Monday, September 28, 2009

Thank you....

As we suspected Domi did not make it into the night. She passed away shortly after her last post. Although she was struggling to breathe, we don't believe she was in any pain. It was not until recently that the cancer really seem to start bothering her. On our last car ride home, she was not able to stand up and "herd" the passing cars like she enjoyed but she still continued to watch them, eyes sparkling and ears busy. The cancer may have worn out her body but the Border Collie spirit continued to shine.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that she was the same sad, untrusting dog with the tucked up tail that I brought home from the shelter almost 3 years ago. It must have been very hard for her to go from a family of nearly ten years to spending 2 months in the shelter. It took a little time but the true Domi did come out. She was a very beautiful girl who seemed to touch every person she met. Tough guys melted under those eyes, kids who were afraid of dogs felt safe enough to pet her and all felt like they had a special connection with Domi. I don't know how many times I had people offer to take her should we no longer be able to keep her, even with the cancer.

Thank you to everyone who has come by her blog and left such comforting comments. Thank you especially to Raising Addie, Scout & Freyja and Tabatha and Echo for their very touching tributes. The Dog (and kitty) Blogging community is a very wonderful group and we are very proud to have been part of it. I hope to continue to discover great blogs and to continue to read about all the wonderful pets and their special owners.

I'm off to cuddle with Stella who is having the hardest time of all, trying to figure out where her much adored Domi is and why we haven't brought her home yet. Poor Stella hates to be alone and had a very long day.

Thank you all again for your warm thoughts,
Domi's girl

I added one of the last photos of Domi I took of her, just a couple of days before she went to stay at my parents.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

You touched so many hearts and lives...

You gave Domi love

And she showed us what it can do...

Thank you very much for letting us know your girl...

Khyra and Her Mom

Dakota said...

Thinking of you and yours during this difficult time.


Dakota and The Mom

Lacy said...

Sad woofs, we were hoping and praying for a miracle..but i guess Domi was to tired to fight anymore...i went back in her post last nite, she was a beautiful spirit..and i am sooo glad she found love again, in her boy and her girl..will miss her, and i am glad she won the Ms Beauty contest, cause she was beautiful, inside and out..RIP sweet girl, run with the wind..u r all in our thoughts and prayers..

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama...

The OP Pack said...

Domi was very lucky to have picked you for her home. She was one very loved pup. We didn't know her long but we felt her warmth and love through her blog posts. Hugs to you and gentle cuddles for Stella.

Hugs, the OP Pack

Raising Addie said...

Domi was soooo very special to soooo many people. We were glad to know her and wish we could have met her in person. Thank you for creating Domi's blog and sharing her with the world!

The wonderful people from 2 dogs 2000 miles asked me to give you this message:

"I just read Domi’s last post. So sad. Please let her family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers."

Please give Stella an extra BIG hug from us.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie, Hailey and Staci

Tabatha and Echo said...

You are very welcome, and again my deepest sympathy's to your family! WE continue to send love and support your way.

Scout and Freyja said...

It would be so nice if you would, when you are ready, begin a blog for Stella.

Our arms are wrapped around your mourning hearts.

pughy said...

I didn't get to know what sounds to be a beautiful woofie. I reads all the tributes and came to leave one myself. I understand your grieving and hope you take comfort from the time you had together and knowing you were both loved by each other.. Hugs GJ x

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Good bye Domi.
I wish I knew you before. I read your post and choked back tears.
We listen to your advices, pet and pawrent should not take each other for granted!
We'll meet each other someday, sweety.

Asta said...

Run with the wind with youw tail uop and eyes spawkling sweet Domi.
I'm suwe you'we aweady heawding all the angel doggies in heaven.You bwought love and happinss into so many lives, you desewve to west and play, just twy to let youw sweet bweaf come thwough the aiw and comfowt youw family who misses you so
smoochie kisses

JackDaddy said...

If nothing else, you've reminded me how much love that one puppy can give. So even now, Domi is working magic.

Thank you!

Tracey and Huffle said...

I am very happy to have been able to make friends with Domi this year. I know she will be looking down on you and Stella.

Huffle Mawson

The Thundering Herd said...

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss, but thank you so much for taking in a senior who so needed some love.

MAX said...

Oh dear, we are really going to miss her! Our warmest thoughts are with you at this tender time. Please don't disappear. We love you too!

kingsley said...

i'm so sorry to hear about Domi's passing. it must be so hard for the family to lose such a treasured member.

Lots of hugs to all of you.

May the memories of Domi stay with you forever.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

a beautiful post for this beautiful girl. i loved her from the first time i saw her. you are a wonderful human to her and that is all she ever wanted. don't worry--Domi is not really far away at all, you only need to think about her and there she is--right with you again.

Dog By Nature said...

Addie sent us over...we're so very sorry for your loss. Domi was loved and gave love and that's the greatest thing in the world. Take care.

Kona and family

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're thinking of you.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch and Sue

Junior and Orion said...

We heard about Domi from Khyra. We are so sorry for your loss, but we bet Domi is charming all kinds of people and critters over the bridge. We are sending gentle headbutts and purrs for all of your hearts to heal.

Junior and Orion

Scout 'n Freyja said...

To answer your question, yes, they got some steak and a little baked potato, too. They know I'm not going to leave them out. In fact, I feel all the animals before I sit down to eat so when they make those faces at me I don't feel guilty thinking they are starving!☺

BTW, if you want another smile, my cat, Forrest, blogged today on my kitty blog. Take a peek☺

You know, there will come a day - don't know when - that you'll hear that familiar jingle of collar tags. You'll look around, just like you have many times before, and you will see a faint shadow. It will be fleeting and it will disappear and it won't come back.

That will be Domi finally making it across the Bridge. They don't leave us, you know, until they are sure we can go on without them.

Maybe when the time is right Domi will lead you to another senior who needs you and your love. I know she has changed my heart and thinking. My home will be for seniors when the time comes to add another dog.

She made a difference, you know, a big difference and she couldn't have done that without you and the home that you gave to her. There was a reason and a purpose for the meeting and the adoption. I know that all the way into the core of my soul.

Huskee and Hershey said...

We are so sorry for your loss...

Domi is indeed a pretty girl both inside and out, and she totally deserves to win the contest held by the Four Musketeers.

My Border Collie used to drive me nuts whenever she tries to 'herd' passing cars when we take her out, just like your Domi, but after reading your post, I will learn to appreciate the fact that she's young and still has the energy to do that. I will learn to love her funny antics rather than give her a stern 'no'.

Thinking of you during this sad time.

Kari said...

It is a comfort to know that she went to the bridge from her home, surrounded by the people who love her and that she was not in pain.

Domi will be forever alive in our hearts and the hearts of all who loved her.

There is a wonderful site where you can light candles for memorials, thanks, etc. We are going there now to light candles of gratefulness for having the chance to know Domi. God speed.....

Kari said...

The site is

(mum was crying again and gave it as .com instead of .org)

Moco said...

We are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady. The Bridge has received another great pup that is no longer in a distress. Run free lovely Domi.

Amber-Mae said...

Oh no...I'm so sorry I didn't come by sooner to say Good-Bye to her. And I am so sad that I didn't even visit her blog as often as she visited mine. This is so sad.

I am gonna miss her so much. She was such a great friend to many of us. She was a warm & caring girl who touched many doggie's & people's hearts.

My heart goes out to you & your family. Domi, we miss you!

Moondance Huskies said...

We are so sorry to hear of Domi's passing. You gave her a home & love even though she was an "older" dog. God bless you for that! She loved you and will continue to love you in spirit. She will be waiting for you at the Bridge.
With sincere sympathy,
Skye,the Moondance Huskies,kities and mom Joan

TwoSpecialWires said...

You have just provided what every dog and kitty and other family furry in the world deserves: unconditional everylasting love, and a tribute to her to let the world know how wonderful she was as a part of your family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Through tears, we wish Domi the blessing to Run With the Wind, sweet Girl.
Jake and Fergi and family

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

We are two schnauzers from New England and read about Domi from Rocky's blog. We are so sorry for your loss.

Domi was (and is) such a beautiful dog.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

Raising Addie said...

We have a question for Domi's girl, what was Domi's full name? You don't have to give a last name (an initial if you would like) but we wanted to include her full name and "Domi" on the 2 dogs 2000 miles shirt.

Just email us how you would like Domi's name to appears on the memorial shirt and we will get the info to them.

Thank you! Your in our thoughts. Please give Stella a big hug from us!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Tibby said...

We are so sorry that Domi had to leave you so soon. We will be thinking of you and your family.

-Tibby & The Owners

MAX said...

Hey there guys
Just popping in again to say we are thinking of you lots. We miss Domi terribly.
Lots of licks

Kari said...

Its hard not to come here and ever harder to know she's gone.

Kari and the Cats

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We read about Domi at Rocky's and stopped by. It is so hard to lose a furry. They do so much to brighten our lives and they are very much missed when they are gone. It's wonderful you adopted an older dog and have such happy memories.

Deetz said...

I am so very sad to hear of this news. I was one that did not have the priviledge to meet Domi, but I feel their is one more angel amoung us watching out for us all, and by the look of those precious eyes...she will make a wonderful angel! I came by way of Angel Lacylulu who was one of the very first doggies to greet me! Our hearts and tears are with you....