Saying Goodbye to Ruffa

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If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals
are to be there.  Their lives become so interwoven
with our own, it would take more than
an archangel to detangle them.

~Pam Brown~

Ruffa (left) and Murphy - together again

Ruffa (left) and Murphy –  together again in heaven

Ask the beasts and they will
teach you the beauty of this earth.

~St. Francis of Assisi~

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Give sorrow words.  The grief that does not speak
whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.

~William Shakespeare~

Jessica, Jenna & Kristan with their 'sister' Ruffa

Jessica, Jenna & Kristan with their ‘sister’ Ruffa

Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.

~Dr. Seuss~

Ruffa with Rugby and Kitty

Ruffa with Rugby and Kitty

There is no death.  Only a change of worlds.

~Chief Seattle~

Ruffa & Murhpy with Grandpa & Grandma - all together again

Ruffa & Murhpy with Grandpa & Grandma – all together again

What we once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

~Helen Keller~

Murphy, Ruffa, Bella & Rugby - the Beardie family

Murphy, Ruffa, Bella & Rugby – the Beardie family

Ruffa (Betsy & Steve’s Beardie) left this world on Saturday to go on to her next adventure.  I imagine her with Murphy (our first Beardie), romping, chasing balls and being “Bouncing Beardies”somewhere in the great beyond.   She was 16 + years old.  Ruffa was diagnosed with osteosarcoma more than a year ago and no one thought she’d still be us well past her 16th birthday, but she was a trooper,  and decided to live the good life  with her loving family for a little while longer, and that she did.

Those of you who have lost a pet know how heart-breaking this can be. The unconditional love they give everyday is like nothing else.  She will stay in our hearts and memories forever.

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Few human beings give of themselves
to another as a dog gives of itself.

~Dean Koontz~

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2 Responses to Saying Goodbye to Ruffa

  1. Aw, so sorry Suellen…sigh. Lovely tribute to her and the other beardies. Margie

  2. Suellie, I had tears in my eyes. the quotes you matched with the pictures were heart rending. I remember the angel dog milagros we all bought in Santa Fe and another angel dog found her way Home. I’d like to think that Sebago is wagging her tail in welcome…..Please send Betsy and Steve my heartfelt wishes for the loss of Ruffa in their life.

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