Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sad news--Sasha has gone to the Bridge


River's mom here. This is Sasha as I'd like to remember her, still strong and happy. This was taken just a few months ago. We fought her inoperable tumor for so long with diet and with her own will to live. But it won today. I'm sorry to bring such sad news at Christmas but you can understand why we've been so quiet this week.

I am so grateful she waited until I came back from vacation so I could have a few more days with her.

Once upon a time I had 5 dogs from a rural county in Virginia. George, an old dog who lived his last year with us. Colby, the big cheese, who was the biggest beagle and the goofiest I've ever known. Humphrey, a sweet old boy with a low soft howl like an oboe. And Kali and Sasha, both very tiny beagles--15 lbs.--from the same litter. All my Virginia hounds are angels now.

Here Natalie laid down with her to comfort her last night. Natalie looks sad, too.
Then Hootie laid down with her. River is beside me on the chair, more focused on me. He is a great comfort. How wonderfully sensitive dogs can be.

Rest in peace my sweet little Sasha. You are now with my other angels at the Bridge.

59 sniff-Arooos:

bmnblog said...

Oh, crying my eyes out now after reading that very touching and sad post. !o( You're right though, Sasha is with all her old buddies now, romping and playing like a pup again and you were obviously a wonderful and caring dogmom to her, and all your others, if only there were more people like you! You'll be getting lots of lovely Beagle hugs to comfort you and we're sending love and slobbers too xx
Still bawling!

Winterdark said...

Mom and I are sending you all cuddles to help you through the sad bits; and nose kisses too.

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Dughallmor Beagles said...

Durr, the top comment was from the Dughallmor Beagles and their Mum, silly her was signed in to our club's blog!
Still sending soft Beagley hugs xx

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Sasha khan help dekhorate the howliday tree akhross The Bridge -

Just imagine all the khatching up she has to do with the rest of The Virginia Hounds! I'm sure she'll give 'em a pupdate on WOO!

Khyra and Her Leaking Mom

Raising Addie said...

sniff, sniff... we are so sad for you.

Goodbye sweet Sasha. I just know that Sasha is happy and playing with all of her brothers and sister now at the bridge.

You are free now beautiful baby.

Snuggles and Kisses
Addie and Zoe

Lois Lane/Laney said...

I'm so sorry. River, you need to give your mom extra hugs and kisses today.

FleasGang said...

We're so sorry you lost Sasha. It's tough to see them fade from disease. But keep in mind that she's tumor free now and full of energy and spunk. Simon and Scarlett will show her around the bridge so don't worry.

Shelly & Tommy

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

We are so sorry.

Run free sweet Sasha.

The Cole Crew said...

I am glad you had time with her. We're are so sorry.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, no! We have been computerless and mostly offline the last 3 weeks and as we're trying to catch up on a borrowed laptop, we're finding so much bad news.

I am so sorry for your loss! Each pet has a special place in our hearts and Sasha will always remain there, just as each of the others who went before her have.


Anonymous said...

Hi River. This is my first time visiting your blog and I'm so sad to find such sad news. My family and I are so sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I didn't get to know Sasha. Take good care of your mom and sibs, River. I'll be back soon.


Lacy said...

w00f's River and all, me iz sooo sorry u lost ur sweet little girl will keep me paws crossed and mama will keep u in her prayers..yes it iz christmas time, but life and unfortunatly dead still goes on...never worry its the wrong time to tell us, we r here fur U...RIP sweet girl, with the wind..

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama...

TWa76 said...

Sad to hear that you have lost your dear friend.

Rest in peace Sasha

Lenni, Vekku, Ressu & mum.

BrandytheGreat said...

Oh, we feel so sorry for you to lose Sasha at such a time when everyone should have smiles on their faces, but nevertheless, we hope she'll run free and be happy together with her original littermates.

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are soooooo sorry! We are glad she waited for you to get home so you could spend some time with her. We are sure she is happy to be reunited with the rest of her litter mates. We're sending lots of Aire-zen for all of you!

Poppy, Penny, Patches & Lana

Alasandra said...
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Alasandra said...

We are so sorry to hear about Sasha. Our hearts are sad for you. ~Alasandra, Socks, Scylla & Charybdis

Thor said...

We´re so sorry to hear you lost your sweet little Sasha.

Rest in peace Sasha


Thor and mom

Stanislaw said...

Oh we are so very sorry. We hope that the wonderful pups still with you bring much comfort, and that you find peace in knowing how lucky Sasha was to have such an amazing home filled with so much love.

Sending cocker spaniel love your way~

Noah the Airedale said...

Rest in peace Sasha.
Our thoughts are with you all. Take care.

Noah Willow Tess & Lucy x

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

oh no. we are so sorry to hear Sasha went to the Bridge. You have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Virginia angel.

We are purring and praying comfort to you. purrrrrrrrrrrs

Painter Pack said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Sasha's passing. Our prayers are with you and all of your family.

Painter Pack

with love, Madison said...

Oh we are so sorry to read that Sasha has gone to the Bridge. We think that she is going to find a wonderful noisy hound group up there, all running and making a helluva houndy racket ... we KNOW that Booker is doing just that, right now. Oh dear. Now H-Mom is tearing up. And she is at the gallery. Not good. sighhhhhhh Losing them always is so so sad, isn't it?

Eduardo said...

Sweet Sasha, will be playing with her friends at the bridge, she won't be in any pain, & she will be watching over the Mommy who took care of her & loved her so much. Sasha will be watching over the beagle siblings who loved to play with her & cared for her in her final moments. It's very sad day indeed, I will keep y'all in my snuggles, & Mommy will keep y'all in her prayers! We loves you!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Lorenza said...

I am so sorry to hear about Sasha. We are praying for her and you all.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Simcha said...


I am so sorry. It's the ones that are loved so much that cause the most pain. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Sad woo's


Comet and BLU said...

We are so sorry to hear about Sasha. Give your mom a few extra snuggles, and we are sending positive thoughts your way.

Comet and BLU

Ms. ~K said...

Our hearts ache for you!!!


So sad to hear the news about Sasha's passing to the Bridge. Glad you could spend those extra days with her when you got home from your holiday. May you find comfort in knowing that we are all thinking of you in this sad time.
J&D's mum

Mango said...

You must all be a little sad right now missing Sasha. It is hard to lose a good friend.


Ruby said...

I'm so, so sorry. God speed Sasha.
River takes my hugs & share them with your mom & brothers & sisters.
Love Ruby

snoutbeagle said...

We're sending warm condolences with tears in our eyes to you, River, and your grieving mum. Bless all of you for comforting dear Sasha when it was time to go and for giving her a wonderful life during her many years with you.

Sasha, may you rest in peace and find joy with your fellow angel beagles.

Love and kisses,
Diesel, Marvin, and our dog mum

Deetz said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with you and we know it is never easy and we never forget our angel friends. We hope that Sasha finds Gizmo, we think they will get along very well and Gizmo was a wise old sole. Please believe me when I say our thoughts are with you at this time.
We miss you
Deetz and family

The Zoo Crew said...

So very sad to read about Sasha's passing. I hope that all of the wonderful memories you have of her will help you in the days to come.....


Black Cat said...

I just found the news on Jan's Funny Farm and I am so sorry. This is my first visit but I can see that Sasha had a wonderful forever home and was very much loved and cared for. I know her passing has left a huge hole in your hearts. It will take time, but eventually you'll be able to remember the happy times more than the sad ones. {{{{{HUGS}}}}} xxx

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

Oh, we are so sorry about Sasha. They always take a piece of our heart with them to the bridge.
Now she is young and healthy again. Running and baying with her family, all of them waiting for you.
Sad hugs

Dannan and The Girl said...

Oh, this is such sad news. Rest peacefully, Sasha, and run free with those that crossed before.

All of the dogs that pass through your home know a love that is enormous. It is so hard to say goodbye, but comfort yourself with the knowledge that Sasha had the best possible home with the best possible pack and family. We will miss her. We're thinking of you and sending peace and comfort.

Love and sad brown dog kisses,
Dannan and The Girl


We was just stopping by to say thank you for the lovely card we got and read about Sasha. The Mommy says she is so sorry for your loss but she said she bets Sasha is at the bridge right now playing with my big sister, Samantha,and all the doggie angels at the bridge.

God bless you and yur family.

Mona & the Mommy too!!

Karen Jo said...

I read about Sasha on Jan's blog and thought I would come over and say how sorry I am that you have lost your dear Sasha. It's very hard, but I hope you will take comfort in all the happy times you had together.

Tenkiller Airedales said...

HI... Blu Loo Loo here from Apache's tribe. Mommy started reading and the tears started flowing... We are soooo sorry. Then Mommy started crying about Greta Gucci again.... Oh Bother!!!! It is going to be a long time before she moves on from this. I guess I'll have to sleep with her tonight. We'll say our pawyers for you.

Blu Loo Loo

Mino said...

Sorry to hear about this news...

Be strong, I am sure she is happy that you and her friends are with her...

River, yes he is a sensitive boy..
And so is Natelie.

Sasha will always be in our hearts even though she is at the rainbow bridge with her siblings.


Anonymous said...

Oh, River. I'm so sorry to read about your sadness. Sweet Sasha. Lots of Barklove is being sent your way.

Thanks for the beautiful card!


Stella said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your beautiful Sasha will be with all of her pals now!



K27Blogs said...

So sorry to hear about Sasha. We'll be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
-Tibby & The Owners

JB's Big World said...

WE are so sorry to hear about Sasha. Purrs to you from all of us.
--JB, Misty, PooPoo and Bear too

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so very sorry to hear about Sasha! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Joe Stains said...

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Sasha. Our thoughts are with you all.

Dozer and Coop said...

We are thinking of you and holding you close in our hearts,

Sadly, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

We're so sorry to hear about Sasha...we just got your card and came by to thank you! We like Khyra's thought that Sasha is helpin' to decorate (or de decorate!!!) the big tree on the other side of the bridge...we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this really sad time for ya...

Terrier hugs, slurps and kisses....

Scruffy, Lacie, Stan and Mumsie

Mason Dixie said...

Sorry for your loss. There is no void like that of a lost companion. I will be thinking of you and sending you warm hugs.

Southbay Girl said...

We are so sorry for your loss!!! It is never easy to lose a furry family member! But Sasha will always be in your heart and memories! I'm so very glad you had those days after you came back from vacation!!!

Rest in peace sweet Sasha! You were so loved!!!

Velcro, Kodak, 3 Perf, Blossom and mom Penny

Anonymous said...

We are very sad about Sasha, we are saying doggies prayers so that you will be comforted. We know Sasha is at the rainbow bridge waggin her tail. But it is sad she is not here with you.

duo_disaster said...

We're deeply Sorry we missed this out. Run free, sweet lovely Sasha.

Look for our brother (named Goofy to) when you're in heavens.

If you need someone/dog to speak/bark to, do feel free to drop us a peemail and exchange contacts, we're most willing to be the shoulder you like to cry on...

Peace with you.
Rudolf & Goofy (and Mummy)

Asta said...

Bless you fow all the love you have given to all these sweet bootiful doggies..I hope the pain of missing Sasha is eased by all youw othew sweeties, and knowing how loved Sasha was and is..
my heawt goes out to you
smoochie kisses
ASTA and Mommi

The Brat Pack said...

We are late, but are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you.

Maryann & The Brats

Patience-please said...

Rest sweetly, dear Sasha, and chase bunnies and butterflies to your heart's content.

Toffee said...

We are so sorry. While 15 years is a very long life, it never ever seems to be enough.

beagle hugs.
love toffee

Owner of Storm Glory and Rascally Jack said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Bad me for not keeping up with my friends' posts! I will try to do better. *hugs*