Overwhelmed.

The response to my last post was overwhelming.  Thank you to all of you who took the time to make a comment, send an email and to share stories of the beloved dogs that have touched your lives.  I appreciate the time that so many of you took to send your condolences.  It touched me and gave me so much support.

I also want to publicly thank Felicia.  She has been a rock of support for me since Max was diagnosed, especially the past couple of weeks.    As Marlene Dietrich once said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.”   Or, in my case, the friends you can email at all hours of the night.  Thank you, Felicia.

My household is adjusting to life without Max.  The main thing I notice is that my house seems so quiet.  I always knew that Max was the noisiest dog in my household, but I never realized what a loudmouth he really was.  There have been times in the past week where the silence has been deafening.

As I mentioned in my tribute to Max, he and Samantha were very close and I was concerned at how she would react when he was gone.  For the first couple of days, Samantha paced.  Relentlessly.   I tried many things to calm her down and finally found something that worked:

I put Max’s collar on the dog bed so that she could smell him and she immediately went to sleep next it. 

Samantha slept with the collar for a few days and she stopped pacing.    She’s also hanging out with Kishka:

I started knitting again today and made some progress on the Emerald Socks:

This is the first time I’ve made socks with a pattern that extends onto the foot and it’s going very well. 

Do you want a set of Denise Interchangeable Needles?  The previously thanked Felicia is holding a contest and the grand prize is a set of Denise Needles.   She’s also giving away yarn, dpn’s and a knitting book.

Thank you again to everyone who sent condolences about Max.  My favorite part about blogging is all of the wonderful people I’ve ‘met’.  

Here’s the last picture I took of Max:

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9 responses

  1. Poor Samantha. I’m glad you found something to console her a little bit. When my dog Caleb died he was living with my parents (he was a family dog and I moved to a small apartment when I got married so he stayed where he was happy) so I didn’t experience the silence of missing him in his spaces all the time, but the first time I went to my parents house it was so hard to walk into the living room and see where his bed was. {{{{hugs}}}} to you again … for as long as you need them.

    Your socks are gorgeous. :)

  2. Your post just breaks my heart. I cannot imagine the hole that Max left for all of you to deal with. That pic with the collar….oh just give me a whole box of tissues! Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you have all those wonderful pics and memories to look back on fondly. Hang in there.

  3. kristi and otis | Reply

    Man, Max was one good lookin’ dog! I welled with a little tears when I saw the pic of Samantha – poor baby is grieving. Hugs to you all.

  4. Give Samantha a big hug for me.

    Now I’m off to find the box of Kleenex.

  5. That picture with Samantha curled up next to Max’s collar with her foot over it broke me. I started crying right then and there.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard.

  6. Oh Kathy, I’m just balling thinking of Samantha lyeing there with Max’s collar. That’s just so heart tearing sad. The poor girl. I hope both she and you find some comfort soon. Max surely was a special boy.

  7. Please give a big hug to Samantha from me. It’s awful to lose a member of your family. I’m glad to see that you’re back to knitting, I especially like the color of your socks.

  8. The last picture did it! I’m tearing up again. I go hug my dogs now.

  9. Kathy, i am SO sorry about the loss of sweet Max. Samantha’s mourning is heartbreaking, but it is nice to see that Max was loved so by the members of his “pack”. I honestly love the pics that you post of your babies, i am such a sucker for a post with dogs…and the fact that there is knitting thrown in is just a bonus.
    You, Sam and Kishka are in my thoughts.
    Jessica

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