Friday, October 10, 2014

FRANKLIN FRIDAY: MY BUDDY

Hi Every Buddy. It's me, Franklin the Bordernese.


I don't have funny stories or snicker snorts today. My best friend, Harper, has gone to Heaven to be with Faulkner, The Original Dog.

I will miss him lots.

Faulkner taught Harper to walk on stairs, and Harper taught me how to walk on stairs. None of us lived in a house until Mom made us part of her family.

I told Harper all my secrets.


He didn't feel so good yesterday. He hardly moved. He stayed on a doggy bed next to Mom while she worked on her laptop.


She says she'll miss him even more than she does now when the weather gets chilly at night. He slept with her and would put his back up right against her back, really close. It made her broken back feel better. She said he was like a big furry heating pad.

Last week he couldn't get in the bed anymore. His legs were too weak and shaky.



Mom asked me to tell you this quotation from a poem by W.H. Auden: He was my North, my South, my East, and West, / My working week and my Sunday rest. 

Harper, Mom and I will miss you so much.


Okay. I love you. Bye-bye.



76 comments:

  1. Dear dear friend, I am so very sorry. It has been said that all prayers are answered but that sometimes the answer is a benign "no." You gave Harper a wonderful life and he gave you all he could for as long as he was able. I believe that Harper has gone to a better place and is, at this very moment, romping and playing with my little girl Toto up there on Rainbow Bridge. We will all be together someday.

    Peace be with you, dear Janie.

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    1. Franklin is confused, but I am at peace. Thank you.

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  2. I am so sorry! This is so very sad. I understand your pain, as I have lost two of my dogs in the past 8 years. I am sending you plenty of virtual hugs.

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    1. Thank you very much. I adopt rescued dogs, so I've been through this quite a few times. It never gets easier.

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  3. Oh, no, I am so, so sorry Janie! I am sending you a huge hug, wish I could do it in person.

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  4. Awww. How old was Harper? It must have been sudden. So sorry Janie.

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    1. I don't know how old he was. Probably twelve. His back legs had been deteriorating for a year or so. When they broke down yesterday, he could barely stand. It was exactly the same as when Faulkner died. It must be something about the breed(s): smooth collie and in Harper's case, also malinois.

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    2. Thank you. When the weather is cooler, maybe Franklin will learn to sleep in the bed.

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  5. Oh, I'm soooo sorry. I know how difficult it is to lose one of our four-legged furry kids.

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  6. Wow... I am so sorry to hear this. So very sad. My heart goes out to you and Franklin.

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    1. Thanks. The house seems very empty with one dog.

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  7. Dear Janie and Franklin,

    My two dear friends...I am so very sorry about Harper. Many hugs to you, Miss Bug, and Eddie sends puppy kisses to Franklin. And to you as well.

    I'm so sorry...

    Much love,
    andi

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    1. Thank you, but Franklin says that Eddie needs to back off. I sent you an email last night. I hope you got it.

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  8. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes as I read this. So sorry for your loss.

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    1. I haven't cried yet. I think I would have when he died if Willy Dunne Wooters had been there, but because I had to take care of things and keep myself together I didn't let go. I feel kind of numb.

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  9. Good bye, good dog, until you meet up again.

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  10. When Harper gets to heaven, I pray that my pals Ginger, Cleo, Boomer, Mittens, Tippy 1 and Tippy 2 all run up to him and show him around. That gang always knew how to play. And no, they did not leave earth at the same time. Remember, I'm old.

    I'm so sorry Franklin and Mommy.

    {{Hugs, hugs, hugs}}
    Love, cherdo

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    1. Harper has friends both old and new to help him adjust.

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  11. How very sad.
    Hugging my dog now.

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    1. I don't know what I'd do without Franklin.

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  12. I lost my friend, Bree - a solid white Great Pyrenees/Lab, of 15 years while I was gone on my trip. She was such a loving dog right to the end. I feel all or the family's pain.

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    1. I'm so sorry, Coffey. It's just awful, isn't it?

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  13. Janie, so hard to lose a special puppy dog...I feel like I could cry with you.

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    1. We had a lot of good years together and now I know he won't suffer.

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  14. Oh no! So sorry to hear that. I didn't know Harper was feeling poorly. I know you will miss him. He was so lucky to have found you and had some wonderful years in your family. *hugs*

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    1. His back legs had been deteriorating for a while and they suddenly got much worse.

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  15. So, so sorry, Janie. Wishing you many fond memories. May you one day meet at the rainbow bridge.

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  16. Hi Janie and Franklin .. so sorry to hear about your great buddy - Harper - but it's good to know Faulkner will be there in that heavenly paradise for Harper ...

    Really really sad - always so special .. and always remembered ... my thoughts for this weekend ... Hilary

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  17. Fozzie and I am so sorry for both of you!

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    1. Franklin sends Fozzie a little rear end sniff, but I send you thanks.

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  18. Heartbreaking. They leave such a huge hole when they go. Aargh. My heart aches for you and with you. There is no love like the love of a dog. We could learn such a lot from them if only we were to open our eyes and our hearts.

    #RIP Harper. So sorry xoxox

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    1. Franklin and I are working on adjusting to the loss.

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  20. I'm sorry! It's a shame our furry friends don't live as long as we do.

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  21. So sad...always sad to lose them. Hugs to you.

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  22. I'm so sorry about Harper! Hugs to both you and Franklin!

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  23. I'm truly sorry to hear this. I know that losing a pet is like losing a child. Mine is in my lap right now as I type this, and I'm hugging her extra tightly because of it. I'm glad to hear that you and Franklin are doing your best to move forward.

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  24. Dear Janie,such sad news and such a change in your life now and always. And in Franklin's life also. When we deeply love an animal, as you love Harper, then this time of parting can tear us apart and I always remember the words Dulcy came me after she died, "At the end all that matters is love. My love for my human and hers for me. I have planted the memories of our life together in her heart. She will find them there when I am gone and they will comfort her." I know that memories of Harper comfort you and that you will comfort Franklin. Peace.

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  25. Oh no, I'm so sorry for you. Hopefully, you gave as much joy to Harper as was given. The loss of a beloved member of the family is the most difficult thing to undertake. The consolation is knowing that during that family member's life as much love and joy was exchanged as is reasonably possible. My heart goes out to you.

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    1. I think Harper was very happy until pain became part of his daily routine.

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  26. So sorry, Janie. These fuzzy animals who share our homes become an extension of us.

    RIP, Harper.

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  27. How sorry I am to learn of your loss, JJ, (and Franklin's). It is heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. I'm glad that you and Franklin have each other.

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    1. Franklin wants a dog to play with him.

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  28. Janie, sorry about Harper. I know this is a difficult time for you to part with one of your best friends. Remember the good memories.

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  29. I'm so sad now :(
    I'm so sorry, big hugs to both you and Franklin . . .

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  30. I'm so so sorry. I'm typing this with tears in my eyes. Losing a pet is so hard. I know your pain.

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    1. I've been through it before and I'll go through it again. They are worth it.

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  31. Sorry for the loss of your furr-baby! Never easy.
    XOXO Stephanola

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  32. Oh Janie... so sorry. I have had several great dogs over the years, and I miss all of them still. Good friends, each one. My heart hurts for you and Franklin. It's never easy, is it?

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    1. No, it's not. Last week we gradually felt a little better. The good weather has helped. Going for long walks helps us.

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