10.24.2015

OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE ~ WILLOW

Most who come to Zoolatry know I live with my daughter and son-in-law and kindergarten-grandson ~ and our family dog, dear old Willow.  She was around ten years old, a beagle mix hound and a rescue dog, originally from the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Yet, though born and raised midst sunshine and palm trees, she happily took to the falling leaves and snowfalls of the metro DC area when the family moved north a few years ago.  A few aches and pains of aging, but in good health.  A bit grumpy sometimes (there's that aging thing again!  I personally know it well!) but so much loved by her family ... Willow, usually called "Bubs" was by and large my daughters dog, always at her side, waiting at the door for her to come home from work, trailing her every movement throughout the house, her shadow.  Yesterday afternoon, without warning, Willow suffered a massive seizure, perhaps a stroke and was gone within a few short hours.  Efforts to revive her, to bring her back to her loving family were not successful.  Willow, may you rest in peace and run free forever.


78 comments:

  1. My heart goes out to your family Ann...I am so very sorry. May Willow rest in peace...sending you hugs today.

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  2. So very sorry to read this. To go so quickly as well must have been so very hard. I have you in my thoughts and send love and hugs your way for all the family. The photo of Rebecca and Willow is so very lovely.

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  3. Ann, my deepest sympathies to you all. That she had a wonderful life with your family is little comfort right now. I have to say that in spite of the shock, I feel it was a blessing she passed so quickly, without a long and lingering illness. May you all find peace knowing she passed from love into Love.

    Hugs from me and purrs from the boys.

    Kim

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  4. oh dearest Ann....I am ever so sad to read this.May you and your family be comforted by memories of wonderful times spent with Willow during this sad time.
    We care so much...the cozy cottagers

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  5. Dear Ann.......I am so very sad to hear of your loss of Willow......what a beautiful dog she was and such an important part of the family. Please know that we're sending you lots of love and many hugs to help get you through the sadness............

    Sammy and Mom Pam

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  6. How very heartbreaking! I am so sorry for the loss of Willow and so suddenly too! She was much loved and will be much missed. Sending gentle purrs and hugs to all the family

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  7. Dear Willow,

    You showed your family what love from a loving and innocent heart is. And you showed that with your every breath and your every thought as you lived your life with your family who loved you just as much as you loved them. May we all learn from you how simple and uncomplicated love is. Run free sweet girl.

    To the family; my sincere condolences. The hole left in your lives will always be felt but you will have the sweet memories that Willow provided to carry you through to the sunshine again.

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  8. We are sure so sorry about Willow. It is so great that she had such a good home during her life. Sending tons of hugs and purrs.

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  9. We are so very sorry to read about sweet Willow. We know your heart is breaking. We pray the beautiful memories will help you through the difficult times.

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  10. Ann, we are so sorry for your loss. We send condolences to your entire family. Willow looks like such a sweetie, and we understand how greatly she will be missed.

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  11. I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Willow. Our pets bring so much love in our life and to loose them is so heartbreaking. I hope and pray the memories of the years together will help heal the hearts of your whole family.

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  12. I'm so very sorry to read that your sweet Willow has passed and know you all will be so very sad. We know you will all miss her so very much. What else can I say other than at least it was sudden and she hadn't been left in pain.
    Love, Sue, Hannah and Lucy xx xx xx

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  13. Oh, Ann, we are so sorry for your loss. What a cutie Willow was! We understand how difficult it is to part with such a dear member of your family. Our sincere condolences over this terrible loss and we will keep your family in our prayers. Wishing you all comfort at this time of great sorrow...hugs and love.

    Laila, Minchie and Peggy

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  14. Dear Ann and family...Madi and I are so sorry to read about Willow's sudden passing.
    We send hugs and purrs to you all. May good memories of Willow's life soon fill your hearts
    Hugs
    Madi and Mom
    Madi and Mom

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  15. Oh, dear, we are so sorry to read this news. Willow sounds like she was a wonderful family pet and we know she will be greatly missed. Perhaps in time a new puppy can join the family.

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  16. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Peace.

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  17. I am heartbroken to hear the news about sweet Willow. What a precious and adored girl. She is now a guardian angel. Sending prayers and love to all of you and my deepest sympathy xoxo

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  18. We are so very sorry to hear about deal Willow. Such a sweet, sweet face. Love and hugs from all of us.

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  19. We're so sorry to hear about your precious Willow leaving for the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs to all her family.

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  20. I am so sorry for the loss of Willow. She was a very pretty girl.

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  21. We are so very very sorry for your loss. Such a sweet looking woofie. Our hearts are breaking for you as we know what it is like to lose a precious furbaby. Sending you gentle hugs and soothing purrs.

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  22. I am so sorry to Willow's whole family. I know it will be hard for your grandson. But, mostly I am sad for your daughter, whose love and loyalty never wavered and was returned. Willow was lucky to have R in her life.
    My prayers of comfort for your family. God's speed, Willow.

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  23. Oh, we are so very sorry to hear about Willow. We send you all comforting purrs and gentle headbutts.

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  24. This is such heartbreaking news to hear today. I'm so sorry. My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Ann. May Willow run young and free once again at the Bridge.

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  25. Purrs to you on your loss.

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    1. Sorry I'm having to post in a reply but blogger isn't showing me any other option!
      So very sorry to hear of Willow's loss. Hugs to all. xx

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  26. Lots of purrrrrrsssss and prayers for all of you as you mourn Willow's passing to the Bridge. Love and hugs ... Marilynn, Grace, and boys

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  27. Willow looked like a wonderful dog and a beloved member of your family. The sudden loss is so very hard for those left behind.
    Love and sympathy,
    Maggie

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  28. We are so very sorry to hear about Willow

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  29. I’m here to pay my respects to Willow. *bows head* My dear blogging furrend Prudence Pup, a Coon Hound who looked a lot like Willow went OTRB this week too. She doesn’t blog too much anymore. You can visit her here and see the resemblance. http://prudencepup.blogspot.com

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  30. Ann and family, So very sorry for your loss; Willow looks like she had a wonderful life and received as much love as she gave.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  31. We wanted to offer our condolences for the loss of Willow. We know she had a wonderful life with your family which will bring you comfort in time. Isadora was certainly there to greet Willow at the bridge with an abundance of care and love.

    love.
    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

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  32. Oh, Ann, I'm so sorry for your family's loss of Willow. However we lose them, it's painful to say good-bye. A warm hug.

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  33. Please accept our condolences for the loss of your sweet Willow. We are thinking of you and your family. Love LadyBird, Toby, Simon, BobbieSue and Momma Sabina

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  34. We are so sorry with your loss.
    Run Free Willow, OTRB you will meet many old friends and make many new friends.

    Purs,
    Billy The Time Cat

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  35. Run free at The Bridge Willow sweetheart, many balls to chase, bones to bury! We are sorry you had to leave, but send love & purrs to your family

    Mungo, Jet & The Ape

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  36. We are so very sorry.....she sounds like she was a wonderful family member

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  37. ^..^ x5 we r so sorry to hear dat beloved Willow haz left fur de Bridge. Dat makes r ♥ sad
    we wish Willow Safe Journey May de Bright Guiding Light light Willow'z way.....
    *bowz headz*

    sendin Soft Purrz & Purrayerz

    The Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats ^..^ x5

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  38. I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much you all loved her. R.I.P. Willow.

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  39. I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much you all loved her. R.I.P. Willow.

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  40. Deep condolences to you and your family. Willow looked so soulful and dear.

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  41. How shocking for you all, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers and purrs for all of you.

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  42. We're so sorry for your loss. The Hotties send comforting purrs and I send good thoughts. *hugs*

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  43. Willow is safe now. we are so sorry Willow had to go. You have so many lovely memories and pictures. For that, we are fortunate

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  44. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Sending lots of gentle (((purrs))) (((barks))) and huggies <3

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  45. I am so sorry for your family's loss. I'm sure that Willow left you with many amazing and wonderful memories. I hope that those will fill your heart. ♥

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  46. We are so very sorry to hear about Willow. Purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy.

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  47. So very sorry, Ann, to hear about your sudden loss of Willow. All of us send our love and purrs to you and your family and hope that this helps at this sad time.

    Nina and the four tabbies

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  48. Dear Ann....

    Everyone here, at Opinionated Pussycat, is sad to hear this news.

    Hugs from me, and many purrs and purrayers from the girls....

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  49. We be so sowry fur yous loss. willow is gawjus and we know she will be missed. But she will live on in da memories and hearts of all she touched. Sendin' purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  50. We are so, so sorry to hear of Willow's sudden and unexpected passing. Sending you all our gentlest purrs.

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  51. Godspeed your journey to heaven Willow; you are one awesome pup. We send our sincerest sympathies to your entire family, we know they will miss you. We know St Francis was by your side so you weren't alone or frigtened. May you find a forever growing biscuit tree and woofs to all our pup pals. with hugs and loves, boomer, dai$y, tuna...and dude and sauce too ❤️❤️❤️

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  52. I am so very sorry....

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  53. We are so very sorry to hear about Willow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you♥

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  54. So very sorry to hear of the loss to your family of dear Willow. Prayers and purrs to all of you at this sad time.

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William and family

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  55. We are so very sorry to hear about Willows sudden departure fer the Bridge! Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to all of you...

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  56. Ann and Family, We're so sorry to learn about your beautiful Willow. What a difficult time for you all. Purrs and prayers and special thoughts. Karen and the nuKits.

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  57. We are so very sorry to hear that Willow has crossed over. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers to you and your family at this very difficult time.

    Hugs from all of us at Forty Paws and Maw.

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  58. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending much love your way.

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  59. We ares so sorry sweet Willow had to leave and start her journey over the Rainbow Bridge..Godspeed sweetheart..and we send our love to you all as we know the pain of loss so well and the hole it leaves when a sweet fur baby says goodbye..all our love at this time Fozziemum and Family xxx

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  60. Rest in peace.

    Luv, Angel Keisha and Murphy the Poodle

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  61. I love that your daughter knew the amazing love of her canine companion. What a gift. Our purrs and prayers are with you all as your grieve.

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  62. We are sorry for your loss. Purrs to you all.

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  63. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Willow. Sending pug hugs and prayers to you and family
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  64. We are so sorry. Losing a dog that has been a true member of your family, and for so long will hurt your heart. Rest in peace amazing Willow, and Ann, please pass on special hugs to your daughter.

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  65. So Sorry For Your Loss Miss Ann & Family!
    Hugs,
    Samantha & Mom

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  66. We are so, so sorry for your family's loss. Willow looks like a great woofie. You will remain in our purrs and prayers as you grieve. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  67. Our sincerest sympathies to your entire family. Sending prayers and soft purrs to help comfort you in this saddest of time.
    Marty and Mom

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  68. We're so sorry for your loss of Willow. We send you tender purrs and gentle headbutts. Purrs

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  69. I am so very sorry for your loss. To lose a beloved pet is heartbreaking, to happen so suddenly makes it even more so. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  70. Sending you all lots of soft purrs and gentle hugs. We are so sorry for your loss of beautiful angel Willow. Take care
    x

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  71. Willow looks like a pawsome woofie. We're sorry that she had to leave for the Bridge. We're sending soft, healing purrs and prayers to your family.

    The Florida Furkids

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  72. We are so very sorry for the loss of Willow. We are sending healing prayers and purrs.

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  73. So sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace, Sweet Willow.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  74. Oh Willow... you precious, precious girl... May you be at peace and my heart is with you all during this difficult time. xoxo Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  75. Oh no! We are so sorry to hear that Willow had to go off to the Bridge so suddenly. We are sending purrs, prayers and much love to your family as you miss your special girl.

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  76. Please accept my condolences on Willow's passing. It must have been a terrible shock to lose her so suddenly. Godspeed, Willow, and Godspeed to the grandson's hamster. All pets are loved, no matter their size.

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  77. Farewell Willow! Run free at the Rainbow Bridge. Hugs to the family who will miss you dearly.

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