This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Skippy has died in surgery. My faithful friend. We are heartbroken.

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53 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

So sorry for your loss.

August 26, 2016 11:35 AM

 
Anonymous Auntie beak said...

i'm so sorry for your loss.

August 26, 2016 11:46 AM

 
Blogger Al said...

So sorry for your and your family's loss. I have very much enjoyed your photos of Skippy in your gardens. From them, you could see he had a good life, and will be missed.

August 26, 2016 11:53 AM

 
Blogger McKenzie Graham said...

Oh no :( I'm so very sad to read this. Skippy was the luckiest to have you as his human mom, he lead a good life. Our animal friends are sometimes the greatest ones we have in life, I'm so sorry.

August 26, 2016 11:56 AM

 
Blogger Liz R said...

I am so sorry to hear of Skippy's passing. He was a great dog to you and to all of your blog readers. Hugs.

August 26, 2016 12:32 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved friend and furbaby! Maria

August 26, 2016 12:38 PM

 
Blogger Jen said...

I'mean so sorry for your loss. He was special.

August 26, 2016 12:48 PM

 
Blogger Mike Davis said...

With great admiration for your loving care of Skippy, and deep sympathy for you in your loss. Your fans will miss him.

August 26, 2016 1:12 PM

 
Blogger ValHalla said...

This is so sad to hear. My condolences.

August 26, 2016 1:40 PM

 
OpenID nativebeeranching said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. He always seems so full of joy. It's hard to get through these losses, but that's the price we pay for loving them.

August 26, 2016 1:49 PM

 
Blogger beth said...

so, so sorry, kathy.

August 26, 2016 2:28 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Thank you all. This was so sudden. Skippy was my first dog. Very special to me. kathy

August 26, 2016 2:33 PM

 
Blogger Bridget said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Poor pup. :(

August 26, 2016 3:09 PM

 
Anonymous Fiona said...

I'm so sorry that you are going through this, hugs to Suzie.

August 26, 2016 3:10 PM

 
Blogger Stephanie Cavallaro said...

I am so sorry that you have lost your garden buddy. I always enjoyed and will miss seeing him in your photos.

August 26, 2016 3:53 PM

 
Blogger CHRIS said...

oh my goodness. i am so sorry for the heartache you must be feeling. esp given how sudden it seems this all was. my cat of many years died in such a manor a few years ago and the pure shock of it and the sadness that followed was difficult. my sincerest condolences to you and your husband.

August 26, 2016 5:54 PM

 
Blogger mw said...

I'm so sorry. What a sweet companion he was.

August 26, 2016 6:12 PM

 
Blogger Evano said...

Very sad.

August 26, 2016 8:24 PM

 
Blogger Лена в Виктории. said...

I am sooooo sorry. I now how it when they are leaving you.

August 26, 2016 8:50 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

If I had Skippy by my side forever it would still not be long enough.

August 26, 2016 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Susan said...

Kathy, I'm so sorry for this; you and he were such a great pair, and I'm sure he was a great teacher for Suzie. My heart goes out to you.

August 26, 2016 9:17 PM

 
Blogger FairviewFarm said...

When a treasure becomes a memory, then memories become the treasure. It's a good thing that we keep these memories in our hearts and mind. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

August 26, 2016 10:17 PM

 
Blogger Ann Sweet said...

It is truly difficult to lose our beloved pets. I am very sorry for your loss. They add so much too our lives and we learn so much from them.

August 27, 2016 3:58 AM

 
Anonymous Hilary said...

So so sorry! We lost ours in January. Life is so fragile and these dogs are our family!

August 27, 2016 7:28 AM

 
Anonymous Janice in NY said...

Sending hugs!

August 27, 2016 8:07 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending my condolences from the Berkshires, so sorry about your pal. Betsy

August 27, 2016 10:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skippy's memory will forever be remembered by the hundreds who view your website every day!

August 27, 2016 11:05 AM

 
Blogger Marc Crump said...

Sad to hear of your loss. Skippy's was the first gardening blog I ever read many years ago. Our pack is in mourning today.

August 27, 2016 11:22 AM

 
Blogger Linda from CT said...

Oh Kathy, I feel so badly. Skippy was the heart of your garden. He will always be there when you are digging and planting. This has been a rough summer for you. Better days ahead, my friend.

August 27, 2016 1:51 PM

 
Blogger Suzanne Robinson said...

I am sorry for your family's loss. Our "fur children" are so special. My thoughts are with you.

August 27, 2016 2:46 PM

 
Blogger Joe said...

In his sermon at a funeral I attended, a priest once defined a perfect life as being where you are loved perfectly, and you love perfectly. Kathy, it's clear from your posts over the years that Skippy had a perfect life. I'm so sorry that it had to end.

August 27, 2016 9:36 PM

 
Blogger Dana K said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss

August 28, 2016 6:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart breaks to hear this. As Joe wrote before me, Skippy lived a 'perfect life'. It is still painful to lose this an important part of your life.

August 28, 2016 9:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Skippy was much loved.

August 28, 2016 9:18 PM

 
Blogger Unknown said...

Skippy, through you, helped me learn about gardening almost 10 years ago. So sorry for your loss which is also a hard one for your faithful readers.

August 28, 2016 10:01 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

He died just before surgery started. Went into cardiac arrest. His heart couldn't keep up with the blood lost by the tumor rupture. We noticed Skippy seemed unusual at 7 pm, he curled up under my chair and didn't move. 15 hrs later he died.

Skippy lived all his days strong and active. Even his last day, he jumped up into the car, ran and played with Suzie, and in the afternoon found me in the garden and stayed with me a couple hours as I worked there.

I glad to remember him as a great dog. I think of all the years we enjoyed. He loved to run across open fields, he loved any water or boat, especially salt water. We did a lot of kayaking. Played by the ocean. Skippy was a strong swimmer. Remembering way back, he was a wild puppy. He chewed everything he could with his sharp puppy teeth. He was always in motion. He excelled in puppy kindergarten, earned his CGS (canine good citizen) certification, and put in over 50 hour as a therapy dog.

I have my memories. They are precious.

August 28, 2016 10:37 PM

 
Blogger David Velten said...

Awful news, Kathy. I'm so sorry for your loss. Skippy was a great dog.

August 29, 2016 12:03 PM

 
Blogger Urban Agrarian said...

Sorry to hear the sad news. Thanks for sharing Skippy with all your readers through your blog

August 29, 2016 6:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss! I also have a PWD, and loved looking at your beautiful pictures of Skippy and Suzie. What a great dog he was.

August 29, 2016 10:59 PM

 
Blogger blueberry1946 said...

Oh, Kathy, I am so very sorry for your Loss. (((hugs))) You gave back to Skippy the love that he gave to you. You provided him with fantastic life adventures. You shared your soul.

August 30, 2016 1:47 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry!

Peace,

a reader in NY

August 30, 2016 6:42 PM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

August 30, 2016 10:55 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss Kathy. He was a lovely dog. I will miss him; I enjoyed looking at his pics on your posts.

August 31, 2016 8:43 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope I will get over this someday.

August 31, 2016 8:57 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

My comment above. Still greatly missing him. Kathy

August 31, 2016 8:58 PM

 
Blogger Anne said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel exactly. I lost my cat in January. Heal and be good to yourself.

September 02, 2016 5:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sorry! I'm late but I know it still hurts so I hope you find comfort that all your readers will miss Skippy too.

September 04, 2016 9:52 AM

 
Anonymous Jannine Cabossel said...

I haven't checked your blog since august and I am so sorry about Skippy. I've enjoyed your blog and seeing him in it. Losing such a friend is heartbreaking. We will all miss him.

September 05, 2016 1:44 AM

 
Blogger Jennifer Arrow said...

So sorry to hear that Skippy is gone. He was a good dog.

September 05, 2016 5:28 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I've always enjoyed stopping by your blog to see garden stories and pictures of Skippy too. He was a loved dog and enjoyed every day of his life with you and your family. May he forever roam through your gardens, keeping watch over the plot.

September 11, 2016 8:34 AM

 
Blogger Lara said...

Know this is a bit late, but so sorry for your loss:-(.

October 15, 2016 11:18 AM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Not too late. I think of him all the time. Thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate it.

October 15, 2016 11:10 PM

 
Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Oh Kathy! Can't tell you how shocked I am to read this. I was just catching up when I saw the news under your Stevenson quote. John and I send you our heartfelt thoughts and love. Skip was a wonderful companion and guardian, I am so sad for you all. Take care of yourselves and hold all those special moments you shared close for always.
Big hug and love.
Marianx

October 18, 2016 6:12 AM

 

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