Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Good-bye, My Girl



You were 900 pounds of trouble, sweet moods, bad temper, and easy action. We grew up together, and rode from Cherry Canyon to Brown Mountain, in summer's heat and winter snow. You have no idea how I'll miss you. I have no idea how I'll miss you, but I have just a taste of that now.

Vandy, you made all my dreams come true.

36 comments:

  1. You both gave each other so much, Karin. I'm sorry for your loss, but glad for the time you had together.

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  2. So sorry, wish I could think of something else to say but can't think straight right now, crying too hard.

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  3. This is sad news, Karin. I am so sorry. There aren't good words here.

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  4. Remember how you got her from Deukmidjian Park? You and Vandy did so much together. Such a loss. Is there anything we can do to help?

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  5. So sorry to hear this news. Good chapters end. Very, very sad.

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  6. There were times when Vandy scared the shit out of me, bucking and such, and now I wish she could scare the shit out of me again.

    Thanks to Dr Wheat and Marcy -- you were always along for the ride, and you were there to the end.

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  7. Karin, I'm so sorry. Vandy was such a special girl. I hope sometime later you'll write a little more about your adventures together.

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  8. Karin, We are so sorry to hear this. You have many good and scary memories to keep her alive in your heart. Take care, Sandy and Linda

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  9. I met her here, never in person, but I miss her already.

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  10. I bet she has taught you a lot... animals tend to do that...she enhanced patience, perserverance, humor, loyalty....oh and love...

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  11. True friendship is everlasting... nothing removes a past.

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  12. You made all Vandy's dreams come true, too. You allowed her to be who she was and loved her unconditionally. That's the greatest gift we can give. I know that doesn't make the good-bye any easier....

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  13. I'm sorry to hear this, Karin. If I remember correctly, you sort of saw it coming, and I hope that softens the blow a little. I sometimes puzzle over the fact that ornery beings sometimes seem more memorable than tame ones.

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  14. Oh, Karin. I'm so sorry to hear this. There are no words to say that will soften the pain I know you're feeling at the incredible loss of your friend. What a blessing to have been able to share as much time together as you did. I know you'll treasure the memories you have of her - even the ones where she scared the shit out of you.

    Be gentle with yourself today, my friend.

    Much love,
    Carolynn

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  15. I'm so sorry. Losing an animal friend has always been more difficult for me than losing a human one. Not quite sure why and what it says about me, but there you are. Hope you feel better soon x

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  16. So sorry to hear this news. I'm feeling teary for you!

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  17. Thanks for your words, very much. It's one of life's ironies, if irony is the right words, that I had to meet with a group at the stables this morning about a planned event later this month. I thought, "Either I can do this, or I'll just dissolve. We'll see what happens." And I could do it.

    Fortunately they were not people who knew the stables or knew about Vandy, because I think a kind word would have sent things in the opposite direction.

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  18. See what Vandy taught u! :-) see the strength u have? and if kind words were given- what a heck of a release... that's not such a bad thing..Cleansing is what it is.

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  19. I'm so sorry for your loss; Vandy was so important.

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  20. No way do you remember me but I remember you. Our horses would fight for lead position all the way through La Canada and back again. I think they took turns winning because they both hated to lose and then we'd have to walk them forever to cool them down again.

    Kelly F.

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  21. Sorry for your loss Karin. :(

    Come walk the old High Line with me and I'll sing you an old New York song...or two...

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  22. That's the best offer I've had all day, Kenny Mac.

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  23. Such a sad, sweet post...Vandy was much loved and will be sorely missed... Hugs...

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  24. I'm so sorry, Karin. I'm glad you had your Vandy and the dreams she made true. The pain when they go feels unbearable. Safe passage to her. x0

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  25. So sorry, Karin. What a beauty Vandy was. They break our hearts when they move on, don't they? So sorry.

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  26. I can't beat Kenny Mac's offer but I can walk with you in the wild woods of California whenever you feel up to it. What's with the time of year and the deaths of my friends' beloved companion animals?

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  27. Oh Karin, I'm so sorry to hear this... So very sad to loss a good friend... Vandy was a very beautiful creature and she will be sorely missed.

    When Flora died I remember you wrote a kind comment: "now Flora will meet my dog Bru, and he'll show her where to find all the meadows and beaches and soft pillows in heaven."
    I wish that now Vandy, Bru, Phoebe and Flora would be running free around meadows and beaches...

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  28. OMG! You're losing your loved ones much too fast. 1st a dog, and now your horse. I can feel the weight of just losing a dog - and that feels at least 900 pounds alone.

    Be especially good & generous 2 yourself in this time.

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  29. timely comment, Cafe. I just got back from cleaning out Vandy's locker. I'll write one last post on this, but it's not sad. I'm not sad. We had a good, long run.

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  30. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like the two of you had a great run.

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  31. Well, I thought I saw this floating around Facebook but I didn't want to think about it. Too much loss lately. I mist be getting old.

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  32. Sorry about Vandy. I just dropped by and saw the post. You gave her such a good life, and she you. Best to you. She might be with Winston. If so, it's a good start in a new life.

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