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Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:53 PM
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So sorry

Hi Rick, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Abby.

I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I hope Keeper is coping ok.

Sweet Abby
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 10:29 PM
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Words cannot express my deep sorrow for you and Carol.

Abbey and Keeper...they sure sound (and look) like they were two peas in a pod.

We can only hope and pray Keeper stays comfortable and her spirits are kept high.



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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Thank you for your thoughts. . . . .

A portrait of Keeper (left) and Abby, great chums through more than a decade . . . .



Keeper was out barking at the dark again this morning as I was leaving for the office . . . . just like this from a few years ago.



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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Beautiful picture Rick... hope you framed that one
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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:21 AM
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Rick and Carol. This is so sad I too have tears running down my cheeks after reading about dear Keeper. As was said before Abby and Keeper and Keeper and Abby it appears that the two of them belong to each other.

Do you think that Keeper was trying to hide her illness so that Abby could have more attention in her last days? I am sending prayers to Carol, yourself and Keeper.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 02:55 PM
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we feel like we know you,carol and your beautiful goldens through all your wonderful pictures.
I too can't help but cry, I am so sorry for what your family is having to endure right now. And I can't thank you enough for sharing your two beautiful girls with us through your stories and photos.

for Keeper and your family.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 05:54 PM
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Oh, Rick, this is just heartbreaking! I hope Keeper surprises you and sticks around a longer than expected.

At least the girls will have each other again soon. And you know when you take your hikes they'll still be with you, watching over you.

You're all in my thoughts and prayers. Pass on some big hugs from hazel, please.

(btw, that black-and-white portrait of the girls is absolutely stunning!)
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:41 PM
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Rick, I am so sorry to hear about Abby, and now Keeper. How devastated you and your family must be. I can't even imagine.

beautiful Abby

And I will definitely have Keeper and your family in my prayers tonight
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Old November 5th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Oh no i'm so sorry to read about Abby and now keeper! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Rick. Hope keeper is still coping and hanging in there.

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Old November 5th, 2010, 07:56 PM
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Rick and Carol, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I have looked through your site on more than one occasion and always had a peaceful feeling....Abby and Keeper were able to bring smiles to so many of us.

sweet Abby and to Keeper
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Old November 5th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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This has to be one of the hardest threads for me to read that i can remember.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Abby and now the uncertainty of Keeper.
I have you all in my thoughts.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 11:39 PM
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I am just reading this now and wanted to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of Abby and wish you strength and courage in the light of developing events with Keeper.. This is beyond sad, I think this is one of the hardest threads to read in a very long time.
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Old November 5th, 2010, 11:46 PM
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I am so very sorry Rick and Carol. What a horrible horrible thing. My heart is breaking right along with yours. To lose one girl is bad enough. To have to lose both so close together........... I'm sorry.
I will keep you all in my prayers.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 06:59 PM
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im so sorry to hear of abeys passing what a lovely looking animal you must of havemany wonderful years of happiness and companionship
at least she lived a happy life but the loss is greater.
may she have such wonderful loving days at rainbow heaven where all bridgekids reunight
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Old November 9th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Rick and Carol, I'm so sorry to hear about Keeper's illness.

Please know that I'm thinking of all 3 of you and sending prayers and hugs to you all. I'm not good with words, but know that I have tears falling for your beautiful girls and am so sorry for the heart break u are going thru.

Give Keeper a big hug from me.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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FYI . . . . . . Keeper in an introspective moment yesterday. She continues to weaken but we've enjoyed our time with her, knowing what we know.



and below, Keeper sees another sunrise. A few minutes before we headed outside fo this scene, 10 panicked Elk, including two well-adorned bucks, had jumped the fence and run through the scene above, silhouetted against the morning glow, probably seeking to escape some nearby bowhunters. I'm glad that happened when Keeper had been inside!! The bucks would have stomped her out of hand if she'd been in the way.



We're not sure how long Keeper will be with us but she's not in evident pain and can still look after herself and move about . . . . but the nature of her illness is she could turn abruptly worse at anytime. We'll try to find the right moment to release her.

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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Rick enjoy all the time you have with Keeper. You will know when its time,but for now she is comfortable and still has quality of life so enjoy. Go buy her a big t-bone steak for dinner..
I got to spend a week with Travis from the time we found out he had bone cancer until we had him pts, in the end he laid on the table let me rub his ears and he went to sleep peacefully. We couldn't leave him any longer as he was on perc's for pain and didn't want to see him suffer.
My thoughts are with you and your wife, I know its a hard time for you both now.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 11:18 AM
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I found this poem and just wanted to share it with you, warning it made me
Just A Loan
An angel came to me one day,
A ball of fur in hand.
 The angel gave the ball to me,
 As we stood there in the sand.
 She said to me, "It's just a loan, 
For only a short time. "
She told me she would return one day,
 For the ball of fur wasn't mine. 
I looked down at that ball of fur,
 Two eyes stared back at me. 
I fell in love upon that day ,
As I held it close to me. 
Time went by and my love grew, 
As close friends we became. 
Then I hugged that ball of fur, 
Life was never again the same.
 No matter where I found myself,
 My friend would be there, too.
 Then one day the angel came, 
I didn't know what to do. 
She said that now the time had come,
 To take my friend back home. 
I watched her leave with tear filled eyes, 
As I remembered "It's just a loan"
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Beautiful picture Rick. I wish I could reach through the screen and give you and Carol huge hugs. The pain you must be going through...... Losing one is bad. Losing two in a short time.....
Stay strong for Keeper. Know that we are feeling your pain too. We came to know and love both Keeper and Abby through your amazing pictures.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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You are all in my thoughts and prayers Rick. I hope that Keeper is doing well, and she knows fully well that you will do what is best for her. Bless you all. Enjoy every moment.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 05:59 PM
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She's such a beauty, Rick. And 'sunrise' is one of her best colors! She looks so good in it!
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Keeping Keeper in my thoughts Rick.

She's a beautiful strong girl.

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