Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Critter passed away just a few minutes ago. He was our beloved pet and companion, who brought tremendous joy and happiness to our lives. He leaves a tremendous hole in his absence, as he was loved and cared for as a human being.

For give me if I don't post a picture of him. It's too difficult for me to look at him right now.

Thank you to all of you who prayed for his well being.

To all of you, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. You're kind words and empathy makes this so much more bearable. God bless.


Diva Mom Vicki said...

I'm so sorry, Tom! Little Critter brought so many smiles to my boys just through your pictures. I can't imagine how much you're missing the little guy!

Katie Alender said...

Oh, Tom, I'm so sorry. So, so sorry.

kris said...

oh tom.

i'm so sorry tom.

Shirley said...

How sad! I am thankful that he stayed with you over Christmas; and that he was called home on a Sunday. God must have loved him too. Hugs to you, Tom.

Adrienne said...

He is being held close to God's heart. My heart hurts for you.

Chinazhoumom said...

I just wanted to tell you I am so sorry - this has been a tough year for our 4 legged friends - my cat died a few weeks ago(he was 13). There will always be that little space that they filled that no other can fulfill.
Our prayers are with you
C & k

OH MY #6 said...

Oh dear. this is awful. It is so tough. I am so very sorry.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: Major prayers, a kiss and a hug are coming your way. I know what it is to lose a dear companion. Take some time.

Heather said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

You may have already read this poem. It's from an old Norse legend.

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Patricia/NYC said...

Tom, I am so very sorry...sending prayers of comfort your way.

(I'm here via Kris, by the way)

zentmrs said...

The loss of our dear friends is always so difficult, We are so sorry. Please know you are in our thoughts now.

Terry Nelson said...

Oh Tom, I am really very sorry.

Cathy said...

So sorry for your loss. We put both of our four-legged pals down within two weeks of each other in 2008.
It was awful.

God bless you.

ignorant redneck said...


I'm sorry for your loss and grief. I know it hurts to lose a pet, and I haven't had a pet since GobbleDog, and that's been nearly 20 years.

I hope that the lonliness and grief pass for you quickly.

Tara said...

Oh, Tom, I am so sorry for your loss, sigh.

Esther said...

Tom, I am very sorry. I know how painful your grief must be right now. My prayers are with you.

Chris said...

Tom I am so sorry for your loss. I can see that you have been through a lot.

Chris said...

Tom I am so sorry for your loss. I can see that you have been through a lot.

Lola said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your Critter.

God Bless you and hope that you will be comforted in your grief.

Sometimes Dogs are angels in fur.

Rita said...

Much love and God Bless,

Be assured of my prayers,


Therese said...

Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you.


"MissMeliss" said...


I'm SO sorry to hear about Critter. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

dd Mia

Mr.Brian said...

From one dog lover to an other,my thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Pets hold a special place in our hearts.Those who do not own onw do not understand.
I looked back at your old posts and saw a picture.Lookes like one sweet loving dog.
Mr.Brian in Iowa.

Melody K said...

Tom, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you, may God comfort you.

3D said...

My deepest sympathies...

Dolores and Shawn said...

I'm sorry for your loss. We know your pain. We lost our beloved pet cat Jazz in June of this year.

They're so much more than pets, they're part of our family and will be forever missed.

Tracy said...

oh Tom, I'm so sorry:(

Belinda said...

I am so very sorry to hear about critter. We love our pets so very much, and they are dear to us.

Ponte Sisto said...

I'm so sorry to hear your news. I lost my beloved German Shepherd in April, and I still miss her terribly. Having discussed the matter with some clever priests, I'm looking forward to seeing her again, together with all my loved ones, DV, when my time's up. God bless.

Karen said...

I'm so sorry about Critter. As someone with six pooches and two Persian cats, my heart goes out to you.

Prayers for your comfort and healing.


Super Mommy said...

Sorry for the loss of your great friend, Critter. Peace to you.

Owen said...

Tom, sorry. It's a real loss. One of our two beloved dogs died last March. We still miss her.

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Mimi said...

Oh, I am so sorry, dear Tom. May Christ and His Blessed Mother console you. I'll keep you in my prayers.

(Not Mimi,that's my daughter, long story, re: blogger)

uncle jim said...

with all your friends and blog-buds, i just want you to know you're surrounded by those who care about you and your loss of 'the critter'

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Dear Tom,

I am so sorry about Critter. Pets, especially dogs, are such blessings in our lives. I suspect that heaven will be full of dogs as it would not be heaven without them.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Hello again, Tom! Still thinking and praying for you!

jessica said...

Oh Tom, I am so very sorry for your loss. Having lost my "baby" this year I know how painful it is. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, and will be for a long time. I think that Critter was loved by a lot of people. Again, I am truly sorry.

Colleen said...

I am truly sorry for your loss : ( You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Losing a pet is so difficult and it takes time to heal. My prayers are with you.

Katie Alender said...

Hey, Tom. Still thinking of you and hoping you're finding comfort.

I believe that every day a dog is loved and cared for is the perfect day for that dog. I'm sure the Critter lived a heaven on earth in your care. Now he's in God's care and waiting to see you again, I'm sure.

Happy new year. :-)

Julie said...

From one pet lover to another, I wish you comfort and solace in the new year. You have a new angel looking out for you now.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: My Angel poked me to stop by and tell you that I'm still praying for you. I never argue with him! :-)

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: My Angel poked me to stop by and tell you that I'm still praying for you. I never argue with him! :-)

Tom in Vegas said...

Thanks, Cathy. Prayers help out tremendously.

Kimberly said...

I was so sorry to read about Critter. I have been off the blogging for a while due to high needs of my children, fighting abortion, and working to make my family well taken care of. We just returned from our travels to IN for the Christmas Season.

I am so sorry for your loss and keep you in my prayers. I know this is a difficult time for you and I know your strong faith will pull you through.

Blessed be God Forever!


Jennifer said...

I am so sorry to hear about Critter. May he always bless with your heart with the fond memories and love he brought you.