Bye, Holmes. Please Love Him.

February 13, 2012

Holmes left for Chicago today.  On Saturday I had worked myself over to the point that I could drop him off at American Air Cargo.  We showed up, but it was too cold in Chicago at the time he was scheduled to arrive so they sent me home.  I had my boy for two more nights.  Today it should be in the low 30s in the Windy City (specifically at O’Hare), so the cargo office accepted him.

I froze water in one of the required food dishes, gave him one of the new fish toys, he had an antler, he was wearing his Thundershirt.  I bathed him yesterday so his coat was gleaming and his white was blinding.  There he sat on the scale at precisely 70 pounds (if he’d weighed more, the fish toy would have been overboard).  I posted this photo on Facebook while I sat in the parking lot and cried my eyes out.  I love this boy.

To Anne, Josh, Oliver, Zoey and Holmes’ new Cardi sister Chloe — please love the stuffin’ out of Holmes.  He deserves it.


  1. Taryn says:

    Awwww, Penni, you just made me teary and I’ve never even met Holmes. I hope he has a safe journey and a well-loved life.

  2. Julie says:

    I am so sorry you have to give him up, but what an incredibly lucky family. And lucky Holmes to be so well loved. ((hug))

  3. Robin says:

    This picture and your good heart…made me cry too. He is so lucky to have had you and to be going to a loving home. Please let us know about his safe arrival. Hugs to you.

  4. traci says:

    Oh Penni…. i am in tears at the thought of what that was like for you. I wish Holmes well in his new adventures…. hugs to you…..

  5. Susan says:

    I know how hard this is, Penni. I know you will grieve for his loss, even while you rejoice at the wonderful new home he has. Lots of hugs to you and to Holmes.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Awww, it made me tear up, too! Always wrenching, but will be the best for him.

  7. jean from NM says:

    Been thinking about you all day, Penni, and it brings tears to my eyes too. Maybe tomorrow will be a little better.

  8. Kim Gibson says:

    Oh Penni, I so feel your pain. It is without a doubt my biggest worry . You vet homes, run back ground checks, but in the end it is a leap of faith. And with that comes all the mixed emotions of saying …”God speed!”. Keep us updated on his new loving home!

  9. Amy Hill says:

    What a lucky family to have your sweet boy. It does take lots of courage to send them off!

  10. Valerie says:

    I also had tears in my eyes reading your blog Penni. You love Holmes so much. He will have a wonderful home and I look forward to seeing updates from his new family!!

  11. Lani says:

    You’re such a good dog mom, Penni. I know how hard it is.