The Key…

Often people ask me “how do you do it all?” And my normal reply is, “I don’t.”

This has been such a trying week for me. Letting Goliath go was unbearable and still is. Joe and I went to get a kitten the same exact day. Joe was so sweet he asked me on the way home, “Do you think Goliath would have picked this one? You think he would like her?” Just this morning Gabe asked me when Goliath would be coming back home. We all just loved him and now we are loving little Sammy. I am so glad we got her.

On Wednesday, pre-conference meetings started and Thursday Dress Rehearsal officially began. At about 2 on Thursday I realized I had better go get a dress for the party that started at 5:30 and I still needed to run and get all the drinks and pick up the kids and so forth. On my way to drop of the stuff at the gallery my sister called and said my grandma was in hospice and didn’t have much time. Nice Deedee, the timing sucked. My gosh, I was a mess and I had little over an hour to to look presentable. Wow.

It’d been at least 2 days since I showered so I got all cleaned up and headed out the door with lots of Xanax.   I barely remember Thursday. Everything was such a blur that day. But then Friday came, and Saturday and Saturday night and things turned around.  When one asks me “how do you do it all?” And my reply is, “I don’t”,  I really should be saying, “I surround myself with the most amazing and caring people.”  This week surely did suck but had Dress Rehearsal not been this week I would have been a ball curled up in a corner sobbing.  All the girls from 435, the great set of Team Leaders, Lynette, Kayla and David and all the Trunk Keepers, old and new, they all saved me this weekend. They really are the reason I can do what I do. They are the ones that keep me inspired and dreaming big. Without them and you there is no big dream.  Thank you.

I have so  much more to share with you. I’m heading up to see my Gramma tomorrow with Gabe and when I get back I’ll tell you all the great Dress Rehearsal stories and maybe even share a few pictures. Yup, and show you some of Sammy.  Shoot, did you know my camera is not working? I’m pretty sad about that too. I’m pathetic huh? But my dear friend Michelle is having a workshop and I so wanna go. And then Amanda and Kara are having a workshop that I would love to go to also.  Not that I am even capable of being near the level that they are, but to just see them in action and hear their passion in inspiring. I love it.

Good night and thank you so  much for all the kind words. They mean a lot.

     
Bridgette - January 24, 2010 - 6:58 pm

Aww..hang in there Denise…so glad you have a great support system. Saying goodbye to a pet is awful…I know. Glad you have a new kitty to cuddle up with and I hope the boys are doing well. Can’t wait for more pics….so excited! P&PT for your grandmother 🙂

Karen - January 24, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Oh Denise, I’m so sorry for your difficult week. But it’s so true, the people surrounding you can either make or break you…and they all sound like such blessings!!

Can’t wait to see more of the new line! 🙂

fruit punch tulip - January 24, 2010 - 7:08 pm

When it rains – it pours. I’m so sorry to hear about Goliath, your grandma and everything. I always refer to my yellow lab as my furry child. It’s just wrong that they have such a short amount of time with us. I hope this week is a much better one.

Isabella's Mom - January 24, 2010 - 7:11 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of Goliath (a little girl here cried when she heard) and your gramma’s decline.
Glad the conference was a good distraction.
Love the pictures!! And you are really good, I don’t want to hear otherwise.
Drive safely.
Take care.

Chelle Belle / Alchemist - January 24, 2010 - 7:17 pm

Gosh, when it rains, it pours. I’m so sorry you had such a difficult week. For me, one of the most difficult lessons in life is learning to ask for help or accept help. Surrendering is difficult, but it makes you realize how much you love and depend on those around you. It’s ok to just take a walk around the park and bawl your head off, too! That would be a normal, healthy reaction.

Keep dreaming, Denise. Your passion not only produces beautiful clothes, but inspires others (like me) to dream. That’s the point.

Hang in there, girl.

Monika - January 24, 2010 - 7:27 pm

My thoughts were with you all week, I’m so sorry for your BIG loss. I’m glad to hear the dress rehearsal gave you enough distraction… and that you are the proud owner of a kitty already. I can’t wait to see Sammy!

On another note… looky at those key tags (that’s what they are, right?)! Will we get one with our order? You know how Erina likes to collect stuff to hang on her backpack, lol!

Hugs to you, looks like you will have another really tough week ahead of you :-(.

Amitha - January 24, 2010 - 7:32 pm

Oh Denise, my heart goes out to you and your family. Stay strong, I know you can get through this!! Hugs to you sweetie.

Melanie H. - January 24, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Praying for you Denise & your whole family. I am so sorry your grandma is not doing well.
Glad to hear that conference was wonderful…what an amazing team you have! Can’t wait to see more of the lovely spring collection, so far everything you’ve posted is gorgeous…and if I know you, it only gets better!
Hugs to you!

Denise - January 24, 2010 - 7:50 pm

I’ll tell you all about the key tags real soon. it is pretty good.

RachelR - January 24, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry! I hate to hear about you going through such a rough time. I’ll keep your gramma in my thoughts. Lots of hugs to you D. Can’t wait to see those pics of lil Sammy!

shannon - January 24, 2010 - 8:01 pm

denise, my thoughts are with you and your family. hope this week looks better for you. i’m sorry.

Nancy - January 24, 2010 - 8:03 pm

So sorry you had a tough week. Hopefully this week is better.

Lil - January 24, 2010 - 8:10 pm

Dang these sad post are killing me, I am like the rain outside.. I cry about everything and I hate it when people are sad or in pain.. IM so sorry!

Glad you got Sammy, we are looking for a kitten to 🙁 also a sad story.

Those key tags look pretty cool I must say and I bet those numbers MEAN something, they are NOT just randon.. I know u better than that. 🙂

Again.. Hugs, sorry about all the pain ya’ll are dealing with and if I had a GOOD camera, i ship it to you.

Robin - January 24, 2010 - 8:11 pm

My heart goes out to you and your family. I know there will be better times just around the corner… Sending hugs your way!

gena - January 24, 2010 - 8:32 pm

Denise, I am so sorry about goliath and grandma. I hope this week gets a little easier and you find a little more peace. With Thoughts, Gena

lauren - January 24, 2010 - 8:50 pm

Denise, you are amazing and I just love you to pieces! Thanks for a wonderful weekend. So many wonderful memories were made and I am hoping to be able to walk again by next week. 🙂 Travel safely and I am truly sorry about all that you are going through. XOXO

KimD in SC - January 24, 2010 - 8:56 pm

So sorry about Goliath and your grandmother. Never fun to have to be grown up and face reality. I prefer to bury my head in the sand. Prayers are with you:)

Kath - January 24, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Denise,

I’m so sorry you had such a rough week. I hope this coming week is much better.

Sundee - January 24, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Oh, Denise. Words escape me at times like these. Know I am with you and your family in prayer.

Melissa Himsel (wilbur's farm) - January 24, 2010 - 9:27 pm

Hi Denise, David, Joe and Gabe
I am very sorry to hear about Goliath, animals play a wonderful part in our lives, not sure what we would all do without them? I know it wasn’t easy letting him go, but believe it or not things will get better. Sitting here crying is not helping this situation, LOL! Good grief…I am a waterfall over here! UGH!!!
Sorry about your grandmother, my heart goes out to you and your family.
sending thoughts your way,
melissa himsel

*Twinkle*Toes* - January 24, 2010 - 9:43 pm

You and your family are in our prayers! Keep strong sounds like you have another trying week. Thank you for sharing.

Rachael - January 24, 2010 - 9:48 pm

What a week! Its amazing how God know who we need around us at the right time!!
I wanted to say first, I am a MJ freak! Last fall I was introduced to your amazing line of clothes…and lets just say…i think it is just Bee-U-tee-ful. With 3 girls, I have so much fun with your clothes….my almost 2 year old sees the clothes on the computer and says…tute..AKA.Cute!
I already have a date with my trunk keeper for the spring line..can’t wait.
As a designer, I can only imagine when and how you get ideas for your clothing. I design kids stuff, not on the scale that you do, but its crazy how I cant sleep, or an idea just comes from nowhere..and turns into an amazing piece of beauty!
As I was reading your post about your dog, there was a sparkle in his eye in that picture that screams out I am a design waiting to be created. You should create a line called Goliath. He has so much texture and contrast in that picture..that I think you could create something incrediable…
I know its a little crazy, but its those crazy things that make something from nothing, into something amazing!
Praying for you and your family! My husbands grandmother battle with that, and its a heart breaking situation! Its times like these that we see the “footprints go from two sets, to One!!!

Terese - January 24, 2010 - 9:49 pm

So sorry about your Grandma and Goliath! I feel tears hearing Joe and Gabe’s questions about Goliath. I’m so glad you have such tremendous support from all the people who love you. Big hugs!

christine - January 25, 2010 - 4:25 am

Oh Denise….I am so sorry. It always seems everything always seems to hit at once. My daughter still keeps asking for mimi our little persian who passed suddenly and so does her sister miumiu. My thoughts go out to you and your family at this time. It’s amazing what strong family and friends can keep us going and be there to support us. All are warmest thoughts are with you.

Amie *C* - January 25, 2010 - 8:58 am

I am so sorry for all that you are struggling with right now. I am so happy you have such a great support system, make sure you continue to use them and accept offers for help. Many hugs sent.

holly - January 25, 2010 - 9:27 am

i’m so sorry about your grandmother and your doggy:(….cats are awesome tho and have a way of making you feel better, especially cute furry kittens:P!
take some time to catch your breath…can’t wait to see your new designs, MJC is just so beautiful!

Bee - January 25, 2010 - 10:54 am

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

Though this was a great poem. My Me-meow, as I call her (Nina my cat) is 19 years old as of October and I am dreading the day I lose her. Just know that Goliath knows he was loved and cherished! Hope you can find some peaceful time in your crazy schedule of life. You are AMAZING!

mom2P&B - January 25, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Denise….having a support system around you means alot. I wish everyone that. And, know that your Grandmother is in a great place at Hospice. Just before Christmas, my family brought my Dad there. Tearing up as I write this. I think that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. A couple of things got me through that….a great support system and the team at Hospice. The staff and nurses are amazing and that work really seems to have special special doing it. May God grant you the strength and peace for you, your family, and your Grandmother at this time and always.

*TKJT* - January 25, 2010 - 12:54 pm

I’m sorry Denise 🙁 Your family is in my prayers.

Girl, get a new camera…it’s called a tax write off 😉

Kristi - January 25, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Following every storm there is always a rainbow…sometimes we just have to look hard to see it and sometimes it is just there right in front of us. May your rainbow be as big, as beautiful, and as bright as your many gifts of yourself! 🙂

bella's mom - January 25, 2010 - 2:00 pm

So sorry to hear about Golith….never easy one to make!! We are close to the same with our old guy Elliott….my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!

bella's mom - January 25, 2010 - 2:03 pm

Didn’t see the part about your grandmother…..really tough too!! So, so sorry! Again thoughts and prayers are with you…glad for all of your support around you…you will need it.

Katelyn's Mommy - January 25, 2010 - 2:34 pm

How does that saying go – that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Sorry you are having to face so many things right now to make you stronger and stronger! Take care!!

Day to the Oh - January 25, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Thoughts are with you, Masta!!! “Goliath” can be a reminder of facing those giants and coming out stronger and better. You will get through it with flying colors… when it rains it pours and then there’s a rainbow, especially wherever MJC is. Beautiful. I feel the same way about my kids that you do about your peops-they get me through. Lots of love and hugs coming atchya!!! xoxo

tree*head - January 25, 2010 - 5:49 pm

Denise-I hope your heart heals soon…letting Goliath go was the best thing you could do for him. Huge hug!

You do it all because of the amazing people around you, you say…well I say you wouldn’t have ;loyal amazing people if you weren’t pretty amazing yourself!

I cannot wait for Feb. 15th!!

Denise - January 25, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Oh, thank you guys…love ya!

Amy Craft - January 26, 2010 - 7:47 am

Denise- I am so very sorry for Goliath and your grandmother. Our “babies” are a huge part of our lives and Gracyn (my daughter) adores them so much. My grandmother was my best friend and when she passed away it was so hard for me…I still miss her every day. I hope you and Gabe have a good visit with your grandmother. HUGE hugs and much love hun!

Kirsten Hany - January 26, 2010 - 8:40 am

I am so sorry to hear about your precious puppy, it is heartbreaking when a part of the family has to go. Your dear grandmother is in good hands with hospice, we just utilized their services this past month with my grandmother (she passed last week) and hospice gave her a comfortable and dignified passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Kisten

Alli - January 27, 2010 - 2:18 am

Your clothing line is simply amazing. I just stumbled across it for the first time tonight & I just can’t stop looking. Love the photo with the washing machine & the pink pants too. Adorable. And I don’t know that anyone is reading my blog yet except my mother but I had to write a quick post about your line!

Anne - January 29, 2010 - 10:57 pm

What an amazing tribute to those around you…truly, you are a powerful woman when you can realize all those that help so much. I’m so sorry about your grandma…I hope you are with family right now.

Wake up late, work carpool, McDonald’s calls my name, run to Kinko’s then to Walmart,  stress out, deliver some goods to 435, back to Kinko’s, home to print out documents, worry abut Goliath, off to JoAnne’s, back to 435 then to drop off DVD’s to be made,get lost, find the DVD place,  really stressing in need of a nap, wake up at 2, run to CVS, back home, run to Von Maur, pick up Joe, pick up Gabe, head to Walmart (to cheap to buy movie theatre candy and then we all head to the movies. And that is pretty much my day today. Oh, but the key? No key. Get out of the movies, come home, no key, call around, go to Dan’s, come home, still no luck, call locksmith and wait at House of Hainan.  And now?  I’m tired and really need to work but guess what? I wanted to share a picture with you and then I am off to lay in bed and just watch TV. Sounds good.

As I re-read the post above I realize if I was actually running instead of driving I would be much skinnier!

And rumor on the street is a huge whale of a sale is to be announce soon. We’ll give you a heads up but next week sometimes.  We’ve got Hammond Bay coming in and need to make some room. Oh, and i have told you how much I love Hammond Bay.  The HomeGrown Collection has been my fave for such a long time…I adored the Ginger Knot dress in that collection, but let me tell you Pepper knocks her socks off!!

Oh, ya…that’s my girl. Love Pepper. Love it. Love that it ties in the back, love that it has a removable apron. Love it. My very first knots had aprons that buttoned on but after about 100 dresses my hand got pretty darn tired of sewing 3 buttons on each. I loved the idea that one could inter-change the apron or remove if they wished.  I’ve been meaning to bring it back for a few season but for Hammond bay I got my wish. I hope you like.

Okay, so check us out over the later part of the weekend for some news on the Whale of a Sale. Until then, have a great and peaceful weekend.

     
Amber - January 30, 2010 - 11:34 am

YOu are amazing – that last dress is gorgeous…and those little pants – SO cute!

Puppy Love

We signed the papers on our first house about 12 years ago. We promptly went to pick up our new puppy Goliath, a New Foundland. He was 6 weeks weighing in at 18lbs.  The first week in our new house we had a mattress on the floor and one fluffy puppy. We are still in the same house and it’s almost time to say goodbye to one huge 180lb fluffy dog. I’ve been fighting it for almost a year now but I think it’s time. Oh,that poor guy, we’ll  miss him terribly.  So in short this is kind of a warning it may be a very boring week in MJC blog land.

And on another sad note, I was wrong about the sale. I have been pushing since Jany 7 to get the show on the road but they are still not done. It seems every season we add new features to the sight and this season we are adding a wish list. I had thought everything would be fine tuned and was sure  this was my week.  I jumped ahead of the game, David warned me not to.  But of course, I did not listen. So I apologize for that but I will keep you posted..

Have a great night. – Denise

     
Mary - January 17, 2010 - 8:00 pm

Oh, Denise. I am so sorry about your sweet little puppy. I know how hard that is. I know that he will be playing hard in Puppy Heaven, chasing butterfies and eating out of the garbage without being reprimanded. ;o) It is tough when your first ‘baby’ goes on.

Keep us updated about the sale. I have my list ready. :o)

(((HUGE HUGS!)))

Isabella's Mom - January 17, 2010 - 8:01 pm

I’m so sorry about Goliath, I can’t imagine the difficult week you have ahead. At least Saturday is something to look forward to…
Take care.

tree*head - January 17, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Denise-so sorry to hear about Goliath :(….its so hard and heartwrenching. I’ve been through it twice and it is NEVER
easy. ~hugs~

Amitha - January 17, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Oh Denise, I am so sorry to hear about your sweet puppy. 🙁 I can’t imagine your upcoming week. Hugs to you and the boys.

melissa - January 17, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Oh, I am sooo sorry! As a huge dog lover of my own two sweet pooches, my heart goes out to you. He is beautiful and I’m sure will leave many beautiful memories. Don’t worry about the sale. Focus on your family and your sweet Goliath.

TanyaLea - January 17, 2010 - 8:10 pm

I’m SO sorry to hear about your Goliath. Pets are another extension of our families, so it’s always so hard to say ‘good-bye’ to them when the time comes…especially when they’ve been part of our lives for so long. We just went through that same tough heartache this past spring, so I’m feelin’ for ya!

Sales will come and go, but your family will need you this week, so keep your focus there. The ‘teaser’ will keep us all checking back in for the big SALE! 😉

Hugs,
Tanya

Tamara - January 17, 2010 - 8:15 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about Goliath. 🙁 It’s so hard to let go of a pet and see them go. I’ll be thinking about you, David and the boys this week. ((hugs))

Ashley - January 17, 2010 - 8:18 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Goliath! We as well have a Newfoundland. He will be 2 this year but I do know these dogs don’t have a long life span and WOW Goliath is old for a Newf! That is great… He must of had a Very Happy life 🙂 Hugs and Prayers goes out to you and your family!

JackieF - January 17, 2010 - 8:18 pm

Crying for you….so, so sorry!

jami - January 17, 2010 - 8:18 pm

SO sorry, Denise. Thinking of you and your family this week. ~Be strong~

Sophia's Mom - January 17, 2010 - 8:22 pm

I am so sorry about Goliath….animals become part of your family. My husband bought me a gift last year that was something you may want to do…it is a stone that you make and you can put your animals paw print in. You can decorate it however you like. He gave me this because my friend had recently lost her dog and wished she had something like that as a keepsake. I have three dogs and plan on putting each one of their paw prints on it with their name. My husband got it at a local craft store…Michael’s. But I am sure you can find them other places as well. Hugs to you.

Diane - January 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Denise, so sorry about Goliath! I’m in the same boat….my Kodiak will be 13 on Feb. 15th, the day Hammond Bay launches, and he is having such a hard time! He was just eating about 20 minutes ago and just standing at his food bowl he fell down and needed help getting up! I’ll be thinking of you, David and the boys during this very hard time we unfortunately have to go thru!

Robin - January 17, 2010 - 8:27 pm

I am so sorry – it is so hard to let go of a pet. I’ve had dogs all my life and it is always hard when that time comes. My thoughts are with you and your family. Blessings to Goliath!

April W. - January 17, 2010 - 8:29 pm

Ohhh..so sorry to hear the sad news on both accounts.
From the time I was 4 years old we had a german shepard. When I was 15 she went into a field to basically die. It was SO sad and so hard. This might seem stupid to some but she was like a sister to me. She slept on my bed, I taught her pet tricks, she pulled me and my sister in our wagons. We rode on her back. She even barked and jumped up to bite on our teeter totter when she thought it went to high. Anytime I spoke about her I cried… for years after she passed away.

I am sitting on the edge of my seat for the sale! Gotta get the last little bit before new line comes out!! 🙂 I just had my 2 year old ( birthday today) photos done in MJ. It’s on my blog. 🙂
Enjoy your holiday!

*Twinkle*Toes* - January 17, 2010 - 8:35 pm

Hope you find your way thru this week! Your in our thoughts! No worries we will all be here when you return.

Christie - January 17, 2010 - 8:37 pm

Oh, been there 🙁 Hate it for you. Just know you are doing the right thing and its ok to loose it completely for a day or so. What a sweetie.

Lee - January 17, 2010 - 8:38 pm

I’m so sorry about you are having to say goodbye to your dog this week. After reading the comments, I think the pawprint is a good idea. I don’t have any physical reminders (other than pics) of my sweet dog who I still miss. I wish I had a pawprint, that’s a good idea.

Monika - January 17, 2010 - 8:40 pm

I’m crying for you, Denise, and I never even met Goliath. I’m so sorry…

I’m dreading the day myself… our beloved cats are 10… I can’t even imagine life without them.

How are the boys taking it? Especially Joe with his tender, loving heart?

Lots of hugs, I’ll be thinking about you and yours…

pongoandbindi - January 17, 2010 - 8:41 pm

I’m so sorry about Goliath.

Denise - January 17, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Oh you guys are so sweet..Yes, it is so hard cuz he is so dang cute, he still looks like a puppy. But the poor guy just can;t move. Joe is pretty sad, okay really sad..Oh man…

shannon - January 17, 2010 - 9:08 pm

denise, i’m so sorry about goliath. that’s heartbreaking. we had to let go of harley (our cat) last january because he got very sick. he was very young though (5 weeks from his 4th birthday), but we had him since he was 8 weeks old. a year later and i still get emotional about it. pets are family! again, so sorry for you and your family!

Lisa M - January 17, 2010 - 9:13 pm

Oh my heart aches for you and your family. It is always hard to say goodbye to a loved one. My parents are dealing with the same issue right now… can’t let the girls see your blog post or they will start crying just thinking about it. Big hugs!

berni - January 17, 2010 - 9:14 pm

Such a sweetie and what a wonderful picture. So sad to hear about Goliath. My thoughts are with all of you.

Michelle - January 17, 2010 - 9:22 pm

So sorry about Goliath.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Okay I cry every time I read this. My golden is almost 11 and blind. He’s getting pretty old.. It really sucks that our animals can’t live as long as us…

KimD in SC - January 17, 2010 - 9:33 pm

You are in my thoughts:)

K Squared Mommy - January 17, 2010 - 9:39 pm

So sorry to hear about Goliath! 🙁

Tracy - January 17, 2010 - 9:53 pm

What a beautiful puppy. And what a happy life I bet he has had with you. God Bless.

ginap - January 17, 2010 - 9:59 pm

So sorry to hear about your other baby. There is nothing worse than losing a furry member of the family. He will let you know when it is time. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Give Goliath a big hug.

Lil - January 17, 2010 - 10:12 pm

Denise, David and boys, I am in tears as i read this blog, we love our dog and i can hear the ache in your heart. I wish there were words I could say make you feel better but there are none. A good dog is more of a friend that WE ever dare ask for and loves you even when you forget about them.
I will keep you in my thoughts.. Give Goliath a pet on the head from us… I am getting off here as I dont handle these things to well myself.
I am ever so very sorry….

Katherine Castillo - January 17, 2010 - 11:06 pm

My family’s thoughts are with yours right now. I waited about a year too long with both of our dogs.It is sooo hard. They went to heaven just before Christmas. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Stephanie - January 17, 2010 - 11:58 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Goliath. I will be faced with the same decision very soon. I feel for the kids though. It is so hard for them to say goodbye to a friend they have known forever to them. I dread the day that I have to tell my little ones. You are making the right decision. A little story, A friend of ours had to put his dog down b/c he was very ill. He went to the market and bought him filet mignon and gave him a dog’s dream dinner before taking him the the vet. I thought that was so sweet. Give those boys big hugs. I will be thinking of you.

Terese - January 18, 2010 - 12:17 am

Denise I’m so sorry about Goliath 🙁 Hugs to you.

christine - January 18, 2010 - 4:15 am

Denise, I am so sorry to hear about Goliath. I know how hard it is for everyone. The loss of a pet is as dear to our hearts as our children. fggggggggggg (weird) as my cat just jumped up and stepped on the keys to say something. We just lost her sister suddenly a couple of months ago and she looks for her all the time.

AnaA - January 18, 2010 - 4:44 am

I am so very sorry about Goliath. It is terribly difficult to say goodbye to such an important family member. My husband and I both have lost our longtime companions in the recent years. My 15 year old Yorkie, Sadie and his 14 year old Yellow Lab, Kory. Even knowing what we did the right, compassionate thing – it was still hard not seeing those little faces around the house. I won’t tell you it gets easier with time – you just will become better equipted to deal with the loss. Sending lots of prayers your way.

Linda - January 18, 2010 - 5:26 am

I am so sorry to hear this about your ‘baby’. I too had to put my cat down this past week as she was old and not doing good. It has been an emotional rollercoaster as she was with me in the good and bad times. Prayers and Thoughts with you and the family as you go through this!

Amie *C* - January 18, 2010 - 5:44 am

Oh Denise and family, I am so so sorry. I was so sad just reading about Goliath. ((())) for all of you. No worries at all about the sale. We will all survive waiting longer.

shelby - January 18, 2010 - 5:46 am

Thinking of you. Can “feel” your pain through this entry.

Mrs. Smith - January 18, 2010 - 6:04 am

Denise I’m so sorry about Goliath. Sounds like he’s been a great friend/family member. I live in Newfoundland and know how wonderful these gentle giants are. 🙂 BIG hugs today.

Laura Ann - January 18, 2010 - 6:25 am

Praying for you and your family as you make a very tough/painful decision this week.

We have been there recently with a dog that I had for 15 years and helped me make it through college. I begged to come home many times because I was homesick and my Daddy showed up with a one pound Lhasa Apso that captured my heart and helped fill the emptiness I was experiencing.

It is so hard and so sad, they are our children.

Please know that I will be thinking of you guys all week as you go through this as a family (especially those sweet boys of yours).

Deb Stallings Mom to Sophie - January 18, 2010 - 6:30 am

Denise,
So sorry to hear about Goliath. Pets are our “other” children. They are so loyal and love unconditional. Hang in there.
Deb

Denni - January 18, 2010 - 7:09 am

Oh Denise, this makes me so sad for you and your family. We have a lab who is about to turn 15 and I know her days are numbered. Addi Grace will be so sad as I know your boys are. You are in our prayers.

Tracy - January 18, 2010 - 7:35 am

Dogs are such people in our lives and they are truly family to us and to our children. We still talk about our Maggie even though she went to Heaven over a year ago and now a tiny Tazo puppy has finally come to fill the void. The kids will never forget Goliath, and I would recommend that you don’t wait as long as we did to bring that puppy love back into your home – you will know when it’s right and they will tell you! I’ll be thinking about you this week… don’t worry about us and our needs – take care of yours for a change~

Ashley - January 18, 2010 - 7:56 am

Denise I am very sorry to hear about Goliath. Losing a pet is probably one of the hardest things I have ever faced in my life. Please know that we are all thinking about your family and will keep you in our prayers.

gena - January 18, 2010 - 8:27 am

Denise- I am so sorry about goliath! This is always such a hard thing to do. He looks like an old wise soul and a great friend!{hugs to you and your family}

Nancy - January 18, 2010 - 8:32 am

Denise- so sorry to hear about your doggie. Goliath is such a part of your life that he will always be in your heart. I know as Harley was our 185 lb, 7 year old Great Dane that succumbed to bone cancer almost 9 years ago. He was our first “child” as our first human child arrived about 3 months after he passed. So, yes I was 6 months pregnant and had to miss 3 days of work just b/c I could not bear to talk about it. I still miss him. One tip: Try to stay away from all of the Rainbow Bridge stories unless you want to cry even more…((Hugs))

ells - January 18, 2010 - 8:41 am

I am so very sorry. I know how hard it is to say goodbye. I still wear a picture in a locket of my Lab that I lost 8 years ago. I still think of her nearly every day.
Goliath gave you such happiness, but more importantly, you gave him an amazing life and that is what you have to remember.
Thoughts with all of you this week…take care.

Chelle Belle - January 18, 2010 - 8:48 am

I have a lump in my throat for you. So sorry. They do go to puppy heaven for sure. He not only is a part of your family, he’s a marker for significant times in your life. That’s how I feel about my 8-year old dog. Puppy when we got married, adolescent firecracker when we had kids, etc., etc. He’s seen you through some amazing times. You are in my thoughts. Hang in there.

Incognito - January 18, 2010 - 9:40 am

Oh Denise… what sad, sad news. So sorry to hear about Goliath – losing an animal is so very difficult, and I can only imagine what you guys are going thru emotionally. I will be thinking of you all.

Wendy S - January 18, 2010 - 9:43 am

Hi Denise. I’m so sad to hear about your precious dog, Goliath. I wanted to recommend a book by a fabulous children’s author named Cynthia Rylant. The book is called “Dog Heaven” (there’s “Cat Heaven”, too, which we also owned as we are true animal lovers…). It’s a beautiful book that will truly touch the hearts of all– young and old.
You may also want to look into a pet creamation service. We had our beloved dalmatian, Cole, for almost 10 years before he developed liver cancer and we had to put him down. We had him cremated with the intention of burying his ashes in the back yard under a nice stone we had engraved with his name and pawprint. Anyway, I just can’t bring myself to do it, so “he” still sits on our bookcase watching over his family and his home as he did for so many years.
Sorry for the rambling. Just wanted to let you know that I understand the pain you are– and will be– feeling. Those who say, “it’s only a dog” have never truly loved one.
Hugs to you,
Wendy S.

Erin - January 18, 2010 - 10:11 am

So sorry…..crying for you, the tears were running before I even read…new what it was going to be about before I even started. I be thinking of you all and as another said we will all be here when you get through this.

Brooke - January 18, 2010 - 10:42 am

I am so sorry. I can truly say I know what you are going through! I will be thinking of you!!

Melanie H. - January 18, 2010 - 3:36 pm

Denise, I’m so sorry to hear about Goliath. Our pup will be 10 this week and has been waning, she has cancer & has had surgery once, but we think it is returning…as much as pets drive us crazy sometimes, we sure don’t like to think of them not being here! Thinking of you this week…
(((((hugs)))))

WhitleyKate's mom - January 18, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Oh Denise! We are so sorry that your family is going through this. We had to say goodbye to Harley in 2005 after having her in our life for 13 years. My kids can look back now at pictures and smile when they talk about all the good times they had with her. It’s so hard, but the memories will forever be with your family. One day you’ll be able to see past the tears and remember only the special times your family shared with Goliath. Your family will be in our prayers!

Kristi - January 18, 2010 - 6:23 pm

So sorry to hear about your beloved dog. Our dogs are truly a part of our family always. I have never not had one around ever since being a little girl. Sadly we had to say good-bye to our eldest, “Scarlett” just over a year ago. We miss her dearly as do our other two dogs, but talk about her often. My son (only 4) still talks about her all the time. I find peace in sharing the great memories of her with our family. Take care of yourself and know that you and your family are in MANY people’s prayers. May you find peace in the days ahead.

Kay - January 18, 2010 - 6:45 pm

I am so sorry to hear about what decision you are faced with concerning Goliath. We have a bichon frise that we purchased at the begging requests of my 5 year old (at the time). I never dreamed that this sweet puppy would hold such a dear place in my heart! I tease my children telling them that Flake is my favorite because he never talks back and obeys at my first request. My thoughts are with you and your family.

cristy - January 18, 2010 - 7:01 pm

Oh chickie. We lost our “goliath” 3 years ago and Peyton still talks about him daily. We miss him terribly. My heart goes out to all of you <3

Denise - January 18, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Thank you!

katherine c. - January 18, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Denise~ I forgot in my last post to tell you a couple of friends of mine told me of some great things that they did for their pets. One of my friends threw a bbq the night before. They invited everyone who loved their pet and had great food. Everyone got to say goodbye and their pet really knew he was loved. Another friend said that they bought this cool heart necklace that you could store ashes in. They got theirs on ebay. I wish I had done that. I am soo sorry.

Katelyn's Mommy - January 18, 2010 - 9:38 pm

My ‘fluffy puppy’ is 11 and I can appreciate what you are feeling. I dread the thought more than I can imagine. Thinking of you!

Susan - January 18, 2010 - 11:24 pm

just had to say goodbye to our 14 year old kitty around Thanksgiving so I am here to say I am thinking of you. It was very hard….but time does heal 🙂

Katie M - January 19, 2010 - 2:43 am

aw- sorry sweetie you have to go thru that with Goliath- its never easy- especailly when they have been with you for so long. Hugs to you and all the boys- I hope you all enjoy all the memories you have with him forever!

Sara - January 19, 2010 - 7:34 am

So sorry about your Goliath…your first baby. NO fun. Take care.

lesia foerster - January 19, 2010 - 8:23 am

So sorry to hear about Goliath…it is amazing how they become a part of the family!! We lost our Siberian, Chubaka almost a year ago but he was at his prime and not expected to depart us….bone cancer had other ideas! We got a new pup, Trella before we lost him because we knew our other dog, Elliott, was not doing well and had had 14 years on this planet. Trella was with us about 4 weeks when Chubaka got so sick and left us…..a year later now we are looking at a decision on Elliott….I know how tough it is for you Denise….no fun at all. Our five year old still talks about Chubaka and misses him a lot….Trella is her dog and has helped the transition a great deal. Best to you and our thoughts our with you and your family!!

Tracy - January 19, 2010 - 10:45 am

Our kids were 4 and 5 and had lots of questions about it when it was time. We decided to write letters/draw pictures to Maggie to tell her how much she meant to us and what we loved the most about her and then they each wrapped up her favorite toy for her to “take” with her. Then, later we took the rest of her toys to the local shelter for other dogs to play with and that was a good thing too.

5AmericansInEngland - January 19, 2010 - 11:06 am

I’m really sorry to hear about that, my parents went through it when my childhood dog came down w/ cancer. I have a 5 yr old dog and dread the day. I wish you and your family much strength during this hard time.

Sundee - January 19, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Oh, Denise. I am so sorry for the heartache you and your family are feeling right now. Big hugs to you and the furry one!

Cheryl - January 19, 2010 - 7:20 pm

I know how hard it is just a couple of months ago our 2.5 year old German Shepard Kaiser developed a severe cancer and there was nothing we could do, so with great pain we had to put him down. My kids ask about him all the time and it is just very sad. Even in two years how attached you can become to an animal I can only imagine how hard it would be after 12 years, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Kelly Morgan - January 19, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Oh girl, that picture of sweet Goliath is too much! I am an absolute dog lover and it makes me want to kiss his big ‘ol lips. My big boy is 11 now too and I dread the day he is not with us. I wish you peace in your decision and will be thinking of you this week!

Lil - January 20, 2010 - 2:45 am

Just wanted you to know I have had you in my thoughts and prayers.
I don’t know whatelse to say, Sorry Denise for the entire family.
((hugs))

elainem - January 20, 2010 - 8:48 am

Denise, Change the 12 to a 10 and the name to Jackson, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and I could have written the first few lines of this post, mattress on the floor and all. We had a scare with “big J” over the holidays, he is thankfully fine but, I know his time will come and it scares me. I am so very sorry for your pain at this difficult time. May your memories of Goliath comfort you and your family.

MelissaG - January 20, 2010 - 10:24 am

I am so very sorry to hear about Goliath. Losing a pet is so hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Gran in NC - January 20, 2010 - 12:32 pm

Thinking of your family and sending a hug your way.

Skye, River, and Siennas mom - January 20, 2010 - 4:42 pm

Rainbow Bridge
by
Author Unknown

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown

Margo - January 22, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Denise, it is so hard to make that decision. My prayers are with you in this time of heartache.

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