Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Little Border Collie That Could

couldn't anymore.

RIP Red Dog, known to his closest friends as Briggs.

January 29th 1997 to January 12th 2008.

"Death ends a life, not a relationship."

I was blessed to know him, and honoured to have him as a companion, and will miss him every day for the rest of my life.

May you all have a friend as honest as Briggs. Thank you for everything.

149 comments:

joanne/ella/finn said...

Hugs to you. RIP Briggs.

Barbara said...

Oh RDM, I am so sorry. In honor of my Zoe, Maddie and Antryg....for RD

SEPARATE LIFETIMES

We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached.

Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.

We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan....

--- Irving Townsend ---
"The Once Again Prince"

cookiemonster1975 said...

I am so sorry. Hugs to you...Riggs put in a good fight.

Janet said...

Run free, Briggs. So very sorry, RDM. The poem Barbara quoted is just what I would want to say, if I could say it so well.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry, S. I feel honored to have known him, even though I never met him. We continue to hold you and RD in our hearts forever. No more pain, run free, RD.

Mary

myhandle said...

I am so sorry. ((((ResQer))))

cookiemonster1975 said...

i meant briggs, i am used to RD. again, i am very sorry.

jewele said...

what the heart has known, shall never be forgotten...

my thoughts are with you.

JoJo said...

I'm so, so sorry. He fought hard.
You did all you could, and he knew it.
Take care.

Tortilla said...

I am so sorry. RIP Red Dog.

meredeer said...

I am so sorry honey. Reading this has made me just as sad as the day I lost Cookie.

His life and the way you honor it have touched many, many people and animals.

He was an inspiring creature and a wonderful way to honor his breed.

Rest well, gentle Briggs, you lived a hearty life and left behind your pawprints in your Mom's heart forever.

Go find Ms. Cookie at the bridge, she's got nice solid shoulders to carry you across.

Love, Fawn, Jim, Briar, Bridget, Megan, Cheyenne, Marsh, Piper, Molly, Ginger, Brutus, Hershey, Bob and Diesel

jewele said...

what the heart has known, shall never be forgotten.

my thoughts are with you.

Fern said...

I am so sorry. I like to think he'll be able to run and play with my Layla and Ruby.

Moss said...

Fly free, valiant Briggs. Run without pain, jump on sound elbows, herd at will, practice weaves at the Bridge.

S, we all loved and admired him. Your Red Dog, your Briggs, could not have had a more perfect life.

My deepest sympathies. Sending you, the Woofs, the Woo, and the Donut comfort, peace, and love.

Moss and Charles

connie said...

I'm so sorry, Sheena. Big Sheltie hugs sent to you from Chicago.

dog_ma said...

My deepest sympathies to you. I'm so glad I got to 'virtually' know RD.
May he rest in supreme peace.
Marcia, Deja & Bleu

nectarine said...

We all were blessed to know Briggs through you. What a very special dog.

Words cannot express how sorry I am for this tremendous loss.

I'm thinking of one of my favorite photos of him, one you posted elsewhere long ago: he is swimming toward you with a ball in his mouth and a look of determination born of devotion on his face.

Take good care of yourself and know that many of us will be missing him. You honored him through how well you cared for him and how much you loved him, but also through how you shared him with all of us.

Triumph said...

I am so very sorry, crying as I type this, I like RD belonged a little bit to all of us that read your blog and love your wonderful stories and photos.

RIP sweet Briggs.

Hugs for you. xoxoxoxoxo :*(
K.

borderluver said...

Aw Briggy's Bubba you were, and are so loved, we will miss you. Rest in Peace Sweet man

RDM I just have no words to say how sorry I am.

bh241 said...

So sorry to hear the news about Red Dog, our thoughts are with you.

Dexter, Baxter, Boomer, HoodLum, Gus, Cloud, and Jordan and their two human providers of everything.

Buzz's Food Lady said...

I'm so sorry. His redness will live on in all of our hearts.

Gretchen said...

I am so sorry.

Jen said...

My heart just dropped. I'm so sorry. We all lost a piece of our hearts right along with you.

3dogslater said...

RDM, I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to Briggs :( He had an amzing life with you and no dog could have been loved more. Hundreds of border collies owe their lives to you including my Zephyr - what an incredible legacy. Watch out for your food lady from the bridge...her heart his hurting. Thinking of you (((hugs)))

Anonymous said...

RIP Briggs.
You are a very good boy.
(although come to think of it, I don't think Briggs would've wanted it too peaceful, since he liked to antagonize others into a good scrap every once and a while!)
While his body may have gone,
Briggs' spirit will always be strong!

-lots of love and sadness from Dove and Briggs' buddies Riot (his fav), Mick, Muppet

Ann said...

So very, very sorry to hear about Briggs. He fought a brave fight. No matter how prepared you think you are or how long you think you have it never seems enough. Thoughts are with you.

Ann, Charlie, Sonic and Tess

Kirsten, Pete & Maddie said...

My condolences; thank you for sharing Briggs with all of us. Big hugs to you and the rest of the crew.

Anonymous said...

Goodbye sweet, steadfast Briggs.

I am so sorry for your loss, RDM. You will never forget. Always celebrate the joy of loving RD, and all that makes him you heart dog.

When my cat Hillary died unexpectedly at age 11 from illness in Dec. 2006, I made a collage of photos that captured her unique personality and framed it. Looking at it, I could smile through the tears. And I still do...

Hugs,
Giz's mom

gooddog said...

I'm so sorry, my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of your magnificent friend.
RIP Briggs

tualizzy said...

Oh S, I am just heartsick for you.

"If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven, and bring you home again."
- author unknow

Run free at the Bridge Briggs.
Find Tua... I bet he'd love to have a good game of stick with you.

(((((hugs))))))
Claudine, Jak, Lizzy & Miss Brassy Pants

jane said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your best friend, RDM. What an honor to have had him be a part of your life for 10 years.

I'm sure dogs go to Heaven so I hope Red Dog keeps an eye out for a little white and buff cocker spaniel. Chuck always enjoyed playing with bigger dogs.

Shihtzu Staff said...

I am so sorry for your loss Sheena. Take care of your heart and the rest of group.

katzenmom said...

RIP big beautiful Red Dog. You were loved by so many. Hugs to you Resqr and big kisses for you crew.

Bub died a year ago today so I think the boys are up there together. :)

Christina

Peanut said...

I'm so sorry

Anonymous said...

Ooops, I forgot to say that Giz donated to TDBCR in RD's memory. RD continues to be an inspiration to us all.

Giz's Mom

MahnaMahna said...

Rest easy, RD... you were a very good boy.

Food Lady, I am sending all my love your way. Please take special care of yourself...

-MahnaMahna

Riva said...

S...I am so sorry. I have had a friend as honest as Briggs was to you...and I too lost that friend. Please accept my sincerest condolences and remember that even though he isn't with you physically anymore, he is always with you spiritually. You have one of the most wonderful dogs looking out for you and being with you 24/7 now.

I hurt for you my friend.

Rainey

dp said...

This makes me feel sick to my stomach. You were lucky to have known him, and he was lucky to have been united with you. I'm so sorry that it had to end with so much suffering for both of you. Rest in peace, Briggs. Get some some rest, Food Lady.

ParadiseGizmo said...

Oh Briggs, your time was too short, your goals were so high. Your brought honor and truth and light and direction to your beloved FoodLady. Your valiant spirit was the beacon that shone so brightly and drew so many of us to you, near and far. We will all miss you, we all mourn you and we will do our best to ease the grief of your beloved light of your life, Food Lady.

Your body is gone; your spirit lives on.

My deepest sympathies.

Michelle

Riva said...

Oh...and huge hugs to Cookie Uncle. In him you have a human Briggs I think! :-)

Thank you for taking care of everyone through this Cookie Uncle!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Red Dog left many a smile on my face with your wonderful photos of his antics and vitality. Thank you for sharing him with us. Be at peace, Red Dog. May you run and chase and herd and jump and frolic in the company of all we have loved - in a place where no pain or weariness or loneliness will ever touch you.

Pippin, the Gentle Pup said...

We are all so very, very sorry at our house to read this news. Briggs was truly your good boy and he'll be waiting for you at the bridge or wherever it is good dogs wait for their people.

ByeBye said...

What sad news. Briggs I'm so sorry you're gone. Be good to yourself RDM. I'm so sorry for your loss

Sharon

kittyhouse said...

My heart is hurting for you. Many hugs.. Many tears to share. I am so sorry. RIP Red Dog. Loved and admired by many.

Kathy said...

RIP Briggs, we knew elsewhere as Red Dog or RD. We'll miss hearing stories of you, I'll cherish seeing your beautiful photos.

RDM, I am so sorry for your loss. Many, many hugs to you and the rest of your pack.

deborah said...

RD, you may be gone, but you will not forgotten - your redness touched a lot of people. Thank you ResQer for sharing just a little part of him with so many - I know he touched me and I will miss him. Blessings on his head for being such a good boy!

Sometimes we are priveledged to have someone in our lives who touches us deeply. They may be skin or fur, but touch they do - this is what you had with Briggs and you are forever changed by this experience. What a lucky lady to have had this wonderful experience of knowing someone as special as RD - he will always be in your heart.

lvmygoldie (and love your red dog, too)

nancy in AZ said...

"Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight, sweet prince! And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

My heartfelt condolences, RDM
~Nancy in AZ

Schnitzie said...

S, my heart aches...my back too...sympathetic pain, I reckon. Dee Doo is sitting still in the window sill, and Pansy and Sweet Pea are quiet now -- (it's their dinner time now) -- all in deference to passage of the GREAT SPIRIT that Briggs was and will always be.

You cared for him throughout his life, knew and loved him as no one else could or ever did, and preserved his dignity intact when his time came.

I am so glad you had the respite, from his first attack, to make your peace with him. That was his last gift to you, among so many that he gave throughout his magnificent life to you, your rescued pups, his brothers and sisters, Tweed, Piper, Woo, Toilet Kitty, Kimber and Angry Donut...and to Borderluver, Uncle Cookie and all your RL friends and your friends and admirers, weeping into their computer screens tonight, for their love and admiration of you and that beautiful, awe-inspiring Red Dog, Briggs.

My heart and love are with you tonight and always.

Love,
Schnitzie, Pansy, Dee Doo, and the Sweet Pea

bordercat said...

My condolences for your loss. It is the hardest thing to do, to say goodbye. Our heart dogs not only stay with us, but inspire us for the rest of our lives.

R.I.P. Briggs. You were one lucky dog to be loved so deeply. Look out for a big white Border Collie with a red mask. He is my heart dog Ramsey. He will show you where the endless fields of sheep are. Run Free.

Amy & Owen said...

Oh RDM! I'm so sorry for your loss of Briggs. My heart is breaking for you as I've learned of this sad news. I send my sincere and deepest condolences.

anda said...

I am truly sorry for your loss, Sheena. Briggs was an amazing dog, loved by hundreds, if not thousands of people. He was a star. He loved you, and you loved him back. He will never be forgotten.

My heart is with you in this terrible time. (((( Hugs ))))

riosmom said...

So many others have said it better, I can only say the world is poorer today for the loss of Red Dog. Thank you for sharing him with us - now we share your grief. Take care of yourself.

Requiescat in pace and safe journey, Red Dog. It was a honor to know you.

Kadillac Grrl said...

My heart aches for you... Rest in paradise Briggs (Red Dog).

-stephanie, Betty, Ms Kitty, and Trixie.

Gigi said...

RD will always be in your heart, and in the hearts of all of us who were touched by his story, whether we knew him in person or not. He was an incredible dog, thank you for sharing him with us.

Stay strong Q

Rohan said...

:[

I'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy. And thank you for giving us RD's real name,which for me, as a regular blog-reader, somehow makes his loss more painful. If that's possible. He was a most wonderful dog, and his story has been a compelling read. Thank you.

LeannInNorthVan said...

I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Briggs. You will not be forgotten.

You, Briggs, and your other furbabies are still in all our hearts.

Leann

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

GreenPixie said...

I'm so sorry, food lady. Kuttu and Pixel send you hugs on this rough day. Take care of yourself,
-GreenPixie

Puppy-love said...

I'm so very sorry. Our hearts are with you.

Liz & Babalu

Nik said...

There are no words to take the hurt and loss from your heart right now, but know how truly sorry I am to hear that RD (Briggs)has lost his battle. Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to know such a great animal through all of your pictures, stories and posts on the BC Boards. It has truly been an honor for you to allow Briggs to be a part of all of our lives, even if only through the internet for many of us.

RIP ole Red Dog and may you never feel another inkling of pain!!


Nicki

katiemc811 said...

RIP Red Dog. You will always be my favorite Woof.

Sheena, good thoughts to you. Remember allthe smiles he gae you and so many others.

Love,

Katie, Fergus, and Ryder

puppy-love said...

I'm so sorry. Our hearts are with you.

Liz & Babalu

Simone said...

Oh no :*(

I'm so sorry, S.! I know nothing that I say or do won't take away any of the pain that you're feeling.

Run free, Briggs!

I'm glad that I got to meet you and see you having fun running around in sheep poop with lots of 4 legged and 2 legged friends who adore you!

Walkies said...

I am very sorry for your loss, RD, aka Briggs, was very strong. I guess you get to be strong now.
Here's something that I like during these hard times, I hope it gives you some comfort.

Do not stand by my grave and grieve.
I am not there, I did not leave.
For I’m that distant shining star.
I’m all around you, never far.

I am the sparkle in children’s eyes.
I paint the blue in the autumn skies.
And in those cool sweet summer eves,
I hide in the shadows the sunshine weaves.

Yes together we laughed and cried,
But now I'm ever at your side.
For as long as I am in your heart,
We'll never really be apart.

So live your life and do be gay,
And look forward to that day,
When somewhere just around the bend,
We will surely meet again.

3DogMayhem said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Brigg's spirit will always be looking over you and the others forever.

BlueGrrl314 said...

So very sorry to hear about this. ((((((FoodLady))))))

bubblesn89 said...

My deepest sympathies for such a great loss. The world seems a bit empty today as I read this. My tears seem to pale in comparison to the hurt you have in parting with such a dear friend.
RD (Briggs) may you frolic in the fields and swim in the warm waters pain free. Please look out for a lethal white, Jessie James, whose broken spirit could not be healed on this earth. I see the two of you herding sheep and enjoying a good bone.

Ted, Marie, Hayley
LucyLou and Mister Mouse

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. Words are never sufficient to express the feelings.

RIP Good boy.

Robin

Catfiend, Lola, Bradley and Eloise said...

I can only add my tears and hugs to all those already posted. someone posted on Petfo when I first found it
"I know my pets are going to break my heart...
but that's okay - it's theirs to break."
< dogdish > I don't know who dogdish is
My heart is a little more broken today (((((RD/Briggs))))) and ((((ResQer))))

Laura L. said...

Hugs to you & Cookie Uncle, Angry Donut, Tweed, Piper & Woo.

Even though we only knew Red Dog thru your blog & the BC Boards, we're so sorry to hear of his passing.

Buzz's food lady said it well-his redness will live on in all our hearts.

Tawnorcal said...

Oh no, I am so sorry! RIP Red Dog, you will live on in the hearts of all of us, even those that only knew you through pictures! ResQer, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, my heart is breaking for you.

Sharonb said...

My tears fall for you...your beloved Briggs (I never knew his real name until today) is gone from this earth....but he waits for you on the other side....where he is well again.

Thank you for lovng him so, so much. And of course you know he loved you better. May that comfort you.

Barneys_Mom said...

My dear ResQuer. . .
Moss posted on Smofo about RD. I cannot tell you how much this news saddens me. I know Briggs was your heart dog and I can only imagine the terrible void this must leave you with. I have been reading your blog; you gave him the best care ever. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Snuggle with the rest of your crew and please give Mr Woo a special hug from me. I miss your presence on Smofo and your wonderful humor about Woo.
I hope your memories of RD cheer you down the road after the pain of loss fads.
Big Hugs,
Jeanne/Barneys_Mom

Anonymous said...

Some of us are lucky enough to be allowed to know a very special dog, and a few others luckier still to be able to call such a special dog a life long friend. Those of us who have had that relationship know what a gift it is. Thank you for sharing his life with us, and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

There are no words to convey to you my sorrow. You and the Woofs & Donut are in my thoughts and prayers. God speed, Briggs.

koalove said...

Oh S, I'm so so sorry to hear RD is gone. He was one in a million. :****((
{{HUGS}}

LoveMyBeagles said...

I'm so so sorry! RIP Red Dog, you can now run around pain free!

Love
Jade, GoGo & Harley

Amy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a special dog, such a wonderful soul. Your photos show just how much he was loved, he will be missed - rest in peace Red Dog. Many hugs from Amy & furbabies (from petfo handle dogluvnmom)

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, ResQuer. No words can express... Best, Michelle(ie: Voltron)

rubysmomtoo said...

So very sorry RDM....I dotn have any profound words....just know that so many are thinking of you and are sharing in your loss..

RaisingRiver said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

RIP, RD.

TeeLew said...

I love you, little big sister. xoT

Anonymous said...

"FOUR FEET"

I have done mostly what men do,
And pushed it out of my mind;
But I can't forget, if I wanted to,
Four-Feet trotting behind.

Day after day, the whole day through--
Wherever my road inclined--
Four-Feet said, 'I am coming with you!'
And trotted along behind.

Now I must go by some other round--
Which I shall never find--
Some where that does not carry the sound
Of Four-Feet trotting behind.

--- Rudyard Kipling ---

With deepest sympathies.

muppetdog said...

I'm so sorry :( There is no doubt RD was one special dog who will not be forgotten.

Hornblower said...

I am so sorry.

Ceredwyn said...

He was a valiant soul and he stayed as long as he could with you in this life. You will never really lose your good dog Briggs. No words will make you feel better now, but gradually the tears become less bitter while the memories remain as sweet. And I'm another who believes you'll be together again.

Rest you well, Red Dog. You fought the good fight. Your mom and the thousands of people she shared you with will miss you.

ilima said...

RIP, sweet Briggs. You were a good dog. Make that a GREAT dog.

I'm so sorry. The time we have with our beloved mutts is never enough.

River said...

Big hugs to you all I'm so sorry to hear about Red Dog. May he run free at the Bridge.

Shelley said...

Red Dog was a celebrity to us dog lovers and although I only got to meet him once I too had a little cry when I read about the struggles he went through. RIP ShelleyB

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of RD/Briggs. He fought the good fight and his memory will live on in so many people's hearts. Gentle hugs to you at this sad time.

redhead_dogs said...

RD touched the hearts of so many through your photos and stories. We will miss him but will cherish his memory. Condolences for your loss of such a special companion.

Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Laura said...

I'm so sorry, Sheena. Red Dog will be missed by so, so many. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing you always did right by him.

Luisa said...

Sheena, I'm so sorry. You and RD were both blessed. Take care --

topdoggie said...

I'm very sorry.

Turbo Taj said...

Dear Sheena

Although no words from strangers can heal your sorrow, many of us have experienced what you are going through and share your pain at loosing such a true friend.

Michelle, Taj and Tia

alaska said...

Mighty RD, what a legacy you leave behind! If only more of us could have such an impact on the world. From a strictly personal angle, it was your influence, in large part, that brought Kepler to me (okay, I realize you sort of chased him out the door in my general direction, but still). Thank you for all you gave us and showed us, o noble one. (Handsome one too, I might add.)

S -- Tough year. Wish there were more I could do for you. Thanks for sharing.

sheltervt said...

your loss must be crippling. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and all who loved the wonderful Red Dog.

Anonymous said...

I lost my boy Ruger yesterday. I know your anguish and suffering.

You and your crew are in my thoughts.

((((((Sheena)))))

Natalie said...

I'm crying now. Blessed Be, Red Dog. May your heart always be free and full of joy. You will be missed.

scotchmist said...

God bless and take care

elizabeth said...

Sheena, I am so terribly sorry. You loved him so very much, and he was such a gentleman. Words can't ease the pain but your many, many friends are thinking of you. TAke care of yourself sweetheart. Keep warm.

Megan Q. said...

He was well-loved and loved well.

I am sorry you've lost your very special boy.

Jitter and Joey said...

Rest in peace Briggs! You were a great companion and made the world brighter by just being you.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts are with you. Stay strong and take comfort in the love of your friends, family, and furbabies.

Hugs,
Christi and Skipper

dogblog said...

Oh no... :(

So sorry food lady, so sorry.

Hugs to you and your family, he put in a good fight against all odds.

Anonymous said...

Sheena,
I am so very sorry for the loss of Briggs. I know how difficult it must be to lose your heart dog at such an early age. Take care of yourself and your other pups.

Dianne and Ginny

Fuzzycake said...

I want to add my condolences. Briggs was a very special dog and I thank you for sharing what you have been going through. I went through something like that with a special dog a couple years ago and I know it hurts really bad.

2halves said...

Sheena, I am so sorry for your loss. RD was certainly one of a kind. The proof is in the affect he had not only on your life, but on the lives of so many people and dogs through the work of TDBCR, your blog, and various other internet avenues. He has touched many, as you have.

Our thoughts are with you still.

Anonymous said...

I'm so very very sorry. Briggs will live on through your memories, and through his fans. He inspired you to rescue Border Collies, this is his legacy. Take care RDM, you are in our prayers.

bevanandjen said...

Oh Food Lady. I'm sorry.

Bambi said...

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that you are in my thoughts.

I'm terrible at this kind of thing as I can never find the right words.

I haven't cried like this in a long time. Red Dog was very special, may he rest well.

Please take care of yourself.

Best,

Bambi/Spencersmom

Anonymous said...

I'm so very, very sorry. RD will be remembered by fans the world over, and that is a legacy not many dogs or people can claim. He was a special boy and will always be in your heart. Hugs.

Elizabeth & Nutmeg

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry - hugs to you and the rest of your pack. Red Dog will be missed by all.

ACB said...

Oh Red Dog, I spent a good portion of yesterday (the 12th) looking at your pictures with a smile on my face. I hope that you are no longer in pain, and know how much you are loved.

Food Lady, thank you so much for sharing RD with us. You've brought so many smiles and laughter into my life with your pack and it has been wonderful. RD was an incredible dog; thank you, thank you, thank you for letting us love him too. Take care.

Shannon Larkin said...

I'm so, so sorry. He was a good dog, and led a good life with you. Thank you for sharing with us this very private moment, so that we may share your grief. Would that we could make it less.

Anonymous said...

RDM, You and your special boy are in my thoughts and prayers.

You and your pack have a huge following, we all grieve with you. I check your blog each and every day, you ARE a gifted, talented writer who really brings the photos to life.

May each day get a little bit easier, and may you take comfort in your special memories of Briggs, a.k.a Red Dog, as memories are forever.
-Mary

Anonymous said...

I so sorry for your loss, RDM. My thoughts are with you.

Clarese/Buttercup/Soapscum

Anonymous said...

I have returned here a few times this weekend and had no idea what to say. So, failing to be eloquent, I'll just be brief. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope that, in time, your memories of Briggs will comfort you.

--Angie

insanedogowner said...

I have been following your blog for awhile and have never posted here before but...

My thoughts and best wishes are with you and the rest of your heathens.

Mafiosos! said...

You may have left this world RD, but you will never leave our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Just a note to say Very sorry to hear of your loss . And when you loose a loving friend its loosing a part of your heart!! Many tears from me even if you do not know me !! As i also lost a red dog but his name was Ottis after Otis Redding.many soft hugs!!

Chin_Tales said...

I am so sorry ResQer. I know how much it hurts. Know that you gave RD a wonderful, happy life. He knows he was and always will be loved.

Anonymous said...

Red Dog (Briggs) is my favorite dog that I've ever not known. I am so sorry for your loss. Heartbreak just doesn't do justice to the sadness and loss. Briggs is beloved, and will always be with you-- with all of us. peace.

S

silversmom said...

My condolences to you. RD's sweet face, his soulful eyes and sweet posture will remain in my memories forever. I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Sheena, words cannot even express my sympathy. RD/Briggs was a blessing for you, unlike any other. You two were lucky to have each other.

I'm sending you out thoughts of peace and comfort. Run free, RD. You will be truly missed.

~Paula

Bucketmom said...

RQ, I am so sorry. I don't even have the words to express my sympathies for your loss of one special dog. I know RD is happy and whole again, free from pain, and waiting on you. My thoughts are with you, the rest of the woofs and Woo, and all those touched by RD.

Shana, Maddie, Debbie, & Wembley

notmyhandle said...

*tears* I'm so sorry.

Sending you lots of love and hugs.

Sky said...

If it was not for you, Sheena, there would not be have been RD, without RD there would not be TDBCR and without that I proberly would not have Sky ......where he would be, I would hate to think.
RD was a legend!
RIP Briggs - You are a good boy!

Luv Dayle & Sky

Anonymous said...

Briggs runs pain and drug free now - at the rainbow bridge - with lots of companionship and fun - waiting patiently for the day when you and your fuzzies will all be reunited.
Words aren't enough.
Hugs to you all.

sweet_ceana said...

It is a sad day. I have never met you or Red Dog personally, yet his passing has moved myself and countless others in ways that show how deeply close we have felt to the both of you. Your blog has brought us into your lives and let us "know" Red Dog from afar & in an emotionally intamate way. Every ounce of me wishes I could reach through the screen and give you the biggest of hugs, and since I can't I will attempt to "hug" you with words. I have so much gratitude for your ability to share Red Dog with so many of us. Even in your time of fraustration, pain and despair you shared him with us. Through his influence numerous dogs have been saved in his honor, and numerous more will continue to be saved.

I am so sorry for your loss. Hang in there, and give the three buttheads a hug from me. Red dog will surely be missed.

Laurena said...

I am so very sorry for your loss .
RIP Briggs .

Petgirl said...

We are thinking of you Sheena....I am so sorry.
Melanie and her pack in PG

iheartlabs said...

Oh, Food Lady. I am so sorry. I've read this entry a few times but couldn't seem to find the right consoling words to write to express how sad I feel for your loss. As I am still fumbling for words, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your best friend, your buddy, your Red Dog with the rest of us.

(((ResQer & RD)))

Leah

momtothefarm said...

S-
I cannot tell you how sad I am for you. My heart breaks for you. You will see him again some day at the bridge. Briggs....we finally know his name. :)

Much love to you at this time.
Erin

Catfiend said...

Just thinking of you again and wanted to check in to say just that: thinking of you and Briggs/RD...

Emily said...

Ive been reading your blog for awhile, although I have never met you or Red Dog. This news has made my heart sink and Im crying as I write this. It is truly amazing how he touched so many people's hearts, and I know the person hurting the most is you. You have honored him in life and in his death. I am sure he is playing with my Belle in heaven now, chasing a ball in on an endless beach with sound hips, elbows, and hearts.

MariantheLibrarian said...

I'm so sorry for your loss... I've looked at your blog a couple of times in the past few days-- I guess I keep expecting it not to be true. RD was just such a beautiful dog with such a great attitude that it's hard to imagine a world-- real or online!-- without him. Big hugs to you and your critters!

Kara, Jasper, and Monk

Shelley said...

So sorry to hear of Brigg's passing, he was a wonderful companion and loyal friend right to the end. And oh how he loved you Sheena! My thoughts and prayers are with you girl, and RIP sweet Briggs! I hope he gets to meet my Whiskey at Rainbow Bridge!

Shelley

reddogs4me (Joni & Cagney) said...

Our deepest sympathies and lots of hugs from up North.

becasquared said...

Sheena~

Nothing I can say can compare with what has already been said about Briggs and his wonderful life with you.

You have my deepest sympathies, I know how hard it is to lose your heart dog. Nothing will ever be the same, none of your relationships will ever be as fulfilling as they were when Briggs was around. But you learn to make do and to remember the wonderful times that you have together. And somehow that makes everything right eventually. I'll drink a beer for him tonight.

Numbness is a good thing, as is being busy. If you need anything, don't hesitate to ask.

Bex, Mikey (Mangoat), AD, Royce, and the 4 legged brigade, Cooper, Norton, Annabelle & Priscilla Godzilla the MicKilla.

AzzerDazzer said...

I am so sorry ResQer, you and your crew are in my thoughts. (((Hugs)))

Red Dog was a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing him with us. My sweet Begonia will be awaiting him on the bridge.

Lisa, Azalea and Dandelion

wendy said...

Sorry to be so late in posting these condolences.
I've never met you, I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident, and enjoy it immensely.
I can honestly say I've never seen such an expressive face as RD had. He just looked so incredibly kind, honest, tolerant, and devoted. The thing is, after the time I've spent reading your blog; all of those attributes can also be said about you.
Truly wonderful traits for you both to possess.
Please take some measure of comfort in the knowledge that you gave him so much more than any "pet owner" would have - you gave him the true companionship of a loving partner. He couldn't have had anything more, and you couldn't have done anything more for him.
Take care,
Wendy

Anonymous said...

Our hearts go out to you. We'll miss RD's spirit and spunk, even though we never met him. I hope he's roaming peacefully in that big ol' green pasture in the sky.

Chance and his mom

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to you and your furry ones. Im so sorry about RD:(

Jonell and Jade

Anonymous said...

Hello Food Lady
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been checking your blog since about mid-week, wondering if you've begun getting over your terrible loss, and are well enough to start posting again. Your many fans out here in cyberspace care about you as much as we did about RD, so please post a one-liner to let us know how you're doing.

Ripley said...

Deepest condolences on your heartbreaking loss.

Anonymous said...

We know it will be a long time before the pain even starts to fade. Please let us know if there is anything any one of us could do.

Folks, a nice way to honor the memory of Briggs, Red Dog, is to make a donation to TDBCR, the rescue inspired by him. Go to http://www.bcbordercollies.com/bc/avail.htm and click the "Make a Donation" button. Disclaimer: I am not affiliated.

Robin

Anonymous said...

I have recently discovered your blog and have been reading it. When I got to this entry, I wept.

I rescued a "free to good home" German Shepherd in 1997. Casper had separation anxiety, was all kinds of aggressive, and had one of those challenging personalities - as in, he knew what the house rules were, but about once a week or so he'd try to see how far he could push me. He drove me crazy - and I loved him so much I still don't have words for it.

I lost him in 2006, to a combination of hip dysplasia (damn all GSD breeders who don't test the hips of their stock!) and complications from the acute liver failure back when he was 2. He got 6 more years than anyone expected, and he went to sleep with my hands on his head and my voice in his ear.

RIP, handsome Briggs, my goofy Casper, and all of our beloved dogs everywhere.

-Anissa