Saturday, January 08, 2011

Goodbye dear friend

Yesterday our sweet doggie, Miss Joey, went to heaven. We had gone to run errands and discovered when we got home that she had had a real bad stroke while we were away. I knew when she left with hubs that she would likely not be coming home. She did not. I cried and cried. I could tell by his eyes that hubs had cried too, but not so I could see.

Joey was sort of a 'rescue' dog, though we didn't get her from a rescue shelter. Lucky for her and for us too, we found each other before it came to that. Joey had been abandonded by a farmer who sold his place and left town, leaving her tied to the door at the vet's office. I had called about lab puppies for sale but they had all been spoken for already. But Joey, or Jo-Jo as they called her, who was about a year old, needed a home, and did we want to come see her. We decided to go check her out and took Jet with us, our black lab. They took to each other immediately and Joey came home with us that night.

Grace and Joey, 2005

Our first hunting dog, Jet, a black lab we got as a puppy, was getting ready to retire as hubs' hunting dog as he was getting up in years. Randy wanted to train another dog before Jet couldn't go with him anymore, which is why we had called about the puppies when we found Joey. His last hunting season Jet taught Joey so much that training her was a piece of cake. She loved hunting as much as he did. He was 13 when he said goodbye. Joey was almost 12.

Grace and Joey, 2008

Randy and Joey, 2008

Olivia and Joey, 2010

Mila and Joey, 2010

Grace told me today that she drew a picture of Joey as an angel dog, fishing. I had not even told her yet that Joey is laid to rest near her favorite fishing spot. :)


  1. I am so sorry to hear about Miss Joey, it is always so hard when a family member passes on. I feel for you, and I hope you stay strong.

  2. I am SO SORRY about your SWEET JOEY!!! Funny how our furry babies find such a special place in our hearts...a place that only their perfect love can fill.

    BIG FAT HUGS!!!!!
    ♥ Nikki ♥

  3. Shar, I am so sorry to hear about Joey, I know how much you loved that 'dumb' dog as I heard you say 101 times.... I hoep you guys are doing ok today. thinking of you lots!

  4. Silly dog, yes, but never dumb. :)

  5. I am so sorry about your Miss Joey. It is always hard to say goodbye to a furbaby. She was so blessed that you came to her rescue, and gave her a wonderful life!
    I am sure you have lots and lots of wonderful memories of her, and though it is hard right now, in time you'll remember her with a smile on your face.

  6. I'm sorry to learn of the passing of Miss Joey. Thank you for sharing her with us through your post(s). You can't help but smile when looking at those pictures. She looked like a great poochie and a wonderful member of your family!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is like losing a family member. We have a lab also and he has been such a fun blessing to our family. our Regal is about 12 years old and starting to have some health issues so we know our time with him is limited. Jo-Jo looks to have had a wonderful life with your family.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your baby.

  9. This is so sad, I am thinking of you and giving my doggie extra love today.

  10. A little late, but the sentiment is the same. I am soooo very sorry about the loss of your fur baby Joey. Bless his little puppy heart... :)

  11. Shar I am so sorry you lost your dear Joey!


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