Cherish (photo added)

July 26, 2012

Yesterday my friend Susan (Shields) Long said goodbye to her sweet red boy Kearney (DC Bluefox’s Kearney).  She took him to the bridge because he was in so much pain from an aggressive brain tumor.  It was about a month from the time she realized he was not well until yesterday.  Kear would have been three years old on Sunday.  Although there are so many unanswered questions, this is not a time to ask, but rather it is time to turn to the dogs still with us and to let them know how much we appreciate them and the joy they share with us.  Dogs’ life spans are too short so when a dog, like Kearney, must go so early, it is terribly painful.  I will always remember Kearney moving his stock in his workmanlike manner, completely tuned to Susan’s requests.  I must believe (to stem the tears) that there are sheep and ducks over the Rainbow Bridge, and that Kearney already has them in good order.

That’ll do, Kearney.  Good dog!


  1. Holly says:

    My heart is with Susan during this horrible time.

  2. Nancy Andrist says:

    Very nicely written, Penni. I am in shock. My heart is also with Susan.

  3. Alden says:

    I’m so very sorry. I saw Susan’s post on Corgiherders. My heart goes out to her. What a sad loss.

    Hugs Lowri from half-brother Watson.

  4. Jill says:

    Oh how sad, my prayers are with Susan and all who loved Kearney.

  5. Taryn says:

    Susan’s post really hit me hard. Kearney was such a young boy and an amazing herder for his tender age. Life can be so very unfair. I very definitely went home and hugged my boys!

  6. Lisa says:

    I am so very sorry to hear that Penni. My thoughts are definitely with Susan during this trying time!

  7. Nancy Wirz says:

    It is hard enough when you have to let go of an old dog when their infirmities and pain,leave you no quarter. With a young and talented dog like Kearney, it must be unbearable for Susan. Lowri must also be at a loss because her bestest buddy is no longer there. My thoughts and condolences to them both.

  8. Carol Teal says:

    My heart is breaking for Susan. Please give her my best. I’ll hug my two and be extra thankful for them in Kearny’s honor.

  9. C-Myste says:

    That is just NOT FAIR!!

    Tears :,(

  10. Susan says:

    Thanks, Penni. Already the great memories are rolling back into my mind. He was such a smart, fun little dog.

  11. Jenn says:

    Many hugs to Susan and Lowri. There are no words that suffice. :,(

  12. Tricia says:

    What a heartbreaking loss for Susan. It’s hard enough when they leave us at 15, but a much-loved dog at 3, the worst.

  13. jean from NM says:

    Such a terrible loss. So very very sorry.

  14. Kathy M. says:

    OH…there are no words for these situations. My heart goes out to Susan. It is a LOT harder to lose a dog before they’re really ready to go at a ripe old age. Deepest condolences for your loss. Cherish the good memories. With time those will be the ones you will always keep. For now, cherish those that are still with you. They will help to heal your heart.

  15. So awful. So shocking. I remembered he was young, but hadn’t remembered how young.

    He was such a good boy.

    So clear that “fairness” is a human construct, with no meaning outside of human endeavor…….