The Last Morning, 11-15-23

It was horrible but I felt I needed to stay with Rosie till the end. Rick buried her out by the garden and now I have only 3 goats. It’s very sad that there will be no more goats for me in my lifetime.

It was such a pretty day that I couldn’t resist being outdoors and if I’m outdoors there’s always more yard work to do. I’ve never in all the years I’ve lived here been able to do this much cleanup in the fall. Rick even mowed parts of the lawn again chopping leaves as he went.

This is old JB and he’ll probably be the next to go – he looks pretty rough. I never ever thought I needed to write down dates of when I got each animal – I couldn’t imagine not being able to remember and now I can’t. I think we had an employee named Tammy who asked me to take in two kittens. I named the female Tammy and the male JB because he looked like the cat I had called Jack Benny.

Did I get Rosie from a customer/reader? If I did and you’re reading this please leave a comment.

Rosie is running through the fields now with her baby boy Zach who died in a freak accident when he was only 4 months old. This is all just too sad. Life on the farm ain’t all what it’s cracked up to be.

85 thoughts on “The Last Morning, 11-15-23

  1. Marilyn Miller

    I’m sorry to hear of yet another loss of one of your beloved pets. Rosie lived her best life with you, I have no doubt. The Rainbow Bridge is such a busy place, but it must be a great place filled with so many much loved fur babies of every stripe and color and size. The best part is they’ll meet us when we cross over.♥️

  2. Rosie Westerhold

    So very sorry for the loss of Rosie😩. You gave her the best life possible. Much love to you and Rick on this very sad day.

  3. Bobby Sutton

    Am so sorry for your loss. If you didn’t love them so much it wouldn’t hurt when they leave this life. We, your readers, can tell what a wonderful life your animals have had.

    Bobby in Md.

  4. Diane in Colorado

    I’m so sorry, Mary. It just never gets any easier, does it? When we love animals, it is painful when we lose them, no matter how old or sick they get.

  5. Beth T.

    Oh, Mary, I know it’s so hard. I hate to see winter coming on–it’s especially hard on the old ones here on the little farm and I worry about our old goat and our little horses. We lost our oldest dog this summer and with winter ahead we’ve been reminiscing about how much she loved the snow. But we are like you and would not want a life without them. Sending you my warmest sympathy on the loss of someone so dear.

  6. Mary Johnston

    So sorry for your loss of Rosie. It doesn’t take long for an animal/pet to steal your heart forever.
    I am sure it won’t be long before you think of your good times with Rosie and a big smile comes across your face.

  7. Meredith in Cincinnati

    So sorry for your loss. You are such a good pet parent, Mary, but these decisions are so hard. Thinking of you as you find peace.

  8. Sue in Oregon

    Oh, Mary…I feel for you tonight. It is so hard to do what we must sometimes. My little dog Vinnie still comes to me in the night occasionally and he is smiling. I held his paw at the Vets and it was over very quickly. For him, but not for me. We have our memories and photos, though, and that helps to make us smile.
    Thinking of you….

  9. Sharon G.

    So sorry for your loss, Mary.
    It’s hard losing animals.
    JB looks like he is related to my two orange and white cats (brothers) i adopted/rescued in April.
    Take care everyone.

  10. JoAnn/ MN

    Mary, you did the ultimate act of love and respect for Rosie. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Take care.

  11. Jan Smith

    Your heart is hurting, and I’m so sorry. It is so hard to say goodbye, but I know you give your animals a good life. Blessings to you, Mary.

  12. Beryl in Owatonna

    I’m so sorry, Mary. I think you made the right decision though. My neighbor just had to put her Sweetie down within the last month. I think I have shed as many tears as Janet has. She was a rescue, they didn’t know what she had been through but never cuddled…she was part Shiatsu, and they always cuddle. They would always stop at my door on her last trip outside, I could give her treats! She always had Cheerios!! She always reminded me of my 2 I had to leave in Montana. You and Rick are so good with your fur babies of any kind!! HUGS n Love.

  13. Char

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I know each of your animals has a very special place in your heart.
    Char in MI

  14. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Ohhh, Mary! I’m crying right now with you. I know your heart is breaking and how you are hurting. Rosie is with her baby now, happy and healthy, waiting for you, watching, listening for your voice calling her name. She knows how much you loved her, she couldn’t have had a better mama. Hugs to you, dear friend, hang in there. 😔

  15. Sue Bowers

    Mary, Sorry to hear of your loss of Rosie. Im sure you have given her a good life on your farm. Cherish the fond memories of her.

  16. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Mary, I am so sorry; I know this was a tough, sad day. I was telling Herb about Rosie being 15, and the vet coming out to the farm today. His comment: “Rosie had the best life ever living at Mary’s.”
    Hugs to you and Rick! 🥰

  17. Jeanne in Co.

    Mary, sending prayers for you and Rick as you mourn the loss of another pet. Rosie was so lucky to receive the love and care you gave her through all these years. I know our gracious and loving God will send peace and comfort to you in the days ahead. Hugs, Jeanne in Co.
    My daughter and I each have older ShihTzus. Her Marty is nearly 17 and very frail, and my Abby is 15 with a partially collapsed larynx. We are facing the same situation as you had with Rosie. It is a hard decision to make, but I pray God will tell us when it’s that time.

  18. Sandy

    Hi Mary, I’m sorry about Rosie,tears in my eyes reading this post, so hard to lose our pets who give us so much comfort.My love to you and Rick, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  19. patti

    mary, i’m sorry for your loss of rosie. you gave her the ultimate gift that a pet owner can give (freedom from pain and/or illness). you will see her again. once the hurt is over, you will remember all the good times. patti in FL

  20. Kris in WI

    With tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, I’m wishing you peace and comfort knowing that you gave Rosie a wonderful life on the farm. Hugs to you all. Kris

  21. Janny S

    Sorry for your löss.
    It is hard to lose someone
    A animal or a familie or friend.
    Thinking of you.
    Janny S.

  22. Lynette in Orlando

    Oh Mary, so very sorry about Rosie. I totally agree with you …….. so hard. Sending you a big hug……

  23. Janet S

    Mary, You gave Rosie the ultimate gift by setting her free from pain and suffering. You are paying a high price for doing a loving thing for Rosie.

  24. Janice Brown

    Mary, so sorry you had to say goodbye to Rosie. It’s sad, and heartbreaking. Maybe in time, you can share your stories of Rosie with us.

  25. Linda in MI

    I’m going to tell you what everyone says, you gave Rosie a wonderful long and happy life and now she can run and play with her baby. Those are things you already know, but you hear the same sentiment when you loose any fur baby. I guess it helps some, just to know people are sympathizing but it doesn’t make the loss any easier.

    Thank you for providing a wonderful life for Rosie, she was safe, well fed and warm and I’m sure she was happy being on your farm. I wish you only fond memories of a special little goat..

  26. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    Living on a farm is the worst! Because you can have so many more and love them. In town you are limited in pet ownership. But you did the right thing for Rosie. There comes a time when living is way harder than going. Thank you for loving all the animals you have had in your life Mary. I know the lived their best lives.

  27. Susan in VA

    I know we’re all saying the same thing, but you gave Rosie the best life ever and the best send off. Hugs and prayers to you.

  28. Chris Roser

    Dearest Mary, I am sad for your loss of Rosie. The image of her running and leaping is sweet and comforting. I grew up on a dairy farm. Life lessons were learned at an early age. The reality of the time we (and our animals) have here on earth was one of the most difficult lessons. May you be blessed and comforted by our loving and merciful Father. Chris in Corpus Christi, Texas

  29. Jill

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    I did want to mention that the last 2 days the comments I have said were not posted because I got the message “You already posted that”.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill – really? I actually wondered why there were no comments. Now what do I do.

  30. Linda

    I am so sorry for your loss of Rosie….and yes, she is running with Zach through the fields….

  31. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    I am so sorry Mary. Our animals bring us the most unconditional love and joy but also the most heartbreak when it’s time to say goodbye. The hardest thing to go through.

  32. Rita in Iowa

    Mary you and Rick are the best. You provided a home for your pets to romp and roam. You saw to their comfort even at the end. God bless you!

    I too couldn’t stay inside yesterday and cut down the garlic chives. Didn’t need to but I won’t have to do it in the spring. My husband mulched the leaves also after I blew them away from the house. The boxelder bugs just hang on the south of the house and garage. They are getting a dose of dishwater. So there bugs.🐛

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rita – yes, those boxelder bugs are even in my sewing room and every night I still have a couple Asian beetles in my bedroom. Drives Hazel crazy until I knock them down with the flyswatter and she eats them! The really stink.

  33. Ginger S

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Rosie. You provide such a loving home for all of your pets. Thinking of you!

  34. Gloria B - northern IL

    Rosie is being welcomed by the rest of your clan already at the rainbow bridge. I’m sorry for your loss.

  35. Angie from Baltimore

    I was blessed to have seen Zack and his note card is my most precious item I have as far as stationary. I am sure Rosie is glad to be finally reunited with her precious little boy. It is so sad to have to say goodbye but my life would’ve been so wonderful without them in my life. You are going to be overwhelmed with all those waiting for you at the RAINBOW bridge. Take heart. We understand

  36. Karen Cyr

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Rosie. It’s losing a member of your family and you’ve had a wonderful large group of souls as part of yours. You can take comfort in knowing she was loved and cared for and I’m sure she understood that and how lucky she was to have found her way to you.
    Take care.

    Karen from Kensington, MD

  37. Mareen Nedved

    Thinking of you Mary – you were blessed to have her for so many years. It is never easy losing our pets for sure. It has been a great fall, however leaves are still falling and at least there is not snow yet!! Hope Rick is doing well and he gets answers for his back. Take care

  38. Judie

    When I moved with my new husband back to his farm I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now, 51 years later, I understand and wouldn’t change a thing! Wonderful life, lots of fur babies, big and small. Goats are hilarious. We used milking goats to feed “bummer” lambs. Never could keep in the little goats, they can climb anything. Oh, the memories you will have of Rosie!

  39. Ann

    My heart goes out go you💔. To lose a beloved animal, to me, is like losing a child but l am a true animal lover. Having 3 more goats is lovely but there will be a loneliness for Rosie. I am sure Rosie had the best life ever in your care. Please take care!

  40. Glenda Fletcher

    Mary, I am so sorry also for your loss of Rosie. Our pets are so precious to us and they give us so much
    enjoyment. It is so hard to give them up but knowing that crossing the Rainbow bridge Rosie is joining the
    others. Hope Rick has good out comes from his testings.

  41. Mary Says Sew!

    Mary, I join the rest of your fans in grieving the loss of Rosie. I find a bit of solace in the saying, “Grief is the price we pay for love”.

    Making the final decision for the ones we love never gets easier, but as I’ve gotten older I do find I don’t fight it as much as I once did. And I’ve learned not to wait so long because I dread making that decision. Much better to let them go before circumstances make it even more difficult for them, and us.

    It’s still awful, no matter what. I’m glad you are able to bury your animals on your farm and you were ready to do so.

  42. Jessica in Florida

    I’m so sorry about having to say farewell to Rosie. It is very hard and very sad. I’ve had to do it for 4 of my cats (two of them 26 days apart!) and every one of them shattered my heart. I chose to stay with them all until the end; I felt like they’re in our life for a short while but we are in their entire life. I didn’t want them to be scared being with strangers when they were being prepared to run free over the Rainbow Bridge. I have two kitties left — one is 16 1/2 and the other is 9. My old girl is slowing down and I don’t think she will make it to 17. She looks rough like JB but can still make the best biscuits!

    Sending love to you.

  43. Sunflower from Michigan

    I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved goat. This is such a hard decision. Hugs, Robbie

  44. Carolyn Rector of SW Ohio

    Sorry for your loss. Hard to pay the price of love. God bless you and all your animals.

  45. Teresa in Indiana

    So very sorry Mary. Rosie was a beautiful goat. And she loved you just as much. You will see her and all the others someday. Hugs!

  46. MaureenHP

    You let Rosie go because you loved her. But so painful. Cherish the memories and take care of you.

  47. Sandi

    I’m so glad you stayed with Rosie. I believe they find comfort when we’re close. I’m so sorry it comes down to that. I wish they all could go peacefully in their sleep. You take care of yourself and your hubby. Hugs to you,

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandi – YES! Why don’t any of them just die in their sleep??? I pray for that.

  48. Chris in Alaska

    So sorry for your loss , Mary . Being there for Rosie was hard but comforting to her . Sending hugs 🙁

  49. Nancy M Norris

    Mary, loosing someone you have loved and taken care of is never easy but a hard part of life. Hugs to you.
    Hope you the peace of the Savior in your life.

  50. Wendy T.

    Hi Mary-

    I am so sorry to hear about Rosie. Thinking of you at this sad time. As others have said before – she was a very fortunate goat to have had you to love and care for her. If only all animals could have a life like that.

  51. Joy in NW Iowa

    It’s always a sad time to part with our pets. On the farm that happens so often, especially if you have a farm like yours with all the animals being pets, our son in Michigan has 13 acres with all kinds of animals and most of the animals become pets. But, some of the animals are raised to provide meat for the family, and it takes a lot of it for 5 growing children!
    Boy! It is cooling down rapidly this evening at 5 p.m,. We have dropped over 20 degrees since 3:30. The wind is roaring out of the northwest! I have to tell myself it is November!
    Have a good evening everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – we felt the wind switch, too, and I’m glad because SW is bad for us! I’d have to become a vegetarian if I had to kill my animals to eat them. But that’s just me.

      1. Joy in NW iowa

        Mary, I asked my DIL how that was going to go when they ere going to be butchering their first beautiful angus steers that were so tame they stuck their noses through the gate to be petted. She wasn’t real sure, but it went ok, the favorite one was sold to someone else, so that did help.
        Jay and I had a pig that we raised and we named him Abner. I could not eat him! It helps when you have a bunch of animals you are feeding and selling I guess. They didn’t get attached to the three pigs they raised this summer, which was good.
        Life in the farm can be tough, the kids that have 4H animals really struggle with selling them, so sad.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Joy – I think 4-H is incredibly cruel – these kids spend every minUte with these animals and take such good care of them at the fair and then they’re forced to walk them thru the ring so someone can buy them and butcher them. I never go to the animal barns any more. I can’t take it.

  52. Diane, Sqyeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Hi Mary, Sometimes your blog brings a laugh or smile and sometimes it brings tears to my eyes. Losing Rosie is sad, but please know you did the right thing for her. I am sorry animals get old; they should live as long as we do!
    We had a horrible semi, SUV, bus accident near me on I -70 which I travel once a week. They still don’t know all the details, but the charter bus was taking middle and high school band students to a school board convention. Three students, one teacher, and two parents died. The semi hit the SUV into the bus which created a huge fire which resulted in the pavement being replaced the fire was so hot! It was awful. 68* here today. 60* tomorrow then 40’s & 50’s.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I do believe we heard about that horrible accident in the news – of course, there could have been another one. I don’t remember the state. Terribly windy today but it switched now to NW – still warm. Yay!!

  53. Debra Reber

    So sorry for the loss of Rosie. I’m sending you hugs. So glad you were there for her at the end, the last pet we had to have put down I was unable to be there, & I have felt guilty ever since.

  54. Dianne in So Cal

    I’m so sorry about Rosie. It’s not an easy thing to do even if it’s the right thing to do. You gave her a good life and you were with her all the way.

  55. Kim from Wi

    I know it was hard to be with Rosie when she slipped away. May her memories bring you comfort.

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