farewell, my sweet gunner

It’s been forever since I’ve gotten personal here, but I just couldn’t get back to writing about design and decorating without acknowledging such a tremendous loss in our family.  Two weeks ago we had to put our sweet Gunner to rest. Even though I knew it was coming, I was absolutely devastated.  We had a little more than 13 wonderful years with him, and they flew by in the blink of an eye.  He was my first baby, my protector, my friend and my constant companion through ten deployments.  My friends and family liked to joke that my dog lived a better life than many humans and that was true!  For ten years he was my only baby and he went everywhere with me; I can’t tell you how many times I’d come out of the grocery store to find someone taking a picture of the dog in the driver’s seat with his paws on the steering wheel, waiting for his momma to come out.  As arthritis started creeping in the last couple of years and it got harder for him to do the things he loved best, I still lived in denial that the day when we would have to say goodbye was getting closer.  I miss him so much.  It’s still hard coming home and not having him greet us at the door, practically dancing with excitement, or hearing him snoring at my feet at night.  Even though I know he’s in a much better place, I wish I had one more day with him.  I love you, my sweet, sweet boy and miss you terribly….

Gunner 27 October 2003 – 14 March 2017

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  1. Barbara on March 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    My heart goes out to you. It is so tough coming home after they are gone. Hugs from a stranger : )

  2. Chasha Traylor on March 31, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    "To call him a dog hardly seems to do him justice, though in as much as he had four legs, a tail and barked, I admit he was, to all outward appearances. But to those who knew him well, he was a perfect gentleman." Hermoine Gingold

    After we lost our sweet boy, Mister Man, a friend sent this to us. I loved it.

  3. Gina on March 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss!

  4. Yvonne on April 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I am so sorry. Loosing a pet is really hard. Hugs.

  5. classic casual home on April 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    So sorry for the loss of this important member of your family….it's tough.
    Mary Ann

  6. Kelly Stivers on April 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Barbara – thank you so much. It truly is the hardest, I miss him terribly. xx

  7. Kelly Stivers on April 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Chasha – thank you so much, I absolutely love it. So sorry to hear about your Mister Man. xx

  8. Kelly Stivers on April 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Gina and Yvonne – thank you so much! xx

  9. Kelly Stivers on April 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Mary Ann – thank you so much, sweet friend! xx

  10. Lorraine on April 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Dear Kelly and Family,
    I knew something was amiss. My heart goes out to you. Having done the same a few years ago with our black lab Sam, I know how much it hurts. And I'm sorry to say it just doesn't get easier. Thankfully you have two little ones to fill your days. Again my prayers are with you.
    Sincerely Lorraine

  11. Kelly Stivers on April 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Lorraine – thank you so much for that. Here it is a month later and it still isn't really any easier, it's true. We miss him so much. Xx

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