Tuesday, January 8, 2013

RIP Our Sweet Hannah


Friends, it's with an incredibly heavy heart that I write this post tonight.  Last Wednesday, our beloved Hannah passed away from what we think was a heart condition.  One minute she was having the time of her life, and the next she was gone.  To say that we're heartbroken is an understatement.  Hannah was an exceptional dog and very, very special to us in every single way.  

She was constantly by our side, with tail wagging, and a happy expression on her face.  She had the most remarkable personality and the most sincere eyes you've ever seen on a dog.  Sometimes I was convinced she was more "human" than some humans.  :)  She gave the best puppy hugs and if I so much as sniffled, she rushed to my side to make sure everything was okay.

I sure do miss my sweet girl.

English Springer Spaniels are known for their companionship and loyalty to their owners.  They are simply incredible as a breed, and Hannah was a "field bred" springer.  Brad and I sure did love her to pieces, and losing her has been tough...I mean TOUGH.  Unless you've ever really loved a dog like that, it's hard to understand.  She wasn't just "a dog" to us...She was a huge part of our family.  And as such, it's been like losing a family member. 

Coming home to an empty, quiet house isn't easy.  We lost her so suddenly and unexpectedly, which compounds our sadness that much more.  She was only 8 years old.  Losing a beloved dog suddenly like that is something I wouldn't wish on anyone.  We lost our cocker spaniel, Lady, less than a year ago.  That was terribly difficult as well, but we're fortunate that she lived a long, happy life.  Hannah was just taken from us way too soon.  She was right by our sides when it happened, and for that, I am grateful.

So friends, if you are a dog owner, go give your pup a huge hug and belly rub for me.  I'd do anything for one more "Hannah Hug".

Here are a few more photos of our beautiful girl:

Hannah LOVED going on walks every night around the neighborhood.  She looked forward to her nightly walk with us all day long (and so did Brad and I).  We had to actually spell the word "W-A-L-K" when she was around, because if she heard us say it, she'd go into an excited, happy frenzy.  Here she is on a hike...one of her favorite things ever.

Me and my sweet pup

This sofa was definitely "hers".

She never missed anything...always attentive!


This video always puts a smile on my face:

19 comments:

robyn said...

I am so sorry for your loss. So hard! I lost my little dog last February to a heart condition...it hurts each day.
You are in my thoughts
Robyn

Emskyrooney said...

Delurking to say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your Hannah... I adopted a Springer when I married my hubby- his girl Socks is the most fiercely loyal dog I've ever known... Sending thoughts your way...

Shelley M. said...

So sorry to hear about your dog Hannah. I will be thinking of you and your family.

Chris Coyle said...

It has been three years since we lost our Tyler (Comfort Retriever - Retriever/Spaniel Mix), and I STILL have a picture of her as the wallpaper on my computer so I can say good night to her before shutting down for the day. It really is like losing a family member. So sorry that you lost both in such a short span, but glad she went quickly and while having fun with you rather than after a long illness and any accompanying pain. {HUGS}

Brenda said...

So very hard to lose a family member. We still miss our son's cat that passed away a couple of years ago. She took such good care of Chris, putting him to bed and jut wanting to be near him.Praying for you.

Alesha said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss of Hannah, and especially so suddenly. You and Brad are in my prayers.

Estelle's said...

My thoughts and prayers are being sent to you regarding the loss of your beloved Hannah. We lost our Golden Retreiver, Tucker at 12 years old to the same problem. There is nothing more devastating than the loss of our most loved four legged family members.

Celeste said...

Your kind words mean more than you know. Thank you all so much.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of you losing a very beloved family member. I'm a cat person and it's the same for us as well. I still miss my beloved duchess and she's been gone for many years now. She was my constant companion since I was seven. She lived 14 years and was with me before I got married and had children. She meant everything to me. You don't ever stop missing your pet but somehow through the years you get use to being without them. Cherish your beautiful memories of her. She'll live in your heart forever. =)

Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm sure this must be so difficult! I can't imagine the devastation you must be feeling! Thoughts and prayers sent your way!

Karen said...

I am so sorry for your incredible loss. We have a springer spaniel, as well, (even a liver and white one like Hannah) and know exactly how special they are. You will be in my prayers during this time of incredible loss.

Amy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss! :( We have a springer spaniel/border collie mix, and I can't imagine how devastated you must feel. :( Sending good thoughts and prayers!

RNmom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

This is my first time on your blog but I am very sorry to hear about your dog. I know how it feels to lose a dog and it hurts. But think of all the lovely times you had with her and let that bring you some comfort.

Crystal said...

I came here through Pinterest to get one of your recipes & saw your post on your sweet Hannah. I am so sorry for your loss. Many people don't understand it, but they obviously have never loved a dog the way some of us do. I lost my precious Boxer to cancer when she was just 4. I have never felt so much pain in my life - then God saw fit to ease my pain by bringing a baby into mine & my husband's lives. It was such an unexpected blessing, but I sure needed it. My husband also made me get another dog (who I hated in the beginning because I felt like he was trying to taker her place). Fortunately I gave in & fell in love with the new dog & now I couldn't imagine my life without him! He has also been amazing with our son when he was born & they have grown up together! I'm so sorry you are having to deal with such a difficult loss. Prayers for you all!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sweet puppies have a way of leaving a hole in our lives when they are gone.

Lisa said...

Aww...Celeste, I'm so, so sorry about Hannah's sudden passing. Our pets are our fur babies and OH..how I wish they had the same life spans as us :(

Lindsay said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is so hard and I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you losing her so suddenly. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Jennifer said...

I am incredibly sorry to hear about your loss. My husband and I are also dog people who treat our dog like a member of our family. She is more than a pet to us, so I can empathize with the pain you must be feeling. My sincere condolences.