Forever in Our Hearts

We adopted Cinnamon from the Humane Society when she was about a year old.  That was a little over 10 years ago.

Such a sweetie.

Relishing a favorite once-in-a-while treat.

As my family and some of you know,  she passed away a week ago today after a rather sudden illness.  

Her Vet suspected it was an auto-immune disease, so we had been treating her for that for a few weeks, that's why I've been away from the blog-world; for family time.

In spite of our best efforts, and her valiant fight, she succumbed at midnight on Monday June 13th. 

We were fortunate to have spent all day on both Sunday and Monday with her while she was resting outdoors with us as we worked in her favorite flower garden.

'Cinnie's Garden'

We're thankful we were with her when she passed, and thankful that she was able to pass in the familiar surroundings and security of home.

She will be greatly missed as she was a family member to us,  my constant companion, a very good dog who fit into our life and lifestyle like a glove.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Rest well Cinnie-girl, my pal.

To visit more of  'Cinnie's Garden'  click here.


  1. What a beautiful dog! And what a joy she must have been to your family. I have experienced the death of our beloved dog, too, who was a treasured member of our family.

    It rocks your world forever.

    May you always remember the good days and may those sweet memories sustain you through the difficult days ahead.


  2. Thank you for such a compassionate and comforting message Susanne. ((hugs))

  3. Oh, she really looked like she was a great companion. I love those bigger kinds of dogs, with their sweet eyes and gentle heart. She probably had an amazing life in your care.

  4. Thank you Elizabeth.

    Of the wonderful dogs we've had to say goodbye to over the years, this has been the roughest. Probably because I've been at home all the time with her and not working outside of the home. We were together every day 24/7 . . . there are big empty spaces without her. It will get better with time, I know.

    I love the big dogs too; she would only bark when sounding an alarm, she would eat from your hand using only her lips, not her teeth, so gentle. She made me feel safe out here away from the city, and kept my feet warm on many a cold, rainy or snowy night . . . a very good girl.

    ((hugs)) and thank you for your kindness.

  5. It sounds like Cinnie had a wonderful life with you. What an absolute sweetheart, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending hugs and peaceful thoughts during this difficult time. Cherish all your memories of her, and she'll never be truly gone.

  6. So sorry that you have lost such a wonderful companion. Our pets fill such a part in our hearts and lives, it's so difficult when we lose them. Know that she was loved and loved you in return. Rest peacefully Cinnamon.

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful furbaby! I am so sorry for your family's loss.

  8. Thank you so much Caroline, Rose, and Jacquie ~ your words are so comforting. I know you understand the heartache. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, so very kind of you all. xo

  9. So beautiful:) Cinnie..and this lovely tribute..
    Cinnie ..and you..were very lucky..

    You know I am thinking of you and saddened for you.
    Constant companions..are treasures.

  10. What a beautiful tribute to your beloved Cinnamon! Cinnie's garden is as beautiful as Cinnamon. It is so hard when one of our furbaby companions pass. I hope the wonderful memories you have of your time with Cinnamon help to ease your heartache.

    Warmest regards,

  11. such a beauitful tribute mary, i have bittersweet tears of joy for you that you can remember her so beautifully in her garden...

    i know how hard this was for you, i am glad she died peacefully at home, surrounded by your love... you gave her such a wonderful life.

    i hope your tears of sorrow have dried and now you are left with the forever warm glow of cinnamon in your heart... she was a beautiful girl and thank you for sharing your family with us. they did such a pretty box for you, dressed in her roses now she will live on forever in your garden.

    i hope you are healing, hug your others tightly, they are eager to move in now too :)

  12. Oh, that is just so sad! I am sorry that you have to feel this loss but it sounds like you will have forever warm memories of Cinnie. She looked like a sweet soul and sounds like a wonderful friend.

    Sending warm thoughts your way...


  13. I'm so sorry. What a beautiful girl. It sounds like she was a wonderful companion and you gave her an equally wonderful life.

  14. Mari,
    I'm sooo sorry about Cinnamon. She was a beautiful member of your family and I know she will be missed...and definitely never forgotten. We love our furbabies. It was many months before I quit expecting to see Jake, my Golden Retriever, around every corner. Only time seems to help. Cinnamon sounded very sweet and very special...a real love.
    Big hugs sent your way,

  15. I am so sorry for your loss of your dearly beloved pet. I have tears in my eyes from reading your loving post about your Cinnamon.

  16. It's amazing how our pets become part of our family. You were blessed to have her as he was you.

  17. My heart aches for you in this time of sorrow. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  18. Gentle long distance {{HUGS}} Mari, to let you know that I feel your pain & was so sorry to read that "Cinnamon" (♥♥♥ her name!) has passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. I know you must miss her so much. My DD & I cried daily for WEEKS when our fur baby died after 18 yrs. with us.

    Her flower garden is just gorgeous & I hope it is a real source of comfort to you to know she is surrounded by such beauty.


  19. Dear Mari, I am sorry for your lost. My heart brecks for you. Love Clarice

  20. It's amazing how fast they become a part of our lives and it's hard when they are gone. May you feel comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  21. Mari, I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know you, but I do know how much a part of our lives our pets are. I hope your heart will be lifted by great memories!

  22. Oh my goodness, thank you everyone for your understanding and kind, comforting thoughts.

    It is so good to know you are there in this difficult time. That means the world to me. I wish I could reach out and give each one of you a hug.

    From my heart i thank you for your compassion. xoxo

  23. I am so sorry Mary...
    Sending you many huge (((((hugs)))))...

  24. I.m so sorry Mari.. unfortunately I know how you feel because my dog passed away 1 month ago.. he was 19 years old and he was all my life.
    This rainbow bridge poem for you:
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    lots of love.. ana.

  25. My sincerest sympathies to you, my friend. You do have the gift of so many wonderful memories and photos of your beautiful companion. Just know that I'm thinking of you.


  26. Thank you so much Linda, Ana, and Lori. ((hugs))

    Ana, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful companion. It sure does hurt to have to say goodbye, and I know it still must be such a tender subject for you. I LOVE the thought of the Rainbow Bridge.

    Thank you again. xoxo

  27. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved dog. They are so special and such a big part of the family that a huge void is left when they leave us. We're in between dogs at the moment, but even though the loss causes such terrible pain, I wouldn't hesitate to start all over again. Dogs are special creatures.

  28. Pattie, you've expressed it so well. We cannot replace the one we loved, but we can find another who needs us. Thank you for such a supportive and positive suggestion. xoxo

  29. Mari, I am so, so sorry for your great loss. She was a beautiful dog, in heart as well as her dear face. Our family lost our precious Kipper last November after a sudden illness. he was just shy of 10. They leave such a painful void but only because they are such a huge prt of our hearts, our homes, our families. They give us so, so much but the memories they leave us are priceless. Hold those tightly and she will never really leave you...sending you an understaning hug. You will be in my prayers.

  30. Oh Sue, thank you very much for such a thoughtful and comforting message. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear Kipper, it is so difficult when it happens so suddenly. Sending you gentle hugs right back. Thank you again for taking the time to leave such a supportive message. xo


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