42 comments on “Goodnight Sweet Girl,

  1. I’m so so sorry, James. We put one of our dogs down last May but it was much easier, as he was 18 and basically we had been hospice-ing him for some time. But this sudden loss has to be so difficult. Thinking of you and Jamie now. Love to you!

  2. So very sorry for your loss & I do so understand the hole that is in your hearts. I have owned two American Eskimos , one for 15 years & the other for 16 years and both had to be put to sleep because of illnesses. I will share with you that as time goes on, you will be able to think of getting another pet who needs you as much as Harley did. I taught high school English & taught “A Tree Grows in Brookyn.” A quote from the book I always remember — “It’s a very small heart that can love but only one.” (A young girl resented her mother remarrying after her policeman father had been killed. ) The two of you have shown repeatedly that you have big hearts and can share your lives and home with someone who needs you, And when the time is right, another beautiful soul, wrapped in fur, will find you. Giving you hugs from Austin and know that you made her life an absolute paradise.
    Cynthia

  3. “ We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.” Irving Townsend.
    Hugs to you both

  4. I love your tribute to your best friend Harley. What a special girl and what lucky guys to have found her.
    Hard to write through my tears. It’s been my experience that our four-legged loved ones come around
    after their passing just to say ‘I’m fine, don’t worry, all is well” not in a creepy way, but just to help you through your grieving. Thank you for sharing Harley with all of us. xxoo

  5. I hope another dog will be so lucky when the time is right. “Another” really is what helps fill the hole in your heart. 💙

  6. What an incredibly beautiful and moving tribute to your baby girl. Harley could have found no better parents than both of you. ❤

  7. Oh, guys…I am so sorry for your loss. I have yet to discover the words to ease the pain of the loss of a pet, they seem to take a piece of our hearts with them when they leave, don’t they? Watch for your white feather, Harley will send one to let you know she’s alright and still with you. Thinking of the both of you…

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so difficult losing a family member, especially when it’s so unexpected. Keep your memories close to your heart, and be comforted by the love of your family and friends. RIP, sweet Harley.

  9. I am so sorry. I hate to admit I started following your blog because of Harley. I loved all your stories and seeing how much you adored her. God bless you for giving her the best life. I hope you save another dog in honor of Harley.

  10. James, I’m so so sorry for y’alls loss. Harley is such a big part of your blog and always will be. I can’t imagine the weight on your heart. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories.

  11. I’m so sorry. Your girl was so regal. Soon your only memories of Harley will be funny ones. My son got a lab/Weimaraner puppy in kindergarten. He had to go with us as a senior in high school to put her down. He and I did a road trip half way across the country to get another $50 black lab/Weimaraner puppy. She is also a joy and she gets to visit him in college occasionally. I’m glad we didn’t wait to get another puppy who needed a home.

  12. I am so sorry to read about Harley and for the loss you are feeling. You gave her such a wonderful gift by rescuing her, and I know she enriched your lives. RIP Harley.

  13. So, So sorry for your loss. I read this while my 6 year old Annie is curled up on bed with me. I dread the day when this happens to me. I hope I go first. Yes, I understand our dogs,our babies, as I prefer to call them, understand what we say, our moods, our movements. Hugs to you and Jamie and know you gave Harley the best life.

  14. They give you all the love they have and then some. It sounds corny but if we all followed their lead… good God, could you imagine the kind of world we’d have? Our pets remind us every day how loving we could be. That’s why it hurts so much when they’re gone. The loss is elevated by the guilt we feel that we are still here and they are not. The good news is they absolutely know how much they were loved by us. You guys gave Harley a wonderful life. She’s at peace now and I hope you will find it too.

  15. I have been through the loss of a special “baby”. I’m so very sorry. She was a beautiful girl. Sending thoughts for healing to you both.

  16. My heart is broken for both of you. I just had to put my baby boy Oliver down. I had never had my own dog before and he was so much more than a dog. I swear that we understood each other. Just by looking into his face I knew what he needed and if I was having a bad day he seemed to understand. I was so blessed to have had that kind of love for 16 years. His last day was July 3 and I miss him as much today as I did that awful day. I have two daughters that are the executive directors of no kill animal shelters so I understand that there are so many wonderful animals waiting for loving homes. I am so looking forward to meeting my next baby boy. I’m sending loving thoughts to you both.

  17. James and Jamie,I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Harley. I had to put down my cat Molly a few months ago. It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made! Everyone told me to get a new
    cat but I wasn’t ready. One day I decieded to make a donation to a cat rescue in her name every
    month. It really helped to know that Molly mattered I really was not ready to for new cat. One day
    I was on pet finder trying to choose a rescue to donate to that month. I found one in Avon Indiana
    which was started two young girls. After I made the donation one of them called me. She asked if
    I would like to come look at the shelter. So Mike and I jumped in the car and went. It was lovely
    but the best surprise was a beautiful siamese snowshoe cat named Stella!!! She melted my heart
    the minute I saw her. Someone had dumped her on the coldest day of the year! She latched on
    to me as if to say “hi mom lets go home” Mike and I are so in love with her she is not Molly just Stella!
    I know your hearts are broke. Grieving is a process but try to remember Harley and all the good times
    you had with her. I am thinking of both of you with love. Dottie

  18. I am so very sorry for your loss. We put our Harley down August 2, just two months ago, but it still feels like yesterday. He developed a fast growing mass in his throat and couldn’t eat or barely even breathe anymore. He was 5 days away from his 12th birthday. It was harder than what I could have even imagined, but somehow he knew and told me it was time to go. Thank you for sharing your sweet girl with all of us.

  19. So heartbreaking to lose a precious family member like Harley. Thank you for writing about her and sharing with us all.

  20. Thank you for sharing this. Our beloved, rescued 13 yr. old Boston Terrier is still with us but last year she spent a week at Texas A&M Veterinary hospital and they found a pituitary tumor. She had radiation in Dallas and is doing well but we know it is just a matter of time before the tumor grows too large again. We won’t put her through the trauma of treatment again. I already have crying jags just thinking about losing her. They are so precious. Sending you condolences and hugs. Harley will live on in your hearts. ❤️

  21. Dear James and Jamie, I am so very sorry for your loss. We had to make that same horrible decision and final act of love for our beautiful boy Baxter in February. This is from a card I received “Perhaps the saddest loss of all is no longer being seen through such loving eyes”. Sending love to you both.

  22. With sympathy, in the loss of your pet

    They will not go quietly,
    the pets who’ve shared our lives.
    In subtle ways they let us know
    their spirit still survives.
    Old habits still can make us
    think we hear them at the door
    or step back when we drop
    a tasty morsel on the floor.
    Our feet still go around the place
    the food dish use to be
    and sometimes coming home at night
    we miss them terribly.
    And although time may bring new friends
    and a new food dish to fill,
    that one place in our hearts belongs to
    them…and always will.

  23. I am so truly sorry for your loss. You were a family; she was loved, you were loved by her. I always find I am the one that is for the better for having that special soul in my life. The sweet memories will always live in your heart. You just have to look there to find them. May you be at peace. Christine.

  24. I’m so sorry for your loss. My little 8 year old Havanese has developed a autoimmune disease which affects her muscles that control grabbing and chewing her food. She’s on steroids now and is doing OK. But I’m a basket case. I can’t let her go but I can’t let her suffer. It’s so difficult. She’s brought us so much joy and is the sweetest most obiedent little dog. I share your pain and sadness as I know it won’t be long and my heart is breaking at the thought.

  25. I had to read this post in two parts, it made me weepy half way through. I have three adult children and it sometimes annoys me when people compare their pets to children. Love is love. I know the loss of a pet and if someone told me I would always out live my children…. We do it anyways, we pick them out ( or they pick us) knowing that we only have them for a time. I know your loss! Thinking of you both. Thank you for such a sweet post!!

  26. I’m so sorry for your loss. Dobermans Dobermans are just super – energetic clubbed with tremendous strength and stamina. Loyal, Tolerant and affectionate are the adjectives goes perfectly well with them. They are the outstanding guard dog but also a gentle family companion.

  27. I’m bawling 😦 So sorry for the loss of your beautiful, beloved Harley. I lost my 15 year old pointer last December, my 13 year old setter two months ago, and my remaining two chihuahuas are both 12 years old. It is so hard! You did the right thing for Harley, and he knew he was well-loved…

  28. Oh dear ones…..I am so late getting back here to read this and extend my deepest sympathies! I wish I was not so familiar with this soul-crushing pain you are living with. My husband and I were active animal rescuers here in Dallas for 15 years. We finally “retired” from it (sort of) and now just donate money to other rescues. At our highest point, we had 11 sweet dogs that were not adoptable. That number has now dwindled down to 4, as they passed away from old age, terrible cancers and/or other old-age maladies that made their lives too miserable to keep going. I miss each one of them every single day. Two of the last 4 are definitely “circling the drain” as we speak but they are still strong and happy and have not let us know it is time. I am so so sorry that Harley has left you. When I read your beautiful tribute to her, I wept as though she was mine. She was truly magnificent and you guys were exceptional pet parents. Your loving kindness to her very last breath was what all dogs deserve. And these wonderful comments from your readers also moved me deeply. Your little blog has touched the hearts and lives of so many of us, and we are better for it. Thank you for sharing Harley with us, as well as the ins and outs of your weekly lives. You are all very loved. And we are grieving with you. Hugs!

    • Thank you Vickie, it’s been about a month now and we’re adjusting. As much as we love this house, and we certainly do, I would have no problem selling it next week and moving. There’s something missing here…..and it feels emptier day by day. Jamie is out of town this week and I’ll be here alone for the first time since……We’ve both lost dear pets before and we know how slowly the healing comes. I know that one day we’ll be ready to start over, probably next year. We’ll rescue a couple. Don’t worry about that. We still have so much love to give. I’m seriously blown away by everyone’s comments. Yours is actually the first I’ve responded to. I just haven’t had the words. But we’re truly grateful to everyone who felt compelled to reach out with their condolences. I never imagined that so many people would feel connected to us and our Harley. And it’s very humbling……

  29. Most beautiful, y’all are amazing with most beautiful family . All love to you to infinity!❤️❤️❤️ I will save this forever. ❤️❤️

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