Be Seeing You, Patty

Patty in 2013
Patty in 2013

We said goodbye to Patty today. She had been declining at a rapid pace recently and the vet determined she was riddled with cancer with no reasonable options for treatment. She was 9 years old.

Nicknamed Peanut Butter Patty because of her love of skillfully polishing the insides of peanut butter jars, she was very special to us. She never had a harsh word for anyone and despite being the former target of Linus’s aggression, she remained his only friend until her death. Patty vigilantly mourned at the graveside of each of our dogs as we buried them over the years. Today it is her turn to rest. We already miss her loving nature and kind heart. She was one of those dogs who make you want to be a better human.

41 thoughts on “Be Seeing You, Patty

  1. What heartbreaking news. This is so sad and I’m sending out good karma and comfort to you and Billy. So so sorry.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve lost three of my wonderful dogs this year. I know they are free of their pain and are together. They gave me 13 wonderful years for which I am eternally grateful. I know I will see them again as I am sure you will be reunited with your sweet Patty.

  3. Warm summer sun,
    Shine kindly here,
    Warm southern wind,
    Blow softly here.
    Green sod above,
    Lie light, lie light.
    Good night, dear heart,
    Good night, good night.
    – Mark Twain

  4. Another star in the sky . . . run free with your friends who have gone on before, Angel Patty. Peace and comfort to your family who love you and will miss you.

  5. I’m so sorry. Nothing anyone can say or do will make the pain of losing her go away. I know you have many happy memories that will keep her in your heart forever.

  6. Shirley – No words can take away the pain in your heart but please know you and Billy are in my thoughts. I hope you will keep Patty’s wonderful memories close to your heart so when you think of her, you will remember them and only smile. Sending you hugs from Memphis!

  7. Shirley and Billy, I am deeply sorry for your loss of Patty. I remember when she and Linus were born and over the years through Flickr, etc. watched her grow up. It is never easy to say good-bye to one of our Peter Pans, for they fill our lives with a special kind of love that only a flatcoat can share. Hugs from me, Seeker and Magic.

  8. So sorry for your loss. Flat-Coats are even harder to lose than most dogs. They’re so loveable! Damn cancer!

  9. I’m very sorry to hear this. Our dogs are such a huge part of our lives. Peace to Patty and her humans.

  10. I will ask the folks to look for her. What a gorgeous girl. I am sure you will miss her so. I am thankful for the time you had together.

    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
    When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
    – Kahlil Gibran

  11. Thank you to everyone for all the kindness. Your support means a lot to me and to Billy as well. It makes the stumbling through a little easier these first days. I will be back on the blog tomorrow.

  12. Shirley and Billy, I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to be without someone you loved so much.

  13. Keep your loving memories close, especially the ones were she made you laugh. That’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten about losing a loved one (any being, large or small), and hope it helps just a little bit. Hugging the rest of your loved ones helps a lot too, and luckily you have some absolutely great ones to hug. :-)

  14. always sad when they go but they really never leave..
    sometimes beloved passengers must disembark so that other riders may board despite our reassurances that there is room ( in our hearts) for all travelers

  15. You often call out my outrage often accompanied by tears, but today you released a flood of tears and grief that caught me by surprise. Your eulogy captured that magical quality really sweet dogs share with us. Dogs inform my every act, sitting on my shoulder the unattainable ideal of unfettered joy and honesty. Optimists all shaming the best of us with their effortless ability to dive into their too short lives with such abandon and conviction I cant imagine they would waste their time with the likes of us. But God I’m glad they do.

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