R.I.P. Dallas

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist

Nov. 28, 2006 – March 2, 2020

Good dogs never die

They live in our hearts always

Wish mine was here though.


Note: “Now I know I’ve got a heart ’cause it’s breaking.” Quote from the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz

35 thoughts on “R.I.P. Dallas

  1. Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. Dallas was the most precious dog and companion. From all the pics you shared & his posts here, we enjoyed his zest for life, sense of humor and all around adorable-ness. Your heart must be breaking. Much love & prayers for comfort at this time, 🐾😢🐾🙏🐾

  2. Oh Debbie. I am so very sorry to read this. You are in my thoughts and prayers because I know how very difficult it is to lose a beloved pet. I am so sorry. Thanks for sharing Dallas with us on this blog. I loved all of your sweet posts.

  3. Oh no! Not Dallas! My heart grieves for you. He was a wonderful dog, and gave you comfort and love through the years. You’ll see him again one day at the rainbow bridge. Debbie, sending you hugs and support. I’ll never forget how you’ve helped me through my trying times. I’m here for you. Keep the memories close to your heart.

    • Thank you, Monica. I know you understand, having just recently lost your beloved Henry. I hope your grief has eased up. Yes, I firmly believe we’ll be together again one day! I invite you to return tomorrow to read the rest of the story.

    • Thank you, Dawn. I can’t begin to describe the grief. Having a herding dog when you work from home means we were ALWAYS together. Such a strong bond. I’m dogless for the first time in 13 years and the silence is deafening. Please come back tomorrow for the rest of the story.

  4. Debbie, when I read this my heart broke as well and I wept.

    I never met Dallas, but I loved him as if I did, and if he were my own dog. As I’ve shared with you many times on your blog, he had the cutest and most loving face of any dog. I will miss him.

    Please know that I grieve with you, my friend. Sending you MUCH love and hugs.

    (((((((((((((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • Thank you, Ron. Your thoughts and tears show how much you loved Dallas, too, and it warms my heart knowing how much others treasured his life. I’ll have the rest of the story tomorrow, if you’d like to read it. xx

  5. Oh, Debbie. I’m so, so sorry. So hard to lose such a beloved friend. Sending you much love and good wishes. I’ll miss Dallas too even though I never met him – your joy in him, and his in you, brightened up all our lives. Take care, my friend – thinking of you.

    • Thank you, FF. It’s comforting to know so many loved my boy through this blog … and will miss him, too. If you’re interested in the rest of the story, I’ll have it up here tomorrow.

  6. I can’t believe this, Debbie. I’m tearing up myself. You did such a wonderful job of introducing me to Dallas, and then communicating his spunk, his loyalty, his funny ways — it must be awful. You mentioned the silence; that was one of the hardest parts of losing Dixie Rose. We’ll all miss him, and we’ll certainly be thinking of you, and sending loving prayers.

    • Thank you, Linda. It’s heart-warming to know others will miss him, too, even though you had to know him to really capture his essence. His was a beautiful, loyal spirit, and I find it hard knowing I’ll never see, hug, or kiss him again on earth. Good thing I believe animals go to heaven! If you’d like, come back tomorrow when I tell the rest of the story.

      • Of course I’ll come back for the rest of the story, or at least for however much you’re ready to tell. How is Domer coping with it all? Tell him we’re thinking of him, too.

        • Thanks, Linda. Poor Domer. Dallas was his first dog, the dog who taught him how to love a pet. Dallas never visited Domer’s place in the Windy City, so he doesn’t have to “see” him everywhere he looks. I’m sure it will hit him hard, though, the first time he comes home later this month. Hard to prepare for that kind of shock.

  7. Your comments are always close to mine at FF’s site, so today I decided to click over for a look. Anyone with a dog in their photo has to be okay. I was SO sorry to see this post!! Please accept my sincere condolences. I know that it’s never easy to lose our canine family members. My heart aches for you.

    • Thank you, Kelly. Yes, it’s so hard, harder than I ever dreamed. I’ve parted with dogs before, but Dallas was a herding dog, and I work at home, so we were together much of the time. The house is so quiet now, almost as if it, too, is grieving.

  8. OMG, Debbie. I am so sorry that you had to say goodbye to Dallas. He was such a good pal to us all. He will be missed and my prayers go out to you in this time of pain. Peace be with you.

    • Thank you, John. I imagine this brings back your loss of Bailey, and for that I apologize. Yes, Dallas was amazing, and we’re all grieving. Prayers are most appreciated. I’ll have the rest of the story tomorrow.

      • I actually had tears, Debbie. Not for Bailey because I spent enough there, but for Dallas and certainly you. Those who don’t consider their fur children as part of the family can never understand how you are feeling now. Please take time to to grieve Dallas’ loss. There will come a day when the beautiful memories of your relationship will overtake the pain. You do have to wait for it though. ❤️

  9. Deb….I just saw this post and I’m shocked and very sad for you! I’m not a animal person but have friends and 2 of my adult kids who are and I have seen their LOVE for their pets. Some have lost their pets and have experienced so much sadness. My heart truly goes out to you. I wish I could give you a big hug…I will have to use my measly words that seem so inadequate. Hold on to your precious memories of Dallas and may God give you comfort in the days and months ahead.

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