In Memory of Shadrach

Angel Neo Mastiff

Shadrach the Neo Mastiff – August 3, 1999 (approx as we don’t know his exact birth date) to April 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM MT.
We love you our sweet hug lovey, always and forever.

Memorial in the Pet Connection Magazine page 29:
http://petconnection.ca/issues/2011-08-09.pdf

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~Author Unknown

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour. ~Winston Churchill… Shadrach sure did not only fulfill his mission on this earth but he set to me to doing mine, which was in part his mission.

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives. ~John Galsworthy

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

Bark N Blog began in April of 2004 and it’s author, Shadrach the Neo Mastiff, decided to leave his earthly life on April 5, 2011. I suppose he felt that seven years being the number of completion meant his journey and mission here was finished. My husband Donnie and I feel the tremendous loss of our beautiful boy so much, but our joy is knowing he has been released from his pain and suffering. He was the most courageous, loyal and loving dog. He was our friend, our companion, our little boy, and our love. He taught us how to expand our hearts to allow more love in and to forgive more freely. As you will see in the photos and videos, he was VERY expressive with his voice and the faces he made 🙂

The following condolences were sent to me and Donnie by family, friends, our dog group,Neo Mastiff puppy Facebook, our internet radio show Animal Talk Naturally listeners and guests, our animal naturopathy council, and more – some fit into multiple categories listed here and others in ALL of them. Well wishes have come from all over the world – USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, Israel. We are blessed by this outpouring of heartfelt condolence to us, and we thank each and every one of you – some of you wrote multiple times, shared poems, others even sent gifts, brought us food, and all treated this as a personal family member loss that Shadrach is. He has left us heartbroken with a house that seems too big and empty without him to fill it. Facebook friend, Ariana Reynolds had this to say about this page “This so Beautiful, and such an example of how we are connected through you Dr. Kim and Shadrach the Neo Mastiff. Shadrach was very special with his teaching and healing, but in his passing all I see here is the Love, such a sweet boy. He would love this!

Those not listed here – Good friend Barbara Hilford (illustrator of my book Animals Taught Me That), Shadrach’s chiropractor Dr. Sherry Gaber, my Mom and three of my brothers (Jimmy, Jerry & Per) – is not because they don’t miss Shadrach or haven’t participated, in fact the contrary. We’ve spoken with all by phone (Mom multiple times) and they are all missing him too. My brother Jerry lost his special boy Patch early last year, and my brother Per lost his girl Desi late last year also – both have been featured on Bark N Blog. They mourn his loss with us, and remember him with laughter – Shadrach always made everyone who visited our house feel as if they were his best friend with the immenseness of his ever present hospitality.
~Dr. Kim & Donnie Bloomer

Tired Neo Mastiff puppyShadrach the Neo Mastiff also known as:
The Shad, Moose, Moosey, Rack, Mimooso, MooMoo, Moosegoose, Mr. Bagosi, and WoofWoof but his favorite was Moose.

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

Shadrach’s Motto: “Drool unto others as you would have them drool unto you.” Peggy McColl

More Shadrach videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncSNRiarG8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZHzj5hk5UQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaNSlgOH9qo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-GeMoXtEU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmQQ3lxdTFo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIK1BH2XqHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rchm4GWqyCM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkIlxYPlwYs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnekIlxhoeI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDF3aph0PFA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_u1unVbdJ0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSsJ-tr06nM

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, KJVelegant Neo Mastiff puppy

Dr. Jeannie Thomason, my colleague, friend, and business partner does not have a message here for several reasons – she was with me on the phone helping guide me to ease Shadrach’s suffering as he was dying. She and I talked every day and she has helped me in so many ways including sharing stories of Shadrach. She heard him over the phone every day as he was a VERY vocal dog 🙂 She has been with Donnie and I every step of the way. The loss is almost as great for her as for us. So know she played an integral role in the life of Shadrach, as well as grieving his loss alongside us. All of the messages combined convey her feelings for this very special dog we called Shadrach.

Neo Mastiff with his ferret toyDear Kim and Donnie,
I can fully empathize with you over your recent loss of Shadrach because Bill and I have had to say good-bye to so many of our dogs over the years.It’s such an awful gut wrenching feeling when one realizes that the time is near and we must allow our dogs to leave this earthly realm.Those people who don’t have animal companions will never understand the loss we feel. A vast emptiness is left that breaks our hearts. The Lord certainly blessed you both with a wonderful canine companion in the form of a big, grey Neo Mastiff. Bill and I were so happy to have met Shad when you two came to Santa Fe to see Sherry. I know the Lord will bless you with another 4-legged friend when the time is right but, in the meantime, rest assured that you did all you could to make Shad a happy boy right up to the end. May God bless you both as you heal from your loss and may He fill your hearts with joy and cherished memories of your beloved boy. XO, Tunia & Bill Hyland (friends here in NM, dogs Bean & Argyle have been featured here)Neo Mastiff sunning in the fall

Luke 12:6
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.
“This verse directly speaks to God’s love for His creation, even the small and inexpensive birds sold for pennies in the ancient markets. God cares about the suffering and life of every animal in his creation, and loves also the pet’s owner. God remembers each moment of a pet’s life, and delights in the beauty of each part of his created world, no matter how small. This is one of the most comforting Bible verses when a pet dies. ”

Neo Mastiff posingDearest Kim,
I am crying with you. These animals we love, and who love us, make such an impression on our hearts. And then when they leave, there is such a void. Please know you have our deepest sympathy. I’m glad his passing was quick at least, that you both could be there to calm and comfort him, and to reassure him that it was okay to just go to sleep.. Much Love, Tom and Krystal Beers

Kim & Donnie,
I know how you feel… I couldn’t stop holding, petting, and thanking Jesus for the life of my first Golden “Yogi bear” when he passed. I didn’t want to let him go from my grasp. Twelve years is not long enough, and I want to ask God why He made the dog’s life so short. I think though, it is to prepare us for death of our parents, or loved ones… only a guess. I am hurting with you. You are in my deepest prayers for peace through this difficult time. Kim, you gave Shadrach a HUGE LONG Neo Mastiff with bear toyLIFE due to your natural care modalities and DEEP passion for caring for dogs as Nature intended. You blessed him beyond belief with extended life. He will continue to bless your hearts and the hearts and minds of many who do not yet know about animal naturopathy in times to come. He is the pioneer and he has left a legacy!! Yeah Shad!!! Love you!! Miss you!! See ya soon!!! Have fun “playing catch” with Jesus! His touch, His play, and His love, is so healing. I am praying that you can feel the love of Christ, as you grieve the loss of your boy, Shad. Blessings, Ellen Welk

Neo Mastiff wants foodOh Dr. Kim, so sad to hear about Shadrach. He was your “Bug” and I know what you’re going through having lost Ginger in November and the other little hospice Pommies I’ve had here and Max two years ago. I’m hoping I won’t be going through this soon with Old Ethel. Just too close to loosing Ginger. Sounds like all the signs were there and you read them well and let him go at his own pace and at home with his family. They have a journey to make just as we do and it is wonderful when people put their hurt aside to allow them to make that journey possible. There is nothing harder or more beautiful to do for our companions. I’m sure you knew all the right things to do since you know the whole Spirits in Transition group, etc. Terry Morrow

This is indeed sad, sad news. My sympathy, and empathy are with you and you will be in my prayers as you go through the slow process of pain and loss. My husband and I have a theory, that each day after they pass on, we get about 1% better, but it stops at 50% because we are never the same person we were before sharing our lives with such love. Less without them now, but so much MORE for having known them! ***Fly free on angel wings dear ^Shadrach^. You have a very special place in so many hearts! You were a teacher-dog extraordinaire while on this earth and the wonderful things you taught your mom have helped countless others! We thank you, and will miss you always. ***Hugs to you and your family Dr. Kim. Neo Mastiff with toy in mouthChristy ~and the happy, healthy pack of Rawttweilers and Chew Chows

Kim,
I am terribly saddened by your loss. Rest in Peace, Shadrach. Diana

Dr. Kim,
I am so sorry for your loss. Geri

I am so, so sorry for your Shadrach’s passing. I understand perfectly what you are going through. My heart swells for you. The dying process for an animal on a human is not easy to witness. It is clean and neat in a office with a needle, not so in the natural process, but I much prefer it. The animal or human lets go when they are ready. The letting go can be easy or difficult, but they know that they are surrounded by love just as they were when they came into the world. You will always have Shadrach with you. He is in your heart. Debra Ball

Neo Mastiff in front of Christmas treeOh Dr. Kim, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss…we understand and sympathize…God bless you all. Love, Connie & the RAW Pack (Shadrach featured her special heart dog Bella lost to vaccines here on Bark N Blog several years ago)

My heart goes out to you during the time of your grieving Dr. Kim, I hope Shadrach is playing over the rainbow bridge with all our lost companions. Johanna

Hello Dr. Kim,
My heart goes out to you for you great loss. Shadrach was a very fortunate dog to have you as his person. We are still in editing, and I will make sure this additional information is added to your submission. As we near final editing, you will have an opportunity to add or change the chapter. I know he is now an Angel watching over you. With love and blessings, Sumner Davenport Author of Stress Out for Dogs, Cats, & their People (Shadrach’s chapter from Animals Taught Me That will be in this book)Neo Mastiff blue brindle

I am shedding tears along with you, Kim. Thank you for all you’ve done for us because of that sweet boy. Love and prayers, Susie. . .a listener (Animal Talk Naturally)

To my dear friend Kim:
I cannot tell you the sorrow I feel right now for your broken, mourning heart. I know exactly every emotion you and Donnie are feeling right now.. This was a tremendous loss in every aspect of your life – to your rising in the morning to the laying Neo Mastiff with toydown of your head at night. I know how Shadrach was absolutely love-twined into your very soul and how much his presence shall be sorely missed. If there can ever be a blessing to come out of such deep mourning is the fact that the Lord took Shadrach in His time. That you and Donnie did not have to make the most painful decision there is to be had when our beloved dogs become so ill. I was given this gift by the Father as well, Kim. Quincy lay silently upon our bed and went to be with the Lord. I truly believe it is so much easier and for that, I do thank Jesus everyday that I had that time to spend with her; I did not have to go to work outside the home and leave her like so many thousands, if not millions of people have no choice but to do. This is your special, cherished, and most sacred gift along with all the valuable and tremendously loving lessons Shad taught toNeo Mastiff singing you both – in the beautiful name of our Blessed Savior. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you and heal your sorrowing heart like only He can. It amazes me in gratefulness how the Lord brings others into our lives – whether they have a fur coat or not – just to bless us because of His great and immeasurable, everlasting love. Not only are we sisters in Jesus, our miraculous Savior, but God has granted us both an experience of love at the end of a life. What He has in store in a new beginning will be even a greater witness and testimony that He is Who He says He is. It shall ever be Neo Mastiff in snowy gatewayengrained in my heart the day that Quincy went running into the arms of Jesus. I remember telling her she need not tarry any longer; the great Master awaits and someday, I will see you again and we shall never be parted. It was to be her very last act of obeying the call of the earthly master; her mommy master. There is no doubt to this heart that these beloved creatures will wait that one last command and they know whether or not we actually mean the words that fall upon their ears. Shadrach knew you were ready and he patiently awaited those words. How I love that big ole’ boy for following through exactly what Jesus meant for all of you. I pray that Quincy and Shadrach are becoming the best of friends in the emerald green fields of Heaven. Someday, they will each hear a special call of Jesus to come to the gates Neo Mastiff in deep snowand they will be waiting to greet us with slobbery kisses of joy insurmountable. Oh Kim, my heart is so full of the comfort and peace of it that it overspills my eyes that such happiness of perfection awaits us. I know how the days will be long and very gray and the mourning and heartache you will be faced with will seem never-ending. God our Father knows everything and He for certain, beyond any doubt, knows this kind of suffering; He experienced it the day He had to turn His face away from the beloved Jesus as He took our sins on the cross. I pray that a special touch of His love and presence fills your heart, soul, and life and that blessing upon blessing comes and fills your home with His Light. Your forever friend in Jesus, Sandy Wolfe (author of What Dogs Teach Us About the Kingdom of God)

Neo Mastiff making funny faceSweet Kim, I’m soooooo very sorry for your loss. I really know what it feels like to lose a ‘being’ that has shared my life. I have fond memories of him through you and your deep love and caring. Aunt Sally

Kim,
What a sad day for you, losing your precious boy. All of us who love dogs and had our lives blessed with their loving companionship know the depth of your grief. Sometimes our only consolation is to know that our precious ones were surrounded by love all their lives and that they will always live on in our hearts. We lost our sweet Butter (7 1/2) in August after a battle with chronic anaplasmosis and kidney failure. Like Shadrach, he was the first of our dogs to die without euthanasia, and he died in our daughter’s arms when my husband and I had left to bring our son home. My thoughts are with you, your husband, Shadrach, and all who loved your beautiful boy, who is now romping in a beautiful sun-drenched meadow with all the other wonderful dogs who graced our lives and passed on. Hugs to you, Kris Christine (Rabies Challenge Fund)Neo Mastiff chagrined

Ah Kimmer… My heart goes out to you and Donnie sister. I’m sharing your tears but happy he’s in a better place. Bless his heart. Think of the good times. You’ve been the best mama he could have ever hoped for. I’m so sad for you! I think of you always and feel your anguish. I love you soooo much, Paula Whittlesey (my sister)

Kim it was very sad for me to read that Shadrach is now gone. I know how special he was to you and Donnie-more than special- very precious and a great gift. He had such a wonderful life with you two and now runs the green fields in Heaven alongside so many others gone before. Kim one day you’ll be out in the garden and you’ll stop -something reminds you of him. Normally tears would flow because you miss him so much but this time a quiet smile will replace the tears as Neo Mastiff laxin' by the fridgeyou just enjoy that memory. You’ll say to yourself it’s time to remember and not so much to grieve anymore.. But that time comes around different for all of us. Shadrach was your heart and it’s broken right now. Prayer and thanks is so healing (as you know) -God is the only One that knows how to heal our wounds this unbearable. So yes the pain lessens eventually. It is the perfect time to plant something in his memory. You may have already planned to do that. I’ll be doing the same for Andy and Eight… He is more than fast friends with his brother Andy but imagine him greeted with my pack of all beloved Danes gone before and all those from your past and so many others. It’s so good to enjoy and wonder at these dreams. It’s certainly comforting to know that while painful for us in so many ways, death for them is a release of suffering. We sometimes have to let them know it’s okay to go (like you did with Shad)- that we love them too much to see them go on in pain. It’s merciful to allow them to part from us – to let them know it’s okay. It’s okay. Neo Mastiff faceDoesn’t ease the torturous pain when all we want is to hug their necks just one more time. Just one more..I have felt your pain today. My heart breaks for you- I just know it’s so hard and it’s a burden we have to bear (when it’s time) if we chose to have animals in our life. It’s like losing a 11year old child. We will always out live them. It really stinks. Know I’m there with you in spirit. Miss your boy-it’s okay- and cherish your lovey memories.. It is release to cry. Hugs, Kim Felix, Sisco Danes Romans 8:18-25 (Shadrach featured ALL five of Kim’s Great Danes here on Bark N Blog)

Oh Kim,
I’m so sorry to hear about Shadrach, I know how much he means to you, my heart is breaking for you. You were both so, so lucky to have each other! Mary Langevin

Handsome Neo MastiffHello Kim;
Sending these words of love and compassion from Larsens Pathway to Roses. Everybody plays a part and now more than ever I see that every body means every thing that God has created, every sentient being is part of the body that is God. I know that the loss from the physical plane is painful but to know that he isn’t gone forever just in another dimension for now. No better teacher I am sure and his leaving from here in the physical does not in anyway mean he is gone for good. With Empathy and Love, Patricia Jordan, DVM, VND

I am so sorry for your loss. l lost my beloved Teddy earlier this year, too. Then lost my Aging Neo Mastiff making funny facemother not long after. So hard! But it does give us insight into comforting others when they feel a similar pain. My love and hugs to you. Marti Healy, author of The God-Dog Connection

OH KIM!!!! I’m SOOOOOO SORRY!!!!! Shadrach is now FREE from the constraints of the flesh, no longer in pain nor discomfort … sometimes a small consolation. I know there will be animals in Heaven…Blessings to you and may God comfort your hearts!!!!In Him Whom we serve!!!! Toni Phillips, Mariah’s Promise

Old Neo Mastiff resting in his bedDr Kim, the Rainbow Bridge is PARTYING hearty today, Shadrach has ARRIVED. He’s strong and healthy once again, restored to his once pristine healthy condition, he runs in sun filled fields and no longer hurts, there’s no confusion and he’s whole again. What better way could he have left then in the company of those he adored, surrounded by the sights and smells of home that brought him comfort. No fear, no drama, just surrounded by those he loved, your voices the last he heard, your touch the last he felt and he is finally at peace. When the night is quietest you’ll hear him come to check on Neo Mastiff playing tuggieyou and stand guard over his family and home forever….. What a blessing he was in your life and he in yours. In time, he’ll send another, not to replace, they can never be replaced but he will send one to bring part of your heart back and start you on the path of animal joy again. In the meantime you make a huge difference in the lives of many animals and bring comfort to them. May the memories of all you shared with Shadrach make you laugh and bring you comfort always. He’s home and he’s safe. Tears are healing, but Shadrach would NOT want any sorrow at his passing. He lived his life as large as he was, in a BIG way. Neo’s are gentle sweet giants and so fun to watch. When you LEAST expect it, he’s going to send a bundle of fur your way to love in as big a way as you loved him. In the meantime know that he’s always with you and a part of you. It’s the ONE blessing I know of in an animals death, that they NEVER truly leave us. Margaret

Neo Mastiff licking spoonDr. Kim and Donnie,
I never know what to say at times like these – mostly because I know that nothing I write or say can take away the pain and the hole that has been left behind. It was such great fun reading Shadrach’s blog. The pictures of Shadrach always made me smile and laugh – even when the subject was something very serious. This world would have been a much smaller place without Shadrach. When I think of Shadrach I see a noble, brave, and handsome fellow. I will always remember him that way. In the end, you all really lived life with him and became noble and brave – and therefore beautiful/handsome. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Shalom, Keryl Ashbach (Shadrach featured Keryl’s dogs and cats here on Bark N Blog)

Hi Mi Kimmer,
I’m sorry about Shad. I know it’s a great loss and you must be with a heavy heart. You Dr Kim kissing her Neo Mastiffwent through it with me with Shadow a few years ago…Shadow was in our back yard 16 yrs romping around and her ashes are there. Your very busy and that’s a good thing. GOD BLESS YOU! Jennie DeVincentis (lifelong family friend)

Dr. Kim,
I’m so sorry to hear this. I know your heart is broken and no Man and his Neo bondingwords of mine can ease the pain but I hope eventually you will be able to know comfort in the fact that Shadrach lived a better longer life under your watchful care than he could have anywhere else. He knows you loved him and he loved you. I’m sure that God will make sure you see him again someday. In the mean time take care of yourself and your family. Take a break for a little while but don’t lose heart and continue your work. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to call on me. I’ll pray for you, your family and Shadrach.. We all walk this road…doing it together makes it a little easier. Jeff Marginean (My Buddy Butch Radio)

Dearest Dr. Kim, Oh my god I am soooo very sorry. I know the excruciating pain only all to well. I wish there was a way to speed up the grieving process but I for one have found it is much better & more healing to just let it happen. I would do it all over again & I’m sure you would as well. We lost our belovedNeo Mastiff protesting German Shepherd Keesha last March 29th so I have been reliving it lately. Very hard to believe it’s already been a year. Over the years I counted over 31 pets we have lost since I was a little girl. All kinds of rodents, dogs, cats, & horses. I still have a horse at my dad’s who is 37 as of this June. It’s so good that Shadrach had you to care for him & that you could be with him. In past years we have had 4 pets put to sleep at our home so we could be with them and hold them in our arms. As my 89 year old father would say “The Pain is worth the Joy“. I would never choose to live a live with out them. Love, Hugs, & Prayers for all of you. Holly, Randy, & Chamois (client)

Neo Mastiff with toy in mouthDear Kim,
I have been trying to find the words to say to write to you, since I saw the news on Facebook. I can’t even imagine the heartbreak you must be feeling, the loss and the pain. I know how much Shad means to you and how truly, deeply you love him. I know this, because it’s how I feel about Louis. I am thankful you had the time you did with Shadrach, and for all you learned – and not only was he your teacher dog, he was so many of our teacher dog – because we learned from you. In that way, in all the people and dogs whose lives he changed – he’ll be with us forever.Neo Mastiff stare We are also all deeply impacted by his passing, because he taught us all. I know that you know in time, you’ll remember all the good things and the pain of the loss will lessen. Take comfort in your family, in your friends and in your students and group members. Shadrach touched so many people’s lives. I am so grateful to have ‘known’ Shadrach and for all he taught you, and all I have learned from you both. We are thinking of you during this time and I wish you nothing but love, light and peace. All my love, Hilary Sloan

Kim – So sorry about your pooch. The bigger they are the less life they have. So sad. Best, Francine Silverman

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that Shad is gone. Thanks to you two he had a wonderful, long life. I realize that thought doesn’t console you much right now when your dear, sweet Neo Mastiff beggingboy is gone, but we know and he does, too. He is saying “See you in Heaven, guys.” hugs, Sue-Ellen & Amanda (friends here in NM – Amanda was Shadrach’s dog friend from the park and has been featured here several times on Bark N Blog)

I am praying for you and Donnie, Kim. So very sorry – so very sad to know how you both hurt. 🙁 You are loved. Randy Mascorella (friend here in NM)

Kim and Donnie, I am SO sorry. There is nothing as painful as the death of a beloved pet. I still feel for some of my favorites. Hugs, Deb, Mark, Bekah and Jules (our neighbors from our old neighborhood)

Shadrach had a long and loving life. He will be dearly missed even by those of us who never got to meet the big guy. He was lucky to have such a loving family. Our hearts go out to the family.. he will be so missed Hugs from all of us..Kim Snyder (Shadrach used to blog about Kim’s bearded dragon, Tweak)Panting Neo Mastiff

I am so sorry, Kim. :(. May I have your address? *huge hug*. Jen Zech, DVM

Hi Kim
So sorry to hear about your dog’s passing. How sad to loose a dear friend. Just read your blog. It brought tears to my eyes. And yes it reminded me of when my dear boy, Lickety Split, passed on. They are our best friends and companions. And he will always be with us in our heart. With love and blessings, Jill Elliot, DVM (co-author with me on our book Whole Health for Happy Dogs)

Dr. Kim,
Our Dear and Very Special Friend! We are all feeling the heavy heart we know you are holding. We know what a special, special Love Shadrach is to you. Your Farewell post on his Bark-N-Blog and recording on Animal Talk Naturally so beautifully portrays both of your caring, feeling, huge and generous hearts. Tough Neo MastiffYou had a beautiful life together that will live on forever. With such a loss and broken heart, the memories of the glorious life you shared will carry you through the empty days that are ahead of you. Memories are to be cherished for they renew the bond that never dies. You are so blessed that you were all together when God reached out His arms to gently caress your beloved boy, lift his burden, and carry him up to His heavenly playground where you will meet again and enjoy eternal life together. We can only imagine the loss you are feeling. We know our time is on theCute Neo Mastiff horizon and we cherish every moment we have with our beloved Snookie. Every emotion you are feeling, we share with you as we have that one and only beautiful and special bond with our little girl Snookie. You have touched our lives in ways we can never fully communicate. You have such a significant influence in our wellbeing and we can only say, Thank You Dr. Kim for all you and Shadrach have gifted us with. Bob and I both cried when I read Shadrachss Blog and we listened to your show. We cry for you, we cry with you, and we feel your pain. Werre feeling a touch of what we know is out there for us. We know when our time comes, Shadrach will be there for Snookie and they will romp and play like pups discovering all kinds of raw meaty bones and new friends. I told Snookie that she will have a friend who will greet and love her and together they will find that special place Neo Mastiff eating RMBin Heaven where we will all unite one day and live freely without harm, bureaucracy, or fear. I had to keep putting other thoughts in my head today while working as each time I thought about you all, tears would swell up in my eyes. Shadrachss legacy will live on because of you. We hope you find comfort with each passing day because we know you are suffering. You are truly a Gift! God Bless you Dear Friend, We Love You! Paula, Bob and Snookie Woods (Snookie was Shadrach’s featured correspondence friend here on Bark N Blog – and Paula our guest on ATN, friend and client)

Kim,
I am at work and holding back tears. Riley has lost a buddy and tonight when I getNeo Mastiff with sunglasses on home, we will be saying prayers together. Ironically The book I have started and on its way is a story about what happens when a pet dies. It will take a while but when finished, you will be the first to be notified..Please know that you and your family with Shadrach are in Riley and my prayers…..Vicki Charyn (Riley has been Shadrach’s featured friend here on Bark N Blog many times)

My heart breaks for you, Kim! I’m sending thoughts of love of condolence your way…Penny Haynes

Neo Mastiff making eww faceDear Kim,
Sorry about the loss of Shadrach. I know how it feels to lose a beloved pet. I do believe however, we will see them again in heaven. Take care, Kay Larson, PhD, ND

Oh Kim, Thank you so much for including me in your notice about your beloved Shadrach. I just read your beautiful tribute to him and wanted to write to you straight away to send my love and understanding. Your entire tribute was filled with love, joy and gratitude and I found particularly lovely “I know each day the pain will lessen but missing him won’t“. For me, those words completely sum up the grief we feel at the death of a beloved one like this. They fill our lives for so long and the hole they leave behind is vast. I used to think that, as each one left, they left a gaping hole in my heart, but these days I have managed to at least turn that around and think instead that my heart stretches each time to accommodateNeo Mastiff begging just one more… At times like these my favorite quotations help to bring me solace and help in the healing of my heart. I hope they will help heal yours too. The emptiness must be as vast as the seemingly endless ocean, I guess what gets us through times like this is knowing there is the other side of that ocean. Know you are loved and are not alone in your grief. Gail Pope, Bright Haven Animal Sanctuary

Dearest Kim & Donnie,
I am so sad to hear about Shadrach’s passing. Not for his sake but for yours. He is not suffering anymore, but you Neo Mastiff annoyedwill suffer for a long time missing him. What I have found though, is that you come to realize: they stay with you always, the love is still there. My heart is breaking for you.. You are very special to me. I can’t take away your pain, but I can share it with you. Anthony just asked me “are you crying for Shadrach“? I answered “No, I’m crying for Kim.” I love you both very much. Aunt Toni Zamora (this is the aunt who told us about Shadrach needing a home)

Dear Kim,
So sorry to hear your beloved Shadrach had to move on. I still remember it as if it was yesterday having him in the car with us 🙂 Yes, he was not just a big boy physically, but also energetically. That must be one big missing in your house, even if we all sense that which is going to stay. He sure put youNeo Mastiff checking out hot air balloons to work already during “life” as much as my dear Momo put me to work after her passing! Know I am holding you close to my heart in these days of great change. Lots of love your and Donnie’s way, Ella Bittel, Spirits in Transition

Dr. Kim,
You and Donnie are in my prayers. I am sorry for the passing of Shadrach. May the memories of the joy he brought you and the love you all shared sustain you during this difficult time. I love you two! Dan Rosecrans (formerly of Family Life Radio – Dan had me on his morning show regularly Elegant Neo Mastiffto talk about natural pet care and now more NM dogs are eating raw meaty bones as a result!)

Hey Sis and brother D,
I just found out about Shadrach. I’m really sorry for your loss. I know that big ol’ howler was your baby and he will be missed terribly by you both. I know you must be devastated and I want you both to know that I am praying for you. He lived a wonderful, long life, full of love. He was blessed to have you… and you him…know that I love you both. Hem Atterbom (one of my brother’s)

I am so sorry for your loss Dr. Kim. I was out of town and am now checking my Facebook and just saw your post about Shadrach. It is always hard saying goodbye to a friend but I always remember what they taught me while they were here. We lost our Charlie last March and it was really hard because it was so sudden and he was only 5 years old. INeo Mastiff sunning think about him everyday and know he is with me always, just like all of the animals I have had in the past. If there is anything Anton and I can do, please let us know. We are in AZ. God speed Shadrach! You will be missed by a lot of people!” Snow Aubel

Hi Dr. Kim, I’m so sorry to hear he’s gone. It’s never easy to let go of something you love so much no matter what the circumstances. Just know that time will heal the pain of losing him and the joyful memories will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart. Holly H. Mourant

Neo Mastiff playing with toysSorry to hear of his passing, even if he reached a great age for a Neo Mastiff, it’s still to young to lose him. Micheline Druyts

So sorry to see Shadrach’s passed over Kim xxx. Julie Arnold

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when you were there for me when we lost our Bubba! You’re in my prayers! Donna Toothaker (Donna’s dog Bubba was one of Shadrach’s first featured friends on Bark N Blog back in 2005)

I’m so sorry for your loss. We lost our Barkley Mar 31st. It’s very hard. Barbara Kimmons

I am so sorry Kim. Keeping you in my thoughts. Rebecca Roebuck

Aw Kim … I’m so sorry. I’m keeping you in my prayers. Terry GreenMacho Neo Mastiff

I’m so sorry for your loss Dr. Kim. Shayna Williams

I am so sorry :(. Linda Jensen

I love you so much Kimmer! Thank you for all you have passed on to us by way of Shad. Be strong. Christopher Gatley (my cousin)

Neo Mastiff hiding behind chairLove, thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss – what a very sad time for you and your husband. Oh my heart breaks for you – how incredibly sad. Thank you for sharing Shadrach’s final story – it still makes me cry to think about it. xxx Jane Hinchey, My Pet Problems

my tears are falling for your loss this morning – I am so very sorry Shadrach could not have had a more loving and caring owner and was blessed to have such a wonderful life with you. feel i wanted to say to you that i have been where you are several times and appreciateNeo Mastiff pondering life the difficulty of trying to cope with it all – why do we have to lose our precious babies so soon? i can feel your pain and know how sore your heart feels at this sad wretched time. i have not found many people who truly understand how much we love our dogs (animals) so please know i am one. I seem to be on a very different level with animals than most people and so do not hesitate to talk to me whenever you need – i truly mean this! To talk about your darling boy will help you heal gently, i know how much you loved him and how happy he made you and you him and no one can take that from you – find a little special place in your heart Neo Mastiff walkingwhere he will live forever and keep telling him so and he will heal you – he only ever wanted you to be happy. my love, Abbie Withers

Sending a comfort hug. Mary Fraser

Kim and Donnie, you know that I know exactly how you feel. Our house is so empty without our Jessie. Sending you hugs and love. 🙁 Cindy & Willie Johns (personal NM friends – Jessie has been one of Shadrach’s featured friends on Bark N Blog)

Been thinking about you all day Dr Kim, I so remember where I was the day after. All the sorrow, is a measure of all the love and what a Blessing Shadrach was to you and us all, Love you too Dr Kim. Ariana Reynolds

Dr. Kim- Hugs and Loving Blessings. Jacqui Close

Dr. Kim, I was shocked and saddened to read the post about Shadrach’s passing. I amNeo Mastiff gazing out the window so so sorry to read this news. My pets always are a huge part of my life so I can understand your loss. My deepest condolences.Claude West

I heard about Shadrach. 🙁 He lived a full and very happy life. I’ll miss him so much. I’ll send my prayers. 🙁 Sabrina Atterbom (my niece)

Ahhh… Dr. Kim, thinking of you and yours. it just sucks when they leave us… Jane Gordon

Neo Mastiff walking down a dirt roadWe all know the pain of losing a great ‘friend’. So very sorry for you! But…you were (are) a great mom. Sue Olmos

I am so so sorry, my deepest condolences. R.I.P Shadrach. You were in my thoughts last night, it must of been a tough one for you and family. Big hugs to you. Terra Presotto

Kim, words are just insufficient to express my thoughts for you and loved ones who are feeling the huge shock, and void, suddenly filling your world. May the peace of God be with you in this very difficult time of adjustment and grief. Hugs, Dakota Bawden, True Carnivore

I’m so very sorry to hear that you lost your beautiful Shadrach. I know the pain is soNeo Mastiff leaning up against dining room furniture great, and my heart breaks for you that you have to go through it. I know all too well how hard and long of a process it can be. It’s been over 5 years since I lost my 8 year old Shannie to cancer, and some days I still can’t bear the pain of it. I pray that you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. We’re all thinking of you so much! 🙁 Diane Moran Graham

RIP Shadrach ….. so sorry to hear about your loss :-((xx Debbie Hammond

aww Kim i am so sorry for your loss! I know how you feel, i am still grieving over my lil Lily 🙁 words fail me…. ((hugs)) Michele Brown Mackropoulos

Uncle Bobby and are so sorry for your loss. I have been there three times. It never gets easy. May God give you and Donnie peace. Aunt Doris Salinas

Neo Mastiff playing with his toyI’m so sorry, my heart goes out to you guys. He was so lucky to have you. Jennifer Tirado

I am so sorry Kim, all my love to you and Donnie. Colleen Gatley (cousin)

Hugs for You and Donnie with Tears in my Eyes. I am so sorry Kim and Donnie…. I know the pain is heart wrenching… I, like so many others who never met Shadrach in person, felt like we knew him…. He was your teacher dog…. Oh, I am so sorry. Take care you guys…. Kathy Lacey

I’m so sorry to know your beautiful Shadrach has passed and the sorrow you feel rightNeo Mastiff stance in elderly male now x. Mandy Tee

Kim!!! I can’t even find the words to say how sorry I am about Shad!!! He was such a HUGE part of everyone’s lives! We all will love him forever! My heart goes out to you and Donnie. I am so, so sorry. Deirdre O’Malley (Shadrach featured Deirdre’s horses and dogs here many times)

Oh I am so so sorry to hear about your sweet Shadrach. My heart is broken for you and I share your sorrow. I know you lost a family member that will forever be in your hearts. Keeping you in my prayers of comfort. Donna Jackson

I’m really sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you all the best during this very difficult time. Jamie Dolan

Neo Mastiff looking up at his humanoh Kim! It hurts beyond belief I am sure. I believe that we make agreements with the dogs that come into our life. We share lessons with them and at some point they move on because they have taught us what they can. Shadrach will wait for you at the Rainbow Bridge so together you can celebrate all those lessons. Meanwhile, all those lessons you got from him, you pass on to others and he lives on. What a blessing to have him in your life. I wish I had met him. I know that I have already been blessed by him by meeting you. My heart is with you now at this difficult time. Ginger Black, Dogged Success

My heart goes out to you Dr Kim. Such a big loss. Shadrach and you were such a pair. Thank you for letting this huge beast of a Neo mastiff, Shadrach enter our hearts and teach us so much about the well being of our dogs….When it gets really painful the loss… try to imagine what Shad would say to you, bepaws he wants you to be okayNeo Mastiff standing on road in winter without him there physically. He will always always be a part of you…. He will always love you too, Such a great soul, we all loved Shadrach, With you he gave us so much. Huge loss if you’re like me you’ll be sobbing for awhile. Sending love and prayers, be gentle to yourselves during this time. Ariana Reynolds

Forever in our HEARTS. So giving right till the end. That is so sweet. With Sympathy, Leslie, Jazz and Freeway, Pet Connection Magazine (Shadrach featured Freeway & Jazz here on Bark N Blog, and Leslie consulted with me)

Oh, Kim, I know that a lot of what you do and who you have become was inspired by your loyal companion, Shadrach. He was so lucky to be part of your family – for 11 years, right? Such a long life for his breed. My heart goes out to you. Cathy Payne, Our Natural Life Radio

Neo Mastiff listening to soundsSo sorry for your loss. Peace and blessings. Faye Durham

I am so very sorry to read of your loss. Beautiful poem. How comforting to read this Hugs! Judy Frison-Schor

Oh, Kim, I’m SO sorry. I’m sending much love your way. Bless your heart and Donnie’s for loving him. Oh, this makes me cry. Lynne Parker

So sorry to see this post! He was an amazing dog and will be missed. My thoughts are with you. Kristen Hanna, Loved by Pugs

Dr Kim I am SO sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you. From Erica
and Behr Danow
, Raw InstinctsShadrach the Neo Mastiff with his Canine Spirit Ball

My thoughts are with you Kim. {{Cyber hugs}}. Shelly Horten

so sorry Kim, we know you loved him. Linda Robbins

There are no words, when our senses mourn and yearn to touch the dog gone back to spirit. Karla Wilson

Ah Kim …..I read what you said about Shad reaching out his paw , how touching … You were both blessed to have each other, he was a very lucky dog indeed. I hope that your sadness soon passes because he will always be with you both xxx. Michelle Hillier, Pet Vaccine Education Group

Neo Mastiff relaxing in yardI am truly very sorry for the loss of your beloved friend!!! My heart hurts for you! Sandra Studstill

Oh, no, Dr. Kim. I had no idea the end was this close. I am so sorry. Jean Brudd

My deepest sympathy to you and your husband. May Shadrach rest in peace. Beth Kidd

The void is so large because of the incredible bond that you had with your beloved Shadrach. Blessings to you – sending you love and light. You know he is only a heartbeat away. Julie Shaw

I am so VERY sorry to hear that. But you know that you gave him a good life. LaurrynNeo Mastiff toy winner Simpson, Dogs Adverse Reactions

Oh Kim and Donnie…I am so very, very, sorry for your loss. My Prayers and Thoughts are with you both. RIP Big Boy. Linda Handschue

Huge Hugs xxx over the rainbow bridge he’s gone now, pain free and bouncing like a little deer on soft fluffy white clouds. :-). Madenia Raven Salie

So sorry to hear about Shadrach’s passing, Kim. Paige Smith Eissinger

I’m so sorry. Hugs to you and your husband. Amy Page (naturally rearing Salukis)

So deeply sorry for yours and Donnie’s loss! Jennifer Selph (NM friend)

Neo Mastiff with toy in mouthI never got to pet his nose, but I felt like I knew him from the years seeing his pictures and talking with you. No doubt about it, he will be missed. Dottye Goad Bagnall

Dr. Kim and Donnie, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved Shadrach. My thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences are with you both. There will surely be a cold nose waiting for you at the Pearly Gates! Say not in grief, Shadrach is no more. But live in thankfulness, that he was. Linda’s Pugs

I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Shadrach. “God turns Clouds inside out to makeNeo Mastiff in his yard fluffy beds for the dogs In Dog Heaven, and when they Are tired from running and Barking and eating ham-Sandwich biscuits, The dogs find a cloud bed for sleeping. They turn around and Around in the cloud…. until it feels just right, and then they curl up and they sleep. God watches over Each one of them And there are no bad dreams.” excerpt from poem by Cynthia Rylan”. Crystal Shannon

Neo Mastiff in deep thoughtMy heart aches for you and your family. These Neos leave a hole in our hearts that only time will heal. You have to know how much he loved and adored you. You helped him heal his body, heart & soul. Now I’m crying. My love to you. Irene O’Connor (Neo Rescue, Neo lover, friend)

My heart aches for you, I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers…..much love to Shadrach on his journey! Pamela Hayen

My heartfelt sorrow for your tragic loss Kimmer. I will pray for your strength and send all my love to you and Donnie. I love you dearly. Aunt Theresa Hulette

Oh Kim, I am so sorry, my eyes are filled with tears. I so understand your heartache!!Neo Mastiff talking He knows that you loved him so very much and he is smiling back at you and Donnie sending his love back to you!! Gerry Hixon (NM friend)

Oh Kim, so sorry, I am so glad that he had a peaceful passing surrounded by his loved ones..sometimes that is the best that we can do for them. Sending him love and light on his journey… Marcia Dubois Martin

Oh no Kim! I’m so sorry. My Bordeaux died recently too so I can relate. 🙁 Kathleen Roberts

So, so sorry, Cuz!! I know the pain very well. Shadrach was a wonderful loving friend to you and I know God will wrap His arms around him and keep him. I pray that God will wrap His arms around you and Donnie as well in comfort! Much love to you!! Katy Salinas (cousin)

Neo Mastiff getting back massageOh my dear friend, you have my deepest sympathies. I know how hard this is. He was a great dog. You were a great Mom. You gave him a wonderful life. And he gave you his whole heart which will live forever in yours. Pamela Picard, Aimee’s Law

Thoughts and prayers for you all. He is waiting for you at the Bridge. Michelle Sieglaff

SO sorry for your loss! May the knowledge that he is happy and healthy where he is at bring you some comfort even while the loss is so great. Yvonne Litza VandeDrink

So sorry to hear this Kim. Our hearts go out to you. Andy Todes (Andy’s dog Pepper has been featured here on Bark N Blog several times. He is also in the book Whole Health for Happy Dogs I co-authored with Dr. Elliot. Andy is an amazing photographer)

So sorry to hear of your loss. Micheline DruytsNeo Mastiff stalling

Dearest Kim,
I just read your post on Facebook that Shadrach passed away… I have tears running down my face and feel your pain… truly, I do. I am so, so sorry. At times like this there are just no words of adequacy, but please know from someone who loves my pets deeply, I feel for what you are going through. Shadrach was SO LUCKY to have you and your husband to love him and I know you feel even more how lucky you had Shadrach. He will indeed be missed. My heart is with you, Kim. Thank you for sharing your love and grief of your sweet Shadrach. I couldn’t listen the last 10 minutes of the show as I had a call I needed to take, but what I did hear truly inspired me… so much love on that call from those that care about you and Shadrach and what you are going through. Shadrach is SO PROUD of you. My heart will continue to be with you as you move along this path of adjusting to life without Shadrach physically here with you. Please feel free to write anytime if you want to talk about Shadrach- always happy to listen. Sending much love and peace, your friends, Barbara, Frankie and Kylie Techel (Barbara is the author of the children’s books Frankie the Walk N Roll Dog featuring her little Dachshund Frankie)

Neo Mastiff chilling out in the foyerRest in Peace Shadrach. I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim. Nicole Rivera (author of the children’s book Max the Shelter Dog)

So sad and sorry to hear. Our babies bring us such joy and love unconditionally. He’s happy at Rainbow Bridge now. Robin Brostovski

I am so so sorry. Sending prayers and healing zen for your hearts… Mary Anne

Doc, I know that was a great lose for you and the family, my prayers are with you. time will heal. Pastor Ricky C. McGilvery (Donnie’s cousin)Neo Mastiff on dirt road

How I wish they lived as long as we did; but they do live as long as we need to learn whatever it is we need to learn from them. Dr Kim, my heart goes out to you. I have 3 dogs for whom I would do absolutely anything but it’s my first rescue, who ran ahead just over 5 years ago, who lays greatest claim to my heart, even now. No matter how many we love through this life in the next, it never ever ever stops hurting but you know that Shadrach will always be with you and your husband too. He wouldn’t us to cry for him, but cry we will. I’m most glad that he died at home with those loved him. There’s more than one passage to mourn. My cocker spaniel, PJ, is on his way to the Neo Mastiff leaning against furnitureRainbow Bridge as we speak. Susan Van Allen

I’m so sorry for your loss. Carol Fletcher Linguanti

R.I.P Shadrach. They take a piece of our hearts with them but he will be waiting at Rainbow Bridge for you. Elaine, Smoky Mountain Lodge

I am so sorry! I know how much you treasured him! You gave him everything, and he knew how loved he was. I am so sorry Kim. I know what he meant to you…Randi Shoshara

I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs. Suzan Robertson (Maltese lover)Neo Mastiff marking territory

Oh Kim I am so sorry. Hugs to you and your husband. That is the only thing I so hate about having pets. I have not even gotten the pleasure of knowing him but I am shedding a tear by your post. Sandy Hansen

I’m so sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Charry Lackey

Dr Kim,
My heart goes out to you. I totally understand the kind of dog he was. My beloved Ice passed at the tender age of 14 last Feb 13 2010……… I cried like a baby reading your Neo Mastiff in bed with blankets covering himpost and not only for you but for myself too, for the loss of Ice. Anyone who has ever had a dog like this understands…….I really do get it. God Bless and cherish all the memories and lessons. My Ice, is gone but I can still learn from her still………. my life has been blessed as yours has been too. My heart is heavy for you but rejoices in the fact you have had that once-in-a lifetime dog!! A privilege in my eyes! Christy Novy, Guardian Angel Shepherds

So sorry, Kim. Rest in peace, Shadrach. Mary Penny

I am SO very saddened to read this post. May his memories carry you along until the pain is lessened. Lynn CaswellNeo Mastiff barking a tune

I know words are of little comfort right now, but I wanted you to know that we are so sad for your loss… Shadrach was an amazing boy, and his life has helped so many. Reading your letter this morning made me cry – we lost one of our girls near Christmas. There is comfort, knowing we will see them again, but that does not stop the overwhelming sense of loss now. We will be praying for your family ~ Jaque & the RunAmok tribe of Dan

Kim,
Neo Mastiff sunbathingI am so sorry to hear of Shadrach’s passing. I hope this quote brings you some of the comfort that it has for me…”What we have enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.” Know that you are enveloped within wonderful people and energy during your difficult time. With Love, Melissa Shelton DVM

Dr. Kim,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I could feel all your love for Shadrach in your email. It so very hard to lose our fur kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Mary

OH I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Sherry in TorontoNeo Mastiff yawning

Dear Kim,
I just read your email about Shad’s passing with a very heavy heart.Both you and Donnie made such a valiant effort and both of you ended his earthly journey with such grace. You went about it all with courage and purpose and always with an eye towards Shad’s comfort and peace.No matter the situation, losing a dear dog is always like the rug being pulled out from beneath one’s feet. When our beloved dogs leave us we are bereft. The pain is not as intense as time passes, but it is not because our friends are not missed. Rather, it is the heart that settles and keeps memory of the good times shared.Take comfort that you had unconditional love from your Good Boy Shadrach and he from you.Happy memories are a saving grace. May the Lord give you peace knowing that as time passes so does the sharpness of despair. “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle,easily and often breached.Unable to Neo Mastiff covered up in a couch bedaccept its awful gaps,we still would live no other way.” Renee McCartin You have our deepest condolences at this time. XOXO, Tunia Hyland (NM friend)

Kim,
I am so sorry for your loss. I experienced something similar 4 years ago and cry every time I think about my boy Austin. Now, as we have been discussing, I am trying to get my Missy who is diabetic feeling better. She is somewhat, so I totally know your pain. However, that doesn’t do anything to ease yours, so my prayers are with you and your family. Jennifer Pottruff RH, HD

I’m so sorry to hear of Shadrach’s passing. Many comforting thoughts during this difficult time. ((((hugs)))) MelissaNeo Mastiff counter surfing

Oh how very sad for you, Kim & family. Our sincere condolences on your loss of “Shadrach”. Rest in peace ,Shadrach.
Hugs, Barb/Behaven Collies

Kim,
I am so deeply saddened by the news. Just as I saw the subject line when I was about to shut down for the day, I knew. I am still in shock and feeling so sad but this is the best and the most beautiful way for Shadrach to cross over ~~ with you and Donnie lovingly saying goodbye and sending him off. Toby greeted me when I came home and told me that he saw the “Shad” being the cool happy dude in spirit. He wouldn’t stop wagging his stump of a tail despite my sadness. Oh Kim, I wish I could be there for you (just as you have been there for me when I felt so lost and alone). No words can ever alleviate how you feel over the loss of this beautiful creature known to us as Shadrach. Toby-wan Kenobi, in spirit and with solemn respect, sends his love to you and Donnie. Shadrach will always be etched in your memory and in your heart. He will never go away. My love to you…. Please take care. Anita & Toby-wan Hong Neo Mastiff sunbathing(Toby-wan was one of Shadrach’s penpal buddies here on Bark N Blog)

Dr. Bloomer.
I’m so sorry for your loss!! Nothing like losing a big dog. May the days get easier for you and you only remember the happy times. Susan Hughes~Fancy & Mufasa, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Oh Dr. Kim I am so sorry to hear this. I hope you find comfort in happy memories of your beloved Shadrach. Tammi Weber

Dr. Kim, as I read this I have tears in my eyes — I was just thinking about Shadrach lastNeo Mastiff barking week – you have my deepest condolences and I pray the peace of the Most High over you and Donnie — we know the Lord does ALL THINGS WELL! I believe you will see him again because there is no pain in heaven – I plan to be with all my dogs that have passed, but we know there is pain in this life, but you have something to look forward to, heaven and believing you will see that FANTASTIC DOG AGAIN. Continue to trust in the Lord and the Power of His Might, and know that we all love you. You have sown so much into our lives and our pets and know that you are blessed and have many more blessings to come! Vallorie Dishman & The Maltese

OMG Kim I am so so so sorry. It is beyond painful when such a beloved friend is lost, your words of him are beautiful and made me cry. He is at this very moment watching over you with so much love, you must be able to feel his love being sent all the way from heaven. I have just light a candle for your sweet boy and it will burn all night. I have no magic words of comfort to offer you, though I wish I did, just know he loves you and this type of love and friendship carries on far beyond the boundaries of life and death…He will be waiting for you and until you see each other again keep him in your heart as he is holding you in his. Lots of love, Vicky, Natural Rearing Canine Adoption Services of Canada

Neo Mastiff with blue bear toy in mouthDr. Kim, So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gina

It’s always hard to hear about such a special dog leaving us. It’s these kind of friends that really help us understand who we are and why we’re here. Reading about Shadrach’s passing took me back to 8 months ago when my own Jack the doberman passed. He too had such a profound impact on not only my life, but hundreds of my friends, family, and other people that got to know him. He is also the reason I began pursuing my VND and decided to make a career change dedicated to animals and educating people to care for their animals better. These teacher dogs are truly amazing individuals, and although it’s terribly difficult to part ways with them, the positive impact they share completely overshadows the pain and the feeling of loss. Of course, it’s difficult to gain perspective until some time passes. My thoughts are with you Kim. For me, knowing that I will get to surround myself with souls like those of Shadrach and Jack in the afterlife make it look all the more appealing. James Cass, VND Candidate, www.naturalcaninediet.comNeo Mastiff thinking

My Dear Kim,
I can barely respond to this email…a bucket of tears are flowing from my eyes for you!!!I know you shared the day we talked that he was sick but i didn’t realize that he was living his end days…I am soooooo sorry my friend to hear of your Shadrach’s passing. No words can express the deepest loss you are feeling. Your Shadrach was a lucky little fellow because you and Donnie loved him totally from the bottoms of your hearts! No more sickness, and now he is with the lord and he will be watching over you until the day that you meet again. He loved you and is the motivation behind all that you do. A fitting tribute to your little Shadrach my friend!!! Again…i am so sorry Kim! If i can do anything just ask. All MY LOVE to you at this time Kim. Debbie On my website i provided some music for my listeners while they view my site. Not sure if you ever noticed it but i would encourage you to at your leisure Chagrined Neo Mastiffto listen. The end ones will really touch your heart and you will sob, but crying is extremely healthy to help heal the soul! Listened to the show today. Don’t know how you made it through the tears but your Shadrach would be very proud of his momma! I was doing some reading on your breed and you are right they only have a life expectancy of bout 9 to 10 years, so your whole concept of natural feeding is testament that you took very good care of him my friend. I would say that both of you were “Lucky”! I knew your heart was breaking and i was reaching out. God gives that ability to us to help someone in pain. God has always showed me good ways and i try to witness for him in everything i do and say. I’ts the only way to live our lives! You know that. It sounds like you have a wonderful support group which is very helpful during these difficult times. But at the end of the day you realize that your boy is gone. Cry my friend and don’t hold back the tears! I hope you get a chance to listen to the songs from my site. The first three songs are happy.. The next three songs are songs of sorrow about losing someone you love. The third set of songs are inspirational because when we believe in god better things are in store for us. I will close with a zillion virtual hugs around you my dear during this most difficult time. Luv ya honey! Debbie Larocque, Three Dogs LLCNeo Mastiff at alert

Oh Kim,
My heart breaks and my eyes full with tears! His tribute is so beautiful! You my friend are an incredibly loving person and Shad was an extension of your love. Thank you for sharing Shad over all these years. I remember when you first got him and Tony, the girls and I visited. Shad greeted us with his slobbery kisses and topped off his greeting with a loving fart! You know, I love you, girl. Shad was sooo blessed to have you and Donnie as his wonderful mommy and daddy! And yes, you were and are still blessed by Shad boy! You and Donnie are in our hearts and prayers, as this is such a painful walk. One day, we will be together with all of our brothers and sisters and our loving animal family.… love you bunches! Cindy & Tony Russell (close personal NM friends)

Elderly Neo Mastiff with sweater onDearest Dr. Kim,
I just got home from work and listened to the radio show. You blew me away with your bravery and composure while honoring your sweet boy for all to hear. It was an amazing and very touching tribute! Below please find a poem I want to share with you and Donnie. It was given to me upon the passing of a very special teacher Rottie, ^Alexa^. It has been a comfort to me during times of great loss ever since. I hope you like it. You continue to be in my prayers, Christy Floor ~and the Rawttweilers and Chew Chows who wonder why their mom is crying…

Donnie & Kim,
Our days are a gift from God. And Makayla and I are praying for your future days to be blessed and full of peace. May the memories carry you through the quiet hours. Love, Leah & Makayla Lopez (close NM personal friends – Makayla is Leah’s precious little daughter)

Dear Kim –
I wanted to tell you again how very sorry I am that your sweet boy is no longer with you. You’ve had so much sorrow over the years with the animals that God has placed in your life, but at the same time, knowing that He indeed placed them all there for a reason, specifically with YOU, surely gives credence to the fact that He considered you the best person to share their lives and give them the love and compassion and care (for whatever time you had them) that so many of God’s precious creatures never ever get to experience. Just knowing that Shadrach cared for you so much that he didn’t want to leave, in spite of the suffering he had to endure, speaks volumes of what you did for him – ah, the joy of the reunion that awaits you one day (all THREE of you) when you are together as a family again! (I can just see Shadrach now, looking up at God with those soulful, intelligent eyes, saying, “Today, Lord? Tomorrow? Soon? Well, WHEN?”). Read your farewell blog re: Shadrach – what a beautiful memorial to him – and I cried and cried all the way through it. I feel so blessed and privileged to have”known him in person”, even for a short time, and even though I didn’t get to see him often. Seems to me that you are getting the call for another book – this time an entire one about your remarkable boy! Love you much, dear friend, EXTRA HUGS – always will….Barbara Hilford (close personal NM friend and illustrator of my book, Animals Taught Me That and her little dog Max has been featured here on Bark N Blog)Elderly Neo Mastiff on road with sweater on

I’m so very sorry. my heart breaks for you and your family. Barbara, Blueberry, and Honey Bear Kolodny-Glenn (Barbara’s two dogs Blueberry & Honey Bear have both been featured here on Bark N Blog)

Dear Kim:
I read that Shadrach passed away and I am so very sorry for your loss. I know he is and always will be loved so very much and your heart and his will forever be connected. The joining and bonding with our pets is a priceless experience, and it makes us such better people for their love. May your memories of Shadrach strengthen you and may your heart find peace. Know that you will see him again. Much love and all my sympathy, Ann Echols, Chatty Pet (Ann and I met because of this blog, her dogs have been featured and she has been our guest on ATN to share her special work with dogs)

Hi Kim, Just want you to know that I feel so heartbroken for you and Donnie and kept thinking of you since the news of Shadrach. I know you miss him so much. I remember very clearly after coming home after Louis’ death, that I felt that Louis was prancing at my feet and I couldn’t help feeling like I had to avoid stepping on him. I also recall while sleeping, I felt Louis walking on my bed and feeling the weight of his body leaning against me as I slept. His spirit comforted me and I missed him terribly during those long lonely days. I still miss my little Louie but I know that he (like Max) is waiting for me. I had to chuckle when you said, “… he’d better be waiting …”. The Shad is probably wolfishly grinning right now. I shared your message with my friend who has an elderly yellow lab who is about 13 or 14. She cried reading your message of Shadrach’s passing (which we both agreed was beautifully and eloquently written). She was thankful that you shared your experience as she is so painfully aware that Pirate is approaching the twilight of his life. Shadrach, even in heaven, still touches us in so many different ways. I keep having images of Shadrach touching you with his paw and of you holding him so close. What a beautiful expression of love as two hearts are so connected as one. This love will remain forever You and Donnie were so blessed to have this special creature in your lives. Big hugs to you dear friend. Know that you are in my thoughts. Sending you much love. Toby too!!! Anita Hong

Neo Mastiff walking on dirt road in fogOh Dearest Dr Kim, I returned home from being away at the nursing conference and did not know the pain you were suffering with the loss of such an amazing friend. I am so, so sorry. I know how special Shad was and the journey he walked side by side with you. Please know if you need anything I am here. I am praying for comfort and peace for you and Donnie. Angela Rector, VND Candidate, and the Aussie flock

Dear Kim and Donnie, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Ingrid Pierce (personal friend of Donnie)

I’m so sorry about Shad. I love you guys! Sonia Whittlesey (my niece)

Kim, I’m sorry for your loss. I have been following his progress and have been in your position many times over. You and Donnie have my deepest sympathy. Norm Starr

I have been told that for the next 45 days their soul transitions between this side and then living on the other side completely. They check on you and the other creatures in the family unit to make sure they are OK. They circle in your home and look for your acceptance and grief. I made sure I had a candle lit and made prayers for her easy transition to the other side….. Watch for Shadrach. He will return to you. Hugs,Jeanne Schoech

Dear Kim,
I am so sorry about Shadrach…..I was thinking about you and Shadrach a lot lately, Lucky is sick for the past 18 months, still fighting. I feel the same way about Lucky as you feel about Shadrach. I hope that they will find each other in heaven….I feel that they rescued us not the other way. I am happy that Shadrach had you as Mom…..he was a Lucky Boy!!! Love, Ivona Matynski (her dogs Lucky & Henry have been featured here on Bark N Blog)

Dr. Kim,
My sincerest condolences to you and Donnie. My heart breaks for you, at least you can be comforted in knowing that he lived the best life he could with you because you took care of him the right way. Shadrach’s legacy will continue on through the inspiration that he gave you to share your knowledge with others and help so many animals live a natural and healthy life style! Take Care, Sarah

Dear Kim,
All of us who love these wonderful creatures share you pain; they honor us by living with us and being there for us 24/7 and through them we know what unconditional love means. I don’t know you, but please believe me I share your pain. I have young dogs (and young horses) so do not yet know what it is like to lose a four legged baby and all my animals are my babies. God bless. Sonia Lightsey

Doodle Buddy of Shadrach
photo created by good friend Kim Felix

Kim,
I just left Barbara’s and she told me about Shadrach. I just want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. I can’t find proper words that would replace a good ol’ hug. I can’t be there to hug you right now and catch your tears. Kim, I know your pain (as one who deeply loves her pets) so I’m sending you a poem that will hopefully console you a little and say what I’d like to say to you right this very moment. Thinking of you and praying for you, Kettie Robinson (local NM friend)

Kim,
I just read about your wonderful Shadrach and his passing. I haven’t been able to check my email lately. That brought tears to my eyes. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking that must have been for you.I honestly cannot imagine the pain you must be enduring. I think I would want to go along with my Boerboels if they were needing to pass to the other side. I am that close to them, they are my children. You are a very strong woman to stay so positive. I dont know what I would be doing if I were in your place. Shadrach is a beautiful dog and I find it so inspiring how he managed to help you so much and in turn inspire and teach others about living a natural life. Physically he may not be here but his spirit will always live on and he will never be forgotton. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lots of love, God bless, Eryn Scroggin (Eryn’s beautiful Boerboels have been featured here on Bark N Blog)

Dr Kim,
My heart goes out to you. I totally understand the kind of dog he was. My beloved Ice passedFarewell to Neo Mastiff at the tender age of 14 last Feb 13 2010……… I cried like a baby reading your post and not only for you but for myself too, for the loss of Ice. Anyone who has ever had a dog like this understands…….I really do get it . God Bless and cherish all the memories and lessons. My Ice, is gone but I can still learn from her still………. my life has been blessed as yours has been too. My heart is heavy for you but rejoices in the fact you have had that once-in-a lifetime dog!! A privilege in my eyes! Christy Nova, Guardian Angel Shepherds

Kim, my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved dog. Godspeed Shadrach. Dana Scott, Dogs Naturally Magazine

I was so, so sad to hear about your loss, Kim. I know Shad meant so much to you and Donnie & was a huge part of your work and life. He was your daily muse. I’m sure the house seems so quiet without him – and I know that a replacement is impossible. You have been in my constant thoughts & prayers. Love ya, Dee Phipps (Dee’s dogs Te and her other dogs have all been featured here on Bark N Blog. Dee taught me how to do all of my online work!)

So so sorry to hear about Shadrach! You will see him again someday! I feel that way about all of the animal family I’ve had…..My heart goes out to you guys! ~Lorrie Franke Eveland (Lorrie’s dogs and cat have all been featured on Bark N Blog)

It’s always hard to hear about such a special dog leaving us. It’s these kind of friends that really help us understand who we are and why we’re here. Reading about Shadrach’s passing took me back to 8 months ago when my own Jack the doberman passed. He too had such a profound impact on not only my life, but hundreds of my friends, family, and other people that got to know him. He is also the reason I began pursuing my VND and decided to make a career change dedicated to animals and educating people to care for their animals better. These teacher dogs are truly amazing individuals, and although it’s terribly difficult to part ways with them, the positive impact they share completely overshadows the pain and the feeling of loss. Of course, it’s difficult to gain perspective until some time passes. My thoughts are with you Kim. For me, knowing that I will get to surround myself with souls like those of Shadrach and Jack in the afterlife make it look all the more appealing. James Cass,  www.naturalcaninediet.com

Dear Dr. Kim…I was absolutely FLOORED to read on Twitter that Shadrach passed away. I know that he was a bright spot in your life, an exceptional companion…and he will be sorely missed. Although some of us only knew Shadrach “virtually“, he had such presence, that we loved him…There are tears in my eyes as I write this. There are no words adequate, but what is so special about dogs–these wonderful creatures–is that in their loving and being loved by us, even with the pain of their leaving us, they somehow, make room for us to love another, in time. You have my sympathy. With love, Valda DeDieu

Oh, Kim I’m so very sorry about Shadrach:-( I don’t know how I missed it at the time. The only thing that would console you is Shadrach’s presence, but I’m sending my love and prayers anyway xxxx. Vivienne Miller

I’m so sorry to hear about Shadrach. What a wonderful legacy he left behind. A heart dog always leaves a pawprint on your heart.. but a Neo leaves an exceptionally large one. Lots of love being sent your way <3. Anna Bettina Johnson

Kim, haven’t been online much lately and just read about the passing of your hugest love. So sorry for your loss. Marla Timberlake Stout

He surely was a beautiful dog Kim. So sorry to hear of your loss. Zee DaSilva, Sisco Danes

I have learned that these great spirits that share our lives are never far….they just can’t stay in that fragile, mortal framework, after the mourning… the love comes clear… my dear friends are still helping me! I am grateful everyday!!! I love you… Linda, Pepe, Alexander, Travis, Johnny, Queen, Coda, Billy, Yukon, Bebe and my beloved Samael…..Carolyn Contois, VND Candidate, C-Dogs Unlimited

My heart truly aches for you Kim….I cannot imagine the day we have to let our lover pups transition…makes me tear up just thinking of it! Pamela A. Heyen

Painting of Neo MastiffDear Dr. Kim,
I’m late on this thread and I didn’t want to let it go by without letting you know how very sorry I am on the loss of your special boy. When you spoke of his acknowledgment just before he left made me cry. It reminded me of a dear sweet boy of mine who did a similar thing just before he left me 14 years ago. Remember Shadrach in good times, he’ll always be with you, he loved you! Sincerely, Carole Baldwin, www.boldwind-border-terriers.com

Dear Dr. Kim,
I can’t stop crying… Yes, one who lost his loved ones can understand it very well. They will all be waiting for us, there, and sometimes I want to be there now. I am sure you will keep all his toys, his bed, all his food plates…..Only that they will look so lonely there, without Shadrach coming to eat and play. I am with you! All my love, Elona (long time listener to ATN, friend)

Hey Kim,
I am so sorry to hear about Shadrach. I did not know him personally, but I do know the feeling of loss when a beloved dog passes on. Much love to you and your husband in this time of grief. Michelle L Thomison, Reed, Callie Rose, Sam and Blanche

I am so very sorry & sad for you. I felt like I knew him through you and his blog. What an incredible teacher he was & I’m betting he has already met my Dasher. Peace to you & your husband during this very difficult time. Shannon Benecke

Kim,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss! We lost two long-time family dogs within six months a couple of years ago. Very tough. More prayers going your way . . . Leslie Cumiford, New Mexico Breeze Magazine

Kim,
I am sorry to hear about Shadrach. This was at the same time my wife was in the hospital and I somehow just overlooked your email. But I’m sorry and certainly understand your feeling. You mentioned a book…as your coming book would help Shadrach be remembered. One of your talents is writing. I’ve said this before but I want to say it again, and hope you find my sincere comment encouraging. Hugh Bassham, DVM (friend and author of Better Health and a Plan to Achieve It)

Kim and Donnie,
So Sorry to hear about Shad….He had a long wonderful like thanks to you both! He was a happy boy! Mishka has missed him as has Mandy. We think of you all as we walk every morning. Take care! ~Randi Malach and Mishka (Mishka and Mandy were Shadrach’s park buddies when we lived in our old house)

Hello Kim,
I was away for about 3 weeks so I’m replying privately. I’m sorry for your loss. My baby passed away last November and I miss her as well as I miss my other furry babies that already left. I have a hard time with losses so I understand your feelings. She was my Seeing Eye Dog. Oh, if dogs would be much longer…Here I’m copying this poem I found. Blessings,
~Rena

Hello Dr. Kim,
I am so sorry to hear about Shadrach’s passing earlier this month. He was certainly blessed to have a wonderful life with you. I hope your pain will soften into fond memories. Take care, ~Jean Wenzel (Creator of our ATN jingle)

Dr. Kim,
So sorry to hear about the passing of Shadrach. I loved his blogs. What a special pet. I hope you remember his love as you get through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary

Dear Kim,
I just went to your website and saw that Shadrach passed away a few weeks ago. I’m so, so sorry to hear that you lost him, Kim. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to both you and your husband. Hopefully the terrible ache you no doubt felt watching him suffer and having to let go of him is easing, but I just wanted to say how much I can empathize the sadness of losing a beloved pet. It’s been a long time for me since that has happened, but I know all too well how painful it is when an animal you’ve loved and cared for, for years passes away. I also wanted to say that I think I know exactly how you felt about your boy in terms of the ways in which he impacted your life and helped to shape the person and educator you are today. I know he was your prime inspiration for wanting to learn how to care for and feed him in the best possible ways, and that his presence in your life, along with the powerful love you felt for him, was an incredibly strong impetus for you – not only to learn everything you could about holistic care for animals on his behalf, but also eventually to share what you had learned with others, on behalf of all the innocent domestic animals in the world. It was always so clear and inspiring to me how deep and pure your love was for your dear sweet friend Shadrach,.. And I just wanted to say how grateful and indebted to him I feel for his part in helping to bring you and Jeannie into my life, and also for all the wonderful work you two are doing to educate and awaken people these days. Bless his great big old doggy heart, the big lug! They broke the mold when they made that pooch, didn’t they! Love and big ((((((hugs))))) to you, Linda Zurich (author of Raw Fed Cats)

Kim!I just got the AN newsletter. I am so sorry on your loss of Shadrach. I know this breaks your heart, I’m crying too and I didn’t even know him. He was such a beautiful boy and I know this leaves a terrible hole in your lives. Please take comfort in knowing that you gave him the best life possible. Love, Sarah Reagan, www.ahorsesview.com

You showed up in my life as a as a pair for awhile and now wise woman the torch is lit…, and such a bright light you are carrying for the love and health of our dogs much love, gratitude and support Dr. Kim. ~Ariana Reynolds

Kim,
I just read your blog and tears are flowing. I will say that I am happy that he was able to pass at home with both you and Donnie with him. It’s often a bit hard to see, the final throws of passing, but having been through natural passings with now four of our kids, two cats and two dogs, it is a blessing that they honor us to be so involved.
Naturally, Lisa Ross-Williams, Natural Horse Talk

Farewell to Neo Mastiff

~A Dog for …Jesus~
I wish someone had given Jesus a dog
As loyal and loving as mine
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being Divine
As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog
Would have followed Him all through the day
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray

It is sad to remember that Christ went away
To face death alone and apart
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master’s Heart
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been
As His dog kissed His hand and barked its delight,
For the One who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,
The old pal so dear to me
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they’re in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Whenever my road inclined,
Four feet said, “Wait, I’m coming with you!”
And trotted along behind.
~Rudyard Kipling

Like a comet blazing ‘cross 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”
Gone Too Soon
.”
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

OLD DOG IN A LOCKET
Old dog in a locket that lies next to my heart
I will always love you as I did right from the start
You were right beside me through the darkest of my days
It was your kind and gentle nature that made me want to stay.

Now I hold you in my arms, your breath still warm against my hand
Our hearts still beat together and I wonder if you understand
Through the hours that I held you before the light did leave your soul
I knew a way to keep you forever in my hold.

I snipped the hair from around your eyes so I would always see
The beauty that surrounds me even in times of need.
I snipped the hair from around your ears so I would always hear
Music in the distance to quiet any fears.

I snipped the hair from across your back
To bring me strength in times of need
And the power of your essence would always be with me.
I snipped the hair from around your heart that beats in time with mine
So I would know that love would find me at some distant time.

And so your life slipped out of mine on a quiet, spring-like day
But I knew that part of you was always here to stay.
Old dog in a locket that lays next to my heart
I will always love you even though we had to part.
~ Bobbie Hefner ~

A Special Gift
They’re a very special gift; to be cherished and loved
You’re chosen for each other; by God Himself above
It’s a match made in heaven; so it can’t be wrong
You’re tied together by a bond; that’s oh so strong
All they’ll ever ask from you; is to be loved and fed
And at night make sure they have, fresh water and a bed
In return for so little; the rewards are so great
You’ll get a companion for life; with some very special traits.
When you are lost; and the end seems so far away
They’ll walk by your side; they’ll help you find your way
When life gets you down; they can put a smile on your face
As they run you in circles; with their fast pace
You’ll share the good with the bad; you’ll be happy and sad
And through it all you have a friend; the best you ever had
You’re time together; will be special and unique
It will be as priceless to you; as a rare antique
Then before you know it; the day will arrive
When suddenly your life; takes a steep dive
The furry friend who’s been with you for all of these years
Has now passed on; and left you in tears
As you sit and wonder; what did I do
Why is this all happening to you
Into each of our lives; a little rain must fall
And you must be strong; to answer the call
Your little one’s spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove
To a special place that awaits them; in heaven above
St. Francis will meet them; when they get home
He will take them to a meadow; where they’re free to roam
There in the meadows; down by the pond
Your furry friend will remember his loving bond
He’ll look into the water; then you appear
He can see you’re frightened; he can feel your fear
Through the bond that still ties you; from heaven above
He looks down upon you; he sends you his love
Because you loved him; and because you care
Whenever you need him; he’ll always be there
There in the meadows; they patiently wait for the day
When you will celebrate your life together; each and everyday
Waiting for that day; when you come walking back home
When together for an eternity; through the meadows you’ll roam.

~Author unknown

Still Here
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “it’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew .. in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning and say “goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out … then come home to be with me.

Author unknown

Portrait of Dr Kim's Golden, Mastiff and DaneOur Boys – Fridge, Shadrach and Meshach

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