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Memories of Bear
Bear came into our lives a very rambunctious puppy. He brought our family so much joy. His favorite thing in the world is hot dogs! He loved playing 'Gimme those feet'. He was afraid of almost everything, it seems. Just a big baby. Our big baby! He didn't deserve to get cancer. It's not fair. He will remain in our hearts forever and ever. Oh Bear.....we miss you so! Please be happy, and let us know that you're OK. We love you.

One More Day

Just a dog,
Some people say.
Oh, what I'd give
For one more day.
You brought such joy,
Unconditional love.
You deserve a room above.
We will miss you,
Precious one.
Like double rainbows,
Setting suns.
Now, it's God's turn,
Life anew.
He deserves a love like you.
If you don't mind, Lord,
This I pray.
Oh, what I'd give
For one more day.

October 4, 2007

My sweet baby Bear.....it's 6 weeks ago today that you left us for the bridge. I hope you're happy. I miss you so very much. I visit you here every day. I finally took your food and water dishes away. That was hard. We talk about you so often.....all the funny things that made you our baby. I wish you'd send me some sort of sign that you're OK. Harley is starting to adjust to life without you here. She was pretty lost for a while. She doesn't like being home alone. That's when she misses you most, I think. McKenna loves her new school. She's so happy there. She had to draw a picture of our family and of course she included you with the words 'In Loving Memory' above you. Baby Bear, if I could do anything to bring you back to us, I would in a heartbeat. We love you and miss you so much! Mom

November 1, 2007

My sweet baby Bear, it's now 10 weeks since you left us. I truly hope you are happy and have made many friends. I miss you so much. The pain doesn't seem to be subsiding. I still look for you. I think often of the birthday party we had for you, knowing it would be your last. Such a sad day, but I hope you know it was to honor you. I can't seem to throw the last piece of birthday cake away. It's still in the frig. And the portrait of you and David is still on the fireplace. I thought Harley was getting used to being an only dog, but now I wonder. She's gotten very clingy. She misses you so. You accepted her with grace and dignity when she came to live with us. You wanted no other dogs in your house, but you didn't mind her. Her eyes look sad when I talk about you. I'm glad you are no longer feeling the pain of cancer, but wish you could have stayed with us forever. I love you Bear! Mom

November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving, Bear......today marks 13 weeks since we lost you. I still miss you so. It snowed here last night, so I set you up for winter and Christmas. I was dreading going for a Christmas tree since you always went with. Today I realized you can still come with us. I will carry the urn with your ashes. And I've ordered an ornament with your picture to hang on the tree. I love you my baby Bear....and miss you terribly! Mom

December 5, 2007
My dear, sweet baby Bear, I have some news that I hope you'll be happy about. We've adopted another furbaby. Not to replace you because that will never happen, but to help fill the void you left. His name is Chance. He's 4 years old. He came home yesterday. He needed us. He'd been in shelter care for a long time. He's gentle and kind. You'd like him....I know it. I still cry for you and miss you more than words can say. I love you, Bear! Mom

March 17, 2008
My sweet baby Bear. I know it's been a long time since I've updated here. It's not that I've forgotten about you - it's just
too hard sometimes. We all miss you so. I told you about Chance. He's definitely not you, but seems happy living with us. He's adjusted well. Most of the neighbors know him quite well! We've had to start chaining him until warm weather allows us to put in a dog run for him. He and Harley have their moments, but generally get along well. We compare him to you alot. He's become a very special part of our family. I wish I could cuddle with you just for a little while and feel your soft fur. I miss you so, my sweet baby Bear. I love you.....always! Mom

June 8, 2008

My Sweet baby Bear,

I still think of you so often and miss you always. Our new boy, Chancey is a pretty good boy, but he'll never replace our loving, kind, sweet Bear. Our new swimming pool will be installed soon and I have a feeling Chance will love to be in it. That will be a change from you! You wouldn't come anywhere near it. We had some bad storms yesterday and McKenna and I were talking about all the places you'd go to hide when it stormed. And we laughed. Harley is doing well, although I know she misses you and your laid back nature, too. She doesn't always get along so well with Chance. I hope you're enjoying your time at the bridge and watching over us. We will never give up that place in our hearts that only you hold! I love you and miss you so. Mom

August 21, 2008

My Sweet Bear,

Happy Birthday! Today you would turn 13. I have been thinking of you all day. How I wish I could
hug you and kiss your soft nose. We will have cake tonight in honor of you. I hope you'll watch.
We will sing and talk of you and, of course, cry and miss you. I hope you are enjoying everything
at the bridge, and you have many friends there to help you celebrate your special day! I love you and miss you so very much. Love, Mom

August 23, 2008

Baby Bear,

One year ago today we lost you. Our hearts are heavy. We are sad....remembering you today
and every day. Time passes, but the joy you brought to us will never leave us. I hope you
enjoyed the cake I gave you for your birthday. We had cake, too. We put your ashes on the
table, and we sang Happy Birthday to you. I'm glad the pain you felt from the cancer that
took you from us is gone, but I wish your time with us could have lasted forvever. You have
a kind and gentle nature and my wish is that you are happy and have many friends at the
rainbow bridge. Please continue to watch over us. We will always love you, sweet baby Bear!
Love always, Mom

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas, sweet baby Bear. We are all thinking of you and missing you today, as we do every day. We took you with us to get a Christmas tree again. I carried you proudly. And you helped us to pick a beautiful tree. How I wish you were here with us to see it and smell it. I hope you and all your friends at the bridge celebrate Christmas in grand fashion. You are missed so much, but we hope you are happy and will continue to watch over us. We love you, baby Bear! Love, Mom

March 31, 2009

My dear, sweet Bear, Spring is here, or so the calendar says. It's pretty cool today and rainy. Easter is almost here, so I gave you some Easter things. Things here are OK. Chance has turned into such a big baby, almost as big a baby as you! And Harley is still so laid back. We all miss you so very much, and hope you are happy at the bridge. You will never be replaced in our hearts. Love, Mom

May 27, 2009
Sweet Bear, We all still think of you everyday and miss you so. I've been corresponding with a
woman who lost her baby. His name is Buddy, and her heart is hurting. Please find Buddy and be
his friend. Ask Buddy to let her know that he's OK now, young, healthy and happy. I hope you
and Buddy will be the best of friends. Harley and Chance are fine. I wish you could have known
Chance. Please know that we love and miss you as much as ever. Our lives changed forever when
we lost you. Love, Mom

August 21, 2009
Sweet Bear, Happy Birthday!!! Today you turn 14. How I'd love to kiss your soft nose and tell you how much I love you! I took your ashes down off the mantle this morning and put them in the middle of the island and put birthday candles on top of the urn. I have some news. We've opened a restaurant. A few weeks ago a couple came in and introduced themselves. They are your brother, Reggie's Mom and Dad. Troy at the pet store told them we had opened the restaurant. Sadly, they lost Reggie just two months ago. Please look for him. You have your only brother with you now. Take care of him. We miss you, baby Bear, so very much and you are never out of our thoughts or hearts.In just two days it will be two years since cancer took you from us. Harley and Chance are doing well. McKenna starts middle school this year. She's turning into a beautiful young lady. I love you and miss you so! Love, Mom

August 21, 2011

My Sweet baby Bear, Happy Birthday!!! I'm not sure what has happened to the last two years of my letters to you. I've been here. Doesn't matter, really. Just know that you are thought of each and every day. I baked you a cake, just like I always do. We all wished you a Happy Birthday and cried. Chance and Harley are good. McKenna starts high school next week...do you believe that? I have more news. David is getting married next Saturday! It seems there's always so much going on. But no matter how busy, you are never far from my thoughts and my heart. I have a poem for you.

And I'm not there to see,
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I know how much you loved me,
As much as I loved you.
And each time you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
I want you to understand,
An angel came and called my name,
And I answered her command,
She said my place was ready,
In dog Heaven far above,
But that I'd have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.
If I could relive yesterday,
Even for a little while,
I'd come and lick your hand,
Just to see you smile.
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
You'll find my paw prints on your heart.

I love you, Bear! Mom

August 21, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my sweet baby Bear! How I wish you were here to hug. I made a cake (I always do) and we will celebrate your birthday. You are never far from our thoughts. Harley and Chance are
doing well. And McKenna will be a sophomore this year. How time flies! She made Varsity Cheer this
year and is really looking forward to it. I hope you are happy and well. Make new friends every day at the bridge. I love you, I miss you,


August 23, 2012

I am sad. Today it is 5 years since we lost you. I called Chance Bear yesterday. Yeah, I still do that sometimes. So many memories. So much love.


August 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, my sweet Baby Bear! More sadness today as I wish you were here. I made your birthday cake, just like I always do. Know that you are never out of our hearts or thoughts. I love you as much as always!


August 23, 2014

Oh Bear.....I've been thinking about this day 7 years ago and how hard it was to walk you to the
bridge and kiss you good-bye. I know we did the right thing for you, but I just wanted to scoop you up in my arms and run away until we found a place where you would be well again. We'd stay there forever. One day you will greet me, tail wagging, eyes bright. Until then, we love you and miss you! Stay happy!


August 21, 2016

Happy, Happy Birthday Baby Bear! 21 today! Hope you have a wonderful day with Reggie. I have your memorial picture, ashes and birthday cake on the table, just like always! McKenna starts her second year of college on Wednesday. David has 2 beautiful kids. Boy, time sure flies. I left you a birthday cake and treat to share with your friends there. Be happy sweet boy. We love you!


August 23, 2016

My sweet baby Bear,

It's been 9 years since you left us for the bridge, and I still think of you and miss you every day. My only comfort comes from knowing you're free of pain, and happy
and healthy. But what I wouldn't give to have you back........I love you!


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