Sunday, October 21

One last note before moving on.


There are no words for me to describe how profoundly moved I was by the support you all have shown me through some pretty dark days. I was overwhelmed by the response to Coop's passing and I cannot tell you enough how much reading your comments over the past few days has gotten me through. I am so touched and so thankful. You'll never know how much. Thank you for all your stories, your advice, wisdom and love. It's pretty darn amazing how much y'all pulled me though some of the hardest days. I know I've got much more healing ahead, but you have made it so much more bearable. Thank you so, so much.



*This beautiful drawing is by Jo of Desire to Inspire.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your openess Victoria. I am going through the same unexpected loss of a beloved dog. I have been feeling so heart broken but reading all the messages you recieved helped me heal as well. The wisdom of your readers is universal. Wishing you well.

Anonymous said...

such a lovely pic of coop- how sweet. good luck on your healing.

Anonymous said...

I love this site, but I've never commented until now.

My own rescue dog, Cris, who looked very much like Cooper, died unexpectedly of kidney failure a year ago, and I've never experienced anything like it in my life. It was horrible, and I was wracked with so much guilt and sorrow that I wasn't sure how I'd ever get past it. I'm so glad that you've received so much support from this site; an outpouring like this certainly would've helped me when I was in mourning, and I'm just so happy to know that it's here for you to look at whenever you're upset.

A few days after Cris died, I made a crazed, irrational decision; stopped into a local animal shelter; and left with a small puppy who'd been found wandering the streets. It wound up being a wonderful idea: I still missed Cris, but I needed to make a difference in another homeless animal's life. My new dog's been with me for a year, and he's helped the healing process immeasurably.

odessa said...

hi victoria,
so sorry to hear about your loss. your coop looks so sweet in his picture. i know there are no words, but just know that so many people are thinking about you and you are loved. *sending hugs your way*

matirose said...

that is a beautiful outpouring. i just noticed that there is a comment for every day of the year. wow.

Robin said...

You are so welcome. And I know we don't know each other, but if somewhere down the road when you feel all your regular friends are used up in the listening department, feel free to email me and we could chat. I'm working on 4+ months since losing my cat, Oreo, and things just pop up like places you went, etc., that can kind of catch you. Anyway, without sounding nutty, the offer is there. I wish you comfort in your healing and journey. Coop is still here, you just can't see him. He's in your heart, and if you're like me, you may believe he's just on the other side of a "plane" that we, here, don't yet know about. All the best to you - Robin

Jana Souza said...

love the drawing; what a special piece. healing to you,

jana

Summerinbrooklyn said...

Oh poor you... I'm going to say it again, so sorry to hear about Coop... I only hope that when my Summer girl has to pass on, that I have half the strength and grace that you seem to have. Good luck, take the time to heal, and I'm just positive (though people may think I'm foolish) that there is a special place just for us and our furries and other loved ones when we say goodbye to this tired old world. I like to think it's a sunny hill top with lots of trees, indestructible squirrels, cold water, warm sunshine and cool breezes and all the squeaky rubber balls you could possibly imagine. I like to think about me walking up the hill, and my girl bouncing forward to plant two very muddy very large paws on my chest as she greets me. And I'll never have to leave to go to work. :)

Good thoughts to you.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

I chanced upon your blog today and the first thing that hit me was your sadness. The secound thing which was amazing was the out pouring of support for you. I just want to tell you victoria that LOVE NEVER DIES, its always there enveloping us. We have to rise above the pain to feel it. Coo will love you forever. In time you will feel that yourself. Meanwhile treat yourself real nice. take care. god bless you.

Anonymous said...

I feel so much for you. I cannot even try to imagine what a tragic loss you are experiencing. I'm sending you lots of healing hugs.

Antonella

katiedid said...

I have been out of the loop for awhile, but just heard about Cooper from Absolutely Beautiful Things. My husband has been in Moscow for the last week, and our dog (also named Cooper)kept me going. I am so sad for you. I know you will hold him in your heart forever and the hurting will ease. Thinking of you.
Katie

design for mankind. said...

I just heard about sweet Cooper and am so saddened by your loss. My husband and I have rescued two dogs, and you put it beautifully when you said, "I rescued him and he rescued me."

You are so in our prayers, and I commend you for picking up the pieces so gracefully.

I just found your blog (and on such a sad day...), and can't wait to continue to check back as you heal beautifully.

Thanks, Victoria. You are an inspiration to us all.

House of R & R said...

This is so strange! I came across your blog re: blogs of note only to see your post regarding your sweet, sweet Coop. You see....the reason why this is so strange is because I will be putting my dog of 12 years to rest on Monday and I am devastated about it. Your post is just what I needed to help me get through this. Thank You

LuLu said...

I've never left a message on your blog before either but was so moved by Coop I felt I had to. I had a dog for 17 years and it was heartbreaking to finally have to say goodbye to him. If for some odd reason you are ever in Vermont, be sure to drop by the Dog Chapel in St Johnsbury. Artist Stephen Huneck built this chapel that is completely devoted to dogs. It is so sweet. Just in the door there is a wall where people leave memorials to their loyal loved ones. There is never a dry eye in the house after that. It is a very special place.

http://www.dogmt.com/chapel.php

sfgirlbybay said...

thank you so much everyone. it's been a long week, but your thoughts, notes and prayers help me immensely. xo

Alicia P. said...

Just thinking about you and hoping you are doing better. I hope you are. Well, I'm just thinking about you and sending love.