Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Remembering Smooch

I said goodbye to Smooch on Saturday. She had a seizure, and the poor prognosis convinced me
it was time to let her go. I buried her at the ranch, in a spot where she will still be able 
to keep an eye on things. 



The song is called "Story of My Life" from The Piano Guys.

94 comments:

  1. Thank you Linda for sharing Smooch with us for all these years. This is a beautiful tribute. As I wipe away my tears in my government cubicle I think of my own dog, Rosie who passed away in April. May you have ever lasting memories of Smooch. Hugs to you and Alex.

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  2. Sweet Smooch, such a beauty, strong, responsible, protective, hole-digger-extraordinaire, prone to bouts of I've-got-to-gallop-now. I am glad you lived on a ranch, where you belonged, your perfect setting, not in someone's backyard or in a city. I'm grateful that Carson and you found each other, and that Carson shared you with us so often. You were truly a very good dog! My thoughts are with Carson during this difficult time of sadness and adjusting.

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  3. Sitting here in tears, no amount of time we have with them ever feels enough. Hugs
    A beautiful tribute ๐Ÿ™
    Wendy- Bribie Is, Oz

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  4. I am so very sorry. She was such a special dog.

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  5. Oh, Carson, what a lovely tribute to your Smooch. My heart was breaking and soaring at the same time... so many beautiful pictures - such a wonderful life she lived, but dammit, the reality of her being gone is starting to sink in. I'd watched the video about 3 times before I had to pull out paper and pencil and write down the pictures that popped out at me. I began my list....because I wanted to talk to you about each one.
    Smooch and Deets!
    Smooch wrapped in Christmas lights. lol
    Smooch and Anne.
    Me and Smooch smooching. ha!
    Smooch with the mouse on the wall.
    Victrola doggy!
    Smooch in the Ranger surrounded by the donks and Hank!
    Smooch with eyebrows...snicker
    Blue Brett!
    And my list kept getting longer and longer and I just want to go back and live through all those moments again.
    I believe the biggest gift of your blog is how you've shared precious souls like Smooch with the rest of us. How lucky we are to have known and loved her.
    xo

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  6. I was so sorry to see your post and tweet about losing Smooch....I have enjoyed her story over the years and I know you will miss her for a very, very long time. Its so hard to lose your best friend. Take care Linda.....Smooch was a good dog.

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  7. This is the hardest part of being an animal lover, isn't it? Smooch was a fantastic dog. I had dog envy over her. She had the life she deserved - that every dog deserves - and that is a beautiful thing.

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  8. This makes me so sad for you. It's like losing a member of the family and takes a long time to get over. Take all the time you need and know we are all here for you.

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  9. So sorry to hear about Smooch. I have loved her for many years. She was the best dog and your best friend. I will miss seeing her and reading about her after knowing her for so many years through you. It will be a hard time for a long while but Alex will help you through it.Hugs to you.

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  10. This was beautiful and hard to watch at the same time. Thanks for sharing Smooch, and all of your animals, with us. If every dog had a life and be loved and cherised as much as Smooch was it would be a better world. Hugs and all the best to you and the animals at the 7MSN.

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  11. I know you only through your posts here, over the years - I've been fascinated about your totally different life to mine, from here in the urban middle of England - but grief over the death of beloved companions is universal.

    I don't know how we stand it - I guess that what we gain over the years with our companions is more than the appalling feeling of loss when it comes. Your tribute to Smooch in pictures is incredidibly touching - especially when we see those images in which your other loves feature, who you no longer have in your life.

    Sending warm wishes to the 7MSN. x

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  12. She was a beauty and made Head of Ranch Security look easy... but we know how difficult it was keeping an eye out for those pesky snakes, warning you of trespassing herds, keeping her many holes from getting filled up, training new staff, riding shotgun to town, and all the other important duties she fulfilled. But most of all she was a faithful, loyal, and loving companion. RIP beautiful girl.

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  13. A life well lived, it is the best testimony of who we are. Sending hugs. Lisa G in TN.
    So glad you have Alex.

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  14. I am so sorry Linda. Smooch gave us all a lot of joy over the years, and I will miss watching her antics. She taught Alex well. It can be agonizing wondering whether we are choosing the right time to let our beloved family members go, but I'm sure you chose the right time for Smooch.

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  15. I am very sorry for your loss. She sure had a great life with you.

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  16. Time is never long enough. God speed, Smooch, my friend. /Fay, cardis3 and SPoo

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  17. Oh, Carson... Words aren't enough. I'm so grateful to you for sharing her with us for all these years. She has made me smile many, many times. (((HUGS)))

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  18. David L Gibbons9/18/19, 8:39 PM

    Obviously not as much as you, but we too will miss Smooch. Never has the beauty in dogs and ranch security been so well represented.

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  19. Such a good dog! We will all miss her. I am so sorry. Julia

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  20. So sorry about Smooch’s passing. It’s hard to loose a fur baby ... ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข
    Pat in east TN

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  21. The muddy digger face. Running with Alan. Running - we call it zooming at our house. Thanks Carson. She will always be remembered.

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  22. They say people break your heart many times, but dogs only break it once - when they leave. I lost my Frankie girl the exact same way - seizure at 13. I am so so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times and know that you gave her THE BEST LIFE. Sending hugs.

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  23. Thank you for sharing this with us, my heart aches along with yours for your sweet girl Smooch...hugs and prayers in your time of loss..

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  24. Thank you for having shared Smooch with all of us.

    Their time with us is never long enough.

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  25. Best ranch dog ever. I'm so sorry.

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  26. OMG. I am in tears here at work. I have loved Smooch from the day you got her. I am shocked at the extent of my grief. I can't even imagine what you are going through. I know Smooch taught Alex everything she knows. It is comforting to me to know that Alex will continue looking out for you. Please know that we are all grieving with you.

    With love,

    Marty in North Carolina

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  27. Thank you for sharing her all these years. Like so many I cried and sniffled my way through the slideshow. May her spirit guard you all as she did in life.

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  28. Chuckled at the dirt on her nose and the big smile that accompanied the gleeful hole digging. Also Smooch off to the races. She was wonderful and we will always love her too. Thank you for the video.

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  29. Oh, I am so sad to read this and know how hard it is. She has been such a joy to know via your words and photos. She lived an amazing life with you and I know her spirit will be with you forever. Big hugs from all of us on November Hill.

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  30. Oh, I am so sorry. I loved reading about the adventures of Smooch.

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  31. Not sure if my previous comment “took” - apologies if a double one comes through. I am so sad to read this and know how hard it is to say goodbye to such an amazing spirit. Smooch feels like part of our extended family - I have loved knowing her via your words and photos. The slide show is such a tribute to her life with you - a wonderful life - and I know her spirit will be with you forever. Big hugs from all of us on November Hill.

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  32. Thank you for allowing Smooch to be part of my life over the years. Smooch was a fantastic dog and you are a fantastic story teller. I am on my seventh dog now and I feel your pain about decision time. RIP Smooch!

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  33. Words are no good for this sort of thing, but I guess they're all we have. I always want to cuss when I really care. This is one of those times. I'll keep it clean though. What a big life. What an emptiness to be felt in your home now. All those years of love, and this is the hard part. It's worth it, I think. But it is really hard. I'm sorry. We'll all miss her, but not like you do.

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  34. I'm so sorry. I feel like I've lost one of my own as you shared her stories so fully. Peace.

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  35. Have been waiting so long for a new post - but was not expecting this. Such heartbreaking news. What a beautiful tribute to a "life well lived". Feeling sad in Warwick, RI.

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  36. Kelly in OK9/19/19, 8:57 AM

    I knew the video would make me cry, but also didn't expect to smile so much. How can you not? The happiest dog, living the life all dogs dream of. I have loved Smooch for years and will miss her with you. Holding you close while you navigate that painful road of life after a profound loss. She was one-of-a-kind.

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  37. I am so sorry for your loss of the amazing Smooch. She was a damn good dog; one of the best I've met. Thank you for sharing her with us. May the memories of Smooch bring comfort and smiles in the days to come.

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  38. I'm so sorry. Thank you for sharing Smooch with us all these years. <3

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  39. What a great life she had. So glad you shared so many of these memories with us....she will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Betsy

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  40. So sorry for your loss but glad you have Alex. I feel bad for you :(

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  41. That was an absolutely amazing remembrance of Smooch and his life at the 7MSN. Made me tear up. I am sorry that he has left this world and I extend my condolences to you. Linda. He brought so much love, energy and humor to us all as you chronicled his life on your blog. May Alex always be there for you for the many years ahead.

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  42. Stephanie B.9/19/19, 10:53 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It's been a pleasure to read about (and watch) Smooch's escapades on the ranch. Thank you for sharing her with us. A quote that I carried close after losing my last dog, from one of my favorite dog trainers:

    "There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.” ― Suzanne Clothier, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs

    I hope that your memories of Smooch will in the future bring you joy. My deepest sympathies.

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  43. Auf Wiedersehen Smooch!

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  44. So much love and a life so well lived, but still too short. A dog's only flaw...I am very sorry.

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  45. Oh Carson. So not fair. Tears are falling. Rest well Smooch.

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  46. My heart is breaking for you and Alex. So sorry for your loss. I sure enjoyed reading about Smooch over the years.

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  47. She was such a good girl... (((❤️❤️❤️)))

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  48. No better life for a dog but on a ranch. May you many loving memories as you adjust to life without Smooch. Hugs to you and Alex.
    Sue

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  49. Such a beautiful, sweet, good girl. I'm so sorry. Words, I know, don't help. Our fur babies leave holes in our hearts when they depart from us. Always the missing pieces that break our hearts into a state of shattered. Thank you for sharing her with us. I loved her and sent her kisses and air-scritches daily. Extra hugs for Alex today. And especially you. Thoughts...monie

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  50. Oh, this hurts my heart. Such a beautiful tribute.
    You are a wonderful photographer.

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  51. No words, just sending hugs.

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  52. Northern AB gal9/19/19, 9:36 PM

    They never live long enough - I will miss her. My heart breaks for you - her prognosis may have made your decision easier but still a hard thing to do. Sending hugs to you and your crew.

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  53. Ouch... We saw this coming so at least this doesn't come as a shock. I also saw your instagram post the other day... Dear Smooch is always happy, and I'm happy for her. The montage is the most beautiful thing I've seen this year, thank you.

    Well, the other team (on the other side) got another precious member. They're going to be a dream team at this rate.

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  54. What a beautiful tribute. I'm hugging you from afar.

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  55. Of course this made me cry. I lost my dog 3 weeks today so my heart is with you. Pups are so precious to our lives, bringing such joy. SO many of those photos expressed that.

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  56. My heart breaks for your loss. Wonderful tribute of Smooch. Hugs to you.

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  57. Awww so sorry for your loss....

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  58. I'm So Very Sorry to see this. What a Beautiful Tribute for a Beautiful Soul. I feel your pain. Sending you love...

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  59. Oh Carson - I'm so sorry to hear this. I know that Smooch had every dog's dream of a life, but it hurts us all to lose her. Her name will go out in our prayers at Pipe Ceremony tonight. Christina from ABQ

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  60. I am so sorry. Smooch so resembled my long-gone Marly. I am reliving the pain of Marly's passing along with you your pain of losing Smooch. No doubt you followed the right path. But why do these beloved creatures have to die? Why isn't our love enough to inure them against that fatal end?

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  61. I kept putting off watching this...but it was such a beautiful video of Smooch and her friends and family.
    She always held her head up proudly, always on alert never forgetting her job as ranch security. Such a loving dog and she loved you fiercely as
    you did her. She helped train Alex and put up with her ;-) . She will always be there watching over you. We will miss her kisses...
    Ethel

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  62. Again I must thank you for sharing your amazing animals with us.Smooch was a special pup.A good journey fur friend .

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  63. oh goodness.... the universe has been off this week. there's been a heavy feeling and this is part of it. I am so thankful I got to meet Smooch. What an amazing soul. From the first time I saw her on your blog and she looked like my sweet Bali, she had my heart. Thank you, Carson for sharing her with us. She touched the hearts of so many. You gave her a wonderful life as she in turn made yours more wonderful; which, in turn, makes her absence so much harder. Thinking of you and all your crew there at The 7MSN.

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  64. My sincerest condolences on your loss. Such a lovely tribute, as all your tributes have been. Sending you love and prayers during this difficult time.

    Linda D.
    Tucson. AZ

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  65. KarenK in Portland9/21/19, 1:38 PM

    I'm so sorry you lost your lovely girl. She certainly had the best life a dog could ever ask for with you and the other critters out on the ranch! I think she went from one doggy heaven to another.

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  66. She lived the best life a dog could live, and she fulfilled her role perfectly. We always know this day is coming, but it still seems too soon. I'm so sorry to hear this news.

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  67. Oh my, so sorry to hear this. She was such a beautiful soul. I can only imagine how hard it was to say goodbye. You did right by her Carson. The love she gave to you was returned by you knowing how to help her go. Hugs to you and thanks to Smooch for allowing to share in your adventures.
    Lynn-El

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  68. I am so sorry to hear this.

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  69. You and Alex will get thru this somehow... my heart breaks for you and her, but Smooch had the BEST life ever with the two of you! This tribute was simply beautiful Linda. Sandy from Edgewood, NM

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  70. My thoughts are with you. Such a part of your life.

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  71. I am so sorry! Smooch was a very good girl!

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  72. I am so sorry! Smooch was a very good girl!

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  73. Hugs and love sent from Michigan. My eyes are filled with tears.
    Lynda in Michigan

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  74. There are never words enough to express the extent of loss of our most beloved family members. I am so sorry for your loss of Smooch.

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  75. I'm so sorry. She was a good dog.

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  76. I guess I just needed a reason to cry this morning ... this news of Smooch filled the bill and has left me so sad for you and Alex. I check your blog to see if you've written something new ... this was unexpected!
    Little girl Alex has some BIG paw prints to fill! Smooch was a one-in-a-million dog! Such a sweet girl!

    Hugs from CO ... Marcia

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  77. Smooch was so very fortunate to have been loved by you, and we have been so very fortunate to be able to follow her adventures via your blog. What a beautiful tribute to Smooch - thank you for the memories. Run free, Smooch, run free.

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  78. I'm so sorry, Carson. Smooch was such a great dog. I'm glad you have so many neat pictures; a few made me smile, some made me tear up.

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  79. Beautiful tribute!! Jean B. said exactly what I was thinking.

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  80. I am so very sorry for your loss Linda. As an avid dog (and animal) lover I know how much they become a loved part of our being. Cherish the good memories you had with Smooch. You were both lucky to have each other. Hugs.

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  81. Heartbroken... I'm so sorry... </3

    Jamie

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  82. I'm so sorry for your loss, Linda. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort.

    SmoochRulz!

    Mel

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  83. Remembering Smooch in Amsterdam. Thank you.

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  84. I just loved that dog, and I never even met her. I am so very sorry.

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  85. I am so very sorry! And I know how inadequate that is. We have lost many but it never, ever gets easier.

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  86. So many wonderful memories and beautiful photos. She was one of the BDE, Best Dogs Ever. I know your heart is sore with missing her, but she will live in the hearts of all who knew her. She is running free in the cool grass with family and friends who crossed the Bridge before her. God bless.

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  87. Oh Linda, somehow I missed this post earlier, and when I read it just now I burst into tears. I loved Smooch vicariously but as if she were my own. I hate that our beloved animal people have such short life spans, that they get old, become ill. I’m so sorry for your loss, but thank you for letting us know.

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  88. Words are just never enough...sending you big hugs, Carson....

    Vee

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  89. just saw this. So sorry. I put down my dear Barney six years ago. I swear to god I heard him keening the next morning out in the woods in back of the house. I always loved Smooch, what a cool spirit. Hope you're doing OK...glad you've got a new baby...Ann

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  90. I’m so sorry to hear about Smooch. The tribute you did was beautiful. I’m glad you have Alex to help you through this. She had Smooch as her sister so you know she was taught well. She’ll have big paws to fill but she can do it.

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  91. We are all blessed to have had a little "Smooch" in our lives. My heartfelt condolences. KarenTX

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  92. Big hugs to each of you. Cherish her memory, as I know you will. Our fur babies are so very special to us. THank you for sharing her beautiful face, spunky personality, her on guard alerting, her ever and always holes that she dug to make the yard a mishap to strangers entering the yard. She was a beautiful soul. You have those handsome boys, Alan and George, along with beautiful Alex to give more love than you can ever imagine to help ease your loss. She will be a part of your heart forever. Hugs from afar.

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