2 September, 2016  |   6 Comments

Missing our Pinot

My dog died. Remember when we got her? Seven million blogging years ago?
We put her to sleep on Sunday. It’s Friday now, seven million grieving days later.
We had her for 13 glorious years. And I walked with her nearly every day of that time.

She had the best sense of humor out of any dog I ever met. I see her everywhere.


This week has been for quiet time, reflection and surprise tears.


Friends sent us flowers – what a delightful surprise to be reminded of the community we share.


I think this experience, more than any other, has brought the contrast of Everyone Deals / But What About My Pain? to the front of my heart. Having a beloved pet die is nearly universal, but the pain, the love and the relationship was unique, only to us.

Nora Lea and Pinot

A lot of acceptance happens in that space between universal experiences had in a way unique only to me. We’re all working through that.



6 thoughts on “Missing our Pinot

  1. 1
    Catherine says:

    Oh, HJ. I’m so sorry. What a sweet, sweet dog she was. Love to you all. x

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    H says:

    Oh oh oh – I am so sorry. I remember when you got her – we had a husky too at the time, and he also had an excellent sense of humor. He’s been gone several years now and I still miss him. Much sympathy to you and your family.

  3. 3
    Anne says:

    So sorry for your loss.

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    Natalie says:

    This news,band my sympathy tears, caught me by surprise-i don’t know you personally, but I’ve known you all via blog lurking since the early years, and I’m sad she is gone. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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    Margaret says:

    Very sorry to read about the passing of your lovely dog, Pinot. I was reading your blog back when you first got her – my how time flies. From what I’ve read, it sounds like you provided her with a wonderful life. Take care and thanks for all you’ve shared here.

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