Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dedicated to Earl

This post is simply dedicated to our wonderful pup, Earl, who passed away on Saturday, surrounded by his human family who loved him so much. I have posted pictures of our sweet dog on two other occasions, and I can't say enough what a perfect dog he was for our family. He died of whip worms, possibly ingesting them while on a walk. They weakened him quickly, and even medication could not defeat his horrible struggle with them. We had him for eleven years, when my oldest was just 18 months old, and for my other two, they have known no childhood without their Earlie-boy. He was a pound puppy that was destined to be in our family. He is known for being the most gentle dog on the planet, having spit eyebrows, super-slobbery kisses, being afraid of anything hand-held, including cameras, eating our growing garden, and loving walks and attention. I have many pictures of him, but most of them were pre-digital days, so these just start last year. They included him as a puppy, wearing any assortment of things that my children put on him, and just the general joy of life with Earl. Please enjoy my small selection of pictures below, honoring Earl, with rare online pics of my children who desperately wanted to be shown with their doggie. We love him and always will.

Earl on a walk



My oldest, SR 12 yrs. old, giving Earl a bath just two weeks ago when he was very healthy.


Earl is not appreciating his scrubdown.


Earl's bath provides entertainment for GR 10 yrs. old, who pulled up a seat, and JK 3 yrs. old.



Poor, wet Earl.


Who's giving whom a walk? Earl and GR.


SR trying to hold onto Earl for a picture, but it's with a scary camera!


Earl's head injury after a dog bit him on our walk in October. Again, notice the leash in order to hold him still for the camera!


Earl's turn for bobbing for apples with SR.


Duplicate pic as above - this one was supposed to be showing Earl watching GR bob for apples. But, I loaded the wrong one, and Blogger is too difficult to fix photos, but it was a cutie!


Our Sweet Earl

26 comments:

  1. Oh no! Earl was so awesome! We lost a beloved pet in February, I still think about him every day. Earl was lucky to be loved so much.

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  2. Oh, thank you, S.V. I saw pictures of your cute doggies, so I know you can relate. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss in February. Thank you for caring.

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  3. Hi there - first off, thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. I am soooo sad to read this first post though. My heart hurts for you. My pups are like my children and I have had to let 2 go so I know the pain and I'm so sorry for you.

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  4. Hi, Heather. I'm sorry this is the first post you've gotten to read. I've seen your comments on various sites. :) So, anyways, welcome, and I hope you come back!

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  5. My heartfelt condolences over your loss of Earl. It's easy to see from the photos what a loving and gentle soul he was. I'm very sorry for your loss.

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  6. I am so sorry about Earl. I know he will be missed. Losing pet is very difficult. We still miss a cat we had for over 20 years and he died in 1999.

    hugs!
    Alicia

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  7. Thank you, Rose and Alicia. We'll miss Earl for a long time.

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  8. I am so sorry to read about the loss of Earl. Pets are family members.
    With so much empathy,
    Teresa

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  9. So Sorry sweety about your dog...those precious animals eventually become part of the family after being with us for a while. God will soothe your aching heart.

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  10. Thank you, Teresa and Millie, for your kind words and thoughts.

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  11. I am so very sorry for your lost.

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  12. My heart goes out to you and your family. Lots of love and prayers your way.

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  13. Thank you, Sarah. That is appreciated. :)

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  14. My heart is with you and your beautiful children. Earl looks like he was well-loved, and I understand how much the loss hurts. He had such a sweet face. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Oh, thank you, Janet. He was a wonderful dog.

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  16. I'm very sorry to be hearing of your loss! It's so sad. My family has a dog, she's going to be 8 soon. I'm thankful that we still have her, and hopefully will have her yet a few more years.
    I'm sorry your Earl had to go.

    Love, Prayers, & Blessings,
    ~ Tarissa

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  17. Thank you, Tarissa. I hope your dog is around for a long time, too.

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  18. So sorry about your loss. Having a dog for all those years - it must be painful to be without him.

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  19. Hi, Jenn, yes it's hard. He was such a sweetie.

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  20. Mrs.M- I am sorry it took so long to get this posted, I am sending you my most heartfelt sympathy at this time of loss.
    I know that you were the best thing that ever could have happened to Earl, and he was a blessing in your life too. Losing a pet is so hard, they are such an important part in our lives. I know he will be missed.

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  21. Oh, thank you, Brandi. You know, he really was such a part of the family - I really do miss him. I appreciate everyone's comments and thoughts. What a wonderful online world we have with such good people!

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  22. My dog Jack is 12 and is my husbands and I first baby, I can't imagine how hard it will be to lose him! I am so sorry for the loss of a amazing companion and furry member of your family!

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