July 18, 2008


Hello my dearest friends,

My dear sweet, kind and loving Aunt Annie died yesterday morning. The Mommy was with her when she died. It is too hard to let go. We think she held on until her brother, my Uncle Jimmy, got there and then, she just stopping breathing. Yesterday was her birthday....she was 82 years old.

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, for all the prayers and kind thoughts for her and the Mommy too. She is where she has been wanting to be for a long time now, with her Mother and all of the others we lost to soon. The Mommy says she is sure Aunt Annie stopped at the Rainbow Bridge to get Samantha & her beloved Gizmo and they are in heaven now, looking down here & saying "look at those Doofusses down there crying their hearts out, when I am where I want to be.

My Aunt Annie didn't like a lot of load talking, like all us Italians do except her, and she used to say something that would shut everybody up. The Mommy laughed yesterday when she thought about it & so she said it one last time for Aunt Annie---



I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight, That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!"

And that is dying. ------ Henry Van Dyke

Love Mona & the Mommy.


Deefor said...

I am so sorry for your sad news. Just comfort your mommy and give her a kiss for me.


Bolo said...

Sounds like a very dignified crossing. Which is all anyone can hope for. Sending you happy thoughts. Bolo & Family

Georgeous said...

She will always be in your mummy's heart.
Blessings to auntie for a peaceful crossing.
Love 'n' sympathy

The Daily Echo said...

We're very sorry to hear of her passing. Give your Mom extra kisses and snuggles tonight.

Maggie & Mitch said...

We're so sorry to hear this news! Take good care of your mommy, Mona! She needs you more than ever!
We love the both of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie, Mitch and Sue

Lorenza said...

We are so sorry to hear the sad news. It is not easy but only God knows when is our time to meet him.
Give your mom lots of kisses and hugs from us.
Lorenza and mom

Snowball said...

I am sorry to hear that your Aunt Annie has gone to haven. RIP, Aunt Annie.

I am glad to see that your mum is accepting this well enough. Stay by her side and give her lots of kisses and hugs and remember to send some of my hugs and kisses to her too.


Peanut said...

We are sorry you have lost your aunt annie but happy she is where she wanted to be. Take care of the mommy mona.

JB's Big World said...

I am so sorry to hear about your aunt Annie. My thoughts and purrs are with you. Mona, take care of the mommy, ok?

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Sorry for your loss BUT it so does seem like she got to do it on her own terms -

Too often humans khan't do that -

And I think it is furry khool she had the khomplete khlosure of going on the anniversary of her khoming -

Please hugz&khysses the mommy fur us!

Khyra and Her Mom

the Corgi Girls said...

So sorry for your loss, we're glad your Auntie had so much love and family around her.

Hana said...

Mona and The Mommy,
We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Please take care of yourselves, and Mona, give your Mommy lots of hugs and kisses. We're thinking of you,
Hana the Dog and Family

Amber-Mae said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt Annie. My deepest condolences to you & your family.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Southbay Girl said...

Mommy and I are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers!

Velcro and mom

Franny said...

I'm so sorry about your Auntie Annie. I wish I could give you and your mommy lots of kisses. May she rest in peace.

Clover said...

Hi Mona and Mommy,
Sending you some love and hugs and kisses. We will be thinking of you.
Love Clover xo

Verdi y Gaucho tibetano en Madrid said...

we are so sorry for your sad news..
and send all our love to you mom and you and yours family..
we thing in the Jefa mom, that she has too 82 years old ..
the last week we read...in spanish..
"Una lagrima por los difuntos se evapora, una flor sobre su tumba se marchita, una oración por su alma la recoge Dios..."
Vamos a rezar por ella...
in english...more or less...
"A tear for the deceased evaporates, a flower on its tomb fades up, a prayer for his soul God gathers her..."
We player.... for her..

Mack said...

Please give your momma lots of kisses and TLC right now. We know you will be a great comfort to her during this sad time.

Please tell her mom missed her yesterday at the DROH booth....


Jake of Florida said...

We're sad for you today. But those lovely words about a departure on one side being an arrival on the other have a calming effect in the midst of the tears.

With love,

Jake, Just Harry, and Joan

Huskee Boy said...

Dear Mona and Mommy,
We are so so sad to hear the news that Aunt Annie had passed on. Please let us know if there's anything that we can do... All we want you to know is we'll be here for you and your mommy if you should need us.
Mom says she'll ask Angel Lucas to show Aunt Annie around heaven.

Big hugs to you and mommy..

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about aunt Annie's passing.
Love and big hugs to all of you.

Joe Stains said...

Goodbye Aunt Annie. We are so sorry for your loss :(

happy said...

So sorry for your loss. Hope your mom takes comfort in her peaceful sailing and arriving on the beautiful shore. Our thoughts and prayers go to your mom and family.

One of the pack said...

Mona and Mommy,

We are so sorry for your loss. Watching loved ones pass on is heart wrenching. We'll be thinking of you!



Lady Kaos said...

I'm very sorry to hear about the sad news. Give your mommy some hugs and kisses for me.