Old Ladies Wear Purple In Heaven

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This is one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written.  This morning we had to let Lilac cross The Bridge.  Her body just couldn’t take her any further and I know she’d lost her happiness for life.  I kept hoping that I wouldn’t have to make the decision to let her go, but in the end, I finally accepted that I’d have to do that for our stubborn old lady.

LilacWhen Lilac came to us almost nine years ago, I had no idea what kind of journey we were in for.  She’d already had a career as a racer and had two litters of puppies as a brood dog.  She was more than ready for retirement.  I didn’t know that she was just starting her most important job, which was to make me a better person.  She spent more than half her life working on me.

Lilac, Regal at the TempleI’ve learned a lot of lessons from her.  I’ve learned more patience than I ever thought I was capable of.  I’ve learned that you don’t have to just roll over in your old age.  She’s aged more gracefully than anyone else I know, and maybe that’s because she just let it happen and made the most of it.  Heck, she really only had white hairs on her muzzle, the rest of her body was still a lovely dark brindle.  She’ll definitely make one heck of an entrance when she gets where she’s going.  I learned that you need to be gentle with those you love, and make sure that they know how you feel every day.  After the scare she gave us a couple of years ago, she also taught me to live life so that you have no regrets at the end.

Lilac and her Mother Bunny BunnySince she’s lived with us, the poem Warning: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple by Jenny Joseph has always reminded me of Lilac.

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple

with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired

and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

and run my stick along the public railings

and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

and pick the flowers in other people’s gardens

and learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

and eat three pounds of sausages at a go

or only bread and pickles for a week

and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

and pay our rent and not swear in the street

and set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Lilac in PearlsLilac certainly didn’t hold back on anything.  She lived life with gusto.  Whether it was stealing trash from the garbage can, pulling off the Great Easter Candy Heist, expressing her opinions or telling us that she loved us, she never held back.  It’s part of what made her such a huge part of my heart.  She taught me that life is what you make of it, and she made it something wonderful.

An Old Lady Wears PurpleSo, this morning we put on her best fancy purple and gold collar and made our last trip together.  I told her how much I loved her and promised to keep Timmy away from the well.  She told me that Morgan might have to take over that job, but that she was ready to rest.  I kissed her head and told her that it was okay and that she’d earned it, and then she was finally able to lay down and relax.

Long Suffering LilacEven knowing that she wouldn’t be with us much longer, I am still heartbroken that she’s gone.  I still wouldn’t trade the amazing journey that we’ve had together for anything, though.  Since I had blog posts ready for the rest of the week, I’ll let those entertain you while we take a few days to recollect ourselves.  So many people have helped us to enjoy the journey with Lilac, and have really done wonderful things to make her feel special over the past few years.  I’d like to thank each and every one of you for that.  It’s been wonderful to know that so many other people have loved her like we do!

We’ll miss you, Mama Dog!  Keep those puppies in line up in Heaven.

Lilac in the Sunshine

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  • You gave her the best gift a PAWrent khan give when it is time –

    Thanks fur listening – albeit painfully –

    Our khandle will be lit tonight to help guide her journey –

    And yes…not furever…just…fur now!


  • Hugs to your family. Such a wonderful life she led with you.

  • Thinking of you and your beautiful Lilac. What an amazing life you gave her. She has been an inspiration and I only hope my own hound will age so gracefully. My thoughts will very much be with you this week x x x

  • tracylee

    oh, heartbreaking… you’ve remembered her to us so lovingly! Thank you for sharing what must have been so difficult to write. Warm thoughts are with all of you today.

  • While our hearts break for you and the tears flow down our cheeks, we love you so much for allowing us to live with Miss Lilac, too. What a wonderful life you shared…

    with love from the Bleu

  • Mary Ann Markle

    Prayers to St. Francis for her continued care in her Heavenly home. You were wonderful parents to Lilac, as now you focus on the rest of your family. There will never be another Lilac, but there will always be others to rescue in her name.

  • Oh, we are so sorry to learn this about Lilac. She was beautiful girl and you gave her the best life a fur-kid could ask for. I know she is running free like a puppy again. I so hope her and Cleo meet at the Bridge and become best of friends. Thank you so much for sharing your life with everyone in blogville, Lilac.

    Please know that I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone in the household. I know what a hole one dog leaving us can have on our lives for sure. Especially as one as special as Lilac.

    Run Free my Sweet Lilac…

    The HoundDogs and Sherri

    P.S..Take your time as I know it takes awhile for our hearts to heal and if you need anything give me a holler.

  • Oh Carrie, I’m so sorry. I can’t even read your whole post now because I’m at school and already have tears in my eyes. I just want you to know I’m thinking of you all. She’s a beautiful girl, you gave her a wonderful life. I’m sure she’ll be watching over and taking care of all of you now.

  • Sam

    We are so sorry. Sending hugs your way. Cisco will be waiting for Lilac, and will show her the best places to run!


  • Kisses and hugs, dear beautiful Lilac. You touched us all. ♥

  • We are so very sorry to hear the news about sweet Lilac. We are sending you love and prayers. You gave her the best life a dog could ask for filled with love and happiness, all dogs should be so lucky.

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  • oh no…. 🙁 in the short time I have known you I feel that we have become friends. We are all deeply saddened by the news and you are all in our thoughts.

    Sleep well Lilac, you are a lovely dog and it has been a privilege knowing you albeit for such a short time.

    Love Deccy x

  • sara

    Hugs to you and your family during this sad time.

  • Whenever we see stories of how bad people treat their animals sometimes, we think of people like you who freely open your hearts, give our four legged friends a wonderful life and love your furkids unconditionally–even to the point of making the hardest decision a pet parent can ever make–but one that is nothing but a reflection of the unconditional love that our beloved pets give us each and every day. Prayers and hugs for you all…take the time you need.

    Much love–Anna’s mom.

  • Nicole W.

    What a wonderful life she lived! I have so enjoyed reading the stories of her life as well as those of her fellow dogs and humans. She not only enriched your life but you’ve enriched hers.

    Here’s to a beautiful life well lived!!! We’ll miss you, Lilac!

  • Mango Momma

    An exceptional dog who had a good, long life. It’s never easy to say goodbye.
    Sending lots of big virtual hugs. Kind of the end of an era as Lilac was Queen Mother for so long.
    She will be missed.

    Mango Momma

  • Cindy

    So sorry for your loss. You gave Lilac a great life. I will miss your conversations with Lilac as they always made me smile.

  • What a beautiful post, so sorry for your loss – hugs to you and your family. RIP Lilac. ♥

  • Hugs to you guys!! Lilac had a great life because of you.

  • My heart breaks for yall. Prayers and hugs are being sent to you and your family. RIP Lilac, run free girl.

  • Oh…….. :(…
    That was a beautiful tribute too. I hate that wonderful things have to end.

  • We’re so sad to hear that Lilac has journeyed on, as we know how much you will miss her. But we are happy that she left in style, as was her due,with her much-loved family to send her on her way with a last loving touch and kiss. She will be remembered long and fondly, not just by you and Mr. Taleteller, but by all who were fortunate enough to know her through the stories you told of her life and her escapades. Godspeed, dear Lilac, and be well.

  • Alexis

    I am so sorry to hear about Lilac’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Her antics have kept me laughing over the years.

  • We are so sorry. Miss Lilac was beautiful and definitely knew what she wanted. I am so glad we were able to be with her for her 16th birthday via your blog. I imagine she is doing just fine at the rainbow bridge. I bet she has a fan on her and soon she will be keeping others in line. RIP Miss Lilac. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

    Patty, Scout & Joey

  • Oh Miss Lilac. I don’t even have any words. Sending lots of love your way for the family you leave behind (2 leggers and 4 leggers).

  • Carrie, I’ve been trying to think of what I could possibly say and I just don’t have any words. Lilac was a beautiful soul and even knowing this was coming someday, I hate that it was today. I’ve been worried since hearing that she’d slipped and couldn’t get up, the other day. I’m heartbroken all over again for you.

  • I’m so sorry to read this Carrie. Simply knowing it’s coming, doesn’t make it any easier when it becomes a reality and you have to say goodbye. You wrote a beautiful tribute for Lilac. Please know that you all are in my thoughts.
    Your friend,

  • It’s hard to type because our tears are flowing. Ever since Oskar started blogging & we found you we have been entrance by her lovliness & grace. She’ll look perfect sitting on a cloud with wings watching over you.

    We are so very sorry for you loss.

    Pam & Oskar

  • I am heartbroken for you. You will be in my thoughts.

    Rest in Peace sweet Lilac.

  • I just heard this sad news from Oskar and wanted to come by and tell you how sorry I am and will be keeping you, and your family, in my thoughts and prayers. This is the first time I have visited your blog, Lilac was a beauty and your lovely tribute brought tears to my eyes.

    Rest in peace at the Rainbow Bridge Beautiful Girl!

  • Oh Carrie… I type this with tears streaming down my face. My heart breaks for the saddness you are experiencing. We always admired Lilac and her wonderful, graceful life. She is surely shining in heaven and thankful you helped her get there. I know you have many great memories and I hope they help you through this time.
    We’re thinking of you…
    Jenn & Corbin

  • OH NO!!! Just returned from vacation to find out my co-worker had to send her dog (seizures) to the bridge and now I read this. It’s just too much. Lilac was a beautiful, graceful girl who lived an amazing life full of love! It’s always important to remember and be grateful for that love.

    With much love,

    Mamma Heartbeat

  • Every day that we visit your blog, we have hoped it wouldn’t be this post. We knew it was coming, but you know, it is something we just don’t want to think about. We are so very sad for all of you, but at the same time we have to join in celebrating a beautiful life. We should all be as fortunate as Lady Lilac to live the life she did, living it truly to its fullest. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Soft woos from the pack and gentle hugs from the Momster.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom too

  • Karen

    I’m so sorry this day has come for your Grande Dame, Carrie. You honored her beautifully, in life, and in this post.

  • Oh, my goodness .. NO!!! Not Lilac!! *Tears*

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You clearly loved the old lady the way dogs deserve to be loved and more. And she knew – for sure, she knew – just how much she was loved and valued. No dog could ask for more than Lilac had in your family.

    It will take a long while to get past it. I takes a long while with ‘ordinary’ dogs, but with an extraordinary soul like Lilac .. well, you know, I know you do. I also know how much it hurts, and I’m sorry for your pain 🙁 🙁 🙁

    As they say on Greytalk: Run free, Lilac – run like the wind. Pain-free, and young again.

  • George

    So sorry to hear this news, I remember you asked on one of your blog posts when will you know the time is right, you did.
    It dosen’t make it any easer, the heartache will ease over the coming weeks you gave her 9 wonderful years.
    Run Free Dear Lilac.
    love and hugs to you all from this side of the pond
    George, Tess and Jan xxxx

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Lilac, that the day had to come. We all wish we would never have to take them away, but you were strong to put her out of her misery. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. We will remember Lilac forever. Hugs.

  • My eyes are full of tears as I read this post, but there’s a smile on my lips, both brought about through reading this post about Lilac and what she brought to your lives. I am truly sorry that she won’t be continuing the journey with you, but I know she’s keeping everyone in line in heaven and doing it with a grace we can only strive to exhibit. As I read that Morgan will now have to take over the role of protecting Timmy from the well, my first thought was ‘how is Morgan going to react when one of her pack is missing?’ May your emptiness, and Morgan’s, be filled with all the good wishes I can offer and all of your loving memories of one heck of a classy old lady!

  • What a sweet tribute post. Sorry you had to make the decision. She was a grand ol’ dame. We always knew a post about her was going to give us a giggle. She will always be remembered.

  • Oh Carrie, I knew the day was nearing, but I hoped it would never come. I’m so sorry for you loss.
    Her example helps me a lot to deal with my aging Choupette.
    I know no dog will replace her. Take your time to deal with her absence.
    Snuggles to all of you.

  • Sarah Heinz

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful old gal! Sweet Lilac at The Bridge, keeping them all in line………. love it…………

  • We’ve not been as faithful to the blogs as we once were because of other commitments, but I just buzzed through my google reader and saw the news about your dear old lady. I know you’ll miss her terribly. If it’s any consolation, we’ll help keep Timmy away from the well here in Virginia.

    Hugs to your family – we know what a heartbreaking day it is.

  • Carrie, Mr. Taleteller, Blueberry, Bunny and Morgan, my deepest sympathies are with you. Please be comforted by the fact that you were able to release her from this life on your terms and hers. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing Lilac with all of us.

    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years

  • Benny & Lily

    Oh my goodness!! We are so sorry. There is lots of slobbering going on over here. Lilac will always be remembered. Run free sweetie
    Benny & Lily

  • i’m sorry to read about lilac’s passing, carrie. i would have very much liked to have met her and taken a few photos.

  • We are so so sorry for your loss.

  • oh my gosh, i am so very sorry to hear this news. i hope she is at peace and you will be soon, too.

  • What a hard thing to have to do for your dog. I can’t even begin to imagine! But what a beautiful post about beautiful Lilac! Morgan has some big Lassie shoes to fill!

  • Goodbye sweet Lilac


  • Oh, Carrie, I knew this day would one day come, but not today…never today. Unfortunately, I took a peek at my Google Reader right before I left work, so I was crying at work. My friend (other Lori) came in and saw me crying, and I told her that Lilac died. I was embarrassed, so I said, “Isn’t it silly that I’m crying, isn’t it just silly.” Lori said to me, “No it isn’t, you loved Lilac,” and love her I did. Thanks to you, you made so many of us fall for that sweet and sassy old gal. You gave voice to her special, unique personality. You blessed us all, and your tribute so beautifully captures your sweet relationship and experience together.
    I never met Lilac in person, but I hope that when it’s my turn to cross the bridge, I’ll finally get to meet her and give her some lovin’. Of course, she won’t recognize me because I’ll be only one in a crowd of her fans all wearing purple t-shirts that say, “#1 Lilac Fan.”
    Much love to you all and my deepest, deepest sympathy.

  • So very, very sorry. RIP Lilac.
    Shawnee and Mom

  • The Road Dogs

    This is one of the saddest things I’ve read. I truly thought she would live to be a hundred! I could say the appropriate things like how she left you with so many wonderful memories to comfort you, ’cause I know she did, but what I really want to say is – it’s just so darned sad. Take care . . .

    The Road Dogs’ Mom

  • *wipes away tears*
    That was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful old lady. We’ve enjoyed reading about all of Lilac’s escapades and stories, she was a right character.
    We are very, very sad to hear about Lilac’s passing, but she will be over the Rainbow Bridge now, racing around like a young dog again.
    Our thoughts are with you all, and Rest in Peace dear Lilac xxx

  • We all send our thoughts and prayers to your entire family for the loss of dear, sweet Lilac. We so enjoyed reading about her antics right up to the end.


  • Jen

    Oh no, I’m so sad to read this!

    I’m confident that you made the decision that you had to make, though.

    Thank you for sharing her with us (and I love that poem)

  • Em & Roo

    Carrie, we all love you, and we all certainly love Lilac. What a remarkable (albeit tough!) teacher she was… and what a sense of humor, whether or not she realized how much she made us smile 🙂 I am so glad you all found each other. Thank you for sharing her with us.

    What a life… what a legacy… what a GREYT girl!!!

    Em and Roo

  • Rachel

    I have dreaded hearing the news of today – that the reign is over. My heart aches for you. Lilac was clearly special. Thank you for sharing the lives of all four princesses on your blog, but today especially, thank you for sharing Lilac and giving her a voice!

  • Bless you heart for adopting a senior dog or did Lilac adopt you? Anywho…who knew that she would live a long life…although short in human terms. I just love the photo of her in that pretty purple organza…A lot of friends lately have lost seniors and even young one’s and each one reminds me of my pugs let alone my own mortality. It reminds me of the “babies” in my past that I lost too soon…whether or not the AKC lifespan book agrees. Bless you for allowing her to leave gracefully.
    Much Love and Some Tears and a Big Hug,
    Mama Mindy of The Slimmer Puggums

  • Frankie Furter

    Dearest Furends, I am so very VERY sorry to hear that this day arrived. I know that she would SAY THANK YOU for all the wonderful YEARS and for being willing to HELP me when I needed it most.

    I am SOOOOOO sorry for your loss.

    Run FREE and FAST dear furend. I know you will be waiting to meet all of us… across the bridge. Til I meet you on the other side Fair Well.

  • We are sooo sorry…. We are all so sad to read this.

    We will always remember your Beautiful Lady!

    Beautiful Poem!

  • I’m terribly sorry to hear you had to let your beautiful lady go.

  • Frankie Furter

    FARE… FARE WEll…. Sorry about that… I was kinda Shaken up when I was TYPING..

  • Lilac has been an inspiration! We are so sorry for your loss, but are pretty sure she was greeted by a handsome, bouncy fellow for a game of chase. Sending hugs and rottie kisses to all of you.

    Bart, Ruby and Lisa

  • Oh Lilac. It breaks my heart to hear this. She lived a long and very full life… the best years spent with you.
    I feel like recently there have been so many of our friends crossing the rainbow bridge and it’s so sad. Just yesterday we got news that one of our Dane friends suddenly passed away, he was just a few months younger than Darwin. And now today, Lilac. We’ll keep you all in our thoughts.
    Big hugs and giant Dane kisses to all of you from us in Seattle.

  • Though I was not blessed with having known beautiful Lilac, I am moved by your dear and heartfelt farewell. I learned of your loss from Mango, and I wanted to offer you condolences, best wishes, and puppy love.

    ~Jasmine the Baby Dane

  • Bless you all.

    Our favourite poem, which you quoted, could have been written for Lilac.

    You have been so brave to do the right thing for her. I can’t imagine how much you will miss her. I know we will from all the way over this side of the Atlantic.

    I knew this day had to come but it’s not stopped the tears flowing.

    All the love in the world, from Winnie and all the family xx

  • Kara-mel , Ki-lee & Sharon

    Carrie and family –
    So very sorry to hear about Lilac -It is so hard to let a loved one go…. I am sure Lilac and Drive are having a fast game of zoomies over the Rainbow Bridge… Lots of Love and Hugs from Kara-mel, Ki-lee & me….

  • We just came from Corbin’s blog. We didn’t know Lilac and we’re so sorry that we didn’t. She’s such a lovely lady! We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  • Ohh I am so sad to hear this news, My heart aches for your loss and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. You did the very best for your beautiful girl even though it broke your heart, Lilac was an inspiration for all of us of advancing years. I shall wear purple more often now and when I do I shall think of Lilac and hopefully smile then instead of crying like I have tonight.

    With Much love
    Momma Tea & The Trio
    x x x x x x x x

  • Sending hugs for you and your gang.

  • So very sorry to learn about beautiful Miss Lilac :o(
    Godspeed Beautiful Noble Lady in Purple!

    Meee and my Pack will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time…

    Love and Blessings,
    Neeko :o(

    • Sorry my sad faces got posted wrong… Argh!!!
      Again, we are so very sorry for loosing Miss Lilac…

      Love and Blessings,

  • Oh, Carrie. I am sitting here with tears running down my face. I loved that sassy old lady and honestly thought she would never die. But you can be sure that her memory will live on in the countless people she has touched through your blog.

    I am sending you peaceful thoughts and hoping that one day, before long, your memories of Lilac will bring you more smiles than tears.

    Run free, sweet Lilac. You will be missed.

    Amber (and the crew)

  • So very sorry to learn about beautiful Miss Lilac…
    Godspeed Beautiful Noble Lady in Purple!

    Meee and my Pack will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time…

    Love and Blessings,
    Neeko ♥

  • We have not been on really at all lately but I saw this on Mayzie’s Facebook page. I am so heartbroken for all of you. I know how hard that decision is and nothing people say can make it easier for now. Just remember the joy she brought you.


    Mr. Nubbin’s Mom

  • Ryker

    My heart goes out to you, cherish all your wonderful memories! She was truly a gift.

  • Forever when I pass a lilac bush I shall remember your beautiful Lilac. God Speed sweet Lilac.

    Bobo and Meja’s Mommy

  • Lilac truly lived by her own rules and that’s we all loved her so much! I think the last picture of her in this post is my favorite of any I have ever seen of her! She looks so beautiful and elegant – and yes, she definitely did age gracefully! I will miss hearing about your daily adventures with her and I’m guessing that you still won’t be able to sleep well now that you had to say goodbye to such a special girl! I really admired both Lilac and your love for her and I’m so sorry for your loss! Hugs!

  • Oh, we are so sad to hear that Miss Lilac had to go to the Bridge. She was a great girl and had a wonderful life with you all. Thinking of and praying for you as you heal from your loss.


    Jackie, Dillon, and Mom

  • We’re going to miss a truly amazing Mama Dog. Lilac was an inspiration to us all.

    Thinking of all of you with tears in our eyes,
    Zona and Mom

  • Hello Miss Lilac’s family. We wanted to send you our sympathy. We didn’t know Miss Lilac but have known the pleasure of owning an old dog and the joy they give. She sounds like a very special girl. Hugs to all. Love Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  • Farewell, beautiful girl. Run fast, free and often. You are missed.

  • carrie,

    my heart broke into a million pieces when i saw your blog post. lilac was a special lady — beauty, brains, and mischief wrapped into one lovely greyhound. i am so very sorry to hear that she had to make the trip to the bridge. my thoughts are with you.

    *big, big hugs*
    booker and asa’s mama

  • Louise Heath

    Read this on the wall and I am sorry to have never known your beautiful Lilac

  • Corbin told me the sad news about your beautiful Miss Lilac. My sisters and I send you many purrs and lots of hugs. Rest easy beautiful lady.

  • So sorry for your loss. Kisses & hugs to you & the pack.

  • Carrie, you know how I feel about Lilac.
    I will miss her more than I can say.
    I posted about her today after I was able to gather my emotions.

    Hug the pups for me.

  • Oh, my, not at all what I wanted to hear. I am so sorry for your loss, but so thankful that you gave Lilac such a loving retirement home and listened to all of her lessons. Trust me, I know painfully well, how many moments will hit you in the next few weeks where you reach to touch her, or think you see her out of the corner of your eye, or convinced you hear her bark. And I will not even pretend that those moments will go away, but at some moment, they will make you smile and laugh more than tear up and cry.

    Know that The Herd is with you and thinking of you – and I am especially feeling all of those raw emotions that go with this moment.

    P.S. – I have asked Kodiak to greet Lilac. He needs a Queen to tell him what to do.


  • Pip

    Oh no, not Miss Lilac …we are so very sad for you and your family and for all of us who have come to love Lilac. We are sending you lots of love and healing thoughts. Run free Lilac …we love you!

    Pip & Kristin

  • Soft husky woooos,


  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful girl. They always leave us much too soon.

    May you find peace in your memories while she waits for your beyond the bridge.

  • I am so sorry, this is never easy and I think I know every emotion you are going through right now. I have always said that I would much rather have known and loved and lost, than to have never experienced the grace of a senior greyhound, they are just special.

    I’m pretty sure the red feather that fell out of the sky today was from the red feather boa that one of my little ladies draped around her neck before they gave her a red hat. Yes, I have many a red hot houndie at the bridge waiting for new recruits. Lilac will be in good hands. Party on ladies.

    Sending gentle hugs. We’re thinking about you.

  • What a beautiful tribute to a very special dog.

    Run free, sweet Lilac! I know how your mom feels. It’s always so hard to lose a friend…

    Kathleen and Cloud

  • Rest in Peace sweet lady. Run free and healthy at the rainbow bridge with all of your new friends. Be sure to eat a lot of treat and relax in the sun.

    We will keep your family in our thoughts and send them lots of Cavalier kisses.

    Felissa, Davinia and Indiana

  • Kate Holmes

    Sending love and hugs.

  • Michelle

    Godspeed sweet Lilac. You truly will be missed by all.
    Carrie, you are in our thoughts. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Paulette

    What a lovely eulogy, many people are not nearly so well thought of. It is wonderful that she was able to help you grow! I love the photos esp the last one. It is a final kindness to help them go with dignity.

  • So sorry to hear the news. I hope you have some space to take care of each other in this painful time. And I hope the presence of so many friends who loved Lilac is some comfort to you.

  • I’m so sorry to hear this. Rugby and I are thinking of you guys. 🙁

  • tweedles

    I did not know Lilac. But all my friends knew her.
    I know your heart is breaking from so much sadness.
    You gave this doggy such a good home… you loved her so. And she loved you.
    I am sorry she had to go.

  • So sorry for your loss, she was the grandest of old doggies and lived with style. Here are some hugs for you and your family at this hard time. It’s the ones that remain that have the hardest times. XXXXXX

    Carol, Shiloh and Sammy

  • jet

    I remember that poem from high school! it suits Lilac so well….. RIP little old lady

  • We are so sad to hear that Lilac went to the bridge. She had a wonderful life with you. This was an absolutely beautiful post in memory of Lilac.

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

  • Came to your blog by way of Mango. What a beautiful tribute to your Lilac. She has the sweetest eyes with a soul to match. I know this from just reading this one entry. Good night sweet Lilac!

  • I am so so so sorry that Lilac has left you and the blog world. It brings me back to June 3 when I lost Bambi!! Both old girls….. Girls that will be so very much missed!!! I didn’t know Lilac personally but I loved her just the same. When I had Joker we walked 5 miles a day and on our walk we past a place that had a Lilac .. Joker loved her and she him. They keep that Greyhound outside in the cold and I begged them to give her to us. Everyday we ask for her. She was so unhappy and so cold. I made a coat for her and took it and put it on her, but the next day she was without her coat. Only a few days later her was gone and we Joker and I were heart sick. We never found out what had happened to her….. it was so sad. It is so sad!!!!!!
    I am truly sorry!!

  • Dear Carrie,
    Thank you for letting us share Lilac with you. She was one of our first friends on Dogster (along with Hawk and Treat). She was a grand lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. Miss Lucky will meet her at the Bridge, and they shall play together. Having said au revoir to my beautiful girl only a short while ago, I know what you and your family of two and four legs are going through, and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time. The love Lilac gave to you is one of the many precious memories you can call on to help you through. What a beautiful tribute you have given to a most beautiful lady.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Lilac. She was a very lucky girl by the sounds of how much love and affection she had.

  • Jen

    I am so sorry to read that you had to let go of your sweet little Lilac.
    My heart is breaking for you and Mr Taletellar as I know how very much you loved her.
    She was such a special, strong and beautiful girl and something tells me that she will forever be watching over you and the girls.

  • We are so very sad here today. I just saw all the purple posts about Lilac. We are so so sorry you have to let her go. She is a grand old dame. She has lived and she has lived very very well. Be thankful for all the joy she has given you and i am sure you have treasure throve of great memories of her.
    We will be thinking of you.
    *hugs and kisses*
    anny + Dommy

  • We heard the news about Lilac from Mango, and we are so very sorry for your loss. Lilac will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her. She will always watch over you from the Bridge.

    And Mom

  • Oh I’m so sorry to hear that Lilac has passed, but you know that you couldn’t have made it any more peaceful for her. She had a wonderfully full life with you, and entertaining all of us here in blogworld – I know she’s just waiting for the rest of you – running free, young, and happy.

  • Hi Y’all,

    What a beautiful post with all those wonderful pictures. I can’t imagine the pain as you tried to write it. Just because one is elderly doesn’t make it any easier when they leave us.

    BrownDog’s Human

  • Jan

    Oh my, Dear Carrie,
    I was crying before I even started reading this wonderful post about Lilac, knowing what had happened today. But after reading your sweet post, I’m crying even more. Words of comfort are so very difficult to find at a time like this, so let me say simply. . . . You and your family are in my thoughts, as is Lilac. What you shared with each other is a treasure indeed. You were so fortunate to have had each other, and I’m hopeful that one day, you will meet again in joyful reunion.

  • I am so sorry to read that Lilac has crossed the bridge. That was a lovely tribute to her, and even though I don’t comment much, I have loved seeing her pictures and reading about her in your blog. Thank you for sharing her with us.

    Thinking of you all at this time,
    Riley’s mum

  • jack & moo

    We send sad woos, so very sad at your loss. I shall wear purple tomorrow in her honor. Run free, beautiful Lilac….. till you meet again.

    jack, moo & mama pat

  • Whippymom

    Oh I was brought to tears. I will so miss that sweet old lady and her attitude. I fell in love with her through this blog and feel as if I have known her personally. You must stay positive in your heart and celebrate the joy this old girl has given you all over the years. I will miss hearing about Timmy being stuck in the well. That always gives me such a giggle.

    You all are in my prayers.

  • Woof! Woof! Sending you Lots of Golden Thoughts. Lilac had a wonderful Life with you … Golden Thanks for sharing her with us. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar

  • oh nooooo…the second I started reading I started to cry. I cannot even find the words to tell you how deeply sorry I am. Lilac was a beautiful dog with an equally beautiful name. I so understand about a dog spending it’s life making us better people. I had that with my cat who passed at age 18, he passed in a similar way as Lilac. It was a decision I had to make and knew was coming but killed me and often it still does. I am so sorry…..I wish I could be there to give you a hug.
    Lilac was a lucky girl to have such a wonderful doggie Mama and you were lucky as well (which I know you know) to have such a Regal, special girl.
    May you be given the strength to help you through this most difficult time.
    You and Lilac are in our hearts.
    Love, Caren, Dakota and Cody

  • KB

    I am so sorry. My eyes are filled with tears knowing how sad you must feel today. You and Lilac gave each other amazing gifts. You gave her all those years of love, and she taught you so many important lessons.

    I love your poem. It is perfect for your feisty old lady. I hope that I age with as much character and gusto as she did.

    I am sending you and your family healing thoughts as you walk this Earth with Lilac looking down on you from the Rainbow Bridge.

  • Our hearts go out to you and your family. Even when you know it is right, it is never easy.

    I have no idea what touched my heart about that old girl, except there was just something about her. Thank you so much for sharing Lilac’s life with us.

    We will all miss her.

  • I am so, so sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a faithful companion – especially a heartdog is excrutiating. What you have done is a gift of love. It is a difficult gift, but a gift nevertheless. Please know that we love you and share your pain. Lilac was so blessed to have you too.
    Run free, sweet Lilac.

    “As I look to the sunrise
    I now know
    That you are there
    in its glorious glow…

  • thehoneybuzz

    Dear Lilac,

    When I am an old woman, I hope I can be half the grand dame that you were.

    We are sending our most heartfelt sympathies to those you’ve left behind as you travel to lands that they cannot yet go. You will be sorely missed.

    The HoneyBuzz and Maureen

  • It’s a damn hard post to read too. So very, very sorry. I love that poem and it is so Lilac. Beryl knows something bad has happened. She’s gone straight up to my bed which she never does when I get home from work. She’s looking very worried. I hope Lilac saves a place close by for Beryl in heaven cos I think they’ll get on like a house on fire.

    Run free old lady. It’s been such a pleasure to know you.

  • My eyes are tearing up as I write this, knowing how much Lilac will be missed. She had a wonderful life with you and knowing that will carry you through the days to come.

  • She’s laughing at us all, you know – at the tears that stream down our faces and our hearts that break. Hugs to you and your girls and know that the golden gang is thinking of you.

  • GrouchyPuppy

    Lilac gave fearlessly and influenced positively, so many.

    Cleo and I send you all our grouchy puppy love.

    Sharon and Cleo

  • Bev Doan

    Such a beautiful tribute to your precious little girl. It’s always too soon when they must leave us, no matter how old they are. I’m so, so sorry for your loss. RIP lovely Lilac.

  • angus

    Poor, sweet Lilac. She was a wonderful companion and even greater friend . Thank heavens you were there to take that decision . We know only too well how painful , but necessary , it is . Absolute trust between dog and family- the greatest thing on earth.

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  • Sally Lees, George and Mynx

    Dear Carrie
    You brought Lilac to life in the minds and hearts of your readers, and she’ll live on in our memories too. I’m going to miss hearing the latest story of Lilac, and Timmy, and how hard it is for a Queen to find good help these days – but she had the best family ever! Love to you all.

  • Thoughts and prayers.

  • She was a queen bee of queen bees. We have truly loved reading the wonderful tales of Lady Lilac. So many times she has reminded me of my crazy Mary Lou and her crazy antics. Even though you were preparing for this time, it is never “easy.” Even though you know it’s the “right” thing to do, it still hurts like nobody’s business.

    Our prayers are with you and your pack. I am sure the girls will miss Lilac bossing them around. I wonder which of the girls will fill the void? I imagine there will be some interesting tales there…. 🙂

    Love to all,
    Houndmom, Padfoot and George

  • I am so sorry it was time to say goodbye to sweet, charming Lilac. She was a true beauty in every sense of the word, and wise well beyond her hears. Take comfort in all of your memories and know that you gave her the best nine years she could ever wish for. Lilac will never be forgotten. Though I was never lucky enough to meet her in person, I also feel better for having known her in this small way.

    Take your time. My thoughts are with you.

  • Dearest Bunny and Family,

    We are so saddened by the news of Lilac’s passing. We know how loved she was and what an important part of the family too. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,
    Emma Rose and the Duchess

  • Jane Burke

    aww i lost my jackrussell Tilly in january & i am still raw,it made me weep what you wrote.my mother has just had her leg amputated for cancer & its quite hard for us at the moment bt my dogs sally,ella & louie keep my chin up & i still talk to tilly beside her grave.Best wishes to you all from all us xxx England xxx

  • A very difficult to read post – especially through tears. It’s so hard, isn’t it, to let those we love so dearly complete their Circle of Life. We always wish we had another day or hour or minute. I have been where you are now and will be there again and again and again because life without dogs is not life at all.

    Sending my love to you and to everyone, human or canine, that loved your sweet girl.

  • norwood

    Oh no… I am so sad to hear the news. You captured her impact on your life and the beauty in which she lived so well. Lilac will forever run through our hearts.

  • We came over from Minnie and Mack’s Daily Digest and Writing Chances and Rainy Days. I did not know Lilac, but your tribute to her is beautiful. We are so sorry for your loss and will be keeping you in our prayers.

  • I wish I was returning to your blog hearing better news. I’m so sorry to hear about Lilac. You gave her the greatest gift imaginable after she gave nine wonderful years to you. We’ll be thinking of you.

    Sam and MargeDog

  • JD and Max

    What a beautiful post. Run free at the bridge Lilac – we will always remember you. (And we’ll always share the ‘belch in your face’ trick with the humans – we’re pretty sure we learnt it from you as we thought it was SUCH a good idea when we first heard you did this!) We’re thinking of you all at this time. Schnauzer snuggles – JD and Max

  • Lovely and beautiful tribute to your wonderful girl… I’m sending you as many hugs as I can fit through the tubes of the Internet. I love that poem and it suited Lilac perfectly. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  • Schotzy

    So sorry for your loss. Lilac, and your experience with her, have touched more people than you will ever know.

  • Run free, Lilac, and give those squirrels at the Rainbow Bridge what-for.

  • Angie

    I so was not looking forward to reading this post, whenever it might have come. I shall miss the esteemed Miss Lilac!

  • awww, I’m so sorry. That Lilac was one classy dame.

  • I will add my condolences to the great number of others. I’m glad for you that you had the time to make the choice, rather than a sudden failure or other distressing event that may have taken away from you the time to say goodbye.

    What lovely tributes you’ve written to Lilac over the years- thank you for sharing her with us.

  • So sad to hear this. Though there are so few pooches that have such an adventurous life. You can tell she was truly loved.

  • We are sorry for your loss. It sounds like the last half of Lilac’s life was her happiest. Sending purrs and woofs for you.

  • Roberta

    I’ve read your blog for several years and whenever you gave us Lilac’s words, in my mind she talked like the late Bea Arthur, whom I adored. I’m typing through tears to send you and your four-legged folk my sympathy and lots of vital hugs. (Not to mention virtual chocolate and several good bottles of wine . . . ) We had to send our beloved old greyhound Sport to the rainbow in April, so hopefully she’s running with him and all the other greys that have gone ahead of their humans!
    The Lord and Lady Mother bless you and comfort you.

    Lilac, run free, sweet girl.

  • Gail

    Oh %$#@! This just sucks! I’ve loved and lost many seniors and it always bites. Good for you for doing what was best for Lilac, no matter how much it hurts. It’s always a secret relief, because there’s no more asking yourself if it’s time or if you’re doing, or not doing, the right thing, and you know that nothing terrible can ever happen to Lilac again. With a senior, you live with the dread and grief for a long time, often without even realizing what a hit it’s taking on your own quality of life. You can sleep thru the night now, as can Lilac. You’ve been wonderful caretakers of an extraordinary character and you all deserve some rest. Condolences and congratulations on a fabulous journey together.

  • So so hard when they go. You’ll never forget how it felt to rub her and scratch her and love her and she will bring you comfort for years and years, even as she moves on to the bright hereafter. Peace to all of you!

  • ~B~

    My heart goes out to you and yours. I hope you are at peace.


  • So sorry for your loss.

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  • We are so very sorry about Miss Lilac. That last photo of her is beautiful. We send you hugs…

  • Rest in Peace, Miss Lilac. We will miss you.

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  • Malissa

    My heart breaks for you and your family. I believe we all learned something from the lovely grey lady and we are the better for it. Warm wishes and Pug hugs sent from our home to yours.

  • Jed & Abby in MerryLand

    Lilac was the classiest of grande dames. She will be missed. Gentle hugs to all of you.

    Jed & Abby

  • What a lovely, lovely post. We shall light a candle for Lilac….we know there is a new star in Heaven tonight….

    Scruffy, Lacie and Stan and their Mumsie

  • Sue

    What a wonderful post to a wonderful old lady. I am so sorry it was Lilac’s time to cross the bridge, but I know she had a wonderful welcome.

    Song and I are sending you all hugs.

  • Kat

    Oh, my heart goes out to you all! As a recent discoverer of your blog, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your hounds. I check your blog daily and am gradually working my way back through the older posts. I was sick for a few days and trying to catch up…your post on the GSOD had me giggling hysterically and then I read this one and was in tears. Your writing is eloquent, your pictures fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing your furkids with us and the poem was wonderful. Having buried two greyhounds over the years I know it never gets easier…but I can’t imagine not having at least one in my life. May your memories comfort you and may it help knowing what a wonderful life she lived with you!

  • Really sad to hear of your loss of a most beautiful friend xx

  • Lilac was such a fine old lady. My heart is with you.

  • I just found you through Sue at Greyhounds Can Sit. I was touched by your words and gorgeous pictures of Lilac. She does indeed look like a wise and beautiful soul. I hope the memories you hold give you comfort during the sadness.

  • Our freinds, Minnie and Mack, told us about your loss. Even though we didn’t know Miss Lilac I am so sorry for your loss. Looking at her pictures I can tell she was a beautiful girl and well loved! RIP MIss Lilac!!!

  • Tucker

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of Lilac. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    woof – Tucker

  • Clive

    Again, we just want to say how very sorry we were to hear about Lilac’s passing.

    That Jenny Joseph poem is one of our favourites. Murray’s Mom read it out at her Mom’s funeral 13 years ago – two months before Murray was born. Murray’s Grandma was a rather special lady too who loved purple and loved Jenny Joseph. We all cried again tonight as we read your post.

    Murray will light a candle for Lilac tomorrow at mass – we have a very sad funeral to attend in the morning but we won’t forget Lilac.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Clive, Murray and Fiona

  • We are here from Queen Khyra’s kingdom to paw about our heavy heart as another beautiful companion has crossed over to the bridge. You did her justice with the wonderful post about her life and what she meant to you.

    KT and Easton (Lady is at the bridge with Lilac)

    Rooooooooooooooos from Easton

  • What a gorgeous girl. I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Sending you lotsa woofs and hugs your way. <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  • I am so sorry for your loss; it is never easy to let them go. Lilac was a beautiful girl and no doubt has made quite a debut in her peaceful place. My thoughts (and Corgi smiles) are with you.

    Elizabeth, Jon Farleigh and Dewi

  • Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. Lilac was a lovely lady. My heart aches for you and your family.

  • Dropping off some more woofs & hugs! <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

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  • Many tears….so very sorry. Tons of hugs. Wished I could have given her a kiss personally…and hugs to you. The hardest part of loving them is having to let them go. Sorry I was so long in seeing this, none the less the grief is heart-felt. My sincere condolences.

  • Mia

    I have been so far behind on the blogs, that I am just now finding out about Lilac. She was an amazing dog and I am so sorry I never got the chance to meet her. Her antics and calls to save Timmy will be missed. I’m sitting at my desk in tears over a dog I have never even been in the same room with. I don’t think it will ever cease to amaze me how much of our lives we share with each other through the blogs and what an impact it has when there’s change. I can’t believe Lilac is gone!! At least she made it to her Sweet Sixteen!!! My heart breaks for you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


    Jess & Mia

  • Visiting from Spacial Peepol where I read about Lilac’s passing. It’s never easy to say goodbye but she’s relieved of her aches and pains and free once more. Your other dogs will grieve, too. My sincere condolences to you.

  • I am so sorry I missed this important post until now. I will certainly miss seeing Lilac posts on the blog. Godspeed sweet girl! I hope her memories have your smiling again soon.

  • i’m reading this late, but i still need to say how sorry i am for the loss of your lady. i know that however much you prepare for the day, it’s never easy and the end is always, in a way, unexpected.

    until you find the peace that Lilac already has…much love and a big hug xox

  • Ihatetoast

    Oh I think I missed this, being too behind. I’m sorry. Yuck and yuck. It’s always too early to lose a pet. There is never an age that makes it easy. Times like this remind me of why I love this digital age: revisiting our lost friends anytime.

    I’m sorry. So very sorry.

  • We are so sorry that sweet Lilac had to go. We will miss her so much. The poem does seem to fit her well!


  • I didn’t want to read this, especially after so long. I know you all are trying to heal so I don’t want to hurt you by posting after the time lapse.
    Oh good god how Miss Lilac was a character, beautiful, crazy, and fun…I hope I can be just as half the person Lilac was as a dog when I am old. We had so many wonderful times here in Blogville with her and I will cherish those memories.
    I’m sorry but I am sobbing now…never thought it would hurt like this.

    I love you Miss Lilac…godspeed!


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