Sunday, December 4, 2016

Remembering with Love and Sympathy, Easy and Sammy


This is a post I never dreamed that I would be writing this soon, and if someone would have told me that I would be writing about TWO beloved pets who recently passed, and that were also friends, I would have told them they were certifiable.

Before I share my thoughts about the passing of Easy and Sammy,  (who I am certain are showing all the love they experienced here on Earth to others who have gone before at the Rainbow Bridge), I would like to acknowledge that there have been many heartbreaking pet losses in 2016. Far too many. I don't write about them all, I tend to write about those whom I feel closer to through their blogs, through my pets,  through their humans, or all of the above. I in no way, mean to ignore the heartbreak that anyone else is experiencing who has lost a pet. The loss of a pet causes horrific pain, I know, and you know that as well. My heart goes out to ALL who have experienced what to me, in MANY cases, hurts MORE than losing a human.

"All about our truly best friend"
Easy and his Mom
Hoping she doesn't mind that
I stole this photo from her blog


"All about our truly best friend." Those words are written on Easy's home page and  speaks volumes about the love that Easy's Mom and Dad have for him. They are also darned funny too! From "Mischief Mo(A)nday to See Beautiful, DIY Thursday, to always acknowledging American holidays (for those that do not know, Easy lived in France), to experimenting with recipes, the list goes on and on as to how Easy spoke through the fingers of his typist and shared raucous humor, touching moments, scary DIY fails, disgust with his humans, and always, always  love.

I learned that a "salamander's ass is DARK!!!", that the "postman came to Easy's crib", that an "elephant skate" is a car, that many blog posts began with a simple "Hell-o" or "H-ello" depending on Easy's mood.  I would laugh when anything came to Easy's home and I would hear "Give it to the Weimaraner, Give it to the  Weimaraner!!" 

Easy was always one of the first (and often one of the ONLY ones to comment on Dakota's blog.) Easy's Mom won a number of doggy cookbooks from Dakota too, why? Because she was often one of the only people kind enough to enter.

From birthday cards and sweet comments, Easy cared about others. I could cite countless moments where that was the case.

Easy was a young dog when he passed last week. I am still reeling with shock.  My heart hurts that he is gone. My blog travels will never be the same.



SAMMY

"Living Life Day by Day With Love....."
Pam "Mom" and Sammy"
Yes, I stole this one too
from their blog
I was trying to remember when I first met Sammy and his Mom, it seems as if I have known them forever! I think they are two of my original friends I made when I first began blogging.

I immediately felt close to and understood by Pam because Sammy was her "only" pet, and for many, many years my Angel Bobo was MY "only pet." We called them our "kids" because neither of us ever had human children of our own. 

I instantly was drawn to Pam and Sammy because her imagination and kind heart just pours out of her fingertips (Sammy was a polydactyl kitty so typing was out of the question for him!) and into her blog. Pam (and Sammy), don't have an ill word to speak about anyone. 

It is hard to believe I have followed Sammy since way before he was "The Bacon King and Teaser Tuesday King, ("Hello Class!!")." 

I have only won Sammy's Teaser Twice!

 Sammy hosted fun events, (as did Easy), shared his wisdom, humor, kindness and love freely. He often acted as a mentor to new bloggers, he and his Mom always offered a helping hand and paw to all.

Like his buddy Easy, Sammy's birthday cards were always some of the first that we received, (in fact, this year, before he left for the Bridge we received a Christmas card!).

 Sammy was well into his senior years and had some health issues, but myself and many, many others thought for sure he would rally to see his 17th birthday, January 1st. Sadly, that is not to be

A common thread stands out when I think of Easy and Sammy. They thought about and cared about  others more than they thought about themselves

Easy and Sammy's parents blogged for them simply out of love for their pets,  AND GENUINE LOVE AND CONCERN  FOR ALL OF US.  

 They were larger than life because the love of their HUMANS for THEM and ALL OF US, came shining through.

   Other than being adorable in their own right...
that was "the magic that was Easy and Sammy."

They were and are deeply loved......
They will be sorely missed.....................

47 comments:

  1. It has been such a sad week. :-(

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  2. Caren ~ you chose just the right photos! wrote just the right words! There could not have been a more perfect memory post to these two wonderful pets and their "human spokes-persons". Sadly, we have just done three more Rainbow Bridge crossing images so Heaven's Gate has been fully open the last few days ... Treasure, Bhu and Fiona have also crossed. As you say, many ... so many, too many. We do our best to honor all. Thank you for sharing your loving thoughts.

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  3. Oh Caren..this week..this year...Easy and Sammy were the go to blogs for lifting a sagging spirit..both their passings have left us bereft..Vale Easy and Sammy..thankyou Caren for a beautiful post..love Bev xx

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  4. It has been a year of many losses and so many sudden, unexpected ones as well. Whether your furry one passes at a young age out of the blue or as a senior, it is just as hard. The only difference is with an elderly pet, you expect it. What a beautiful post and tribute to these two.

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    1. I completely agree, young or old (expected or not), it hurts just as much. Thanks much (((hugs)))

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  5. Beautiful post. It has been a very sad week.
    Sue B

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  6. What a beautiful post... I am relatively new to the blogging world and did not know Easy or Sammy well at all, but still I feel the sadness of their crossing that colorful bridge. Thanks for helping me get to know them a little better.

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to two beautiful souls. I don't remember when we became friends with Sam and Pam, but it was early on in my blogging career. Pam was so supportive when our Sam was diagnosed with hyperthyroid like her Sam.
    I remember seeing Easy around visiting other blogs and leaving all the funny comments. I would visit them, and the first time he commented on my blog I was so thrilled! Since that first time, they commented on almost every post, almost always the first one, unless they were gone away on one of their road trips.
    I think it was a little harder with Easy because it was so unexpected. And I had also hoped that Sammy was going to at least make it until Christmas and maybe his birthday. Losing both so close together was just too much. :(

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  8. That was most wonderful Caren and Cody and I don't think there is a better tribute to two special guys.

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    1. Thank you dear friend! They are all special xoxoxo

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  9. thanks so much.... you found such wonderful words. it was such a sad week and we really need the stop sign Brian had on his blog yesterday...

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    1. ((((hugs))) and much love. This week was a nightmare. I saw Brian's post and Dear God YES we need that sign. Sending much love to you....sure wish I could be there for you both xoxoxoxo in person :(

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  10. What a sad week it has been ...sending so much love and support to all the families who have lost special friends this week. I didn't know Sammy very well, but Easy was a dear friend and I will miss him so much.

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  11. Caren, this is a beautiful post, and expressed so perfectly. You have managed to put into words what so many in this blogosphere have been feeling. Thank you, Caren, for this post in honor of these beautiful angels.

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    1. (((hugs))) and thank you. Wish it all never happened :(

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  12. It's been over a year since our Little Bit went to the bridge and it's still so very hard. I so know this pain.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  13. What a beautiful post, Caren. It's always so hard to say goodbye to our friends, but there's something extra difficult about it during a time of year when there is so much focus on family holiday celebrations. December 11 will be one year since we lost our beloved Moosey.

    Hugs to you, Cody, Dakota and Lenny.

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    1. Thanks dear friend. You are so right....this time of year makes it even harder. Sending you both (((hugs))) and love, I can't believe it's been almost a year already. :(

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  14. Caren you are truly a dear, sweet friend and your gift for the right words was never so evident as it was in this post for Easy and Sam. Easy's Mom and I have stayed in contact through this tough week and it was so much harder on her and her husband to lose Easy so tragically; at least David and I had time to process Sammy's passing. It's always hard though as you well know. All the love and kindness in the blogosphere has helped so much - more than anyone can imagine except those who have experienced that same loss. My heart goes out to all - and my thanks goes out as well. Most of all my love comes to you dear friend - this post is just beautiful from first word to last.

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam, you are a WAY better friend to me and EVERYONE than I am...you have a heart of gold. This was so hard. Soooo hard, on so many levels. Thank you so much Pam, I sure wish it didn't have to be written :( I thank you because you write so beautifully, you are an author and all.........I am always nervous that I am just not saying things the way that I hoped to. THANK YOU!!! You KNOW what your friendship means to me and what it has meant to me for all of these years. LOVE YOU!!!!! (((hugs))) back

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  15. Caren, you write such aptly beautiful words and semtiments! It has made mum tear up again! There is none like the those who reside in the pet blogosphere for love and support ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. (((hugs))) and thank you. I just wish they never had to be written :( You are soooo right about the pet blogosphere! xoxoxo

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  16. This is a truly beautiful tribute to Sammy and Easy. I only knew Easy through Sammy's Teaser but I wish I had known him better.
    I didn't know Sammy for anywhere near as long as you. I first met him through his Teaser and later we both were diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. We compared symptoms and encouraged each other to keep fighting. Because I was so seriously ill 4 times and couldn't tolerate medication, my mum always thought I would be the first to go and it was a huge shock when dear Sammy went into a rapid decline. I continue to fight to stay. I know Sammy would want that.

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    1. Flynn thank you so much! You are sooo close to Sammy's Mom! You provided so many teasers!!! (and great ones too). Yes, Flynn, please, please continue to fight, not only does Sammy want you to, WE ALL WANT YOU TOO!! Can't handle anymore sadness right now! xoxoxo

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  17. What a great post, thank you. Sadly, I didn't know Easy and his blog. I will have to go back and read it, though. It's so clear how much he was loved in this blogging community. I shed quite a few tears at Sammy's passing, but I am glad that Pam will continue to blog for Angel Sammy.

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    1. Thanks so much. Just wish it never had to be written. Yes, these two were deeply loved. I am glad that Angel Sammy will be blogging too....I knew he was going to be but wanted to let Pam say that ;)

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  18. Wow! I did not know Sammy and Easy long but I feel I know them better after reading your incredible tribute to the two of them! Beautifully written and obviously incredibly heartfelt! It has been a sad week

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    1. Thanks much, I sure wish it didn't have to be written. This week has been sadder than sad and horrific :( (((hugs)))

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  19. What a beautiful tribute to our friends Easy and Sammy ! It's been really an awful week for the cat blogosphere and blogville. Purrs

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  20. Dat's wonderful. We luvved and miss Sammy and Easy too. And we luv and purreciate ya'll. We still read Dakota's postys, we just don't comment anymore. Anyways, big hugs to all.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  21. What a sweet and thoughtfully written tribute to the angels! It will add to the treasured memories of their humans!

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  22. It has been so sad losing both Easy and Sammy so close together. Now I hear Fiona from The Cat on my Head left us just before Sammy.

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  23. I didn't know Easy or Sammy, but your tribute to them speaks volumes to the wonderful animal souls that they were.

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  24. So many of our dear dear furriends flew to the Bridge and I know my mom's tears are constant each morning or whenever she opens the blogs. Mom said we re so loved by our parents that we extend that love to all our furriends out there in the CB. xxxx

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  25. Caren it's been a tough long week in the blogosphere. Your beautiful post to two remarkable humans and their animal is so touching, and truly hits just the right balance. When I first began blogging, as naive as this is going to sound, I never thought about the life expectancy of our "babies". As I never had children either, my furry ones are my children. It was a very sudden realization that they do not live as long as we do and then going through it myself with my beloved Abby that put a level of understanding in place. We love them deeply and so we Grieve their loss just as much. I know that all of those people who have been touched by recent losses will rebound and share that love again, as our "babies" would want us to.

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    1. Oh it has been, just awful. Thank you. I sooo understand about Abby, you stated how we feel perfectly xoxo Yes, our "babies" would want us to love again xoxo

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  26. Your touching words has to make Easy and Sammy's people feel - well maybe not better - but certainly folded into a hug of understanding and love.
    Thank you Caren.
    xxoo
    Maggie

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    1. Maggie thank you, that was beautiful xoxoxo

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  27. This has been a heart breaking week.
    Thanks for such a lovely tribute.

    Noodle and crew

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  28. What a beautiful tribute to both Sammy and Easy. We will miss them very much.

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  29. Oh Caren, this so profoundly beautiful, thank you. You've captured the essence of what these two sweet souls and the humans behind them are all about xoxoxox

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    1. thank you so much. I just wish they were still here. xoxo

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  30. Beautiful tribute to our lost friends. I love the photo of Sammy with his Mom. XO

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  31. What a heartfelt tribute, Caren. Lovely. though can we really call a tribute for grieving fur pawrents lovely...well, yes because you have done it.
    So much sadness this week...we are pawyering that it may stop...pawlease let it stop.

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  32. Wonderful tribute to both Easy and Sammy! I don't (or very rarely) post about blogging friends OTRB because I don't want anyone to feel left out but your 'graph makes others who are not mentioned hurt go away. If we mentioned them all, we wouldn't be able to blog about anything else, unfortunately.

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