The Best Dog Ever

by Houndstooth on

Eleven years ago, we began a journey that ended yesterday.  That was when we met a tall, beautiful blue brindle Greyhound with two mismatched eyes and a penchant for mischief.  She stole our hearts from the very first moment she stepped into our house.  We didn’t think she was going to live here with us, we were just watching her until the woman she lived with recovered from having surgery.  However, Fate had other plans and it turned out that Blueberry stayed with us and her mother, Lilac, along with our other Greyhounds.

Pillar of Blueberry -- Tales and Tails

Pillar of Blueberry

Being funny was always her nature.  Whatever Blueberry did, she did it with a sparkle in her eye that told you that she was in on her own joke and that she planned on making sure you laughed with her.  Whether she was stealing hamburger buns off plates while Mr. Taleteller was going outside to get the burgers off the grill or pawing her ear to let you know that you were not dismissed from petting duty or just sneaking up behind someone with her cold nose, Blue was ever the prankster.

She was also the comforter in our house.  When we lost Treat, she was the one who would come to me and let me cry tears into her velvet fur.  On many of my bad days, she always had an intuition that I needed a quiet shoulder and quietly appeared by my side.  I’ve always wondered if her great empathy was what made her fur so soft.  I’ve met hundreds of Greyhounds, and there was never one as soft as Blue.  Her fur felt like velvet that had been made with silk.

Blueberry Has A Fan -- Tales and Tails

Blueberry Has A Fan

Blueberry was infamous for hating the great outdoors.  She wasn’t overly fond of the dog park, although she did enjoy some great squirrel pursuits there.  Walking with her was like going to a public shaming as she would walk as far behind me on the leash as she could on the way home so that the whole town would talk about how I beat my poor dog.  She would begin whining out in the dog pen as soon as her business was done so she could get back inside.  If it was a ride in the car, she was all about being included, even though she didn’t enjoy car rides themselves.  She always felt that it was worth enduring to get to whatever fun was on the other end.

Blueberry and the Daisies -- Tales and Tails

Blueberry and the Daisies

Early on, she began doing nursing home visits.  Hawk had a bad reaction to some vaccinations, and she began filling in for him.  She loved the attention and he did not, so she took over his spot.  She excelled at dog obedience and was famous for doing the world’s slowest recall, much to the disappointment of the other people in the class who thought she’d be fast.  At the nursing home, she  had quiet patience for everyone, and she even took a few humans under her wing and taught them how visits are supposed to go so that they could bring their own dogs.  She had an innate patience and gentleness to her.

Blueberry Over Grandview -- Tales and Tails

Blueberry Over Grandview

She was known by a lot of names.  She raced, very briefly, as Reward Terry.  After that, she became Blueberry and there was never a more perfect name.  She was also known as Boo Boo, Baby Blue, and Fluffernutter.  My husband’s moniker for her for many years has been “The Best Dog Ever” and she was.

Free To Be Blueberry -- Tales and Tails

Free To Be Blueberry

Sadly, her days with us came to an end yesterday.  It began with an intermittent limp two weeks ago.  I told myself that if I didn’t make a big deal about it, that it would turn out to be nothing.  I knew several other bloggers and friends were dealing with serious health issues with their dogs, and I didn’t want to make a big deal about it, at least until I knew what were were dealing with.  Yesterday, we had our appointment in the morning and learned the devastating news that not only did she have osteosarcoma in her left rear femur bone, but there was already a stress fracture.  Our stoic girl was in a lot of pain and it wasn’t going to get better.  We were very afraid that if we did bring her home that the leg would shatter and it would be very soon.  That would mean a much more traumatic ending for our girl, and it wasn’t what we wanted for her.

Bunny and Bue -- Tales and Tails

Bunny and Blue

I could say a lot of things.  I could say that we miss her terribly, and we do.  I could say that life won’t be the same without her, and it won’t.  I could say that we were lucky to have known her, and we were.  I could say that osteosarcoma is a horrible disease, and it is.  I could say that Blueberry was deeply loved, and she was.  I could also say that life will go on, and it will.  None of that changes the fact that she’s gone, though.

True Blue -- Tales and Tails

True Blue

And yet, one of the other things that I know is that Blueberry would not want us to be sad.  Her sensitive soul could never stand that.  She would want us to live life to the fullest, to seize every minute for fun the way she did and smile every time we laugh and think of her.  There was nothing she loved more than to see us laugh.  When we did, she could never contain her own grin and her tail.

Mysterious Blue -- Tales and Tails

Mysterious Blue

We’re also lucky that she has been immortalized, however briefly.  She has graced the cover of a book as the main character, Lacey Blue.  She will be on the cover of the sequel, too.  She also had a cameo appearance in Leanna Renee Heiber’s book as an actual character in the story.  A couple of artists have painted her, too.

Blueberry and her Bunny -- Tales and Tails

Blueberry and her Bunny

We will never stop missing her, and she will always be in our hearts.  Every day we had with her was a gift that we will treasure.  It was also a great gift that we were able to share her with people around the world who loved her antics and personality.  To everyone who has loved her, we thank you for sharing the journey with us.  Safe travels, Blue!  I’m sure you already have all the beds fluffed in Heaven.  We will always love you, Baby Blue!

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  • Jackie

    We’re so very sorry that Miss Blueberry had to go to the Bridge. It is so hard when our loved ones have to leave us. Thank you for sharing Blueberry’s life with us. We are praying for peace and comfort for your hearts as you remember your sweet girl.

    Love, hugs, and smoochy-faces,

    Jackie and Mom

  • rottrover

    Oh. Oh…I’m in shock. Osteo is so quick and so cruel. What a brave and stoic girl Blue was. And what a lady!

  • 24pawsoflove

    What a wonderful tribute to a great dog. She was so blessed to have found you. Thank you so much for sharing with us about Blueberry throughout her life. May she run free with Lilac and Treat.

    So sorry for your loss. Just know we grieve with you. 😉

  • Kari Neumeyer

    Beautiful post. I’m sad for you and your family.

  • Pat

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Blueberry. You brought her to life on this blog so much that I, and I don’t doubt many of your readers, will miss her. Thank you for sharing your dear Blueberry and her life lessons with the world. What a touching tribute.

    and we shall call out your name, and you will live forever…
    Blueberry. Blueberry. Blueberry.

  • kristina zambrano

    I’m so sorry for your loss what a wonderful girl you had there :0( may she rest in peace at the bridge … hugs

  • Miss Fendi HoneyBuzz

    I know Blueberry doesn’t want us to be sad, but I has a tear…

  • Sue Dyer

    I am so sorry to hear of Blue’s passing to The Bridge. One things for sure, she will be entertaining our beloved dogs with her bed fluffing antics:) Run free beautiful Blue.

  • KolchakPuggle

    I am so sorry. Blueberry was such a wonderful character and I love love loved getting to know her. Blueberry with her promised silky fur and gorgeous colouring always made me look twice. I feel like there’s a hole in my heart right now even though I never knew her myself, I feel like I’ve known her through you. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

  • Lynne Day

    I’ve lost two dogs to cancer. When you feel like it, please share your story with the kind people at Chase Away K9 Cancer. It’s a beautiful one and can help others going through the same things. Run free sweet Blueberry, run fast and free!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Oh, Carrie … there truly are no words at a time like this. Why do these special hounds have to suffer so? My poor Renie was, in many ways, like your Blue: a therapy dog who had the capacity to find and comfort those in pain or distress, the gentlest girl ever, lazy, silky fur and all, and yet she too had a hideously painful and sudden end with cancer (not osteosarcoma, but still cancer).

    Poor Blue – and yet she was a very lucky dog, too, to come and live with you, who truly appreciate her fun-loving, beautiful self, and who loved her. Many, many hugs. xx

  • BZ Dogs

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. She will definitely be missed. 🙁

  • Elizabeth Bergesen

    Oh no! I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your swert Blueberry. I am truly heart broken just thinking of how you must be feeling right now.

  • Kathleen Merry

    So very sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours today.

    Sam and Pippen

  • Smile down on us Blue. If we listen carefully we may just hear you making the other dogs laugh! You are right; she wouldn’t want you to be sad, as hard as that is. I hope you can take pleasure from some wonderful memories and beautiful pictures. May your cloud be the fluffiest my friend… Deccy xxx

  • Human Rescues Dog

    I’m so sorry to hear about Blueberry and you’ve written such a beautiful tribute to her. In some ways, I feel like I “know” her through your blog posts 🙂 Clearly she brought so much comfort to many people and was a very special dog. Lots of love to you in this difficult time. And a very touching quote by Caroline Knapp.

  • mrsbearfoot (Lindy)

    What a beautiful, loving tribute to Blueberry. The quotation is very fitting. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Blue through your stories and photos. Thank you for giving her such a wonderful life and for sharing her with all of us.

  • You have been in my thoughts since I heard the news. It is hard not to be sad. She was a beautiful girl.

  • Pamela | Something Wagging

    How beautiful was your tribute? Beautiful enough to get me scrambling to find my password even though I hate Disqus.

    I feel like you shared everything I knew about Blueberry and filled in the gaps. Anyone who didn’t know her already would fall in love with her.

    Mike and I are thinking of all of you. We’re so sorry you had to say goodbye so soon.

  • genjiscorner

    Oh Miss Blueberry. You will be missed not only by your family, but by everyone who ever read about any of your adventures. Stoic as ever.

  • Lifewithdesmond

    I’m so very sorry to hear this news. You’ve written an incredible tribute to her, truly beautiful. We’re sending love your way.

  • RIP sweet girl.

  • My Brown Newfies

    A beautiful tribute to Blue who will be missed greatly and was obviously so loved and appreciated by those who shared her their with her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • The OP Pack

    A very big hole has been left in Blogville with the passing of Miss Blueberry. We have always enjoyed reading about her and her ways. We are so very sorry for your loss. But you gave her the best gift of all, freedom from pain. She will forever be in your hearts.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  • Goose

    I know Blueberry does not want us to be sad, but I can’t help shed a tear. This was a beautiful tribute to a BEAUTIFUL girl, both inside and out. Our prayers to you and the rest of her pack. I am glad that if only for a short time I got to know her.
    Blessings,
    Goose

  • MelF

    I know I’m not supposed to be sad, but that picture of her and Bunny at the end sent me over the edge. I think a few tears for dear Blue is only appropriate. I loved reading about her and her antics. I loved her beauty in your photos. All I can say Carrie is you are not alone in your sadness. Because of you we got to know “the best dog ever” too and we are sad she is gone.

    I hope the comments people share comfort you in some way. What a very hard decision to have to make. Thinking of all of you.

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl. Thank you for sharing her with us. May she rest in peace and watch over you. It is obvious how much she is loved and will be missed.

  • Jodi Stone

    You did a beautiful job with this tribute Houndstooth, I couldn’t help but be a little sad, but am glad you could be there for her. I’m certain she’s looking down and smiling. The hubby, Sampson, Delilah and I are sending our love.

    Run fast, Run free Blueberry.

  • Cindy Gingrich

    I’m so very sorry! Thank you for the the beautiful tribute to the beautiful Blueberry, and for letting us be a part of your and your pups’ lives. Every time I’ve looked at my grey girl Molly today, I’ve thought of Blueberry. May she run free! We’ll all up meet up again in the future —

  • SlimDoggy

    I sit here in tears over your loving tribute to Blueberry. I knew her only a very short time, but I feel your pain over your loss. Osteo is indeed a cruel disease, one we lost our Becca to just a year ago. I know you will be grateful for the time you had with her and in knowing the good life you gave her.

  • HoundDogMom

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. We are so so sorry for the lost of your beloved Blueberry, she was such a sweet girl. I have to say having met Blue several times she really really does have fur that was velvet. Run Free my sweetie, you are missed by everyone. We are sending you family hugs. Sherri and The HoundDogs

  • harrispen

    A fantastic tribute to an amazing girl. She was loved by you and will be missed by us all. Run free sweet Blueberry.

    Cindy, Millie & Walter

  • The Slimmer Puggums

    Tears are welling up in my eyes…but I thank you for letting us know how she had passed. Bless you for thinking of her.
    Much Love,
    Mama Mindy

  • Pup Fan

    Oh, sweetie. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. You, Mr. Taleteller & your pups are in my thoughts. I feel honored to have had the chance to get to know Blueberry, even a little bit, through this blog and through you. I feel like my heart is missing a little piece today as well. I can’t promise that I didn’t shed some tears while reading this post, but in honor of Blueberry, I’ll try to smile a little too. That quote you shared at the end is just perfect.

    Giant hugs to you, my friend.

  • Little Reufus

    What a beautiful Memorial for a special girl. Through your eyes and wonderful stories, we know and love Miss Blueberry… and we always will. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. We well know the feelings that surround such loss and transition… and we send our love.

  • Lori Clark

    Beautiful. It’s almost like she went suddenly on purpose because she knew that if she drug it out what it would do to you. It had to be like a bandaid… Do it fast, get it over with. They’ll be so much better if it’s a “hit and run.” What an amazing soul she is. If she’s anything like my girls, she’ll visit. 🙂 Keep watch. When you least expect it, that cold wet nose will get you. Hugs from me and the boys.

  • Taffy’s Mum

    So sorry to hear about Blueberry. May she run pain free at the rainbow bridge with my brindle boy Taffy who has been welcoming greyhounds there for the past 2 years :'(

    I love the video of her scuffing her bed about the floor to get it to the right stage of comfort, it brings back memories of Taffy doing that and my William has now inherited that trait 🙂

  • Dennis the Vizsla

    hello evrybuddy its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am verry sorry to heer that blueberry went away but i no yoo did the rite thing for her and eeven now she is running arownd chaysing skwirrels before reetiring to a nice soft kowtch on the other side of the rainbow bridj!!! ok bye

  • Emma

    So very sorry to hear about Blueberry! Yesterday was a sad day as a friend of ours had to put down their 11 yr old Great Dane. My sister turns 11 on Thursday and it scares mom. Now more tears are flowing. Remember all the good times and know that she had a great life with you. She was one beautiful elegant girl! So sorry for your loss, Emma and her mom

  • Karen Millar

    What a moving tribute to a wonderful dog. Ever since I found your blog (I’m not sure when it was but it was a while back with the previous version), I was struck by Blue. I’d seen different color dogs, but never a greyhound quite that color. She had quite the adventures with her sisters (and even the little brother), and she will be missed from the continuing stories. Thanks for sharing her with us.

  • PeggysBra

    There are no words. I’m sobbing here like I did for Lilac. We’ll miss you, Blu.

  • Laurie Luck, KPA CTP

    That Carolyn Knapp quote at the end did me in. All us dog people dread the time when our dogs leave us. I cannot say I know how you feel. But I can say that I feel your sadness and can identify with it. Safe travels to the Best Dog Ever. Not gone, just gone ahead…

  • sage

    Oh. No. I am so, so sorry, Carrie. Your tribute spoke of the love you have for Blueberry. She WILL always be in your heart.

  • Oh Carrie–I am so sorry. She was a very special character and I know there’s a hole in your family’s hearts. Thinking of you all. I wish there was something i culd say to make it better, but I know there is not other than to say I’m sorry. I know you all loved her and she had an incredible life. Peace and comfort to you.

  • So sorry for your loss! This was such a beautiful post about Blueberry. She sounded like one amazing dog! She is so beautiful…lovely pictures.

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    Words…no words…only tears. You found the words, beautiful words that capture Blueberry’s spirit and beauty. Carrie…I’m so sorry. Oh, Blueberry, we will miss you so much and always. You brightened our lives and one day we’ll all be able to meet up. Until then, say “hi” to your momma and run free. Love you, Blueberry.

  • Jackie Bouchard

    I’m so sorry to read of the lose of your beautiful Blueberry. I’m even sadder to see that it was to that evil disease osteosarcoma. We lost our beautiful Abby, my heart dog, at only 2 1/2 to bone cancer. Like your Blueberry, Abby had a great sense of humor – such a wonderful quality in a dog. I’m sure she was the Best Dog Ever.

    There can never be enough time with our precious pups. I know you made the most of the time you had with her. Our pain begins when there’s ends. I hope that knowing that others grieve with you lessens your grief, if only a tiny bit. And I hope that sooner than you think you’ll remember her with more smiles than tears.

  • Kathleen Bell

    I’m so so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful soul.

  • Vicki Crown

    My heart is breaking for you and Blueberry. I have enjoyed all of her adventures and will miss her, too. No words can express the sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. I’m so sorry for your loss. We have always called Cali the best dog ever – they were special girls and we were so lucky to share our lives with them. RIP sweet Blueberry.

  • jealoushe

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Blueberry was one of the reasons I started following your blog. She was a beautiful angelic girl. My greatest sympathies and hugs to you and your family. Rest in Peace Blue.

  • Jessica Rhae

    OMG Carrie, I am so sorry. I had no idea she was even sick. It sounds like you didn’t either and this was all so sudden. I know you are holding on to cherished and happy memories of her but I also know how painful this must be right now. My heart goes out to you and your family and I am deeply saddened. Blueberry will be missed.

  • catchatcaren

    I also know that I am not supposed to be sad but I am crying as I read this insanely beautiful tribute. I didn’t know (I hadn’t read your blog when I saw Jodi’s post)….my heart went to my throat.
    I know how deeply loved Blueberry was (and is) by all of you and all of us who were blessed to be a virtual part of her adventures.
    My heart aches….I will try to smile because you said Blueberry would want that, but it doesn’t ease the hurt that I feel in my heart.
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you, and Blueberry, always.
    Caren and Dakota

  • Jules

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I literally teared up reading this post. Wishing you all lots of care through the grieving process.
    xoxo,
    Jules of Canines & Couture

  • Jennifer Christianson

    I am so so sorry. Godspeed to “the best dog ever”.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Blueberry had a wonderful life with you, and I know she will be missed.

  • Sara Blair

    Oh Carrie, I’m so sad to hear this news. Blueberry has many fans, and her silly spirit has touched my heart. I’m lucky I got the chance to know and love her.

    Peace and hugs to you and Mr.Taleteller.

  • Leslie Flanders Balcerak

    As I was sitting here reading about the amazing Blue with tears rolling down my cheeks, Aggie Mae came over and laid her head in my lap and gave me a kiss. Greys are so sensitive and know when you need comfort. How wonderful that you were able to share her life with her.

  • browndogcbr

    Hi Y’all!
    My Human is crying softly for y’all. All the time we have shared with y’all through this blog have made us feel we know Blue and Bunny. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • Michelle Day

    Blueberry, you were such a beautiful soul. I know all to well the pain your family is feeling right now. You were so loved…

  • KB – RompRollRockies

    Oh sweet Blueberry. I feel as if I’ve been punched in the stomach and all the air is gone. I know that it is far worse for you, Carrie… I am thinking of you, sending my heartfelt condolences.

  • So sorry to hear about Blueberry! But what a wonderful tribute post to her. I know I would be sobbing trying to write a post this wonderful about Riley after she had passed.

  • Beckett Grey Hound

    Blue sure knew how to fluff a bed…She was a beautiful girl, inside and out, and we will miss her. Hugs to you all…

  • Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny

    When I first saw this on Facebook, I did not want to believe it. I can assure you that Blueberry had far more than just the one fan you took her picture with. I’m sick at heart that yet another amazing soul was felled by osteosarcoma. Damn this disease. We weep in Maine.

  • Paula in Nova Scotia

    you don’t know me, but I read your blog faithfully and I just wanted to say I feel like I’ve known your companions through your stories and I can say that I will also miss your Blueberry very much. Thank you for sharing her with us, for the many smiles and laughs a tear is shed for today.

  • dawn

    What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful dog. My thoughts are with you.

  • Lorenza

    Thanks for sharing Blue with us.
    We will always remember her with lots of love
    Take care
    Lorenza and mom

  • Wyatt Airedale

    We first read the news on FB, so sorry to hear about Blueberry. Hugs to you and your pack. She was a lucky dog to be with you here on earth and she is in good company at the bridge.
    Wyatt’s Family

  • Oh, so very sorry :(. Beautiful tribute for a beautiful girl.

  • I have no words. I didn’t know about this til I saw it on another blog. My heart goes out to you … BlueBerry was such a sweetheart. Sending love and prayers. xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  • Flea

    I cried and cried when I saw your status on Facebook a couple of days ago. I’m so sorry.

  • Stefanie Schwarz

    I’m so sorry to learn about you losing Blueberry. 🙁

    I think if she could speak, she would thank you for giving her a great life – for laughing with her and playing with her and loving her so fiercely. She had a wonderful home with you and you gave her a peaceful ending. Hugs from Blueberry and her human (spottyspottypolkadotty@blogspot.com.

  • Rhonda Fox

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. As I am writing this with a tear stained face, I know and feel your pain. I too have lost an angel years ago. I grew up with my Sugar, a huge lovable Doberman. I am almost 50 yrs. Old and I was BLESSED with my true best friend and soulmate for 17 years, I was in high school when I lost her and I still miss-her like it was yestetday and I dream of her til this day.I will never forget her or your story of your angel Blueberry.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Many hugs and much love.

    Rhonda

  • suetaylor09

    I’m so sorry to read your gorgeous girl has left for the bridge, having lost too many of my own greyhounds to osteosarcoma I understand how the sudden onset leaves toy reeling. Reading your beautiful words had me smiling all the way through, yes Blue will be missed terribly but how lucky she was to have shared her life with such loving people and she leaves you with a heart full of memories.

    Sue and the taylor pack x

  • Casey the Boxer

    Oh no, I’m so very sorry to hear this! I always loved hearing about Blue’s antics. I know the world is a little dimmer for having lost her, but now the Rainbow Bridge will be just a little bit better for having received her. I bet she’s rounded up Flower’s puppies and is letting them snuggle in her velvet fur when they miss their mom! Hugs and gentle boxer kisses to all of you.

  • Words With Wieners

    I’m just now reading this and I can’t begin to express how sorry I am. I am pouring tears over here. I’ve only been reading your blog a few months, and already I’ve gotten so attached to all your hounds. Your tribute to Blueberry might just be the most beautiful I’ve ever read. You gave her the very best life you could give her in her time with you, and you gave her a worthy tribute when she had to take her leave.
    We lost our “Best Dog Ever” rather suddenly in October of last year, and I still have breakdowns over him. It was at least six months before I could even look at photos of him. Bless you for being able to pen such beautiful words so soon, and to include pictures and video of Blueberry just being Blueberry. I know it must’ve been tremendously difficult.
    Perhaps Bunny will step up and let you cry into her for Blueberry. I am certain she will be grieving right with you. But I pray the day comes soon when you’re able to think of her with only smiles, no sadness.
    Long-legged hound hugs…

  • Melanie

    Sending good thoughts to you and yours. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Karen Friesecke

    Big hugs to you and your family. Your tribute to Miss Blueberry was lovely.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss and equally sorry that I’m reading this late. 🙁 Blueberry was a beautiful girl. May she rest in peace. ♥

  • Kathy Cooper

    Peace and prayers to your family. Blueberry is Over the Bridge and visiting and charming all those that have come before her! You were so fortunate to have her in your life!

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie, Mack and Mario

  • JoAnn Stancer

    What a beautiful tribute to Blueberry. I am so sorry for your loss. I also found out a couple weeks ago that my 12.5 yr old chesapeake Norman has osteosarcoma. I feel your pain and wish you better days ahead without your friend. She will be in your heart forever!

  • So sorry for your loss…
    Beautiful tribute!

    It’s always very sad when some of our angels leave us…
    Thank you for sharing her with us…
    Blue will be in our hearts forever!

    We will meet again sweet Princess!
    RIP

  • Amy Boyer

    Somehow I missed this until today (Friday). I am so heartsick and sorry. Typing through my tears, your beautiful tribute to lovely Blueberry a perfect memorial. Although you say Blueberry would not want you to be sad, I know you are. I will think of you often over the next several weeks as you are grieving. I hope your other dogs are okay, as they surely miss her. Take care, be gentle with yourself, and same to Mr. TT.

  • Glenna

    I am extremely sorry to hear of Blueberry’s passing. She was always a beautiful model, and her antics made everyone laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thank you for sharing your lives with us through this blog, Blueberry helped to bring a lot of cheer to those having a bad day.

  • My heart is heavy and there’s tears in my eyes…This has been a hard week as more than one loving friend has left us all…Sending healing prayers to you Run free now Blueberry

  • I knew this would be a wonderful tribute for Blueberry. I still shed a few tears but watching the video made me smile too. I wonder what she and Lilac are up to? Both treasures in their own right sent to brighten our world for too short a time. Thank you for sharing them so beautifully with us.

  • Angela George

    I’m so sorry about Blue…and sorry I’m so late in responding too! I haven’t been around to blogs in many weeks now. I logged on to update my own, but have been playing catch up on others instead. Blueberry was a gorgeous girl who filled your home and hearts and will be missed by all. Osteo is a horrible thief indeed! Hugs to you and the whole family as everyone adjusts to the new normal 🙁

  • Dragontearz

    Playing catch up on blogger and I found this…I am so sorry she had to go, but I am so glad she had so many wonderful years with you.

  • Michelle Ridlon

    We are so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely hound and will be missed. Your tribute was lovely.

  • annyboo

    A most beautiful tribute to Blue… We are so very sorry we missed this post and we didn’t know Blue have passed on.
    We’ve always loved Blue. Our hearts are there to be broken when we take
    a dog home. But they always give us more joy in all the years that they
    give us with their unconditional love. May time heal the gap in your heart and please know that you have given her a most fantabulous life. Run free Blue.

  • alasandra

    We first meet Blueberry back in 2011, sadly we haven’t been able to keep up with our blog friends as much as we would like. It was with great sorrow that we discovered Miss Blueberry had gone to the bridge. Purrs of sympathy for your family’s loss. ~Socks, Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren & Mom Alasandra

  • Sistertex

    OH NO! I had no idea, I have been so remiss in my blog reading, so much happening here. I can’t believe I missed this and though Blewberry would prefer that I not be sad, I just cannot help it. I am so very sorry. I actually picked up on it from a post regarding your new hound. I am flabbergasted that I missed your beautiful post about Blewberry when you wrote it and apologize for the lateness of my condolences, however though it is late it is very heartfelt. Hugs to you both for your loss and you bringing in another hound who needed a home. You are greyt folks.

  • misskodee

    I feel bad for having missed this thread. I loved reading about Blueberry over the last few years. I’ve always loved her grey coat. I think she didn’t like the outdoors because too much was going on and she just wanted to stay focused on her family she loved. We all know a new dog never replaces the love of a lost one, but we all also know, letting your heart love a new dog – making new memories is a wonderful way to let your heart keep giving and receiving love. Enjoy Flattery with Blueberry always close to your heart.

  • Erin Shanendoah

    I have been so caught up in my own world that I just now saw this. I am so sorry for your loss,and yet, I am also thrilled to see your posts about bringing Flattery into your home. I can think of no greater tribute to any of our dogs than to know that their loss allows us to save another.

  • georgia little pea ratatouille

    Dear Carrie,

    Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. I can’t believe I’ve missed such a moment. I finally have an Internet connection to catch up with some blogs these few days, only to find that some blogger friends have been having a rough and sad time while I’ve been away.

    I believe Bunny, Lilac and Blueberry are the first greys I’ve ever met and known. Even though it’s just in cyberspace, all your stories have made them (and Morgan and Kuster) real to me. I’m sure you’re still missing the lady blue, even though Flattery has now come into your lives but if she was in pain, she’s now in a happier place. In our hearts, we all realise that.

    Sitting here in a cafe in Uruguay, I hope you can feel my big hug coming your way. Much love and thoughts X