Missing Our Pets . . . I Will Miss My Poppy Dog Very Much

Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon

My Poppy Dog?One of the saddest events in life is when we lose something.  Today I lost my Poppy dog.  I've read posts from my friends and colleagues here on Active Rain who have shared their memories . . . the weddings, the births, the happy things we all share together here.   And the other things that life tosses out . . . the loses.  I've read about that too.

About a year ago I read Brad Andersohn's post There's a Rainbow Bridge For Man's Best Friend and today was my day to see my Poppy dog cross that bridge.

I've written about Poppy several times here on Active Rain.  Today is my day to write again and say good-bye to a wonderful pet, a faithful and loyal companion. 

Poppy's health declined rapidly.  He just wasn't acting like himself.  We just know when something isn't right with our pets and a trip last Friday to the vet was the first step for Poppy onto the Rainbow Bridge.  Yesterday another visit and Poppy's health was reported as very poor.  Last night my son came over.  When I called Carlson yesterday afternoon, he could hear in my voice when I told him "Poppy's not doing well," that it was time.

Carlson came over at about 11:30 p.m. last night.  When he opened the door Poppy was there to greet him as best he could.  Poppy then labored to walk and then collapased.  Greeting Carlson at the door was Poppy's last welcome.  Poppy could not get up again and throughout the night my son stayed there with him, on the floor petting him and comforting him. 

At 5:00 a.m. this morning we knew Poppy was suffering terribly.  I called Dove Lewis, a 24-hour emergency pet hospital and we arranged to have him transported to the ER via Yeller Cab.  The vet gave us the news . . . Poppy's heart and lungs were surrounded by fluid. And we knew . . . it was time for Poppy to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

And now my memories of a sweet dog, a kind and gentle pet . . .  

When Lions Lay Down With Lambs . . . Or Something Like That

Super Poppy Escapes

And not to forget my other sweet dog, Molly who was Poppy's best girl . . . Squirrely Sunday 

For many of the losses in our lives we hold on to the memories.  Today is my day for my Poppy memories.

Some might say dogs are just dogs . . . but for me I know my sweet Poppy was more than just . . . he was amazing!


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Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

Hi Carla, I am so sorry for your loss, pets are people too!  We have had four doggies up until about a month ago, so I know what you are going through, it took me a couple of weeks before I felt like writing a blog post after we lost our dear Moose recently.  Time will heal your heartache and the Lord works in mysterious ways....see my post from yesterday, it is similar to your Lions and Lambs post.  Fishhawke Gayle told me of your loss and I am deep sorry for you and your family.  My wife and I got a kick out of Poppy's great escape....

Sep 03, 2011 06:01 AM #26
Renée Donohue
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com

Oh Carla - so sorry to hear about Poppy Dawg!  Vitto, Sal, Bob and I send our condolences to our dear Portland friend :(

Sep 03, 2011 06:25 AM #27
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Carla - It sad to hear that you've lost your Poppy, and most of us know how you feel, I have lots of loyal friends on the other side of that rainbow.

Sep 03, 2011 06:34 AM #28
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Carla - I share in your loss and sadness this weekend. My heart feels the tremendous heaviness that I know follows one around for a time after losing a pet. Try to remember how lucky Poppy was to have you - and how lucky you were to have Poppy in your life.

We have two dogs, and our little guy (a Pug) isn't doing very well. He too has fluid around his heart and lungs...right now we manage with some pills, but I know he will be heading over the Rainbow Bridge sometime soon...I dread the day.

Sending you comfort and hugs.  Dj

Sep 03, 2011 06:51 AM #29
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH, Carla!  I am so sad to hear about Poppy.  I know that he's in a better place but, I know your heart is just breaking.  I've lost pets before and it truly does hurt just as badly as our human family passing.  Like Larry, I have lots of old buddies on the other side of that bridge too.  (Leave it to Brad Andersohn to come up with Rainbow Bridge--he's got such a mushy heart!)

Sep 03, 2011 06:52 AM #30
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Hi Carla - I am so sorry for your loss. It is soooo sad to lose an animal - I have lost pets before as well, and it is heart breaking. My dog is definitely a family member, and I treat him as such. My thoughts and prayers go out to you! I too have lots of loyal friends on the other side as well! Sorry Carla!

Sep 03, 2011 07:00 AM #31
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Here's Poppy and Molly -- just having had fun chewing up a pillow!!

Sep 03, 2011 07:12 AM #32
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Carla - I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, it's never easy losing a loved one.

Sep 03, 2011 07:16 AM #33

I'm so sorry, Carla.  It breaks my heart to read the posts telling about the passing of people's pets.  My thoughts are with you.

Sep 03, 2011 08:02 AM #34
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Carla: Nero left Ray and I some 4 plus years ago, and I honestly think I make a daily reference to him in some form or fashion. He was probably the closest relationship I have next to Ray. Maybe why I've yet to get another dog....I'll be forever comparing Nero to the new friend.

I named my new computer Nero, and the User picture is him. My new wireless network was named after him until last night (that a blog post in itself) and his collar and picture are displayed proudly in the living room.

I'll send you what I sent you when he passed. I think I got some 50 or 60 messages of love and support. It's much like Brad's post only different.

Hugs and kisses my friend....and know your Poppy is watching over YOU now, each and every day.


Sep 03, 2011 10:29 AM #35
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Carla, That is an adorable picture of Poppy and Molly.

Sep 04, 2011 03:41 AM #36
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I'm still teared up after reading your story...ao sad for your loss Carla!

Sep 04, 2011 05:54 AM #37
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Carla - I'm so sorry for your loss and know  this is such a difficult time for you.  My heart goes out to you. (I emailed you a message.)

Sep 04, 2011 06:38 AM #38
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good afternoon Carla, Poppy was beautiful and am so sorry to hear of his passing.  He has crossed the bridge and is running free of pain.  Please know that my prayers and well wishes are with you.  It is very difficult to lose a best friend.  Hug Molly for me.

Sep 04, 2011 06:53 AM #39
Kym Wright
Prudential California Realty - Olivenhain, CA


I am so sorry for you!  Poppy seemed like such a sweet and nice dog.  It is so hard when we really connect with an animal to have to let them go.  It is so hard.  I am not much of a dog person but am in love with my dear sweet cat, Peanut.  I know this is a hard time for you and you are in our thoughts.

Sep 04, 2011 07:06 AM #40
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Oh Carla... big tears from this sappy Naked Blogger ;(  I had to put my 'Timber' down on my B'Day a few years ago.  I was alone with no one to help... it was painful.  My only comfort was that she died peacefully at home in my arms.  Big {{{HUGS}}}} my friend!  Here is a video that makes me smile every time I think of her... GoD and DoG 


Sep 04, 2011 07:43 AM #41
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

Oh Carla, I am so very sorry.  I am grateful to Gayle for writing such a beautiful post and directing me here.  My two boys (both chihuahuas) are the loves of our lives and living life without them some day will be more than I can even bear to think of right now.  My prayers are with you and your son who so gallantly stood by Poppy's side in his last hours.  That bridge is indeed blessed by his presence today!

Sep 04, 2011 09:48 AM #42
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Carla,

How wonderful to have the AR community who have learned about Poppy (and Molly) over time be able to surround you and show support. That's what friends are for - right?

Have a happy day - remembering the joys together -

Sep 04, 2011 11:11 AM #43
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Carla,  I am so sorry for your loss.   Gayle posted the story of Poppy and as a dog lover, here I am .  I understand when you say "some might say dogs are just dogs."   I don't buy it. Tto me they aren't either.  They're part of my family.   I have tears as I write this.   Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sep 05, 2011 03:08 PM #44
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Carla I am so sorry about Poppy.  I didn't want to come here because I knew I would be bawling and I am.  The video did it.  As you know I am a big pet animal person.  It kills me when people say "it was just a dog (or cat)".  To pet owners they are family members and are sorely missed and you never get over it.  Time will help but you will never forget the love they gave and the extreme joy they brought you throughout your life.  Hugs Carla and again I am so sorry about your loss. 

Sep 07, 2011 12:48 AM #45
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