Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 06:58 am
Oh ehbeth and set, I'm so sorry.

All our pets give us nothing but unconditional love, and you both gave it back to Miss Cleo.
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Joe Nation
Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 07:04 am
they stay
with us
longer than we ever hoped
longer than we think we are worthy of
not because they can
but because
they do not want to leave us
'tis only when assured
we will be loved
when they go
do they shut their blinded eyes
and lay down on
weary weary limbs
and finally finally


Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 07:45 am
My sincere sympathies on your loss.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 07:51 am
My deepest sympathies, Set and Beth. I still remember meeting Ms. Cleo way back in 2003. I hope you don't mind my posting a photo that I entitled "Cleo Smiles."


Such a sweet girl.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 08:52 am
Saddening as to your dog's recent demise Sad
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 10:18 am
Joe, Ragman, Swimpy and Chumly, thank you for your kind thoughts. Swimpy, i'm glad you posted that picture. It captures Miss Cleo's unquenchable good nature.
Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 11:01 am
We witnessed how well you cared for her and the love and devotion you all shared. You did right by her, a living creature of this world, a friend, a companion, and member of your pack. We should all be so lucky to have the bulk of our lives, and especially our final days, end like hers…surrounded by love and with those we trust, helping us to drink a little water, brushing back the hair from our brow, and placing us in a beam of sunshine to warm our old bones.

I'm sorry it was her time.

(((Beth and Set)))
Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 11:05 am
Thanks, Darlin' . . . now i'm getting all weepy again . . .
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 11:38 am
Well said, Joeblow!

My sympathies to all three of you.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 01:10 pm
I have been thinking of you and Beth ever since I heard. My heart hurts for you both and Bailey. I know she was a blessed pup to own such two great people. She will be missed I know. Thoughts will continue to be with you. Hugs you all.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 01:27 pm
JoeBlow said it far better than I could.
Thinking of you both.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 03:47 pm
Not sure what time it is over there, but imagining it is a pretty tough day you are all facing, what with things sinking in and all.

Thinking of you.
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Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 04:01 pm
Set and Beth,
I hope I can someday die like your pet has died.

In addition to condolences I send you congratulations.
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Finn dAbuzz
Reply Sat 6 Apr, 2013 11:31 pm
My sincere sympathies. It's a big loss to overcome.
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Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 12:52 am
My thanks to you all again. Yes, it was hard yesterday, and will undoubtedly be hard today. Everything reminds me of her, and i have to do all i can not to be morbid and sink into a morose mood of self-pity. Those who have remembered her, especially Butterfly's amazing set of links, have helped the most. It has reminded me of her wonderful character, her love of life and determination to get every bit of joy out of life. The Girl and i were talking about her yesterday evening, and remembering just what an amazing life she had after The Girl had rescued her, quite literally rescued her. I keep remembering the first chapter of A Tale of Two Cities--"Recalled to Life." When The Girl rescued Cleo, she was recalled to life, and she had a dozen years of joy and a life about which she was resolutely optimistic.
Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 01:40 am
Just where she wanted to be, that makes me smile. I've only now read this thread, but have written on others to Beth, I am so sorry Set it's hard to lose a best mate but what wonderful long years she had and two loving parents after being rescued, what a life.
Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 01:53 am
Taken all in all, it was a good life for her.
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Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 05:15 am
@Joe Nation,
Joe Nation - those words made me cry. For dogs I've lost - as recently as 5 January and as long ago as childhood. So sorry to hear about the loss of yet another precious pet. My condolences to Set and ehBeth. So sad....
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Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 07:47 am
I'm sorry, ehBeth and Set... I know how much you loved her. Much sympathy to you both.
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Reply Sun 7 Apr, 2013 08:29 am
Thank you again everyone.

I spent time with one of my best friends yesterday. We talked about the life Cleo led after her rescue. My friend and I took Bailey and Cleo along when we went on a road trip to a gathering of Abuzz/A2K women in the Catskills. The dogs travelled with Set and me when we did our Lake Michigan road trip toward an A2K get-together in Madison, Wisconsin. Cleo went to doggie boot camp in the Muskokas (a Canadian vacation area where Hollywood stars have summer homes). There were wonderful visits to the joeblows' place on the lake with their beloved Uncle Thomas. The dogs regularly spent time at the fancy doggie spa known as the hamburgboy home - where grilled salmon was regularly on the doggie dinner menu, and sheets were of the finest Belgian quality.

Cleo met more A2K'ers than some A2k'ers will - including the wonderfully dog-loving Timberlandko and great vet-to-be (at that time) Patiodog. Discovering that Swimpy and Thomas have photos of her really made me grin.

Cleo came a long way from the little stinky girl who lived by herself in a basement. She became a supahstah! and she lived life big.

Set has a great story of a sashay along the beach boardwalk here ... once Cleo had discovered people were ok ... she swivel-hipped her way along and stopped to greet people at every bench ... she just knew they'd be pleased to meet her and they were.

Thanks everyone for helping with the memories ... with a special shout-out to Butrflynet for putting together those links - lots of smiles and laughs there.
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