Thursday, December 1, 2011

If I Had a single Flower

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

Yesterday before the big winds came, Gus and Cleo enjoyed a day of fun at Canine Country Club.  Gus was his usual crazy self, jumping and running around.  Cleo was her usual sweet demure self, maybe a little quieter than normal and maybe a bit wistful.  Several times during the day I would catch her sitting tall, looking out towards the mountains. 

Cleo has been with me from the first day we opened the new facility.  She is our longest daily guest.  We love her dearly.   Through the years we have taken many pictures of her, sometimes adding little thoughts that portray our human thoughts to her facial expressions.

 Gus, who is two years younger is always at her side.  They are inseparable.  They are best friends.

 Today, Gus and Cleo stayed home with their beloved Mark and as the winds picked up, turning from gusts and blasts of  cold and bitter power to a hurricane force that toppled beautiful ageless trees, scattered roofs, overturned vehicles, downed fences, and in general destroyed much of our area.  

And it was during this time of turmoil Miss Cleo left us and made her way to Rainbow Bridge.
 With no warning, no illness, no pain, that we know of, her heart slowed and stopped.  Her precious loving spirit fled her body and headed off to meet with Ceaser and her old friends who had gone on before her.
Dear Natalie, Mark and Gus...we are without words to ease your pain.  We just want to thank you for letting us share her presence five days a week for the last 11 years.

If we had a single flower.

Vickie, Bert, Jamie and the Crew


STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Bert and your Vickie, we are so very sorry for the loss of your much loved friend Cleo. Our heartfelt sympathy to all in her family. Love and hugs to you all. Beautiful photos of a beautiful girl. Love Carol (and Stella and Rory)

The Cat From Hell said...

Oh bert and Vickie (and Allred), wes is sorry for your loss. We like to believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength. The time we have spent with those we've lost makes them part of us. We send yous healing purrs and kisses
Nellie, Kozmo, the Hairy Slobbery Sisters and Mommy and Daddy

GOOSE said...

As one who shared a play area with Miss Cleo I am deeply saddened. I am sure I am a better dog for having known her.
Hugs and prayers for her family and friends.

24 Paws of Love said...

What a beautiful tribute. I've never met, seen or heard of either dogs and I found myself saddened and in tears.

Our hearts go out to Cleo's parents and for you as well.

If I had a flower...beautiful :)

Prancer Pie said...

So sorry to hear of their beloved woofie's passing. Our purrs and pawsitive thoughts go out to them. xoxo

georgia little pea said...

Now I'm weepy, even though I didn't know Cleo. I'm sure Gus will miss her heaps.

It's sad that Cleo had to to go, but could any of us ask for a better way to pass on?

My thoughts to her family, and love and peace, Georgia x

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our hearts are breaking for Gus and Cleo's family. Godspeed Cleo.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

How heartbreaking, but such a peaceful final journey. It allowed Gus and her humans to say goodbye and see that her spirit had left her body. Poor Gus will likely be quite lonely for her and I am sure her family is feeling an emptiness in their hearts.

Mango Momma

Amber DaWeenie said...

So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. It's hard enough to accept when the loss is expected....but when it happens so suddenly, it's unbearable. Our deepest sympathy to Cleo's family.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

A life and a goodbye filled with so much love. Cleo, you clearly filled the world around you with joy. Run free at the Bridge. Our thoughts are with your family and friends.


Frankie Furter said...

Oh my I am soooooooo very sorry to hear that Cleo has gone to the Bridge. I am sure that she is Running FREE AND FAST. It is amazing that she chose that pawticular day to take her journey. A day when she would Normally be away from her home and family. Such a peaceful and loving way to embark.
May Cleo's family... and YOU and your Vickie.. find comfort in the Wonderful memories that she has left from her eleven years with you ALL.

Mr. Pip said...

Run free, dear Cleo.

Your pal, Pip

Murphigator said...

I was shocked to hear the news about Cleo. Gus and Cleo are such bookends, ying and yang, zig and zag of Canine Country Club. They were the beautiful black poodles you always noticed when you went there. I too will miss sweet Cleo and hope those she left behind find comfort from that warm spot they feel in their hearts -- that is her love for them.
A rose to you,

The Ryans said...

Thank you Bert and Vickie for the beautiful farewell to our “Princess” Cleo. We are truly heartbroken but such a kind tribute reminds us of what a sweet girl Cleo was and how lucky we were to have her in our lives. We love you guys so much and are so happy that Cleo was able to spend so many years with you and her friends at Canine Country Club.
OXOX/ Mark, Natalie & Gus Ryan

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely tribute to a dear furiend! Our hearts are breaking for Gus, his family, and yours! Slobbery kisses to all of you. Poor sweet Gus.

Sam said...

How sad - we are so sorry to hear about Cleo. She was very beautiful.


road-dog-tales said...

Oh my, we didn't want the story to end like that. We're so sorry for you and beautiful Cleo's family. The first dog Mom loved was a black standard poodle named Matilda who didn't even belong to her. Maybe Cleo will meet Matilda :)

The Road Dogs

The Army of Four said...

We are so deeply sorry to hear about Cleo. We loved learning a bit about her and Gus. Sending hugs to all the bipeds - and we hope that Gus is doing OK. Woooooo.

2browndawgs said...

Oh no. How very sad. :(

Whisppy said...

Oh...I was smiling at the pictures of Gus and Cleo and then got to the end of the post. :(
RIP Cleo and run free with your friends at the Rainbow Bridge.

Whisppy said...

Oh...I was smiling at the pictures of Gus and Cleo and then got to the end of the post. :(
RIP Cleo and run free with your friends at the Rainbow Bridge.

Maggie Mae said...

Bert and Vickie,

We is so very sorry fur your loss. We will keep Miss Cleo's family and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Maggie Mae, Max and mom

Anonymous said...

Oh Bert what a lovely tribute to Cleo.

All that you said was so very beautiful.

woos, Tessa

verobirdie said...

Oh, it is so sad Cleo crossed the bridge. Gus and the rest of the family must miss her so much!

Kootenai's Summit Post said... eyes filled with tears for you today, but they filled more for the loved ones you left behind that will miss you dearly. Enjoy heaven pup.

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Our eyes are leaking for you today Miss Cleo and your Mom & Dad. What a truly beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. You will always be missed but never ever forgotten.

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, I am so sorry for all of you at the Club and for Cleo's inseparable best friend Gus and of couse to Natalie and Mark. There never is enough time is there?

Curt Rogers said...

I am so sorry to hear about Cleo. She was a beautiful friend in this life and I believe she is even more beautiful now. She is running free across the sky, revisiting her favorite days, the sunny ones she shared with Gus, Mark and Natalie. She knows how much she is loved and loves each of you as much now as she always has. And she'll be waiting in the clearing at the end of the path for her friends. She'll have much to show them and there will be great happiness.

Godspeed, Cleo. You will be missed.

KB said...

Miss Cleo looked like quite a demure, yet strong, dog. I can tell how you and Vickie love your guests, and it touches my heart. I am so sorry about Miss Cleo. If it's any consolation, I'm glad that she was with her family when she passed. I'm sure that you'll miss her and will remember her forever.

Sagira said... sad. I am so sorry to hear about Miss Cleo. Sounds like a great friend.

Bailey Be Good! said...

I am so sorry -- for the loss of your friend and for just seeing this post. Sending lots of woofs & hugs your way. <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)