Bitsy Button Sutton

My Bisty

I knew the day would come when we had to say goodbye to our sweet Bitsy.  But time caught all of us by surprise this week, as she went into severe kidney failure.  We couldn’t turn it around.  We said goodbye to her yesterday, and she died in my arms.  I would have gone with her if I could have.

She was our companion, a best friend and she gave us unconditional love.  I feel so empty now that she is gone, like my heart has been hollowed.  I see her everywhere.

Chelsea and Mooch were her friends and I know the house must feel empty for them too.   When we came home without her, Chelsea walked all around the outside of the car sniffing.

Bitsy was a gift to us from heaven, and I’m so grateful for the time we had with her.  She taught us so much.  You can read about her here.

I hope the tears will stop in a few days, and my heart will fill with memories of her. For those of you who have been through the death of a pet, I know you understand the feeling.

Bitsy has her wings now and I hope she’s learning to use them well.  I will miss her so much.

Hugs to each of you who have ever lost a pet.

Anne

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  • Colleen - Im crying right along with you! You were an amazing mom to her and she is looking down smiling on you!. I lost my cat Opus 8 years ago Nov3. I still cry when I think of him as I raised him from a tiny kitchen and he was my companion for 14 years! The good ones are always with us!ReplyCancel

  • pam - oh, i am so sorry. my cat is 19 and i am expecting a loss any day now. but there is just no way to describe the feeling. hearing about bitsy brings tears to my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my dog of 15 years in September and it did take a few days for the tears to stop. I understand what you are going through. I clicked over and read Bitsy’s story and it brought tears to my eyes. She was very fortunate to have been found by your husband and you and I can tell that your feel very fortunate to have had her in your life. I hope you feel better soon. Give your other pets lots of pats on the head.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Anne, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It brought tears to my eyes when I read your post as we just lost our little English Bulldog in March. She was almost 13, a long life for a bulldog but not long enough as we still miss her greatly. I think of her every day and still cry for her. Hugs to you, I know exactly what you’re going through.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I am so sorry for your loss. I know what a dear friend and family member Bitsy was, and I understand the loss of a pet…I have lost many and still miss them all. Bitsy will live on in your heart, but it will take time before the tears subside. Try to be thankful that you still have your other little furry companions, and you know they are feeling the loss, too. {{hugs}}ReplyCancel

  • Gerri - I’ so sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a beloved pet too well. You were very kind to Bitsy. I’m sure she is running and playing with wings.ReplyCancel

  • Christine B. - Hugs to you Anne! I have two little dogs, Poppy and Dexter. They are only relatively young (5 years) but I just can’t imagine what it would be like to lose either one of them. Be strong and I am sure that sweet memories will very soon replace the loss that you feel. Thinking of you!ReplyCancel

  • vicki seals - I am so sorry for your loss, hugs for you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • PAtricia G Hayes - HUgs are on their way to you, Anne, and your family canine and human. Piffle PGHReplyCancel

  • Sandy S - Hugs right back to you! Loving my 2 as well! Thinking about those past. They enrich our life and our souls! Don’t know how the earth would be without them!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - Anne: I am so terribly sorry! Although I never met Bitsy in person, I loved her as well. Maggie and I send our love and hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Oh Anne, I’m soooo sorry. Even when we know they are ready to get their wings, it’s so hard for those left behind — both the human ones and the furry ones. Big hugs to all.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Oh Anne ~ My heart breaks for you and your family. When I first read Bitsy’s story, I cried ~ and then was so happy that she found a forever home with you. My husband loved the story too! Anyone who has ever had a Beloved Pet has to go through this at some point, but it sure doesn’t make it easy. Take time to grieve. I will miss all the Bitsy stories ~ I loved her as if she were my own. We never got another dog after our Libby passed in 2005. It is just too hard to go through that. Sending you love from Ridgefield, Washington.ReplyCancel

  • Beverley - SO sorry you lost Bitsy. What a lovely story, and what luck she found you and that you gave each other such love and pleasure. We recently adopted 2 cats who are at least 7 years old, and they are so loving. Huge hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Annelies - Oh no…..my heart breaks with yours. When I saw the pic of Bitsy, I was sitting happily anticipating a fun Bitsy post. Now I am heartbroken, knowing YOUR loss and selfishly MINE too. Sweet prayers said for you and the family for strength and comfort. I have lost fur children too, and it is a painful loss. Hugs and more hugs, XXXXReplyCancel

  • Carole Crane - I am so sorry for the loss of your baby Bitsy. Holding you and yours in my heart and prayers! I know she brought you much love and happiness. HugsReplyCancel

  • Amy - My heart aches for your loss- hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy E - I’m so sorry that you lost your sweet girl. Big Hugs and remember you will meet up again at the rainbow bridge!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Oh Anne I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you.ReplyCancel

  • Linda L - I am so sorry. I have been there too. They do bring more joy than pain . Happy forever memories.
    Hugs. Linda L. In TxReplyCancel

  • Hildy - I’m so soory to hear that. It’s always hard to say goodbye to a pet because they’re family. Hugs to you and your family (human and pet), HildyReplyCancel

  • Darlene - Oh Anne, my heart is breaking for you and yours! Please try to take comfort in knowing how happy she made you and how happy you made her. She was definitely a gift from Heaven; I remember when she arrived.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - Anne, my heart feels for you and your family. It is so hard to lose a good friend and companion.ReplyCancel

  • Kay Mackenzie - Hugs to you and your family Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - Oh Anne I am so sorry. I’m crying with you. I have enjoyed your posts about Bitsy and feel like I knew her. I am very happy for her that she found a home with you where she knew love and kindness and was safe from all harm and want. I know she had a very special story and a special place in your family. Happy journeys Bitsy, you take mountains of love with you.

    We lost our Jasiu a few months ago and it really tore our hearts out. We think of him every day. The pain is so powerful and there are no words. Anne when you have healed please google “dogs last will and testament”. We did and Jasiu’s last will came to live with us, his name is Butch. Kindness doesn’t end, it moves to a new address.

    Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Maga - Huge hug – I am crying for your loss because I too had to let go of my dog 2 1/2 years ago so I know how you feel right now and although I have moved house now I still miss him when I get home or am sad. They leave such a large space in our hearts empty but all the same full of lovely memories we would not have been without deapite the pain when they go to play on the green grass over the rainbowReplyCancel

  • ginger - What a precious story about Bitsy Button Sutton. You were pure joy for her also. I have 3 dogs and I cat. There have been quite a few others over the years. Animals are truly one of life on this earth’s biggest blessings. Thank you for sharing your precious animals and the pain. It helps us realize what gifts our pets truly are. God Bless You.ReplyCancel

  • Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts - So sorry about little Bitsy. It is so hard to lose a pet, they provide such pure love. She was so lucky that you found her and gave her such a wonderful home. My thoughts are with you.ReplyCancel

  • laurie - Anne,

    I am so sorry. It is one of our worst days, isn’t it? Take care of yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Barbie Jo Paquin - Anne,
    I am so very very sorry :( I lost my 13 year old Cleo kitty just 4 weeks ago, I so understand how you are feeling right now. In time the pain will lessen, may you find comfort with happy memories of your time together.
    A BIG hug to you!
    Barbie joReplyCancel

  • Sharon S - Sending you a big hug. Someday soon memories of her will make you smile.ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn - I’m so sorry for you Anne. I do know what you are going through. I had a sweet Airedale that lived with us for only 10 years. But it broke my heart when we had to let her go. Sending you a big hug {{{ }}}ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - I’m crying, too. I’m so very, very sorry to hear you had to let go of precious Bitsy. I lost two of my babies last year, and it’s SO hard.

    I wish I could give you a big hug. It hurts so much, but I know I wouldn’t trade the time I had with mine for anything.

    Praying for you. :::hugs:::ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - By the way, the picture on my post is my Emily. She would have been 13 yesterday. It’s hard, but I’m SO happy I had her.ReplyCancel

  • Sue P - So sorry to hear of your loss. I love the story about Bitsy and loved reading your posts about her. It is so hard to lose a very loved pet. I lost Molly my rescue dog about 2 years ago and it still sad. The tears will go away and you will have the wonderful memories.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Hickman - I am praying for you and your family. I had a 15 year old cockerpoo who shared some of my happiest and most painful times. I cried for a solid week when we had to say goodbye a little over a year ago. She was my “first-born child”. My human children, then 8 and 6, made me cards ever day to “help Mommy feel better.” This is our card to you to let you know that are in our prayers.ReplyCancel

  • JulieZaloudek - Anne, I am so sorry for your loss, I know your pain well, and hope you find some comfort in knowing Bitsy is content at the Rainbow Bridge and will be waiting for you there. Her story is a touching one that I think of often. You were destined and lucky to have each other.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon C - Dear Anne,
    Bitsy was so blessed to have you and your husband take such good care of her. Such a blessing to have her come into your lives. Sweet sweet Bitsy Button.
    Sending you much love from Montana…..xoxo
    ShannonReplyCancel

  • Lori Remington - Good Morning
    I’m writing this with a very, very heavy heart wishing I could reach out and just give you a big hug! I have lost several pets over my lifetime, but none as heartbreaking as our first dog together as a couple. She was my wedding gift from my husband, over 30 years ago. She was an english springer spaniel, and he didn’t want me home alone at night, as hewas a new CHP officer and worked lots of nights. She was at our wedding with us, on our honeymoon with us, shared the birth of our daughter with us ( and her first litter, at the same time). The other great pet loss was when we lost her granddaughter. We always have kept one pup from each generation of her….we have her great-granddaughter now. She is such a joy! My next huge pet loss will come when I lose the cat I have now. I have shed many, many tears and joys with her, she definitely has an unconditional bond with me,and I love her so! I’m tearing up just writing this to you. I live very close by to you, and never met you, but feel a kindred spirit with you. I live in Stockton. My husband and I are now retired, but your spouse may have met mine over the years, as my husband worked in the Tracy office for years, and if I recall your writings correctly, yours was with a fire dept. I hope to meet you someday, and then I will willingly give you the needed hug you need today.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Anne. Parting from a much loved friend is harder than words can say.

    Our pet companions fetch so much love into our lives, and they, and little Bitsy will remain in our hearts always.

    Take care of yourself, Hugs to you and yours x xReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • LeAnn - I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to lose a pet. They are each so unique.ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Lise - I am so sorry for your loss. Big hugs to all of Bitsy’s family, both two- and fourlegged.ReplyCancel

  • Linda H - I am so sorry that Ms. Bitsy Button Sutton has made here way to the rainbow bridge. She was very much loved by you and your family in her later years and like you said, was a gift to you too. Such a little, bitty gift that gave so much love. Hugs to you (((Anne))).ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - My heart hurts right along with yours. It’s never easy losing those you love….. Hugs to you…..ReplyCancel

  • Lynn S - Tears are swelling up and from my eyes. I know how you feel. I so enjoyed reading about Bitsy–lucky to be in your life too! Bitsy will be with you always!ReplyCancel

  • Beth V. - I am so sorry for your loss. I have been there a few years ago when i had to put my simba down. He was the best dog companion to me. I was lost and the only thing that got me through was a book i got from amazon “the rainbow bridge: a pet loss is heavens gain”. It made me feel better and i know i will see my sweet simba again as you will see Bitsy. A few months later i had to get another dog to fill that emptyness. I will be thinking and praying for you as you go through the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Gerry - Oh Anne- I’m so sorry to hear about dear Bitsy- what a gift she was to you and all of us who got to meet her thru your blog. There is nothing like a rescued dog to fill your life with gratitude and forgiveness. You gave her the most wonderful life- know she is happy and free of all of life’s encumberances now. May your wonderful memories comfort you in the days to come-
    hug Mooch and Chelsea for me- GerryReplyCancel

  • selina - Crying with you now for your loss and my past losses. The tears will stop but the wonderful memories last forever.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie R. - Oh my Anne, add me to the list of crying friends right now. My heart is going out to your loss, yes I have been there, too.
    Blessings to you & yours and that your memories make you smile & feel warmed.
    Jackie in NCReplyCancel

  • Kaaren - My heart is breaking with yours, Anne. I know your pain only too well and share your grief.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Langston - Anne, so so sorry for your loss of Bitsy. I hope your heartbreak soon turns to memories in time. Hugs and Love, JeanneReplyCancel

  • Janet - And hugs to you, Anne. I’m just so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Patty - Anne,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Bitsy. We had to put our beloved Bruno down on May 6 (very unexpectedly) and it was devastating for my husband and I (we don’t have any children). Our remaining pup has been dealing with grief since then, some days eating , some days not, wandering, pacing, panting. My husband and I both lost weight from not eating and not sleeping. That feeling in your stomach, the lump in your throat and the hole in your heart are so real and devastating.

    Time will help to soothe the loss and help you to rejoice in the wonderful memories of your faithful and loving companion.

    In the interim, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Oh Anne, I can’t tell you how sorry I am. I had a feeling when I saw the title that it was going to be sad news. As someone who’s lived with pets for most of my 63 years, I understand the heartbreak that comes with a beloved pet’s death.

    Please accept my most sincere condolences, and my wish that Bitsy’s memory will be a blessing for you and your husband.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Oh I feel for you they become members of the family not pets and its just as distressing to lose them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Dear Anne, So very sorry to hear about the loss of Bitsy. I can imagine how you feel. It is just such a loss, and so sad for Chelsea and Mooch. We lost our German Shepherd at 15 years and some months, she’d had a hard life before we got her… my cattle dog had never been alone before she’d had her ‘Mum’ with her all her life, she died a couple of years later at 17 and a bit. I would rush to the house after an evening shift expecting her to be there… this went on for months. I saw her in the garden for many months after she’d died. It was especially hard as both our girls had to be put to sleep and the guilt was hard to take, there was little alternative really. You will have fond memories and many more tears. I feel for you so much. It’s been many years but I still can’t think of another dog, just want mine back. Remember she was blessed with you too, you made her life so happy, and she yours. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth B - We just went through this with our beloved boxer named Mocha. I understand what you are going through and I’m so sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Anne Elias - My heart breaks for you and your family Anne. Our furbabies are a gift, they give us so much. Sending you much love. Over Rainbow Bridge Bitsy, rest in paradise.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Simmons - So sorry to hear about Bitsy! Losing a friend is so hard!ReplyCancel

  • Polly Hada - Dear Anne,
    We had to put down our precious Boston Terrier, Tabi, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. She was ours for 15 wonderful years. According to the vet, it would have been making her suffer to ignore the obvious. I can truly empathize. It was like losing our 5th child. Unfortunately, the only thing that helps is TIME. It takes the passing of time to help the empty hole in your heart to mend a bit. But there will always be a hole there for your beautiful Bitsy. I believe you will see her and be with her again. God Bless.ReplyCancel

  • LindaSonia - So very very sorry for the loss of your sweet Bitsy – sending you the biggest cyber hug I can. Truly I know how it feels. God bless you and give you peace.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Dillon - So so sad for you. Rest in peace little Bitsy Button – much loved and so missed. God bless you xReplyCancel

  • Robin Crittenden - My heart is so sad for you. We’ve been there and know you pain. I believe in the Rainbow Bridge. She will be waiting for you one day.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - So sorry for your loss of Bitsy; we had to say goodbye to our lhasa apso 8 years ago and it does leave a hole in your heart. We have now had Laura our cairn terrier for 7 years, and she’s the best thing I ever did! Luckily you are not totally alone, although your others will miss her for a long while.ReplyCancel

  • gloria g. - yes…..I feel your pain. On Thursday we lost our dear Dotte Girl Green Walls. She came to us through our vet, she had been hit by a car. The folks didn’t want her back. I thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen…..she came to share her life with us. She made it to 15 in April of this year. She had diabetes insipidus if I spelled that right. I have been lost these two days. Our home is quiet, even with four other dogs and six kitties. Dotte was so very bonded to me. I too held her through the Rainbow Bridge. She has her wings……

    When I saw your little girls picture, I almost lost my breath. I knew too you were going through the same feeling as we are. My hubby says to remember all those good times we did share, the trips we took, and all those cookies we shared. I remember that last kiss……those eyes looking up at me. Oh how I miss my girl……..

    My heart is broken, I will be thinking of you too and praying for you. We will never forget, not one day, not one week, not one moment. The pain is so great, I just hope I can get through this…….

    Thank you for sharing…….I feel for you…….

    fondly, gloria g. Hemingway, SCReplyCancel

  • Carol Y - We love them so much – it feels like a huge hole in our heart when they go. I hope yours heals quickly.ReplyCancel

  • JanetB - So sorry for your loss. Words cannot heal what you are feeling right now. She is in and will be in your hearts forever. My tears are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Polly - I am so sorry for your loss! Our pets are such important members of our families. My heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So sorry for you. We have lost many dogs over the years to the point that we just cannot bear to get another as it is so hard when they die.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - She’s by your side — the first days are the worst — sent my wonderful boy off to Rainbow Bridge on April 1 — that heart hurt is just the worst . . . sending a prayer !ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - Oh Anne, I feel for you so much, I am sitting at my computer in the shop looking at my little dogs & my hear is breaking for you, once you are less sore you will have so many memories, keep strong & know Bitsy couldn’t have been more loved anywhere but with you, Hugs & licks too from Bailey, Poppy & Yvonne in NZReplyCancel

  • Mary - Hi Anne,
    Sorry about Bitsy, shedding tears with you. We’ve been there, too.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Fredrickson - M heart is aching along with yours…we all understand how you are feeling; I share your grief and feel your sadness one who has lost a pet knows exactly what you are dealing with…I send you strength and compassion.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara - So sorry for your loss… It’s funny how they get into your heart…ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - Oh Anne my heart hurts for you. You have been Bitsy’s angel mommy and now Bitsy is that little angel for you. Our cat Stewart William got his wings a few months back. He was a family member for 18 years and I so feel your pain. Ugh. However hard it is to say goodbye how much richer our lives are because of our furry friends. May I suggest another Airedale terrier puppy to turn your life upside down? I am only saying that to try to make you smile as I know you mentioned you used to have one. Ours is now almost two years old so you know to what I am referring. Peace be with you Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - So sorry to hear the sad news about Bitsy. My heart is breaking for you! It’s so difficult to lose a pet. The love and joy they bring to our lives is priceless. Don’t be hard on yourself for it takes a long time to accept their loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - I am so sorry to hear this. What a lucky girl she was to have you in her life. Losing a beloved pet is so hard, but it must be comforting for you to know that there are so many of us sending love and prayers your wayReplyCancel

  • Ganeen - I am so very sorry to read about your loss. I took my Rocky to the vet for a suspicious cough and had to put him to sleep 45 minutes later. We didn’t even know he had cancer. No outward signs. I cried for a year off and on. It does get better but it is hard to loose your best friend and confidant. I would ask him how I looked when trying on clothes and he always made me feel beautiful. He thought I was his mommy. It will get better but don’t rush the grieving process. My thoughts are with you and your husband.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Anne, I’m so sorry for your loss Bitsy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Oh Anne, There is nothing one can say to make it hurt less, but I am so truly sorry for your sad loss. My heart aches for you and your family and I can’t hold back my own tears. I have been down this road a number of times. The emptiness is overwhelming. But as I think about your loss, I can’t help but also think, that Bitsy’s wings were lovingly attached with beautiful buttons that are a perfect match to the one she already has. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Gentle Hugs…ReplyCancel

  • Kathy O in GA - Oh Anne, I’m so sorry to hear this…but I can tell you from experience, that the pain and tears will lessen, and you will always hold Bitsy deep in your heart. Hugs to you and your furry buddies – they need lots of hugs right now too.ReplyCancel

  • Vickie - So sorry Ann…hugs to you. I lost my beloved Daisey just before Christmas. And of course a life time of others. It is really tough because we get such routines with them (feeding, walking, meds, etc) and we feel so empty when we no longer need to do that. I’ve decided when my Eddie is gone I will only have fosters.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Massanyi - So sorry for you all…our pets give us unconditional love and it is so hard to lose a precious friend.ReplyCancel

  • Diane S. - Anne I am so sorry for your loss of Bitsy. It is so sad I have tears in my eyes right now. I am sending hugs to you. I feel your pain. They are our babies. They give us so much love and ask for nothing. I have been through this so many times and again one of these days will be going through it again. I say no more it is just to hard to loose them, but just remember we have to take the bad only to have the good. If we never had them in our lives we would has missed so much. I hope your pain soon turns into happy memories for you. It is hard to loose them but we wouldn’t want them suffering. One day we will see them on the other side of Rainbow Bridge . She will be in your heart forever. Lv Diane S.ReplyCancel

  • Ann P. - Dear Anne,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have also lost pets and have had several pass away in my arms. I always felt the least I could do was hold them while they passed so that they would not be afraid.

    My heart goes out to you.

    Sincerely,

    AnnReplyCancel

  • usairdoll - I’m sorry to hear of your loss. Over the years our family has lost several pets, Milo our cat of almost 17 years just passed away a few months ago. I hope that through your pain and saddness that you will remember all the good and happy memories. You and your’s are in my thoughts and prayers.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)comReplyCancel

  • Melody - Dearest Anne, I’m shedding a tear too, for darling Bitsy Button. All my dogs have been strays and each with their own stories. I believe each little lost dog knows she is being given a second chance and their love is extra special. Bitsy really was a little angel, you could see it in her eyes. I know there is a dog heaven and she will be there. When my darling Toby was dying I looked out the window and there on the top law was Possum ( my much loved dog who died four years earlier and Toby’s best friend) she had come back to wait for Toby and take him to dog heaven. I know this seems fanciful but it was so real and I believe it really happened. I’m praying Possum and Toby will have come for Bitsy too. Much love and comforting hugs to you, I’m sure all your animal loving friends are sending you big hugs too.ReplyCancel

  • sandy - Anne, I’m so sorry to hear about little Bitsy. I understand your sadness and hope it turns to really great memories soon. It is one of the hardest things we must do in life, I still miss our little Molly and it has been three years.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen Wyant - My last little boy died in my arms too, I still miss him so much. All my sympathy to you & yours, to others they may be just dogs, but to us that love them, they are our family.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - Anne,
    I am so sorry to hear about little Bitsy. I too have experienced the unexpected loss of a beloved pet. Bitsy will forever be in your heart. I hope you soon the pain will ease and you will have wonderful memories of your beloved Bitsy. Hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - I’m so sorry for your loss Anne. We have been through this as well and my heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • SuzK - I’m so sad to hear about Bitsy. You’ve shared so many sweet stories about her that I feel I knew her personally. Three years ago our older cat had to be put to sleep because she had developed lung cancer. I had originally brought her home to be a companion for my son so the house wouldn’t be empty when he came home from school while I was at work. I always thought of Jacki as his cat and I was just babysitting while he was in college and then when he couldn’t have her in his new apartment. When she died I thought my heart had broken in two. It was overwhelming because, while I cared about her, I had no idea how attached I was to her. My thoughts go out to you and your husband and to Chelsea and Mooch.ReplyCancel

  • sara - dear annie,

    i am sending you a big hug and a shoulder to cry on….i still miss everyone of our pets…they were all so special and so much a part of our family…they each had their own personalities….but the loss of my 18 year old cat charlie just about broke my heart…
    the above comments are a testament to our beloved companions…..ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Anne, so sorry to hear of your loss. Hold on to the good memories and sending a big hug your way.ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Oh Anne I am so sorry. our pets are like family members .We love them so much. it is so hard to lose them. HugsReplyCancel

  • Jan - Bless you for rescuing Bitsy and giving her a wonderful love-filled life.ReplyCancel

  • Tracee - Oh Anne, I am so sorry to hear you have suddenly lost beautiful Bitsy. At this point nothing makes the pain go away but know we share your pain & are shedding tears too. At this point their little lives seem far too short. Tracee xxReplyCancel

  • Christine Williams - Anne,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Bitsy. She will be missed by all.ReplyCancel

  • Judy C in NC - I always try to remember how much bigger the loss if the pet had not been in my life … the unconditional love is a treasure and gift given to us by their life. She has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and frolicks free of pain and waiting patiently for you. I understand and know your pain. Judy CReplyCancel

  • Sandi - I’m so sorry, Anne. I loved reading about Bitsy, and I know how hard it is to lose a pet. They are so much more than companions – they give us love and acceptance and truly take a piece of hearts with them when they go.ReplyCancel

    • Abbycats - Please accept my sympathies. We know that they won’t be here forever but it’s always a shock when they go. My thoughts are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Oh Anne, I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Bitsy — I know how much you love and cherish all of your pets. Luckily you have your blog — you can look back on some of the beautiful photos you have taken of Bitsy and remember happier days. XOReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Sending prayers for your broken heart.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Seaberg - Oh Anne,
    I am so very sorry to hear this, I write this with tear streaming down my face. I have lost many, many dear pets. I feel your pain. When I have gone through this, the only thing that helps is knowing that others care. I care.

    Fondly, PamReplyCancel

  • Sharon P - Sending thoughts and prayers your way to ease your heavy heart. Having been down this road many times myself it is never easy, but I have found if I remember all the joy that was brought into my life by their presence it eases the pain a little bit each day. Just remember that they never truly leave, they are always with us in spirit.ReplyCancel

  • Tina - Oh no! I am so very sorry to read this post! Bitsy has been there since I started reading your blog and I enjoyed reading about her so very much. I am so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Louise - My heart is heavy for you. You gave Bitsy such a good life what a sweet little imp..We all feel your pain.
    Our home feels so empty without our Liddie.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Dear Anne,

    My heart goes out to you and your husband as you grieve the loss of your sweet Bitsy. I think all of us who love our pets and have them as members of our families can understand your loss. She was a lucky pup who was so fortunate to land in your loving home and she repaid you with all of the love she could give. I know your heart hurts right now. I couldn’t help but think that I’m glad you were home and not in Germany or Portland so that she could be with you at the end. I wish all animals could be as loved as she is. We have three elder cats in their senior years who are all starting to get health problems. I dread the day when we have to say goodbye. Sending prayers your way for healing hearts and extra snuggles from Chelsea, Mooch, and the other kitties.ReplyCancel

  • Adina H. - My heart broke reading your sad news this morning. We loved seeing pictures and reading the adventures of your precious Bitsy who shared a wonderful life with your family. You will treasure all the special memories forever.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne E - We will miss sweet little Bisty too. Sending prayers to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Carmen - Oh my, Anne! So very sorry you have lost your furry companion. It is heartbreaking to have to say goodbye. Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - Losing a pet is so hard. Just think of the good home and and all the love you gave Bitsy. You will always miss her but she was so blessed to have you all.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - Oh such a sad day. I will miss seeing Bitsy’s cute face on your blog. Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Alice Garcia - ” The one best place to bury a good
    dog is in the heart of his master.” (http://www-hsc.usc.edu/~rneville/dogpoem2.html
    I always think of this line from the poem when I lose a furry loved one. Bought a little tin heart that had it painted on that I hung on the tree under which I buried my beloved dog of 16 years. Actually discovered it was part of the poem later. They leave this earth but are in your heart forever. XOXOReplyCancel

  • Rosebud - What an amazing little dog. It’s easy to understand why she captured your heart. Just looking at her makes that possible. So sweet. Thank you for sharing. I know she will be at the Rainbow Bridge to greet you someday. All of our dear pets will.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Edwards - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know how hard it is to have to say good bye. I know you feel very blessed to have had her in your life. Bitsy was blessed to have you love her so big. You gave her a glimpse of heaven here on earth; now she has journeyed ahead of you and you can bet she will be waiting with tail wagging when you meet again.

    You are in my heart.

    (((Sending love and hugs)))

    TammyReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I am so, so sorry. I definitely know how you are feeling. It will ease a bit with time, but it is so very difficult.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Dear Anne,

    I am very sorry to hear about Bitsy’s passing. I always enjoyed hearing about her and looked forward to seeing her latest pictures. I know how hard it is to loose a pet, they are such an extension of ourselves, they bring out the best in us I think!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Chambers - Anne,
    I am sending you heartfelt sympathy .
    Loosing ones dear pet is just so sad.
    You’ll meet her in heaven when you get there, she will be waitingReplyCancel

  • Gale - We will all miss your Sweet, Sweet Bitsy. Take comfort in knowing you were so blessed to have been part of each others life and gave Bitsy a second chance. Thank you for sharing your sorrow and know we are all sending you Love. Remember the good times with Bitsy and don’t forget it is o.k. to cry for the loss of our beloved pets.ReplyCancel

  • Shannyn - I just lost my baby kitty of 15 years last month. My heart still hurts, but every day is better. It will be for you, too. Many Hugs and happy memories of Bitsy coming your way!ReplyCancel

  • Kim D. - Hi Anne, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bitsy. Our pets become part of the family and stay in our hearts forever. I have enjoyed coming over to your blog for the past several years to read about your sweet dogs and cat and see their adorable photo’s. I recently lost my beloved Maltese dog Murphy in March and I know it hurts so deeply. The loss even effects the other pets in the household , as my other little maltese was depressed for a couple of months, he just wasn’t his usual happy self. Hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa E - *Sniff* I am so sorry for your loss. I know Bitsy was a huge part of your life and we loved reading about her.ReplyCancel

  • Donna J - So sorry to hear about sweet little Bitsy Button. I know and understand the feeling of loss when a beloved pet passes on. I still cry about my Sparky dog and he passed away 7 years ago. However, the sad memory will be replaced by so very many happy dog memories. She will live on in your heart and in all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.ReplyCancel

  • Claire - I am so sorry. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things. Bitsy had a big heart. Thank you for sharing her with all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - I’m so so sorry, Anne. She was such a beautiful creature. All I can say is to look forward to the day when your tears turn into smiles when you think of her.ReplyCancel

  • Irene Lefrancq - Deepest sympathy for the loss of dear little Bitsy.
    She was the sweetest little thing and so loved.ReplyCancel

  • Anita K - Oh Anne

    I know what you are going through, these precious animals we are intrusted to care for, end up giving us more joy and happiness than we could ever imagine. Someone once told me that I talk about my animals as if they were my children, well guess what they are.

    I share in your grief for Bitsy, but those memories you have with her will last forever!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Chapman - I’m so sorry that Bitsy is no longer alive (on this earth). She will always be alive in your hearts and in the memories of the lovely times you’ve shared.ReplyCancel

  • Aileen - I am so sorry, Anne! It is so hard to lose a family member — our pets are so very precious. I am sure Bitsy will always be in your heart. Thank you for sharing pictures and stories of your pets with all of us. Our prayers are with you!ReplyCancel

  • Danicia - Lots of Love to your family. Losing a pet is losing a family member. I have always called my pets furry angels on
    Earth. You give them love and they give so much more to you than you ever expected. They never judge you, they just love you. God bless you and your family. My heart aches with you. Thank you for sharing your Bitsy with us.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - I’m so sorry for your loss of sweet Bitsy. I know how hard it is. I rescued a sweet dog who ended up having a liver shunt. Callie was a young dog when I got her, probably 2 they told me. She lived 7 years with me and she is one dog that got into my heart and is still there to this day. The journey, after loss, is a hard one. My heart hurts for you. I know who much you miss her. I’ll tell Callie to look out for her. I’m sure I know where they both are.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - So very sorry to hear of your loss of Bitsy. Losing a beloved pet is so heartbreaking. How lucky for her that she found your wonderful, caring family to live with and I’m sure you felt blessed to have her.ReplyCancel

  • kate spain - Oh Anne…there are hardly any words that can express how deeply sorry i am to hear about Bitsy. My heart goes out to you because i know so well about the love and absence you’re talking about. Nothing but time heals heartaches like this. Just know that you were the most wonderful human Bitsy could ever have dreamed of sharing her life with. You were both very lucky. In the weeks, months and years from now the love you have for her (always) will warm, comfort and brighten your days . hugs and love to you.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Oh Anne, there really are no words to express the love we have for our fur babies. My heart goes out to you and your family, too. May you know that we all love Bitsy Buttons and thank you so much for sharing her with us. We will all miss her dearly. Now she can go find my sweet Rocky and they can romp in Heaven together.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Grace - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Bitsy, Anne. I have a toy rat terrier named Coco that was a rescue as well and I hate to think of the hole that will be left when she is gone. Bless you for taking her in and giving her endless love. Hugs, MeghanReplyCancel

  • Pam P - Darling Bitsy! I loved reading about your sweet girl! I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Pam in Indiana - Anne ~ just getting to the Internet after the weekend. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Bitsy. I know there will always be a little ache in your heart for her. (((HUGS)))ReplyCancel

  • Keiko - Anne, I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Bitsy… I know how hard it is and so hard to let the pain go away. But I think she was happy to be in your arm at the last moment and made easier to move on to heaven. We lost our Kitty three years ago and he died sleeping next to my husband who had adore him most. I hope your empty space will be filled with happy memories of Bitsy and love of your family and friends. Our prayers are with you…ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - I’m so sorry to hear about your dear, sweet Bitsy. I loved reading your stories about her, and seeing her photos. You are quite wonderful for taking her in, and I’m so sure she had more love than we could ever imagine from you! I hope your heart will be filled with wonderful memories of her in time, and I know she will always be with you. Sending love from me, and Claude and Marlene (OK, they’re cats, but they know, and are thinking of you, too!) xoxReplyCancel

  • Vickie E - That is heartbreaking Anne. Thinking of you….ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - So so sorry for your loss. Pets are really family. They hold such a special spot in our hearts with their unconditional love. Thinking of you during this difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Casey - Deepest sympathy to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • rc - Aw, Bitsy. :( I’m so sorry for your loss. We went through a period where we lost 4 pets in 18 months. It was a bad time in our house. Just as we recovered from one, we would lose another. That’s the problem with having pets all around the same age. : ( I’m thinking about you and your family, including Chelsea and Mooch. Hugs to you all.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I’m sorry to hear of your loss. You talk about two of my favorite things: dogs and quilting. I do know the empty feeling and it will ease with time. Sending hugs your way.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen OGrady - I am so very sorry to hear about your little dog. My heart breaks for you. It was obvious the love you had for Bitsy. I love my dog more than most do I think and can’t imagine that horrible day when she has to go away. Your little dog had a wonderful, loving, happy home and is now free of any pain or sadness, just chewing on stuffed toys and prancing around eating whatever is desired. I hope your heart will heal fast and you remember all the happy funny things your little Bitsy did to make you smile.ReplyCancel

  • Janan - Oh, so sorry about Bitsy. You are all in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Bari Jo - Oh Anne, I’m so sorry – there just aren’t words. We have gone through this with our first dog, too, and they are such a huge part of the family. My heart aches for you and I wish I could give you a hug right now. Take it easy, rest, cry and grieve. I’m so sorry.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Just had to say that my heart goes out to you. Your story sounds similar to our 17 yr old cat that we lost this spring. I never knew that I would be that devastated when I would have to let him go. Just focus on what a wonderful life you have given that cutie.

    Our cat came to us as a kitten that was put in a burlap bag and thrown out on a road. Even though he had a rough start, he fell into a wonderful situation…..ours. He was such a part our family and my companion……even in the sewing room. I’m sure that your friend also had a wonderful life and so lucky to have found your family. To help ease my pain, I’m planning a pictorial quilt featuring him. Yes, I guess that I am one of those crazy pet people. (((hugs))) to you.ReplyCancel

  • Renee - Dear Anne,
    I am so sorry to hear about your darling pup, Bitsy. I so loved reading about her these past years. I lost both my dogs within a year of each other and still have a hole in my heart. Sending hugs and love to you and prayers for healing.ReplyCancel

  • Beth in AZ - Oh Anne! I’m so sorry about Bitsy. I am right beside you, as sadly, I had to have my Rally put down about 2 weeks ago from kidney failure too. He was a rescue. The scruffiest, smartest dog I have ever been priveledged to be owned by. He could tell the difference between the flickering of the TV and the flicker of lightning, wanted to PLAY with those animals on TV (!) and could open the bedroom doors to get the prime spot on our beds. His brothers are not quite as peppy with out him to stir them up. {{{hugs to you }}}ReplyCancel

  • SuzieLou - Very sorry for your lost Anne! But I am happy to tell you that your Bitsy will meet my Loulou, my bichon frisé who died a month ago. I see them side by side frolicking in doggy Paradise… Dog love is like no other.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I am so very sorry for your loss. I have cried over Bisty hearing this news. I loved hearing about her in your updates. I am so saddened and so very sorry for your loss. This is a day I dread with my own boys and I can not imagine your pain. Prayers to you. You gave Bitsy an amazing life! She will be missed.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Blasy - I am so sorry. When we lost Lizzie 3 years ago-I kept hearing her around the house for weeks. A good friend told me that her spirit would be there for me as long as I needed her. Took a few months til I let her go but still get sad when I think of losing her. I still have her sister and just dread the thought-they become part of us. I never thought I would have a chihauhau but don’t know what I was thinking. Please take comfort in knowing we all care!!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Oh Anne my heart just broke when I read about Bitsy. No doubt about it – she was a very special friend- it was evident by just looking at her in your pictures. I think back to when she came to you and how it just seemed meant to be. I know you will carry the weight of her in your heart forever. My thoughts are with you and your family and all the four legged ones who also love Bitsy Button.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy R - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my sweet dog two months ago today and I’m still crying over it. Not sure when I’ll be able to stop! Bitsy had a wonderful life and was blessed to be loved by you. I’m holding on to the thought that they are waiting for us in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Regina C - I just now found out so so sorry, even though I did not know her other than the blog, I am deeply saddened.ReplyCancel

  • Silvia - Oh, I’m really sorry for your loss. A big hug to you!ReplyCancel

  • Jan Richards - Anne I am so sorry to hear of Bitsy’s passing. Our pets are an extension of us. I had tears when I read how
    you would have gone with her if you could have gone. I really believe pets go to heaven and will be there to greet us someday. Blessings to you and your husband at this sad time.ReplyCancel

  • Jan& Brian - Hi Anne. We are thinking of you and Bitsy today. So sad to hear this news. She looked like she was the best of friends to you. When Lily (our little mini-dachshund died at just 3 years old) we knew and still know that she’s with us everyday because the paw print she left on our hearts was so memorable. Bitsy will be with you wherever you go.

    Lots of love and many hugs to you! J&BReplyCancel

  • Pauline - Hi Anne. I’m so sorry to hear about Bitsy. Losing our cherished pets is one of the hardest things to experience in life. Thank you so much for sharing her with us. Hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie in MI - I am so sorry, Anne. I know how painful this can be, as I have lost many special dogs. I hope your happy memories of her will help you through this time. Hang in there.ReplyCancel

  • mary - Oh Anne,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how special she was to you. My dad used to say that the only thing bad about dogs is that they just don’t last long enough. My heart goes out to you guys. Hugs to all..ReplyCancel

  • Louise - My heart goes out to you also Anne. It was with tears in my eyes that I read about you losing your dear Bitsy. I’ve also lost more than one furry bundle of love during the years. But I know that all of them wait for me on the rainbow bridge & we’ll joyfully unite when it’s my time to go.
    Hugs from one of the Woolies in Bend.ReplyCancel

  • knockaert Germaine - je comprend votre peine et comme vous je suis sûre que Bitsy se trouve au paridis des animeux, je vous embrasse germaineReplyCancel

  • Renita Sullivan - Dear Anne,
    Just getting back home from a month away with no internet contact and saw your post about sweet Bitsy. i am so very sorry and totally understand your pain. Our Maggie, who I have written about to you in the past, was 14 and 1/2 when she passed away a week before we left. It was also sudden, her heart we think, and we were not ready. It sounds silly to some, given that she was a big dog and she was old, but I do not think that you are ever ready and the longer we love, the harder it is. She died with her head on my lap in the middle of the night early on mother’s day. I have cried and cried and cried some more as I know you will. All I can say is that we were both privileged to have those wonderful souls in our lives and we are better and richer people because of it. I will be thinking of you and hoping that you are comforted by your happy memories of her and that you find your way to laughter as well as the tears. Both are necessary…Hugs, RenitaReplyCancel