Jan 20, 2009

Remember Our Love

Today was a beautiful sunny day. A little chilly outside, but that was ok. We said goodbye to our sweet Zoe. At Smoke Rise Farms they have a gazebo where we got to see her for the last time. I placed a few of her favorite toys and a snack bag of pup-peronies with her for her new journey. Since this is Addie's blog, you probably don't know much about Zoe. So here is a little introduction to one of the biggest parts of our lives.

 While living in Frankfurt, Germany, I fell in love with the Longhaired Dachshund breed.
Zoe was our first. Born in Hoxter, Germany on June 16, 1994, Zoe was a purebred langhaardackel (longhaired Dachshund). Zoe's registered name is Kelli vom Corveyer Land. Her father was Zwirn v. Anner Land and her mother was Kora v. Kleinen Muck. Zoe was an outgoing puppy. She kept me on my toes and taught me a lot. We spent countless hours on walks in the beautiful gardens in Germany.

 Zoe was a well traveled little dog. She has been to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Las Vegas and Texas. In Las Vegas, the elevators broke down and Ron had to carry Zoe in her backpack up over 20 flights of stairs. K-8 joined our family in October of 1996. Her mother was an American Bulldog and her father was a Border Collie. In August 1997, we packed up our family and moved to Texas.


Zoe and K-8 had their little quirks that we will always remember. K-8 was terrified of bugs and thunderstorms. When a bug would get in the house, K-8 would run and hide in the closet until we killed it and told her that the bug was dead. And during thunder storms that occurred at night, K-8 would get in bed with us and sit on our heads. Zoe loved to swim and lived for treats. We discovered her love of swimming when she was a little puppy. We were out for a walk in a park and she just jumped right into a pond. From then on if she saw water she had to be in it. And treats... she knew exactly where they were kept and would open the cabinet door to get to them or bark incessantly until she was given one. Zoe was my alarm clock in the morning and always snuggled on my right side at night.

Zoe and K-8 were there for us through countless milestones, the good times and the bad. Neither of them asking for more than to be loved. And loved they definately were. We gave them the best lives possible and miss them both dearly. Today, Zoe was laid to rest next to her best friend K-8. We know that they are together waiting for us at the bridge.


We would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to all of our friends (human and furry) that have helped us at this difficult time. Thank you for honoring her memory with your very meaningful comments and tributes. We are blessed to be a part of this wonderful blogging community. And thank you so very much for honoring Zoe on your blog:
Thank you so very much dear friends! We would like to express a special thank you for the tribute video's created by our dear friends Paco and Milo, Aki, and The 4 Musketeers. Zoe was most precious to our family.



We will be forever grateful for the loving memories you have shared with us and we’ll treasure them for a lifetime. In memory of Zoe, I have had a star named after her in Canis Minor. The next time you are looking at the stars, say hello to Zoe and K-8. They would love to meet you.

Lastly, we would like to share a few video's of Zoe's favorite things...
swimming and her ball.

45 Treats:

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful friend. You were fortunate to meet one another and to share so many adventures and so much love. May her memory always make you smile.

Tom, Tama-Chan, #1 (and Sen-Chan at the Bridge)

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

WOW!

What a wonderful post in tribute to a wonderful FAMILY!

I'm honoured fur the mention BUT it is just one of those things...all of us will leave a void in pawrents hearts someday - and if we khan help fill it just a bit, we are glad to help -

I'm just sorry I hadn't had a chance to meet all of woo sooner!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra and Her Mom

Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

How beautiful, touching and perfect. Mom's eyes are leaking again. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful collection of photos and videos of your beautiful girls. You make Mom realize how important it is to capture each happy moment for our lives are all too fleeting.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

BCxFour said...

I have been thinking of you often and wondering how you were doing. My heart aches for the pain I know you are feeling.

I watched all the videos - they were so lovely. It was very evident how truly blessed these two wonderful dogs were to have such an amazing home with you. They both knew it and showed it in their love for you and your family. It is clearly written in their eyes in each photo & video.

They are both there waiting for you and will be part of your eternal family - together for forever.

I pray for you, peace & contentment in the difficult task of letting go of Zoe physically while keeping warm the memories in your hearts.

Mason Dixie said...

What great videos of Zoe and K-8, they seemed to have really like each other. I am so glad to have met you and your family. Licks and Hugs.

Frankie said...

Such a beautiful way to remember your special Zoe. I am crying as I type this - the video of her swimming and playing with her lobster is my favorite.

*hugs* to your family. It's such a hard thing, losing a pet.
- Alli (Frankie's mommy)

Moco said...

What a wonderful tribute to Zoe and K-8. You were so lucky to have had the honor of being their humans.

Painter Pack said...

Painter Pack Mom here. I want you to know that this tribute was amazing. The love you have for both Zoe and K-8 was truly felt through the words, spoken from the heart. If all animals could feel this kind of love, and all humans be capable of it, then this world would be near perfect.

The stars are shinning brighter now and although this has been a great loss for her family, Zoe will be waiting on you all atop a mountain of clouds and waterfalls in Heaven.

I pray that you all find comfort and healing. God bless.

Painter Pack

Joey said...

Thank you so much for sharing more about Zoe with us. We'll think of her and K-8 when we look at the stars.

Joey

Pippa said...

Feel for you. Been there and know how hard it is. Sending lots of good thoughts your way.

Tibby said...

Hello,
What a lovely tribute to Zoe (and K-8)! You have so many wonderful memories with them both! My Owner Girl's name is Kelli! I can't believe that was Zoe's registered name, and my owner girl has a little sister named Zoe! My family and I have been thinking of you all and hope you are doing well. I'm sure Addie and Lucie are giving you some extra licks and cuddles to help you through. We will be sure to say hello to Zoe and K-8 next time we look at the stars!
:) Tibby & Family

The OP Pack said...

This is a beautiful tribute to a treasure. It made our Mom both smile and cry. Godspeed, dear beloved Zoe.

Hugs and smooches, the OP Pack

Pipa said...

Hi there, Addie and Family!

Carla's here with me, crying like a baby. I don't think she can write much. She keeps kissing me and saying that it must be a great deal of pain loosing a friend like us doggies, who share so much with our humans.

Zoe and K-8 were beautiful and they were very happy. We'll remember both of them, here in the other side of the world, each time we look at the sky.

Thank you for sharing those loving memories with us.


Pipa, Carla and John

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

That was a beautiful tribute post to Zoe.

Although they did make me very teary eyed i really enjoyed watching those videos. She was one very special little girl and it was a lovely tribute to sweet K-8 as well. They will be together now again.
They were both lucky to have such a wonderful home.


Sam, Holly & Zac XXX

Achilles Wong said...

Thank you so much for filling us with more details about Zoe. We know that she and K-8 indeed lived very good lives.

You were the best pawrents and dog could possibly ask for and I know that they knew that as well.

We were very touched for the mention, but as khyra said, that was the least we could do for a friend. We are very thankful to have known you when we did, because for a moment, we were able to somehow join Zoe in the last few months of her physical life here on earth.

where she is now, is definitely a beautiful place and i guess, a better place because she was a good girl and she deserves nothing but the best.

take care always and we love you all!

Aki, Poopie and their manang

Cilly said...

I'm trying to come up with something to say... words are escaping me. What wonderful memories. I was grinning ear to ear watching Zoe play with her ball... you could just see JOY in her eyes. She was so loved - by you, your husband, K-8, Addie and Lucie... and she loved you all.

You deserve mention to me too... having you in my life at this moment has meant SO much. I love you and the pups... take care!


xoxo
Cilly

Technodoll said...

A *most* beautiful and loving tribute... it made mommy blink back tears, but they were tears of gratitude that Zoe and K-8 were lucky to have been so loved, for so long, by you and your family.

We wish all dogs had such angels during their time on this earth.

Lovies,

Dakotah & Maika xoxo

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

A wonderful tribute to a beautiful girl! I had tears in my eyes watching your memories of her.

Take care,

-Marlene, Cosmos' & Juneau's Mommy-

Amber said...

How wonderful! We loved seeing all the beautiful pictures and video of Zoe and K8. The river pictures and video were especially fun. Glad that you have such wonderful memories....Zoe and K8 will be in your hearts forever. Zoe seemed like such a sweet girl and we are happy that she was surrounded by a loving and playful family.

Love,
Nala & Amber

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

River said...

That is amazing. My mom is crying but she says it's with a sweet sadness. I think I understand. Zoe was a beautiful girl, such a pretty color. I'm sure she and K8 are so happy together now.

love & wags,
River

Chef said...

What a beautiful farewell. Zoe and K-8 were so loved that it is kind of making us smile even though we feel so sad. What lucky pups to have lived with such loving people.
I hope Addie is adjusting well without Zoe.

xoxo
Chef

happy said...

A beautiful and touching tribute! Really lucky to have Zoe in your life. She'll always be remembered.

Poopsie aka Blue said...

A beautiful tribute to a very special girl.

Take care
Blue

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Dear Staci,

Thank you so much for sharing all the pictures and memories of Zoe & K8. I believe crying is the best thing for the soul and God knows I cry I all the time. I wish Mona & I could have met sweet Zoe in person but now your girls and my Samantha are together at the bridge and and I know all the other doggies that have gone to the bridge are with them now, partying until they can met up with their families again.

My family say I waste to much time taking pocturs of Mona all the time but I don't agree. I regret I didn't have many pictures of Samantha. That won't happen with Mona.

God bless.....Sarah & Mona

The music was beautiful on the vidoes.

Dina ... UK said...

Beautiful tribute...
For two pretty and special pups...
Bless them.
XXX

Andrea said...

A wonderful tribute...I can tell she was a well loved and special dog.

Three Dogs Long said...

we sit here in tears and mourn with you. A beautiful tribute.

With many (hugs) from your friends, Oskar, Scahtzi & Xena

Holy Cuteness said...

Great post.

So good that you still have videos that you can watch Zoe on...

Take care. x

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Hope those pressie will reach over at your place soon Addie ! Love those videos (:
Zoe is so cute when playing the ball & swimming !

Dennis the Vizsla said...

She was a beautiful pup.

Sophy said...

My mom and I are so sorry about Zoe. (Her eyes are leaking.) She says it's so good you got to have Zoe in your life even if you all must be very sad right now.

Woof!
Sophy

The Army of Four said...

That was such a beautiful tribute, to such a beautiful girl!
Tail wags,
Storms

Team Husky said...

What a beewootiful tribute to Zoe (and K-8)!

They will both keep each other company while they are waiting for woo at the Rainbow Bridge.

Team Husky

Simona,Paco e Milo said...

OHHHHHH Dear friends!!!!
That is a wonderful tribute to a marvellous...special....wonderful friends of us!!!!
we're honored tobe your friends...you're a great family and we're been soooooooooooo lucky to have knew you...you gave us a lot of wonderful emotions.....lot of special moments....Addie...Lucie...Zoe...K-8 are part of our life....everyday....forever...
now Zoe & K-8 will be togheter and they'll be keep in our hearts for the rest of our life!!!!
Mom's eyes are leaking again.....
We were very touched for the mention, but as khyra and Aky said, that was the least we could do for a friend!!!!!!
we love you so much!!!!
we're here for you....take good care of you!!!!!!!!
lot of love and kisses.....

Fenway said...

We just burst into tears after reading about Zoe and then watching her videos.

All these wonderful tributes say so much about such a beloved dog...Zoe was profoundly loved by her people and her fellow dogs.

Our beloved Logo is up with K-8 at the Bridge, in the Border Collie section and they are showing Zoe where all the best streams and toys are.

Gentle kisses for you from Fenway.

Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

I am late making the rounds, and I am devastated for you. She was a beautiful soul by the sounds of it.

Be well.

Dino and Family said...

Big furry hugs for your whole family! I am sending you lots of strength and comfort during this sad time. Don't be sad for too long though because Zoe and K8 are now young and healthy again and playing with each other. The wonderful memories that you had together will live on forever in your hearts. Love, Dino

BJ Roan said...

This was a wonderful tribute. Zoe & K-8 were blessed to have you in their lives.

Fred said...

We are so sorry for your loss! This post is such a touching tribute to Zoe. Take care.

Ludo van puppy said...

Beautiful and very moving tributes. What a truly amazing life Zoe has had! You have so many wonderful memories of such a fantastic dog. :) It truly made me smile.
~Dee (Ludo's mum)

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a wonderful tribute to one super special girl! We're thinking of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

That is such a beautiful tribute to Zoe...thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and videos for us to get to know Zoe and all your wonderful girls...=) Zoe will always be a dear in our hearts.

Scottie

Matilda said...

What great videos! My mom is tearing... Zoe was a beautiful Longhaired Dachshund.
{{{Big Hugs}}}
Matilda

MONA AND THE MOMMY! said...

Hi Staci,

We are having problems sending e-mail with SBC...we can receive but not send...so I just tried sending one through our Yahoo acct. Hope that one comes through.
If you don't get it from Yahoo, we give up. If you would just us with your telepone number sent it through the working part of my e-mail and I'll call you.

Give the girls kisses from us.

Love Sarah & Mona too.

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