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Angie P
Oh you guys!  My heart aches for you.  No words to say but know I'm thinking of you.  I'm so sorry.  Big hugs to you guys and to Marley. 

Thinking of you,
I'm so sad to hear about your beautiful Rocky.  Rips my heart right out to hear of your loss.  Hugs and prayers to you.
kathy atkins
I'm sorry to hear that they couldn't help Rocky. I'm sorry that you have to be hurt too. Love.

Thank you all so much for your love and support, it helps more than you can realize.  This is really rough and I'm not dealing well and just don't have words right now, but just wanted to thank you all, we love and appreciate all of you. 


I am so sorry for you loss of beautiful Rocky.  What a tragic day for all of you.  Rocky has been in my prayers since I first heard of this and I am heart sick to know that the injuries were too great.  I'm so glad I got to meet her and will always remember that beautiful face and her sweet leaning hug....


Words can't describe how sorry I am to hear about Rocky. She was such a sweet, beautiful girl. You'll all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Faye - WI
My thoughts are with you guys. So sorry.
Wendy W - WI

Yes the Velcro dog.  What a great girl and so happy to see everyone.  I will also miss her putting her head between my legs.  Never a crotch sniffer, but just putting her face between my legs with that tail just a wagging.  Again, my most heartfelt condolences and love. 

Sharon Potter
I am so sorry to hear of Rocky's passing...

We are thinking now of a setter,
whose coat was flame in the sunshine and who,
so far as we are aware,
never entertained a mean or unworthy thought.
This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree,
under four feet of garden loam,
and at its proper season the cherry tree
strews petals on the green lawn of his grave.
Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple,
or any flowering shrub of the garden,
is an excellent place to bury a dog.
Beneath such trees, such shrubs,
he slept in the drowsy summer,
or gnawed at a flavored bone,
or lifted his head to challenge
some strange intruder.
These are good places, in life or in death.
Yet it is a small matter,
and it touches sentiment
more than anything else.
For if the dog be well remembered,
if sometimes he leaps through
your dreams actual as in life,
eyes kindling, questing,
asking, laughing, begging,
it matters not at all where that
dog sleeps and at last.
On a hill where the wind is unrebuked,
and the trees are roaring,
or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood,
or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land,
where most exhilarating cattle graze.
It is all one to the dog, and all one to you,
and nothing is gained, and nothing is lost -
if memory lives.
But there is one best place to bury a dog.
One place that is best of all.

T here is one best place
to bury a dog.

" If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call -
come to you over the grim, dim frontier
of death, and down the well-remembered
path, and to your side again.

" And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

" People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

" The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master."

By Ben Hur Lampman
from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925

mel d

When recalling the first visit to MHWF, Rocky was the first to greet me at my car. What a sweet soul.We are so sorry you had to say goodbye today.


I am so sorry to hear about Rocky!  Tragedy just seems to hang over you both lately...Your hearts don't get a chance to heal before something else terrible happens.  Once again, you both have my sympathy and prayers.


My heart goes out to you at this sad time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Holly C.


I am so very very sorry for your loss.  My heart just hurts for you.  What a special special part of your family and what a special part of all of our experiences when we visit you.  She and her wonderful soul will be very missed. 

Scott Bayerl
I have not posted anything or really spent any time on the computer, mainly because I just didn't know what to say and it's been a couple of hard days.

Liek Karen did already,I would also like to thank all of you for taking the time to post your condolences...that means a lot to us.

This one is a little tougher to take that most. We have to deal with death and losing animals on a fairly regular basis around here. It's never fun and always tough. This one has been even tougher and will be a tough thing to deal with for quite a while. It wasn't her time to go yet and she was such a huge part of our lives. Rocky was the absolute leader of our 3 dogs and the other 2 always followed her lead. She was super outgoing, had a ton of weird quirks and kind of bulldozed her way through life, always with a positive outlook. Nothing fazed her and I don't think I ever saw anything get that dog down for more than a couple minutes. Bella idolized her and copied her every move and trick and Marley saw her as his soul mate. Without their fearless leader, the other 2 dogs are a little out of sorts right now.

We have to admit, we are also a little out of sorts. Without the big lug around, the house is so quiet and you can absolutely feel that something is missing. After the rough days on Thursday and Friday, last night was kind of tough....quiet, sad, and just different....the house seems a little empty and chore time really feels weird without Rocky around who has been out with us at every chore time, twice a day since this program started. She knew the routine as well as we did and this is the only life she ever knew. We called her the tomboy because normally an Irish Setter gives off that prissy stuck up attitude. Rocky stunk like the farm and sometimes looked like hell, but boy did she love this life and loved being a farm dog.

In a few minutes we have an appointment to show Apache, then we can get Amigo ready for his long trip to Colorado. When we are done we will dig the hole and Rocky will be buried here with us. Today is another very sad day.....

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Oh Scott and Karen,  I am so so sorry for your loss of Rocky.  It is always a tough decision and a tough adjustment to make when we lose one of our four legged family.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both.


I just wanted to tell Scott and Karen that I am very sorry to hear about their beloved Rocky passing to doggie-heaven the other day. You gave Rocky a wonderful home -- you are wonderful animal lovers. Please be comforted that he is at the Rainbow Bridge with all the other pooches, horses, etc. telling them what a wonderful family he had here on earth with you both. My sincere sympathy. God Bless you both.


I am so sorry for your loss.


Take some time for yourselves and your other two dogs on this tough day. I've been thinking about you guys all day!


...and no more bedroom slippers. I always laughed at that. Those fluffy little feet will be pattering around up in Heaven now. :)


So sorry to hear she lost the fight. My deepest sympathy goes out to you guys. It's never easy but time does help heal.

Karen H

Dan and I are very sorry for your loss, she was a very sweet girl.


You are in my thoughts & prayers.


Dear Scott and Karen,  I am so very sorry.  My prayers are with you.

Donna LE

I am so sorry for Rocky's passing. I will remember her as the greeter when ever I came to the farm. She would always be sure to rub against my leg so I would scratch her back. What a sweetheart. She will be missed. Rest in peace Rocky, my prayers are with you, Karen and Scott. 

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