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Friday, June 17, 2011

McCall…

Earlier this week I posted about taking “a hiatus over the past week due to a death in our family. Still cannot talk about it…but will in time!”. I have received some very sweet notes even though you didn’t know what happened or whom I lost – I want you to know I really appreciate it! 
Two weeks ago today – our sweet lab, McCall was put to rest.  I had left for “Farm Chicks” before she started to show signs of suffering.  However, my family at home was left to deal with saying Goodbye with out me.  Because I didn’t get to say goodbye to her – I have worked tirelessly on a video to share with my children & all who cared about her.  Although it wasn’t completely unexpected that someday she would leave us (she lived a healthy 13 and a half years – but I honestly didn’t realize how much I’d miss her…until I got home and our daily routine had been turned upside down. 
She was truly a puppy from the day we brought her home until the day I left for my weekend in Spokane.   We put her through several obedience classes – yet she wouldn’t sit still.  I was saddened when I was going through all my photo’s I didn’t have more of her with the family.  But the video did turn out great & will be a sweet keepsake for all of us.  Guess it’s my way of saying goodbye…click on McCall’s photo to see the video.
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35 comments:

Sunray Gardening said...

Sorry for your loss of your sweet baby. Very nice video you put together.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Tracie,

I had a hard time watching the video because it is so difficult to lose a pet. Then I saw my little dog playing with McCall, I've had three Westies. We have Reggie now and got him several months before Duffy passed.

Take care, it will get better, but you will never forget him and all the joy he brought to your family.

Eileen

Pattie said...

Tracie, thank you for sharing such wonderful moments with us.. Very sweet video. I so sorry for your loss. I know what its like to have a good dog. Mya is one of my kids. Take care and try and smile.

Pattie

Pattie said...

I am so, so sorry. I have been there way to many times. But a psychic told me that all my animals are with me and without pain. So just be aware of your surroundings, because he will be there right beside you.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Tracie
A big hug for you at this time of mourning for McCall. I watched some of the video and your dog was certainly a loved member of the family.
Judith

awal.ny said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets become a large part of our lives.

Light Trigger said...

sorry for your loss, such a hard time...

Katie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of McCall. The video is beautiful, funny and has left me crying. Our pets always leave us too soon.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oh, Tracie....I am so sorry. I know you are so broken-hearted right now. I think it is amazing that you put together a video. Dogs are such special members of our families, and it breaks my heart knowing how hurt you must be.

(((hugs))) from Alabama,
Ricki Jill

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I watched the entire video. It is so sweet and touching. I am also worried about the sweet Westie Lovebug in it *sadface*

Michle said...

What a lovely tribute to McCall. I am so sorry for your loss.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

losing a beloved family pet is so very heartbreaking. i am so sorry for your loss. i am sure you all have had so many wonderful times with McCall and will carry those sweet memories with you. blessings...

Pam said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our chocolate lab just turned 11 and has definitely slowed a lot, which is so sad. I do completely agree about them being puppies forever. :)

I'm thinking of you.

Take care,
Pam

ANNE said...

I didn't read about the death in your family or I would have written sooner... Michelle of Emerald Cove recently lost her dog too. Words aren't that helpful but please know that I know how you're feeling (we lost our parrot and I still miss him) and that your fond happy memories will one day outweigh the sorrow. Thanking of you!!

HOUSE OF LAVENDER said...

HELLO TRACY

IM SO SAD FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMEBER I TOO HAD A BEUTIFUL LAB THE SAME COLOR AS YOUR AND HE WAS 14 YRS OLD THE BEST DOG A PERSON COULD ASK FOR TWO YRS AGO HE DIED THE SAME DAY AS MY LITTLE GRANDSON BEN WAS BORN I WASNT THERE EITHER WHEN HE DIED I WAS SO SAD I LOST MY FRIEND BUT I TO HAVE SUCH MEMORIES OF HIM TIME WILL HEAL ALL THINGS LOST PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF HEALING DOES TAKE SOME TIME XOXO SHERRI

CAS said...

So sorry about your loss. They do truly become part of our family & the loss is deep.

HolleyGarden said...

It's so sad to lose a pet, as they really do become a member of the family. What a sweet looking dog. Sorry for your loss.

Linda said...

OH, I'm so sorry, Tracie...I can see from your sweet video how much McCall will be missed...such a wonderful dog XO

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of McCall. It seemed that she had a very good life with your family. Sending you and your family good thoughts.

Linda said...

Sorry to hear about your loss of McCall.
I could not bear to watch the video for I would be in tears. We have a beautiful chocolate Lab and I dread the day that Max leaves us. He is such a great dog. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful tribute. I cried all the way through, even when I laughed at the part about the anniversary cake. It's obvious McCall had a great life with your family. ((((Hugs))))

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

So sorry you loss your precious pet. McCall was so cute. As for your other loss, when you are ready to share, we will listen.

KAT said...

so sorry for your loss. i watched your slide show and video of McCall's life I was a good one ..he was so full of doggy happiness and energy
KAT

Rachel Noelle said...

Oh I am soo sorry for your loss Tracie. :( HUGS to you my friend, Rachel

Rachel Noelle said...

I just watched the entire video and I am bawling my eyes out... such a precious tribute to her! ;)

Hillcrest Cottage said...

Great tribute video... I cried. Yes, he had an awesome life with his family. Thanks for sharing... a reminder to enjoy my dogs while I have them and to take the time to give them love.

Lydia said...

So sorry for your loss.
Thank you for sharing the video.
We're doggie lovers. too.

Pamela Gordon said...

Tracie, thank you for the beautiful moments of McCall's life captured on video. I am still crying from watching it. What a beautiful dog and wonderful memories you have you your time together. I am sorry for that loss as well as your recent one in your family. God bless. Pamela

Donna said...

Dearest Tracie, I'm so so sorry that your puppy is gone. They leave an awful hole in our lives when they pass on, don't they?

I understand...
Donna

Marie said...

I'm sorry for your loss Tracie. McCall looked like a very loving dog to you and your kids. Just keep all the fond memories in your hearts. Take care sweetie!
-Marie

Captain Shagrat said...

Well I for one know exactly how you feel, my best friend and companion Harry labrador passed away May 31st this year aged just 11 & 3/4's. Devastated and feeling lost pretty much sums up how I feel. He really was top draw. I too have the videos and it feels good to see him on those, a lasting memory. Unfortunately no puppy photos. We did take some but they are seemingly lost as I gave the film back to my parents as they had some of their own photo's on the film. Live in hope the film turns up one day. Anyway enough of me, Mc call was your special buddy, one of the family always. Hurray for such gentle intelligent creatures to have come our way

Kirsty said...

aww he's so beautiful. So sorry. Hope you and your family are ok.

Bella said...

Hi Tracie,
Oh I am so sorry! I lost two last year, and I know it just breaks your heart!!
Your video was a beautiful tribute, what a great collection to see him grow along with the kids:-))
I enjoyed all the "naughty" things in the end, all the things that are hard in the moment are the things that you look back on and smile, remembering the true spirit:-) Like the tolite paper rolls... so frustrating when it happens and they always do this, but later so so endearing:-))
Sending you a big hug:-)
Bella

sandra said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss...we too lost our sweet Aussie Abbie two months ago, unexpectedly and she is missed more than ever. She was only 7 but the time we had was so special. She was my shadow and it is hard to move on without them but we do. Our pets are a very important part of our lives and I hope your memories will last a lifetime. Blessings to you and you family.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh Tracie, I'm so sorry to hear this. She was a beautiful girl. The video was such a good idea to do for your kids. How hard it must have been to put together. It had me choked up. She reminds me of my lab Maggie. I had to put her to sleep during our move to GA and my husband was out of town. The hardest thing ever to do. So I know the pain. Hugs to you my friend.