19 thoughts on “Well-Lived and Well-Loved”

  1. Oh Karen, it’s obviously been months since your dear Kiera departed. I am so very sorry to learn of this. There are not any words that ever seem to ease the grief. I hope enough time has gone by since she left that you are now able to revel in the memories and joys she gave you in the years she was part of your life. Of course, she’s still part of your live only in a different dimension. Warm hugs.

    1. Diane, thank you for your warm thoughts. Kiera has left a mighty big hole. Life is very different without her. I still miss her everyday… But Graidy and Wink do their best to remind me to keep moving on.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. I randomly picked up your book at the library. I have 40 more pages left and I LOVE IT!!!! I can relate to SO much of what you wrote. I just finished the Montana part and I have had that fantasy! Anyway, I’ve fallen in love with Kiera from your writing and was going to hop on and tell you how much I love your book and then I just see here that she passed away recently. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how awful it is. I have greyhounds and oh my, losing them is the pits. Especially a “heart” dog. hugs! And thanks for writing this awesome book! I just looked you up on Amazon to see if you had written any more!

    1. Kiera was definitely my heart dog of heart dogs! Still miss her terribly, which is why I haven’t really been able to keep blogging. Still too painful a reminder… Dana, thanks for the kind words; much appreciated.

  3. Oh Karen, I’am so very sorry. I just returned from vacation and read this, excuse my lateness. The down side of owning a pet is when you have to let them go. I know you will cherish all the wonderful memories of your best friend.

  4. Oh Karen I am so very sorry for your loss. As others have said, I’m sharing in your sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that Kiera has touched many lives. How are Graidy and Wink doing? Blessings to you and your family.

  5. Karen, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have enjoyed getting to know Kiera, and I have to tell you I also feel a real loss.

  6. Oh Karen, this is not an easy path to walk, and we all share in your sorrow. There has never been a more deeply loved and revered pet then your precious girl! I have loved you and your dogs since I first read your book several years ago. I was so moved in reading the story of your life with your fur babies! She’s still with you, you know that. But oh how our eyes, and arms, and hands, and hearts ache for them when they’re gone from sight. Peace to you as you go about your coming days… <3

  7. I am so sorry. I just marked the first anniversary of losing my first, and most beloved, Aussie. Your pain and sorrow are shared. We are grateful the love never dies but mourn the tangible body that once was by our side.

  8. Dear Karen, I am so sorry. I know she was well loved, and admired by many of us. I am writing this with tears in my eyes. Take care, may peace be with you, Terri

    1. Terri, it’s very comforting to know that there are others who got how truly amazing Kiera was. A magnificent being in every way. I’ll be shedding tears into the indefinite future, but I don’t lose sight of how lucky I was to have her cross my path. For that, I will continue to give thanks everyday.

  9. Karen, How I wish I could be there to give you a hug. I know that deafening silence only too well. But remember she will never be fully gone because you always carry her in your heart.

    1. Deb, how nice to hear from you. I shall consider myself virtually hugged. Yes, that deafening silence… Thank you for your kind words–they mean a lot.

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