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Comforting Words

Below is a sampling of the heartfelt, thoughtful, and comforting words we have received during this difficult time.  We know that there are others, like us, who have experienced the tremendous loss of their furry family member(s).  Thank you for your support.  Doug and I are very grateful for your kindness.

Someone recently shared with me during times like these, during periods of great loss, to continue to have faith because “with great love all is possible!”

Katie and Doug


Dear Doug and Katie,

I am so sorry to learn that Biscuit passed away today.  That makes me very sad.  I know you must be heartbroken.  There is such a loss after losing a special pet.  I know your memories of Biscuit will last forever.  How lucky you both were to share this friendship.



Dear Doug and Katie,

I am soooo sad and very sorry to hear about Biscuit.  It makes me cry.  And I know you will be crying for a long time, Nothing replaces your lovy.   Please know I am thinking of all of you.




Hi Katie,

Just learned that Biscuit passed away today.  I am so sorry & I know there is nothing I can say to make things any easier for you.  Wish I was there to just give you a hug.

You & Doug were the best thing that ever happened for Biscuit & you gave him a good life.  You took care of all his medical issues doing everything humanly possible for him & he thanks you so much for that.  He is at peace now & is not suffering anymore.  You, Doug & Biscuit will be together again.

Maybe in time you can offer your heart & home to another lucky dog.  I think Biscuit would like that & he would want to see you happy again.  I know how special he was & there will never be another Biscuit.

Don & I are going tonight to see fireworks, but I will give you a call one night this week.  If there is anything at all I can do please let me know.

Our hearts go out to you & Doug & you are both in our thoughts & prayers.

Love, Charmi


Hi Katie and Doug,

Just wanted to say hi and that Mom told me about Biscuit today at John and Linda’s.  He was a special dog and will be missed.  I know he meant a lot to you.  Keeping you in my thoughts during this difficult time.




I am so sorry Katie and Doug.  Biscuit touched so many in a short period of time.  Remember the fun and the joy and know this: all dogs go to heaven.  You will meet again.  Gina


Dear Katie and Doug,

Sandy and I were very sorry to read about Biscuit’s passing.  He obviously provided you with much joy, happiness; and you provide Biscuit with the same feelings and much love.  You helped a special animal, a dog, who might have missed out without your presence.  You will miss him, a wonderful and important part of your family!

Best Wishes,


Milo & Sandy

I am so very sorry to hear about Biscuit.  You have my deepest sympathies.  I know how much you love him and I am truly sorry you and Doug have to go through this.  I didn’t realize he was that sick.  You have my thoughts and prayers.  Let me know if you need anything.




Our hearts go out to you.  We are so sorry about Biscuit.  I read your blog this morning.  What a loving tribute to such a wonderful dog.  Yours and Doug’s love shines through in every line.  He was one lucky dog to have such a wonderful Momma and Daddy.

Only time will make the pain of losing Biscuit less intense.  His memory will be with you always….and you have some truly beautiful and wonderful memories of him and your time with him.

Know that we are here for you always.  We loved Biscuit very much and he will remain in our hearts forever and ever.  His photos will continue to grace our home.

Biscuit truly adored you both and his life was so much richer for having been rescued by you both.  He may no longer be with us physically, but his spirit and memory will live forever.

We love you dearly.  If you need anything, please let us know.

Love, Mom


Dear Katie and Doug,

Thank you for keeping me in Biscuit’s life.  I have never placed a sheltie who has been so venerated and love as Biscuit.  Thanks for bringing shelties to the public eye with your wonderful photos and contest winnings.  You are truly amazing.  Your tribute was awesome.

I know your house will be empty for a while.  Hopefully, when you move into the new house you will want a new start for everyone.  Maybe by Christmas there will be a new dog here that will need you as much as Biscuit did.  Please keep in touch even if it is not about Biscuit – we are still friends!

Carol and the Sheltie Gang

Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc.


Dear Katie & Doug,

I know words are lame at this time of terrible sorrow, but I hope it helps a little to know that others are thinking of you and remembering ever so fondly your little Biscuit.  May the time be swift until you can look back with more smiles than tears.  Love is all.  Keep giving it, even when you get hurt.  I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

Condolences & Hugs,




I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  You gave him a wonderful life and he was very very lucky to have found you and your husband. I wish you had gotten more time with him.

There’s nothing I can say or do to make it easier, I know, and the time it takes to heal takes too much time entirely.

I am so sorry.

If there is any way I can help, just let me know.




OMG…How are you?  How is your wife?  I am soo soo sorry to hear about Biscuit.  I know there are no words to express your grief, but please know that I am praying for strength for you and your family.  Take care and give your wife my love.




I was sad to hear the news of precious Biscuit.  What a fabulous dog that you rescued……….and after reading your blog……..he rescued you and Doug right back by sharing such an unconditional love.  The love, the looks, the “quirks” (which we all have but so much cuter in our animals), the gusto for little mundane things in life that might get overlooked if you had not shared them with Biscuit.  He grew into such a beautiful gentle dog and now an ever present spirit.  I know it is a struggle and the meltdowns will be replaced by more and more fond memories, stories, chuckles and banter about the best dog that shared and enriched your life in ways beyond compare!   Even some of the “crappy” stories become worth remembering and will make you laugh.   My heart feels for you……..  Hugs for Biscuit, you, and Doug.




I am so sorry to hear this news.

Biscuit was a very lucky dog to have had the devotion of both of you.  And you both were lucky to have had the good fortune of Biscuits walk with you for part of your journey through this life.  We all will miss Biscuit but know that he is in greener pastures and walks on his well deserved path through the heavens.



As I’m crying reading this word can not express how truly sorry I am that you lost Biscuit.  You guys both gave him the best. I know that you guys did everything you could do to make him happy and healthy.  Please let me know when I can talk to you both, I know you must still be very sad and upset so when you feel up to it.

With love and prayers,

Beth and Terena


Katie and Doug,

There is nothing I can say that you don’t already know.

You rescued Biscuit and he responded with a love unlike anything you have ever felt before.

Cherish those times with him.  Let the tears flow for they are tears of a deep and true love for one of God’s greatest creations.

He is happy and pain free now, playing and waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for the day that you are all together again.

You are in our thoughts and prayers, and Biscuit is forever in our memories.


John, Cathy, & Maggie


Hi Katie, I am very sorry to hear this news.  You must be very sad.  I was not expecting this so soon. Did you have any indication?  I’m glad you were with him when he passed.  Our hearts go out to you.  Kenji and I have both lost beloved pets.  I know it is not an easy thing to go through.  May all of your memories give you some comfort.  And know that Biscuit is at peace now, hopefully chasing clouds in doggy heaven.




I’m sorry to hear about biscuit’s passing….at least he was happy for the last few years and was well taken care of.  It didn’t sound like there was any more you and Doug could have done for him.




Words cannot express the sadness we feel upon hearing this news.

Biscuit was loved by all of us.    Thank God that he found you to spend the beautiful time he had on earth with.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Biscuit

With much love and sadness,

The Wilson family


I am sobbing.  He was such a Beautiful little doggie.  The way you loved him, stepping right into pet parenthood with such grace and deep devotion had touched me knowing what it is like, myself, to love a furkid.

I am going to lunch with my neighbor and got on here to print a restaurant coupon I have.  I just got finished putting on my makeup.

I have to go wash my face and try to put it back on again. But I can’t stop the tears, floodgates wide open.

With a very heavy heart, I am so sorry for your Loss.




I am so, so, so…..sorry to hear about biscuit.  I am very sad.  How are you and Doug doing?  Please hang in there and know that Biscuit is watching and his spirit is with you.




Hi Katherine:

I just saw your post about Biscuit and I wanted to write back to you personally.  Three years ago, we lost our beloved dog Charlie (he too was my muse for 12 years) so I know the heartbreak you are feeling.  I remember dreading the day that we would lose him and it was unexpected but regardless, you can never fully prepare yourself.  I wanted to let you know I think you really shared yourself with the public through your blog and all the writings you did about Biscuit and what he meant to you and your husband.  It was done very tastefully and you will always have all your writings and of course, images to look back on.

I had so many images of Charlie – everywhere I turned, there he was.  It took me awhile to be able to look at all those years of portraits, but now I look back on all of it, and we laugh about how crazy he was and the joy he gave us.  I also put my grief into a creating a sympathy book called Saying Goodbye, which I would like to send to you.  You won’t want to look at it right away, but over time, you might want to.  I found that I needed a creative outlet to put my grief, and I have no doubt that you will find a creative way to cope with your loss.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Thinking of you, Kim



I’m so very sorry to hear about Biscuit’s passing.  I will be thinking about you and your husband.  I don’t know if it helps, but in my neighborhood we say that dogs like Biscuit “win doggie lotto” when they get to live in such a loving home as yours. I know that you all benefited greatly by being in each other’s lives.

Take good care during this difficult time.





I am so sorry to hear about Biscuit’s passing. Biscuit was so happy when he was with you guys; clearly evidenced by great pictures you took of him.  My heart goes out to you and Doug.  If you are around tonight or later this week, I’d like to give you a call.



What a beautiful tribute to Biscuit, this just shows how much love was given to him.  It is amazing how they become a member of our family.  Our Cocker, Andy, is now 13.  So many memories.  On June 17th I bumped our Andy with our van.  He is now recovering, with every other day trips to the vet for bandage changes (pretty much skinned him on his right side).  The vet says he is healing fantastic.  We love our animals like our kids.  God Bless.



Dear Katie and Doug,

I am SO SORRY that Biscuit passed away.  It is really tough for you even though you know he has health problems, but the day came too soon.  I really feel so sad and warm and fuzzy reading your story of your precious time with Biscuit. Biscuit had certainly influenced you so greatly that you got involved again with photography.

I hope the fantastic daily memories and trips with Biscuit will sustain you both in this time of grief.

I am thinking of you all and continue praying for you.




Dear Katie,

I’m truly sorry for your loss and hope that you find solace and peace in this time of grief. If there is anything that we can do, please let me know.  My prayers are with you and with Biscuit as he moves on.  I’ve have put him on our prayers list.

With Love,



Your relationship/companionship with Biscuit was extraordinary and makes you realize that there are some dogs, just as some people, who are very special in this world.  I hope and pray that energy carries Biscuit over into the next life or place that we go to.  The blog posts are very touching.

Dr. Hitt


I am so sorry Katie for the loss of Biscuit. Losing a pet is as difficult as losing any family member.  Animals are like children as they are innocent and to see them sick is just as heart-wrenching.  I hope you can find comfort in that he is no longer sick; and I believe that pets go someplace special, just like people when they pass on.  He is not truly gone.  He will always be in your hearts and I know he understands all of the love that you two gave him.  I think he was better traveled that I am, lol.  You brought him to so many amazing places and he was truly a part of your life. Your in my thoughts as you heal through this difficult time.



Hi, Katie (and Doug).  I have no perfect words to express how truly sad I am for both of you.  Biscuit brought both of you so much happiness and it hurts to know that he isn’t here any longer to do that.  The sentiments on your blog speak volumes to the incredible love Doug and you had for Biscuit.  I hope the pain of his passing diminishes little by little with each passing day and eventually the pain you feel now is replaced with all of the happy memories he gave to you.  I will make a donation in Biscuit’s memory to the rescue shelter within the next several days.

Keeping Doug and you in my heart and thoughts  …  Sandi


Dear Katie:

I read your email about Biscuit with tears in my eyes.  I am so very sorry that he passed away.  The pain and sorrow you feel right now will be with you for awhile, but, eventually your pain will lessen.  It helped me to realize that my dogs are still my dogs no matter where they are.  I believe I will be reunited with all my loved ones someday, including my pets.  I had a dream (vision?) one night before I fell asleep that my Dad was walking on a green hill with my dog Randy.  My Dad died many years before I got Randy and I hope this was a glimpse of heaven.

There is an artist Lara Harris that did a beautiful painting of the rainbow bridge.  (Studiolara316 on Etsy).  Are you familiar with that poem?  I think I may have Lara paint my dogs at the bridge sometime and I’ll try to send her link to you.  Now, it is even more important that I have a photo of Biscuit.  It will be my pleasure to honor his life in my home.

I’m here if you need someone to talk to or share stories about Biscuit with.

Take care, Sharon


Hi Katie,

I am so sorry to hear about Biscuit.  I cried tonight as I was catching up on your blog.   Your husband’s letter to Biscuit is very poignant.

The love that the three of you shared was very special and I know you’ll always remember him with love and joy.  Despite the pain you feel now, it will lessen with time.

Thank you for sharing him with the world as much as you did.  I have no doubt that he brought many, many smiles!

Please know that my thoughts are with you and your husband.

All the best,


Daily Dog Tag


Hi Katie,

Beautiful letter that Doug wrote.  Made me cry…he so encapsulated the bond that we have with our animals.

This is a hard time but it does get lighter even though it feels like it never will.  The happy times are what we remember with time.

I hope a little sheltie that needs your love will be directed to you both by Biscuit in his continuing travels.



My deepest sympathies I extend to you and Doug!  I know all too well the depth of loss of a four legged-friend. Yesterday would have been Rex’s 14th birthday had he not left us last September at a respectable age.  I was thinking all day about how in a mere 13 years of his full life, we forged such deep relations and though he had a full life span, the sadness of his absence from this earth seems sometimes unbearable.  Such is the price of true love and attachment…. Like you say, compensated by the indescribable joy.  Biscuit was one lucky fellow.  Thanks for your inspiration on all fronts.

Sending love!




to me, the silver linings are all the moments you spent with darling Biscuit.  you were so very blessed to have him in your lives, Katie, and the three of you experienced such a sharing of love and compassion.  the deeper the feelings and the attachment, the deeper the suffering.

loss of a loved one is considered a “true suffering” in Buddhism, with the point being that these kinds of sufferings are natural while we are ordinary beings.  as a Buddhist, you view it as incentive to do the work (study, meditation, etc.) to become an enlightened being (or at least become liberated yourself) so you don’t have to continue to experience.  but in the meantime, we’re destined to experience it if we allow ourselves to love and become attached.

so what’s the alternative?  I would rather love to my largest capacity and take the grief and suffering — like the most wonderful quote you had about choosing to love animal companions despite knowing it will likely cause grief at some point.  Buddhism wants you to not get too attached to any one being in order not to suffer, but we are who we are.  so we suffer.

Buddha says that the end of rising is falling; the end of coming is going; the end of life is death, etc.  all is impermanence — nothing stays the same.  death is reality.

for what it’s worth, my best advice is two things:

1) let yourselves grieve; cry, cry, cry or yell or whatever you need to do, whenever the need arises

2) BE THANKFUL.  it may not feel like it at the moment, but you have so much to be thankful for!  think of the many, many moments of joy you got to experience because this life touched yours.  be thankful that Biscuit found you — seriously, could he POSSIBLY have had two better parents?!?  (I think not!!!)  be thankful that the two of you did not have to leave HIM.  be thankful of what it did for your photography.  be thankful of the people it brought together through your blog.  I’m sure I could go on, but you get the point.  You were TRULY BLESSED to have him in your lives, Katie.  If he lived to be 16, he would still die too soon.  it was his karma and his time.

we have karmic connections though, so chances are you’ll meet him again, one way or the other, if that helps.

I really can’t say this enough:  I am so deeply, deeply sorry for your loss, Katie.

with love,



Dear Katie – This is a hard note to write.  Meeting you and Biscuit was a wonderful thing for me.  It was almost like having Major all over again.  Your notes and photos were so descriptive I felt I could almost feel Biscuit’s fur and look in his eyes.  You can’t help but be sad but later you will realize how lucky you were.  Most people never really know what it is to give and receive love   from a furry friend.  In Biscuit’s short life he had such an impact on many people and other dogs.  I don’t like the term “pet” – to me they are a family member.  Wouldn’t you rather have had Biscuit in your life and have to give him up than never have known him?  I understand how very hard it is.  I would cry at the mention of Major’s name and sometimes still do.  I was hoping Biscuit would get to move to the new house.  Thank you so much for the cards and pictures to remember him by.  What a beautiful boy he was.  After much thought I have decided the best thing I can do is make a donation to the Sheltie rescue in his name.   I will give you a call some evening soon.  I would love to stay in touch.  Biscuit can never be replaced but who knows maybe sometime down the line another little Sheltie in need of love will come into your life.

Wish I could give you a hug.

With love and sympathy, Pat


Dearest Katie and Doug,

I just learned tonight of Biscuit’s passing.

My heart is deeply touched and I can only imagine your loss.  You cared for him with love.  He brought meaning and comfort to yours.  He brightened your life and I believe many others.  Such a beautiful exchange.

I feel I know Biscuit.  His life was too short but so powerful and meaningful.  I loved to hear of his experiences and you so elegantly shared them.  Due to this, I felt I could see him even beyond his photographs.

My word could not be clearer.  I believe you will begin to see this precious Biscuit in all the animals you will come in contact with know from now on.  To love an animal as you have both have done is to love all animals with the same heart of knowledge of their vulnerability and their worth beyond human words or comparison.

Do know that all the good he brought to you and to others in this world is now his to receive.  We will perform a Phowa for him and to transfer his consciousness to the Pure land beyond suffering and pain.

Katie, let me know if a call would be meaningful I am happy to speak with you and have you share your experience.   It would be my privilege.  We have said prayers for his rebirth tonight here at the Meditation Center and will continue too.

May the blessing of all the Buddha’s rain down upon him and hold him and you deeply with the hook of their compassion.

With Love and Prayers,



Biscuit Orvis Beach

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