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Donations in Biscuit’s Honor

It is with great heartfelt sadness that Biscuit passed away during the afternoon of Sunday, July 7, 2013, a warm and sunny day; Biscuit passed peacefully in my arms at home with Doug by our side.  Our hearts are very sad because of the great loss in our lives.  Biscuit is an irreplaceable family member and loyal companion who we loved with all of our hearts.  We miss Biscuit deeply.  Our life is not the same without him by our side.  You can read our tribute to Biscuit here.

We hope that Biscuit’s story touched your life.  If you wish, you may make a donation to the Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc.,  in Biscuit’s honor and memory to help other shelties like Biscuit.  (On January 7, 2010, we adopted Biscuit from the Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc.).

The Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc. gave Biscuit a home and an opportunity for a second chance at life.  If it were not for this dog rescue organization, we would not have met Biscuit and had the opportunity to rescue and adopt him and see him blossom and experience life with us.  He truly thrived and made the most of the time he had remaining in this life and he rescued us as well.  These dog rescue organizations like the Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc., are vital homes for rescue dogs in order for them to have an opportunity to receive furever homes like Biscuit received.  I am certain that Biscuit’s story has inspired others to consider rescuing a dog(s) in need of a furever home.

Doug and I are grateful that we were able to be at home with Biscuit as he transitioned to his next life.  I wanted to share just minutes before Biscuit passed away, as he laid in my lap and in my arms, I noticed a white heart shape marking in his fur on the bottom portion of his neck, pictured below.  Biscuit was shaved in this area from his recent surgery and we had not noticed this marking since his drain and his cone were both removed last week.  I am grateful for seeing this heart marking on Biscuit.  Perhaps it is a sign of Biscuit’s mutual love for us before he said good-bye for now.  We know Biscuit did everything he could to stay with us for as long as he did.  In fact, Biscuit’s strength was quite remarkable given his circumstances.  He was always a very persistent little guy.  At times, I think that he was stronger than us.

Additionally, on the evening Biscuit passed away, during the time of our usual evening walk with Biscuit, Doug and I witnessed on our walk together, a beautiful and breathtaking bight orange and pink sunset like no other sunset we had ever seen before.  Perhaps it was Biscuit telling us, in his own way, that he was OK and that we would be OK.  Doug and I also observed two rainbows during Biscuit’s final days.  We believe that these are positive signs for all of us.

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”  ~Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground

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Thank you for keeping Biscuit in your thoughts and prayers over the past few months.  We are very appreciative.  Also, thank you for all of the heartfelt e-mails and calls during this difficult time.  It means so much to us.  We have experienced so much kindness, especially from people whom we have never met in person, whom I have gotten to know via the blog, who also loved our little Biscuit.  Thank you so very much for your kindness and empathy — we are truly grateful.  Thank you.

A friend shared these words, below, with us.  We find that these words are very true, especially during the painful loss of a furry family member.  Biscuit was our first furry family member; and there will never be another little Biscuit.

“There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals.  It is a cycle unlike any other.  To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge they will be broken seems incomprehensible.  Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.”

Suzanne Clothier

Our Sweet Dear Biscuit

Our Sweet Dear Biscuit

Your Daddy and I cannot thank you enough for all of the unconditional love, joy, and light you have brought into our lives.  You have opened my heart in ways that I never imagined.  I have you to thank for teaching me so many things and, most of all, you have taught me so much about myself.  You have truly been a gift in our lives.  Even though we have only had a short two and half years together, we lived as if we had thirty years together.  You were always an integral part of our lives.  We experienced many adventures and wonderful moments together in a short period of time.  I am grateful for our special and unique relationship and bond, link no other.

Our lives were truly enriched by you.  You always made everything better.   All of  our trips and outings were made so much better because of you!  One of my favorites times with you was going to Hubbards Beach in Nova Scotia!  We drove two times with you all the way up to Nova Scotia, and you always traveled so well!  You loved the beach!  You ran on the sand on the beach as though you did not have arthritis.  As you know, two of your photographs from Hubbards Beach were featured — one on the Jones Soda Co. bottles; and you (and your image) also represented the Orvis Petfinder Commitment promoting dog rescue along with being an Orvis Cover Dog Winner!  You are truly an inspiration for dog rescue!  We also loved traveling to Vermont with you, which ended up being our last trip together.  You went to the Orvis Flagship store; and we got to go atop Mount Equinox with you!  I will never forget these moments that we shared with you.  Also, if it were not for you, your Uncle Nick would not have been rescued!  You also brought wonderful people into our lives that we would not have met otherwise because of meeting you.

We loved pushing you around in your Hound About during our trips and outings together!  You always were so excited with your tail wagging and smiling when we pulled out your Hound About and assembled it together for a walk!  Whether that was for a walk around the Harbor or a stroll around downtown Halifax you always received countless compliments on your handsome looks — you are, afterall, the most handsome sheltie dog ever!

I always enjoyed coming home and being greeted by you.  You were always happy to see me and you always were ready for your afternoon walk and dinner!  You loved dinner time!  I loved how you always used your paw to receive more treats/kibble — one of your trademarks.  I had a little custom-made totem to always keep on display of you raising your little paw!  I also had a heart totem made to commemorate our family.  It took a few months for you to adjust to living with us in your new home; and I will never forget the first time you raised your paw to connect with us for the first time while sitting on your bed in the living room — this was the first visible sign that you felt comfortable with us.  Of course, you quickly learned that all you had to do was raise your paw and you got you more treats/kibble!

I have so many wonderful memories of our outings together as well as our quiet moments together.  I always enjoyed your company and companionship, especially in the mornings while I got ready; and during the evenings when I worked late on the computer.  You were always by my side.  I miss your smile; your big and clear brown eyes; the sound of your nails hitting the hardwood floors as you followed us around the house; and your licks and kisses before bed each night.  I miss holding you in my arms — especially when we took car rides together.  I miss our daily walks together.  I will always have my memories of our time together.  Your image is firmly imprinted in my mind and heart.

I am so thankful and grateful for you.  Thank you for being my muse.  You brought photography back into my life post law school.  I had no idea how much I really need my photography in my life.  Thank you for this wonderful gift.  I cannot thank you enough.

We love you so much and you will never leave our hearts.  I hope that you knew how much you mean to us, which cannot truly be expressed in words.  I am certain, when the time is right, that you will bring another furry friend into our lives who needs a furever home like yourself.  I am so happy that we traveled on this journey together with you and that we were able to witness your wonderful transformation from a very sad and extremely timid dog living on the streets of North Carolina to a handsome, confident, loyal, and loving companion.  We witnessed you blossom into our little Biscuit who captured our hearts!  Our little felt family, displayed in our home, will always be a reminder of our wonderful time together.  Your painting will also always be displayed in our home.  Most importantly, you will always be a part of our family.

Thank you for everything, our little Biscuit.  You were a gift to us.  This blog, named after you, will continue in your name and in your honor and memory and it will always remain a constant reminder of the wonderful joy and truly positive impact you have had in our lives.  You will always inspire my photography; and you are the inspiration and the impetus for starting my dog photography project that I am working on which is dedicated to you.  I am so incredibly grateful for our time together.  You are my teacher.  We are both honored to have been your Mamma and Daddy.  Your photographs will always be proudly displayed in our home; your memory will never leave our hearts.  Thank you for all of the joy you brought to us in a short period of time — you are truly a wonderful gift and blessing.  We know that we will see each other again and we know that you are always with us.   We miss you deeply; and we are grateful for you entering our lives at the perfect time.   We love you always and you will always be with us forever.  Each day with you was truly a gift.

Love always,

Mamma & Daddy

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