Thursday, March 9, 2017

Goodbye, Sweet Prince




We hadn't had a dog for a while and didn't know we needed one until we met Barley. And he needed us. He came into our lives just under eight years ago on what would have been the last day of his life. How could we have imagined the joy he would bring us?

Barley was four years old when he arrived at our house, and his first four years hadn't been easy. We loved him from the moment we set eyes on him. It didn't take long to become accustomed to the comfort of his companionship. Looking out for him became as natural as breathing. You notice such things when they are gone.

Walking toward the house today, I glanced back for Barley. It was a momentary lapse, then reality hit like a blow. Barley died at home Tuesday morning, most likely from an embolism. It happened quickly and it was a mercy that he didn't suffer long.

As words are still hard to come by, I'm adding some pictures as a tribute to the dog whose paw prints are written forever on our hearts.




golden retriever running in snow

golden retriever behind tree







Linking with Saturday's Critters


19 comments:

Sandra said...

I remember all those lovely photographs of your wonderful and beautiful Barley and was so sad to hear that he had died. You will indeed remember this wonderful companion forever in your hearts. He also captured the hearts of your readers here. Each one of these pictures is a touching tribute to this beautiful and loving dog.

Horst in Edmonton said...

So sad to hear of Barley's passing, he was such a beautiful dog. Your photos of him are so beautiful.

pens and needles said...

Oh, Connie (and Don), when I saw the heading of your post, my heart just sank. I knew. What a beautiful, blessed dog he was, and what a blessing to you both he was! Yes, I believe our Father blesses us with four-legged friends. Those of us who "knew" Barley feel a sense a loss now, but how we've enjoyed seeing him in his beautiful home and backyard. That last photo is ... exquisite.

Karen said...

A beautiful tribute. I am sorry for the grief you are going through

Sharon K said...

Don and Connie.... I have no words! I know he was so very special. We are very sorry for your loss.
I am so glad we met him.

Susan said...

Such a beautiful tribute to him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Sharon said...

I can't imagine your beautiful woodland trails without Barley running through them. I know your walks will bring him to you over and over in your minds eye.
He was such a gentleman when Abby and I visited and a perfect host to her. I will not forget him and the times we spent in you home.

Lady Fi said...

I'm so very very sorry to hear this. He was a beautiful and loving dog and you gave him a wonderful life. Hugs.

Margaret Adamson said...

he will be grealy missed but you will have lovely memories and this gorgeous photographs of him

Jedidja said...

I am so sorry. Sad to hear. You photos are all amazing.

Felicia said...

a beautiful and touching tribute to Barley Connie.

I am so sorry for you loss. It's just as difficult to lose a pet we love so much. maybe in time you will find it in your hearts to rescue another Barley on the last day of their life.

Brian King said...

I'm very sorry to hear this. My condolences.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, lovely tribute to your sweet Barley! I am so sorry for your loss, our pets are part of the family. I know you have many happy memories of Barley. RIP Barley!
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Christine said...

Connie, I truly sympathise with you on the loss of your beloved companion.
a beautiful photo tribute.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

I´m so sorry.. Love all the dogs. Are the best..

many kisses..

Sandra @ Thistle Cove Farm said...

My very sincere condolences. Had it not been for my animals, I'm not sure I would have made it this far. As I type this, Gypsy Rose Lee, a long hair tabby cat purrs in my lap. When bed claims me later, Sam and Sadie will sleep next to me. A life without animals cannot be contemplated.

Marianne Chanda said...

Connie and Don,
Bob and I are very sorry for your loss. We had the good fortune to meet Barley at your house as you've been so welcoming to us over the past year since we bought our cabin. In the brief time we met him, you could tell he was a gentle soul.

Jessi Lashakmitis said...

You post such a beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for you. Barley was such a handsome dog. Thanks for the beautiful memories you have about him.
Jessi

Ida said...

I am so sorry for you on the loss of your precious dog, Barley. He was handsome and I can tell well loved.