R.I.P. Sammy

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I’m sorry there’s no post today, guys. Yesterday morning, I had to put my dear, beloved Sammy down. He had been sick for a long time—and had fought it like the stubborn creature he was—but he had declined precipitously these past few days. I am heartbroken in that special and awful way that losing a pet breaks your heart, and Mister is too—he keeps looking for Sammy, which just about kills me. We adopt pets knowing that one day they’ll destroy us by leaving too soon. But we do it anyway, because there is no love and loyalty quite like theirs. I will miss him horribly.

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188 Thoughts on R.I.P. Sammy
    Liz
    12 May 2020
    1:21pm

    I am so sorry. Sammy looks like a sweetie and he led a very good life. He’s been a true friend to you and Mister.

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    Helen
    14 May 2020
    3:31pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Ms. France. I hope you have an abundance of great memories of Sammy.

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    Kim
    12 May 2020
    11:29am

    I’m so sorry, Kim. Losing a dog was one of the hardest things I’ve gone through. Arms around you.

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    StephB
    13 May 2020
    2:34pm

    Kim, so incredibly sorry for your loss. It is wonderful that you had compassion for him and did the right thing even though it hurts like hell. We lost two pups last year. Sending peace and love.

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    Kim
    12 May 2020
    7:25am

    I’m so sorry, Kim. Losing a pet is one of the hardest, most wretched things. Arms around you.

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    missannethrope
    15 May 2020
    6:17pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet.

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    Alexandra
    16 May 2020
    12:19am

    I’m so sorry. Sending love

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    donna y.
    16 May 2020
    12:59am

    my heart breaks for you kim. i had to put my cat miss maude to sleep last year, it was the hardest decision my husband & i had to make. she had cancer & it was terrible. she was our first baby & i still miss her. we hug her sisters nekko & hazel a bit more everyday.

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    AK
    12 May 2020
    10:11pm

    it’s so hard to lose our furry family. Wishing you and Mister comfort.

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    Natasha_K
    12 May 2020
    11:24pm

    I am so, so sorry for your loss, Kim. Grief, what a price to pay for love. And yet we do it, we make ourselves that vulnerable, we decide that it’s worth it. My heart goes out to you and Mister.

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    Karen
    17 May 2020
    11:10pm

    You were the best Mom to Sammy! May the good care you gave him bring you peace in his absence.

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    Marta
    12 May 2020
    1:50am

    My heart breaks for you. You were so very lucky to have each other (which makes it so very hard to lose each other). Love and light to you all (Mister, too). xox

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    Roshan
    12 May 2020
    12:33am

    I am so sad to hear this, having been through it numerous times. Itnever gets easier. Peace and love to you Kim.

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    ads
    12 May 2020
    12:58am

    I am so sorry Kim. I’ve been through it and only time eventually heals. I hope that you have some rituals to honor him—I think that helps.

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    Another Rebecca
    11 May 2020
    11:57pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re right that losing a pet is a particular kind of awful.

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    Leah
    11 May 2020
    10:36pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Susanna
    11 May 2020
    10:43pm

    The saddest news. I’m so terribly sorry for your heartbreak, especially during this most trying time.

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    AmyM
    11 May 2020
    8:12pm

    Oh Kim! I’m so sorry you had to let Sammy go. It’s the most heartbreaking, most loving decision we can make for the ones we love. Thinking of you and Mister.

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    Mom of Noah (15 yo ), Grace ( 2000-2015), Satchmo (1988-1999)
    11 May 2020
    8:27pm

    Sweet Sammy is in the company of many wonderful quadrupeds of all shapes and sizes- healthy and well in his afterlife.
    Kim- Know that love and kindness are surrounding you and Mister, enveloping you in soft sweet love , be good to yourselves.

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    Em
    11 May 2020
    9:15pm

    Oh, Kim, I am so very sorry. Losing a pet is losing a family member.

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    Gablesgirl
    11 May 2020
    9:22pm

    Oh Kim. No words. Big hug.

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    Tammy
    11 May 2020
    6:42pm

    So sorry Kim. My bet to you and Mister.

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    Stephanie
    11 May 2020
    7:35pm

    I think it was Sartre who said something about how loving animals opens up a new area of the heart — to which I’ll add that losing them brings its own kind of devastation. Sending you peace and hugs. You guys were lucky to have had each other.

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    lauren
    11 May 2020
    7:37pm

    Sending you and Mister blankets and bushels of love.

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    Heather
    11 May 2020
    7:37pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear. All my very best to you, and Mister. Xo

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    JennyR
    11 May 2020
    4:53pm

    Omgosh. I’m so so sorry for the loss of Mister! We had to put our darling Lola (Bernese Mountain Dog) to sleep 2 years ago and I continue to miss her madly. It’s so heartbreaking, however you know when it’s the right time. Hugs to you!

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      JennyR
      11 May 2020
      4:59pm

      I have quarantine brain. I meant Sammy, not Mister!! Poor baby!! Yes it might be hard with Mister for a while, but our remaining dog loves having the extra attention.

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    amanda
    11 May 2020
    5:39pm

    I was just thinking how sad I’ll be someday without that comforting clink of the collar that says “you’re not alone, I’m here”…
    So sorry to hear your news.

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    Barbara
    11 May 2020
    5:51pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Sammy. There is nothing quite like the unconditional love and companionship of a dog.

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    Valerie
    11 May 2020
    5:57pm

    I’m heartbroken for your loss. As a fur parent of two, I’m so sad and sorry about Sammy’s passing. Oh, and poor Mister. We’re all here for you, sending our love and support. Lighting a candle tonight for you.

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    Erika
    11 May 2020
    6:06pm

    I’m so very heartbroken for you. What a wonderful dog he sounded like! Sending you a very large hug, from one dog mama to another.

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    Heather
    11 May 2020
    6:19pm

    I’m so terribly sorry. Losing a pet is not like any other loss and cannot truly be understood by anyone who does not have such an adored creature as was Sammy.

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    AKGB
    11 May 2020
    6:33pm

    So very sorry for you and Mister – virtual hug.

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    Jennyg
    11 May 2020
    6:37pm

    So sorry for your loss. From one dog mom to another. Xoxo

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    Tara
    11 May 2020
    6:40pm

    Oh Kim–I am so terribly sorry for your loss. We had to put down our beloved Doris almost four years ago and I still miss her and feel she is still with us. She was ready but I was not–but it wasn’t fair to keep her so we had to do the heart-wrenching thing and have her put down. We ended up getting another puppy–not to replace her but to continue her story and provide companionship to our second dog, who was just as grief-stricken as she had never been without her. So lots of virtual hugs to you and Sammy and so much love to Mister, and to you!

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    Maureen
    11 May 2020
    4:02pm

    My heartfelt condolences, Kim. It’s such a tough process.

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    Carol
    11 May 2020
    4:03pm

    So sorry for your loss! Thinking of you and Mister xo

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    Praleen
    11 May 2020
    4:10pm

    Oh Kim, there are no words. Truest, purest love of all. My heart is with you and Mister.

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    Anna Gregory
    11 May 2020
    4:15pm

    Kim, I got my first ever puppy a few months ago, and already, the thought of losing him is too much to contemplate. I am sorry for your loss. Grief absolutely confirms and equates love. Sometimes, that is the only comfort xx

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    @Christy
    11 May 2020
    4:20pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. These critters work their way into our hearts and when they are gone they leave a big hole.

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    Jeanne
    11 May 2020
    4:31pm

    I’m so sorry about your dear, sweet Sammy. Know that I will be thinking of you.

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    Adrienne
    11 May 2020
    4:31pm

    Dear Kim, so sorry for the loss of your precious Sammy. The love pets give us is unconditional, unduplicatable, irreplaceable. RIP, Sammy. Sending hugs to you and Mister!

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    Edie
    11 May 2020
    4:32pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Kim. Sending love and comfort to you.

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    Leah
    11 May 2020
    4:36pm

    Aw, that sucks. Losing a beloved pet is a dagger in the heart. Sending you a hug from far, far away.

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    Caryn
    11 May 2020
    4:43pm

    My heart breaks for you and Mister. Dogs really are just life-changing in a million little ways…

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    Dawn
    11 May 2020
    2:30pm

    So sorry, Kim. Know your community here is surrounding you with love and wishing you peace during this difficult time.

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    Louise Bush
    11 May 2020
    2:32pm

    Oh Kim, I’m so so sorry. Oh how we love our dogs. ❤️

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    Rozanne
    11 May 2020
    2:33pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking. Sending you love and peace.

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    Tanya Hahni
    11 May 2020
    2:41pm

    I’m sending you lots of love and strength Kim. Sammy was so loved. 💛💛💛

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    Kathi
    11 May 2020
    2:53pm

    I am so very sorry, Kim. I myself had to put my cat of 18 years down on 12/31/19 and it has been a very rough time these past months. And now having to self isolate in a cat empty house is impactful and depressing. Take care and loads of prayers to you & Mister.

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    Lori Ehrman
    11 May 2020
    3:01pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Allow yourself time. Peace and Love to You and Mister.
    xx

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    Rachel in Portland
    11 May 2020
    3:15pm

    Kim, how terrible. I am so sorry. It’s heartbreaking.

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    Mel
    11 May 2020
    12:57pm

    So sorry! May his memory be a blessing.

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    Jennifer
    11 May 2020
    1:05pm

    So sorry about Sammy. I hope you and Mister are taking good care of each other.

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    Laurel Ampuero
    11 May 2020
    1:08pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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    LMM
    11 May 2020
    1:15pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Kim.

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    Kiko
    11 May 2020
    1:22pm

    I feel your pain. I’m the one in the family who took care of the “logistics” to put down our two cats. The first one was unbearable (sadness mixed with guilt feeling that I was selfish to keep him around and prolong his suffering). The second one was not any better (you’d think I was toughened up). Allow yourself the time and space to any feelings you experience. The pain will eventually subside. Hang in there.

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    Wendi Williamson
    11 May 2020
    1:30pm

    ❤️🌈
    I’m so sorry…it’s heartbreaking to loose a pet. Sending you a big virtual hug.

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    Jen
    11 May 2020
    1:30pm

    So sorry, Kim. It’s the absolute worst. Especially now! My heart goes out to you.

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    Cyndi Colzani
    11 May 2020
    1:35pm

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved dog.

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    HickfromStyx
    11 May 2020
    1:42pm

    Thank you, Sammy, for blessing the world with your unconditional love. All dogs go to heaven.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    11 May 2020
    1:46pm

    I think it’s safe to assume that this readership probably donates regularly to animal welfare charities. Ladies, in upcoming days, if you can, let’s give a little extra in honor of Sammy France and all the other wonderful non-human family recently lost.

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    Brett Jackson
    11 May 2020
    1:53pm

    Dear Kim,Sending you & Mister loads of love and prayers at this time.

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    Sara Campbell
    11 May 2020
    1:55pm

    Sending love to you, Kim. These companions add so much to our lives and are irreplaceable.

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    Panda Bear
    11 May 2020
    1:58pm

    So very sorry for your loss. It sounds like you gave Sammy (and give Mister!) wonderful care and lots of love, so I’m sure Sammy lived a life of happiness. It is so painful to lose these sweet creatures though. Wishing you the best.

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    belle
    11 May 2020
    2:00pm

    So sorry for you loss, Kim. My heart is with you today.
    belle

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    Wendela
    11 May 2020
    2:08pm

    I’m so sorry—dogs are amazing and I love mine with my whole heart and I know this must be a devastating loss for you and Mister. Sending love and strength at this sad time.

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    Stephanie
    11 May 2020
    2:22pm

    Kim, so so sorry for your loss. There is no love like the love of a good dog. And that it happened at this time, is just the worse. Hang in there, and know that your voice and humor are something that I look forward to every day.

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    Ineke
    11 May 2020
    12:22pm

    Deeply sorry for your loss, Kim. Sammy was exactly the kind of dog that tugs at my heart, completely adorable. Please take your time coming back. In recent years I lost my two senior Westie rescues, and it took me a long time to recover. I still think of them every day.

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    Erin
    11 May 2020
    12:24pm

    I’m so very sorry Kim.

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    sc
    11 May 2020
    12:25pm

    Oh lady. I am so sorry. I had to put down a beloved 18 year old cat last fall – I got him to get through a brutal break-up – he was with me through everything – when I started dating a new boyfriend who became husband, our first baby, then two babies, who are now full kids… This little old man cat was there for it all. And we all still miss him. Even the kids —

    The saving grace is we have a little beloved dog too. You still need something warm and furry to hold onto.

    My condolences.

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    Karen
    11 May 2020
    12:27pm

    Losing part of your family is never easy. Losing part of you family now, when the world seems to spinning out of control, seems even crueler. I’m so sorry for your loss

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    melsybelsy
    11 May 2020
    12:28pm

    What a sweet pup Sammy was – I’m so so sorry for your loss. This must be so painful – I am thinking of you during this time as I know our pets are a member of our own families.

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    Danielle
    11 May 2020
    12:30pm

    I’m so very sorry!

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    Alice Stone
    11 May 2020
    12:31pm

    Terribly sad. Hugs to you and Mister.

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    elise
    11 May 2020
    12:32pm

    Oh Kim, I’m so very very sorry for your loss. There is no good time for the loss of a pet but esp now, when we need their comfort more than ever. Take time to grieve and know that you were the best pet mom he could ever have asked for.

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    Susan
    11 May 2020
    12:33pm

    This is an especially hard time to lose someone so close. Please know you and Mister are in my thoughts. XO,

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    mlinky
    11 May 2020
    12:34pm

    Oh Kim, I am so sorry.

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    Susan
    11 May 2020
    12:44pm

    I’m so so sorry. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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    Susan Blakey
    11 May 2020
    12:52pm

    I’m so sorry. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the hardest things we have to do.

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    Kristen Cook
    11 May 2020
    12:56pm

    Oh Kim. I’m so so sorry. He was a special guy and so lucky to have you and Mister.

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    Mae
    11 May 2020
    11:46am

    Thank you for giving Sammy such a good life. My heart goes out to you and Mister.

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    Meg
    11 May 2020
    11:46am

    I am so sorry for your loss Kim. He was a lucky guy to have you and vice versa. Sending you a big hug!!

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    Tiffanie
    11 May 2020
    11:50am

    I’m so sorry! Thinking of you and sending hugs.

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    Sally
    11 May 2020
    11:56am

    Very sorry about the loss of Sammy.
    You and Mister take care. I am betting that Sammy had a very good life.

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    liz
    11 May 2020
    12:02pm

    So sorry. Hope you and pooch are doing as well as can be expected.

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    Dana
    11 May 2020
    12:03pm

    I’m so sorry, Kim.

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    Lisa
    11 May 2020
    12:03pm

    Kim, I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Kelly Simmons
    11 May 2020
    12:04pm

    I lost my dog in February so I feel your pain – hopefully your remaining pup will adapt and find friends in the neighborhood on your walks 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    11 May 2020
    12:04pm

    Kim-
    I want to extend my deepest sympathies. As a fellow single woman, the relationship we have our pets is particularly deep and profound.

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    Ellen
    11 May 2020
    12:09pm

    I’m so sorry, Kim. Sending you lots of love

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    Ginny PoppyLooBlue ProntoHulahoopDave
    11 May 2020
    12:10pm

    Pups and kitties- our animal family- they are our morning, our noon and our night. Every part of our day. They are the relatives we GET to choose. I am sure you ache from the inside out. Big big sigh. I will alert Pippa, piper, peter, timid, mr molly, jing, Herman and Dorothy to give your pup a warm welcome in animal heaven. The only place to be. Xxx ginny , PoppyLooBlue 🐾🐾🐾🐾and ProntoHulahoopDave 🐾🐾🐾

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    Sydny
    11 May 2020
    12:10pm

    I’m so very sorry Kim.

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    Shirley
    11 May 2020
    12:14pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim.

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    Kate
    11 May 2020
    12:15pm

    I’m so sorry Kim — that’s so hard. I loved the sweet little video you posted of him over the weekend, and I’m glad you were able to give him such a loving home.

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      themis
      11 May 2020
      9:23pm

      Love to you and Mister. That’s so hard, to lose a loyal loved one and a member of the family like that.

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    Meg
    11 May 2020
    12:16pm

    My deepest condolences, Kim. My heart breaks for you and I will hold all three of you in my thoughts.

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    Katie Ross
    11 May 2020
    12:20pm

    Oh, oh, oh. That is a cry from the soul for you. I became a dog person late in life but compensated by becoming completely dotty over our golden doodle. There’s nothing quite like a dog to come up and lick the tears off your face. That sounds kind of gross, but I have a feeling all of you know what I mean. RIP, dear Sammy.

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    Elizabeth
    11 May 2020
    12:20pm

    So very sorry, Kim. Hugs to you and Mister. The most special love is the hardest to say goodbye to. Another (former) dog mama.

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    Tahe Z
    11 May 2020
    11:21am

    Kim, I echo all of the words of sympathy on here. I’m glad you have Mister’s fur to cry into. In the worst of times, our animals make grief a little more bearable. Sammy was adorable and I know he brought you so much joy. Hugs to you and Mister.

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    Phyllis Kosminsky
    11 May 2020
    11:22am

    So sorry, Kim. It hurts. There’s no way around the hurt. Like everyone here, I understand, and I hope that the love you hold in your heart will help it to heal.

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    Amy
    11 May 2020
    11:22am

    So very sorry for your loss.

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    Trish
    11 May 2020
    11:23am

    Kim, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Sending you much love and a big virtual hug.

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    Teresa
    11 May 2020
    11:29am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim. I would be heartbroken. No time is a good time to lose a pet, but this strikes me as a particularly shitty time to lose your sweetie. Wishing you much peace and comfort.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 May 2020
    11:31am

    My heart breaks for you, Kim. I’m so sorry about Sammy.

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    Betsy Palmer
    11 May 2020
    11:33am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet sucks in such a special and specific way. I guess because they are dependent on us and love us so much.

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    Fawn
    11 May 2020
    11:33am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your four legged family member. It’s so hard to lose our pets. It’s such a personal experience, not many can understand the grief you carry. Take care.

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    Mkw
    11 May 2020
    11:34am

    Many thoughts of you from a pet lover in Iowa. I found this comforting and a therapist friend has since used some of these thoughts with grieving pet owners: https://www.westfargopioneer.com/lifestyle/pets/4681400-Swift-Doggone-it-pet-grief-can-be-hard
    Again. So sorry. So understand many of the feelings.

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      MKW
      11 May 2020
      11:44am

      Also… Karen Sandstom wrote a heartfelt editorial about final times with an aging pet. I can’t find the link but it was published in “Real Simple” issue March 2020/page 16. Titled “I Have You Now.” I think of it often as we walk these last days with our dear, aging Min Pin.

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        Dag
        11 May 2020
        12:12pm

        I remember reading that article and yes, it helped relieve some guilt bc looking after ailing, senior dogs is hard. I felt seen.

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    Tricia
    11 May 2020
    11:37am

    As a dog mom who has lost very senior dogs I am so sorry. It’s absolutely gutting every single time.

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    Louise
    11 May 2020
    11:38am

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Thank you you for sharing your grief with us – it is a generous act. I believe that it helps us all move a little closer to healing the grief in our own lives. I hope that these wonderful and empathetic messages help to bring some meaning to this heartbreaking time for you.
    You and Mister are both in my thoughts.

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    Natalie
    11 May 2020
    11:39am

    Kim, you put that beautifully—you really caught the essence of our painful love for our pets. My heart goes out to you ❤️

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    Francine
    11 May 2020
    11:43am

    I am so sorry for this loss. Our pets are family. You were no doubt a wonderful mom.

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    Farah
    11 May 2020
    11:04am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, especially at such a difficult time during quarantine in NY. I know dogs are family members 💜

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    D.Morgendorffer
    11 May 2020
    11:05am

    I am so sorry for you and Mister.

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    TJ
    11 May 2020
    11:06am

    Deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your Sammy. I hope your memories bring you some small comfort.

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    Dallas
    11 May 2020
    11:08am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and Mister.

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    Kelly Dwyer
    11 May 2020
    11:10am

    So sorry for your loss, Kim. Sammy was so adorable. My heart goes out to you and Mister. xo

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    Mary
    11 May 2020
    11:10am

    I am so sorry for you and Mister. I know how awful losing a pet can be. Please be kind to yourself.

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    Cora
    11 May 2020
    11:11am

    I’m so sorry for you, losing a dog is always heartbreaking – and I wish I (or anyone!) had the words to make it better.

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    Lisa C Chicago
    11 May 2020
    11:14am

    My heart truly breaks for you. Losing a pet is one of life’s hardest moments, but giving a rescue dog a wonderful life is one of life’s best gifts. Thinking of you and Mister. Sending love and light your way 💕

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    ritu
    11 May 2020
    11:16am

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Glenda
    11 May 2020
    11:16am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim. Hugs to you and Mister. ❤️

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    Amy
    11 May 2020
    11:19am

    Kim, I’m so sorry! Sammy seems like a very good boy. ❤️

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    Kate
    11 May 2020
    11:19am

    So much love to you- my heart is breaking for you and Mister. We have such a special love for our dogs- pure and deep. I am thinking of you……….

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    Stephanie
    11 May 2020
    11:19am

    Kim, so very sorry to hear about Sammy, it’s a grief that’s like no other. My beloved girl is 13 and slowing down dramatically. I am trying to prepare, but nothing can. Take great care and hug Mister close.

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    judy
    11 May 2020
    11:19am

    I am so sorry, Kim. I hope a happy Sammy will come to you in your dreams. Our beloved GSD died over a year ago and she still is my screensaver.

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    Viajera
    11 May 2020
    11:20am

    Oh, that’s terrible, I’m so sorry!!!

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    Jamie
    11 May 2020
    11:21am

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Love and hugs and snuggles from me and our two girls, Phoebe and Rosie, to you and Mister.

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    MaryAlice
    11 May 2020
    11:21am

    They take a piece of our heart when they go. I am so sorry. I hope you take comfort in the fact that you gave him such a good life, filled with love.

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    monique J johnson
    11 May 2020
    10:44am

    Oh, that’s horrible. I feel for you, girl. I’ve been there, I’ll be there again…. but what we get while they are here being our buddy, our protector, our pillow, our babies, makes it all worth the eventual pain we know we will have to endure.

    Weird, as I write this I am listening to an NPR podcast (First Up), and just this second it took a sponsor break about adopting pets.

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    Mindy
    11 May 2020
    10:44am

    I’m sorry. It’s so hard. While pets give us so much unconditional love during their lives, it’s often up to us to commit the ultimate act of love to end their suffering and give them the peace they have more than earned. We had to do that for our beloved Kitty Soft Paws in February. I think of her often as we sit and work on jigsaw puzzles without her insistence on lying down on all the pieces.

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    Helene
    11 May 2020
    10:49am

    So sorry for your loss of sweet Sammy – HUG

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    SlyBK
    11 May 2020
    10:52am

    so sorry, Kim. sending <3

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    Adrien
    11 May 2020
    10:53am

    Kim, I’m so incredibly sorry. The loss of a cherished pet is heartbreaking.

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    LisaC
    11 May 2020
    10:53am

    Kim, I am so sorry. I wish I could say something that would make it better.

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    nadine
    11 May 2020
    10:55am

    I’m so sorry for your loss Kim. Sammy seems such a cute and sweet dog. When I lost my dear Chili a few years ago, a friend told me that when she had lost her dog the grief felt very physical. She missed the warmth of him napping against her leg, the weight of him taking space on the pillows and she kept seeing his shadow in her house. I felt it true to my experience, it’s heart braking..
    If you feel like sharing more about Sammy, please do. Wishing you and Mister peace and many happy memories.

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    Erin
    11 May 2020
    10:59am

    I’m so sorry. Even knowing something like this is coming doesn’t lessen the impact of the loss. I hope you and Mister are able to comfort each other during this difficult time, and that messages from loyal readers like me are helpful too.

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    Bobby
    11 May 2020
    11:01am

    Oh Jesus, I’m so sorry — especially during a time like this. I feel for you.

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    Karin Beecroft
    11 May 2020
    10:44am

    What a cutie. Feeling your loss and so sorry. I’m giving mine extra love today in sympathy.

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    Mouse
    11 May 2020
    10:11am

    It’s the worst. We had to put our cat down in Feb and I still cry. I think it’s because we are always responsible for them in the same way throughout their lives; they don’t really “grow up” like children do. I know we will get another pet eventually, but I can feel myself afraid of that pain in advance. But I know that sharing your life with an animal is profound and necessary.

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Sammy, for both you and Mister.

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    Kathy O
    11 May 2020
    10:14am

    Lovely picture of Sammy. So sorry for your loss.

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    Ayse
    11 May 2020
    10:19am

    I am very very sorry for your loss, I know the feeling only too well…

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    Laura
    11 May 2020
    10:21am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy.

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    Suju
    11 May 2020
    10:31am

    So very sorry, Kim. I’ve had two cats die on me too young and we had to put down our very old, very wonderful black Lan a few years ago. It’s so hard. Take care

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    Jill
    11 May 2020
    10:35am

    Kim, there is little pain like losing a pet. I feel for you today and in the days to come. Wishing you peace. Sending good vibes to you and Mister.

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    Sarah
    11 May 2020
    10:36am

    The WORST. And what a time to lose a pet. I’m so, so sorry. 🙁

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    Alex
    11 May 2020
    10:38am

    I am so sad for you, and sweet Mister. My own dear “T” will turn 11 next month, and it pains me to know the inevitable is not so far away. The pet-human bond is special and real, and you are not alone. Virtual hugs to you. That is all.

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    Gemma
    11 May 2020
    9:53am

    I’m sorry for your loss, Kim. My beautiful cat died in his sleep Friday night, and it’s special kind of pain in the middle of an unprecedented time.

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      elise
      11 May 2020
      12:41pm

      So sorry Gemma. Losing a precious pet is truly a special kind of pain. Wishing you comfort and peace

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      Mamavalveeta03
      11 May 2020
      11:36am

      So sorry for your loss, Gemma, from a cat lover.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      11 May 2020
      11:07am

      I am sorry for your loss, Gemma.

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    Jenny
    11 May 2020
    9:54am

    I’m very sorry. It was clear that you loved him and enjoyed his company and deeply valued all that he brought to your life. I hope you and Mister are finding comfort.

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    Christina
    11 May 2020
    9:56am

    I’m so sorry, Kim. I know this pain all too well and am thinking of you.

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    Sheila
    11 May 2020
    9:57am

    I am so sorry for both you and Mister. I always say my dog is my heart outside my body–they are such a part of us and without them we feel the missing part. I loved how you share Sammy and Mister here. Thank you.

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    DC Jnell
    11 May 2020
    10:03am

    I’m so sorry. Virtual hugs.

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    c.w.
    11 May 2020
    10:08am

    One of the many, many reasons I follow @wolfgang2242 on Instagram is his ability to continue adopting senior dogs even though he knows his time with them will be limited. He recently posted a photo of Edna––a senior he lost almost a year ago––and with it a quote, “Happiness is such a great thing it doesn’t even matter if it’s your own.” With the explanation that giving happiness to a dog––senior or not––and seeing their joy with life is such a great thing it eases the pain of losing them. My own Betty is twelve with a heart condition so I know my future with her is limited, but I try to keep that quote in mind and take pleasure in her happiness. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and Mister.

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    shannon
    11 May 2020
    10:10am

    I am so sorry, Kim. My heart is breaking for you.

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    Elisa
    11 May 2020
    9:22am

    Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We love our pets so much. I know that you gave him a wonderful life. My thoughts are with you.

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    sheemsinbk
    11 May 2020
    9:22am

    Kim, I’m so sorry. My deepest condolences and hugs from afar.

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    Trina from Midwest
    11 May 2020
    9:25am

    I’m sorry Kim. Losing a pet is hard, especially because society doesn’t really recognize the pain. I’m sure you were a good dog mom.

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      Eloise
      11 May 2020
      9:30am

      So very true about society not recognizing the hurt – I remember not “getting it” before I had dogs. Unfortunately, I “get it” all too well now.

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        Kimbersam
        11 May 2020
        9:58am

        The worst VP (in every way, mean, incompetent, credit stealing) I’ve ever had the displeasure of reporting into was oddly the most empathetic when I had to put my cat, Tinsel Christmas Snowflake down. She fought really hard also and I cried for days. A friend suggested I page through GoFundMe and find an animal I ‘could’ save. So, I did just that. I found a cat that has a very serious but treatable problem and donated the entire amount the owners requested. The cat had the surgery (owners sent me pix of her recovery) and I still get updates about her (doing fine). My dog, Jezy is 12 and I am tresuring every moment w/ her.

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    Eloise
    11 May 2020
    9:28am

    Kim, My heart hurts for you and Mister. This is truly a pain like no other. Hang in there.

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    Holly
    11 May 2020
    9:31am

    I am so very sorry. Losing a beloved pet breaks your heart in two.

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    Dag
    11 May 2020
    9:32am

    Hi Kim, I’m very sorry for your loss. I had to say goodbye to my 13-year-old Ruby on Friday so I share in your grief. She was also not well but also the toughest—just like Sammy—but I take some comfort in that she is no longer in pain. The night before we ordered bbq and sent her off with a belly full of pulled pork which she devoured happily. I’ve had several dogs over the years but this one was our crew’s OG, outlived two siblings and almost survived a pandemic so it’s hit me a little harder. Sammy had the best life with you.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      11 May 2020
      11:41am

      So sorry, Dag. ❤️

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        D.Morgendorffer
        11 May 2020
        12:21pm

        My sympathies on your Ruby.

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    Dana D
    11 May 2020
    9:32am

    Love to you…and space for grief and sorrow

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    LeighTX
    11 May 2020
    9:38am

    I am so, so sorry.

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    Pam Smith
    11 May 2020
    9:42am

    Sending thoughts and love to you and Mister. The grief of loosing a beloved pet is horrific for all who have loved and been loved by one. Take time to enjoy lots of walks and snuggles with Mister.

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    CC
    11 May 2020
    9:43am

    Dear Kim, I am so sorry. I lost my dog at this age. There aren’t words for how painful it is. He knew how much you loved him. All my best and please take the best care of yourself.

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    Tamara
    11 May 2020
    9:43am

    So sorry Kim. 💔💔💔

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    Mary
    11 May 2020
    9:44am

    I’m so sorry, Kim. I know the pain all too well and cried for weeks when my beloved dog died.

    There’s nothing like a pet – wonderful, loyal sweet little souls. We have another dog now and she is every bit as wonderful!

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    Michelle
    11 May 2020
    9:45am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so awful.💔

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    Mimi
    11 May 2020
    9:47am

    I don’t know about “society” not getting it, but anyone who has loved and been loved by a dog feels your pain and sympathizes with your grief. Perhaps some time in the future you will share with us some happy memories of Sammy.

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    Kimbersam
    11 May 2020
    9:48am

    Oh no! I am so sorry. “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

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    suz
    11 May 2020
    9:49am

    I am so so sorry for your loss.

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    Cara
    11 May 2020
    9:52am

    My heart goes out to you and Mister. A dog mom

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    Lorna
    12 May 2020
    10:55am

    I am so sorry. This is such a hard time and loose a loved one now seems especially hard.

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    Kath
    12 May 2020
    10:22am

    I am so sorry – it is devastating to lose a pup and my heart goes out to you and Mister.
    We lost our beloved girl in February, and I will never not miss her.

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    kelly
    12 May 2020
    10:03am

    I’m so sorry, Kim. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to lose a pet.

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    Emily M.
    12 May 2020
    9:55am

    I am so sorry. He was a beautiful dog.

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    Ann
    12 May 2020
    9:27am

    What terrible news, I’m so sorry!! I can’t believe it was just a couple of weeks ago we got to see Sammy on your Zoom call with Andrea. It was so fun to see him “in person” so to speak. Hang in there, we’re all thinking of you!!

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    Jamaica
    12 May 2020
    8:36am

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a fur baby is such a heartbreak. Thinking of you!

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    leslie
    12 May 2020
    8:10am

    I am so sorry – they hold such a big part of our hearts and leave such a hole when they depart.

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    Trish
    12 May 2020
    7:56am

    Hang in there….this is brutally tough. I lost my beloved cat Swan last year and his sister I think is still looking for him although the vet has told me that’s just not true. This is already a hard time and now….omigod a pet dying. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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