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Jun 9, 2007 GOLDENPUP
HOmer is just adoralble!! im teard right now cause homer seemd like such a cool dog and he is now longer with you.:( hugs and belly rugs to homer is doggie heven!
Jun 9, 2007 GOLDENPUP
* hugs and belly rubs to you in doggie heven!!
Jun 9, 2007 pktwilite
aww, im so sorry to hear about homer but reading about him made me smile and cry a happy tear. his face is so sweet. thanks for sharing stories about homer. he's making people smile even if he's in doggie heaven!
Jun 9, 2007 allimarie
He's beautiful. Thanks for giving him such a great life.
Jun 9, 2007 ebee09
What a gorgeous dog! So sorry to hear about his passing, your post actually made me cry, but only made me appreciate my own dog all the more. Dogs really are very special blessings in our lives, and i'm glad Homer was able to be such a positive force in your life!
Jun 9, 2007 katiesh
Homer was a handsome pup. What a tragic story. Rest in peace beautiful baby, Homer!
I just know there's another pup out there waiting for you guys that wants the life that Homer had, happy, healthy, and loved.
Jun 9, 2007 TXJulie
Oh my...I'm crying right now. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, but so glad you got to have and love your precious pup (and he you) for the short amount of time you did. There is no doubt in my mind that Homer played a part in your healing - dogs are amazingly sensitive to pain or illness, and very therapeutic.
Homer is in doggie Heaven right now (as my Grandma used to say, "It wouldn't be Heaven if dogs weren't there!"), and one day you'll meet again at the rainbow bridge, and be smothered in hugs and kisses! God bless and keep you...
Jun 9, 2007 Trevor's mom
He'll be waiting for you for sure. With all of our other fine furry friends in Doggy Heaven. I have several there waiting for me, and I know I'll see them again. In the meantime, there should be a puppy in your future plans-- it really is the best thing--I've been there. Nothing soothes that loss like a ramblin' new baby. Good luck and God bless.
Jun 9, 2007 Kimberlyep
thank you for sharing Homer's story with us. just goes to show you that he's still bringing smiles to those that meet him. as for the water picture, all I can say is

"Now that's a BIG stick!"
Jun 9, 2007
Homer and you had a very special love affair. I hope you will share you love with another fortunate pup in the future.
Jun 9, 2007 pauleenm
I'm so sorry about Homer. He sounds like a great dog.
Jun 9, 2007 BeckersUNC
Homer sounds like a wonderful dog--and you sound like a wonderful owner! You can never replace sweet Homer, but I hope you'll adopt another dog someday. So many dogs out there in need of loving homes...

Homer, you're a big, beautiful sweetiehead, and you are missed.
Jun 9, 2007 zoozieQ
your story made me cry. I am so sorry about your loss. :( Homer was a great dog and may he rest in peace in doggy heaven.
Jun 9, 2007 ukfono55
awe he is so cute! i am so sorry to hear about his sudden death. yor story touched me. he must have been a great dog. its good that he got to go lots of places before his death. i give you 11 doggie bones.
Jun 9, 2007 Sashasmommy
What a beautiful dog! I'm so sorry for your loss... my dog is my child... not "like" a child... IS my child :-) She is so spoiled, but I figure that's what dogs are for :-) Homer looks so happy in those pictures, especially the one where he is all wet and running with the stick in his mouth. He had a wonderful life...
Jun 9, 2007 thrush01
I lost my Lab last year, and still grieve. I'm so glad you enjoyed your puppy to the fullest! He was beautiful. I hope you bring home a new best friend, who of course will never replace Homer, but will bring more joy to you.
Jun 9, 2007 Mediapup
Homer was a beautiful dog! We got our yellow Lab, (named Dutch), from an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania. He is now 11 and has LP (laryngeal paralysis) but is still hanging in there. Glad Homer gave you such joy, he certainly was a gorgeous boy...
Jun 9, 2007 lolasmom
That story touched my heart! Homer looked like a loving dog and at least he had a good life although way too short. Hang in there!
Jun 9, 2007 Terry C
That story made me cry.

How terrible to lose such a lovely pet so soon and so horribly.
Jun 9, 2007 BTLabs
I am sorry beyond words that you lost Homer. It was way too soon and I know you must be hurting so much. You can take comfort though in knowing that you gave him a wonderful life. He looks like such a happy boy in the pictures. He certainly was a beautiful Lab. His expression reminds me of my Labbie boy. I will say a prayer for your heart to heal and also that you will continue to have strength against your health issues.
Jun 9, 2007 nwangel04
I had a Chocolate Lab recently. They are very good and very obedient dogs. He died also, due to allergies and ring worm that the vet said wasn't likely to be cured. We had to get him put down about a month ago. God bless you and remember all of the great memories. Homer seemed like a very good dog and I'm sure he loved you very much.
Jun 9, 2007 BrightRedScream
I am so, so sorry for your loss :(
I wish I could say more than that....

He's an angel..and still with you.
He'll never leave you.

Much love and kisses...
BRS and Angus
Jun 9, 2007 roxyqueen
I am so sorry for your loss of such a great dog.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Jun 9, 2007 Loizhanne
[color=red][B]I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of such a beautiful dog. Homer is absolutely beautiful, and has the look of a dog that is adored and well cared for. You can tell that he had a very good life with you, and that you and Jen made him a very important member of your family. Just think of all the delight that he had travelling with you and seeing more of the world than most people! No wonder he was such a loyal and constant companion!
It is obvious that Homer loved his people, and I believe very much in the healing powers of a great dog. I am sure that you will miss Homer very much, and I am glad that you have many great memories of all your together moments to ease your grief. One day you will gaze into that familiar face again, and he will have lots to tell you about your new home. I am willing to bet that there is a special patch of snow there just for Homer. You have been blessed with a truly good friend, and perhaps in the future you will feel the urge to make another puppy as happy as you made Homer. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing your family with us.[/color][/B]
Jun 9, 2007 yujismom
rest in peace homer eletem
Jun 9, 2007 ckporter73
I can't tell you have deeply sorry I am for your loss. I tried. I sat here staring at this box typing things and it all sounded stupid or trite.

My heart aches for you and your family.
Jun 9, 2007 HomersDad
Thank you all so very, very much for your warm, heartfelt sentiments. It really reinforces my opinion that dogs bring out the best in human beings. I can't help but cry looking at my sweet boy's face staring out at me in the first photo, and the tears really flow looking at the last one, which was taken just an hour or so before he died. What a great website this is to provide this forum, which allows us to memorialize Homer and gives our Homie a chance to make some more friends even after his death. We are so touched that so many people we dont know were moved to comment, please keep them coming. If you would like to read a story I wrote about our year with Homer, and also look at a slideshow of his whole life, please e-mail me at

Thanks again!
Jun 9, 2007 mom2jgd
What a special dog. It seems so clear that he was with you to teach you something about your capacity for unconditional love. Blessings to you.
Jun 9, 2007 EdeN
I am so sorry about your lost. I wish there was something that I can say to make the pain and the emptiness that you feel a little bit less. I am sure that Homer is in dog heaven looking for you and playing with a lot of dogs. As he touch your life's in such a special away I am sure there is another dog out there waiting to give you love and make your life special again. Homer a special and beautiful dog. A sweet piece of chocolate that you can stop love. Thank you for sharing your story. Be strong. God bless you all
Jun 9, 2007 monacoplease
Add me to the list of those crying from reading your story. He had such a short life, but you sure made it the best life he could have asked for! What a precious guy!! I am sure that he would want you to go get another dog immediately since he can be there to take care of you!!

As much as it hurts to lose these guys, I truly believe that a life with a dog is worth the incredible sadness of losing them.....sounds like you do too. Again my deepest I need to go rub some bellys and tell my doggies how much I love them!
Jun 9, 2007 bluestater
I am so sorry for your loss. 10 years ago, I lost a beloved Jack Russell Terrier whom I taught how to surf in Maine. He was all heart till the very end. When people see me on the beach with my dogs (who are also JRTs), they still ask about my old dog. The point being is that 10 years later I still miss him. Homer was a handsome boy and apparently, all heart. I am partial to Labs and your story breaks my heart. I live in DC now and had I seen Homer on the street, I would have to "talk" to him--he is seems like such a happy nice dog in the pictures.
Jun 9, 2007 patterina2001
I also have a chocolate lab and know how much joy they can give you, i'm sorry that homer had such a short time with you but i can tell that you made him a very happy dog while he was here, big hugs to homer and to y'all for showing him such love.
Jun 9, 2007 lonjac
What a gorgeous/adorable dog. I just can't imgine what pain yall went through when he passed away. I lost my black lab puppy when she got hit by a car, i sat and balled my eyes out after i saw her, it was probebly the worst dog death i have ever had to go through she was an amazing little puppy and I know she would have grown up to be an awesome dog, i still miss her sometimes. im really sorry abpout Homer's death.:(
Jun 10, 2007 charrismo
thank you for sharing homer with us. i am definate that he was happy to be with such a loving family.

its amazing how dogs can make us better people. i know i have become more patient and learn to love uncontionally from mine.

i am sure homer is happy and fetching sticks where he is.
Jun 10, 2007 vllybllstar
aawww that's so sad! :(
i cried when i read it...
it shows that life is fragile...
by the pictues i can see that homer was a gentle and loving dog and he loved life!
sympathy to you and look forward to your new baby! :D
Jun 10, 2007 vllybllstar
and may you see homer again after life on this earth!
Jun 10, 2007 Tracie
Homer's eyes are gorgeous, especially in the pic where he's looking up from the sand. My heartfelt condolensces as well as warmth from his memory and love.
Jun 10, 2007 susannajon
Thanks for sharing your story. Homer was a beuatiful dog, and I am sorry his life was cut short. I had an aunt with MS, and I encourage you to get another dog wheas soon as you are ready, because they are such a wonderful gift and provide an irreplaceable comfort when you are having a bad day. Children and spouses are our reason for living, but a dog gives a special kind of unconditional love, and they seem to have a boundless capacity for love and sympathy when we are feeling down. You deserve a dog's love!

Jun 11, 2007 ads3w
Homer's story hit home for me - we have a young lab too and just celebrated our one year anniversary with him... I can't imagine losing him at this point and so I won't pretend to know how much hurt you are feeling right now. Homer sounds like a great dog and its a true shame that you and he couldn't enjoy more time together. He obviously won his way into your heart with his enthusiastic Lab-iness and its awesome that he was meant to be a part of your life for at least that one year. I will keep you and Homer in my thoughts and prayers today.

I love the shot of Homer on the lawn - Go Hoos!!
Jun 12, 2007 davitales96
CONGRATS on your pregnancy!! One thing I forgot to mention when I sent you the 'Rainbow Bridge' poem is that when your baby stares off, but smiles and waves and babbles - he or she will be looking at Homer because your beloved and beautiful dog is now a guardian angel for your baby. Believe me - I know it sounds corny and I sound loony - but it's true. My two kids (when they were babies) would stare off and smile and wave and babble at no one...until I realized that my 'pet angels' had come back to watch over them.
Jun 12, 2007 puppyluva
Im sorry to hear about ur loss…I understand exactly how u feel. I only had my dong for a month and she died when she was four months old. NEVER buy ur dog from Pj petstore because wen we bought her she had parvo and ww didn’t no and she came from a puppy mill:(
Jun 12, 2007 javamom
I am sorry to hear of Homer's lucky that you were given the gift of his love and companionship if only for a short time. And surely he was just as lucky to have such loving caretakers while he was here.
Jun 13, 2007 boekkie
Your comment about Homer is heart-rending and heart-warming at the same time. To let a dog enter your life already bears the risk of being deeply hurt and endlessly sad when the dog leaves your life again. But then again the moments shared will last forever. I grew up with dogs and the moment they passed away still brings tears to my eyes, although all of them died of old-age and were not taken away at a moment nobody expected it at all. Homer looks like having been one happy dog and you are doing good sharing your grief with persons that can understand your feelings.

Be strong and maybe, whenever you are ready, let a new sunshine enter your and your family's life. There are so many great dogs waiting for a chance to offer the best thing they can give: themselves.

All the best
Jun 13, 2007 kas
Sorry for posting so late, but I had to add a comment. My mom, my aunt and my best friend all have MS. And I recently lost my rottie, Sebastian, to cancer. I agree - your dog probably has helped you more than the medication. Good luck with managing your MS. I'm sure someday you'll find another buddy to make you happy. In the meantime, he'll be waiting for you.
Jun 26, 2007 vic1of2
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a stunning dog. As a fellow lab owner I can not imagine your pain. You are so right, I am sure he was more therapy than the meds. I hope you honor him by bring another animal into your lives as soon as you are ready.
Jul 2, 2007 sandi
Your story touched my heart. I'm so sorry for your loss of this wonderful dog. I do believe you when you say that Homer (great name!) made you feel stronger - I've had that with my dog- when I didn't feel I had any strength- just petting that dog gave me enegry. Congrads on the upcomng child! I know your great memories of Homer will stay with you for ages and maybe, in time, you may have room for another wonderful dog to share with you new child-- I hope so -- dogs are a special gift, I think and they can add so much to our lives. :)
Jul 2, 2007 mstrendytresses
Homer. :( This story breaks my heart. I'm sorry for your loss.
Jul 2, 2007 mstrendytresses
Also - please take comfort in knowing that Homer will always be with you in your heart and that the short time he had with you here was clearly a joyous time for him.
Jul 4, 2007 nash5081
I'm sitting here looking at sweet Homer's face and the tears are just flowing(tissue #6). I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am, even though that doesn't seem worthy of your pain. The love you guys shared will live on forever in your heart, and please believe Homer is waiting for you in Heaven with a toy in his mouth waiting to play again.
Jul 15, 2007 fourbaddogs
[b]I've got a Rx for you[/b] - Don't wait to get another puppy!!!! I actually have a prescription written by my doctor for me to get another puppy after I lost my sweet Duster of 12 years after going through back surgery with him - I had to get him a little doggy wheelchair and the works, and he just never was the same. I finally had to make the decision to have him put down. My God that was the hardest thing I've ever done! After a couple of visits, My doctor said that I was going into depression because of this and that I shouldn't wait "any appropriate mourning time" that I should just go out and get a new dog. And there's nothing like new puppy breath to pull you up. It'll never replace the other dog, but it helps fill the void. And now, I have four - inlcuding one chocolate lab - Hondo - who also loves the snow. Unfortunately for him, we live in South Texas!!! Your Homer was a handsome little man and I know he's waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge!
Sep 12, 2007 Alano
What a blessing for both of you, to have the time you did have together.
Nov 12, 2007 mollysmommy
I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your wonderful pet. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. :(
Nov 14, 2007 Jeckle
I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my own chocolate lab last Spring. I had him from the time I was 5 years old until 20. Labs just have a way of filling up a person's heart with so much love, so it breaks that much more when we lose them. I know Homer is having fun playing with Woody at Rainbow Bridge now though. He's just waiting for the day when Heaven is complete for him, when his family is there.
Jan 19, 2008 kttygol444
adorable it is so cute and beautiful! :)
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