Telly, 5-29-24

Today would be Telly’s 13th birthday if she were alive. We lost her last Friday and I’m just now feeling like I can tell you. Every day we’re learning how to adjust our life without her – every night I checked Rick’s bedroom to make sure she was there.

Twelve years ago when we were installing the fence one of the employees, Armando, said to me several times – “my dog would love to live here”. Seems his young labradoodle named Telly would jump their 4’ fence to follow the kids to the park, to school, to a friend’s house. You get the idea. I told Armando repeatedly that I couldn’t take everybody’s dog just because I had a fenced yard in the country. She wasn’t even fixed! This went on for several weeks until I gave in – and Telly moved to the country.

She’s seen several other companion dogs arrive and die too young – Telly was always kind to them and even tho this last day was inevitable, when it comes you’re never ready. She’d had some issues lately and I prayed for years that she’d die in her sleep which didn’t happen. Our vet had to be called and it wasn’t a calm, gentle ending that I would have preferred.

Telly through the years

Armando came back to see Telly a couple years ago and she remembered her old friend!

Remembering Telly

259 thoughts on “Telly, 5-29-24

  1. Diana

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Telly. I have two senior cats and I know that the day will come then they will no longer be here but it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens.

    1. Beth T.

      Oh, Mary. Heartbreak is right there, from the beginning, and yet we persist, don’t we? And our lives wouldn’t be the same without them–we wouldn’t be the same without them, if we lived safe, careful lives, sheltered from potential heartbreak. I’m so sorry for how much you are missing dear Telly, and I am so glad for how much happiness you and Telly brought each other.

  2. Debra Reber

    So, so sorry to hear about Telly. It’s so hard to lose our furry family members. Sending prayers.

  3. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    I am so sorry Mary. May sweet memories of Telly bring you and Rick comfort.

  4. Gail in Ohio

    SO very sorry that your time with Telly has come to an end… it’s always hard and you have all my sympathy!

  5. Connie R.

    Mary, So sorry. Telly had a good, happy life with you and Rick. I feel your heartbreak.

  6. Linda in Estherville

    I am, as all your readers are, very sad to hear about Telly. Just know she has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is loping around with old friends and will be making new best friends!

  7. Debbie G in SE WI

    Oh, Mary!! I’m so sad to see this. I lost my dog on April13th after 15 years. I miss her so much and am still trying to life without her! Telly lived her best life with you in the farm. Losing our pets is the worst! Hugs to you as you find your new normal. ❤️❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debbie – do you have another dog? If so, how is that dog doing? Hazel is so sad. I’m sorry for your loss as well – why don’t you send me a picture of your dog?

      1. Debbie G in SE WI

        I do not have another dog. Originally, I had a Westie, and adopted Bella, the dog I just lost, to keep my Westie company. I remember Bella being sad when I lost my Westie. I believe they grieve just like we do. It took a bit, but in the end, we both adjusted. We helped each other through the loss. I will email a picture of my sweet Bella to you. Thanks! Just know you aren’t alone and that you have a great support team! Hugs, Mary!!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Mary, I’m crying for you and Rick as I dreaded this day too. She is like my Caycee so I know your pain of wishing they’d go in their sleep. I still get tears every day missing my cat in all his spots he’d be so I can’t imagine your days too. My heart hurts like yours.

    1. Cathy D

      So very sorry to hear about sweet Telly’s passing. Losing a member of the family is never easy. I’m positive Telly loved every minute of being on the farm and living with and loving on you and Rick. Thank you for sharing a great life with her ❤️.

  9. Anna M

    Oh Mary. I’m so very sorry. This just makes me cry. I feel as though I’ve lost a friend,too.

  10. Gayle in Tennessee

    So sorry Mary. It’s hard to lose a beloved pet.
    God bless.

  11. Mary

    This is so sad, I so know how you feel. You gave her a wonderful life , just know you’ll see her again and you’ll take up where you parted. New life, new beginnings!❤️

  12. NancyTD

    So sorry to hear Telly passed over the rainbow bridge. Hugs to you for giving a good home.

  13. Sheryl Harrison

    Beautiful Telly! Thank you for sharing her story. I’m so sorry for your heartbreak.

  14. Pat

    Oh boy, tears and heartache. This certainly brought the tears even though I only knew Telly through pictures and description. My heart goes out to you. It’s never easy. I’m so sorry. You keep expecting them to be there. Telly was beautiful. 🙁❤️
    Pat in Md.

  15. Kris in Naperville

    Oh Mary… so sorry to hear that you had to say goodbye to Telly. Your picture tribute is just wonderful. Telly won the lottery the day you gave in to Armando… RIP peace sweet Telly…. I know the hole in your heart (and Rick’s) is filling with sweet sweet memories, but it hurts until all the memories get settled…. sending you a hug!

  16. RuthW in MD

    Thank you for sharing Telly’s life through quilts and the farm and friends! This was beautiful. Take care, now.

  17. Joyce Edmeier

    I’m so sorry to hear about Telly. I remember seeing her when we visited the quilt shop. She looks like my golden retriever Cooper. Prayers of comfort to you ❤️

  18. Shirley Andersen Smith

    So sorry Mary about Telly.
    They have a special place in our lives.
    Telly had special people too. You and Rick.
    Shirley from central Oregon

  19. Sharon Zabransky

    Such a sweet face! They give us the best and we give it back to them. Our dog parent philosophy has always been to never let them suffer. They somehow let us know when it’s time. May happy memories fill your hearts with love! 🐾🖤🐾

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – that’s my philosophy as well and I wonder if I waited too long. She’d have those moments when she’d want to follow along with the golf cart and she was always interested in eating but I knew the time was coming.

  20. Jill Klop

    Oh Mary! I’m so sorry. That’s a big loss…for all of you. How is Hazel doing? Take care!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill – Hazel lived her entire life with Telly and she misses her as much if not more than we do. She’s just sort of lost.

      1. Jill Klop

        My heart always breaks for the furry members who have lost their buddy. They don’t really understand what’s happened. We had that situation with two of our beagles one time..I get it. Sending hugs!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jill – we did make sure Hazel and Keeper were with us when Telly died and we let them smell her afterwards. I wanted them to understand Telly was gone. Hank came and visited today so Keeper was thrilled and Hazel is too much of a diva to mourn too long.

  21. Fran

    Sending hugs. It’s so sad. Now maybe she can jump fences again over the rainbow in heaven. A faithful companion she was. So sorry.

    Fran in SW Iowa

  22. Paula S.

    I’m sorry about Telly’s passing. I know how much it hurts to lose a dog.

  23. Jean

    So terribly sorry about Telly! She had a marvelous life with you by all the pictures you’ve shared and the stories! As hard as it is to lose them it”s even harder to imagine life without animal companions. As they say, beauty is meant to be shared and the beauty of life shared is the most profound gift.

  24. Rosalie in Texas

    Oh Mary, so sad. And harder still when a peaceful end is what we want snd don’t get.
    What a wonderful life she had with you on the farm.

  25. Danna

    So sorry for your loss. So true – no matter how long we have them, it’s never long enough. And if we all could live like our dogs, unconditional love and big smiles to greet one another.

  26. Marsha from Kansas

    Mary, I’m so sorry for your loss of Telly. I’ll miss seeing her in your pictures. She has been present since I have followed you. Our pets are more than just a pet, they become family members. I’m shedding a few tears myself. My sympathy to you and Rick.

  27. Susan in VA

    Oh, Mary. I so feel your pain. We had to put down our “mostly beagle” pup, Lady, on May 16th. She would have been 15 on June 1. We’ve known for over a month that she was in end-stage heart disease, but she was doing well. But, on the 16th, she couldn’t breath and was in distress. I had to gather everyone (our son and his wife, our daughter and my husband and I) and got her to the vet to put her down. She was technically our daughter’s dog and she was 9 years old when we got her from a couple who had rescued her from a ditch on the side of the road. Our daughter is 24 now. This has been so hard for all of us. Our daughter had tears again just this morning.
    You and Rick gave Telly a wonderful life and so much love. I firmly believe our pets go to heaven and will be there waiting for us. Just imagine the reunion!!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – the reunion of all our dogs will be unbelievable and I wonder if Faye didn’t come running to greet her best friend when Telly arrived in Heaven. I hope so.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Hanks mom – I like it, too, and I have a couple of Telly and Faye pictures that I’ll post.

  28. Sharon Lowy

    She was beautiful inside and out. I know your pain. Sending prayers. She was lucky to have you and Rick.

  29. Susan in AL

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend! Telly will be remembered with love.

  30. Donna Sproston

    My heart goes out to you and Rick. Telly was a beautiful and sweet dog.

  31. Linda in NC

    Our pets are in our hearts forever. So hard to not have them by our side. Love and hugs to you and Rick Hazel must feel the loss too.

  32. Brenda Ks

    Mary and Rick so sorry for you both. It’s really so hard to lose our pets.
    You let her live her best life.

  33. Ann in PA

    Oh Mary, I’m so sorry. I hope that soon your heartbreak will be eased with sweet memories of Telly’s wonderful time with you, Rick, and her furry family. She was blessed to be so loved!

  34. Charlotte

    Aww Mary so very sorry. Such heartache. Be comforted to know that Telly is at the Rainbow Bridge now where there is no pain or anxiety.

  35. Marilyn Magelitz

    So sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing the pictures of Telly.

  36. Mary Etherington Post author

    Pamela – no, this was our regular vet but Telly got nauseous after the sedation. I had to cut the carpet out where she was laying – which will be a constant reminder every time I go in the shop.

  37. Linda

    I am so sorry that you have lost Telly….Telly was such a great dog and friend….I believe that we will see our little ones again…How can heaven be heaven without dogs!!!

  38. Sandi

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! I lost my 16 year old Lucy about 3 weeks ago. I still check the couch and expect to see her there. I love the pictures of Telly. Hugs,

  39. Karla T

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry about Telly. What a sweet and constant friend she was. So sorry she and you had to go through that. The pain of losing them is so hard, but the richness they bring to life is the reward. Glad you have lots of good memories.

  40. Beverly in Texas

    Mary,
    I’m so sorry about Telly. What a wonderful companion he has been to you & Rick. It’s never easy. 🥹

  41. Jo in Wyoming

    Oh, Mary. We all are shedding a tear for you today. You lost a friend and Hazel lost her buddy.
    I’m so very sorry. 😪😢.
    It takes a while to share such sad news, but thank you for trusting us. Keep her collar close.

  42. Terri S.

    Call Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how painful it must be for you. Know that you and Rick were the best parents ever. And that you will meet again over the rainbow bridge.

  43. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Mary, I am so deeply sorry to learn of Telly’s passing. Sending giant hugs today, I know that your heart is broken. May the many happy memories, over time, be balm for that pain that hurts so much today.

  44. Cathie

    I am so sorry about your loss of Telly. So glad you have so many great pictures of her. You must
    remember your kindness to her and the love she had for you and Rick. What a gift to have lived
    with her.

  45. Shirley

    So very sorry to hear about Telly. What a wonderful life you gave Telly.

  46. Sue H

    Such sad news and I’m crying for you and Rick. We are never prepared for the inevitable.

  47. Jan Hebert

    Oh so, so sad. I’m sitting here crying, Mary. Along with many others, I am sure. Telly was such a dear friend and companion to Rick and to you. I’m sure Hazel will miss her. Hugs to you and Rick – give Hazel lots of love in the coming weeks. Jan in MA

  48. Lois Ann Johnson

    Bailey and I are sending our deepest condolences to you and Rick. I loved reading about Telly and the other furry friends who live with you on the farm. I hope all of the fond memories you have of Telly will help in comforting you during this sad time. Hugs!

  49. Angie from Baltimore

    It is with tears in my eyes i write this note of sympathy. I can’t express my sadness hearing this news. My heart goes out to your family. BUT what a life they had. Freedom to roam and explore and love when they were with you. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  50. Vicki in Seattle

    So sorry, Mary. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of her. May the many memories bring you comfort.

  51. Sue in Marion, IN

    Tears in my eyes. I hate losing pets but try to remember we give them the happiest lives possible . Letting them go is so hard, even when you know it’s the kindest thing.

  52. Cindy LeTourneau

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are family and take a bit of our hearts with them. You were blessed to have such a special dog.

  53. Jean

    Mary Mary Mary! I am so sad for you. These people that we love leave such pain in our hearts when they go. I have to face this soon and I cannot even bear to think on it. Poor little hazel will look everywhere for her friend. Hard days. ♥️

  54. Another Shirley in Oregon

    Mary, I am so sorry. Telly lived the best life with you and Rick.

  55. Teresa in Indiana

    Oh Mary, I’ve lived through this too. It’s so incredibly hard to lose a beloved pet. She was a beautiful girl, and loved you unconditionally too. You gave her a great life. I believe you did the right thing even though it hurts so much right now. Keep the good memories close. Hugs to you and Rick! 💔

  56. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, Mary…Telly was such a wonderful dog. I think all of us readers loved her too, and we will miss seeing her on your blog. God bless you, Rick and Hazel and may he help you with your loss of Telly.

  57. Lorraine

    I am so sorry for your loss. You gave Telly the best life ever. It always leaves a hole in your heart to lose a fur baby.

  58. Mary Howland

    I’m sure glad you opened your gate and arms to welcome Telly into your home and heart. Such a beautiful dog – I know you will miss her so much.

  59. Char in MI

    My deepest condolences. I hope the many loving memories of Telly will help heal your hearts

  60. Denise

    My heart breaks for you and Rick. Blessed are the dogs who have known the love like you gave your sweet pup…♥️

  61. Viv in Idaho

    Mary – I’m so sorry to hear that your sweet Telly has passed. It is so hard to lose our pet companions. We have one entering her last days. So far she doesn’t seem to be in pain so for now we will just watch and love her a little more.

  62. Carolyn in Illinois

    So very sorry 😞 They become one of the family, not just pets.

  63. Rosie Westerhold

    Mary, I am so sorry about Telly. I am crying tears for you for your loss. I lost one of my dogs on Good Friday which was not all that long ago. I still look for her, and want to rub on her furry head😢😢. Know that you gave Telly her best life on the farm. And, no, it is NEVER long enough even though we love them fiercely. I have rescued another dog about 3 weeks ago, but it’s just not the same. I haven’t bonded with her yet as I did with my Sadie. Wishing you much comfort in your memories as you transition to your life without Telly, and know she will be waiting for you across The Rainbow Bridge❤️❤️🙏. Hugs and much love.

  64. Jeanne Fee

    So very sorry to hear this. My dogs are apart of the family also. She had the Best life on the farm with you.

  65. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    Oh I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how long we have them it’s never enough time. Prayers for your heart to find smiles at her memory.

  66. Lynn

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I cried as I read. Remembering the loss of my golden a little over a year ago. It never gets easier. How is Rick doing?

  67. Earlene Springs

    Oh Mary, so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you and Rick.

  68. Marthanne

    Prayers for you and your family (people and animals). It is never easy to watch someone go over the Rainbow Bridge.

  69. Jan in AZ

    So sorry to hear of Telly’s passing – terribly missed, but never forgotten. Jan

  70. Holly A Woodyatt

    my heart is breaking been there so many times, prayers for you and Telly. a sweet girl.

  71. Joan West from Clear Lake

    Oh Mary my heart is breaking for you & Rick. Prayers for you both & peace.

  72. ANN D

    A dog’s life is short, profound, in the moment and full of unconditional love. That’s why we love them so much and find it so hard to let them go. attributed to Jane Tyska

  73. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

    Ok, I am crying along with everyone else. Telly has been such a big part of your lives and the blog ! She was such a sweet, kind, beautiful dog. May she enjoy everyone who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Bless you, Telly.

  74. Sue McG

    Mary, my heart is breaking for you and Rick. I pray that the happy and loving memories of Telly soon come flooding in to replace your present heart ache.

  75. Carla

    Oh Mary, I’m so sorry to hear your sad news. She was so blessed to have spent her life with you.

  76. Ginger S

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Telly. You and Rick gave her a wonderful life on the farm. Our pets are family and the loss is deep. The pictures of Telly through the years were so sweet. Sending hugs and deepest sympathies to you and Rick.

  77. Becky Schoonover

    Oh Mary….my heart is broken beyond tears! I’m so very very sorry for all of you! Holding you in my prayers and thoughts. I lost my beloved Kasa Kola last June of 16yrs. It is never easy. Tears and hugs. Becky

  78. Kim in N IL

    Mary, so sorry to hear about Telly. I know you provided her a wonderful life on the farm. She was a lucky dog! Wishing you strength and peace.

  79. patti

    i’m so sorry for your loss of telly. you and rick will be lost for a bit looking for her. as will hazel. as least you and rick understand, hazel will not for a while. the photo tribute to telly was very endearing. prayers that you all find peace in your time. patti in florida

  80. Jan B from TN

    Oh Mary. So sorry for your loss of Telly. It’s inevitable but as you said we’re never prepared for the loss of our beloved animals. She’s over the rainbow healthy as can be with all your other pets that went before her. Hugs to you & Rick. Thanks for sharing the Telly photo tribute with us! 💔🐾

  81. Carmen M.

    So very sorry for your loss! Wonderful pictures of Telly! She had a wonderful life growing up on the farm with you and Rick and all your precious critters! No matter how long we have them it’s truly never long enough!

  82. Lynn H

    Mary, I am so saddened to hear are of your beloved Telly passing away. It’s so hard to say goodbye to a part of your family that’s been greatly loved for many years. Blessings to you all throughout your grieving.

  83. Sandy Kolarik

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This has brought tears to my eyes because I too lost my baby last fall. Like you said you’re never ready. I’m in a difficult spot because I would love to have another dog but because of my age,71, not sure if I should. I have a 10yr.old Cairn mix and she too seems depressed. Time will tell. Again, I will say I’m so sorry and will miss seeing her pictures. Such a pretty gal.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – here’s what I’m going to do (because I’ll always need a dog). I’m going to be 76 and the next time I adopt/rescue a dog, it will be a senior dog who needs to live out their life, however short, in love and comfort. I actually want to be a senior foster home so that if I died while keeping a dog, the rescue would take the dog in. No more wild terriers for this old lady!

  84. Susie Lenz

    It doesn’t matter how many times you go through it,losing a pet(family member) Is terribly hard. The photos of Telly in her younger years until now are precious. Sending Hugs from MN💗 Telly is running with all her pals that went before to the Rainbow Bridge!

  85. Martha W in WY

    Telly was indeed one lucky dog. She was lucky to have Armando who new Telly needed a new home. She was lucky that you changed your mind and took her in. She was lucky to have many dog friends. She was lucky to have a long, adventurous life. She was lucky to have your’s and Rick’s love.

  86. Annette Austin

    I’m so sorry to hear about Telly. She had a wonderful life with you and Rick.

  87. Gayle Lacey

    I’m so very sorry. It is the hardest thing in life to make this decision. The sadness is overwhelming. You made his life wonderful! ❤️

  88. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy as our pets are so much a part of our family. It took a long time for all of us to get over the loss of our Banshee when he crossed over the rainbow bridge. Even our neighbours still talk about what a wonderful and one of a kind dog he was. It’s been 5 years. Don’t know if you’ll remember but I sent you a picture of Banshee with our polish hen sitting on his back. 💕

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa – oh my gosh, I DO remember that picture! With the hen! Haha!

  89. Connie in NV

    Your blog today brings tears to my eyes with memories of our precious dogs that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I’m so sorry for your loss because it is truly like losing a family member. Thank you for sharing the pictures of Telly through the years, she was a wonderful companion for you and your husband. May all the memories of Telly help you through your grief.

  90. Diana in Des Moines

    Rest well good and faithful servant.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always say I’m done with cats after one passes, but I always rescue another. I will be the old cat lady with 20 cats! Hugs

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – and if you are that old lady with a bunch of cats, I know we’ll be friends! Birds of a feather, and all that, you know!

  91. JudyE

    May the many wonderful memories you have in your hearts of dear Telly bring some comfort to Rick and you. She was so blessed to have been a member of your family who brought you love.

  92. Vicki Ibarra

    So sorry to hear this. I know that tears may come periodically at odd moments as you remember something special about Telly. Take care.

  93. Jenny Stevenson

    I’m so sorry!! She was LOVED so much and had the BEST life… our hearts ache with you. Sending hugs & love!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jenny – yes, she was Rick’s steady and beloved companion. She was a dear soul.

  94. Kelli

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of Telly 😥💔 my heart aches with you as losing a pet is so very difficult and painful. Thank you so much for sharing all the pictures with us – it brought joy to my heart to see her. Sending a hug your way

  95. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

    Oh Mary!!!
    I’m so, so sorry! 💔😔 I remember when you got Telly, so I’ve been following you longer than I thought. May your heart heal with the salve of all the beautiful memories.

  96. Lisa B

    It is always sad to lose our pets. I’m so sorry, but I have to think of all the years that Telly was happy on the farm with a companion to play with and you to care for him. Prayers.

  97. Rhoda Ebersole

    Oh Mary – so sorry for the loss of your Telly. Yes no matter how long you have them it is never long enough.

    I am sending you another big envelope of CC articles- nice pictures too.
    Again so sorry and wonderful pictures of Telly

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda- thank you and yes, I pour over those newspaper articles when they come!!

  98. Elizabeth

    I’m so sad for you. May the memories of your sweet dog bring some comfort.

  99. Sally

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Telly’s pictures through the years and how she came into your life.

  100. Linda in Michigan

    Mary, when you lose an animal, it’s as if all of us have lost that animal. Wonderful pictures of your Telly, I know she will be missed for a long time.

  101. Moe in NE IL

    Oh Mary and Rick, I’m so sorry to hear your news about Telly. She is running free over the Rainbow Bridge. Sweet puppy dog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Moe – I’ve been meaning to write and ask about Jay. ????

  102. Dianne in So Cal

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Telly. She looks like a wonderful dog and I know she had a great life with you and Rick on your beautiful farm. You were all lucky to have found each other. After almost 3 years there are still times when we feel that our dog should be there and sometimes start to look for him. It’s a big loss! My sincere sympathies…

  103. Bobby Sutton

    There’s an old German saying…”it’s the pain of the first kiss, knowing there will be a last one”!

    So sorry for your lost. Telly was a beautiful girl, inside and out.

    Bobby in Md.

  104. Dee

    Very sad today about Telly, I know you are hurting very deeply. It is hard to lose someone so close to us.

  105. Caryn in Eastern Washington

    Mary and Rick, I am so sorry for your loss of Telly. They fill up our hearts with love and fun. I hope your memories will help heal the hole that is left from her crossing the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs.

  106. Charlotte in No. California

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Telly. Hugs to you and Rick!

  107. Cindy K

    It was heartbreaking to read this. I’m so sorry for your loss. How very lucky you were to have Telly in your life. Prayers to you and Rick.

  108. Sharon G NE IN

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Telly loved being with you on the farm. She will forever be in your heart and she will be waiting for you when you arrive in heaven. Because we all know that ALL dogs go to heaven!

  109. Montana Kathy

    Mary, my heart goes out to you. Having lost 3 of our dogs in the last couple years and a fourth getting so old now too, it’s very hard to get through it all. We do what we have to when it’s time, but the grief doesn’t go away. Keep loving thoughts of Telly in your mind and heart, and know he had a wonderful life. Hug your other babies, they will miss him too,

  110. Jan Smith

    Oh, Mary, I just hate to read this. What a pretty dog, I’ve enjoyed seeing, and reading about Telly. I’m so sorry

  111. Bonnie in Oregon

    Oh Mary, I am so very sorry. These times are so very hard! I can’t help but shed tears on your behalf. Telly was a sweet dog with a special place on your farm. I know you and Rick will miss her for a long, long time. RIP sweet Telly ❤️
    Bonnie

  112. Pat Smith

    So saddened to hear of Telly’s passing. She was a lovely gentle dog and your beautiful pictures certainly did her justice. I think we are all similar in the wishing our beloved dogs would die in their sleep when the time comes. I’ve prayed for that at the end of so many pets lives, dogs and cats. But it never seems to happen. Our Sonny at 11 has lost so much energy, takes heart pills, and I’m hearing coughing in the night that makes me afraid. So many of us animal lovers feel your sadness.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – I’m sorry to hear Sonny is showing signs of aging. He is such a handsome guy. I hope he is able to die in his sleep when the time comes – which is what we all hope for even for ourselves.

  113. Candy

    Mary … I’m so very sorry you had to let Telly go! Thank you for taking the time to share so many pictures of her time on the farm. She really looked like the sweetest dog. My best to you, Rick, Hazel and all of Telly’s family.

  114. Bobbie

    Mary I am sorry for your loss. It is so hard when one of our fur babies.

  115. Carol Reents

    We lost our fourteen years old dog in December. We prayed that Cooper would die in his sleep but that didn’t happen for us either. I will say Cooper went very easily and acted like he was ready. I still look for him at times. So sorry for your lose. You said you couldn’t talk about it. I have yet to say anything on social media.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol – I really had to tell you what happened to Telly who suddenly wasn’t around!I have several thousand blog readers who would be inquiring.

  116. Diane O

    I’m so sorry for your loss, it is so hard to lose the furry babies!! Sending positive vibes!!

  117. Shirley Svoboda

    My stomach sank when I saw her name. I am so very sorry. Helping your baby cross the bridge is one of the hardest things to ever do. My heart goes out to you,,

  118. Gloria B

    Such sad sad news. Seeing Telly in the photos you shared with us stitched her into our hearts too. I’m very sorry for your loss. I choose to imagine that our next lives will be in a happy pet park where all the people and their pets reunite and share more special times together. Hugs.

  119. polly perkins

    May Telly play over the rainbow. It is always very hard to lose a pet. I always am looking for them in the many places in the house that they frequented.

  120. Ann S.

    Oh Mary!! My heart was very saddened when l read about the loss of your beloved Telly. I hope your grief lessens soon and gives way to only the many, many, happy memories you must have in your heart and mind. I hope you share those memories with us as you are able. Take care!!

  121. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry for your loss: I know you and Rick loved Telly very much. You gave her the best home a dog could wish for, as I am sure Armando would confirm.: after all he trusted you with her heart. Give Hazel an extra hug tonight, she will be grieving to. And trust that Telly will be playing with Faye, just across the rainbow bridge.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fiona – oh, how do you remember Faye??? She died in May 2016! I have a favorite picture of Telly and Faye and if I come across it, I’m going to post it. Thanks so much for remembering.

      1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

        Who could forget Faye? I’d love to see the photo if you find it.

  122. Jamie in Phoenix

    We all knew this day was coming and yet we weren’t ready.
    so sad to know we won’t be seeing Telly anymore.
    deepest sympathies.

  123. Sandy

    My heart aches for your loss of Telly. I always looked forward to seeing pictures of her. She seemed to be a loving girl with a gentle and generous spirit which she readily shared. She had a beautiful life with you and Rick on the farm and will be dearly missed. She knew she was loved.

  124. MN/JO

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose our beloved pets, but they give us so much love and joy while we have them. Take care and God bless.

  125. Jill

    I lost my best friend, Jasper, last week. He was a couple months shy of 17. I know what you’re feeling. I keep looking at the front door expecting to see him there. Thinking of you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill – I feel for you, too, because if you’ve lived with Jasper for 17 years, how can life resume without a huge adjustment? Maybe Atelly and Jasper will meet up.

  126. Linda in PA

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Telly. Pets are family members and their loss is difficult, but I believe we are reunited with all the creatures we have loved, when we also cross that rainbow bridge. Prayers for healing for yours and Rick’s hearts.

  127. Joy in NW Iowa

    So sorry Mary! Such a special dog. And, no we never want to miss them! 💕💕

  128. Diane in Maryland

    I am so so sorry. I immediately went to the Comments to tell you and Rick that. There are 158 comments from your readers! All are expressing their sympathy. Telly was so loved by all of us and you and Rick are too.

  129. Tanya T. in Houston

    What a loss! Our hearts and thoughts are with you and Rick as you adjust to life without Telly.

  130. Launa

    Telly had a very nice loving home til crossing the Rainbow 🌈 Bridge. Know she enjoyed every minute residing on the farm and getting into mischief with Miss Hazel sometimes!
    Launa

  131. Sandy

    Dear Mary, l am so sorry about Telly, thank you for giving her a good home, lots of love and doggy friends. RIP Telly, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  132. Beryl BC

    So sorry for your loss. Telly had a good home with you for many years.

  133. Nancy Wines

    What a wonderful dog she was! She knew her home was with you.our dogs own such a huge part of our hearts and give us unconditional love. Thinking of you all during this hard time- what special memories you must have. Hugs!

  134. Kimberly Lusin

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Telly. I’m thinking of you.

  135. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    Oh Mary, such a sad entry. Our pets are our children, we open our hearts to them and never want to let them go. I’m so sorry sadness has come to your farm again.
    What a great kindness to Telly it was, that you welcomed her into your life. She was frisky, muddy, funny, lovable, adventurous… everything you’d want a dog to have opportunity to be. My heart hurts for you and your husband. He must be missing her so much, too.

  136. Colleen in Central Oregon

    I feel like I’ve gotten to know your pet babies through this blog. My heart is breaking. We know Telly had the best life possible, thanks to you.

  137. Ginny

    I am crying for Telly, you, and Rick. I loved Telly, I was always happy to see her, Al loved her too she reminded him of his Katie Belle. I’m sure he was at the Bridge to greet her.
    It is so hard to lose them. My love to all of you❤️

  138. Ginny McKenzie

    I am crying for Telly, you, and Rick. I loved Telly, I was always happy to see her, Al loved her too she reminded him of his Katie Belle. I’m sure he was at the Bridge to greet her.
    It is so hard to lose them. My love to all of you❤️

  139. Rita in Iowa

    Mary and Rick I’m so sorry that you lost Telly. It is never easy but you both gave her the best life on the farm where she could run freely. She watched over the other farm animals. And was Hazels sidekick. Go have some ice tea and give Telly a toast from all of us.

  140. Jackie Baumhauer

    So sorry to hear about Telly. You gave her the best home. God bless you for what you have done for all your animals. Hugs!

  141. Jackie in NY

    Oh Mary I am so so sorry for your loss! When I read the header I thought wait a minute, isn’t Telly still alive? And then I read on. Of course we all feel like we know her too from reading about her and seeing pictures. She was loved.

  142. Donna Jo

    I am so sorry for your, Rick and Hazel’s loss of Telly. It’s always so hard to lose a beloved pet. She led her best life. Telly will be missed on the blog too.

  143. Sibyl

    So very sorry for your lose. Losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking. May you be comforted with happy memories.

  144. Gloria from CC

    I am heartbroken about Telly. She was the sweetest, gentlest dog and I will miss seeing her at your farm. My heart breaks for you Mary. So many losses in a month’s time – first Angel, then Emmett last week and now Telly. They will all be waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – yes, too many recent losses. And to think this is her birthday.

  145. Beverly in O-H-I-0

    Mary I am so sorry that Telly had to leave you. They leave a hole in our heart for sure. She had a wonderful life and the photo tribute to her was precious. Thinking of you, Rick and Hazel in the days ahead.

  146. Wendy P

    So sorry to hear about Telly. You have many great memories to remember her by.

  147. Joan

    I am so, so sorry. You gave him a good life but it is so hard to give them up. I am sad and sorry.

  148. Sue

    Oh Mary, I’m just now reading about Telly. So sorry for your loss. You were lucky to have each other. I love how you helped pick him up to get in your car & golf cart. How sweet.

  149. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    What more can be said…..I am also so sorry for your loss. I know how you love all your fur babies.

  150. Jo in Michigan

    Beautiful pictures Mary. She was a lucky girl to have you and Rick and the farm. But not as lucky as you and Rick were to have her. It hurts to the core of our soul when we lose our fur babies. What more can I say except I’m sorry and I’m sending you hugs.
    Love, Jo in Michigan

  151. Judy Gnade

    Dear Mary, shedding tears for your loss. What a lovely tribute to your sweet companion. Judy in MD

  152. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Mary and Rick,
    I’m so sorry about Telly. We will remember Telly on this blog. Hugs.

  153. Sally J. Mi.

    I was brought to tears when i heard of your loss of Telly. She had the best life on your farm.. My deepest

    condolences to you and Rick.

  154. Chris R.

    I am sad and sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing her living the good life on the farm. Such a sweet girl. Sending my condolences and hugs.

  155. Karen Pidcock in the Hocking Hills.

    May Telly rest in peace. Such a sweet doggie. I am feeling your deep loss tonight and sending you my hugs & Love.

  156. Sharon F

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are so special; it hurts so much when we lose them.

  157. Kathy Niemann

    Tearing up. I am so sorry Mary. Those pictures do say a thousand words. The loss is a big one. ❤️

  158. Susan K in Iowa (Texas)

    I’m so sorry to hear about Telly. I know there is a hole in your hearts. She had so much love to give and you and Rick gave so much love back. What a wonderful tribute to her. Hugs!

  159. Kris in WI

    I remember the pictures of Rick sharing a cheese treat with the dogs…Telly always first! I hope special memories of her will, in tine, ease the pain of missing her.

  160. Beryl in Owatonna

    So sorry, Mary. They do become a part of us. So glad you have the others to love. Your pictures of her are so good!
    HUGS to you. <3

  161. Jeanne in Co.

    Oh Mary, my heart breaks for you, Rick, and poor Hazel. They were such good buddies, I’m sure Hazel is feeling that something isn’t quite right too. I cried as I looked at your wonderful pictures of Telly. What wonderful memories you have of her through those years. Please know we are all grieving for you. You certainly gave her lots of love and care. Maybe she has found my dear Abby to play with in doggy heaven. Sending hugs to you, Jeanne in Co.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – like all of us who feel connected even tho we’ve never met in person, our dogs who are now in Heaven surely must feel as if their friends are waiting to welcome them. It’s such a comforting thought, isn’t it?

  162. Bea knight

    Hi Mary
    I’m so so sorry for your loss of Telly. Praying God gives you and Rick peace during this sad time.
    She was so blessed to have been a part of your family.
    May the peace of God be with you🙏🏻❤️

    Bea knight

  163. brendalynne1

    so sorry for y0ur sadness Unfortunately it is not difficult for so many of us to be able the empathize with your loss.

  164. Linda in MI

    Telly was a beautiful girl. Thank you for giving her a remarkable life and for loving her like you did.

    Someone once told me that animals don’t go to heaven because only people have souls. I never liked that person after that. If animals don’t go to heaven, I don’t want to go. Someone else said helping an animal cross over is the most loving thing you can do when it’s their time. I like that person.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – maybe that person was me because I’ve said it over and over to those people who “just can’t do it” – euthanize their beloved pet. They are some of the most selfish people alive – they’d rather let their pet suffer and die inch by inch because it’s painful for THEM – well, it was painful but the only thing I might regret is waiting too long to let Telly go. Of course dogs are in Heaven because Heaven is everything we ever want it to be and I want to see my dogs!

  165. Norma

    I’m so sorry to hear about Telly. Pet buddies give so much richness to life, their passing leaves a hole. Telly trotted across the rainbow bridge, flag of a tail waving. I like your picture of Fay greeting her. Blessings.

  166. Donna O from Wisconsin

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Telly. Ive enjoyed reading about your dogs and know they are muched loved by you. I know the heartbreak of losing our own beloved dogs from the past and feel your sadness. We are cherishing our last dog that we will have. Dixie is 14 and is showing her age now but still enjoying life. This sweet dog of ours has enriched our lives so much over the years and hope we have more quality time with her.

  167. Linda

    I’m so sorry. Hugs & prayers. Yes we never have enough time with our fur babies.
    We have been without electricity since Tuesday morning, praying it comes on soon.
    Linda

  168. Alice in SW OH

    Mary & Rick, so very sorry for your loss of Tilly. What a wonderful life she had on the farm! Like you I will always have a senior dog in my life. My last 3 rescues have been seniors. I also know that if something happens to me that I have 2 grown children who will give my fur baby a wonderful home! Love the pictures of sweet Tilly that you shared! I firmly believe that our fur babies make us kinder, better people! Hugs to you & Rick & Hazel

  169. Anne in NC

    I’m so sorry … losing a pet is extremely difficult, they really do become our family and best pals.

    I always enjoyed reading about the adventures of Telly & Hazel, especially those late night ones, ha!! I hope Hazel is doing okay. I had 2 different sets of sibling kitties through the years, and when the first one died it was extremely hard on the one who was left behind.

    I’ll be thinking of all of ALL of you …

  170. Kathy Zuehl

    Sending you my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Telly. She brought you and your followers so much joy.

  171. Dena

    Mary,
    I am so sorry for your loss. These fur babies give us so much love. You were intended to be her humans. Sending hugs. I have enjoyed the adventures and stories you shared about her.

  172. Carla

    So sorry to hear about Telly. They bring us so much joys that it’s so very hard to lose them!

  173. Debra Oscarson

    We, as your blog readers, have grown to love Telly and all your animals. Chickens, cats, dogs!! We will miss her also. I like your idea of becoming a senior dog foster parent. A great way to love on pets til the very end. God bless you and Rick.

  174. Marsha

    I’m so sorry about Telly. It’s never easy to lose our animal companions.

  175. Wendy

    Mary,
    I’m sorry to read the news about Telly. I am sending my deepest condolences to you and Rick on such a profound loss. The picture tribute of her life with you on the farm was beautiful. Thanks for sharing Telly with all of us. I feel like I knew her and am all choked up and teary eyed to think of her not being with all of you that loved her most.

  176. Ursula

    Such a sweet girl. My heart goes out to you. You have to know that she’s looking down and thanking you for the wonderful years she had with you and Rick.

  177. Mareen

    Oh Mary and Rick I’m so sorry for the loss of. I have so many fond memories of her passed two days before her 13th birthday as well. She had the best life ever, and there is never enough time with our babies. Take care and know I’m thinking of you all there was.

  178. Katie in Gilbert, AZ

    RIP 🌈TELLY, I recall when u got her, Armando bringing her to live in the country,
    I pray you and Rick, get some comfort knowing we all know how much ❤️you give to ALL the pets that come to live in your country HOME🙏🏼

  179. Lynn

    I saw Telly in one of your posts a couple of weeks ago and wondered how she was doing. I know how hard it is to lose a member of your family. My dog was 14 last June when she crossed the bridge, I miss her every day.

  180. Janice B

    Mary, I just got home from from a trip downstate and I read the sad news about Telly. My condolences to you and Rick. This is very heartbreaking news. Hugs and prayers for you both. Janice in Traverse City Area

  181. Sherrill

    Your post yesterday brought me to tears and I couldn’t comment then. Hard to even today but I am SO sorry for your loss. I think that’s the worst part of having pets..the losing them. I had a beautiful cat (Fang) that lived to be nearly 19 and when I had to have him put to sleep, I swore I’d never have another. I cried for days (and still do when I run across his picture). I lasted 2 years and went to the shelter ‘just to look’ but came home with my sweet girl. I’m 70 so she’ll definitely be my last..I wouldn’t want her to outlive me as you never know what’ll happen to them. Always makes me sad to see ‘seniors’ at the shelter.

  182. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I am so sorry to hear about Telly. Even though you had told us she was failing, it is still difficult to hear. She was with you when I found Country Threads, and I always thought she was a precious soul. My heart aches for you and Rick.
    I remember you telling us the Armando and Telly story. I am sure Armando loved Telly but gave her to you, so she would have a lovely life in the country.
    Take Care, 🥰

  183. Brenda in Iowa

    Oh Mary,
    I’m just getting around to reading the blog – I’m a couple of days behind. I was so surprised to read that Telly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I’m so very, very sorry. Pets burrow deep within our hearts and it’s so very hard to let them go. Thinking of you tonight.

    PS It’s been a rough week in my ‘family’ for pets – my best friend lost her beloved 20-year old tortoiseshell cat, Cleocatra (from Cleopatra) on Tuesday. Cleo was the favorite cat of Stacy’s beloved husband who she lost 2 years ago. Thus, it was so hard to let Cleo go because it felt like one of the last ties to her husband.
    On the same day, my son lost his beloved black dog, Demon. She was the daughter of his favorite dog, Daisy. Man, it’s SO HARD.

  184. Sandy in Indiana

    So sorry to hear this news! I enjoyed all of Telly’s adventures & all of her pictures. So hard to lose our furr babies…..sending hugs & love to you & Rick! She was very lucky to have found you…..

  185. Jane Boyer

    we love our critters with our whole hearts. Telly received much love. Sorry for your loss.

  186. Lynn

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry for your loss of Telly. Her presence will live in your heart and mind forever. I’m sure she’s exploring the groves and fields of heaven with all of the the other furry family members who were so fortunate to live in your home through the years. There was no doubt quite a crew who met her at Rainbow Bridge!

  187. Barbara Firesheets

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear your sweet Telly has crossed the bridge. She was living her best life in the country and I’m sure she loved it. Our Bud (12 year old Basset Hound) crossed on Feb 27 and it has left a big hole in our hearts. He was a very social boy and I’d like to think he was there to meet Telly and will look after her. Sending prayers of comfort to you and Rick. 🙏🙏🙏

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – we are still looking for Telly in her favorite places – yes, she was getting old and was failing but it was still so very hard.

  188. Marilyn Leerar

    What a nice tribute to her. Am sure you are missing her every day

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