Saturday, March 31, 2012

OUR LITTLE MOTORMOUSE HAS GONE TO BE WITH HER OLD PALS, MAX & CHECKERS

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OUR LITTLE MOTORMOUSE JUST A FEW SHORT DAYS AGO

We had a feeling all day yesterday that the end was near for our little Cora.  She had thrown up half dozen times, wouldn’t eat & wouldn’t drink any water.  She was very restless, very weak & could only move a few feet before laying down.  Her legs were wobbly & she had trouble standing up.  She did not appear to be in any pain & we didn’t want to subject her to any more Vet stuff.  We felt her time was at hand & we wanted her to die quietly at home surrounded by the love of her family.  I think she knew she was dying because she didn’t die before saying goodbye.

She had been lying quietly on her bed beside her toys.  Kelly had given her a snuggle before going to bed.  I was in my chair wrapping up my computer stuff.  Motor, surprisingly got up, walked past me to the bedroom door & laid down on the rug.  We later felt she had gone to say goodbye to Kelly.  I decided not to disturb her by lifting her onto Kelly’s chair where she normally slept.  I was afraid her restlessness would cause her to fall off the chair.  Sat on my bed for a minute & Pheebs jumped up on my red chair.  I was surprised to see Motor get up & walk around the corner of the chair.  Looked like she was regaining her strength.  She walked up to Pheebs & stood looking at her just a few inches away.  She then took a few more steps & looked up at me.  I reached down & petted her as she laid down on the floor.  Talked to her softly & squiggled her ears.  She then got up & walked smartly to her water dish & stood there for a few seconds.  I then watched her walk over to one of her favorite spots under Kelly’s front passenger seat.  She disappeared under there & I was slightly hopeful she was rallying back again.  With that thought in mind I fell asleep.  

I woke up around 3 with an uneasy feeling.  It was just too quiet.  Climbed out of bed, picked up my flashlight & walked over by the front passenger seat.  Saw Motor’s little brown tail sticking out so knew she was still there.  Knelt down & shone my flashlight on her.  She looked like she was sleeping but there was no movement.  When I put my hand on her I knew she was gone.  She had scampered off to be with Max & Checkers.

When Max & Checkers died last April we had them cremated & their ashes placed in a couple nice Cedar boxes with their names on top.  I brought those boxes with us on our travels this year because it gave me comfort to think they were beside my driver’s seat just like they were in all our Bayfield Bunch traveling days.  Motor died just a couple feet away from Max & Checkers.

It has always been my wish that Max, Checkers, Cora & Pheebs ashes will be mixed with mine & Kelly’s someday & scattered to the winds of travel, all together as a Bunch again.  The thoughts of burying Cora & leaving her behind was out of the question.  We had to get our little girl home where she could be cremated & take her place between her old best pals, Max & Checkers.

We had 6 days of travel ahead of us & only one way to get our little Mouse home.  We had to empty our freezer.  This may not sit well with some readers, but there are times we just have to make difficult decisions & carry them through if we are to achieve our goals, our dreams, our wishes.

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HEADING EAST ON I-40 THROUGH NEW MEXICO

Now, for today’s post……….As mentioned, our day began very early & very sadly.  We had a long journey ahead of us & it was best to get our mind’s focused on the travels ahead.  It was still dark when I waved a final farewell to the house.  A half moon surrounded by a sky full of wispy stars glinted off our newly painted roof.  It was 5:20 a.m. as we rolled the big wheels out the driveway & down the road.

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Wickenburg looked like a distant string of golden pearls on the darkened Valley floor. We climbed the winding Yarnell hill into the Weaver Mountains.  We were on our way.  And we were so thankful to have our exuberantly youthful Pheebs right there between us.

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Traveled in darkness through Skull Valley & it wasn’t until coming into Prescott we welcomed the first rays of a new day’s morning sun skipping over a distant mountain range & softly alighting on & lifting our Spirits.

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ROLLING THROUGH THE CHINO VALLEY

Hardly any traffic & the truck route around Prescott made things easier than I had anticipated.  We were soon northbound through the rolling hills of picturesque Chino Valley heading for Ash Fork on I-40.  Mentioned to Kelly that was the end of our journey’s nicest section until we cross the border at Port Huron & make that final hour & twenty minute country drive back to our home in Bayfield, Ontario.

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NICE TO SEE ALL THE GREENERY SOUTH OF ASH FORK

Destination today was the Route 66 Casino parking lot just west of Albuquerque New Mexico & this is where tonight’s blog is coming to you from.  Had stayed here last year on our way home as well.

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EVEN GOT ME A TRAIN FOR SAM TODAY

It was so nice to see the sweeping pine forests & snow capped mountains in the Flagstaff area.  This was old territory for us having passed through here a year ago & also back in our 07/08 trip which included both rims of the Grand Canyon.

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KELLY WAS BUSY ON THE COMPUTER TODAY AS WE ROLL THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE

Nice new Rest Area east of Meteor Crater & I couldn’t help but think, this was our first pit stop since the Bayfield Bunch hit the road back in 06 that we didn’t have our little Motormouse out racing around checking all the new smells that only Rest Areas seem to have.

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OUR FIRST PIT STOP EVER WITHOUT THE LITTLE MOTORMOUSE

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LOOKING BACK FROM THE REST AREA TO THE SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA

The day’s travels were rather uneventful except for a big 18 wheeler engulfed in flames on the westbound side.  That truck fire subsequently started a grass fire which began marching across the landscape.  No fire trucks on scene yet.

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OH OH, OUR CB WARNS OF TROUBLE AHEAD

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Further down the road our CB Radio crackled to life again warning east bound traffic of a truck roll over ahead blocking one lane in the west bound lanes & one on the east bound side.  We moved around the ambulance & squeaked by the overturned trailer.  Police were just getting there.  Shortly before reaching the Route 66 Casino we once again found ourselves on the end of a long traffic jam due to road construction.

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Finally reached our destination around 4 New Mexico time.  We didn’t go for a look see in the Casino because we had done a walk through last year just to see all the dazzling lights & hear all the jingling coin machines.  No, we are not Casino people.  Just like to see the razzle dazzle sometimes.

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STUCK IN A CONSTRUCTION SLOWDOWN LINEUP WE CAN SEE THE ROUTE 66 CASINO AHEAD ON THE RIGHT…ALBUQUERQUE IS JUST OVER THAT RIDGE ON THE HORIZON

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OUR PARKING LOT DIGS AT THE ROUTE 66 CASINO FOR THE NIGHT

Sad supper tonight not having the Motor’s face alongside my plate trying to con me into a snack or two.  Yes, we have some adjusting to do again but tomorrow is another new day as we carry all those great years of Motor memories close to our traveling hearts……

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THE LAST PARAGRAPH: Some readers may remember how the deaths of Max & Checkers devastated me so badly nearly a year ago.  Because of those deaths I feel better prepared to handle Cora’s death.  We are missing our little Mouse terribly tonight…….but we will be alright.

Love you Beans.   

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MY CHIEF NAVIGATOR…..NO WONDER WE GET LOST SOMETIMES

GROANER’S CORNER:((   A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat. The police stop him and say he can't drive around with penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo. The man agrees and drives off.
The next day the same man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back and again. He is stopped by the same police officer who says, "Hey! I thought I told you to take those to the zoo."
The man replies "I did. Today I'm taking them to the movies."

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- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.

- Home is where your pet is:))

- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.
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95 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

I completely understand why you are taking Cora with you. I would do the same. I miss her.

Donna K said...

I agree - I would take our dogs home if it happened that way. At least Motor passed at home surrounded by those she loved. So sorry for you and Kelly but glad Motor is no longer suffering and that she is with Max and Checkers. My sincere condolences.

Russ Krecklow said...

Hugs to you all. It's so hard to lose a furry pal. Glad you're taking her home.

Merikay said...

A sad day after many years of smiles. Good memories. Does sound as if she was saying good-by.

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Such sad news, but at least she died in her favorite place, near her people and best friend.
I know you will miss her for a long time.

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Beth said...

So sorry to hear of your loss...she was definitely looking out for you on your travels today. She is with her friends.

Jean and Skip said...

Glad you are taking her home. I knew you wouldn't leave her there alone.
We will all miss her.

Anonymous said...

SO very sorry for this sad event. Glad she is no longer suffering however. It is nicer when they can go on their own time and not have to have a vet. We had no choice with last one and the last weeks were so awful...I think that is one reason our daughter cannot stand to come to this house...those memories. But it was her dog and we let her make the choices. Still so very hard!! Hope the rest of your trip is not so hard!
Elizabeth in NC

Anonymous said...

I just read your news about Cora passing on. So very sorry for your loss. She was such a sweetheart and we will all miss her. I am sure glad you have Pheebs to help fill the void a little.
Best wishes to you all for a safe trip home.
Don in Oklahoma.

Anonymous said...

So sorry you lost Cora. I admire you for taking her home. Have a safe trip!

The Hollingers said...

Sorry to hear the news of Cora, Al and Kelly... She can now rest with her friends.

John and Judy

Luci & Loree said...

So very sorry for your loss.

sierrasue said...

With tears in my eyes I want to say I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad little Motormouse passed away peacefully and on her own terms. Also glad you are taking her home. RIP Motormouse !!!

michael ultra said...

I am touched by your loss. I feel like I knew that little Motor. I am one of those that loves the doggies.

meowmomma said...

Al and Kelly,
I am very sad for you at the loss of your furry friend Cora. She truly was blessed to have been a member of your bunch for all her years. I fully understand your use of the freezer to get her home for her final preparations. I've done it myself when we were away once and one of our kitties died.

I also understand Al about the blues sometimes getting the best of us. I lost my bubcat Jasper in December and the grief I feel for him still is the worst I've carried in my heart for any of the animals that have been a part of our family. It is good to speak of the passing and not hold it in. It needs to be released, just like our furry friends have been released from the painful things that tied them to earth at the end.

Safe travel til home...

The Good Luck Duck said...

We're sitting here blubbering like fools who never met Cora. She wanted to see you happily aimed toward your new future before she trotted off.

Sadly,
Roxi and Annie
The Ducks

Elaine said...

can hardly type thru the tears...what a darling little fur baby mouse was..we truly feel your pain and I'm glad your taking her back home with you!! you are in our thoughts and prayers...

Gypsy said...

I am so sad about Cora, but glad you let her go in her own way and in her own time. You seem to be much more at peace than with Max or Checkers although I'm sure it hurts just as much. Safe travels.

Anonymous said...

Let no one critisize you Al, your simply doing what has to be done to take the mouse home!

the hermit

Perhaps those three will meet teena on the other side! I would like that.

Anonymous said...

So sad for your loss. Lessie (Tardis)

Sue and Doug said...

We are so sad for the loss of our beloved Cora!..no words will take the pain away..cherish the memories of her..knowing she is with Max and Checkers..may she rest in peace..
have a safe journey home..one day at a time..one stop at a time..take care of each other.
:*(

Wayne and Roberta said...

It's with a heavy heart that we read this tonight, little Miss Cora was such a great companion. She will be missed by all that read your blog. We would have done the same thing in order to bring her home.

Miss Lazee said...

So sad for your loss Al & Kelly.

Safe travels.

Sharon & Ron

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

She won the doggie lottery, getting to be with you guys. And she got to be with you to the very end. Happy trails, little Cora.

Gypsy Boho said...

That just breaks my heart. So sorry for your loss.

Cindy said...

so sorry for your loss...I had to put down my golden earlier this month(cancer) and it hurts so much...my vet is very compassionate and told me to read this poem and it does help so I've included the link for you to look up when you have the time its so worth it to give you some peace, not saying it helps with the pain but it helps with the healing :) safe travels to you all

Cindy said...

sorry forgot to add the link :) http://petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm
(senior moment) shh dont tell anyone :)

Gaelyn said...

Never easy to loose a family member. I'm glad she has Max and Checkers to show her the way over the rainbow bridge. Safe travels as you take the little Mouse home.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Motor mouse was a lucky dog to be part of the Bunch. It is always so obvious in your blog how fortunate your fur kids are.
Safe travels.
Bev in ns.ca

Jessica and Harry said...

Tears today for little Motormouse...I am glad that you are bringing her home.

Michelle said...

I believe this my 1st post here? I've been reading now for about 2 weeks. How in the heck do I get so attached to a wee dog in that time? Tears are rolling this morning with you. I CAN understand why Cora is not being left behind and in your freezer. God bless. RIP sweet little Cora.

Ruth said...

I had a feeling that this was the 'end of the RV road' for little Motor. She died with those she loved most surrounding her. We would have done the same thing you did and brought her home. There would be absolutely no way we would have left her behind. Now all 3 of them are together again and having a great time, I'm sure.
A blessing that you have your Pheebs to snuggle with.
Take care and drive safe.

smdrm said...

Al and Kelly,

Sorry for your loss. Safe travels to you as you head to your northern home.

George and Suzie Yates said...

So sorry for your loss. She lived a good full life with people that loved her and had a wonderful rv lifestyle.

George and Suzie Yates said...

So sorry for your loss. She lived a good full life with people that loved her and had a wonderful rv lifestyle.

Camille Carnell Pronovost said...

I am so sad to hear of you losing little Cora. What a sweetie she was! Take some comfort in knowing you gave her the best life a dog could have!

Bill said...

I am so saddened by your loss. She was so adorable and will be missed.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Oh, I am so sorry.
Kelly, Al and Pheebs, I know you will miss her, but you have the lovely memories to keep with you.
It is a shame that our furkids can't stay with us for all of our lives.
Maybe they are making a space for another homeless pet to get a new, good home?
Tearfully, Penny, TX.

Debbie Goode said...

So sorry for your loss. Taking her home is the right thing. You are in our prayers....please take care and travel safe.

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Well, I'm sitting here with some tears on hearing of wee Mouse's passing even though I suspected it was coming. Of course you did the only thing you could do; you must take Cora home. Seems to me she knew she was about to move on, said her good-byes, was at peace and passed from this Earth with dignity. We should all be so lucky to transition as she did.

Please have a safe journey to your Northern home. My thoughts and heart will be with the three of you.

LandYachty said...

Sorry to hear about MotorMouse. May God grant you safe travels home.

Anonymous said...

Motor Mouse will be missed by all that have grown to know and love her antics through your blog. I know the sadness in your hearts as I've walked in your shoes during times like this so many times before.
Pheebs has also lost a best friend and she will be grieving in her own way, she just can't speak in 'people talk' to be able to tell you. Animals may not actually shed tears but I feel they cry in their little hearts. Watch Pheebs, love her and hug her.
Safe travels homeward.
~Pam in Louisiana~

cathie said...

It is so hard to lose our beloved pets. But she is now scampering over the rainbow bridge. So glad she went peacefully in her own home and with her loved ones around. She knew you were all tucked into bed where you were supposed to be.
We all understand about taking her home. Safe travels.

Karen and Al said...

I am so very sorry for you all.

Jenny said...

I am so sorry for your loss, it is hard to lose a friend. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Feel so sad for you but she did it her way and you were there for her.
Lost my beloved cat of 14 years at the end of December. Time does heal but it's pretty tough at first. My heart goes out to you, Kelly and Pheebs. Be strong!

Virginia

Anonymous said...

Feel so sad for you but she did it her way and you were there for her.
Lost my beloved cat of 14 years at the end of December. Time does heal but it's pretty tough at first. My heart goes out to you, Kelly and Pheebs. Be strong!

Virginia

Happytrails said...

Al and Kelly, we are so sorry for the loss of Cora! It is a pain and emptiness that only time will heal. You guys made a great "team" and now she will remain a part of that "team" for eternity. I think you made the perfect decision.
I had my Molly (18 yr.old Shih Tzu) cremated when she passed away and I want her with me when I pass away. That is just the way it is.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys as you travel home and return to Bayfield.

As we read each others blogs we become friends...get to know each other. We got to know Cora (Motor) and we will also truly miss her.

Rick and Kathy Rousseau said...

Kathy and I were sorry to read of the passing of Cora. We noted since the passing of Max and Checkers how she had slowed down but thought that she would make it home. She chose her time to be with the ones she loved and knew she'd make it back home. She will truly be missed but like everyone that have followed you will remember her antics. You will always remember the snuggle times that will always be remembered fondly.

Our Condolences go out to You, Kelly and Pheebs and may you all make it home Safely.

It's about time.

Renee and Dave said...

So sorry to hear about Cora, but she went in the best possible way, with ALL her people & pals close by. We, too, cremated our pups and kept them with us when we started traveling. We finally scattered their ashes in my favorite sitting spot at our property in Datil -- where we too will end up when our time comes.

Thanks for sharing so much about Cora with your faithful readers. We feel like we knew her through your stories about her, and we feel a sense of loss, too.

Be safe on the way home...

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear of Cora's passing,as the tears roll down my cheek! Too bad our fur friends don't live longer, we feel your pain!
May the happy memories of Motormouse keep your spirits up, plus Pheebs presence help you through!
And may your travels be safe with less congestion or hazards!
Hugs, Kathy and Grant

hobopals said...

Cried all through your post. I'm so sorry about little Motor. My daughter walked in, unexpectedly, and panicked. I tried to get the words out to tell her that little Motor had passed. When I finally could explain, she asked, "Did you know her?" I said, "Yes."

The love for your pups comes through in your writing, Al, and I think all your readers know them, and we mourn, as well.

I am so sorry for your loss. Please extend my condolences to Kelly.

Phillis said...

I am very sorry for your loss. Having suffered thru the loss of my longtime little friend Muffy, I can identify with your sense of loss mixed with sense of peace that your little Cora is no longer suffering.

Dennis and Donna said...

Enough said....I'm in tears.

K and D in the RV said...

Al, Kelly we are so sorry to hear that Cora has passed, and we read your blog with tears but also glad that a dog had such a good, long, loved life. Yes, take her home. An ear scratch to Pheebs from us.

Robin Harp said...

So sorry to hear about Cora's passing. Thanks for the opportunity to let us get to know her through your Blog.

Mark W. said...

So sorry to hear about Motormouse. Can't remember the last time I shed a tear but here I sit typing and crying because I too feel a terrible loss and I never even got to meet the little mouse. As others have stated, the mouse was so lucky to have you and Kelly, she left this world on her own terms and knowing that she was loved. Take Care

Bev and Jim said...

I don't know of a more loving "Bunch" than you, Kelly and Pheebs have been for Mouse.RIP Little One!

Jerry and Lu Larson said...

So sorry to here about your loss of Cora.
Lu

Happy Trails said...

Like HoboPals, I boo-hooed through the whole post about MotorMouse! We never got to meet her down at Darby Wells. Al and Kelly, Chinle was so right when she said that Motor won the doggie lottery when you two adopted her! The two of you gave her the best possible life and she has seen more of the world than most humans! Two of our past furkids are also in cedar chests and travel with us.
She is with Max and Checkers now, visiting all the rest stops in heaven smelling all new smells! We are so sorry for your loss! Geri and Chuck

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Had to stop crying before I could type. So sorry for the loss of Cora MM. I had to hug both of my dogs in commiseration with you.

We too, have the ashes of my special dog, Akasha, waiting to be spread with Steve and I on an island by a campground in the woods up north.

Totally understand your decision of taking her along to take care of things.

We will be facing this soon as Duchess is 12 and Duke only 8 but having tumors. Sigh.


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Sandra said...

I'm so glad we got to meet the Motormouse in Why in 2008. She was such a lovely little dog. She lived a long life and I'm sure she enjoyed every bit of it! Glad she's no longer suffering.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Al and Kelly, our sympathies over Motor's passing. She was a sweet little thing. We are so glad we got to meet her in person, along with Max and Checkers. Have a safe trip home.

Lynne said...

I'm so sorry Al, Kelly & Pheebs-- I know these days must be difficult. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things we humans ever have to experience.

Motormouse sure had a wonderful life with the love and adventures other dogs could only dream about. So glad she was able to pass peacefully in her comfortable spot surrounded by the love of her family.

Laura said...

My heart is crying for you (my eyes too). How blessed you are to have had such a special dog.

Page said...

My eyes are tearing up. Little Cora died surrounded by those who love her and those she loved. Please be safe on your journey.

kcgaz said...

So sad for you all...our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Safe travels and God's speed!

longdog2 said...

Al and Kelly--so very sorry to hear about little Motormouse's passing. I'm sure you are right about her saying goodbye to everyone. She left you knowing Pheebs would take care of you so she could go on to be with Max and Checkers. They'll be playing together enjoying themselves until they all meet you at the Rainbow Bridge. I'm so glad she was able to leave you the way she did. It is a comfort during a very hard time. Give Pheebs an extra hug because she will miss Motormouse too.

Kevin and Ruth said...

We know all to well the pain of losing a traveling companion. Our Whiskey passed away six months ago yesterday and it's not a day we wish to relive.

Sorry for your loss.

www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

Lady Dyna Ryder said...

No words can ease the pain of losing the Mouse, but words of remembrance of her loving spirit can bring smiles to celebrate the gift you were given when she came to you.Cyber hugs to you, Kelly, and the Pheebs from TM and me.
Be safe as you take her home.

Soaring Sun said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've lost one of your best friends. I've only been following your blog for a short time, but Cora's specialness was clear to me, both from her pictures and from the loving way you always spoke of her. What a sweet girl she was!

Tammy & Vic said...

So sorry, read your blog all the time and know how you feel. Life has a beginning and an ending and she had a great life with you and a peaceful end, but it doesn't stop the hurt.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog every day. I had to make my first comment because I am so touched by the news of the little Motormouse's passing on to Rainbow Bridge. God bless little Motormouse and God bless all of you. Motormouse as you well know I am sure will be with you always.

From a fellow dog owner who knows what it's like to lose a beloved furbaby, Gail

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my beloved Harper (greyhound) last week and I truly understand this pain.

Alexis - VA

Tom _Kathy_Retired said...

Sorry for your loss.
Drive safe, it appears to be a dangerous road out there.

Connie,Barry said...

This just breaks my heart - hard to type thru the tears - it's like losing one of our own - you are doing the right thing.
RIP sweet Motormouse!
Connie in PA

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss of little Cora. What a sweet face she has and I am sure her little heart was the same. She is with her buddies now, running and playing. No words can say how badly we feel for you, Kelly and Pheebs. Please take care and safe travels.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your little Cora. It sounds like she died peacefully right where she wanted to be. We should all be so lucky. Safe travels.

bobm said...

So sorry about Cora. It's clear she had a wonderful family and was a very lucky little girl! Bob

Jim and Gayle said...

Sorry to read about Cora but at least you didn't have to make the big decision to take her in. Hope you have a safe, though sad, trip home.

Anonymous said...

Only a pet owner will understand the freezer decision. Our "Bonze" was too big, so a trip to Walmart for a Rubbermaid container and ice was our answer to get her HOME. Have a safe trip. Bob

Sherry said...

This is just so sad for you and everyone who has followed you and your Bunch. As others have said, she had such a great life with you all and you with her. It's very hard to lose a loved one no matter when or where. Thinking of your all and sending your healing thoughts.

Sherry
www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the border agent's face when he opens the freezer and has a peek at a dead dog, could be the beginning of a fun day?

Maribeth said...

I am so sad. We have two 17 year old dogs that are ready to leave us any day so I can totally relate to what you have just experiences. Heartbreaking. We just returned from our first weekend trip in our new to us rig. I still work so we can only do weekends. You drove right past our home after you headed east on I-40 from the 66 casino. We are right off I-40 in Moriarty. Hope you have a safe trip home.

Cyndi said...

I suppose it was a matter of time - but it's still so hard. My thoughts go out to you, Kelly, and Pheebs. It's good to hear you're going to be all right, too. Have a safe trip back home.

The Odd Essay said...

A huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss.

luvglass said...

So sorry for you. It's so difficult to lose these dear companions.
Travel safe.
Fred & Jo

Jimbo said...

Al and Kelly and Pheebs, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of dear little Motormouse. She was so dear and I enjoyed all your wonderful tales of her.

She will truly be missed by all your readers and friends.

gumo said...

I don't have pets and am not much of a dog lover but I certainly did fall in love with Cora through your wonderful blog and photos. I seemed to have really bonded with her last year when she lost her pals.

I am sorry for your loss but am comforted by the fact that she is alive and well in the same Heaven we all will some day know.

dreamjosie said...

Tears from our house tonight too. I'm glad you were able to keep her at home and let her slip quietly away.

Sweet dreams Cora, aka Motormouse.

Jo

JerryC said...

I'm sure you are probably tired of reading comments by now, but I also feel your pain. As I sit here typing this and looking over at our Sally, there is no way we would leave her somewhere along the way. Do what your heart tells you. Just remember, you will always have the memories of those great years with the 'mouse to hold on to.

Teri said...

So sorry for your loss.

BamaGurl said...

My prayers are with u all. Thx for sharing ur lives with us out here in blogland...even tho we've never met in person, it's like we "know" each other. I share ur pain, even tho I've never actually shook paws with Motormouse. I think it's a good thing ur doing. It may be a strange question to ask but was there not a veterinarian anywhere close by who could have cremated her? Or is it that u only trust the one at home? I don't mean to sound too nosy, was just wondering....Our sweet little Killer is only 7 but I was recently wondering what I would do should the inevitable happen...he travels everywhere with us and I would not want to leave him in a strange place. He's our baby and companion, can't imagine being without him. Everyone tells me it will happen some day but I just can't allow myself to think of that day. Killer has seen me thru years of caretaking some elderly relatives, many sad times and is now seeing me thru a terminal cancer diagnosis. Some folks laugh at me because I told them Killer promised to be with me as long as I'm here....sure hope we can both keep that promise. My heart and prayers go with u all on the sad trip home. God bless u all and safe travels.

wendyusuallywanders said...

I am sooooo sorry for you. My cat was euthanized in June and my service dog in August. I cried for more than a month straight when I had to say goodbye to Zeke. Life goes on, the pain becomes more bearable and they will forever live on in our hearts.

I am a Mormon and a prophet of our church had a horse he loved. He firmly believed they would be together again on the other side of the veil.

You folks and I will have lots of kisses and tail wagging to greet us when we, too pass. Imagine how happy we will all be! :-)

Chris and Caron said...

Our condolenses for Cora, Al and Kelly. She with her buds Max and Checkers now with a bushel of yummy bones.
Caron Chris &Dixie

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