Puppy Love..

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
~ Kahlil Gibran

On Saturday morning we lost our faithful four-legged friend and old girl, Ellie. Her real name was Cabela Blue, but no one ever called her that. She was always Ellie, or Ellie Bellie, or Ellie Pink Bellie. She was five months shy of her 13th birthday…a good long life for a dog. But somehow I always thought we’d have her longer.

I brought her home as the most irresistible puppy a few months before my 40th birthday. She helped me usher in a new decade and served as a reminder of what I would allow, and not allow in my life. She became my teacher and my boundary of accepting only kindness and tail wagging and head scratching into my world. We spent day after day fetching a tennis ball, hours upon hours walking in the woods and countless lazy afternoons napping together. She was my sidekick, my shadow, my steadfast companion.
Our lives became a beautifully choreographed dance of knowing and anticipating each other’s next move. From her head shake, to my turning off the hair dryer, each movement meant something to the other that kept us mindfully in tandem of what came next in life. A walk. A meal. Or just a sit on the dock to watch the world go by..

She was a lake loving, bed hogging, ball chasing, cookie gobbling, sock stealing, bug fearing, 80 pound goof… and the sweetest soul I have ever met. I will never forget the love, the joy and the happiness she brought to our home. But most of all, I will never forget her smile.


In my heart you will always stay, loved and remembered every day, sweet Ellie.


17 thoughts on “Puppy Love..

    1. Oh my goodness, 2 dogs within 3 months? Unthinkable. That is beyond heartbreaking. So glad to hear that you’ve opened up your home to another. In time I suppose we will too. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  1. Hi Kathy,

    I’m just so incredibly sad and moved reading your lovely tribute. First let me say, I’m so sorry for your loss. I simply can’t imagine . . . It’s one of my greatest fears – to lose my lovely sidekick and furbaby.

    I can relate to everything you wrote. The knowing of each other’s next move. . . the cuddles that only a faithful four-legged companion can give. The spaces in your heart they somehow manage to fill to overflowing.

    She was a beautiful looking girl with such a sweet face and such lovely kind eyes.

    I can’t imagine her leaving was any easier for her than being left was for you. Our dogs are so incredibly loyal and connected to us.

    Sending warm thoughts your way. May your cherished memories along with the special love and bond you shared, carry you through the difficult days ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness. The outpouring of love from my family, friends and fellow bloggers has been heartwarming and so helpful in getting me through this first week of feeling so lost and empty. Again, thank you, thank you for your words of comfort. It is deeply appreciated. ❤️

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  2. Oh I’m so sorry to hear about that.
    My husband is a veterinarian and runs his own hospital and we see both at the hospital and our own home, how those furry babies become integral members of your family. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. Thank you so much. Your husband must be a strong man and a very special person–I’m not sure I could endure watching the sadness of people losing their beloved pets. I was such a blubbering mess and everyone I encountered at the vets office was so kind and compassionate. She really was a member of my family. Thank you again. ❤️

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  3. Such a tough loss and such beautiful story! Such a loving tribute to your best friend! I am just 6 months in to my new best friend and she has quickly worked her way into my heart.
    Thanks for liking my post as it led me to your blog! I enjoy your writing.


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