Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Carolyn Westbrook: A Sad Day in Warrenton and at the Plantation

What started out as just another beautiful day in Warrenton Texas, soon turned tragic with one phone call. All that know me, know my love for my big Schnauzer "Princess" ( pictured on the right.) She was my baby and in my first book, sitting on the couch. She is our baby and pretty much runs the house. One of the smartest girls that I have ever met. She has been battling Cushings Disease and was not well, but doing fairly well when I left for Antiques Week. She suddenly became extremely ill and lost her battle yesterday. I told her that I would see her when I got back, and now realize that she will not be at the door waiting for me when I return. One of the saddest days for the entire family and we have all shed alot of tears. It is truly heartbreaking. I could not have been in a better place, as we sat around the table last night with all of my good friends gathered round, crying with me and offering condolences. Victoria was devastated and we could not find anyone that sold a pet casket locally. I told Victoria that when I was in Minnesota, that I bought a fabulous alligator suitcase with red satin lining and that would be fitting for her. She had a very dignified burial, just wish I was there for it. Later, I told my friends, with the price of caskets, got me thinking...will someone please bury me in a Louis Vuitton trunk. I think that would be much more to my liking... and my Mother laughed for once that day and said, "Honey, we might have to fold you in half." I told her that was ok by me. Princess will be sorely missed and unreplaceable. We all know that she is in a better place and feeling no pain now. Love to all, who understand the great joy and unconditional love that our pets, or should I say family members, bring in our lifetime. Here's to Princess...may you always be in green pastures and I know that you know, how much you were loved. xoxo Carolyn

13 comments:

MARY PERNULA said...

I am sorry for your loss. Mary

Jeanne said...

Dog people are the best people, I think! Many condolences on your loss. They are indeed part of the family.
Jeannie
http://vintagehoopla.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your fur baby. they fill such a special place in our hearts. http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm
I've always loved the idea of the Rainbow Bridge. I hope this helps you in some way with your grief.

Revamped French Maison said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of your beloved fur baby. I dread the day that I will have to face that. My heart is sad for you.

Blessings,
Shanna
www.revampedfrenchmaison.com

Vicki Bonne Amie said...

So sorry for your loss Carolyn.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Carolyn. We just recently lost our sweet girl and know how difficult it is. I am sure she knew how much you loved her. She was very lucky to have you for her doggy mama.

sandy said...

I am so sorry for your loss Carolyn. Last year we lost Snickers after 17 1/2 years being part of our family. Noone told me how hard it was and the tears! He is truly missed but I'm !convinced he knows he was well loved and who's to say we won't see our pets in heaven
My condolences,
Sandy

Red Shed Cottage Chic Antiques said...

Oh Carolyn, I am so so sorry. I'm not exactly sure why God doesn't let our pets live as long as we do, but I do know that they are family members, that they DO go to heaven, and that we WILL see them again. Good thing it is possible to love again.
Blessings,
Valarie

Laura said...

Dear Carolyn-

I am so sorry for your loss.

I know we don't know each other well-
I just met you briefly at Debbie's booth when I dropped off her Mexican wedding cookies-
but I am so sorry.

Laura
White Spray Paint

sweetpea said...

sorry for your loss carolyn. we had that experience a couple of years ago. it hurts for awhile then you can smile about the memories.

hugs,

shelley

Annie said...

I'm here with my little Maltipoo puppy with tears rolling down my cheeks, having just read about your loss of Princess. How sad. Hugs to your all.

Maison Douce said...

I am so sorry about your loss, I know how painful it is to lose a pet you love so much!! I love the solution for her burial, how incredibly suitable for a princess!! Glad you had the support of friends and family!
Isabel

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

My heart goes out to you. I too lost my little Abby basset hound at the age of 5 to Lymphoma. I still have my Fred (another basset) who will be 9 in June. I can't count the tears that have been shed over Abby so I know what you are going through. May the memories of her love and devotion hold you close and bring a smile through your tears. Your princess indeed knew that she was loved.
Blessings & Hugs,
Karen