Saturday, November 20, 2010

In Loving Memory

I knew in an instant we were meant to be
When I saw you snuggling
with your litter mates of three
Softly sweet and cuddly, too
My heart just melted
and grew and grew

"I'll be the first to hold him" we all agreed
So he would learn early on
his new Mommy was me!

You tagged along everywhere I went
even out of the house
Hidden, of course, in my shoulder bag
quiet as a mouse
But crowds gathered, creating such a craze

How could they not, just look at that face!

The fiercest of watchdogs, with all of your might
We laughed how you growled at
strange sounds in the night!

By my side in the garden, your favorite place to be
Running, digging, so thrilled to be free!
Not so cute and smelly here, like Pepé Le Pew

But a quick rinse in the sink...

And you're good as new!

The fruits of my labor you appreciated well
I love that you even went in for a smell

Another capture of my two favorite things
Bandit and daylilies...
how they make my heart sing!

Many pics I developed, held a surprise
To find you in the background

Just smiling a "HI!"

My heart is now heavy, many tears I'll cry
For you left without warning
without a goodbye

Peacefully resting now, I know we must part
You'll forever remain my little Bandit
biggest thief of my heart...

Bandit - RIP
May 2005 - November 2010


  1. You wrote a beautiful poem about Bandit and created a gorgeous photo tribute. Wow, he is cute and how you must miss him. I think he is in a garden in Heaven, and you will meet again.

  2. Beautiful tribute, Lynn. Very touching.
    And now I'm all completely undid.

    He was a sweet little pup.

    Love you, girl ~ Rene

  3. Oh, no... Lynn, why so soon?????? Why so sudden????
    I'm crying for you and for Bandit. This is a great loss not only to you but to us, who know Bandit through all the entries on your blog.
    All I can do now is pray for Bandit to be happy where he is and you will overcome this grief.
    Bandit, I love you although I have never touched you. RIP.

  4. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Lynn. Our dogs are our kids (literally), and I'm pretty sure we have three at a time just to try to cover that gaping hole that's left when one of them passes. All dogs should live exactly as long as their people.


  5. Thank you, Terra. I feel and believe that too!

    Rene, completely undid many times over while writing this post. Thanks, Hon!

    Hi Ha Xuan. Yes, for my friends who know me, know my garden, KNOWS my Bandit. Walking around the garden without my little shadow will never be the same. It will take time. Thanks so much for your sweet words, they mean alot. Love, Lynn

  6. Ahh, Lynn...I'm so sorry! I am feeling so sad that Bandit is gone...he was just the most adorable pup ever. Those photos really got to me. Your words are wonderful and sweet. Then it all ends, so abruptly. I am saddened by your loss and know he will be missed;-( Sending [[HUGS]] to you and yours today. Jan

  7. Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear about your little Bandit. I know our babies are family and it really hurts to lose them. We lost our 'Schatzee' summer before this last one and I still miss her. You did a beautiful tribute to him with the best pictures you'll have to look at forever. It will get easier as time goes by.

  8. Lynn, I am so sorry! They become part of us, our little friends, don't they? Beautiful words and pictures....

  9. I have had sweet memories of Bandit. Love to spot him in your garden/pictures. So sad to know that he is not with you anymore. Will definitely miss him. Lynn, this is such a sweet post in memory of Bandit :-)

  10. aw, I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm crying too. I know you loved this cute little furball. What a beautiful post for Bandit.

  11. Oh my, he is such a sweet puppy! I'm so sorry to hear of his loss. Big puppy hugs to you.

  12. Thank you, Kelly. We too have a menagerie of furkids..the more the merrier. No doubt a puppy will be adopted in the near future. They ARE family!

    That's so sweet of you, thanks so much, Jan! Believe me, this post was three days in the making since it was so hard to write. Your (hugs) are appreciated!

    Hi Linda, I'm sorry too for your Schatzee. I know time will's just been 10 days so it's still new and raw. I've been thinking about you. Hope you are doing ok.

  13. Oh Lynn, I am so sorry to hear of your loss - I'm crying too, can't see what I'm typing. What a beautiful tribute you've created here, the love really shines. You'll be in my thoughts.

  14. So sweet your words, thanks so much Tatyana!

    Stephanie, you always were one to comment about Bandit in my blog..he provided alot a comical posts ;) How's life in the tropics? Hope you are doing wonderful!

  15. Sorry for your loss. Your tribute is lovely.

  16. Wendy, Robin ~ thank you soo much for your sweet notes. I truly appreciate your loving support ;)

  17. Ingrid, reading your nice message is making ME has been but a few weeks. I know in time I will only smile when I think of Bandit~just not there yet. Thank you!

    Pam, thank you very much!

  18. Lynn,

    My heart goes out to you during this sad time for you. Having lost two dogs that I grew up with, I know the feeling. Always remember the great times with Bandit. We're meant to lose the people we love; it helps us to realize how important they are to us.


  19. a profound tribute, Lynn.

    you and he will forever carry
    the love you've sown & grown &
    so generously shared.

    he's beautiful ...for a beautiful reason.
    peace~ Chuck

  20. Oh, my gosh, Lynn!! When you asked if I'd seen your blog about Bandit, I was compelled to look, yet totally unprepared for the emotions unleashed. What a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten relationship you and Bandit had. Your words, photos, and the music ... beautifully done! Thank you for sharing from the depths of your heart, where Bandit will live forever. Love you.

  21. Thank you, G.G. I truly appreciate your heartfelt message.

    Thank you so very much, Chuck.
    I will cheerish memories of Bandit MOST
    in my was our special place.

    Ginny, you understand my heavy heart with your
    recent loss and all. So I am thinking of you, too! Thank you, dear friend!

  22. I am so sorry to hear about this. I have lost two dogs and with each one it was heart wrenching. Although I have been through this, we did get a new puppy at the time and he is such a joy!


  23. I am so sorry for your loss. How he died? I dont know.

  24. Lynn, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will miss Bandit very much too, having seen him many times in your garden. He will always live on as a true hero in the hearts of all those who have met and loved him. I would like to dedicate this to you:

    "One day at a time - this is enough.
    Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone;
    And do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.
    Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering".
    ..... Ida Scott Taylor (1820-1915), author.

  25. This was a nice tribute to Bandit. I'm sorry for your loss.


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