Saturday, March 14, 2009


River's mom here. This is my beautiful Hootie, only 13 pounds but so much personality. He never met a stranger and everyone remembered him even after meeting all my dogs.

He was little but he was LOUD. Before I ever saw him I heard his howl at the vet's. Hootie was there because he was a stray hit by a car and my vet was taking care of him. I heard that loud, two-tone howl and said I had to have him. The vet said I couldn't have him unless I named him Hootie--it was something Gomer Pyle said on the TV show--hootie hoo! To me he was HootBoot all his life. He stopped howling a month ago and I knew it would be soon I would lose him.
This is Hootie with Sammi on the left and Splicer. All are gone to the Bridge now. It does not get easier to lose them but I know they are waiting for me. Run free and happy, my baby boy, and howl once again.

56 sniff-Arooos:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Not more sadness.....


March has been one rough month...

Here's to Hootie getting to holler at The Rainbow Bridge tonight!

Please be sure to watch fur his sign he's made and settled in!

AND we thank woo fur sharing his specialness with us!

Khyra & Phyll

Mason Dixie said...

Sorry for your loss of Hootie, it looks like he is howling in the picture and probably really loud. Thank you for sharing about him. Howl away Hootie howl away.

Painter Pack said...

I am so sorry! Hootie looks like a good boy! Harooo!! Woo made a good choice in taking him home. Thank woo for sharing his story and pictures with us.

Mya Boo Boo

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

He lived a good long life in the loving care of his family, he knew that.
Rest in peace, Hootie.

Raising Addie said...

We are so sorry. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

This sure has been a sad year so far with all of the friends that we have lost.

You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie and Lucie

Ozzie the OZmonster said...

Our hearts go out to you for your loss. You gave him a wonderful life and he is so thankful for that. Just like you said, he touched everyones hearts that he met(and their ears). We will light a candle for his way.

Sad tearful paws,

Ozzie, Kelly, and John

Dughallmor Beagles said...

You made him welcome in your loving home....and he lived a good long life :o) Run free Hootie....can I get an AAARRROOOOOO!
Big hugs and slobbers to you guys xx

The OP Pack said...

So sorry to hear about Hootie - your words make it clear how much he was loved - Godspeed, sweet Hootie.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

GoldenSamantha said...

We are so sorry here - wooooo - you gave him a magnificent, long and wonderful life. We will all join him at the rainbow bridge one day, where he will be howling his special hootie howl. Rest in Peace, Hootie. With Hugsz and Love,
xo Samantha

Amber and Nala said...

We are sooo sorry. Hootie sounds like he was quite the character and as such we are sure his memories will carry on. We are thinking of you during this sad time. :(

Nala & Amber

Lacy said...

sad w00f's Pups and mama, sooo sorry about ur loss of Hootie...he looked like a very very sweet doggie...ur in our thoughts and prayers...RIP Hootie, run with the wind...

a sad,
angel lacylulu
and mama...

Lorenza said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Take care
Lorenza and mom

Anonymous said...

We can tell how sweet Hootie was, and how loved. We're so sorry for your loss.

Your pals,
Joey and Zeke

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh no, poor little Hootie.
We're very sorry for your loss. He looks like a real character. Thanks for sharing those special photos.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Sorry to hear about Hootie. He looks like he was a sweet, sweet boy.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We're sorry about Hootie. It is never easy to say good-bye to any of our furry friends, so we know this is hard for you.

Sending purrs, barks and hugs.

Thor said...

We are so sorry about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing his story and pictures!

Thor and mom

Asta said...

I'm sowwy I nevew got to meet Hootie and only found him now..too late..I hope he is weoonited wif his fwiends and sissies and bwuvvews and wunning fwee ovew the wainbow..I'm sowwy fow youw loss..I can tell , he was a vewy special doggie who gave you so much love and pleasoowe, as I'm suwe he got fwom you
smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Oh Hootie. We are sorry, but he lived a long life didn't he? And is now running strong and free a the Bridge. Me an mom send hugs and pawyers.

Suzuki said...

Hello River & River's Mum
I am furry sorry to hear about Hootie :(
Big licks to you

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Oh, no! We are soooooo sorry! We know how hard it it to let our furbabies go, even when it's the best thing to do. We will keep our paws crossed for you! Run free, sweet Hootie!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're so sorry to hear about Hootie! He looks like a very sweet boy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Moco said...

We are so sorry for your loss. We know that Hootie had the bestest home available for all those years. Thanks for taking such good care.

Ludo van puppy said...

Hello, just wanted to stop by and give our condolences for the loss of Hootie. :(
~Ludo and Mum


Hootie- You obviously brought much joy to your mom even before she saw you. You will be missed.


Ruby and Penny said...

Godspeed Hootie. Run with the wind.
Hugs to you all.
Love Ruby & Penny

Alasandra said...

Hootie looks like he was full of life and very happy.

Our thoughs are with you at this very sad time. ~Alasandra, The Cats & Fenris

Stella said...

Isn't it a wonderful thing how you were in the vet's office just when Hootie needed you? Then you gave him all those good years with your pack.

I know you will miss him, but what blessings you had with the little guy!


Martha Basset said...

Hootie sounds very special - glad you were there for him when he needed you and that he was part of your life. He always will be. xxx

Clover said...

Hi River and family,
So sorry to hear about Hootie. Sounds like he was a really sweet guy and I am so glad he got to spend part of his life with you. Sending lots of puggy hugs and kisses to you during this difficult time.
Love Clover xo

Princess Eva and Brice, the Duke of Destruction said...

We are so sorry to hear that Hootie is now howling at the Bridge.

We're sure that he was a very special pup and he made sure that your mom knew it.

Princess Eva

The Army of Four said...

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Hold tight to one another!
Tail wags,


Were so sad about Hootie. We will cross our paws and say a prayer for you tonight before we go to bed.

Lots of licks!

Bug & Bandit

Dannan and The Girl said...

Oh my Dogness, we are so sad to hear about Hootie. The Girl is leaking, and I'm howling to heaven. It seems like we've done this far too much lately. River, take good care of your Mom and give her lots of cuddles and kisses from us.

Also, The Girl says that your Mom's news about the NYT best selling author asking to write the blurb for her next book is pawsome! I personally think that books take important time away from doing things with doggies, time that would be better spent giving belly rubs, going for walks, and providing tasty treats. But The Girl is furry happy about it, so there you go.

Brown dog love and Girlie hugs to you and your Mom,
Dannan and Lindsay

Shmoo said...

Sad wooo of condolence to your family.

Meeshka and the gimpy gang

Moondance Huskies said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Hootie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sad husky howls,
Skye & the Moondance Huskies & mom

Dozer and Coop said...

We're so sorry about Hootie - the good news he had a great life with you!

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Kess And Her Mama said...

It doesn't take the sadness away but know that you've made a difference in Hootie's life and your life was so much better because he came into your life!

BenTheRotti said...

So sorry for your loss, we will be howling for Hootie tonight, god speed to the bridge little one,

Ben & Millie xxx

DogLover said...

Getting a good Dog Bed is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.

Stanislaw said...

Take care of yourself sweet Hootie. Enjoy all of the feasts and howls at the bridge!

Simcha said...

Soft sad woos will be sung tonight for your Hootie to find his way to the bridge. We are very sorry.


Pedro said...

Oh, so sorry to hear about Hootie passing. He was a very lucky dawg to live in your dawg house. I'm sure he's howling away now and playing with all his friends. My mom says, you're right, it NEVER gets any easier... We're thinking of you.


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so sorry to hear about Hootie.. He will be missed. Remember all the good times..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lucia said...

Hello River and River's mama --

My girl and I just heard about your dear Hootie, and we are so sorry for your loss. The sky here tonight is very, very clear, so we'll go outside and look for the new star; that'll be the one for Hootie.

Run fast and howl lots, sweet boy!

Lucia and her girl

Hil said...


Sapphire and Hil

April said...

I am so sorry you lost your Hootie. My mom got blurry eyes when she read about him. But I am so glad you had him and he had you.


Mango said...

That is such a nice picture of Hootie, Sammi, and Splicer. Every dog in our lives is special.

Mango Momma

Anonymous said...

Hi River n River's Mom,

It must be a sad time for you. But I am sure that Hootie and all your other pups lived a life so much fuller than they'd have otherwise led, because you found them.

Love and prayers for Hootie, Sammie and Splicer.


Owner of Storm Glory and Rascally Jack said...

Sorry for you loss. Aaaaaa-roooooo!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Looks like yours was one of the original Hooties. He looks like he was a sweet little fellow.Our Hootie will try to continue the good name.
AireKisses and Welshie Hugs,
BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Linda said...

Sad, but you gave him a good home and I'm sure he was happy for that.

Beagles are awesome dogs.

with love, Madison said...

Oh, we are so sorry and so sad. But we know one thing to be true: there is a serious chorus of sweet hounds at the bridge, and Booker has got to be baying a huge welcome. Ah sigh. Now I am all teary ...

Southbay Girl said...

River and Mom,

We are so sorry for your loss! Mom wishes she had come by to visit last saturday-she's sorry it has taken so long to come by and give our condolenses!

Rest in Peace sweet Hootie!!


Velcro and Mom, Penny

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

We are so sorry that we are late in finding out about Hootie. It is a special gift to be able to share so many years with such a treasured friend. Our thoughts and prayers and paws will be with you.

Allison, Gus, and Waldo

Tee said...

*sniff* We needs a tissue ... We feel so sad for you.


Tuffy and the Dog Woods Pack