Sweet Nellie Left Us Today

These were just a few of our precious moments…

Nellie, Burney Mountain, nature, golden retriever, dog, photography

With Burney Mountain in the background, Nellie strikes a lovely pose. She is one of my favorite models. Nellie is very co-operative and will work for dog biscuits.

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Blitz steal a stick from her mom.

Blitz steals a stick from her mom.

Nellie.

Snow dog Nellie.

Redtail's Nitro Nellie just being "Boopie"

Redtail’s Nitro Nellie just being “Boopie”

Nellie, snake bite, veterinarian

Mary and Tom dog visiting Nellie at the Vet’s office after the snake bite. She was one sick pup, but it sure perked her up seeing us.

golden retriever, hunting, photography, Pheasant

Our oldest son, Chris with his girl Nellie. This was their last pheasant season.

Nellie

Nellie

The morning ritual, " Hey I need some attention here!" Nellie.

The morning ritual, ” Hey I need some attention here!”

The big stick contest. Blitz and Nellie

The big stick contest. Blitz and Nellie

Nellie in her youth at Iron Canyon Reservoir.

Nellie in her youth at Iron Canyon Reservoir.

God got a good dog today.Ā  We are grateful for the time we had together.

These were some posts that featured Nellie.

https://theforesterartist.com/2012/09/17/nellie-in-watercolor-part-1/

https://theforesterartist.com/2012/09/23/nellie-in-watercolor-part-2/

https://theforesterartist.com/2012/10/06/nellie-in-watercolor-part-3/

https://theforesterartist.com/2012/10/08/nellie-in-watercolor-part-4/

https://theforesterartist.com/2012/11/23/nellie-in-watercolor-part-5-the-rattler/

137 thoughts on “Sweet Nellie Left Us Today

  1. What a beautiful dog. I’m so sorry for your loss. I do think you’re right about God, though. (I once saw a plaque in a seaside gift shop that said, “On the day God created dogs, He just sat back and smiled.”)

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  2. So sorry for your loss. Our canine friends leave a great hole in our lives when they pass. I still miss my lab/Pyrenees cross after 20 years. She was a great companion for us and the kids. I am sure your family will keep memories of Nellie forever.

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  3. I am so sorry. I feel your loss. We become so attached to our dog family members. I still miss my four boys who have gone to live with God over the years, the pain of their loss so vivid. But I start over again. I have a new pup again….Nellie is such sweet girl. I can tell. I am thinking of you.

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  4. “Just above a dog’s paw, where rough pad curves in fullness outward and upward and then, giving away to fur, turns back in toward the body, there is a hollow. Framed by the living steel of sinew and bone, that hollow fits my thumb as if made by my own thumbprint long ago, perhaps in another lifetime when I was handmaiden to a minor goddess. If even a minor goddess is granted the powers to shape things in small ways, then I might have asked for just one thing for the future me; this hollow here just above a dog’s paw. And I would have asked for this so that at some moment in the future the perfect fit of my thumb into that place would serve as a reminder that since time out of mind, for lifetimes without measure, my soul and this dog’s had been together, intertwined in the great ocean of life. In wondering if the hollow was shaped to fit my thumb or my thumb to fill that hollow, I would remember that we are all holder and held, teacher and taught, guide and guided. I would set this hollow here for my future self to remember that even when a heartbeat no longer pulsed faintly under my hands, when my thumb reluctantly stilled its gentle rhythms of stroking the soft fur, our connection would go on. In this simple, sweet hollow, I would mark the dog as my fellow traveler, and my teacher.

    Capable of dramatic teachings, our dogs also move subtly but as relentlessly as water, the flow of their spirit working within us in ways we may not even know. How do we know what it is they have helped us to learn? Sometimes, this is how we discover changes: every step we take is different, easier, informed by the knowledge that has quietly, surely soaked deep into our bones. This understanding seems so right, answers the thirst within us so well we may forget how freshly we have come to this, forget who we were before we embraced this wisdom. Our heads tell us that once, somehow, in a way we can no longer remember, we did move through the world without the understanding that we now possess. We are grateful but mystified, and we wonder how we ever found our way with such a faulty map. Somehow we did find our way, and we will keep moving forward. And always, traveling beside us, the angels who both guide and guard us.”

    From “If a Dog’s Prayers were Answered Bones Would Rain from the Sky” by Suzanne Clothier.

    There is nothing more precious than traveling this world in the company of dogs. Sending healing thoughts to you and your family.

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  5. I’m crying as I write this. Nellie was such a beauty. I am truly sorry that she is gone. Her spirit will be with you and Mary and Chris, I am sure of that. I hope you can find some comfort in remembering Nellie and all of the happiness that she brought to you and your family.

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    • We are very sad over her loss, but we have no regrets for having her in our lives. These wonderful creatures walk this Earth for such a short time. I’m just glad we were able to walk with her. Thank you Yvonne.

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  6. I am so sorry, Tim. This night my husband looking for our Felusia: she escaped but she just has come back … Nellie is playing now with st. Francis of Assisi, of course šŸ™‚

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  7. Hold those precious memories dearly ! Nellie lived a happy life, and now , she must be running on some endless forever spring fields , watching every steps of you guys – her family – right now !

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  8. So sorry for your loss. I know just how you are feeling, as our beloved Bertie passed away a few weeks ago. From your photos, I can see that she had a wonderful life with a very loving family. xx

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  9. My “like” here means my sympathy for you all, I’m so sorry to hear this, and am with you in the loss. I have read all the Nellie stories now, thank you for sharing them, she seems to have been an absolutely amazing dog! And I think that you were also an amazing family for her.

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  10. Such a shock. I had grown to know beautiful Nellie and to love her. I know that she had the very best of lives with you and your family. She had all that space to run, always something to do, somewhere to go, something new to smell but it is still so sad to say goodbye and I will miss her too.

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  11. am so very sorry Tim. It doesn’t feel that long ago since you lost Tom dog …. what lovely Goldies
    Hugs to you and Mary .

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss, Tim. Having lost beloved dog friends before, I know very well the ache in your heart. I think with each loss, our hearts just get bigger, making room for even more love.

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  13. I read this last night and was so sad, you guys just lost another in the fall I think – couldn’t believe the news. I am really sorry for you and your family, Nellie looked like the sweetest, joyful, and much loved companion. Take care ~ Mary

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  14. I’m so sorry for the loss of Nellie. It is never easy letting a loved one go – especially a devoted animal. Nellie was lucky to have such a family that loved her so much. I’m so sad for you and yours. Thinking of you!

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  15. Sorry for your loss. How old was she? The photo of her at the computer keyboard is so much like what our Pluto would do sometimes!

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  16. I am so sorry that you had to say goodbye to Nellie. She’s beautiful and God will be happy to have her back home. As a dog and cat lover, it seems I’ve had to say goodbye too much but always feel blessed to have had them in my life in the first place.The joy that our furry family gives us is beyond measure. Peace and blessings.

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  17. So sorry to hear about Nellie. She was a beauty. It looks like her life was never ever lacking in love and that it was very well lived… but sad days now. All the best Tim.

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