Saturday, November 19, 2016

Harley Doodle Barley - R.I.P.

July 4, 2005 - November 19, 2016

"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."  
~Edith Wharton

"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 and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that 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

"I love a dog. 
He does nothing for political reasons."  
~Will Rogers

"Corgis are Welsh in origin . . . They're such characters - a mixture of a dog and a cat, I think. They especially don't like to be scolded in public. They talk back; they growl and show their teeth and pretend they're frightfully savage. However, they never criticize. You're always beautiful to them."
-excerpt from The Private World of Tasha Tudor 

"If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call—come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing: The one best place to bury a dog is in the heart of his master."

-Ben Hur Lampman, Oregonian, 1925

I Loved You Best
by Jim Willis So this is where we part, My Friend, and you'll run on, around the bend, gone from sight, but not from mind, new pleasures there you'll surely find. I will go on, I'll find the strength, life measures quality, not its length. One long embrace before you leave, share one last look, before I grieve. There are others, that much is true, but they be they, and they aren't you. And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought, will remember well all you've taught. Your place I'll hold, you will be missed, the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed. And as you journey to your final rest, take with you this...I loved you best.


Nancy said...

Kaye, my heart goes out to you, I understand completely what this means to you. There simply are not adequate words to express the grief at losing a beloved companion, I wish you peace,

Lesa said...

I'm sitting here crying. Harley is the only dog I've ever cried over, so I can't imagine how you and Donald feel. I'm so so sorry. He took a little bit of my heart as well. Rest in peace, Harley Doodle Barley.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about Harley Doodle Barley (I just loved his name :) You could see he was very much loved by you and Donald. I'll miss is adorable photos :(


BPL Ref said...

Kaye, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. My heart breaks for you. At times such as this, there are always two quotations which come to mind:

Whenever we love, we give hostages to fortune.

And, from Emily Dickinson,

"Parting is all we know of heaven/ And all we need of hell."

Rest in peace, sweet Harley, you were always best loved.


Charlotte said...

Dear Kaye,
I have prayed every day for Harley like I told you I would, even this morning before I read the above article. My heart goes out to you and
Donald. I have a seven year old Westie that I love with my whole ❤️ so I know that stronge feeling you have. I have been where you are now from other pets that I have lost throughout the years. I will be praying for you both in the coming days.
So sorry for your loss.

Lynn in Texas said...

Kaye, I've been mostly offline with family obligations and just saw your post on FB about Harley. We're so sorry about your loss, and empathize with your grief. I have lost many pets but my lil corgi Maxie was my joy and even though we lost him several years ago I miss him all the time. (It's hard to type through my tears for you and Donald) Max and Harley even looked alike and I'll bet they'll be great friends now, if there is such a thing, over the Rainbow Bridge. Cavorting and barking and getting into mischief! Harley was loved by so many of your friends and we will all miss him, too.
My deepest sympathy and big hugs of love to y'all. xxx ooo