Thursday, April 25, 2013

" Healing our broken hearts "





Our hearts were broken by a loss we did not

expect and therefore I took a short

blogging break from my weekly posts.



{Gracie and our new adopted sweet girl}



Shortly after Easter we found out that our sweet

American bull dog Lola had cancer that

had come out of no where and it

was causing her such tremendous pain.

Lola blessed our lives

from the day my son brought her 

home from the breeder

at 10 weeks old.







Each month she grew...






and grew


and we loved her more...







She was loyal...







She loved us as her family

and we cherished everyday with her...






This was the last photo I took of her

with my son Christopher on Easter.

We were all so very devastated since she was

only four years old.

If you are an animal lover you know

they are like your children

they are a huge part of your family.


We said our tearful goodbyes while

Christopher and I stayed with her

till the end that day.

The ride home was such an emptiness

in my heart sitting between he

and Gracie while they were sobbing.

As a mother I held them tight

while my own tears were endless.

We had lost our girl...


Each day that passed it hurt so much

to not see her sweet face.


Last week I was sitting outside thinking

about my high school friend Denny

who is always posting about rescuing

a dog through adoption.

Denny is a firefighter and a wonderful family man.

I thought about how passionate he was

through all of his face book posts.

Then I decided that pet adoption

would be our perfect fit.



 adopted from OC Animal Care


As I walked around the volunteer that

helped us named Debbie told us

this sweet girl had been over looked at three years of age.

I asked to spend time with her

and when those soulful eyes looked into mine

I knew she was it.

It tugged my heart just thinking how my mom

adopted me at age twelve and I too had

been over looked by families who

wanted a younger child.

I think that is where our souls connected

and I had to bring her home.


I called Christopher and he drove to meet me there

and as you can see she stole our hearts.








She was a family surrender after

they had lost their home.


I was so happy that we could offer

her a home where she would be spoiled

with endless love.






We decided to keep the name

that she was given by her previous family.


This is our new sweet girl

" Guinevere "


She took us by storm in one short week

and we are head over heels in love with her.

Each day with Guinevere our broken hearts are healing.


A heart felt thank you to my friend

Denny who continues to support the shelters

 who find loving homes for these beautiful

animals through adoption.





 Lola girl we will carry the love 

in our hearts for you forever...

21 comments:

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

im so sorry to hear about your dog lola, ive grown so attached to my little french bulldog i can only imagine how you must have felt.

Ming said...

Losing a family 'pet' is just like losing a family member and the loss just as great. We lost our faithful companion Reggie 2 years ago and although I wanted to adopt/buy another, my hubby still cannot think of it. His heart was broken. He's warming up to another pet (we've had a pet all our 34 years together but Reg was with us for so long and loved so much, he doesn't think he will be able to go through a loss again.)

As I type I have tears streaming down my cheeks for I still miss our Reggie. I am happy you and yours were able to adopt and are healing. We did this when one of our cats died unexpectedly and adopting another was such a comfort.

It's me said...

O no !! what a sad sad sad news of Lola.....i feel your pain darling !!!...you shall miss her a lot !!!...and i am so glad you found Guinevere !!..enjoy time with her...warm hugs...love from me...Ria...xxx..

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Lola. I know she will live in your hearts forever. I hope that Guinevere brings many many years of happiness to your family. She looks like a real sweetie.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

You are so right, pets are like children, they are family. They provide, live comfort and happiness. I am saddened to heard of the loss of your beautiful Lola. And yet happy that you now have anew loved one in Guinevere.

Have a wonderful weekend, Elizabeth

Sheila said...

Kate,
So sorry for this loss of a loved one...I know way to much how that feels our pets are our baby's and we had to put our baby down he was 16. I love the girl...she looks like she will fit right in!

XO,
Sheila

Amy Kinser said...

I am so sorry for your loss but rejoice with you about your new baby.

Have a joy filled (truly joy filled) day today, Kate.

Rea said...

So right about now I am on the verge of the "ugly cry". I am so sorry to hear these things about your sweet Lola. I do understand that kind of love for a pet. My little westie is one of the most important people in my little world. I am so happy to hear about your new addition to the family. God bless you all as you remember Lola. I believe a part of her will always be in your hearts. Hugs to you Kate.

Polly McCormick said...

so sorry Kate. i loathe the day that i experience this kind of loss. glad you found such a gem in Guinevere!
xoxox

"Create Beauty" said...

Oh Kate, I am so sorry... I've experienced saying goodbye to a dear doggy friend, and it is heartbreaking, and like you, my heart began to heal with the love of another dear sweet dog.

Welcome home to Guinevere!
~ Violet

Anne said...

Kate I am heartbroken to hear of your loss! Losing a furry companion is never ever easy.I pray that God will mend your broken hearts.
xx
Anne

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So sorry for your loss Kate...I know your memories and the addition of Guinevere will help you all!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Lola, Kate. Pets bring so much love into our lives and are such a big part of our families. I've always thought it is a testament to how much we loved them, that we are willing to adopt and put our feelings out there again! Guinevere is beautiful...I'm glad she has her forever family and is bringing joy to your family!

Julie Marie said...

So very saddened about your loss of sweet Lola Kate... I of all people understand the heartache you all are going through... Jack and I had said no more pets when we lost our sweet Sheltie Lady at a fairly young age... then, Tessy came along, a gift from God, to help heal our broken hearts... she truly was sent by an angel... she needed us and we needed her... more than we ever knew... and I know sweet Guinevere is a gift from God to you too... sent by angels... I am so happy she now has her forever home... you are all blessed by her coming to you... welcome to your new beginning of life sweet little Guinevere... we love you... xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Awwww, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much that hurts. But your new baby is so beautiful, and just think how grateful she is to all of you. Shelter dogs are the best. :-)

XOXO
Anne

mkjartist40 said...

I know how devastating that loss is, I lost my cat sweetie pie to cancer 4 years ago and there will never be another cat i love as much as him! Pets are truly more than just a pet, they are truly family. I am new to your blog...love it and thanks for sharing this story!!!

must love junk said...

Oh, I just read this and teared up! I'm so sorry for your loss; and so excited for you that you've found another 'sweetie' to give your love to! How blessed that you can help heal each other :)
Susan

Alabaster Rose Lifestyle said...

Oh Kate, I am so sorry that I missed this post somehow! What a beautiful post!!I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Lola!! I know what it is to have a beloved pet be such an integral part of your life and your family. I know she will be in your heart and memories forever.
Lot's of love!!
Melinda

felicia said...

I just read your post today. I'm so sorry for your aching hearts. However, I'm excited that you have opened your home to a rescue. We lost our precious Macy in October and in March adopted a rescue and believe it or not named her Lola. She has totally stolen our hearts as well. :-)

a ji o ji suno ji said...

I had no idea that there was a real dining room that was used as Hogwart's dining hall. It sounds like you had another wonderful day in England.
English Bulldog Puppies

speciallivingla said...

I help rescue a lot of pits from OC, so happy you found Guinevere and healing love to you for your loss of you beautiful Lola.
:)

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