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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Finn

Unfortunately Finn had some post surgical complications that are major under optimal circumstances. Since Finn went into the surgery weak from being sick and then had 6+ hours of surgery because there were complications on the surgical table, he just wasn't strong enough to endure the additional issues. We made the decision to put him to sleep tonight. Logically we know we made the right decision for him, but we are all very emotionally battered and bruised right now. These last couple of weeks have been very difficult for our family, but I truly appreciate each and every one of you who have taken the time to leave a comment and even those of you who didn't comment, but kept us in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

97 Comments:

Blogger CC said...

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10:16 PM  
Blogger CC said...

I can't imagine losing both of your dogs at once! They were both so beautiful.

Hugs

10:18 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

My heart goes out to you tonight. Both Ramius and Finn were so special and so much a part of your life. I loved it when Finn modeled your creations.

All the best to you and your family. More hugs.

11:21 PM  
Blogger alcatmom said...

So very sorry.

11:32 PM  
Anonymous pennie said...

I'm so sorry, Melanie. I can't imagine how difficult this is for you and your family right now. I'll continue to keep you all in my prayers.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Merry Karma said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you guys. I'm sure you are shell-shocked right about now. I am just so very sorry...

11:40 PM  
Blogger planetKnit said...

I'm so sorry for both of your losses. It is so sad to lose them.
Sending lots of hugs!!

12:30 AM  
OpenID sandykins57 said...

Hugs to you and yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you.
All the best, Christina (Denmark).

2:26 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Words fail me. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved pets. I wish there was more I could say or do. Please know that you and your family are indeed in my thoughts and prayers.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Gale said...

Wishing there was some way to offer comfort from afar other than a few words.

4:08 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I can't imagine how you guys are feeling right now. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. So sorry that both of them passed on so soon after the other.

Hugs

5:09 AM  
Blogger auntiemichal said...

I am so sorry for your loss of both Ramius and Finn. They were outstanding companions and guest bloggers. It would be great if you could frog the last couple of weeks and have a do-over.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Mo said...

I am so very sorry for your family's loss of Ramius and now Finn. Their individual personalities and character quirks filled your home with lots of love, fun and companionship that knew no boundaries.

My heart and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your losses...My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Both of your dear pets will be missed on this blog. {{hugs}}

Suzanne

5:48 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. We're driving through Dallas today on our way to Austin so I'll definitely be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

So so sorry to hear of you loss. What a terrible shock. Sending much love to your whole family.

6:58 AM  
OpenID meezermeowmy said...

Oh, no. I'm so sorry.

The Lord hold you in his arms and comfort you.

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Meaghan said...

I am so sorry for your losses. My heart is with you, and your family while you grieve and heal

8:00 AM  
Blogger trainlady said...

I can't imagine the pain you must be experiencing. May you and your family find peace at this terrible time.

8:21 AM  
OpenID thepaintedsheep said...

I'm so sorry for your losses.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Losing both of your beloved friends, so close together, is something I cannot fathom. My prayers are with you to be strong in this pain. Someday, soon I hope, you will look back with love and laughter. Until then, I am so very sorry for you.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Geri said...

My thoughts are with your family at the loss of your loyal companions. Finn was truly a remarkable dog and model for so many of your lovely projects.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I'm so sorry! I'll keep you in my thoughts. They were both beloved members of your family. Keep all the happy moments in your heart.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Kay said...

I am so sorry. Sending warm hugs your way.

9:08 AM  
Blogger (formerly) no-blog-rachel said...

I am so, so sorry.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I am so, so sorry. I can't even begin to know how you are all feeling. I have loved reading about Finn and Ramius as long as I have been reading your wonderful blog, and I will truly miss their presence.

Lots of love x

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

I am so sorry. Finn and Ramius were both lovely companions. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rhonda (Japan)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no words. I can't imagine. You're family is in my prayers. God bless.
Debbie

10:03 AM  
Blogger shortoldlady said...

May all your happy memories help get you & yours thru this terrible time.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Oh I am so sorry...my heart is breaking for you and your family.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Fujiyamamama said...

I am so, so sorry. (((hugs)))

11:20 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

My heart breaks for you!

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lit a candle for Finn's journey. I am so sorry for your loss.
Patty and the Golden Oldies in CT

11:52 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Oh Melanie, I am just crying here for you guys. I can't even imagine what you guys are going through losing both pets in such a short time. Please take time to spend with your family and the time it takes to heal. Hugs to you and the boys.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Bianca said...

I'm so sorry for you! It's so sad to loose both in such a short time.

Best regards,
Bianca

12:17 PM  
Blogger midj said...

My thoughts are with you. We just hit the one year mark last month of losing our dog Chelsea. Come back to us here on the blog, when you can.

~~Mary~~

1:07 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

It doesn't seem like enough to say how sorry I am, and yet, that's all I can do. I'll pray for your family to weather the storm, and know that better times lie ahead.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

I'm so sorry. Both Finn and Ramius were beautiful beasts, and I will miss seeing them on your blog.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Marjorie said...

So sorry for the loss of your family members! Enjoyed their pictures very much in your blog.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Miss Dallas said...

I am so sorry to hear that. Will be sending love your way.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh Melanie! I'm so sorry to hear about Finn and Ramius! I loved when they made appearances on the blog and especially when Finn blogged. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Oh my gosh - this is the most awful news. I'm so sorry for your loss of Finn, especially so soon after losing Ramius. My heart goes out to your whole family; extra prayers, hugs and healing thoughts for all of you are headed your way.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

My heart aches for you and your family.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

I am so sorry for your losses! I cannot imagine the pain of losing 2 pets so close together. My prayers are with you.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Walden said...

I am so very sorry. Prayers and positive thoughts for you and your family.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Sue (in VA) said...

I am so sorry to hear of your losses. There is a beautiful poem called the Rainbow Bridge that is a comfort in dealing with the loss of one's pet.....The author is anonymous but easy to Google....
Sue

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so sorry about Ramius and Finn! We are thinking about you all!

Dalese

4:30 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Oh Melanie... I am so sorry! I can't even begin to imagine how hard this must be on you. You and your family are in my prayers. :(

4:36 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I am so sorry for your losses.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you. It is so difficult to lose one pet, but two in a week. I am so sorry and will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Oh Melanie, I am so sorry about Finn. To lose both Ramius and Finn in such a short time is so sad. I will miss seeing them both on your blog.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Rowdy said...

Melanie -- I don't know what to say, except that I will miss both of your wonderful animals. And I understand, because we had to let our wonderful dog go six weeks ago today, and we still can't speak of him without crying.

Both Finn and Ramius brought a lot to your blog, and your love for them and delight in them were so obvious. You were lucky to have each other.

My best to you, Mikael and Caleb in these sad days.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous spinningrn said...

It is devastating to lose one pet family member but two in such a short time is even more painful. We have been there ourselves and know what you, Caleb and your husband are going through.

We mourn for them also, since they have become part of our "family" also through your posts.

You gave them both a wonderful life and you will feel good about that later on. Hang in there.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Oh NO...I'm so very sorry for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during such a difficult time. I can't imagine losing 2 much loved pets so close together. My heart is breaking for you.
Sending love & ((((hugs)))) your way.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Laura47 said...

Oh, I am so sorry! Sweet Finn, right after sweet Ramius. Well, my sweet Rusty is taking good care of Finn now; I know they're playing happily together in the hereafter, waiting for us to join them.

My prayers to you and your family, and my deepest condolences!

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

This is doubly heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to you, your husband, and Caleb.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sorry Melanie, they were lovely pets to read about so I can't begin to imagine how you are dealing with their loss, they leave a big hole in our lives when they go but lots of lovely memories too
jenny

7:20 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

there are no words. In Finn and Ramius' honours, I am making a donation to our local woman's shelter. I see it's a cause you support, and it just seems the right thing to do.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for you. My heart is with you this morning as I read this. I will be praying for you.
Debby

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugs{1,000,000}

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

I am so sorry for both your losses. Hard enough for one, but two so close together...

You are your family are in my thoughts.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Bea said...

I am so sorry. I really hoped Finn would make it though the surgery. He was so cute modeling some of your knitting. I believe that Finn and Ramius will be better friends on the other side after crossing the rainbow bridge. Hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

There are no words.... I send you and your family my prayers and thoughts.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Melanie, my heart is breaking for you. I have lost many well-loved pets in my life and it just doesn't get easier. I am keeping you and your family, including Ramius and Finn, in my prayers. Stay strong and believe that there is some bigger reason that this has happened. Catherine

1:36 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

My heart goes out to you. I'm going to miss them both - such special pets will leave a massive hole. Hopefully in time, it will fill with happy memories of them both.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I am so sorry for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

I am so sorry to read about your two losses. Pets are part of the family and we need to grieve for them soo. You and your family are in my prayers.

3:06 PM  
OpenID talullahsworld said...

Oh no Mel. Words fail me. I cannot even imagine the heartache your family is going through, losing one and then the other so close together. I am keeping you and yours in my thoughts. Love to all and am here if you want to talk..
Huge hugs to all.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Knitty said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Again condolences to you and your family.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Llyrmoon said...

I am so sorry for your losses. I felt sick about it, and I only knew them from pictures. You have been a wonderful home for your furry family members. Always remember that you loved them enough to let them go. I hope that someday you will honor their memories with more furry friends.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Katey said...

My heart quite literally breaks for you. After too much beloved pet loss in the last year, I very much understand just how broken you feel. I pray that, as healing happens, all the happy wonderful memories cloud out the sad ones.

I'm sending much caring from Pittsburgh...

4:25 PM  
Blogger marlono said...

I'm *SO* sorry to hear about Finn, especially so soon after Ramius.

As a good friend told me when my beloved Boxer died, "he's in doggie heaven now, playing with the other dogs, eating doggie treats, napping in the sun, and barking at the mailman to his heart's content."

My thoughts are with you.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Gretchen said...

oh my gosh. That is one miserable couple of days. My heart is aching for you and your family.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Robby said...

I'm so sorry for your combined losses. We went through something similar a couple of years ago and it just takes the wind out of you. It's hard for a while, but then the reasons you loved the furry guys comes to the fore and you can laugh with the tears. Hoping that is soon for you all.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Fiona said...

I am so very sorry.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. Please take care of yourselves. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with you and your family.

Lynn

6:36 PM  
Anonymous KT said...

So sorry for your losses. Please give Caleb an extra big hug.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

You and your family are in my prayers. Losing a furry member of the family is always heart-breaking. I will miss seeing your silly pictures of Finn modeling your beautiful knitting.

8:57 AM  
Blogger nimbleknitter said...

I am so sorry. I always loved your posts about Ramius and Finn and to lose them both so quickly is more than any family should have to deal with. You have my warmest thoughts winging their way to you and I hope you can find some peace of mind in knowing what great pet parents you were and remembering the good times.
Kim

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

As a fellow golden lover my heart goes out to you

1:24 PM  
Blogger DragonsChest said...

I'm so sorry. Losing both your beloved pets, what a blow. Not much else to say, except that I grieve with you. Love, Suzy

2:10 PM  
OpenID wonkydonkey said...

I just want you to know that I understand what you are going through, and my heart aches for you. The pain of losing a family pet is made more difficult because they are so dependent on us, and they can't communicate their wishes so we must make those tough decisions for them.

I'm so very sorry for your losses.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

There are no words. This is so very sad... "sad" is completely inadequate to express the sorrow. I am so sorry for you and your family's losses. My thoughts and prayers and good wishes and hugs are with you all.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous lori said...

i am usually a lurker but....having had 5 goldens...so sorry for your loss especially for your son.
lori

5:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm so sorry for both of your losses. Praying for you as you grieve.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so, so sorry Melanie. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

12:10 PM  
OpenID doris said...

I am so very sorry for your losses.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

So sorry; my heart is breaking for you - losing one beloved is hard enough, but to lose two so very close together. I always enjoyed seeing them in your blog. I will be sure to give an extra pet to Mama George, Rufus & Sparkle today while remembering your loss.

1:32 PM  
Blogger knitbysue said...

Oh no. I am so sorry you have lost both of your pets. Hugs.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Elsie in MD said...

so sorry for your sad losses!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Betty Catherine said...

Oh, no, I can't believe it. I am so sorry to hear about Finn. Your house must be so empty now. We're thinking of you all.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There just aren't words, so this will have to suffice: I'm so sorry. We're thinking of you.
--K

10:31 PM  
Anonymous EverFluffy said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said? You shared the adventures of Finn and Ramius in your blog over the years... it's almost as if we have also lost them.

Remember the fun and funny times, and take it day by day. They'll always live in your memories and writings.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Doogle Knits said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I knew both Finn and Ramius through your blog. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Magicat said...

I'll pray for you and your family. i know it's going to be hard but you guys will be ok. You were great pet parents and you did everything right. They loved you very much. Thank you for sharing them with us. We'll miss seeing them.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Sharon Jones said...

I cannot adequately express my sympathy for your family. Our pets are truly members of our family, too. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

10:07 PM  

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