Saturday, September 27, 2008

Athena the Great

December 1994 ~ September 26, 2008
Yes, she was almost 14! and not a gray hair on her. Up until about two years ago she would still jump the fence to get out of the pasture away from the other animals when they were annoying her. These pictures are from last summer at our old house.
Athena, I love you girl. You were my first daughter. You were just a pup, and with me when I met Darrell. You were there when we welcomed two little baby girls into our family. You watched over all of us. You were like a mother to our other dogs Janice and Faith, and even the cats and pigs we brought home for you to care for. Janice and Faith still have not left the spot where we found you.
You will be dearly missed. But we are all so glad to see you go quickly and not have to suffer. This winter would have been rough on an old gal like you.
We love you and thank you for being such a loving and faithful member of our family. You have always been a blessing in our lives.


Suds to Love said...

Hugs to you and your family.

egassner said...

How sweet! She sounded like a great friend. I'm sure she'll be missed :D

Sherlyn said...

Oh Nat. I am so sorry to hear about her. Our animals love us unconditionally and ARE members of our family. I know you guys are hurting right now. You and the fam is in my thoughts and prayers. I love you guys!

Rev Colin said...

I knew that you were just a bunch of softies! I have to admit that so are we, so I do understand how you must be feeling right now, and I will remember you all in prayer.

One of the special things in our lives is that we have the gift of being able to give our love to creatures as well as to people, and that love is returned a hundred-fold so often. Another special thing is that when those we love pass away we are left with so many beautiful memories to sustain us when we are hurting, and eventually the hurting becomes lessened into something that we are able to deal with more easily.

Carla said...

I am sorry Natalie!!! I don't want you guys to be sad, but I am so glad you had her to love for so long!!!

Starr said...

Oh, Natalie. My heart is breaking for you guys. That is a hard one. A few years ago, We lost a precious dog we had for 18 years. It was terrible. God heals the brokenhearted, though. So does time. What a blessing Athena must have been to all of you. She was a blessed creature indeed to have been loved so very much.
Love you all,