35 thoughts on “R.I.P.”

  1. Waldo and Amber-

    I am so sorry-

    Two months ago we lost our schnauzers- 16 year old “Gretta” and 14.5 Year “Anna”.
    I cannot even write about them now without tearing up.

    Those devoted little rascals really get inside your heart…

    Cricket lived a good long life with much love and attention. No doggie could ask for more.

    My deepest condolences.
    Phyllis

  2. Just lost a cat two months ago…it’s hard to lose a friend that you’ve been attached to for so long. Take care…

  3. This is my first time visiting your site. I lost my 14-year-old Boston Terrier last year. Nothing anyone can say will fill the void, but it will get better. Get out of the house, change your routine, do whatever it takes to put some time between yourself and your loss. We waited a couple of months before getting a new puppy, did some traveling and things we felt we couldn’t do with a dog at home. I hope every day gets easier for you.

  4. I’m so glad Cricket was able to be at your wedding. (And she looked darned cute in that white and blue collar that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses!) Cricket was one-of-a-kind, that’s for sure.

  5. These animals are wondrous additions to the quality of our lives. My dog watches my kids like a hawk, keeps the cat off the counters, loves to play with the children in the neighborhood, will try to climb into your lap despite her 100 pound bulk, is a friend of any friend who comes to visit, and would tear the throat out of any intruder. My last dog was a big and wise Bouvier des Flandres. She never had a bad day in her life until right at the end, and I knew my part of the deal was to have her put down to prevent further suffering. It is so hard, but so right. You and your wife have my sincere sympathy.

  6. My favorite part of te article above:

    Some will protest that in a world with so much human suffering, it is something between eccentric and obscene to mourn a dog. I think not. After all, it is perfectly normal, indeed, deeply human to be moved when nature presents us with a vision of great beauty. Should we not be moved when it produces a vision — a creature — of the purest sweetness?

    Enuff said.

  7. Aw, I am sorry, Waldo. It is so hard to lose loved ones, particularly dogs because they are so devoted to their folks. Big hugs to you both. Malena

  8. As someone who had to put her dog to sleep when the dog was 16, I’m truly sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and Amber.

  9. As I an incredibly devoted dog owner and beneficiary of the love of dogs, I offer my deepest condolences.

    I have been known as one who treats his dog as good as a member of the family. Heck, he is and I do.

    Since we’re both, in the least, peripherally involved in politics I’d offer this quote–

    “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”
    Harry S Truman

  10. I’m very sorry that you and Amber lost such a dear friend. Y’all are in our thoughts & prayers.

  11. So very sorry to hear about Cricket; my deepest heartfelt sympathy. I never post but enjoy your site. I will share my favorite dog quote:
    “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” – Milan Kundera

  12. I had to put my dog Billy Bob to sleep when he was barely three. I had only owned him for a year but he was the love of my life. It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I remember him being so miserable and uncomfortable with his cancer that one day I woke up and knew it was going to be The Day. I called the vet and made an appointment for 2 p.m. I held him on the metal table while the life slowly seeped out of his body. It still hurts. But I have many great memories of Billy Bob and I’m sure you and Amber have even more of Cricket and I know Cricket had a great life.
    http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=95712

  13. Waldo:

    Deepest sympathy to you and Amber. Dogs are wonderful companions friends. I’ve been very moved by your post and the responses.

    Ron

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