Monday, November 14, 2011

Are there bones in heaven?

 For months we have been saying it's almost time. Late last night...the dreaded time came. Our wonderful, loving Brutus passed away peacefully with both of us sitting on the floor petting him and calming him as he went over the Rainbow Bridge. In recent years Brutus lost his hearing, and we had to go back to using a leash because he couldn't hear us call him back when he was running around in our fields. His athritis caused his legs to be stiff, and it took him a lot longer to get moving. We were patient, and I know he appreciated it.
He always loved to go upstairs, but our stairs became dangerous for him as they have no risers so we put up baby gates and were saddened that he couldn't go to his favorite place in the house. In his younger days he was always with us and loved to ride in the car or truck. Here he is helping two of our grandchildren put up a tent in the backyard.

He would go on vacations with me, and he traveled a lot and loved sniffing out new places. He attended hook-ins and loved sleeping on my wool. Here he is with my friend Mo at Maidstone lake in Vermont at camp. Sadly, Mo is gone too. Perhaps she will take care of him for us.
His favorite place was the couch, which he often shared with my hubby. He put his head on a pillow and totally enjoyed his couch naps when he was able to get the couch to himself. This picture was taken last Christmas after he opened his presents. It was comical to see a man, large dog and 12 pound cat vie for the couch. I didn't try to compete as I would have lost. Brutus was one of those dogs who just wanted to be with you no matter what you were doing, and we both loved sharing our lives with him. Thank you Brutus, for 15 years of love and laughs and wonderful memories. Big hugs in peace. You will be missed.


WoolenSails said...

I am so sorry to hear about Brutus, he was such a sweet dog. I love the photo of him sleeping on the couch, he looks so content.


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Losing our four-legged pals is so hard ~ I'm sad for you.

elizabethmartel said...

My heart goes out to you...they are such a part of our families..and their ability to give love never ceases to amaze me

Rughooker said...

I'm so sorry - wonderful you could both be with him. Maybe before long he'll meet my Blue on the rainbow bridge where our border collie George is waiting.

Joanne said...

Lauri- I'm so sorry to hear about your Brutus. He sounded like a wonderful friend that gave you many years of happiness as you did him. Hugs to you and your family.

twoives said...


Your tribute to Brutus brought tears to my eyes. We who love our pets do understand how you feel. Rest well Brutus.


Saundra said...

OMG, I'm sitting here with tears running down my cheeks. So sorry to hear of your loss and I still morn my dearly departed Shadow who I lost this past July.

Brutus was comforted by his beloved family and for sure he knew he was loved by you.

Miz T. said...

I am so thankful for the support I have received from so many loving people who understand how sad we are. Each of your comments lifts my spirit, and I thank you.

Wanda said...

My heart goes you to you. I loved the way you showed us how special Brutus was.

Kimichris said...

Lauri, We were heart broken to hear of Brutus' passing. He was such a big ole' cuddly sweetheart! I'm so sad but know from being there and from your pictures he was so loved and lead such a wonderful and exciting life with you!