In Memory of Meshach

Great Dane with bone hanging out of his mouth while on a chair

Our beloved, sweet Great Dane, Meshach, was put to his eternal rest on September 17, 2012. This page is dedicated to his memory and the stories of his life. June 2, 2011 – September 17, 2012, R.I.P. Meshach.

We will always miss you, and always love you. GodspeedGreat Dane puppy in crate with his ball sweetheart! You were here far too short a time, and while you suffered from your seizures, you never failed to always want to give comfort and love to everyone – canine or human – wherever you went. Even when you were at the height of your suffering you wanted to comfort me and Daddy. You were a peacemaker, the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most lovable boy ever.

I am sorry that nothing I did or the veterinarian did could help you. I am sorry your life was so short, but I will never, ever forget you. You made my life better for having known you. You are a treasure never to be forgotten. I look forward to heaven when I can be smothered in your sweet kisses along with Great Dane puppy on rugShadrach, Fridge, Floppsy, Leben, Geronimo, and all the others that have graced my life. You made me a better person. And you definitely brought me closer to my Lord and Savior Jesus – and now you get to go Home to Him and be free of all your pain and suffering. I love you sweet boy – forever and always!

You gave us so much in such a short amount of time. You showed me that no one is an enemy if you choose to make them your friend instead. And if you can’t make peace with someone, then give way and allow them their passage – you don’t have to fight them. That was you, our sweet Meshach. You always saw everyone – canine and human alike – as friend first. I have never had a dog that could make friends so easily and with such utter abandon. There was only one dog that would not befriend you and even put you on your back a couple of times but you never held a grudge – it wasn’t something you were capable of. You just gaveMeshach the Great Dane puppy him his space and went on joyfully to play with those who loved you back. I will love you forever my sweet Micky Picky, Meemo boy and miss you tremendously, painfully and at times unbearably so. ~Kim Bloomer, VND

Meshach’s Motto: Win friends and influence people and dogs with LOVE!

Meshach’s Nicknames: Meemo, Micky Picky, Me, Meesh, Mr. Bageeshie, Kookie Malookie, Buppy, Bup Bup, and Baby Boy

The meaning behind his name: http://www.lisaphelps.org/2011/01/your-name.html

Great Dane puppy in baby pool

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ~1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ~Revelation 21:4, KJV

Dear Kim and Donnie,
I’m sitting here hoping I can do justice in writing up something for you to put on Meesh’s memorial page. While I knew his issues were dire, I guess I never thought I’d be here now about to say something in memory of your sweet boy. I always enjoyed looking at his adorable pictures of zippies and zoomies growing up and smiling over your funny and adoring comments. You and Great Dane puppy with lots of toysDonnie clearly loved him as a child, with all your heart and considered him a gift from God. Now that he is gone I know your heart aches from his absence. What could replace this emptiness but the hope of seeing him again one day. I can only imagine one of the first things you’ll do, after your celebration of arriving in God’s glorious Kingdom, will be to cast your hand over your eyes, stretch your neck up and expectantly look out in front of you, at the vast open spaces of Heaven expecting a special arrival. suddenly your heart will jump with joy as you see in the distance all your beloved animal kids, Shadrach is there! – all romping full force ahead with ears a’ floppin’ in the wind to greet you again at long last – but oh! Wait! There he comes shoving through them all – your sweet Buppy boy!!!
” ~Kim Felix, the gracious, kind friend who gifted Meshach to us

Videos of Meshach:
Farewell video to Meshach. I know it’s not perfect as I used a montage so it cuts off some of the photos, but it is my tribute to the most amazing, sweet, kind, joyful, loving dog I’ve ever had the pleasure to share my life with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbhBuUJUkFM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1jhk3LxVBc – Meshach’s arrival
http://youtu.be/QT43lHCm_7Y – First bath – first day with us
http://youtu.be/3wMaYfu0KGE – morning walk/big boy walk – 2nd day with us
http://youtu.be/pIxmxxAERoA – raw feeding
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQMeyB7y4Dc – puppies attack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiOfF12CjeM – tuggie wars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m44oinZ1Ns – puppy playing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5gZIiXZIb8 – First Great Dane Meetup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu8xX6qylp8 – weekly walk with Dahlia & Dawson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPIruSSx_3E – Dog Days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL0roYECiRc – GD Meetup Dec 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEqbrM4908s – First snowy days
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HOT8p5Nzds – Meesh Amigos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih-uyQ36aDM – enjoying life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQnwE_Hmj7w – new discoveries

Dane puppy eating cornish henThe following are condolences sent to us from around the globe: his breeders, family, friends (online and off), neighbors, Animal Talk Naturally listeners, American Council of Animal Naturopathy students, and Bark N Blog readers. Meshach made an impression as big as him in his very short life here. He left Dane-sized pawprints on our hearts forever:

Family – some called like my Mom (who was smitten with Meshach), my brother Per & his wife Melanie, I_wonder_how_this_tree_tastes2 my brother Hemming & his wife Star, my brother Jimmy and his girlfriend Roberta, my brother Jerry, and my niece Taunee:

Hi Kimmer, I heard that you lost Meshach and just wanted to send you my condolences. He couldn’t have had more love and attention and he was a lucky boy to have his short time here on earth with you. I know that you’re hurting and sad and know that you and Donnie are heartbroken. Anyway, I’m thinking of you, send my love.” ~Paula (sister)

Puppy contortionistJerry sent a beautiful photo of Hawaii where he lives now and wrote this addressed to Meshach: “Good night sweet Meshach, you were such a good boy!

Hey Auntie, I just heard about Meshach. I’m so sorry about your loss, and I’m here if you or Uncle need anything. I love you and I’m praying for you!” ~Skyler Atterbom (my nephew)

“Oh Kim! I’m so so sorry! May you and Donnie find peace! EnjoyGreat Dane puppy with toy the memories and the love he brought to you! These words I’m writing cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel! My thoughts and prayers are going out to you both. Have peace Kim. Meshach was happy to have you as his momma. I’m not understanding the “why” but in time it will show. I love you guys.” ๐Ÿ™ ~Roberta Armenta (SIL)

Great Dane puppy asleep on backOh, sweet Kim and Donnie, what a sad loss! He was such a good thing in your life. He gave you joy and for that I am grateful on your behalf. Be well as you recall all his tender mercies in your life. We love you and send prayers your way.” ~Aunt Theresa Hulette

I’m so so sorry Kimmer! So sad for you! Much love and hugs to you!” ~Katy Salinas (cousin)

OMG, Cousin, I am so so sorry!” ๐Ÿ™ ~JenniferBeautiful Great Dane puppy

“I am so sorry Cuz, I know how much you loved him. my heart is with yours now.” ~Colleen Gately

Oh Kimmer I’m so sorry. I am terribly sad for you. Poor Meshach. I love you love you love you and you are in my heart sweetie. Be well and stay strong and give Donnie a hug from us Gatleys.” ~Christopher Gately (cousin)

Great Dane puppy looking for his humanThat’s so sad. I’m so sorry to hear it, never even got a chance to give him all my love ;0( He was a gorgeous little blessing and I know you both gave him all the love he could have ever wanted. Take care and know he’s always with you!” ~Audrey Savage (cousin)

Friends – (some have called me rather than write – you know who you are and I love you much):

You know you and Donnie are in my prayers and thoughts. Love you!” ~Jeannie Thomason, VND (my best friend in the world)Great Dane puppy asking where his human is

Oh Kimmers….I am so very saddened to hear about Meshach. My heart aches for you and Donnie – I know how much happiness Meesh brought into your life, in spite of all the heartache you endured with him, and I haven’t a single doubt in the world that he is one of those special, chosen ones who trotsGreat Dane puppy gnawing on stick in garden by Jesus’ side every day now, gets his ears scratched and his tummy rubbed by the Creator of the Universe Himself (imagine THAT!!!), and will be waiting to charge at you joyously full speed in that unique way of his on the day you enter the gates of heaven yourself. It was simply “his time” and the Father called him Home…but I still hurt for you and will continue to pray daily for the peace and comfort and hope and evolving plans for the future that God will wrap you in as He brings healing to the two of you. Thank you, my dear sweet friend, for your note (no telling WHEN I would have picked up the news on-line). Hugs and much love to you and Donnie….I will hope to see you soon.” Love in Christ, Barb HilfordGreat Dane puppy with a toy on his head

R. I. P. dear Meshach. Memories of the loving and humorous รขโ‚ฌล“personรขโ‚ฌย you were will always be in our hearts.” ~Carole Milligan (Mom to Meshach’s brother, Woodstock)

Kim, I am so sorry! I can’t believe it. Broken hearts doesn’t even describe the half of what you’re going through. I’m sad for you both. This is a curve ball from God. Meshach not having to keep suffering on earth is a good thing but I am sorry for your pain though. I’ll call you soon and check on you.” ~Leah Lopez

Oh My God Kim, oh Kim, I’m sooo sorry! My heart just breaks. Kim, I’m praying the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit. No words can suffice right now. I cry along with you, my friend.” Love, ~Cindy

Great Dane puppy with his Big Mean Kitty toyMy heart is breaking for you guys, Kim and Donnie.” ~Cindy Johns

I’m so totally brokenhearted for you and Donnie. I have no words to convey my sorrow. I had no idea you all were suffering through this with your beloved boy. I’m in tears…God bless you. Meshach and Shad were the inspiration for all that you have done for thousands of dogs and I honor you and them for that.Mesh new how much he was loved and that is some consolation. But memories are the sweetest of God’s gifts and I know you have lots of those…(and later) Kim and Donnie, Bill and I continue to keep you in our prayers. Meshach knew how much he was loved and that is some consolation. But memories are the sweetest of God’s gifts and I know you have lots of those. Big hugs” XOXO, ~Tunia & Bill HylandGreat Dane puppy with paw in mouth

Oh Kim and Donnie, I’m so sorry! He was the sweetest boy!” ๐Ÿ™ ~Jennifer Selph

Dear Kim & Donnie, I just read your post regarding Meshach. I am so sorry. I am sitting here crying and feeling the pain. I can’t imagine what you must be going through right now. Wish I could help but I also know there is nothing I can do. Sending you both a big hug and lots of Love your way. I listened to the show. I feel so blessed right now that I still have my 3 little Great Dane Puppy with new rope toywieners with me. I know every dog in our lives has a purpose and a lesson to teach us. Every one of my dogs is teaching me a different lesson. But it just hurts so much when they leave us. I remember when Wastl (he was our 1st dachshund ) died, I wanted to die so I could be with him, and little Trixie who passed away 3 years ago and miss so much. I love your faith in God you and Donnie have, because the Love to God is what keeps me going. Life is so hard sometimes and I thank my parents for teaching me in believing in God. Sending you all my Love and I am so sorry for the pain you are going through. Wish I lived closer to you guys.” xoxo, ~Ingrid PierceGreat Dane puppy playing with a purple bra

Oh Kim and Donnie, my heart has broken with the news of your puppy! I am so sorry. I totally understand as I am still sad about Little Kitty. Your hearts will mend and will love again, as I did. Please know that you are in my prayers and here for you both.” xxooxx, ~Gerry Hixon

Woman and Great Dane puppyOh Kim, my heart is grieving with yours… I am so so sorry for your loss. I just wish we had some explanation or reason why this had to happen. In times like this, I think of the Laura Story song “Blessings”. Cause what if your blessing come through raindrops, What if your healing comes through tears, What if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes to know you’re here. What if the trails of this life are your mercies in disguise…Thank you Kim and Donnie for giving Meshach the most perfect, wonderful, loving home for his short time on this earth. I am forever grateful to you both…” ~Barbie Barrett (Mom to Meshach’s Dad, Dalton and his sister, Cleo)Sunbathing_11-19-2011_1

My dearest Kim, I am so sorry about your loss of Meshach, but so happy to remind both of us that those who went before us will be greeting us upon our arrival and won’t that be the best ever! What a glorious tail waggin’ experience that will be. PRAISE THE LORD! Just thinking abut it lightens my spirit and heart when thinking about your precious Meshach and the others you mentioned on your site…..When I put my bitch down with lung cancer, the vet tech said Diamond would soon be chasing after a ball in Heaven……….and in my spirit, I said to myself Diamond never ran after a ball in her life…she was too proud for that, but she loved her walks…… the LORD answered me and the LORD distinctly said to my heart……and Great Dane standing up against wallthere’s no Burdock in HEAVEN!!!! It doesn’t seem comical as I tell you that now, but at the time it was an “inside joke” between me, Diamond and evidently the LORD, because HE referenced her difficulty of walking in the FALL and the burdock literally jumping out of the woods and sticking onto her beautiful soft wheaten shiny coat. Of course she’d not move an inch until I would untangle every portion of the seed pod matted into her coat…it took much time and of course the Velcro of the burdock would again stick onto my gloves……..It did drive me bonkers!!!!! AND THE LORD WAS AWARE OF THOSE DIFFICULT MOMENTS………..just as HE is aware of your special times with Meshach…….. Dane Puppy asking to go play with other dogsSorry to have rambled on so long, my sweet Sister…..my prayers for strength for you and your family…… and GOD’S arms to envelop you with peace. Your memorial for Meshach will encourage many people because you are so wonderful with words and animals. GOD BLESS YOU with the contentment, and then the joy that Meshach is already experiencing in the presence of the LORD! Loving you so much,” ~Ellen L. Dix, 1 John 4:9 : GOD showed how much HE loved us by sending HIS only SON into this wicked world to bring us eternal life through HIS death. 2 Cor. 5:21: Great Dane on dog couchGOD took the sinless Christ and poured into HIM our sins. Then, in exchange HE poured GOD’s goodness into us. LB

Oh my God Kim.. I am so so sorry he’s gone, he was such a good boy…..Sweet sweet puppy, I’m so saddened for what you went through. Run free and painless sweet soul…” ~Chryssa Charalambides

Dear Kim! I just read your A Dog’s View blog as I was catching up onGreat Dane running in the snow your Young Living newsletters and swelled with tears. Our hearts ache for you all. You have suffered so much with both your dear sweet boys.This is such a heavy heartbreak to us. We can only imagine the pain you are going through. You gave dear Meshach every chance he could have had and the short time he had with you was pure quality and love. We struggle to find words that just don’t come to express our sorrow and love for you, dear dear sweet friend. It’s not easy to understand God’s plan for us but some day it will all come clear to us. I’m sure He Dane puppy with blanket and toysfelt Meshach had suffered enough and decided to spare him and you from further pain. What we are left with are the beautiful memories that no one can take from us. Shadrach now has his brother to share all the glory that Heaven has to offer. God speed dear hearts. You’re in His loving and protective arms forever. With our heartfelt sorrow and Love for you and Donnie.” ~Bob, Paula, and Snookie WoodsRegal Dane in chair

Kim, I am saddened to hear about Meshach. I hope it brings some comfort to know that you did all you could.” ~Hugh Bassham, DVM

Dear Kim & Donnie, my deepest condolences go out to you both for the loss of your boy, Dane puppy appearing to be a MagiMeshach. I know he was sick for a long time and you did all you could for him. I can not imagine the heart break that you are feeling once again by losing your fur-kid to the ways of this world. I pray that you will continue on your journey, and when you are ready, acquire another dog. I know too well the ache that comes from the depth our souls and the pain that almost has no consolation. The exception exist though, knowing that our God is in Heaven and so are our loving animals. Please take total comfort in knowing that you will be with all of your animals again. I know this is God’s way. You showed that to me though your ATN shows. You are such a very strong and loving person and I know that God is preparing you for exactly the right things. “Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.” With all my love, ~Ellen WelkNephew, niece, Dane puppy

You and Donnie are heavy on my heart today. I wish I could give you a hug.” ~Angela Rector

Oh Kim I am so sorry…tears and hugs for you.” Love, ~Sarah Reagan, VND

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I have read both of their pages, and listened to the “Drama King” singing; such beautiful souls. It would be wonderful if our human perception could expand so we can behold our “departed” animals in all of their glory. All the pain would vanish then. I hope that peace and comfort finds you soon.” Love, ~Aleks Mikic

Love, prayers, and lots of slobbery smooches from the pooches- I know how hard it is and only time can ease the pain.” ~Erika Haferkorn, VND

Great Dane sunning on his futonKim, I am full of sorrow over your lost of Meshach. I had no idea the he had been ill. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Thought thoughts are with you and Donnie. Sending big hugs and prayers to you. Meshach is in good company now.” ~Anita Hong P.S. Toby sends his love.

Dr. Kim and Donnie, I so shocked and saddened to read that Meshach had passed. He was such a young and vibrant soul and I sure did enjoy your pictures and your videos of him! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.” ~Keryl AsbachMan and Great Dane hugging

Oh, Kim….I’m trying to write through my tears..I am so very sorry my friend..Safe Journey Meshach…all my love, prayers, and hugs to you and Donnie…I love you Kim.” ~Linda Handshue

Oh Kim…my heart is broken for you. I’m so sorry to hear this. Sharing your sorrow and pain. Keeping your family in my prayers for peace and that the Lord will continually replace the sorrow with sweet reminders of the joy Meshach brought to your hearts.” ~Donna Jackson

Great Dane Puppy Hugging HumanOMG, Kim….so so sad to hear this. thoughts & prayers are with you & Donnie!!” ~Dee Phipps

I am so sorry Dr. Kim. My heart breaks for you & your family.” ~Irene O’Connor

Oh Kim I’m so sorry for your tragic loss and so soon after Shadrach. My heart cries for you. Please know you were the best mommy to Meshach and you did everything you could. He will be remembered as the strong, loving pup he was!” ~Dee BrotonGreat Dane pup playing tuggie

Oh my… stunned and can’t tell you the sorrow here right now. You shared so much of him with us, it is like we have lost him too. I was given these words when Hank died, “Right now, somewhere, there is a bright eyed puppy full of the same spirit Hank possessed; waiting to grow into his life of service as man’s best friend….that spirit never dies…They were brought home with my Abe last month and again now with you dear Meshach.” ~Jeanne Schoech

Dane puppy in a fieldOh, no. I cannot believe it. Didn’t he just turn one this past June? I am heartbroken beyond belief. I cannot imagine how you and Donnie feel. I am so sorry, Dr. Kim.” ~Jean B. Brudd

I can’t believe what I am reading…I have tears for you. Meshach was in wonderful loving hands. I have enjoyed your pics and stories of him growing up. God knows why we have to go through such life sorrows… and somewhere in all the grief of it, there is something for us to learn from each… as you know all too well. Big hugs to you Kim. Hang in there andGreat Dane posing take care…(and) I just now finished listening to the show… heart wrenching…Thank you so much Dr. Kim and Dr. Jeannie for being able to share such an important message during such a difficult time. The reason for all the suffering and sorrow needs to be heard! I am sad and angry as well. I lost two dogs who suffered from seizures and it is a helpless and horrible feeling! Fight the good fight!!!”” ~Kathy Lacey

Great Dane in a fieldKim, there are no words that will take away the sadness you feel… but I am so glad we share the same hope and knowledge — You won’t be parted forever! Can you just imagine when he took his first breath in heaven!? Praying for you and your husband…” ~ Jaque Dan McHenry

Hugs to you Kim xoxo.” ~Leslie Kennedy

Hi Kim, just wanted to know how you where holding up. And IGreat Dane with frisbee watching through a fence wanted to send you a hug. I was shocked to hear about Meshach. I had no idea he had a seizures. Just so you know I am thinking about you and Donnie. Hugs to both of you. Just shocking.” ~Erica Danow

Oh I’m so sorry Kim… RIP sweet Meshach.” ~Kim Butler

Some of the really special dogs in my life have only been in it for a very short time, but they always seemed to open my heart up further for the next dog that would share his/her life with me. Much love to you!” ~Wendy Lovas

OMG. I am soooooo sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you. Such a beautiful boy. So lucky to have had you.” ~Holly Mourant

My heart goes out to you Kim – I know how you feel and what you went through. I went through the same with my dream puppy several years ago. I had to let him go at 3 months of age. Conventional & Holistic treatments were of no help, and the cluster seizures were never ending. Rest in Peace Meshach and I hope you find friendship with my sweet Errol.” ~Sandy Holt

Great Dane and Labrador debating a hole that was dugI am so truly sorry for your loss, Kim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I pray God can help heal your heart during this time! Hugs to you!” ~Emily Bullard

I’m so sorry. I wish you all much strength to deal with this loss. Hugs from Holland.” ~Sandra Hoogendoorn

I’m so sorry, Dr. Kim. You’ll be in my thoughts.” ~Wendy LovasGreat Dane puppy eating RMB

Oh no, I burst into tears when I read your news. I am so very sorry for you all. Such a big loss.” xx, ~Debbie Hammond

Our hearts are breaking for you.” ๐Ÿ™ ~Tracy Kiley Koslowski

OMG, Kim, I am so, so, so very sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you both right now.“~Tracy Dion

Meshach the Great Dane being elegantNOOOOO!!! I’m SO-SO-SO sorry, Kim!!!! Romp In Paradise, Meshach, pain free, til you meet again!! GOD GRANT YOU *PEACE*, my friend!!” HUGS, ~Toni Phillips

Dear Kim, I just wanted to take a moment to personally reach out to you and tell how so very sorry I was to read about the passing of Meshach. There are just no words. No matter if weDogs discovery skeleton in desert have them for one year or twenty, the loss is huge. I recently read a book called, “This I know, Notes on Unraveling the Heart” by Susannah Conway. She lost the love of her life and she wrote about the experience and said some things that have helped me in the grieving of Frankie. I thought Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขd share them with you. “You don’t get over grief- you move through it as you learn to live with the loss. You have to learn how to swim with it. Each person experiences grief in their own individual way. And though Great Dane on his futonI have often thought that to lose a child would be the most devastating loss of all, there is no hierarchy to grief- only we can know the pain we feel and what we have lost.” Please know I am thinking of you and your husband, Donnie. Again, there are just no words, but know that my heart understands and feels for your pain and loss.Take good care of yourself.” ~Barbara Techel (author)Great Dane puppy napping on his back

OMG – Kim I am so, so very sorry. I know you are raw inside your heart and soul. You know that Meshach and Shadrach are playing at the bridge and will meet you when the time comes. My thoughts and prayers are with you – know that I am here for you. Do not hesitate to call, etc. Please. Blessings to you dear spirit.” ~Julie Shaw

Great Dane on arroyo walkKim, how dreadfully sorry I am to hear about your precious Meshach. It is never easy to give these blessed gifts back, but it is especially painful when they are so young. Butter had issues with seizures at one point in his life & it was terrifying… Meshach was loved very much. Hugs & blessings to you & your husband, Kim.” ~Kris ChristineGreat Dane on a walk

I read this three times to make sure I read correctly (Announcement of Meshach’s passing). I followed his growth since the day you brought him home. I cannot express my sympathy to you, but know he thanks you for keeping him from a long drawn out life of suffering. Hugs to you.” ~Tania Autry

Great Dane on the moveOh, Kim I am so very sorry. My deepest condolences. Hugs. xoxo” ~Suzan Robertson

Kim, I just found out. I am so sorry for your loss. He was too young to leave at this time. I don’t know what to say other than I am thinking of you.” ~Norm Starr

Our hearts go out to you…” ~Susan Wilson

Having lost my old boy, PJ, to a series of massive seizures and,Great Dane pup after his morning zoomie finally, a stroke, I know just how heart-wrenching it is to have to watch, feeling so utterly helpless – doubly so, though, because Meshach was just a baby and PJ was an old man. He’ll always run in your hearts, Kim, and ours too. His passing is a terrible, unjust loss, but evidently, he had done what he had come here to do and, having done so, has gone on to the next chapter. We all were blessed for having been touched by Meshach; you and Donnie, especially. My heart goes out to you and Donnie, Kim. We, all of us, send you our love.” ~Susan Van Allen

Dane puppy sitting with a head tilt in the arroyoHi Kim, I just saw this. I know that it’s difficult to take in all the nice words when you’re feeling such a tremendous loss. Meshach may no longer be here in body, however, his spirit will always be with you. You are in my prayers.” ~Sumner Davenport

Kim and Donnie, sending sincerest sympathy to you. Our pets make our lives so full of tenderness and unconditional love.” ~Sue & Orest Pelechaty

His paw prints will be on the hearts of all who knew his great spirit eternally. The great teacher is never forgotten but remembered for his kindness, love and compassion. Namaste my brother Meshach.” ~Stephen Blake, DVMDane puppy in the bushes

OMG…he was so young! What a shame. I am so very, very sorry.” ~Stacey Grieve

We are so sorry for your loss. We know how much you loved him and how lucky he was to have you. Hugs to you and Donnie. I am sure Shadrach is showing Meshach around at the rainbow bridge. They will be waiting for you there and I am sure they will be fast friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Thinking of you and Donnie tonight…..” ~Snow Aubel

Dane pup laying in the desert in the late eveningThinking of you Kim and sending love and condolences on the loss of your beloved pup. I have no doubt he chose you as his guardian, as you are the one he knew would listen to what he came to teach.” ~Shelly Horten

Oh Kim, I’m truly sorry. How devastating. You’re in my prayers,Dane pup in desert sand with a big stick sending you so much love. Gosh, what a difficult and tragic loss. We love you and loved that precious perfect Meshach. So, so sorry. I’m so truly sorry about your baby Meshach. What a horrible loss. I can’t stop thinking about you. Sending you prayers. I’m so sorry. We love you Kim, very much!” ~Shelly Dollar Bergum

Great Dane in desert fieldKim, I just wanted to reach out and say how sorry I am for your loss. It’s too soon and far too soon after the loss of Shadrach. I know you did everything in your power to keep Meshach healthy and I hope you find comfort in knowing how many people care and are thinking of you during this difficult time. Thinking of you and hoping for nothing but good things very, very soon.” Always, ~Hilary SloanMan and Great Dane puppy hugging

“:-( so very sorry for your loss and your pain.” ~Sharron Hall Keene

So very sorry. Sending prayers of comfort to ease your loss. Bye sweet Meshach. RIP baby.” ~Sharon Smith

Such a short time to share together…but I know it was a match made in heaven.” ~ Shari Sternberger

I’m so sorry for your loss. My Yellow Lab, Cory, passed away on the same day (September 17) 2 years ago. He also suffered from canine epilepsy. I wrote a book about his life and what we found that helped with his seizures. www.corysstory.com. I know how completely wrenching it is to lose a pet, especially one so young. I wish you a sense of peace in knowing that in the time Meshach had with you, he was in the best human hands possible.” ~Sandra DeMersDane puppy with ring toy

OMG Kim what happened to your beautiful boy? I cannot believe he is gone! Sending you much love and light in the loss of your beautiful boy.” ~Sandra Brigola

Kim, I’m so sorry. Words can’t ease how you feel. But I know. Our Danes, despite their size, are very delicate creatures. My heart goes out to you!” ~Kitty Voss

Great Dane after zoomieKim, I am so sad to read this. My deepest condolences to you and your husband. I know how much you love sweet Meshach.” ~Crystal A. Hannah (mom to Meshach’s Aunt Georgia)

I am sooo very sorry for your loss, Kim. I am sobbing and my heart is breaking for you and your husband. It is too hard for you to have to go through this again so soon after losing Shadrach. I am so sorry for your pain. I just loved to hear of Meshach’s adventures. He was such a joyful boy! May our Lord of all comfort, comfort you.” ~Susie SprenkleGreat Dane in a zoomie

Oh Dr. Kim I am sitting here at the computer weeping for you! I am sOO sorry was your loss. My heart aches for YOU!!!! Only words of comfort I can give is that your precious loving Meshach is with our Lord! Our Lord has told us in HIS word that the animals were part of HIS kingdom! Both of your precious dogs will be reunited again. Sometimes this is the only hope we have when our hearts are broken. I wish I could wrap my arms around you and send you a BIG hug.” All my love, ~Maggie Bell Putnam

Dane in the early morning behind bushesSending you and yours much love. RIP Meshach.” ~Machelle Pacion

Reminds me of our dog that we lost to heartworms and finally a heart attack this last year. So sorry for your loss.” ๐Ÿ™ ~Sandra Archibald

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. It’s never easy to say goodbye to our babies…..he is in peace at Rainbow Bridge now!” ~Robin Brostovski Great Dane on the move

I’m so sorry Kim. I had no idea. Thinking of you!” ~Rebecca Roebuck

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all who was close to him. He touched more lives than you know just through you. You made us all feel like we knew him through your writings. I know this hurts and is a painful time. I am so saddened by the news and for your heart of pain. Wish you much love and healing my Great Dane pup in a spastic zoomiefriend.” ~Randi Shoshara

Oh gosh! I am SO SO sorry! I’ve been loving the Meshach pictures and updates…he was so handsome and reminded me so much of my Dane mix that I just loved him!” ~Rachel Amov

OH NO DR KIM!! I am so, so, very sorry! You are in my thoughts and prayers! I am so sad….will miss his handsome face…sending you lot’s and lot’s of HUGS!!!” ~Pamela A. HeyenFarewell to Great Dane

Dear Dr Kim, I am shocked and saddened as I read the posts and comments, your big boy has gone over the rainbow bridge. You are so strong and calm and I know it must hurt very deeply. This just reminds me so much of my first baby who passed away in utero and how I found acceptance and peace with God’s decision easily even through the deep hurt. I’m thinking of you and your husband during this time and will remember your big boy, he and Shadrach must be having a grand old time together now. Huge hugs and lotsa love to you both!” ~Madenia Raven Salie

Great Dane after zoomieDear friend-Dr Kimmer. I cry for you and Donnie and the terrible loss of our boy- I say ours because I too watched him grow, fell in love with his antics and felt a deep sense of pride to ‘know’ such a wonderful friend as you are. I am saddened, shocked, and almost speechless with grief over the loss. My words can not ease the pain-but please know you, Donny and our boy-are in my heartfelt thoughts and prayers-he touched my soul too-as have you. I love you my friend in faith“, ~Cin Nicks

Kim I am so sorry for your loss. Love never dies and Meshach’s spirit lives on forever in your heart! Our fur angels touch our hearts in such a profound way and I truly believe that Love never dies. I just know they wait for us in heaven and watch over us!” ~Cathy SchlueterGreat Dane zoomie and he zooms the stick too

Dr Kim, I just heard about your beautiful Meshach, I know He’s with Shadrach. Such the loss, grief for our animals goes deep, because they just are pure Love, be gentle with yourself in its process, Your husband too.” Much love, ~Ariana Reynolds

I am so heartbroken for you. Please know I am thinking of you and always here despite the distance. My first reaction was the huge unfairness knowing how much he was loved and cared for with you. My love to you and one wish in my heart that you heal soon in his memory. Meshach run free baby boy!” xx, ~Abbie Withers

Great Dane chilling out in the eveningReally sorry to hear he has passed, he was lovely.” ~Naturally Healthy Dogs (Julie Arnold)

Love transcends this world, your precious Meshach’s incredible soul is woven in a fabric of sweet caring souls loving him forever. He is so very beautiful and I wish all of you peace in your hearts know the bond is for always.” ~Nancy Weber

Kim I am so sorry for your loss! I just heard about it today. I grieve with you; we lost our lovely girl just a few weeks ago and we still can’t believe she’s not with us like always. Hope you find comfort in knowing you did the right thing for him.” ~Nancy BoydGreat Dane puppy in a garden

Hello Dr. Kim, I’m so sorry to hear about your Great Dane. He was so young… once again, so very sorry about Meshach.” ~Anthea Appel

I’m sorry to hear that he died ๐Ÿ™ I am sure you are missing him a lot.” ~Mirdza Pavasars Hayden

Sorry Dr.Kim.” ~Mike Roberts

I am so sorry. Peace be with you my friend.” ~Michelle L Thomison

Great Dane puppy posingI’m so sorry for your loss.” ~Micheline Druyts

I am SO very sorry to read your FB post. My heartfelt condolences.” ~Betty Lewis

I am so so sorry Kim, I didn’t realize he was seizing. Sending lots of positive healing zen to your family, and sharing your sadness at his passing. What a tremendous blessing to have such a great soul in your life, even for such a short while…” ~Mary Anne

So sorry. He was soooo beautiful. May he rest in peace!” ~Marguerite Wright

Oh Kim I am so very sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you…” ~Marcia MaierTrying_To_Sunbathe_Chair_FellDown-300x225

Dear Kim, I’m so sorry for your loss Meshach is a very precious one and he is at least pain free now like the beautiful young playful pup he always was before he became ill. I know its not the same but I hope that thought fills your heart. His time with you was short but it was pure love. That is something so very special. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and all those who will be mourning his passing. Big hugs Kim.” ~Marc Peters

Great Dane wearing a hatI am sorry for your loss….I know your pain in dealing with seizures. HUGS Dr. Kim.” ~Lynn Hamlett

Sniff* so very very sorry!” ~Lucinda Schultz

So sorry Kim xxx“. ~Louisa Bird

I’m so very sorry :-(. Danes touch the heart like no other…he’ll always be with you.” ~Lori Gray Mooradian

So very sorry.” ~Lois Lema

I am so sorry. This is just devastating news.” ~Lisa Franklin

So sorry for your loss.” ๐Ÿ™ ~Linda NicholsGreat Dane with ears flipped back

Kim, so very, very sorry for your loss. They are never with us long enough but this is a tough as it gets. You sure gave him a sweet and wonderful life while he was here! Wishing you peace.” ~Leila Nelson

Dr. Kim, I am SO sorry! my thoughts are with you.” ~Laurryn Simpson

Kim …we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts break for you! xxxx RIP sweet Meshach! Run free over the Rainbow Bridge!” xxx, ~Laura Boston

Great Dane in sunrise poseKim, I’m so sorry to hear that he’s passed! we were so looking forward to meeting him. My thoughts are with you and your family!” ~Kristen Hanna

So very sorry for your great loss, Dr. Bloomer.” ~Kim Gorman

I just don’t understand!!!! I’m so sorry…I just don’t know what to say. My heart is broken.” ~Kathy Stone Murphy

He was such a gorgeous boy…..so sad that he was here for so short a time. Prayers to you in this difficult time.” ~Kathy Lerchenmueller

Oh, too soon this sorrow!” ~Karla WilsonGreat Dane posing in Southwestern desert field

So sad – I can only imagine what a wonderful life he lived.” ~Kandi Tippit

So sorry Dr. Kim.” ~Joy Cassell

I’m so sorry!” ~JoAnne Meyer Herrera

Oh, Dr. Kim, this is such tragic news. I’m so deeply sorry. hugs. My thoughts are with you.” ~Joan San-Claire

Soooo sorry. Hugs and prayers to you during this rough time.” ~Joan Buckner

Great Dane running a zoomieI am so sorry Dr. Kim…my heart is breaking for you.” ~Jane Morris

Kim, I’m so sorry for your loss. It seems to be happening to often to all of us. Both my kids died in the past 18 months. The heartbreak continues.” ~Jan Rasmusen

Oh no, Kim, I’m so sorry. How heartbreaking. hugs!” ~Glenda Watson Hyatt

So sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and Donnie.” ~Faye Durham

Dr. Kim, so sorry to hear about Meshach.” ~F R O G F Y (Dennis)Great Dane puppy with Kong toy

I am so sorry…” ~Darlene Arden

OMGoodness…I had to read it twice to make sure it said what it said, Kim. I had no idea your boy was struggling with seizures. My heart goes out to you and yours at this time. So sorry for your loss.” ~Dakota Bawden

Oh I’m sorry to hear of your loss Kim. I always enjoyed your photos and stories of Meshach. My heart aches for you.” ~Karen Warin

Dr Kim and her Great Dane MeshachI am so very sorry to read this, my sincerest condolences.” ~Crystal Shannon

I am so sorry to hear this news.” ~Connie Dominy

My deepest condolences for your loss Kim.” ~Claude West

So sorry, been there and done that. Hugs to you all.” ~Cindy Jones

๐Ÿ™ “So sorry for your loss.” ~Chris Albanese Wagner

Dr. Kim, I am so sorry to hear the tragic news. My prayers are with you and your family.” ~Cathy RussellMantle Dane and Brindle Great Dane pup

What a short, tragic life! I know that he was deeply loved and brought you joy in the short time you were together. My you find peace and comfort in his memory.” ~Cathy Payne

So sorry to hear that your deep, soulful boy has passed on to wait for you at journey’s end.” ~Catherine O’Driscoll

Oh, so sorry.” ๐Ÿ™ ~Carrie Shepard

Great Danes at Great Dane MeetupTruly deeply sorry for your loss.” ~Carol Fletcher Linguanti

I’m so sorry for your loss – pets are very much our “kids” and we miss them terribly when they are gone.” ~Carol Dombach Deckert

It is so difficult to do….thinking of you….” ~Carol Ansley Anderson

So so sorry for your loss. You don’t expect to fall in love and lose a baby so young!” ~Canine Health BasicsGreat Dane puppy and Elkhound mix dog

I am so sorry to hear that you have yet again suffered another loss of a beloved fur baby all I can say is may god heal your pain, I was in shock when I opened your email today…… so sorry how sad he was so young and your other boy was here longer yet the pain is probably worse. I believe that Meshach was sent to you by Shadrach to help you get over losing him. I lost a beloved Rotty 5 years ago to o.s. Dane pup and Elkhound mixI chose holistic for him and he did last longer than my conventional vet told me he would. I still mourn his loss even though I have another dog, “Rocky” was my “heart” dog and I will never get over losing him. But I was happy I chose the natural way to help him in his final months. He was healthier and his coat was shinier. I also believe that all the vaccines the vet gives our pets are too many and I chose carefully what I subject my dogs to. Thank you so much for all your insights on this topic. you Have been a great help. I do hope that some day you choose to blog again as it is so wonderful to read your posts.” Sincerely, Lynette (blog reader)

I’m so sorry. I just saw this.” ~Barbara KimmonsGreat Dane pup and Elkhound Mix pup playing

Awww, I am so sad for you and your family.” ~Barbara K-Glenn

So sorry for your loss.” ~Annette McNeil Ellis

So sorry! I’m sure you have some awesome memories.” ~Ann Larsen

I’m so sorry Dr. Kim, run free sweet Meshach.” ~Debra Young

Elkhound mix and Great Dane Pup poolsideOh I’m so sorry Dr. Kim!” ~Susan Cornwell Hughes

So sorry, what a handsome boy!” ~Marti Conrad

Oh wow, I am so sorry. I have enjoyed the photos and stories. Run free big guy.” ~Sandy Hansen

oh my gosh….so sorry, Dr. Kim!” ~Rebecca Girouard

I’ve thought of you everyday and prayed for God’s strength to help. So sad. But we know that animals release some of the purest forms of God’s Love. And that Love never fails. You were a good steward of his earthly life. And released him to be surrounded by that perfect Love in all perfected Glory. One day to be reunited with abounding Joy! God is still releasing blessings and vessels of his pure Love into your life. We know it because He promised it .” ~Barbara Howard Phipps

“Oh my gosh, Dr. Kim. I am so very sorry. Much peace to you, your family and beautiful Meshach.” ~Shannon BeneckeGreat Dane digging

Dr Kim, I’m so sorry for your loss.” ~Jennifer Estrada

I am so sorry for your loss. I know that pain all to well. Next Thursday is my birthday but also the day I will forever remember the pain and sorrow I felt losing my beautiful Missy. That pain never goes away. I will keep you in my thoughts.” ~Jennifer Confalone-Pottruff

Oh I don’t have the words, I am so sorry for your loss, we will keep you our thoughts.” ~Terra Presotto

Woman with two Labs and a Dane pupOh Kim I’m so sorry. I had no idea that you were going through this. Terrible. My heart goes out…” ~Pamela Picard

Sorry for your loss.” ~Adele Morrison

Omigosh so so sorry.” ~Suzanne Sparrow (Mom to Meshach’s sister, Nyx)

I’m so sorry Kim ๐Ÿ™ I didn’t know he was having problems ๐Ÿ™ Thinking of you during this difficult time.” ~Melissa Vrooman

I am sooo sorry!” ~Jeanette ‘Tippy’ Johnson

So sorry, Kim.” Hugs, ~Kathleen RobertsGreat Dane pup surveying his domain

No!!!!!! I am so sorry!!!!” ~Jenny Michelle Johnson

I’m so sorry. I lost my dog in early summer too. It is a horrible experience. We will see them again in the spirit world though, I am sure of it! Meanwhile take good care of yourself.” ~Louisa Livingstone

Oh, my heart aches deeply for you. I am so sorry for your loss. Run free Meshach, no more suffering for you. May the memories you have of him ease the pain during this difficult time. I am thinking of you.” ~Jasmine Patel

Thinking of you and your family DrKim….. Meshach was beautiful and I loved all his funny antics….. take care.” ~Jane Gordon

Great Dane in silhouetteI’m so sorry. Wishing you some comfort in this difficult time…” ~Jennifer Lee

I’m so sorry for you loss, dogs are family and the love you have for them is very special indeed! Someone that is always happy to see you no matter what mood you may be in. Many prayers to you and the family.” ~Mark Mullen

I’m so sorry for your loss of this beautiful boy, thinking of you.” X, ~Mandy Tee

Oh nooo. I am sad to see this. I know this hurts. ~Carolyn Nassl

I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. You will be in my thoughts.” ~Beth Temple Holmes

Kim and Donnie, my heart is breaking with you to know that Meschach is gone – lots of Dane love and positive thoughs being sent your way. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he is in the best of company, along with Rufus, Mickey and others that have gone before him.” ~Maggie and the Danes

I’m sitting her just bawling my eyes out for you and for your beloved boy. Darnit all, that’s just so horriblyDonnie Me Meshach sad, no matter what else it can be called. I know exactly how you feel hon. I lost my beloved German Shepherd, Gamaye who literally saved my life 2 different times and her photo is still on my refrigerator. I lost her 2 weeks after my Father was killed in a horrible accident in 1985. Dad requested I make her say “I love you” 5 times in a row before he could say “by golly punkin, she really does say each word”. She was huge and beautiful and loved me so much that she would lay her head in my lap when I was grieving and cry with me. She just vanished from our ranch in the middle of the night one night and we never did find where she went to. It was so hard after just losing my Dad and I’m sure she’s with him now. He was the only living person she would allow on our property when we were gone. I would drive through the main gate, see Dad’s truck and he and Gammi sitting together on the front porch. I miss that more than I can say, so sweet Kim I know you and your husbands pain so well it hurts me too. God’s blessings on you both and I know he is now with the Lord and all his friends. He will wait for you both there. I will pray for you for a kind and compassionate time during this time of need. Of course, you know the Lord loves you dearly and would never want you to not realize where that beautiful baby boy is. He knows you do though. He will love and care for him and he will be well and pain free. Oh gosh, I’m so very sorry and sad for you both. Love and blessings always Kim. The Lord is with you and you are his faithful children as well.” God Bless You, Jenn

Watercolor of Meshach on his chairMy gosh, I am so sorry about your boy!!! My heart goes out to you!! I have been there all too often these past few years and I feel your sorrow and loss!! Please know I have you in my thoughts!!! It is just so unfair! Anyway, please know I am thinking of you……..hard days yes, but remember the times he made you smile with joy, that is what I try to do.” Cheers, ~Laurie

I didn’t realize this until I picked up tripe today, and Chryssa told me. So very very sorry for your loss.” Huge Hugs, ~Monica Stoner

So very sorry in your loss of Meshach, Dr. Kim. I am so caught up in my own sorrow that you were forgotten & I am so very sorry. May they both be having a great afterlife in a peaceful place.” Hugs, ~Barb

So very very sorry for such a huge loss Dr. Kim – your memory page is very special for your sweet boy. My heart breaks for you.” ~Sandy

Dr. Kim, I am so sorry for your loss of Meshach! Please accept my deepest sympathy. My heart is aching for you. It is so hard to understand God’s plan at times. I believe there is a plan for natural selection that only he fully understands. But how painful when a loved one is impacted by this! I know that your dog had the best mom he could possibly have had and that you stood by your NR principles. You are truly an inspiration to all of us! ~Nancy

Rainbow over field with Great DaneOh Kim! I just last night found out about Meshach’s recent passing and listened to your heart wrenching farewell show dedicated to his memory. There are no words to express my sorrow, sympathy and empathy for your loss. I’m SO very sorry!! The pain and challenges your dear sweet boy endured, and the agonizing effect they must have had on you your husband are beyond imagination. Even though we’ve never met, I know you well enough to understand perfectly what a deep and powerful compassion you have in your heart for all animals – but most especially your own – and how absolutely excruciating and impossible it is for you to witness their suffering on any level, much less to the degree Meshach bore. I’m so, so very sorry he got so incredibly ill to the point that you were compelled to reach such a heartbreaking decision to let him go. How terribly tragic….he was far too young! There’s nothing for it but to extend my deepest, most heartfelt condolences to you and you husband. And to assure you that although it may feel like it at times, you and Jeannie are not alone, as myself, along with increasing numbers of others continue in our efforts to reach the masses by spreading the word about raw feeding and holistic animal care through our work and writings. I hope you can takeGreat Dane in perfect pose heart in knowing how fortunate both you and your dear boy were to have had one another as life-mates, despite the fact that your journey together was all too brief. Of all the people in the world with whom he could have spent his all too limited time on this earth, Meshach sure did hit the jackpot when he ended up with YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚ And as difficult as it clearly was for you to fall so deeply in love with him, only to have to endure bearing witness his terrible suffering and then lose him so prematurely, what rare blessings and gifts were surely shared between you! And what an inspiration his legacy has been and will be going forward for you in your life and your work…What an amazing guy he was! I really got a feeling for what a fantastic dog Meshach was from listening to you talk about him on your show. He touched so many people and had such a big, big heart! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope the pain of losing him begins to ease for you soon, Kim. My heart goes out to you. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved furry, especially when they pass too soon…Much love and warm hugs to you Kim!” Godspeed, my friend. ~Linda Zurich

Oh Kim, I didn’t know you were going through all of that… I really think they are teachers, we have to have confidence in learning what they come to teach us. As hard as it is……we know that He (Jesus) overcame the world and I really believe He is teaching us all how to do the same. Painful though are the lessons on the heart.” ~Patricia Jordan, DVM

Hi Kim, I’m really sorry about your loss of Meshach. I’ve lost several dogs/cats over the years that were extra special to me and were very young…With some of them it took me years before I could even look at pictures of them without crying…I understand your pain.” ~Shamira

Great Dane after zoomie“Oh Kim, my dear, I am so VERY sorry and I so feel your pain!!! How is it that pain of losing our Babies is the deepest of all the pains???!!! Oh sweet girl! I wish I could wave a magic wand and heal your heart! Please know that they are BOTH still with you in Spirit! Mine are, and some days that is the only thing that keeps me going. They are in good hands until we are with them again! All that LOVE you have inside you to give, will pour out of you and heal your painful heart, and then you will look back at the good times you had and all the blessings Shadrach and Meshach brought to you and shared with you and you may even see both of them and their ways in your new baby! Kim, you have so much love in your heart, please know that people like you (and I) who adore animals only feel fulfilled when we are able to give of our love to those dear sweet babies who need us so badly. Please give my condolences to your husband for me, and you my dear, are always in my thoughts and my Prayers. Please let me know when your new baby arrives…:) He or she will find YOU!” Much Love!!!!!!! ~Wanda

Kim, I am so sorry about Meshach! I absolutely know what you are going through!I will be praying for you ,Donnie and your beloved Meshach. He had great parents for the time that he was here. Now he is with our lord and Shad”. ~Vicki Charyn & Riley

Memorial for Meschach 1
First Memorial

Memorial for Meshach 2
Second Memorial – after cards & more flowers came in

Thank you to Christy Floor, Erica Danow, and Kim Felix for some of the graphics provided below that they created

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” ~Washington Irving (quote sent to me by Wanda)

Poems:

A Loan From God (Author Unknown -sent to us by Shelly Horten)

Condolence cardGod promised at the birth of time, a special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said, so love him while he lives.

It may be six or seven years, or twelve or then sixteen,
but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?

A wagging tail and cold wet nose, and silken velvet ears,
a heart as big as all outdoors, to love you through the years.

His puppy ways will gladden you, and antics bring a smile,
as guardian or friend he will, be loyal all the while.Life with Danes

He’ll bring his charms to grace your life, and though his stay be brief,
when he’s gone the memories, are solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
but lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each to learn.

Whatever love you give to him, returns in triple measure,
follow his lead and gain a life, brim full of simple pleasure.

Pawprints in the sandEnjoy each day as it comes, allow your heart to guide,
be loyal and steadfast in love, as the dog there by your side.

Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again?

I fancy each of us would say, “Dear Lord, thy will be done,
for all the joy this day shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.”

“We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may,
and for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.”Memory poem

“But shall the angels call for him, much sooner than we’ve planned,
we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.”

A Dog Poem (author unknown – sent to us by Cathy Schlueter)

Digitalized painting of Great Dane from photoYou’re giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.Meshach the Great Dane in his chair

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it’s the only way.

That strength is why I’ve followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I’ve loved you all these years…
My partner ’til the end.

Dane pup's pawprints in the sandPlease, understand just what this gift,
You’re giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I’ve lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that’s within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.Desert arroyo walk

And don’t despair my passing,
For I won’t be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I’ll stay.

I’ll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
Meshach

Gone Too Soon

Blood red desert sunriseLike a comet blazing across the evening sky, gone too soon.
Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye, gone too soon.
Shiny and sparkly and splendidly bright. Here one day, gone one night.
Like the loss of sunlight on a cloudy afternoon. Gone too soon.
Like a castle built upon a sandy beach. Gone too soon.
Like a perfect flower that is just beyond your reach, gone too soon.
Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight; here one day, gone one night.
Like a sunset dying with the rising of the moon, gone too soon , gone too soon.รขโ‚ฌย

Lyrics by Buz Kohan.
Music by Larry Grossman.
Sung by Michael Jackson for Ryan White, a little boy who was a hemophiliac and died of aids from a blood transfusion

Painting of 3 dogs by Barbara J. Hilford
Our Boys – Fridge, Shadrach and Meshach

PHOTO ATTRIBUTION: ALL photos by Dr. Kim Bloomer, Copyright 2011-2012, All Rights Reserved. None may be used without express written permission and attribution attached.

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