Friday, July 23, 2010

Quiet


Since last week, our sweet Ollie boy has been very ill.

He's had test after test, blood work, and finally exploratory surgery.


But in the end it was too much, and he slipped away from us around 11:40 last night.


So for now, I'm gonna sign off while we work through this.



Much love,

Dani

45 comments:

Darla said...

Oh no Dani! I am so sorry, I loved seeing photos of Ollie with Elizabeth, how is she doing?

The Florida Blogger said...

That's too bad. Ollie just turned a year old, too. Right?

Lisa Hodrock said...

Wow Dani

I am deeply saddened by this tragic news
All of you have been on my mind all week and I am truly sorry I didn't call. Please call if we can help in any way. Ollie will truly be missed.

We love you guys.

The Hodricks

Chandramouli S said...

My God, Dani, I am really sorry to hear about Ollie. He was so cute-looking and I am sure he must be smiling down at you from the blessed heavens.
May his soul rest in peace...

Big Shamu said...

It's just not fair.

Melissa said...

I am very sorry to hear your news. Losing a pet is so hard. I hope he did not suffer. Kind thoughts are with you.

Boxer said...

Oh.No.

xoxoxoxxo.

Making Space said...

Oh Dani, I'm so so so so sorry. Ollie was such a lovely light-filled being. He will be missed even halfway around the world. Sending lots of love to your family's heavy hearts.

Island Rider said...

I am so very sorry. Know I am thinking of you and Elizabeth.

Anonymous said...

For Ollie, Our friend and beloved companion...May the love of the Creator enfold you and may you always dance in sunshine. We will always cherish your memory and your joy
grandma karen

intuitive eggplant said...

Oh, no! How sad to lose a companion who always seemed so full of life. My thoughts are with you and your family, Dani.

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail.
Martin Luther

Susan said...

I am so sorry to hear about Ollie. Our Mocha also became ill quickly and did not last long. It is heartbreaking to lose a wonderful pet, as they are family. Hugs to you and your family.

fishy said...

What sad news. I think it wonderful Ollie was blessed to have had such a loving family.

Susan said...

Dani we're so sorry to hear about sweet Ollie. There are no words really to express this kind of sadness. Just know that Missy D and I are sending tons of love your family's way and that you are in our thoughts (and prayers) much love Susan

Floridagirl said...

Oh, that is so very sad. Ollie was such a beautiful creature! Our prayers are with you and your family.

Sandcastle Momma said...

Oh Dani, I'm so sorry to hear this. Big hugs to you and Elizabeth. So sad.

threecollie said...

Oh, Dani, I am so sorry, I could just cry for you and your family. We truly loved Ollie from afar. What a wonderful dog, what a terrible, terrible loss. Prayers for you.

Dani said...

Thank you so much for all the love. :)

They had found in Ollie where the intestine had slipped some into the colon. They pulled it out and reattached it to the muscle wall.

That should have been the end of it.

Sadly, my boy didn't handle the anesthesia well and this is what would do sweet Ollie in. They gave him plasma, blood, cpr, and a whole host of other things, but he just couldn't pull out of it....

LaDivaCucina said...

WHA???

I am sooooooooo very sorry, dear Dani. He was such a big presence in your life, around the house and garden. I am sorry for little Elizabeth especially, she lost her sidekick.

Thinking of you all with love, kisses and licks. xoxoxo

Kelly said...

Oh, my heart is breaking for you. So sorry. (((hugs)))

Kelly said...

Ok, now the tears are falling after reading your comment Dani. Shoot. I am always a wreck when of my dogs is in surgery and this is why, every dog owner's worst nightmare....and the medical bills on top of it all. Dogs are the best creatures on God's green earth IMO, I am so sorry you just lost yours. I am going to go hug mine. :(

Susan said...

Oh Dani, my heart is breaking for you as well. Dogs are the best and we miss them so so much when they go. Bless you sweet dear Ollie.

Dani said...

This hurts so bad.

Boxer said...

Just yesterday I was able to pick up the ashes of my beloved Stella, who I lost last July. It does hurt, and I'm so very, very sorry for your family. There's just nothing good to say about losing such a big part of your lives. He clearly had a big personality and that's something you just dont "get over." I just wish you all peace.

chickory said...

oh no no no! no. dani i hate it. i am so so sorry. i wish i could help. i will miss seeing him on these pages. sending you love girl

Kate and Crew said...

Oh Dani - I have tears in my eyes after reading this. I once lost a puppy right after she turned one year old due to an accident...it was one of the most painful things I've ever gone through. I can only imagine how badly this hurts. You and your family (esp your daughter) are in my thoughts. I really am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

Buzz Kill said...

That was so sudden. My condolences to you and your family. I bet the chickens will miss him the most.

Susan said...

Hey sweet thing thanks for the comment. I was telling the cowboy last night about sweet Ollie ... we're so sad for you & your family. We're thinkin' of you lots and sending all our love S, Missy D & the Associates (and that darn cowboy)

Anonymous said...

Oh Dani, I am sitting here crying for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed the photos of Ollie very much.

Patti

Granny Annie said...

This hurts so very badly. Sad, sad for the loss of Ollie but such hurt for you and Elizabeth. Our animal family members are loyal and loving and when we cannot help them we feel great pain. God bless you guys. Love you.

Dani said...

I sweep the floor and I find strands of curly Ollie hair...

LaDivaCucina said...

I know this will sound weird, Dani, but when we were kids, we had to give away our pet dog, he was not trained and was getting vicious and too large, he needed to be in a home that had space. My dad "gave" him away, or took him to the pound, I'll never know as he wouldn't dare tell me. But, I collected all the hair I found of his and kept it for years in a photo album. It kept me connected to him.

Dani said...

I think I'll buy myself a nice locket and keep his hair in that.


I collect Civil War stuff, and one of the pieces I have is a bracelet woven from hair. Common practice back then to give the men a little comfort from their loved ones.

LaDivaCucina said...

Now THAT is a lovely idea!!!

Susan said...

Just popped in to say hi- we're thinking of you & Ollie. xo S & Miss D

Floridacracker said...

Oh Dani.
I am so, so, very sorry. When I saw that title pop up on my reader, I assumed you were taking a vacation break from blogging.

And I waited all this time to click.
Every puppy is a future heartbreak, but the wonderful time in between always seems to make the future pain of parting bearable.
It's not supposed to be so short though. Sweet Ollie was lucky to be with your family during his short life. You all loved him so intensely and it came through in every happy post in which he starred.
And I know he loved you back just as intensely.

I can't believe that I waited til today of all days to click on "Quiet".

We are in a dog hospice situation here with my very old 14.5 year old Flounder. He has been slowly running out of life these last few days and is probably only hours away from the end.
He's resting peacefully on his bed, barely breathing, and is just a shell of his former crazy self.

I did get a barely perceptible tail twitch this morning, but he's immobile now, so I know the time is close.

How odd that I would come in from checking on him, scroll down to your 6 day old post, and click on it today of all days.

I hope Elizabeth is dealing with this as best she can and that goes for all of you too of course.

God bless your sweet little family.
and Ollie.

Dani said...

*crying* I am so sorry FC. Lots of love and ((hugs)) to you and Flounder. He was a good old doggie for sure.

Anonymous said...

My darlin' girl, so good to hear your voice this morning.
What wonderful friends you have. Thank all of you for your caring and kindness for my daughter and her family. A special prayer tonite for you FC and your special companion. Keep hold of the good times God bless
Dani, I have found a huge moth to send you. would love to know who he is.
Love you I'll see you soon
Mom

threecollie said...

Hi Dani, I keep coming back as well to see how you are doing....you and your family are in my thoughts every day. So sad to read about FC's poor Flounder too. Dogs own our hearts in so many ways. Hugs to you.

Dani said...

We're doing so-so. The mornings are the worst right now. Seems so wrong to wake up and not have our sweet boy with us.

moi said...

Oh, Dani, I'm so, so sorry. I always loved seeing Ollie show up in a post. My deepest condolences to you and yours.

Susan said...

And ever has it been known
that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation

Khalil Gibran

and

there are some griefs so loud
they could bring down the sky
and there are griefs so still
no one knows how deep they lie

May Sarton

2 quotes that meant so much to me, they describe how I felt in the weeks & months after Jake died.

It is good to think of Ollie as the sparkles of light on the waves, the breeze that blows through your garden, or the warmth of the sun you feel on your face. I know that dogs do live solidly in the moment and because they live there they don't feel these feeling that we feel. We just miss them so much. It's nearly 3 years since Jake died I think about him everyday and if I thought it possible to make a deal with someone or something I would wish him back in an instant. That love was so big.

Hang in there. I'm so glad that you have another dog. Winnie was a god send for me, getting me out for my walks, having someone to continue to care for. Didn't mean to be quite so long winded but I sure have been thinking about you lots ! xo Susan

Dani said...

God Bless your beautiful soul Susan.

Erin said...

Dani, I never saw this post! I am so sorry for your family, the loss of a pet is so hard. Unfortunately, dog lovers go through this so many times during our comparatively long life, hugs to you and your family. There is a quote from Dr. Seuss that I put on our Bernese Mtn Dog's garden stone that might give you some comfort: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". So true, we are so lucky that dogs share their lives so completely with us for such a short time.