Thursday, March 06, 2008

Farewell my beautiful boy.

FORREST.... 8-14-1995 -to- 2-29-2008


It has been a very hard week here.

My Forrest was 12 and that is very old for a Dalmation. He hung on as long as he could, and I truly appreciate the 12 beautiful years he gave me. It is really hard to write what it feels like to lose your constant companion for 12 years. I love that dog. He was like my child--not to compare a dog to a child, but those of you who love animals know that they are part of your family. Forrest has been much more of a family to me than many of my human family members and I think it is so unjust that animals are taken from us after such a short time.














There is nothing else I can say except, run free Forrest.

I love you and miss you.

Thank you for your love.


38 Comments:

Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Dear Jen,

What a beautiful and meaningful tribute to your special beloved, Forrest.

I cry with you.

It is difficult to lose a beloved pet, who I know was such a meaningful part of your life, who brought you such joy and love.

May his memory be a great blessing to you, my friend.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you. You are in my prayers. I hope you have comfort soon.
-Amy

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Oh no. The minute I saw the title, I knew why you'd been offline for so long. Oh, Jen. I didn't even make it to the end of the second paragraph before I began crying. Let me know if you need anything, ok? Thinking of you.

4:52 PM  
Blogger C Swirl said...

Oh, my friend... I am so sad for you b/c I know how much you love Frick and Frack... or Fenwick and Farley... or F & F.

I wish I would have known before now. Bless you and well wishes. Oh, and be sure that he is definitely running free - without annoying little dogbrothers nipping at his heels... and no OU dogsweaters in sight. :)

Love you friend. Call me if you need me.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Oh Jen, I am so sorry.

As soon as I saw the headline, I had tears in my eyes. I know how much you are going to miss him.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

J, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a precious friend and companion Forrest was to you and you to him. I am praying for you as you mourn.

8:03 AM  
Blogger violetnoir said...

Oh, Jen. The second I logged on and saw your heading I felt light-headed and very sad.

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I know how special your baby, Forrest, is to you, and I know how much you miss him. Believe me, I know.

What a beautiful post. What a beautiful friend and puppy. God bless your beloved Forrest for his twelve years of companionship and love.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, D and Finley and especially to Forrest.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Oh, Jen, I am so sorry to read this. Just your headline brought tears to my eyes.

My thoughts are with you.

10:14 AM  
Blogger greeneyes said...

Jen, I'm so sorry to hear about Forrest. Wishing you peace.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Girl-Woman said...

Oh my, Jen. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will make a donation to our local shelter in Forrest's name.

Beckie

1:22 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Oh Jen, I 'm so sorry about Forrest. Seems as though he was a truly special companion to you.
Hang in there, girl.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Jen.

So sorry.
He is indeed beautiful.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A group of us that read your blog from the University of Texas send our condolences. Your love for Forrest is obvious.

You will get through this hard time.
Do something nice for yourself.
Hugs to you.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Lena said...

I'm so sorry, having recently lost my girl I draw from my own sadness so that I might feel yours. I'm very sorry, very sorry.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. Forrest was obviously a beautiful and loving dog.

You were both very lucky to have been able to share his time on earth together. I have no doubt that he'll love you forever : )

5:53 PM  
Blogger MISS S said...

I was looking at some of my photo albums the other day remembering the sweet times that I shared with Forrest. I love your tibute. I love Forrest, and I Love u!!!!!!

xoxo

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Lemon_cookie said...

Lovely way to honor your friend. I also like the idea of making a donation to an animal shelter in the name of Forrest.

All my love to you.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Dessa said...

I am very sorry for your loss Ms. Monkey. I am sure you gave Forrest a lovely life full of happiness and love.
Thinking of you in Ireland.

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The love of a beloved pet is so pure and wonderful.
I love the photos and I am sure you have many many memories of your dear friend.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Love,
Dylan

7:22 AM  
Blogger Pia said...

Oh no, my dear sweet Jen, I am so heartfully sorry for your loss of your beloved Forrest. He filled your life with happiness and love and that is what matters most.
What a sweetheart Forrest was. I cry for you both.

The photos are so beautiful and together with the wonderful memories, they will forever give you comfort.

Sending you love, peace, prayers and a verse from the poem, 'Ode to Immortality.' 'Though nothing can bring back the hour, of splendor in the grass, of glory in a flower, we will grieve not but rather find strength in what remains behind.'

May God bless Forrest and keep him in his warm embrace.

Please relay my condolences to your dear husband.

Hugs and love,
Pia

8:01 AM  
Blogger eye4style said...

RIP to Forrest! What a handsome pup he was.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace to you dear friend, and I hope Forrest is running in a field and very happy.
Take care.

JKR

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Jan_in_nan said...

Jen,

I know what you are going through and you have all my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will rejoice in your 12 years together and I hope your heart heals soon.

8:08 PM  
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11:29 PM  
Anonymous Lisa from monticeto said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I agree that our animals are part of our family.
Be strong.

++Lisa

6:30 AM  
Blogger TheMakeupGirl said...

oh sweetie, I am so sorry for your loss! My sister lost her beagle last year so I know it's tough. That was a beautiful tribute to your beloved friend.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous mamalisa said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Forrest loves you too.
Goodbye Sweet Forrest.

Love to you.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Fabulista said...

P! I'm so so so sorry to hear about Forrest. Losing a pet is the WORST and I know you just went through it only a year ago. I know he'd been very sick and I'm glad he's no longer in pain. I love the photos! You did your boy justice. You're in my thoughts! xoxo

8:07 PM  
Blogger Fabulista said...

I also just want to add that ANY reader of your blog knows how much you loved him and he was VERY lucky to have such a wonderful owner/family member. You were unbelievably good to him. I hope you are able to find comfort during this very difficult time. xo

8:10 PM  
Blogger Fabulista said...

I also just want to add that ANY reader of your blog knows how much you loved him and he was VERY lucky to have such a wonderful owner/family member. You were unbelievably good to him. I hope you are able to find comfort during this very difficult time. xo

8:11 PM  
Blogger Girl-Woman said...

I keep checking back, Jen, to see how you are. I wrote a post about Forrest this weekend on my blog and people are sending both you and Forrest their thoughts and prayers. I hope you may find some comfort...

12:48 PM  
Blogger ~*Miss Melis*~ said...

I'm sorry I have not stopped by your blog in a while. I am also very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I love your tribute to Forrest, it truly touched my heart. Pets definitely and easily become part of the family and are a blessing in all our lives, I can tell Forrest was a blessing in yours. Again, I am very sorry.

Love,

Melissa

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Giana_Dupont said...

Oh Jen,
I have been out of the country and so busy so I am just now seeing this. I am very sorry for you and your dog.
I know you love him.
I am looking forward to seeing you in London someday.

Giana

5:59 AM  
Blogger Luring the boys with my mad Sloppy Joe Skills said...

OMG! Honey, I know I talked to you on the phone several times since this but OMG! I am sitting at work bawling. I love you so much!

8:30 AM  
Blogger ...love Maegan said...

there is nothing like a dog's companionship...nothing. The sadness is incomprehensible. Glad I found your blog :)

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, Jen. What a painful loss. Big hugs going out to you.
-Sue

5:50 PM  
Blogger emily said...

Forritzimo, my favorite! We will have to get together and have 'da gravies' in his honor. You know he was far more intelligent than anyone ever gave him credit! ;)

12:21 PM  

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