Love, Laughter and Loss



When I wake up in the morning, I know that decisions will have to be made during the day. Some major, some minor. At the end of the day, I want to fall asleep never having regretted any of my decisions.

Our hearts are shattered into in a million pieces tonight. Our sweet little pocket rocket Crystal is gone. Just when I think I am out of tears, they fill-up and flow again.

I will never regret the day we had our friend spring her from a Craigslist ad. I will never regret the amount of love and laughter that she poured into our hearts. The hole is huge and empty and painful tonight, but I know how this works. We will love again and again, that is what Karen and I are made of. And I certainly will never regret our decision to amputate her leg 10 days ago. We had a chance, we took it. We were dealt the osteosarcoma card again. Someday we will win. I know we will.

To all of the cyber hugs and good wishes that were sent our direction these last two weeks, we thank you. Who would have guessed how much a hug through cyber space and a thumbs-up would have such an impact, but it does.

To our vet clinic, our vet, our vet techs and staff, thank you for loving our girl just like she were your own. Every minute that she was in your care I was confident that it was the best and most loving that she could get. I know that she broke a piece of your hearts off too, she loved you all.

Crystal, many would say that the skies will have a bright shiny star tonight. You and I know better. You are a comet racing across the sky leaving behind you a trail of love, laughter and joy.

We will miss you so much girlfriend.

Crystal aka Rebel Crystal • May 23, 2003 to August 22, 2014

  • Hilary - So sorry…..ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Nawaz - Oh how my heart is breaking, I couldn’t believe it was true when Jackie told me that Crystal was gone. 🙁 All I could think about was the both of you and the shock of the news. Crystal was a beautiful and so loving girl, a piece of me did die today. She was blessed to have you two love and care for her, she will be so deeply missed. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Birk - So very very sorry Terri and Karen. My heart and prayers go out to you.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Parker - So sorry, one of the very hardest things to deal with. She was meant to be with you though during her time here on earth.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Ostrin - My tears started flowing again as soon as I read this. I’m thinking of you two lovely ladies tonight. Crystal couldn’t have been blessed with better parents. You two are truly amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Beth Bartel - I am so sorry for your loss. You will love again and Crystal will be smiling down on you? She is running free with a lot of greyhounds in doggie heaven. I am sure our Twinkle was one of the first to greet her and show her the ropes. The tears will come when they are least expected. Hang on to the wonderful memories you had with her-they will help you through. Mary Beth

  • Nancy Guimond - There are no words just tears for now. Love you both you are amazing parents to the dogs.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Muir - My heart is breaking too. Just as well we know hearts heal, ready to be broken again. Memories and love remain forever. I really thought Crystal could do it if any dog could. I’m so sad.ReplyCancel

  • Eric Edmond - My condolences to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Janice Straight - Oh my god. Not again. Why! Why does this happen. Crystal was such a spark of joy. Terri you and Karen. There just aren’t words to describe what you two are made of. When I look at my baby I am not sure how I will let to when it is her time. Yet the two of you again and again leave giant chunks of your hearts. I cannot believe Crystal is gone. Not again. Though we have never met, I love you two. What you do and how you give and live is beyond words. Wishing the gentlest days as time moves forward. To Crystal. Sweetie you fought a brave fight. Many amazing fur babies met you at the rainbow bridge. No more pain and all the running jumping and food you love. Give kisses to my Hunter and my Cerena. XXOO ReplyCancel

  • Shelly and Gryfyn - Sening live and sharing in your sorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Holy - This, to me, sums you both up perfectly… So, so sorry for your loss.

    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”

  • Terri Jacobson - Thank you all so much for your kind words.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Smith - what a wonderful tribute to your beloved grey girl. Brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for the loss and the hole that exists that she used to fill. I am so grateful for her being loved by you and for you being loved by her. they aren’t here on this planet with us nearly long enough. thank you for the courage in opening your heart to so many sweet greys in need…. and loving them…. and giving them a safe and nurturing place to love you back. you’re in my heart and thoughts. ReplyCancel