Goodbyes

 I often wonder why we call them "goodbyes",  as they are seldom good.  Our Brown Sammie left us yesterday, and for once I am at a loss for words.  Sammie was a huge part of our lives for the past 12 years.  As such, this is a profound loss.  As always, though, we will work through our grief and continue marching onward.

For now, though, I leave you with a little journey of his life on the farm in older posts.  Here is a previous blog post about Brown Sammie's youth.  You can read about it HERE.


One of the best posts about Sammie's life on the farm can be found HERE.


Comments

Cheryl said…
My heart is breaking for you and all that have come to love your handsome boy. I am a little comforted thinking that Sammie and Griz are running and playing and exploring together. They leave us much too soon, don't they?
jaz@octoberfarm said…
i am so sorry bev. i hate this so much. sammie had such a great life though. but i know there is a gaping hole in the farm right now.
Marsha said…
I am so sorry about Sammie he was such a wonderful part of your family
colleen said…
So very sorry for your loss. :'( I don't do so swell with goodbyes. My heart goes out to you and Jack. I will miss seeing Sammie. xoxoxox
daisy g said…
My heart and prayers are with you as you deal with the sorrow. We will all miss him as well. Rest in peace, Sweet Sammie. You lived your best life.
Ann said…
Losing a pet wrenches us as nothing else does, even losing people. When I lost my old dog I said to my vet that the time with her seemed so short and the vet said to us it seems like that but to them it was their whole life. Sammie was so fortunate to be loved by you all. Blessings on your day of remembering.
Cindy S said…
So sorry, Bev! My heart goes out to you!
Unknown said…
I am very sorry for your loss. They are so much a part of our families.
farm buddy said…
I am very sorry for your loss.
Bev, so very sorry about Sammie. He was a beautiful animal who was very loved and I'm sure his heart was filled with love for you and the beautiful farm that became his home. We are so grateful that God lets animals be our loved ones and the parts of our family that they truly are. I just lost my little doxie not too long ago and though he was only mine for the last four years, willed to me by my dad, he made his way quiclky into my heart. Grief justs proves how very much we love. Hugs.
Maureen M said…
It is so hard to lose such a loved companion.
This N That said…
There are no words. So sorry.xoxo
Unknown said…
Bev, My Heart breaks for you and your family, but know that Sammie was so grateful to have lived on the your farm with your loving family for so many years. I truly believe you all will be united again! I have a 12 year old pup who is slowing down and I have found myself taking more and more photos of him and not taking his time with us for granted, just loving him up as much as time will allow. Peace, Karen S.
Karla said…
Oh Bev and Jack, I was so sad to read this. It's so hard knowing we will outlive most of our furry friends. Sorrow is the hardest feeling. Sending you much love and support.
Jeannie said…
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for posting the previous blogs about Sammie. As a new reader, I never knew of his rascally past! What a great life he lived. The rainbow appearing was magical. Take good care of yourselves during this sad time.
Lynne said…
Beverly and “Muppy” . . .
After yesterday’s post . . . I knew.
I came looking for your post when I woke up . . .
Sad . . . very sad . . . for each of you.
Sammie was a joy . . . a people’s pet . . .
Loved his getting right in the middle with children . . .
Thank you for telling some of his life stories, pictures, video.
My heart and hugs . . .
love
lynne
Jody in Georgia said…
I know how the loss of Sammie hits the heart...been there, too. But I know in God's wisdom, the happy memories will eventually fill in that hole in your heart. My deepest sympathy.
Sally from Pa. said…
Dear Bev and Jack was so sorry to hear about Sammie who passed over the Rainbow Bridge. My heart goes out to you. Animals are not just animals they are like a a part of our family, whom we love and take care of them, it is so hard when they get sick and pass away, but just know that Sammie had a good life and you have good memories of him ,maybe that will help you get thru this. God Bless.
Diane said…
What a great dog life Sammy had! It is heartbreaking to say goodbye. He will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing him with us.
The JR said…
Sorry is such a inadequate word for this. What a great fellow. They fill our hearts with joy and even in sad times like this you can look back and smile at that joy.

Ramona from Mississippi
The JR
Anonymous said…
We will all miss Sammie and grieve with you. What a great life he had
I love the picture of him standing on the roof and the video of him playing with the cat. May these memories and others bring you comfort and peace.

Julia
Camille said…
So sorry Bev. The very hardest days are when we lose our true friends and companions. Will hold dear Sammie and all of you on the farm in our heart today.
Tama said…
Bev and Jack I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by the entire family. I know how much he enjoyed his gator rides. RIP dear Sammy.

Hugs from me and Dozer

Tama
Patty said…
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I always loved reading about Sammie and his adventures. I lost my dog, Maisie, a year and a half ago. It's still painful. My girl would have loved living on a farm but we live in the city. We enjoyed many happy times on our daily walks. Sammie truly had the best life any dog could ever have! I would always giggle seeing him sitting in the passenger seat of the gator!
My deepest sympathies to you and your husband.
littlemancat said…
So sorry and sad, words fail. Hugs to you and Jack.
Mary
Unknown said…
Hugs to you both. I often wonder why God decided that alligators would live 100 years... But my dog only 14. So glad you gave Sammie such a good life. Lisa G in TN
Marcia LaRue said…
Once again I start my day with tears in my coffee! 😢
I hope dear Sammie just laid down to take a snooze and that was it! I hope you didn't have to have Becky help him over the Bridge!!
We shall ALL miss him!! 💖🐕‍🦺
Gayle from Oklahoma said…
I'm so saddened by the loss of your sweet Sammie. He was a wonderful dog and companion. I've read your blog for a long time and your dogs have been such a wonderful part of your home.
The tears in my eyes are sincere. I loved reading about him and his antics thru the years. He was a personality all his own. We all loved that big brown dog and he will be missed by your family and all of us.
Grandma Zee said…
So sorry to hear about Sammie, prayers of comfort for all of you, I know he will be missed by everyone on the farm, animals and humans. It is always hard to lose a beloved pet.
Deb said…
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so hard, I know.
Sammie had a good life although they leave us too soon.
He was one of the lucky ones; a home where he knew he was safe and loved.
Rest in Peace, little one. xo
dustbunny8 said…
So sorry about Sammie.He has been a huge part of your story. They never stay long enough for us. Hugs.
Kim said…
Our beloved pets leave a hole in our hearts when they go over the rainbow. Sammie will be missed. 💕
Karen said…
A Good Dog Never Dies

A good dog never dies, he always stays,
he walks besides you on crisp autumn days
when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near,
his head within our hand in his old way.

Anonymous

We feel your pain and sorrow . . . Sammie - forever loved.
Kathy S said…
I’m so very, very sorry. Sammie was always my favorite.....I think it was those knowing, golden eyes. I wish he could know how much he’ll be missed by people who only knew him through words and pictures. Thank you, Sammie.
Wanda Devers said…
What a good boy he was! I loved all his adventures as well as his wonderful, sweet nature.

Saying a prayer for you and your husband to be comforted in this terrible loss.
Anonymous said…
Words are not enough but are all I have to offer. So so sorry……
Jayne
Moggie said…
I love what Diane, above said: What a great dog life Sammie had! He was born to be a farm dog on a farm such as yours, he had such great adventures.
I'm so sorry he won't be in your daily life, and ours, we'll all miss him.
THE BEARDED ONE said…
SO VERY SORRY THAT SAMMIE IS GONE..BUT...WHAT GREAT MESSAGES YOU HAD ABOUT THIS SWEET INTELLIGENT DOG....I SURE ENJOYED READING ABOUT HIM...I DO KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO LOSE A PET YOU HAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR...MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND HUBBS AND THE KIDS IN YOUR FAMILY..PLUS THE NEIGHBORS WHO ALSO LOVED SAMMIE...THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GRET POST..IT WAS VERY TOUCHING AND AWESOMELY WRITTEN...YOU ARE SUE AND AMAZING LADY...BRILLANT AND EXTREMELY TALENTED ... THANK YOU AGAIN !


EDGAR C. BEARD
Thank you for all the wonderful stories about your Sammy. He was truly a prize, Bev. I got so used to seeing him in your daily posts...it will seem like something is missing now. I loved seeing him riding along on the gator as you did chores and zipped around your beautiful land. But of course, we can only last for just so long, all of us, and our time comes to depart this world and join our old friends in the next. I have no doubt that your Sammy, while missing all of you on the farm, is bounding gleefully in the next life with old buddies he has known before. Yes, this chapter has come to a close, but new chapters are ready to open and If I know you, they will bring more joy and love to your home and farm. Thank you for your blog, Bev. Know that we, out here, ache with all of you in your loss.
Kelley said…
What a wonderful dog Sam was! I would love to have one like him.
Sending loving condolences.
Anonymous said…
You have had a rough week. First Griz, now Sammy. I have tears rolling down my face. You give all your animals such a wonderful life. I'm sorry for your loss. Marcia
Susan said…
I am so very sorry. Dogs always hold a special place in our hearts. Prayers and hugs.
Barbara Beach said…
There are no words to convey how sorry I am. The loss of a beloved friend is new easy. Blessings to you.
Junebug said…
My heart goes out to you and your family. They sure become love ones. Cherish all the memories of one special Sammie!
Shelley said…
Goodbyes suck. That's all there is to it.These animals I follow on blogs and IG become friends as I watch them arrive. live wonderful lives then depart. Your Sammy will be missed by me for sure.
leslye said…
I DON'T KNOW ANY WORDS TO MAKE YOUR SORROW GO AWAY BUT KNOW THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS. YOU GAVE SAMMIE THE BEST LIFE A DOG COULD HAVE, AS YOU DO WITH ALL YOUR ANIMALS.
nuri said…
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dear Brown Sammie held a special place in my heart as well. He was special, this "apprivoiseur" of kids and kittens, natural born farm dog, hunter extraordinaire, wild at heart and yet so very attached to his humans. Thank you for sharing his happy, perfect life, and now your grief, with us. My thoughts are with you.
Lisa said…
😢😢💔💔
sheryl said…
I'm so very sorry for your loss. The saddest of times... wishing your peace and comfort as you mourn his loss.