Yesterday took the best of me and spit it out.


That’s how I felt when I went to bed.

You see, my big, old, loving, faithful assistant, Hunter, died yesterday.


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I knew it was coming. We were able to keep him at home. He died in the barn, close by many of the animals he regularly checked on, where he later would lay and just watch me go about chores.DSC_0802


Sun morn Hunter TOO CUTEAnd of course, he died while I was at a doctor’s appointment with Mom.  (She is good to go for another 6 months until the next appointment.)

Thankfully, both my boys are home from college.

Hunter chose my oldest son when we went to the pound to get a puppy.  I would say we chose him, but when the gate was opened and a jumble of lab puppies tumbled out, Hunter chose Levi.  The rest is history.

The boys and I took him to my Mom’s timber to bury him.

Smile on, big dog, smile on.

Smile on, big dog, smile on.

After that, my kitchen faucet broke off in my hands.

I thought I fixed it.

Then, it broke off again.

Both times shooting water everywhere.

My plumber is on speed-dial.

He and his son were working close by and stopped on their way home.

Thank you ~ Thank you ~ Thank you!!!

My dryer also quit heating.

The boys and I had more laundry washed than I have clothesline.

After I banged my head on the wall, I called the appliance service office.

Hopefully today they will arrive.

Hopefully they can breathe life into my dryer.

After switching clothes on the clothesline until it was too late in the evening, doing chores, making supper and somewhere in all that, having a glass of wine … I sat down to watch a movie.

Believe it or not, the tv and the dvd player worked!

I felt a little hope bubble in me.

Or maybe that was the wine.


Today, is a new day.

The sun is up.

So am I.

Just make the coffee, friends.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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37 Responses to Yesterday took the best of me and spit it out.

  1. OOh! The Labrador is one of my favorites, they are so friendly 🙂

  2. Dianna says:

    Oh, my dear. What a horrible day. My sympathy to you in the loss of your dear friend, Hunter. They become so much a part of our family; the pain when we lose them is almost unbearable. All the other “things” were small in comparison to losing him, I’m sure.
    Hoping for better days for you, beginning today!

  3. Paula Vail says:

    Marla..sorry for your loss. I always recommend the Rainbow Bridge. I am sure the rest of the animals are sad too.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your ol’ friend Hunter. It’s never ever easy to say good bye. I hope the rest of the week is easier on you.

  5. debweeks says:

    Your Canine Guardian Angel

    I know that you must miss me,
    By the tears rolling down your face.
    But believe me when I tell you that,
    I’m in a very good place.

    There are meadows here to run in,
    And plenty of rabbits to chase.
    There are other dogs to play with,
    To frolick with and race.

    So please don’t worry about me,
    My spirit feels light as can be.
    There’s no more pain to plague me,
    I’m young again and free.

    And I’ll be watching over you still,
    of that you can be sure.
    I’m your canine guardian angel,
    And my love for you remains pure.

    RIP Hunter!

  6. Jessica Fox says:

    So sorry for your families loss. It is never easy losing a loved one, even if they are covered in furr. I know Hunter has some great company in pet heaven and I am sure they are chasing squirrels and bothering cats, lol! Gone, but never forgotten, and perhaps in time, you can rescue a new assistant. =)

  7. Judy says:

    Hunter is waiting for you at The Rainbow Bridge. It is so painful to lose our beloved companions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hunter will forever be the Guardian of you and your animals.

  8. cecilia says:

    Oh no, sad to her about your old dog, even though you know it is coming it is a misery. And then stuff not working on top of that! best you go and fix the hole in the wall where you were banging your head now.. c

  9. Oh dear. Our Lab just passed away about a month ago. I feel your pain and I am so sorry for your loss. I try to keep in the front of my mind all the wonderful times we had together. How lucky you have been to have loved (and been loved by) a Lab. 🙂 ~ Carol

  10. So sad. I’m sorry for your loss.

  11. dayphoto says:

    Oh! I’m so sorry! Losing our furry family members is the hardest part of life. I’m sending you hugs!


    • Thank you, Linda. I know you write about Fuzzy not getting around so well anymore. That isn’t easy to watch sometimes, either. We just love ’em and give them the best life we can. They give their whole selves in return!

  12. babywren says:

    Hunter lives on in your heart. I only knew him from your blog and I am feeling tearful. Better day tomorrow. Peggy

  13. Marla, I’m so sorry for your loss. Pets are family at my house and I know how hard that is. Even though you know it’s coming it’s still hard and I’m sorry about all the other troubles you had that day. Sometimes I wonder if that was meant to occupy you through your grief? Would’ve been better to have nice things occupy your mind. Glad your boys were there. Will be thinking about you.

  14. mamachristine says:

    We went through that last year at this time. The nurse in me knew time was growing short, the rest of the brood just thought I was being mean by pointing out that it was getting to be “time” and that a decision had to be made. We made it through the state track meet, graduation and the big graduation party. The day after Memorial day was what she chose as the day she would ask us to make the decision, painful as it was. Poor old granny dog. I was glad we could be there with her and that Dr. Katie was at Brix’s to help us through it. It is hard but as time goes on, I hope the comfort of knowing he is again having a good, pain-free life, will be enough until you all can meet again. He was one of the lucky ones, he was loved. And, he has friends to hang with. Big and small.

    • It is so sad … and they seem to wait until they aren’t bothering anyone. We have lost all 3 of our dogs in less than 9 months. We want another; but just need to take time to recuperate! I am thankful the boys were here, though, as Hunter was truly a family dog. Thank you, Christine. 🙂

  15. says:

    Marla sweetie, may yesterday be the last day EVER that the best of you gets spit out like that. RIP to Hunter.

  16. Pippa Brown says:

    I have just come across to you from thr Kitchen Garden. What a beautiful face your Hunter had and I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. forestmtnhike says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and I understand how you must feel. I’ve also lost a beloved pet who was very much part of our family. He was fifteen- 105 in doggy years. Many hugs your way.

  18. pattisj says:

    Just saw this, sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved dog. Then all the other things that went wrong…fortunately, those days don’t come around often!

  19. Marla, I totally enjoy your posts. Always real. Always from the heart. Thanks for allowing us a glimpse. Sorry about the loss of your dog. I know it is tough. Praying you through and hoping today is a blessing! Lisa

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