Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Yesterday I lost two friends.  One was my co-workers father in law, he had  bone cancer.  What a fighter!! I met him when I had a flat tire in the country and he drove by, and fixed it for me in a jiffy.  He had farmed all his life, and you know how strong farmers are, ......I would have had to wait for AAA to come and  rescue me, instead it was a man in his 80' is funny like that,


my friend --sweet Greta.  What a fighter!!!!.  I hope when life throws me over a cliff I have all the courage and fight that they showed, to climb back up and plant my feet back on the ground.

I picture brave Greta taking hold of that old farmers hand and walking him into the heavens.  She probably wasn't surprised one bit to see him, but I am sure he was laughing at that little puggy.  All his life he dealt with big cows, not tiny pugs, ....... AND I am sure the conversation into the stars, covered many topics, from the freedom of being outdoors, their families, and their first love.

I bet he told her that leaving his first love was the hardest, and I know Greta agreed.  They shared that commonality.  They both loved a woman who took care of them each and everyday, and her love... they will always carry with them.

They also discussed the  loving family and friends they left behind. I imagine Greta just squeezed his hand real hard, and he hugged her wrinkled little neck.  They didn't need any words to share their emotions.

I don't know if they parted ways once they reached the heavens, if he went toward the gate to heaven and she went toward the bridge.  I imagine everyone was waiting  and yelling for her to dance on across it.  I imagine he was seeing a similar scene playing out.  They probably told each other goodbye for now, and maybe he will go and visit her down the road. 

Its us who are looking up into the clouds, with our heavy hearts, and wet eyes, that struggle....but with each loss here in Blogville, we learn yet one more thing, that valuable lesson that they leave us to find.  I imagine the lesson is different for each of us, and only when we are ready to see it, do we realize the meaning. 

So goodbye just for now Sweet Greta, I will always strive to have your courage to fight in the hardest moments.  You will be my inspiration.

Stella Rose's Momma


  1. Beautifully written I read a story about an african tribe who weep freely and long when a love one dies...they say their tears create a river that will carry their loved one to the other side and that love is the canoe in which they float on the river. Greta's river will be wide and flowing strong,

  2. Absolutely beautiful tribute to both of your good friends.

  3. What a lovely tribute to both and yes we should look to the sky and just cling onto the fact they are in a good place now with so many of our loved ones who have gone before. So very sad.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Such a sad time for you, big hugs form me
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Oh my goodness we are so sad
    Lily & Edward

  6. What a GRAND tribute to your Farmer Furend and to Greta.
    They were BOTH inspirations to us all.

  7. that was such a touching post, many thanks. after wiping my tears away, I agree with you. I feel so sorry for Greta and the FIL of your co-worker and for Gooses friend Cooper...and all who left us to find. And they are really inspirations, that's true.

  8. That was one of the most wonderful posts ever. I am still wiping the tears from my eyes ....

  9. What a beautiful tribute to two wonderful souls....

  10. This is a very beautiful heartfelt tribute, to both your farmer friend and to Greta.,,,,words with so much love.
    Its a sad time for all of us,,, and your words will help our hearts heal.
    We all feel this same sadness,,, as we look to the sky together!

  11. A lovely tribute to a furry and a farmer friend. Warm hug, purrs and tail wags of comfort.

  12. What a wonderfully sweet, heartfelt tribute.

    xoxo Patty

  13. A very beautiful portrait of two souls passing to the Bridge together

  14. the loss of Gretta is so sad her memory lives on

    retro rover

  15. What a great post! We are sorry you had two losses. A terrible day for so many! We will miss Greta. She knew how to live life and play hard. And for a doggie that is a wonderful thing.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws
    Use Your Noodle & Vote For A Doodle!

  16. We are so sad for both of your losses, but your words carry so much meaning - thank you for reminding us that even though we lose a part of us when our loved ones go we are left with so much from their time with us.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

  17. I am so sorry for the loss of your friends.

  18. Beautifully put.

    Aroo to you,

  19. What a beautiful tribute. It's so heartbreaking about Greta. Our condolences to your coworker as well. Love never dies.

  20. Beautiful Angel Greta is running free with my sweet Angel Remington by her side.

    We are sorry about your friend. That was a beautiful tribute. It is so hard to say goodbye

    Loveys Sasha

  21. Oh, Stella have such a beautiful way with words. Heavy hearts indeed.

  22. Thanks for that fine tribute to a farmer friend and a furry fellow who just was called home too soon. Reminds us that we must take full advantage of each day and love one another.