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July 08, 2012


phew... read this post back then as just now again. the sweet moments to remember him by are still irresistible but what so stands out in this post -your whole blog- is the trip you make to spend those final 15 minutes with him so he can rest his head on your chest and go home in peace. going right into the heartache with tears in your eyes and your heart wide open.

the only way to live life that is worthwhile I think...(and got the scars on my heart too ;))

Death is so unfair. I'm so sorry that you've had more than your fair share this year. Big hugs to you and all the animals. <3

My single loss this year feels almost unbearable, I do not know how you guys handle so many.
I'm so very sorry about Pip, would have liked to know him a little longer. It seems to me the small ones somehow occupy a larger area of our hearts because of their super-size personalities!
I can definitely relate to the empty-bed-lump-in-throat feeling, I experience that every day.We are never quite ready for letting go, are we?
Thank you for all you do for these furry children, you make their lives safe, and when they do go, they go knowing that there are good humans out there! Remember to be kind to yourselves.

So sorry to hear about sweet little Pip! Sending healing thoughts your way. :-(

It so resonates your heartfelt "asked if I was ready. I said I was ... but of course, you never are"

I'm so happy that Pip had you in his life. SO sorry for your loss of dear little Pip.

Sweet Pip,

I'm so glad I got to meet you on this blog. What an amazing amount of love you generated these last six weeks!

Alayne and Steve...thank you for taking him in and caring for him so gently and lovingly.

Steve, my heart breaks. I don't know if it's possible to love animals you have never seen in person, but if it is, I do think I love all the dogs at the Farm. But something about little Pip, these few weeks you had him, just warmed me. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss (and all of them this year) but it is some small gratitude that Pip was loved so much at the end.

I met and photographed Pip when he was at the animal control facility in Atlanta, scared and quivering. Thank you for filling his last days with love and warmth, and for all that you do for these animals.

Steve & Alayne:
Tears are streaming down my face as I read this post. Thank you for putting your hearts out there with every animal you take in. I'm so grateful that you were able to take Pip in. When I sent you his picture, I had no idea how short of time he had left. He still amazes me that at 3.5lbs he was found as a stray in metro Atlanta. Thank you for giving him the love he deserved and for making his last time on earth, most likely, the best time of his life. Hugs to you both!

Such a heart-rending post, so many losses. The only consolation is the ones who've gone beyond make room for more whose lives you'll make as wonderful and full of love as those who have gone before.

You two are angels.

Words are never enough to convey how sorry I am for your loss. Steve, your wonderful writing catches the personality of each animal and they become part of our family too. Your big loss is shared with our hearts also.
With tears and sadness, Brenda

I've only just read about Pip's unexpected passing... I'm so, so very sorry for your loss, dear Alayne & Steve!:-°°°

I'm in tears............for all the furkids lost. You do a great thing for all of them, but don't know how you deal with the losses. You guys are extremely strong people. I feel like all these doggies are somewhat "mine" as well just reading your daily blogs. so so sad..........God bless you both for what you do. My heart truly goes out to you.

My heart goes out to you - its never easy to go through -Im just thankful that you both are such warm and giving people to help these animals and give them the quality of life they so dissever even if its only a few short months -

I am so sorry to read this. but, bless your hearts, he was a loved little doggy while you had him. he couldn't have been in a better place! And now he is healthy and running wild over the bridge. I firmly believe you will see all your beloved babies again.

i"m so sorry to hear the news about Pip. It's so wonderful how you take all these little guys into your hearts so completely. So I can understand how your heart breaks when you lose them. Pip was a lucky little guy to find you when he did. He flew away knowing he was loved. My thoughts are with you all.

So sorry for your loss.

Thank you again for all you do for these animals, including making tough decisions and being there with them.

Thank you for sharing everything you do and making such a good example for all of us. I lost my Libby in March to cancer and I miss her greatly. I am trying to do something every week to honor her memory by helping shelters and rescues. You honor all who have gone on with the help you give to the next one.

Sweet sweet little Pip. I'm so sorry for the loss of this little guy. You are in my thougths and heart.

Oh, Steve, I'm so VERY, VERY sorry. Like so many others, I cried with you as I read your post. I don't know how you do it -- I just know that I am so grateful there are people like you and Alayne in this world. Thank you so much for all you continue to do.

again thank you both for everything you do and sorry about your sweet loss.

Steve and Alayne, I am so sorry to hear about losing sweet little Pip. I send you lots of love and hugs to you both and the gang at RDF.

Shelli Smith

So sorry for the loss of little Pip. At least he had a short time at what is the definition of heaven on earth for these animals. Rest in peace, little one. Steve and Alayne-you are true angels for what you do.

We are so sorry here at Daschshund Land in Utah. We loved reading about Pip and hoped you would have him for a long time. It is never long enough is it? We are thinking of you. Shelley and the 3 Dachs!

I am so sorry for yet another loss for you. I just don't know what else to say, words are inadequate.

Little Pip is at peace now. He was a cutie. You certainly did all you could for the little guy. We adopted a foxhound 8 years ago along with another foxhound the rescue thought might be her year old daughter. We lost the youngster after only six weeks and I bawled too. It doesn't take long to grow to love the innocent little characters.

So sorry for your loss!

Oh I am so sorry for your tragic loss of little Pip. Surely his last 6 weeks of life at your RDF was filled with love and playfulness. He was a lucky little guy to have spent that time with you all. Hugs to you all. have fallen for the charms of the Chihuahua.....I hope another special one will come along to occupy that empty basket.......Pip would want that as well.

I imagine this post was as hard for you to write as it was for us to read. It came thru load & clear that you truly loved little Pip. Thank you for sharing the cute Pip stories, I feel like I knew the little guy just from the stories. I am sure Pip knew how much he was loved too, thank you for giving him that at the end of his time. I am so so sorry for your loss.

Such a sweet little boy - my heart and prayers go out to both of you.

I know how hard it is as I am still mourning the loss of one of my own unexpectantly 2 weeks ago. There is truly nothing I can say to make it better except that be comforted in knowing that Pip called out to you and you were there for him he knew he was loved and cared for. God bless the little darling, and God bless you both for being there for him. I will never be able to look at a laundry basket the same again.

Thank you for telling us all the little Pip stories you were storing up for his fans for his upcoming blog. That's as I want to remember him.

Sweetest Pip, RIP. You spent your last weeks and moments in the loving embrace, literally and figuratively, of Alayne and Steve. It's a good way to go.

Kisses on your little nose.

Steve and Alayne, thank you for all you do for these creatures. I know that as sad as I am when I lose one of my own creatures, I wouldn't want NOT to have shared my life with them. Hugs to you both.

Your 2006 post on obtaining Goldie is a tear jerker. That she was truly just minutes away from death, and then you "just happened" to be right there! Oh, God bless you guys for all you do. I'm sorry that this year has been so painful for you with such loss.

Oh Steve, I have to scroll down past so many loving comments to get to where I can write something. My heart aches with yours and I cried as I read your story about Pip's last days. Oh my goodness, sweet little guy. Thanks for taking the time to tell us all things "you were going to tell us" about him. Thanks for loving all these little guys with all your hearts. Most days it is grand to love our dogs, but times like this hurts like anything. God bless you.

Oh, that's so sad. I guess the tumor explains his lack of appetite. Poor little guy. At least he was feeling good enough to be perky and playful right up until the end. You've really had a hard year. If only dogs could live longer. I'm holding my 16-year-old dog in my lap as I type. I can almost feel the minutes slipping away, so I try to make them all count. I'm so sorry for your losses. Thank you for sharing those last stories about Pip.

So sorry for your loss of Pip...I was truly excited to see the little chihuahuas showing up on the farm and looked forward to the blogs on them!! Pip will be missed but know that he had the best few weeks of his life with you and Alayne. God bless you both for having the biggest hearts ever!!

With all my heart I send my condolences to you folks. It's been a rough year, and this loss came like a bolt from the blue. I send my deep sympathies.

So, so sad. Thank goodness you were available for Pip in his last weeks. It sounds like you had lots of fun together before his last hours. Thanks for sharing info about his problems and the cute stories about him. You folks take such good care of your "family" of canines and whoever else. I admire you greatly. What a work of love you, at Rolling Dog Farm,are. I know your critters appreciate what you do. (I have seen how most of my dogs,over the years, have to greater or lesser extent been appreciative.) They all are worth the effort. They give so much to a human's life in fun, lessons, loyalty, and general enriching one's life. Phyllis S.

Awwwwww so sad for your loss of Pip and all the others this's so hard...Pip went over the rainbow bridge held in your arms and feeling warm and loved...could have been so much worse for this little guy...thank you for taking such good care of him.

I know how it feels to make that decision, but I cannot imagine having to go through that much loss in such a short amount of time. Little Pip was so lucky to have found you, and to have had his time on the Farm. Thank you for all that you do!

Thank you for doing all that you did for that sweet little guy. It is never easy saying, "Goodbye", but you did the right thing.

So sorry to read about Pip. He hadn't been there very long, but he left an enormous hole with his passing.

Thank goodness he found you so he could have some love during his brief time at RDR and during his transition.

You may have only had him a few weeks but those weeks were filled with more love than he probably received his whole life. His crossing over was comfortable and gentle and loving. You can hardly ask for a better way to cross the bridge. Heartfelt sympathy for the loss Pip and the burden you carry with courage.

We are wishing there was something we could do to to ease your hearts. But actually you have the world's best comforters surrounding you right now---Widget and all the rest of the crew! You are in our hearts...

My heart aches for you everyone else has stated, it doesn't matter how long they have been with us, they all touch our hearts!! Big hugs to you both!!

So heartbreaking. Pip knew he was in loving care. Thank you so much.

Rest in Peace little dude. The best time of your life was at the Farm.

I'm so sorry to hear about Pip, Steve and Alayne. RIP, little Pip.

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