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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Love

June 4, 2001 - October 26, 2010
Abbey Marie

It came too quick. Abbey's cancer progressed faster than I had ever imagined. 2 weeks ago we were playing in her beloved Central Park. Today I had to let her go. She had difficulty breathing - and lost her strength. She gave me everything - she didn't deserve to suffer - and she let me know it was time.

Thank you to all of our friends and family here in NYC, around the country and in the blogworld. You have touched our hearts. As promised Abbey left behind a notebook full of her "life lessons" . She taught me something every day. Remembering those lessons makes me smile.

I will take a few days to try to let my broken heart mend just a little- but she made me promise to share her lessons - so I will. I promised her that I would post a new ALL (Abbey Life Lesson) every Monday.

As much as I mourn the loss of my dear Abbey, I celebrate the life and love that we shared.

Wendy, Forever Abbey's Mom

For those who wish to honor Abbey - please check out the following links
Forever Friends Golden Rescue in California helps many Goldens in need:
Bideawee in New York City took great care of Abbey. They have a rescue operation as well.

106 comments:

H Ski said...

I am so sorry for your lost. I am glad you can remember the good times and are still willing to pass on her life lessons to us.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are very sorry for the loss of such a beautiful Golden Girl -

We'll light a candle for her tonight -

When our eyes dry and the sky clears, we'll look for her bright star -

In the words of Uncle Tupelo, it's not forever...it's just for now -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra's Mom, Khyra, and The Golden Khousins

JackDaddy said...

Thank you for sharing Abbey with all of us. We will miss her.

mythreepups said...

I'm so sorry. Letting them go when it's time is the most difficult, yet most loving, action we have to take with our dear pets. She will always be in your heart.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

We came over from Khyra's blog to offer your our sincerest hugs and purrs at this difficult time. Saying goodbye is always so hard. She left you knowing the true meaning of love, family and home and will be watching and waiting for the day you shall meet again.

Gentle Hugs and Purrs~
The Kool~Kittie~Krew and Shannon

Martha and Bailey said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful girl.
We know how hard it is right not - take care xxx

Anna the GSD said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! But you have a forever furry angel to watch and guide you. An angel's work is never done or earth or heaven!

Licks and hugs!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We came by from Khyra's blog and we are so sorry her time came so quickly. What a lucky girl she was to have such a loving home. Purrs and tail wags.

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendy,

Remembering a sweet, sparkling Golden Girl, and her beloved Mom. Sending you comfort and peace.

Our hearts understand,
Jeanne, Bob & RileyRex

Amanda said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss, there are tears in my eyes even thinking of loosing my beloved Golden. I wish you comfort and strength during the difficult time.

Mogley G. Retriever said...

Khyra told us to stop by. We are very sorry that you have lost a close friend. Keep the golden moments and golden memories close at hand, They are important at times like this.

Mogley G. Retriever

Maggie Mae said...

I came over from Khyra's blog too. Mom and me is so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Sophie said...

Thank you for sharing Abbey and her adventures. She was clearly a very special and eloquent dog. You moved to New York shortly after we moved half way across the country from our beloved Central Park and Riverside Park. We lived vicariously through your weekend romps in the park and look forward to ALL.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

We came over from Khyras - we are so sorry about your loss. We are sending you lots of comforting purrs and prayers.

Emma Rose said...

Wendy,

I am so sad to hear this. And yet happy to know she is not suffering. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this really difficult time. I wish I could help.

Abbey was loved all over the world.

The Duchess

Anonymous said...

I am heartbroken to see that Abbey went so fast. I so enjoyed reading about her cosmopolitan life in NYC with you!!! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet girl with all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barb

YD, sometimes with ♥Samantha and ♥June said...

We are very sorry for your loss. There is really no word of comfort when someone losses a beloved.
We will be back every Monday to read about Abbey's Life Lessons.
Please take care.


YD with Samantha & June

The Heartbeats said...

Khyra sent us over. So sorry about Abbey. You are so right about the notebook of life lessons.You have a wonderful outlook. Abbey was a pretty girl.

KT and Lady said...

We always trust that they will tell us when its time. Its good you listened to your girl. When they are so sick, it is hard to make the decision, but we must let them go.

We are so sorry for you loss. Abbey was a very special girl - we loved reading about her in your blog and will miss her too. A candle will be displayed for Abbey on our blog.

Devo died of cancer exactly 3 years ago today. They will be waiting at the bridge for us.

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Coming over from Khyra's bloggie to offer condolences on the loss of your Abbey.

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Hi,
We saw Khyra's post. It's always so sad when one of us is taken away so quickly especially when there's a lot more to learn.
norwood

Ollie said...

Dear Wendy,
We mourn with you the loss of your beloved friend. Your profound bond comes through in every photo you shared with us of lovely Abbey.
May her spirit burn bright and comfort you during these difficult days ahead.

Aksharaa said...

WE are so so sorry...
We came over to meet Abbey after reading about her in our friend Lola's blog. Little did we know that we would be too late... she has started on her journey..

But we shall come back- to learn from her life lessons,to get to know who she was...
take all the time u want to, we shall wait for u...

much love,
Buddy n ginger

Courage and Mom said...

They leave us too soon, but the memories are there forever.We hope that you can find some comfort in knowing how many lives you have touched and made richer.
Courage and his foster mom

Sheila and Bob said...

We are so sorry to hear this news, Abbey has left a wonderful legacy and she will be in all our hearts forever.

Run Free Sweet Girl, all our fur loves that have gone before will be welcoming you at the Rainbow Bridge.
We will meet again.

All our Love

Hamish & Rescu Sophie &
Their Mom & Dad
Sheila & Bob

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We only just met you the other day. We are so very sorry to hear the sad news. We understand the pain in your heart - time will help, so take that time now and remember the good days. Your ALL post is a wonderful way to honor the memory and love of sweet Abbey. Hugs.

Woos ~ PHantom, Thunder, and Ciara

deborah said...

extending our deepest sympathies and condolences, many prayers from Maggie, Earl, Cletus, Wilbur, Princess, Victoria Alissa and me, their mom, deb

mayziegal said...

I just came by for the first time today and I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am that Abbey had to go to the Rainbow Bridge so soon. I hope that one day very soon your tears will turn to smiles whenever you think of her.

Gentle wiggles and wags,
Mayzie

3 doxies said...

Hello, we are coming by from Khyra's when we got word of the passing of your dear Abby.
We will have your family and sweet Abby in our hearts and thoughts.

Puddles

Ben said...

There are tears-
Travel Safe Dear Abbs, this is NOT Good Bye - This is See Ya on the OtherSide.
Until then a our hearts beat for you.
Ben, the fellas and the peeps.

Lola said...

I am so sorry, and yet glad it wasn't a long, drawn out end. The fact that she was playing two weeks ago is really wonderful. Her life was full of love and fun - all of it.

love from Lola and the whole family

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I am so sorry to hear of Abbey's crossing. I hope the good times your shared and the memories you keep will help you find solace.

Ben's Momma said...

A special thank you to Abbey's Mom.
That even in a time of personal heartache - you are still thinking about rescue dogs.
Thank you -
Ben's Momma

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so sorry to hear about Abbey. She may be gone but never forgotten. She will always live forever in our hearts...
RIP sweet Abbey..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Samantha said...

We are so sorry for the quick loss of your wonderful golden friend. It is so hard to do the right thing for our pets, but you knew when Abbey told you it was time. What a love she was and we look forward to ALL Mondays. Rest in Peace, dear Abbey.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We just heard the news from Khyra's blog. We were thinking and wondering this morning about that precious and beautiful Abbey. We are just so very sorry that she is gone but we know that she is not suffering and she is at the Rainbow Bridge now. Lots of love to you and we are so sorry for your loss. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Ben's Momma said...

A big thank you to Abbey's Mom for thinking of rescue even at a time like this. Thank you for your continued support of Golden's in need.
Ben's Momma

Maggie and Mitch said...

We just came from Khyra's blog. We are so very sorry to hear of Abbey's passing. She was a beautiful girl and we are so sorry that we never got to know her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! I am so sad to hear about this. We are so sorry for your loss of Abbey. For sure lots of precious memories that you have of Abbey that you'll always remember. Every time we read about Central Park we think of Abbey. Golden Thoughts n Prayers. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Junior and Orion said...

Khyra sent us over. We are very sorry for your loss. Abbey looks like she was a great woofie. We are sending purrs of comfort at this time of sorrow.

Cindy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to loose your baby. She looked so pretty.
Cindy

Mr. Pip said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Abbey very well, but she sounds like an extraordinary dog with a beautiful spirit. You are in our thoughts. Run free beautiful Abbey.

Your pal, Pip

Homer said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your Abbey. We will be thinking of her tonight.

Love,
Homer and Missus

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Please feel our paws and arms joining the Circle of Love that surrounds you during this painful time. Abbey is an inspiration and will live forever in the hearts and memories of every creature her story ever touched. We send solace in the only way we can, a donation to Bideawee in her honor and our ferverent prayer that cancer will be defeated soon.

Elyse said...

So sorry to hear about sweet Abbey. I know it leaves a big hole in your heart.

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She's a beautiful girl, with a beautiful Golden smile. My Golden (who has passed away 9 years this year) taught me some of the best life lessons, so I'm looking forward to learning Abbey's.

Two Pitties in the City said...

We are so sorry to hear about Abbey. Though we've never met, I feel like we know so much more about Abbey than many of the dogs we see on our street each day. We are so glad you were able to share her with the blog-world.

Sam said...

Sending you our hugs and prayers. Sweet Abbey with the beautiful smile - we are so sorry for your loss.

Sam

Scout 'n Freyja said...

I am so sorry that your sweet girl was called to Heaven way before her time. I hope you know that you gave her the last kindness of all - a pain-free passing.

I know I have no words to ease your immense pain and loneliness but I do want you to know what you are not alone and that the Universe is a better place because Abbey walked this earth.

Wyatt said...

Hi,
We heard about Abbey Marie, from Khyra....so sorry for your loss.
What a lovely girl.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Oskar said...

We are so sorry about the love of your beloved girl.

We will send pawerful prayers for healing.

Oskar & his mom person Pam

ra_husky said...

we came by to paw our respects, soft husky wooos,

RA & Isis

Life with 5 dogs said...

We heard about your sweet girl over at Khyra blog. Sorry for your loss and you will be in our thoughts and prayers here in NH. Your Friend
Geisha,Grover,Lily,Bailey,Wrinkles

GoldensGuardian said...

I am a friend of "Ben" and have followed Abbeys blog for month. I considered myself one of the many members of Abbeys fan club. My heart dropped when I heard the sad news and I wanted to come here to tell you how very, very sorry I am. Her time with you here on earth ended ended, but the relationship you have lasts forever. Neither time, nor space, nor dimension can ever truly seperate you.

Thank you for letting us all get to know your beloved Abbey through the blog.

Rest in Peace Abbey. You sure were loved.

Deborah (from California)

Ms. ~K said...

Thinking of you and sending comforting thoughts!
~K

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Can I come sit beside you and place my paws around her neck?
I will sit with you.
I see your very sad tears, and I am crying with you. Your heart is so broken and sad, and I know you feels lost.
I am so sorry that sweet Abbey had to get that monster "c".
I am so sorry that sweet Abbey had to die.
You did all you could for her. You gave her all your love and she knew how much you loved her.
And now you did the most hardest thing that your heart will ever, ever do. You thought of Abbey and not yourself.
My heart breaks for you.
So many blogger paw friends loved Abbey and you,,,, and now as you are left with your aching heart,,, I will sit beside you and keep my paw in your hand.
Tonight I light a candle for Abbey.
love
tweedles
ps I am a friend of Scout and Freyja, and Mimi

Buy WoW Priest said...

i am so sorry for your loss...
it breaks my heart reading stuffs like these=( i will send my prayers to you...

Minna Krebs said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

We read about you lovely Abbey at Khyra's blog. Sadly, we did not 'know' her in BlogLand before, but hope to follow your ALL in the future. What a lovely tribute to a gorgeous golden girl!

Minna Krebs

Minna Krebs said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

We read about you lovely Abbey at Khyra's blog. Sadly, we did not 'know' her in BlogLand before, but hope to follow your ALL in the future. What a lovely tribute to a gorgeous golden girl!

Minna Krebs

Au and Target said...

We read about Abbey at Khyra's blog. We're so sorry, She looks lovely.

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Dear Wendy

So sorry to hear that sweet Abbey had to go so soon, but I am sure you made the best decision for her, the right decision is often the hardest one. Think of her in an endless Central Park with no limitations, able to swim in every pond and fountain, roll in every mud puddle and race in every meadow till you meet again at the bridge, and maybe that will give you some comfort.
Can't wait to learn her life lesssons.

Heidi, Tucker and Daisy's Mom

the booker man said...

miss wendy,
i am so sorry that miss abbey had to leave for the bridge today. if i could, i'd run all the way to your house right now so i could climb in your lap and lick all your tears away.
whenevarrr i see bacon or central park, i will always think of sweet miss abbey and her happy, smiley face. what a way special golden lady.
miss abbey will always be watchin' over you from above.

*gooey nose kisses*
the booker man

Lacy said...

sad woofs, sooo sorry on the loss of your girl...ur in out thoughts and prayers...RIP Abbey, run with the wind..

a sad,
rocky
bear
jodee
angel lacylulu
and mama..

Wrigley said...

Very Very sad for your loss!

Just Kisses,
Wrigley

Pigtown-Design said...

Wendy, dearest. Thinking of you and how brave you were today. You did what was right for Abbey because you love her.

xoxo Meg + Connor

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Our thoughts are with you.

Suka said...

I heard of Abby's passing from Khyra. Our deepest heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beautiful Abbey. Our hearts break as your mourn the loss of your gorgeous girl, but take comfort in knowing you gave her a life of love, and she will live on in your Hearts and memories forever.

We look forward to reading of her life lessons in ALL. What a beautiful way to pay tribute to her.

Peace,

Suka and K

Hailey said...

..... bacon in your memory. You'll be missed.

Hugs & smoochies XOXO
Hailey, Lala and mom

Sierra Rose said...

Heavy hearts here. Abbey carried such big love...and shared it with so many.
Time...we never know how much there really is. Let spirits and memories and those heart strings hold tight and live on, when Time does not allow.
Will miss you sweet Abbey, but know you are now in a beautiful place free of pain, and with big golden smiles :)

With much love,
Sierra Rose & family

Piappies World said...

Hi Wendy,

We are saddened by the news about Abbey crossing over the rainbow bridge. The sky will be brighter tonight and every night that her star shines.

Take your time and we will look forward to your ALL. We will embrace the lessons you will share about Abbey as you cherish the wonderful memories.

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

George the Lad said...

So sorry to hear of your lost.
Are thought are with you
Run free dear Abbey
Jan and George xxx

TOBY PUPPY in SA said...

I am really, really sorry for your loss...There are really few words that bring comfort at this traumatic time, but the knowledge of the love of the blogworld as well as knowing that we share your pain might help to ease your sense of loss.
Sending lotsaluv from South Africa
MAXMOM

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I have come via a couple of blogs and wanted to say how very sorry I am about the loss of your precious pup! We have walked the path that you have with our Goldens more than 10 times now, and know the loneliness that is felt at times like this, that is made a bit easier when you know there are others unseen, but are keeping you in their prayers to find peace--Include me as one of them. Again, I'm very sorry.

Karen and Gerard said...

So sorry for your loss but you did the right thing. Better to go quickly than to suffer long in pain, I think. It's hard though! She was a beautiful dog. Had to come over from Sugar's blog. Our dog is named Abby too (spelled differently though).

Anny said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We are sorry we didn't get to know Abbey before. I am pretty sure she is very much loved.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

The Teacher's Pets said...

I found out that Abbey passed away after reading THE BOOKER MAN'S blog and I was completely shocked and saddened by the news. I had been keeping up with Abbey's prognosis for several weeks but missed the latest news and I am deeply sorry for your loss! I know Abbey was sad to leave your side but I am sure she appreciated that you put an end to her suffering! We will be thinking of you during this time of grief!

Mack said...

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful golden girl.
Till we meet again sweet Abbey.

Sugars,
Mack

rottrover said...

I came over from Booker's blog to share condolences. My girl went very quickly as well just a year ago. I'm sorry for your loss of Abbey, but look forward to reading your Monday ALL's.

Cyber-sibes said...

We saw the post about Abbey on Khyra's blog - we're send sad woos. so hard to say goodbye, even when you know "its time". She'll never be more than a thought away, love never ends.

jack a-roo & miss moo

Adrienne said...

I just came upon your blog. God Bless Abbey.

The Luke said...

I'm just so very sorry...

wif love from the Luke

Stephanie said...

Farley sent us over and I must say this is the first time I have come across your blog and I am heartbroken for you. I sit here in tears (in my office no less) with a broken heart for you. This is one loss that no one looks forward to. Here's hoping Abbey is rolling in the hills of green grass, surrounded by large bowls of bacon! Thinking of you all!

Stephanie

Nubbin' Tails said...

Oh we are soooo very sorry! We lost our brother Lucky just about 3 weeks ago. We know how hard it is. Sending you all prayers and hugs!

Wags!

Mr. Nubbin'

ABBY said...

We are all deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful Abby girl.

What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us.
-Helen Keller

We will purr...
Abby(the manx),Boo,Ping,Jinx & baby Grace

Ruby's Raiser said...

We are so sorry for the loss of your precious girl. Her photos and memories bring us all smiles in the midst of our tears.

Curt Rogers said...

Tonight I am watching for that shooting star I asked Abbey to send across the sky once she'd reached the other side of the bridge. She was a good, good girl and I know she will be waiting on the other side with a smile on her face and a plate of bacon.

Peace be with you and know--as all these comments surely demonstrate--that you are both in the thoughts and hearts of many, many people tonight. You are loved and Abbey has seen to it that you will never be alone.

Doris Sturm said...

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved dog, Abbey. I always thought it was unfair how dogs don't live long enough!

My heart feels sad for you and I'm so sorry for your loss!

Jon Terry & Kim said...

Mommy and I are sorry to hear about Abbey. We may not know Abbey but we are certain she has been a "TEDDY" i.e "GIFT OF GOD" to you. Truly Abbey's precious blessings & love would always remain with you.
All our love & hugs, Jon Terry & Kim

Augie and Ti's mom said...

I'm really sorry to hear of you loss. How terribly hard this must be :(

road-dog-tales said...

We're so sorry for your loss, but so glad for all the time you got to share with your beautiful girl. The wonderful memories will see you through.

The Road Dogs

the booker man said...

miss wendy,
me and asa and mama just wanted to come by and send another big heap of huggles to you. we continue to think of you and are puttin' our paws together for you, too.

*woof*
the booker man

Kristina said...

we came over from Sugar's bloggy to give our condolences so sorry to read your darling passed away

hugs
kovack (the golden) and kristina (mom)

1000 Goldens said...

Wendy, my heart is broken for you. I'm sorry, I just found out today. We love Abbey very much and will always remember her adventures with you (and Due). We send you gigantic hugs and pray for your comfort. Love, Farley and his Mom

Thor said...

I am so sorry for your loss :(

Thor xxxx

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We also came from several other blogs to say how very sorry we are that you lost your Abbey. We're sure the golden girl will live in memory until you are reunited again.

Jed & Abby

Hound Girl said...

I am so sorry for your loss and we send over hugs.

Kari
Haylie and Fred

Anonymous said...

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Nothing will ever replace your sweet, sweet girl but I hope her memories will always bring a smile to your face.

Take care. Abbey will be always be missed..

The Thuglets said...

We came to say how very sorry we are for the loss of your beautiful girl.

We lost Eliie only 13 days ago and it still hurts so much.

Another new bright star shines in the sky tonight.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

eddieross said...

We are sending you our warmest, most heartfelt hugs and support.

xo
E+J

Asta said...

Dear Wendy
Our hearts break for you, knowing how great the loss of your beloved Abbey is. I'm glad she is no longer suffering, but so sad she had to leave so soon.
Take our love and strength and Asta's heling smoochie kisses for your heart.
We look forward to hearing about Wendy's life lessons
Run free beautiful golden girl
Asta and Mommi

bichonpawz said...

My heart goes out to you and dear sweet Abbey...may she rest in peace. Tears are flowing down my face as well. I have not yet recovered from the loss of my big guy back in May. Keep all those sweet memories in your heart.

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendy,
Just rereading some of your old posts, and Momma telling me how much you & Abbey helped her when she lost her first golden (my guardian angel). We are thinking loving thoughts of you and wrapping you in a friend's embrace. ~RileyRex & Momma

Those Elgin Pugs said...

We are furiends of Sugars~

We are sorry for the loss of your Abbey~

We keep you all in our thoughts and pawrayers~

Much love,
IzZY, Josie, TriXie and Anakin Man

Olive said...

So very sorry to hear about Abbey...

Take care.

Olive

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! said...

Dear Wendy,

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Abbey, and also want to thank you for your kind condolences for our dear Sierra-dog. It was a very selfless and wonderful gesture on your part to think of us when your grief over Abbey is still so fresh. We like to picture our two golden girls zooming all over heaven putting smiles on everyone's faces. Can you just imagine it? Heaven only knows the mischief Abbey and Sierra are getting into together! =)

Abbey was taken from you far too soon and we are so sorry for your loss. We feel your pain and offer prayers of comfort for you. As time passes may your grief be lessened, and your heart grow lighter. May you bask in the golden light of memories and love from your golden girl.

With deepest sympathy and understanding,
Dexie and the "peeps".

MySpecialDoggies said...

Scout & Freyja sent us over.

We're sorry to read about the loss of your Abbey. May her memories remain with you always...

We know what you're going through having lost our rescue doggie Apples on 10/21/10.

Nadine & Neeli
Angel doggie Apples (12/6/1994-10/21/2010)