Faye, October 28,2011-May 18,2016

Yes, it’s been a week since I said goodbye to Faye.  I thought that maybe if I let life happen around me it might be easier to announce her death to the world.  I thought that maybe the sick feeling in my stomach would go away and that I might stop crying every time I thought about her.  I had hoped I would be able to forget that last day of her life when everything I did with her was the “last time”- the last time I’d take her to the barn, the last treat I’d give her, the last time I’d hug her in the chair, the last time we’d walk to the garden.  

I think these  pictures were taken  within the first week we had her.  What a sweet free puppy she was!


As I held her in my arms and felt her life slip away, I asked my Heavenly Father to take her in His arms that very moment so that my final act of love for Faye would be complete.

And this will be my final prayer:

Do not weep for me when I am gone

For I have friends in the great beyond.

All the little ones I used to feed will come to me in my time of need.

They will purr and bark in great delight,

And I will hold and hug them tight.

Oh what a day that will be

When my furry friends all welcome me.

By Richard Severo

In Remembrance of Faye, we loved her so very much.

131 thoughts on “Faye, October 28,2011-May 18,2016

  1. Beth T.

    Sometimes there aren’t any words to say, only love. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Faye was beloved, and will always be.

  2. Diane

    Tears are dripping on the computer. People will say she had a good life (which she did), but oh it still hurts so much. Keeping you and Rick in my heart. Diane

  3. Marylou Krish

    My heart is aching for you. It tears us apart to lose a family/furry member.
    We just lost our Huggy Bear, a 14 year old Pomeranian, and I know the pain you’re going through with the loss of Faye.
    You will be in my thoughts.
    Love,
    Marylou

  4. Linda

    You have my sympathies. I’ve gone thru the same thing more times than I care to recall and it never gets easier. Just thank God for sharing her with you for those years and know that every decision you made about her care was based solely on love. Letting her go was your last loving act for her.

  5. Robin Rauk

    Mary, I am so sorry about Faye! Try and think of all the wonderful memories you have made
    with her. I bet Telly is feeling the loss too! here is a great big hug from Libby and Tasha!

  6. Maryjane

    Thank you for not posting the details of her last illness and death. We always need to let go of the ugly pictures and let them go on in peace and surrounded by love. Wonderful pics . Always a hard time – bless you and Rick.

  7. Michele

    As my wise mother told me many, many years ago: “If we didn’t love so much, it wouldn’t hurt so badly.” Here’s to loving every animal and person so much we never stop hurting when they pass.

  8. sandy

    what sweet photos of Faye…..so very sorry for your loss
    it is so very hard to let them go……

  9. Jenn

    Sorry for your loss. I’m sure Faye was a faithful and loving addition to your life.

  10. Christine H.

    Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Faye. Our fur babies are such a part of our families so I know how painful it is. Know that she is running free now without pain and waiting for the day when you & Rick will be with her again. Thinking of you and praying that time will give you some peace.

  11. Linette Stewart

    I’m so sorry Mary this is so heartbreaking. I believe in my heart that our pets we have loved so much will be in heaven with us.

  12. Amy

    I hope you find comfort knowing you and Rick gave her a very peaceful last few weeks knowing the day would come to say goodbye. Thanks for the pictures!

  13. mary margaret

    Hugs Mary. It’s so hard when our furry kids pass. Faye fought so hard and now she out of pain. Thank you for sharing. Hugs.

  14. Kelly

    I know how much it hurts! We had to put down our Maggie in January. She was almost 15 years old. We miss her everyday. It will get easier and they won’t be suffering anymore.

  15. Carolyn

    I’m sitting here at work with tears rolling down my cheeks after reading your sad news. Anyone who has loved a pet knows how your heart is breaking, as our hearts are breaking for you, your husband and your other 4-legged family members. Bless you and your family, and bless little Faye.

  16. Julie

    Mary,
    I am so sorry, but I also know that Faye is in a better place now. Watching them suffer is the worst as they cannot tell us how bad it is. I love this prayer and it brought tears to my eyes. I will pray it also for our Molly Mae. These pictures of Faye when she was so little are so sweet. She reminds me a little of our new little Buddy, a Jack Russell Terrier. So happy he found us!! Hugs to you!!!

  17. PJ

    Losing your pets is so heartbreaking, very sorry for your loss, but know that Faye passed being in your arms was an easy entry in to doggie heaven. Now there is a new Angel, Faye, n she is in no pain!!πŸΆπŸ™πŸ»

  18. MartyCae

    What a sweet puppy. Thanks for sharing pictures of her. My heart is very sad for you. Puppy & dog heaven must be wonderful!

  19. Dorothy Sheldrake

    My heart aches for you and your hubby. I’m writing this with tears for I know how painful this is. Our Molly girl now 12 1/2 almost passed three weeks ago. It was so painful and then she rallied and we have her for sometime yet. I dread the day she goes. It will be really hard for my hubby. Thank you for the poem and I’ll be praying for the two of you.

  20. Betty Klosterman

    We all know where you are. My cat passed away in 1981 and I still cry like it was yesterday. She was such a good soul and dear friend.

  21. Stef Breslin

    Oh Mary, I’m so very sorry! No words offer consolation but the wonderful life she had with you was the best one she could have lived. Thinking of you!

  22. Judy Brennan

    So sorry. I know the pain of losing a 4 legged friend. I believe they will be at Rainbow Bridge waiting when I am ready to cross. And just can’t imagine all the goldfish that will be there too. HA You gave her a great life rich in so many ways. Hugs.

  23. Dorothy Sharlow

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was so hoping she would improve by some miracle. I lost my Miss Kitty a year ago and still miss her. My new kitty, Molly, helps. Sending hugs and prayers.

  24. Linda

    You gave her such a great life. Its just so hard to say goodbye to them even when we must.

  25. Jan Behm

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I understand how hard it is having been thru it a few times myself. I love the poem you shared. She will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Just think, she now has no pain & is no longer suffering plus she is with all the other animals you’ve had to say good-bye to over the years. πŸ™

  26. Anna Jo

    I’m so sorry for the both of you. I know the hurt you going through. We lost our golden . She was loved so much. And missed even more. Thank you for the beautiful poem. Sending love and prayers your way.

  27. Lynn

    Very sorry to hear about Faye. May you and your family find comfort in all the sweet memories she left behind.

  28. brenda A in sunny AZ

    She was loved and now she is free. I can’t think of a more beautiful life any animal could have than to live with you. God bless you. The poem says it all.

  29. Sally

    So sorry, but so happy she was a part of your life for so long. I came to quilt camp one year and got very little sewing done. Mostly Faye sat in my lap until she saw you! Thanks for sharing her with us all!

  30. Charlotte

    Dear Mary: Everyone has expressed so well what I would say. I am lifting you, Rick and Faye in prayer. As you face your sorry, pain and feeling of loss, I hope you feel your Heavenly Father keeping you close, for He is the God of all comfort. “Blessed are those who mourn, for I will comfort them.”

  31. Linda

    I am so sorry to hear about Faye. It is so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

  32. Kathy

    It is hard to let go of our furry friends when their time comes to leave this world for a better place. I know you are glad you were with her at her time of passage to the great beyond and this must comfort you to know she was with someone who loved her. God will bring comfort and peace, but for now the grieving is necessary as well as reviewing the happy memories that she brought into your life.

  33. Nancy

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I am so happy that you shared love for each other for so long!

  34. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Dear Mary,
    I am so sorry to hear about Faye. Thank you for sharing her puppy photo’s with us: you can see that she was loved and happy and secure from the first day she came to you. You gave her a life filled with love; no owner can offer their pets more or better than that. Take care,
    Fiona.

  35. ANITA Fetzer

    Oh I’m so sorry. There are no words just know what a wonderful life you gave her. She is well now and happy

  36. Linda Baker

    So sorry for your loss. My daughter lost her loyal companion this past week. Lilith was a sweet doberman about the same age as your dog. I hope they are playing together at Rainbow Bridge!

  37. Carole S

    My heart breaks for you. Those babies are so precious to us. You have many friends saying prayers just like you.

  38. Pam

    Mary, I’m crying with you-only those of us who love four-legged children can truly understand your grief. She was a precious girl and you will always miss her. But I firmly believe that our great God would not let that love end and let those babies be gone from us forever. Oh what joy one day when you see her again, romping and playing and in perfect health!

    Thoughts and prayers, Pam

  39. Marilyn

    My sympathy – I know how it hurts but what a wonderful life you gave her and so much love from her cute puppy days to a last caring prayer – God bless and hold you close.

  40. Diana W

    My heart is breaking with you. We never really lose our pets, they are waiting for us so they can be healthy and happy again when we join them. They live in out hearts furever and a day. Prayers for you.

  41. Carol

    It’s so hard to say goodbye. I am feeling sad for you and your heartbreak, for Faye and her suffering, and am remembering our two pups we had for what seems like such a short while. I think anyone who has lost a pet feels your heartache. God’s plan can be so painful.

    Praying for your peace of heart.

  42. Carol Pifer

    As a fellow animal lover, I so understand your loss and empathize with your pain.

  43. Candice

    Mary, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Having said good bye to my Wheaton terrier , Harley two months ago, I know how hard it is. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Candee

  44. Cindy Y

    Mary – Little puppy Faye was an adorable puppy and an adorable grown up pup! She was a lucky dog to have you for her owner, master, friend. We bring our loving pets into our home to have something to cuddle and love. They give so much back to us. I truly believe we will see all of our pets once again when we are finally called to our forever home. You are wonderful with your pets. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with us all. Cindy in northern Illinois

  45. Donna Sproston

    Faye was a lucky dog to have such love and care. May your next puppy (and we know there will be more) bring you as much joy.

  46. Kris

    *sigh* my tears are rolling as I think of how you and Rick are filled with sadness…. furry friends are the best… praying for you guys for peace and freedom from that emotional pain….

  47. Sue

    Faye will be there to greet you when that time comes. What a very happy life you had together. I’m so sorry for your loss

  48. Barbara Russell

    My heart breaks for your loss. Know that so many of us have been through this and know just how hard it is. Take comfort in the fact that you gave her a great life and she is so grateful to you for that. Speaking for myself, it does get easier with time, and the great memories you have will provide comfort with time.
    Faye was so lucky to have you for her owner and you made her final days the best they could be.

  49. Diane Deibler

    I have this saying by Dr. Seuss on a notecard inside my cupboard door. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Brings me comfort in times like this.

  50. Carolyn Boutilier

    So sorry about sweet Faye. Our fur babies are our best friends.
    Carolyn From Shenandoah Valley VA

  51. Martha Engstler

    It is always a very sad day when we loose our four legged loving pets. They really are a special part of our family and a great loss when they are gone. Sad as it is, I’m grateful for the time they were with me. Much love to you.

  52. Ann from NC

    I’m so very sorry. Our pets are special containers of so much love and gratitude for being allowed to share this planet with us. What joy they bring in our lives…….

  53. BJ

    Faye could not have been loved by better folks anywhere. She had a great life and you sent her off in love. She’ll be waiting for you. So very sorry. I’ll miss all the fun stories.

  54. Jane b.

    It seems so tragic to lose a young dog. We have visions of spending so many more years together but our pros leave us too soon. Faye will be forever in your heart. God bless.

  55. Gloria

    So very sad for you. She filled your heart with more than enough love to feel it until you meet again. God bless you and God bless her.

  56. Gina

    Mary, you and Rick are wonderful stewards of God’s creations. The love that Faye gave you and you gave her is such a gift. We want to hang onto them because we don’t want to let them go. The hardest gift is releasing her from her pain and handing her over to God. She’ll be waiting!
    May God bring you comfort and peace.

  57. Deb F

    Mary, my heart goes out to you both for your loss of Faye. I know she gave all of her love to you as you did to her, she had a wonderful home and has now gone to her next wonderful home.

  58. Jeanie

    So sorry about Faye. Thank you for sharing the adorable pictures. Love and prayers to you and Rick.

  59. Mareen

    There are no words to say Mary…..I remember when you went to get her and we talked about names….my heart is so heavy and aches for you and Rick…..she was such a lucky girl and all of you were blessed! God is thing her now and we will all be together some day.

  60. Kathy Hanson

    As I read this and look at the beautiful pictures of your sweet girl I am crying for you. So sad to lose such a precious “child” of yours! I can only be happy that Faye is no longer sick and in pain but oh the pain that you will have for a long time missing her. My thoughts and love and prayers to you at this very difficult time!

  61. Kathy Bahn

    So very sorry for your loss, Connie. It is so difficult when our furry babies have to leave us behind. Hugs and prayers to you.

  62. Sandy Kolarik

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your little Faye, it’s so sad. I’m going through the same pain you are as I
    watch my Lucy fading away. I know her time is near and pray that she’ll be taken away at night as
    she sleeps and dreams of running through the fields. I have all the wonderful memories as you do and
    this brings me great comfort. Once again I’m soooooooo sorry.

  63. Cathy

    Mary, my very deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Faye. I know it is as if a huge part of your heart has been ripped out and the grief is so painful. She was lucky to have had you in her life and I am sure she knew you did everything in your power for her. The wonderful thing is, the memories will be forever in your heart and someday she will be waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

  64. Linda

    I am so sorry you have lost Faye….Our furry friends love us like nothing else…She will always be a part of you….The poem is beautiful….You will see her again….

  65. Mary

    Such a sweet dog. I know you miss her so much. I am so sorry Faye’s life on earth was a short one.

  66. Diana Schumacher

    So sorry – I love my fur babies and losing them is so hard. Feels like a piece of your heart has been broken off. You gave her such a wonderful life!!!

  67. Holly Woodyatt

    so sorry Connie. I have been there many times and it never gets easy. She is lucky to have had you.

  68. terry

    So sorry to hear about little Faye. Thanks for sharing her with us – we feel the love and loss. Hugs.

    Terry

  69. Marilyn

    Beautiful poem…….thank you for sharing. I’m remembering when I held my little poodle, Gidget, for the last few minutes……..wanting her to feel the love and then to not be in pain any more. The vet was very considerate of my feelings. One never completely forgets those moments.

  70. Kristi

    Deepest condolences on the loss of your darling Faye. Losing a pet is always heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you.

  71. Barbara F.

    So sorry to hear you’ve lost Faye. It’s amazing how they fill such a big place in our hearts. She was very loved and looked like she had such a good life. A dear friend of ours says that after he passes, he wants to come back as one of our dogs (since we spoil them rotten). I thought that was so sweet. Praying you find comfort in knowing you did all you could to give Faye such a wonderful life.

  72. Mary Adams

    I’m so sorry to hear of Faye’s passing. You gave her the most wonderful life, our little furry pets are as important as our children and family. So sorry for your loss!

  73. Sara Reynolds

    I am so sad and sorry for your loss of Faye, Mary. I loved the poem You posted and will have to make a copy for my daughter and her family because they just lost one of their pet cats on Monday. My thoughts are with you. I loved Faye’s puppy pictures.

  74. Renee A

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life you provided to her. Hugs to you my friend!

  75. Beryl Hoff

    SO sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine. I have 2 dogs, now 8 1/2 years old. They are brother and sister and do EVERYTHING together. I can’t imagine what it will be like…if one dis the other won’t last, I’m sure. HUGS to you.

  76. Holly

    I am so sorry for your loss. Faye’s life was too short, but so full of joy, thanks to you and Rick. My heart goes out to you both.

  77. Jane dumler

    Bless you and Rick for the wonderful life you gave this little girl. It is so hard to say good bye but harder to see them suffer, please take care and know the love you had for Faye will always be part of your life.

  78. Cynthia

    I am so very, very sorry. There is nothing anyone can say or write to patch that hole in your heart right now, however, she knew how much she was loved.

  79. Becky from IA

    Oh Mary I’m so very sorry to hear about your sweet little Faye. Those dang little babies…..when they pass they leave such a hole in your heart. You will see her again….Rainbow Bridge! Sending you hugs.

  80. Ann Barlament

    I’ve got you and Rick held in my thoughts and prayers. Was so hoping for that one precious miracle. So very sorry for your heart ache…

  81. Julianna

    Only “pet people” understand your broken heart. I’ve been there twice which was twice too many but oh — the good days, the wonderful memories, those sweet licks help to get us through the pain. May your memories help you now and in the future as you remember Sweet Faye and she still gives you smiles through those memories. Keeping you in thought, Mary!

  82. Donna

    I am so very sorry for your loss. It is so hard when we lose our furry kids but we can take comfort in the fact they are healthy and playful and in doggie heaven. And we have our memories of them and with them that we will never forget them. Thoughts and prayers to you.

  83. Connie

    I am deeply saddened to hear your news. With tears in my eyes, I send you big warm hugs.

  84. Carolyn W.

    It’s always so difficult to “let go”, but the truth is that precious baby will always live in your heart. All those good memories will cause you to smile at the oddest of times. Won’t we all be full of joy and laughter when we meet those we hold so dearly in our heart at Rainbow Bridge.

    1. Cynthia Arneson

      Oh Mary, I’m so sad for you. I do know the heartbreak of losing a pet (family member) and my heart aches. Please know that we all are keeping you in our prayers and asking God to comfort you. Hugs…lots of them

  85. Alice

    So sorry to hear of Faye’s passing, but loved the pictures of her through the years. It’s so hard losing our precious pets. We lost our Chloe a year and a half ago, but rescued our little Bailey who is 11 yrs old and blind. He’s a little Schnauzer & just the sweetest little guy, definitely a lap dog! he’s been such a great addition to our family!

  86. Sarah

    Mary,
    I just wanted to thank you for your post of Richard Severo’s poem. I know you are grieving for Faye just as I am grieving for my Moose. I lost him on the 23rd very suddenly while we were a a quilting retreat. I lost the last 2 days of retreat. He was much loved there and all the gals will miss him. This poem helped me very much. So sorry for your loss of Faye. They are always with us.

  87. Kathy

    just read this about Faye’s passing, so sorry for your lose, i know it’s hard when we lose are pets, they
    are our world, and they have such unconditional love. Also your Faye and i shared a birthday, so again, so sorry to hear this news, she was so cute/

  88. LeAnn

    I am so sorry to read of Faye’s passing. She was very much a loved dog, and knew it.

  89. Felicia Hamlin

    Mary, my heart goes out to you, I just read your post and know these have been hard days fornyou and your husband. Big hugs, Felicia

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