A Week Without Gabby and I’m An Absolute Mess

Last year we had a rough time getting Gabby through many illnesses and after a strange attack at Christmas I entered the new year thinking it would probably be our last together.  I did not expect to lose her this soon or sudden.  I wanted to return to blogging with a post sharing all the love, laughter and joy she brought to my life, but I have had a bad cold, a severe sciatic nerve attack and have discovered that the combination of my tears and cold create one helluva migraine and it’s impossible for me to do that right now.  In other words, without Gabby, I’ve become an absolute mess.  I have often joked that Gabby is the boss of the house and all of our backyard visitors and after a week I’ve discovered that is not a joke.  She kept us on a tight schedule and without her dictating our daily schedule I’m at a loss.  I wanted to thank all of you for allowing me to share my best friend with you and all of your wonderful comments over the years. 

Our First Blog Together

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  1. So sorry to hear this.
    Warm hugs to you.
    Kristiina

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and the hug was needed.

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  2. I am so so sorry for your loss of Gabby. May God soften your heartbreak and help you remember the beautiful times together through these tough days. Hugs and prayers….

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    1. Even though I’m crying constantly when I’m reminded everywhere I look of all the wonderful times we shared, I can still smile remembering how much we loved our adventures and our time spent together. Thank you for the hugs and prayers, they were definitely needed this week.

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  3. SoyBend says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and your health issues. She brightened up many of your followers days, as well as your own. Take care of yourself. 💗

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    1. Thank you. Gabby had a special way of always making me smile and laugh and I’m so glad she was able to make others smile. My cold is improving so at least there are no more migraines with the tears, but unfortunately my nerve pain is not improving and I’m going to see if a little Tiger Balm might help.

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      1. SoyBend says:

        Hope the Tiger Balm helps.

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  4. I read this post with tears in my eyes. Farewell, sweet Gabby. What a pleasure it has been getting to know you through the world of blogging. I know all too well how it breaks the heart to lose a beloved dog. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. Thank you and it’s been wonderful sharing the love of our dogs. I don’t know if I would have started a blog without Gabby by my side and I loved our blogging adventures. So many photos were taken with her by my side and posts written with her staring at me waiting for the next adventure.

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      1. Sigh. Again, so sorry.

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  5. Oh no! I’m so sorry for your loss. Please take care of yourself, physically and internally. Wishing you all the best and healing.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and thoughts.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. There is only one cure- puppy or kitten.

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    1. Thank you. Our house is so quiet that at one point I thought I should go out and get at least five puppies, but hopefully someday I’ll find another puppy that just has to come home with me.

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  7. I’m so very sorry to hear about Gabby. She certainly was a lovable little character.

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    1. Thank you. The tears have been flowing reading today’s comments and thank you for making me smile at “lovable little character.”

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  8. sandyjwhite says:

    So sorry you have lost your guiding light.

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    1. Thank you and through the tears I’ve been smiling at the masterful way she guided (and bossed) me through the days from beginning to end.

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  9. plaidcamper says:

    This is such sad, sad news – I’m so sorry to hear it, and can’t begin to imagine how you feel. Gabby was such a tremendous character, and we couldn’t help but smile each time she made an appearance on your blog. We won’t miss her like you are, but know she was a favourite of this little corner of the internet and will be much missed.
    Take care of yourself this coming weekend.

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    1. Thank you for the thoughtful words and enjoying Gabby’s feisty personality and fabulous wardrobe over the years. Everywhere I look I’m reminded of our wonderful time spent together and hopefully I will soon be able to smile over these memories instead of crying. Some memories are more powerful than others and after years of cruising around with Gabby, I have to stop myself from wanting to sell my Jeep and once my health improves I’ll probably be traveling much further for different Starbucks locations and parks since she happily bossed and dragged me around all the local towns for years.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh no, I’m crying over your loss of such a dear little friend. She may have been a bit of a tyrant, but oh, so adorable and a constant companion. I will miss seeing her in your posts. I’m sorry that you are dealing with illness on top of a broken heart. Take care of yourself and heal, dear friend.

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    1. Thank you and I’ve so enjoyed sharing Gabby with you. She was quite the tyrant and my mother and I have commented often this week that not only was she completely in charge of my house and me, but also somehow managed to let everyone visiting grandma’s house know that she was also the boss there. Even with her bossy says, she was the perfect best friend and we enjoyed so much together over the years.

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  11. M.B. Henry says:

    I am so so sorry about Gabby. She brought lots of light to us through her pictures – I can’t imagine how much joy and light she must have brought to you. Sending hugs ❤

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    1. Thank you for the hugs and I’m glad Gabby could brighten your days over the years. She brought so much love and joy to my life and it’s been wonderful to share some of those moments and even on the bad days she always managed to make me smile.

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  12. pattyanneart says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Gabby. Sending hugs and prayers.

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    1. She was an absolutely wonderful companion that gave so much joy, love and laughter every day. Thank you for the hugs and prayers.

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  13. myplaidheart says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your adorable Gabby was very blessed to have a mama who loved her so well. Hugs to you. Take care of yourself and hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you. We absolutely enjoyed our time together and Gabby somehow managed to make the simplest things about the day more fun. I spoiled her as much as I could and now I wish I had spoiled her even more. Thank you for the hugs and kind words.

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  14. My heart aches for you on the loss of your Gabby. She was so adorable. They are with us for such a short time. The one who rules our house and brings us joy and comfort every day is also Gabby. She is seven, a yellow lab, and we got her as a puppy shortly after congresswomen Gabby Giffords was shot. I thought she was so strong and brave that we named Gabby after her. I am grateful for every day that our Gabby is with us.

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    1. Thank you. For over fourteen years Gabby filled my days with love and laughter and it was a joy watching her march through the house and our days barking orders. Every day with her was a gift and adventure.

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  15. BJ says:

    I’m so sorry about Gabby. She was loved and she knew it! Pictures of her always made me smile. I know what it’s like to lose a much-loved dog and I hope the happy memories help and bring comfort. My heart goes out to you right now.

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    1. Thank you and I’m so glad you enjoyed my little blogging partner and best friend. We loved our days together and even with her age and health she always still expected every day to include something special for us to do together. The house is so quiet and strange, but everywhere I look is filled with special memories.

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  16. scifihammy says:

    Oh no! 😦
    So while I was dealing with the sudden loss of Little Monkey, you were doing exactly the same with darling little Gabby. I am so sorry for your loss and know what you must be going through. I hope that the joy she brought you will soon brighten your heart again. We can take some comfort that Gabby and LM are playing together right now. 🙂
    Sending many hugs.

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    1. Thank you for the hugs and smile thinking of Gabby and Little Monkey playing together and hopefully LM understanding her bossy attitude. I’ve thought of you often and the photos of LM always brightened my days along with the way Gabby filled my days with love, laughter and smiles. I’ve been able to smile remembering how much she bossed me around from morning to night while I go through the day noticing the quiet and her absence everywhere.

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      1. scifihammy says:

        Aw This is it. You wouldn’t think an ‘absence’ could be so big. I still look at the clock at 16.50 every day – to make LM’s supper.
        Hopefully the happy memories are replacing the most recent sad ones. 🙂

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  17. jillslawit says:

    I know it’s a bit late again as I have had to take a back step from blogging myself due to illness this year, but what can I say? Terribly sad news, I did enjoy all your adventures together and seeing Gabby keeping your backyard friends in order. Please take care of yourself and hope you get better soon. Sending positive thoughts from across the pond 🌤

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    1. Thank you for the positive thoughts and I’m glad you enjoyed Gabby’s little escapades. The backyard visitors are out of control now that my little supervisor isn’t busy barking all day and the house is so quiet. I hope you’re feeling better, I’m still struggling with the back and leg pain.

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  18. I guess i missed this post while being away from blogging due to my wife’s surgery. So sorry about Gabby. We both still cry a lot about our little Gabby’s passing away. They are truly family.
    From Walt Whitman:

    Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
    No birth, identity, form—no object of the world.
    Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
    Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.

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    1. Thank you. Nothing about my days feel the same with her gone, but her wonderful spirit and memories surround and help me through the days. I can laugh more often now over her wonderful personality and how not only was she family, but most days she had me convinced she was running the show. I enjoyed sharing our Gabbys and Gabby and I absolutely enjoyed and loved your comments over the years.

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  19. sorry little Gabby has passed and that you were under the weather! She was one of a kind and is not truly gone as long as you can remember her!

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    1. Thank you! Gabby was a wonderful companion and best friend and I loved our daily adventures. She could always make me smile on the good and bad days and after so many years of her running the house and setting the daily schedule, I’m still a little lost.

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