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She was old and he young yet they are the same age. Thirteen is pretty old for a golden retriever. And she has had a good life. But sadly it ended yesterday. And our family was very sad to see her go, especially this young man. He has not known life without her. They were best of friends. My heart aches for both of them. We got Bell just over 13 years ago on a farm out in Molalla Or. She was a cute little red fur ball. Driving home we were throwing out names when I saw a sign that said jingle bells on it. I said how about Bell. The name stuck. Bell was always a patient and loving dog. So good with every kid that came her way. Even with crawling babies that were not always so gentle when loving and petting her. She love to play and wrestle with the boys including my hubby. She started slowing down three years ago. When taking her for a walk when she got tired she would just sit down and you would have to wait until she was ready to go again. Last winter she started having a hard time getting her hind legs under her. There were times when I would have to go out and help her get back up after she had squatted down. But spring came and she did fine. Then on Monday night she didn’t come when we called for her. Hubby found her stuck in the garden. He brought her in layed her by the heater. Where she stayed I tried to feed her all day yesterday; dog food, lunch meat, I even tried broth. She was not buying. A petted her the whole half hour I was gone picking up jr. high car pool, she didn’t even wag her tail. Hubby came at four to take her to the vet where she went peacefully to sleep never to wake again. N went outside he shoveled the snow that had been falling all day. Not only our walk but the neighbors all the way down the street. He said it relieved the stress he was feeling. DD thought we should have dog food for dinner in honor of Bell. We didn’t. Settled for a bedtime story of Go Dog Go. Which she laughed through since I had the hiccups while reading it to her. Glad her day ended on a happy note. Good Bye Bell! You were a wonderful dog. We love you always.


  • QuiltedSimple says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss!

  • Unknown says:

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a terrific friend!

  • Karen says:

    How sad to lose a cherished member of your family! Such a good dog.

  • Unknown says:

    I am so sorry about your loss…what a wonderful tribute post.


  • Quilter Going Bananas says:

    My heart is breaking for you on the loss of Bell. From your description Bell sounded like an angel. Hugs to you and the rest of the family.

  • Needled Mom says:

    I am sure it is a great loss for your family, but am glad that you have so many fond memories to carry. We are very close to making the same decision about our 16 year old retriever.

  • Cathi says:

    It’s so tough to lose a beloved family pet — sorry for your loss!

  • Teresa says:

    Bell sounds so much like our Daisy, who was a golden retriever mix. She was the perfect pet and always looked out for the children. It amazing how some dogs just instinctively guard your children. I am sorry for your loss, but glad you had Bell in your life and the life of your children.

  • Nanette Merrill says:

    Aw Emily – love for your sweet pet. My heart aches for your son. He’s a good kid. Realizing that physical can help the hurt. So sad.

  • jovaliquilts says:

    What a lovely tribute to your beloved pet. I grew up with a dog from age 6 to 18 and she was a wonderful part of my life. I’m sure your son will treasure the memories.

  • Joanna says:

    Your Bell sounds like she was a great dog – I’m sure she will be missed. I love the words you wrote about her – I feel like I knew her!

  • Lily Boot says:

    So sorry to hear about Bell’s death. She sounds like a really loving dog and a much adored part of the family.

  • Julia says:

    What a lovely tribute to your beloved pet.So sorry for your loss..it’s heart breaking when you lose a loved pet.
    Julia ♥

  • Lurline says:

    Bell will be happy in Puppy Heaven – I’m sorry to tell you, but you will all always have that little ache in your hearts – God Bless!
    Big hugs – Lurline♥

  • Annette says:

    I’m so sorry about what your family has been going through. You were very blessed to have such a wonderful companion for many years. I used to cherish the saying: “I’m glad I have such good friends that it hurts when I have to leave them.” You made me think of that again.

  • Victoria says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bell. She sounds like she was a most wonderful friend and companion. We have been taking care of our dear dog, who has been sick on and off for awhile now, and each day with her is so precious…. my heart goes out to you and your family.

  • StitchinByTheLake says:

    I am so sorry – my heart hurts with you. blessings, marlene

  • Ginger Patches says:

    Oh Em I’m so sorry…my heart goes out to all of you but especially your son…there is something about a boy and his dog. And for you watching your sweet son grieve…hard stuff.

  • Chris Daly says:

    Em, My sympathy to you and your family. She was so lucky to have you.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, so sorry to hear of your loss. We went through the same thing just 12 months ago, our then 10 year old had not known life without the then 13 year old brown labby. Life is such a hard lesson. Hope he is feeling OK now.

  • Sew Create It - Jane says:

    So sorry to read your news…Losing a family pet is so hard.


  • hetty says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a lovely tribute to a beloved family member. I feel for your son. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Trisha says:

    Sorry for your loss!

  • Browndirtcottage says:

    I’m so sad and sorry for you guys. I too lost my ‘Lil Sister’…white fluffy pomarenian. This is the first Christmas in 13 yrs. we did not have presents wrapped by her under the tree. There is an apple tree out where we buried her and I hung a wind chime from one of the branches. I can’t see the tree from the backyard, but everytime I am out back I can hear the chimes and they make me think of her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • cathleen says:

    This made me so sad for you…I am so sorry. I know there is a big hole in your heart for little Bell. Many hugs.

  • Jeanette says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your furry child. Pets become such a huge part of our families with their warm hearts and unconditional love.

    My thoughts are with your family.

  • Peg - Happy In Quilting says:

    Em your story has bought a tear to my eyes…I am just so very sorry to read about your Bell….and your poor son, my thoughts are with you.

  • Myra says:

    Sorry for your family’s loss… I know the loss you are all feeling…
    There is a furry angel now, patiently waiting for your family to join her…

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