Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TODAY WE LOST ANOTHER BELOVED MEMBER OF THE BAYFIELD BUNCH

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Our dearly beloved number one boy Max died peacefully this morning at 11:25.  He quietly slipped away in our arms at the same Veterinary Clinic in Zurich Ontario where Checkers passed on just one week ago to the day. 

Our love & attention is now solely focused on our dear little Cora who many know as,  Motormouse.

Once we were five & now we are three.......

72 comments:

Laurie and Odel said...

Al and Kelly, I can't believe what I am reading. I am so, so, sorry for your loss, especially coming so quickly after Checkers. Al, I'm sure this will hit you particularly hard since Kelly will be leaving to help her mother. So glad you have Cora to help while you are grieving. My heart goes out to you, friends.

David Cross said...

My heart goes out to you. I can't imagine the hurt you must feel. Please know you are in my prayers. May God help you to get through these terrible events, so close together.

Jean and Skip said...

Omg. we are so so sorry, this is just too much. Thinking of you and Kelly and little Cora.

Hugs Jean and Skip

Cruzin2some said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Max. We know there are no words we say that will remove the pain you are feeling at this moment. Our hearts hurt for you guys.

At least max and Checkers was able to enjoy your last adventure and you did get some great pictures of your fur kids along the way.

Travel Safe
Dawn and Denise

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

We are at a loss for words all we can say is we are so sorry and know how you must be hurting.You are in are prayers.

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Al and Kelly.... words can not express what we are feeling for you two right now...

HUGS to you both

Lynne - Winnie Views said...

Al, my heart breaks for you and Kelly. Losing one pet is unbelievably difficult. I can't imagine the pain of losing two. If any words can provide comfort, from reading your blog the past few months, I know that both Max and Checkers were loved dearly and enjoyed their adventures to the Southwest.

JB said...

Al and Kelly we are so sorry for your loss. I know how much those fella's meant to you both. Although it doesn't seem like it now they are not feeling any more pain and are frolicing together at that Rainbow Bridge as they wait for you to rejoin them.

Alan and Marilyn McMillan said...

So sorry for your 2nd loss -- God bless!

Pat said...

I'm a new follower, but I can tell what your dogs mean to you. I'm sorry for your loss and I hope all the peace in the world to your family.

Dave and Susie said...

As your hearts are breaking my heart breaks for you. To lose a beloved member of the family is hard but to lose two inside of a week is devastating. I send peace your way and will remember fondly all the wonderful stories that you told about Checkers and Max. God Bless the three of you.

Kevin and Ruth said...

So sorry, we understand how you must feel. Look back on the good days, I'm sure there were many.

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Ruth said...

Ah guys we are so sorry. I know your hearts were breaking before but this, well there just isn't any words.
Just know that we are thinking of you and we know what you're going through.
The only thing that maybe helps a very little is knowing that now Max and Checkers are together again.
They were both dearly loved 'kids' and had an excellent life with you and returned your love 1000 times. They will always be in your hearts. I am so glad that they got this last trip down south.
Hugs to the 3 of you.

Connie,Barry said...

Ahhhhh, Al and Kelly...so, so sorry...our hearts ache for you and what you've been going thru. No matter how many times we've gone thru this, it hurts...we love these little creatures. They bring us such happiness and it is so hard to say goodbye. Just wanted to let you know you both are in our hearts and prayers...we do care!

Sandra said...

Oh my no, that's way too much to take in one week. I feel so sorry for you guys.There are no words that I can think of to tell you how sorry I am. I'm just thankful that it happened when you got home instead of in some remote part of the U.S.

Gypsy said...

It must be a nearly unbearable loss following so close to Checkers. Max has been walking less and less, and was probably ready to go. They don't try to hang on to life at all costs as humans do, but they will try for our sakes as long as they can. I'm glad you were able to let go, and my thoughts are with you.

Vera said...

Very sorry to hear that. Your house must be so sad. Poor little motormouse will be wondering where her buddies are. Hope time will heal your wounds.

Andrée said...

Noooooooo!!!!!!! I dont know what to say....I am lost for words, because there is none strong enought to tell you how sorry I feel...It is so so very sad...

Big hugs

Donna aka Froggi said...

I'm speechless...glad others weren't. Sending hugs just isn't enough...sigh...

Mike And Maureen Beaune said...

Al and Kelly, we are so very sad to hear of such loss again...

You've barely had time to heal from losing Checkers... and now Max.

Our hearts go out to both of you.

Hugs, MnM

Jessica said...

I am so sorry to hear such sad news! My heart goes out to you guys. :(

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Al I am sitting here in tears, of disbelief, To lose another pal in such a short time is so heartbreaking, we at least had a year between Dikes passing and Zep's.Please accept our prayers in helping you get over this loss. Your friend's Sam & Donna...

Luci & Loree said...

Oh, no! Can't believe it is so soon.. My heart goes out to you...

Rick and Paulette said...

There are no easy words to express how sorry I am to hear about the loss of Max. Even though I only met him for a few hours, I could tell he was a wonderful, friendly and loyal member of your family.

All we can do is provide a loving home for our pets for as long as we are lucky enough to have them and both you and Kelly have certainly done that.

Laura said...

Awwww, Al. :( I'm so very sorry for your loss. Please know that Jed & I will hold you all tightly in our prayers as your struggle to find a new normal in your home.

Trent and Teresa said...

Life isn't fair ... Our Beloved Bayfield Bunch has been hurt enough already !!

So, so, sorry !!

Jerry and Suzy said...

Al, the whole Bayfield Bunch is in our thoughts and prayers today. We are so shocked by Max passing so soon after Checkers. You and Cora will have to hang tight to each other while Kelly is away, and please, hang tight to your friends our here in Blogland.

Jim and Sandie said...

My heart breaks for you. I am so so sorry and so very sad.

Fred said...

My heart is breaking for you and Kelly. It is so hard loosing one, but two of your pets within a week, I can't imagine the pain you both are going through.
May God lift your sadness from your hearts Al. You and Kelly are in our prayers.

Jammin' Along said...

I'm very sorry to hear the news. Do give Cora an extra big hug and hold her tight, I'm sure she's grieving too! I do feel your pain since losing our Carl over a month ago. Keep their pictures handy, it'll put a smile on your face looking at them. Best wishes to you both! ~M

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I have no words. Just very sad.

Hugs.

heyduke50 said...

and then there were three... sorry for the sadness you both have had to endure...

Merikay said...

I knew from your blogs he was slowing down and not as strong as when he was young.

I had hoped he would get a new burst of energy now that you were home, and that he would have one more summer with you.

But it was not to be.

Once again I send my condolence for the decision you had to make. It will never be easy.

There may be other dogs in your future, but never these two dear friends.

Mike McFall said...

I too feel your pain Al and Kelly. After losing two son's in the last 3 years,,,,,i seem to just be numb. I sure didn't plan on this, I was supposed to die first. But someone else seems to have a plan that we don't have any control over. I get mad, then I get sad. But all in all I know those two boy's would want me to go on,,,,,,,just as Checkers and max would want you guys to carry on and be happy... So do it for them, that's what I do... In time we all get to go "HOME"...... My heart is with you....

The Hollingers said...

Al and Kelly:

We cannot believe what we are reading in the blog... very hard to believe.

Again our thoughts and prayers go out to you all!

Give the Motormouse a big hug from us!

John and Judy

Karen and Al said...

I am so terribly sorry about the loss of dear Max.

Those little guys sure can worm their way into our hearts, can't they?

I'm sure another special little dog will find it's way to you guys when the time is right, and that will help to heal the hole in your heart.

Janna and Mike said...

Our hearts go out to you Al and Kelly. We can't imagine the pain and heartache you must be feeling losing two of your best friends in one week. Please feel our hugs for you both.

Kathy said...

Al and Kelly ~~

I'm trying hard to picture Max and Checkers 'folicking together at Rainbow Bridge' as JB wrote. My heart goes out to both of you at this very sad time.

Thank you for posting that beautiful photo of Max!

Judy and Emma said...

Al and Kelly,
I do hope you know how very sorry I am to read this news about Max. Suffering one loss is hard enough, but two must be almost unbearable. Please hang on, and hold Cora close. She must be as confused as you all are feeling. :_(

Phillis said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My best wishes for better days to the three of you.

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

We are sitting here in disbelief! To lose both of your pals in such quick succession is beyond what you should have to bear. We are with you in your sorrow, and hope for better days and times in the future. Hang in there.

Rod & Loyce

Sue and Doug said...

there are no words that will take the pain away for you and Kelly..I cannot imagine the sadness that the two of you must feel..to lose two of your beloved 'fur kids' in such a short time is just too painful for words..
our thoughts are with you at this very sad time..may you find comfort in all the friends that 'the bayfield bunch' have here in blogville...a big cyber hug for the two of you..and Motormouse too..
take care of each other..
:*(

MARYJO said...

As hard as your loss is, I have been reading all the wonderful comments your followers have left, I pray that they bring you some comfort in this dark time. Having been at the vets, way too many times I know the heartache, it will get better. Namaste

Teri said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, again.

luvglass said...

Words fail - our thoughts are with you.

Fred & Jo

Janie and John said...

So sorry to hear about Max's passing. So close to the loss of Checkers, I think all our hearts are breaking for you. Know that you are in all our thoughts and prayers.

dreamjosie said...

On no. I can't believe it. Too much loss, too much pain in such a short time. I feel for you both.

Jo

Anonymous said...

How hard this must be to have such a sad homecoming. Cora will be grieving too, so it's important to keep touching and talking to her. She'll help you both endure and move through your sorrow as you help her. Know that you have many wonderful people thinking of you both.
My condolences.

Emjay

Anonymous said...

OMG I'm feeling so sad for you! Your pain is real and we hope the sweet memories will give you comfort.

Donna K said...

There are no words...just know that we care and we grieve with you. Our love to you Al, Kelly, and little Cora.

Happytrails said...

OMG!!! Our hearts are broken for you
and Kelly. There are no words to say that can take the hurt away. Please know our heartfelt sympathy goes to you guys.

Beth said...

So very sorry for your loss. Perhaps they needed each other- my horse Talmir and my black lab Shadow passed within a short time of each other... Now I picture them on grand adventures in the pastures of Heaven where I will one day see them again.

Looking said...

Kelly and Al, am so sorry to read about your loss.

Rick

Wayne and Roberta said...

Al and Kelly there are no words to express how sorry we are that you have lost your beloved Max. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and Cora too.

Harold said...

We have followed your blog for the past two years and know that your furry kids are truly part of your family. Our most heartfelt condolences are sent to you and Kelly on your loss of Checkers and Max.
I take the loss of a furry best pal hard and because I do, my wife asked me why I'd want another? My reply was "because they're worth it".
Checkers and Max had a great life as part of the "Bayfield Bunch" so please find some comfort in that in this time of sadness.
Harold & Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Dear Al and Kelly, What I've just read of dear Max is a total shock.
What can I say, we feel so sad for the three of you at this time.
Take comfort in each other.
We are so very sorry for you all.
Carole

Russ Krecklow said...

Al and Kelly, our hearts go out to you at this time. Words can't express the feelings, but we do understand how the heart aches. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

M & M's Adventures said...

Our hearts are sad and tears big for you, Kelly and Motormouse. hugs from all the ranch animals and us.

Sunni said...

The unbelievable loss of Max now is beyond words. We feel your grief and pain - you are not alone. I know that if all your readers were able to be with you and Kelly, we would all do what we could, but then, the pain is something that only time will heal. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Words cannot express...... Take care

meowmomma said...

so sorry...

I Only Wanted You


They say memories are golden

well maybe that is true.

I never wanted memories,

I only wanted you.


A million times I needed you,

a million times I cried.

If love alone could have saved you

you never would have died.


In life I loved you dearly,

In death I love you still.

In my heart you hold a place

no one could ever fill.


If tears could build a stairway

and heartache make a lane,

I'd walk the path to heaven

and bring you back again.


Our family chain is broken,

and nothing seems the same.

But as God calls us one by one,

the chain will link again.



(a poem from the internet)

pidge said...

Al and Kelly, My heart bleeds for you. I can't imagine going through this twice in such a short period. Love and prayers

Dog Folks said...

So sorry for your loss.

Remember two things:

These guys had a great life, traveling with you, exploring and having you around them all the time.

The good times you had with them. Their "antics."

edlfrey said...

When I'm this late it has all been said by those before me. However, I will add that it was good that you rushed home from the southwest. My condolences.

John Rosasco said...

Al this is beyond words! Sorry.

John

Rene' and Jeanette Genereux said...

These two dogs were family to you. They had a grand life, thanks to you both. Truly sorry for your loss. We know how you feel right now.

LiveWorkDream said...

Oh guys, this is more heartbreak than anyone should ever have to go through. Jim and I send our deepest condolences, we are so sorry. May you find peace and comfort as a family in these difficult times.

Cyndi said...

So much heartache in a week. My heart is breaking with yours. Sending thoughts your way.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

When I read this I just blurted out "Oh! No, Oh! No! Oh! No!" and started crying. I didn't even know Max, but it must be intolerable for you three, so soon after losing Checkers. So hard to take.


I hope that you can take some comfort from this new version of Rainbow Bridge: http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

It helped me when I lost my little best friend.
I lost my granddaughter to a drunk driver the same week. So I do have an idea what you are going through. The pain will never go away, but I try to dwell on the good times, and be grateful that I had them, even if it wasn't as long as I had wanted.

My heart goes out to you both, and Cora. Happy Tail to her, and Trails to you. Penny, TX

Me and My Dog said...

I couldn't believe it when I read your title. I feel so bad for you both and for Cora. She must be missing her buddies so much. Our dogs are such a part of our families, it will take time to heal from this second tragedy. Take care, and try to enjoy the good things in your lives, and each other, and Cora.

Martha and Terry said...

I am at a loss of what to say to you Al, Kelly and little Cora -- please know that our thoughts are with all of you at this sorrowful time. Sincerely,

Martha

Connie and Rod said...

Al, losing one of your beloved pets is hard enough, 2 in two weeks is more pain than anyone should have to bear.

My deepest condolences to you and Kelly.

I'm truly at a loss for words.

Connie

DearMissMermaid said...

Aw, I cried when I read about your loss of Max. Poor you, poor Motormouse Cora.

The Bayfield Bunch has taken a hard crunch.

I am so very sorry. I picked up my puppy dog and held him tightly while he squirmed around licking away my tears.

I feel for you.

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