Marge R.I.P 7/16/1997 - 4/11/2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Our beloved pet Marge left us yesterday at 13 yrs and 9 months.

14 years, 15 states, five books, three major life changes, two of the world's softest ears, thousands of walks, millions of kisses, zillions of snuggles, infinite belly rubs, laughs and treats … and two men whose lives have forever been changed by one rescue dog’s unconditional love. You helped teach us both it was OK to love again, with wild abandon, hearts be damned. Ours may be broken now, but you mended them once, and you will once more, when we see you again. I know you'll be waiting for us, head always turned, looking back, to see if we're coming. And we walk. Forever.


Blogger Teri said...

So incredibly sorry about your loss. I'm so glad she had a wonderful life in your care, though.

April 12, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Sending you much love and light. Marge was blessed to have such loving caregivers in her life. I know she blessed your life and I know you blessed hers. My heart goes out to you during this time.

April 12, 2011 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I'm so sorry you lost Marge. I enjoyed hearing about her in your books. You will see her again, she will be just as happy to see you too. Time will pass faster than you can imagine. Glad you all took care of each other.

April 12, 2011 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger momontherocks said...

I'm so very sorry for y'alls loss.

April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Wade and Gary,

I am so very sorry for your loss. But you can take comfort in the fact that Marge knew she was loved and that she enjoyed every moment with you guys. And you will see her again. Hugs to you both.

Alan & Mary

April 12, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
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April 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger tattoedGenExer said...

So very sorry for your loss. She was so beloved and seemed to be a very happy dog. She'll always be with you in your hearts.

April 12, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger The Expatresse said...

I swear, there is nothing more difficult than losing a dog.


April 12, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

A lovely tribute. I'm sorry for your loss.

April 12, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Michigan Cottage Cook said...

Beautiful tribute. We are still mourning our Katrinka who went to heaven Feb.18th. She didn't quite made 13. Our hearts are heavy and there is a huge whole in our lives and hearts. Knowing I will see her again is my only comfort.

April 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

So sorry about Marge. Sounds like she had a wonderful life with you guys and I love your beautiful words honoring her.

April 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Wade, sorry. There are no words. I know how special Marge was to you. She'll be waiting for you, just as you said.

April 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger samjhill said...

I just read the chapter describing when you adopted her in It's all relative. I'm so sorry Wade and Gary for your loss. She was a wonderful gift to you both and you to her.

April 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger clearness said...

Love and prayers.....and I'm sure that All Dogs Do Go To Heaven~~

April 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne said...

I commented on your fb post but felt compelled to say something here as well. I am so very very sorry for you and Gary's loss. After reading the chapter in "It's All Relative" about the stray dog you had to put down, I can only imagine how upset both of you must be right now after having Marge for so many years.

Know that so many loved Marge just from reading about her and she will always be remembered by so many who never met her.

Hugs to both of you, I'm sending you tons of love from Texas.

April 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger kambuehlc said...

Tears of saddness as I'm reading your blog Wade. My heart goes out to you and Gary. Thank you for sharing Marge with us all these years. We loved her too. Hugs to both of you


April 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I'm so sorry to hear, my hope is that you will continue to keep her in your hearts and thoughts. Because of Marge, you have been changed and will never be the same. Because of you, Marge was able to enjoy many, many years of love and joy. You all win because love wins. Huge hugs from UGs. ~A.

April 12, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So sorry for both of you. She was a delight to read about in your books, and was obviously much loved. There is nothing sweeter than a dog.

April 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

So sorry to hear of Marge's passing. It was fun to read about her in your books, and much love goes out to you and Gary as you mourn her loss. You all were blessed to have each other, and she will live on in your hearts.

April 13, 2011 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger sosparkly said...

I am so sorry you both lost your beautiful Marge. I hope your sadness leaves you soon, and you will have just the love and wonderful memories...

April 14, 2011 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Holland Area said...

Oh, Wade, oh, Gary - I too have loved & lost a rescued dear heart and understand how much you've lost - but I can see you remember how mu ch she brought you. What a love.

April 14, 2011 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

We are so sad to learn about Marge's passing. Your tribute is so touching and made us think of our two dogs, Lucky and Spencer, and how grateful we are to have them in our lives.
On Behalf of All Your Friends at Just Fabulous -

Stephen and James

April 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Angelic said...

So sorry. Your tribute brought tears to my eyes. Losing someone we love and have shared our life with - animal or human - is always so hard. Nothing can truly prepares us for it. All my best to you both. xxxooo

April 14, 2011 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Shameless Agitator said...

Oh Wade & Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. That pain, all too familiar, is unbearable. You are on my heart.

April 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just lost our Mable two weeks ago. It's heartbreaking. You need the book Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. It's a kids book but it's simplicity comforts so beautifully. I got it with our last dog's passing and have had "angels" leave it with many friends who have had to go through the same thing.

April 15, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger akrystalk said...

i am so sorry. she was a cutie. and from reading your fourth book (and soon to be the first three), she was so loved by you and gary.

April 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
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