half of her life with you. I know that it must be tough not seeing her sweet face everyday.

SG Angela said...

I am so sorry to read this. I remembered when my little doxie passed away, I cried and cried for days..... : (

Mrs.K loves pink and green said...

My heart is just breaking for you.We lost our dachshund of 11 years in April and I still can't talk about her without breaking down.Even though we have a new "baby",it still is so hard,knowing she is not here with us. Bless your heart,and I will pray for you...

AdamLambertxD said...

That's so sad... I'm so sorry to read this. :'(

Kristin said...

I am so so sorry. I was there a couple years ago. It's a dreadful feeling!

Tasha said...

I'm so sorry to read about your loss. My heart hurts for you. They are like members of the family and their loss leaves us with a big awful gaping hole in our lives. I'm praying for comfort for you.

Samar Mouradi said...

Hi I'm Samar from Morocco ,I was viewing my blog and I just clicked "Next blog" to surf and read what others write , First blog was yours and your dog's photo attrackted me cause I love animals generally and I thought that you wrote an article about it and I said to myself "It's nice idea" I started to read and I discovered that your dog passed away , I got emotional and my eyes started to tear because from time to time I think about the day which my dog will leave me ,What I'll do and how I'll accept it?or I won't?

My dog's name is Chuky she's 11 years old and I know she is old now but her health status is good and I don't know when the time will come how I will react , And I will know then that this is her time?and that she will leave me forever or I won't even recognize it and I'll be shocked when I'll see her you know "Sleepin" , I've got alot of questions in my head and I'm afriad of that day , I feel you , Please accept my condolences

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Lindsay [rookie's nest] said...

So sorry to hear this - may she rest in peace! <3

David Kent said...

I understand your loss and sorrow. We lost our Cavalier last October. Baxter was the sweetest, smartest dog I've ever known. He too was taken at 9 years. He makes occasional appearances by mention and picture in my blog. He left too big a hole, not to be remembered.
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We Love Make Up said...

sweet<3

Jaclyn said...

So sorry love bug! Mandy had a life worth living, that's for sure! xoxoxo

Vlera Hasani said...

It's so cute!!!I'm so sorry to hear this!:'(

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