“At the end of my life, with just one breath left,
if you come, I’ll sit up and sing.”
There is no such thing as an easy goodbye, even when one knows that it is time. We have had a quiet week at the ranch; reflecting on all of the beautiful memories, and mourning the loss of one of our dearest friends, Moonlight.
He came to us out of the darkness, one quiet moonlit night, our beautiful old Shepherd. He moved into the ranch with the easy grace of a lion, and completely of his own accord became protector of the horses and warden of the pasture… always keeping a watchful eye over us all.
I see him there still, in the pasture, lying in the cool leafy shade.
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails
and the moon walks.”
Beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog. 😦 What a beautiful place for him to have lived.
I am so sorry Moonlight has gone. Sounds like he was quite a character. Sweet memories. xx
I am so sorry…saying goodbye is extraordinarily painful. I’m glad you are able to celebrate what a joy he was in your life and home. He sounds like a wonderful companion.
Susan and Wrigs said:
I am so sorry for your loss! Moonlight chose well when he appeared at your ranch that night. I know you miss him terribly and send you hugs during this difficult time.
No words can sooth your loss of Moonlight. Such a kind and gentle face. I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye to your companion, friend, protector. I’m so sad for you but happy that he had you and you him. Gentle Hugs Katherine. My heart is broken for everyone who loved him there. xoK
I can barely type right now as I can’t see the screen through all of my tears for your loss. I am so saddened to hear that Moonlight went to Heaven. Words cannot express how much this has affected me, and I am sure you as well. You are in my thoughts today. It is hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful companion and loyal friend. My heart aches for your loss.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to a very special family member.
Hannah Rose said:
We had to say goodbye to our 16 year old Pomeranian yesterday. There are no words for the heartache.
What a blessing that Moonlight found the ranch and that you were able to share in one another’s lives. Your tribute and photographs are so loving.
My thoughts are with you! A wonderful tribute to a fellow traveller…
“Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Your compassion for animals is most beautiful to behold; may the pain you feel with this loss transform into a jewel. ♥
Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom said:
I’m so very sorry to hear about Moonlight, this is a lovely tribute.
Sorry for the loss of your friend. What a lovely tribute to him. You gave him a good life and he made yours happier. Our furry family members are indeed blessings.
It is always so hard to say goodbye!
Oh my darling, you have such love from all these wonderful people who share their lives with animals. Moonlight indeed was so fortunate to have spent his last years with you and your furry family. 🙂
Mary van Goor said:
Oh, Kathryn, what a beautiful and passionate goodbye to your dear old friend. I had to shed a tear with you. How fortunate Moonlight was to have his declining years with you and your family. When you read this you will feel my heart and love is circled around you.
Stone Bear Carver said:
What a lovely tribute to Moonlight. I know he chose you to be with during the last years of his life. He must have know what a special person you are and that he could count on you to be his friend till the end.
Nanina and Poppy said:
I so sorry you lost your beautiful, wonderful Moonlight. I wish I could lessen that awful deep raw feeling of pain that descends with the loss of such a companion. Rest in well earned peace Moonlight.
I’m so sorry to hear that you have lost your dog and your post brings back all of those raw emotions of the early stages of loss. Thank you for sharing.
Mags Corner said:
We are so sorry for your loss. What a handsome and very much loved dog he was. Your tribute to sweet Moonlight is wonderful. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May the wonderful memories of the sweetie replace your sadness very soon. Extra warm hugs we leave for you!
So sorry for your loss… Cherish all the warm memories of Moonlight deep in your heart.
It’s difficult to “like” a post like this. I did so for the beautiful tribute. What a majestic soul Moonlight will forever be. My condolences for your loss.
Molly The Wally said:
Beautiful tribute and we know he has a place in your heart. Precious memories…never forgotten.
Best wishes Molly
I’m so sorry, I cried a river while reading. Bye dear Moonlight…
Walter 'Wingman' Dubbin said:
So sorry. He was lucky to have been loved by you and you by him.
You gave him several wonderful years and I’m sure he forgot all sorrow, pain and fear he might have through before he found you. He had a beautiful life at your ranch in safety, peace and love. And he could pass away in safety, peace and love.
Oh we cried to, we are so sorry. Run free beautiful Moonlight and you will be watching your loved ones from the stars . Tons of hugs and love xxxooxxx
Mollie and Alfie
I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.
I am so sorry for your loss 😦
I’m so sorry to read this. hugs to you all xx
Howl…no-one will know you’re crying…but I am…for your heartache and your tribute – so beautiful…a heartfelt tribute to a wonderful companion…he walked in in the moonlight and it would seem padded out around the time of the New Moon, under the cool calm of a darkened moon…the the reflections of the New Moon calling him home, embracing him in the soft touch of the moon wolves…leading him lovingly home to his destiny but watching over you still as your guardian and your friend. I send you the healing peace of the tranquillity of the New Moon…and much love and hugs to you as ride the pain of loss… Hugs and howls…Wolfie x RIP Moonlight.
Aww 😦 what a beauty.. i’m so happy you gave him happiness. This must be such a sad time..
terriers don’t howl, but if I could, I would…. #sniff
That’s a lovely tribute. I’m sorry you’ve had to say goodbye, it’s very difficult to do.
Run A Muck Ranch said:
Mr. Moonlight and you were very lucky to have found each other – or should I say, you were lucky he chose you. Your pictures show the beautiful life you gave him. Look for his star and know he’s OK.
Our deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your precious pup,there are no words that can sum up the depth of sadness at such a time.Know we feel with you and for you .Goodbye sweet one rest at the rainbow bridge now.Love Fozziemum xx
The Lonely Dogs said:
I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to say goodbye to Moonlight, and for all of the comforting and heartfelt notes you left. Your kindness and caring meant so very much in our time of grief, and have gone a long way in helping with the healing process. Thank you for your friendship, I’ll be around to visit blogs again sometime this week, and hope that you are all doing well.
Our hearts fly out to you for your loss of your dear Moonlight… what a beautiful name to grace a companion. Every time the moon shines down, we know you will be able to think of him with love. Run free, dear boy, across the Rainbow Bridge. Your beauty shines down upon us all… xxx
from Solo, Krissy, and our Mum with love and respect
So sorry, he was very handsome.
Always so sad to lose a loved one. xx
Russel Ray Photos said:
What a beautiful dog. RIP, Moonlight, although I suspect he’s in pet heaven chasing some balls, perhaps even chasing Sophie my cat….
What a beautiful soul in Moonlight.
Such a beautiful animal and tribute to him. I have that raw feeling in the back of my throat looking at his picture and seeing such depth and kindness in his eyes. I am so sorry that he had to leave you but I’m sure the love you showed him brought him peace.
What a wonderful friend you had in Moonlight. Every night when you look at the moon you must think of him. And I’m sure he’s wearing his wings and looking over you all. xxx
Poignant, beautiful. Wishing you peace, love and healing.
Oh, the loss of a special dog like Moonlight must leave a hole in your lives. Lovely that you feel he’s out there, keeping an eye on you still.
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