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Posts: 139
Dear All,

Unfortunately, I have no links for the pics for my precious rescue basset hound, Annabelle. Today marks 3 years since I lost her. I thought about her a lot yesterday and today. I remember too clearly how sad I was when I drove to Pennsylvania from New York City to adopt her. I had my Sidney Lee 2 months before, and the whole in my heart seemed that it would never close. Today, there is still a wound......but not the gaping hole there once was.

Annabelle used to howl when I first got her because she was so traumatized at having been abandoned. Later, she howled out of joy to see me - she would wag her tail so hard back and fourth that it would hit the kitchen table, the cabinets, etc. I still stand by my feeling that she truly is the sweetest creature I've ever met. A real angel who blessed my life during a time when I needed it so badly.

Run free, Sweet Chowbella! I think of you often and my love will never die!

Your Earth Mama,

Edited to add photos of sweet Annabelle, hope that's all right - Barb/MaxAndHazelsMom

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Thinking of you, Candice, on this anniversary - I remember so well how hard you tried to give Annabelle a special life.  And you did that, you know - you gave her the best home ever, with love and compassion and gentle care. 

Hope you are doing well - it's always good to "see" you!



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Many, many hugs to you! ♥

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Hi Candice,it seems you and I have been on this road of grief for many years,I lost my Sammy sus 4 years ago,I remember when you lost your Sweet Annabelle how terrible it was on you,You were a wonderful Mom to Annabelle and she loves you so much  still from the bridge,you took such good care of her,I know how hard these anniversaries are on us,and to get through them this is the place to come,the people on this site are wonderful and so loving,and their by our sides always.I'am so glad you posted Annabelles special day,I just know she had a great day,having so much fun  on her Anniversaries  at the bridge,I hope she can come into your dreams  tonight  and give you  some of those Annabelle kisses.{{{{{ Happy 3  Yrs. at the Bridge Annabelle hope you had a great day,give my Sammy Sus A big  hug & Kiss for me Sweetie}}}}}Many hugs & many Butterfly kisses to you sweet girl.
JoAnn Sammy Sus's Mom


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Dearest Candice, Annabelle Leigh and Sidney Lee's Forever Mama,

It seems so hard to believe that it has been 3 years that your dear girl Chowbella has been at the Bridge, healthy now and able to eat every thing she desires. I remember well your struggle to save your sweet girl and that last heart-breaking night. It will be 3 years on the 27th for my Chloe Beau and I also remember well that first heart-breaking year for all of us. What a long journey we have all walked together. On so many days I did not believe I would make it through my grief and you reached out to me and to so many others so warmly and so kindly. You often brought a smile to my face in a time when there were not many smiles in my life.

Your words for little Annabelle have always been so loving and you can see what a dear girl she is in looking into her soulful brown eyes. I love the picture of her sitting pretty, most of all, I think. Your words "Today, there is still a wound......but not the gaping hole there once was." speak to the terrible pain and grief you felt and all of us feel. It gets easier with time, doesn't it, but the missing them never completely goes away? Luckily neither does the love which connects us with forever.

My Punkin tells me there is a very special party for little Annabelle today. Sidney Lee and Annabelle shine forever bright both at the Bridge and in your heart, Candice. I am hoping you get a nudge from your sweet girl today in a sweet dream visit or sign.  I know both Annabelle and Sid are with you always.

Sending you much love and many hugs of support across the miles to you and your little Gunner.


For Candice ~      

When somebody dies, a cloud turns into
an angel, and flies up to tell God
to put another flower on a pillow.
A bird gives the message back to
the world, and sings a silent prayer
that makes the rain cry.  (They) dis-
appear, but they never really go away.
The spirits up there put the sun to
bed, wake up grass, and spin the
earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you
can see them dancing in a cloud during
the daytime, when they're supposed
to be sleeping. They paint the rain-
bows and also the sunsets and make
waves splash and tug at the tide.
They toss shooting stars and listen to
wishes. And when they sing wind-
songs, they whisper to us –

                       “Don't miss me too much. The view is nice,
                                  and I'm doing just fine.”

                                         ~ Ashley Rice   





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I do not know your story of Annabelle but it does not matter, the love you still have for her comes through so clearly. There is so much love there between you that it is impossible to ever let them go. They always seem to come to us when we need them the most don't they? Such angels, such sweet angels.

I hope that when 3 years comes I will feel that the whole in my heart has healed some like yours has.

My thoughts are with you and your Annabelle,

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Dear Candice..........Already three years since your sweet Annabelle crossed over to the bridge.......You and I will always have a connection as we endured so much pain and grief together- when you lost your precious Sidney and I lost my Kelsey girl.....
Then, you opened your heart to your Annabelle, and I remember the struggles with her regarding getting her to eat, the "accidents" she had frequently, and the time and love you gave to give her the very best quality of life you could.......
Just like with humans, abandonment issues and abuse can forever change the way our brains process fear, anxiety, etc., and I think it is very possible that your sweet girl had endured so much of both- by the time you adopted her, her digestive system was already severely impaired.........I know this was the case with my Kelsey Len as well......But, my oh my, how they graced our lives with such love and devotion....We are changed forever for having them in our lives......
I still haven't been able to adopt yet.....The pain I endured with loosing my Kelesy girl traumatized me to the point that I do not know if I can ever allow myself to become vulnerable enough to adopt again.........I care for dogs and kittens in my neighborhood, and I love each one of them, so I am able to share my love for animals in this way....
But, I do respect you very much for adopting Annabelle and now Gunner and giving the kind of attention and love they deserve......
It is always good to "see" you on the board, but I know the pain that is there by just visiting this site again.....
My thoughts are with you, my friend, and I think undoubtedly that your Sidney and Chowbella and my Kelsey Len are good friends due to the connection we made and will always share between us.........
I hope all is going well in your life and little Gunner is behaving himself :))
God Bless you Candice...............Kelsey's Mom  (Ruth)

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Dear Candice,
It was good to see that you had posted here for Annabelle's Bridgeday and great to see the pictures posted too. There is no doubt that the love you shared with Annabelle and Sidney Lee is love that endures forever.
I remember those months years ago now and wonder how could it be that so much time has passed. I am sure that now you are able to smile when thinking of her sweet ways and her love for you.
I hope you are doing well and Gunner as well.
There is another message for you via your home e-mail address, so do check.
Blessings to you and your special angels, especially Annabelle and never forgetting the unforgettable Sidney Lee. Also special blessings to your new man in your life, Gunner.
Wendy (Decker's mom)

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Candace, my friend, how can it be 3 years already since Annabelle left you to make her way to the Bridge?!  I remember how you struggled with Annabelle's health, and how you held her every day wishing her to be well again.  When you finally had to let her go, you were so sad and crushed, especially with this happening a short time after the loss of Sidney Lee.  From Annabelle's pictures, it has always been so easy to tell that she is such a precious little spirit, and I'm sure you can still feel her giving you a nudge at times.

I didn't have an opportunity to meet Annabelle or Sidney Lee, but I did meet you, and that still remains a hilite of my visit to New York City.  I hope that all is going well with you in Texas.

ANNABELLE ... HAPPY BRIDGEDAY, SWEETHEART!!  Run happy and free with your big brother, Sidney Lee, and if you see my little Buddy Boy, please give him a kiss from me and let him know that his mama loves him and still misses him so very much.

Blessings and hugs.

Joan - Buddy's Mum

Buddy - Rainbow Bridge Angel
July 09, 2003


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Candice- It seems hard to believe that three years have gone. Your precious Annabelle stole a piece of my heart during the time she was here-  Time does ease the pain... but the memories remain strong and true. It will be 4 years this summer for Willie... I still think of him daily... but I'm sure today there is much partying at the bridge for sweet Annabelle... with Willie and Sidney dancing attendance during the celebration. Thnking of you and wishing you well- Wendy (Willie's mom)


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Oh Candace,
Where does the time go? It seems so long ago and yet like yesterday. It warmed my heart to see your name here on the board and seeing your sweet Annabelle "ChowBella" always~always makes me smile. Her eyes just seem to have such depth and the love shining through is for you alone Her earth mother~the one she will always love You give so much Love to your precious fur children and to the friends that know you. So many times you lifted me up and brought me comfort and I will always be grateful for the chance to know you & call you friend..
The memories we have of our little angels remain safely tucked inside our heart until we find our way back to them and I know that they will sometimes bring tears but the smiles were many . The joy will always out live the sadness and the love grows sweeter & deeper with every year that brings us closer to them.
Sending my love to you,

To Beautiful Annabelle
You are so loved. Happy 3rd year at the Bridge sweet girl.
I am sure you have seen my Max and are spending time together with all the other little angels.

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I remember so well your fight against the odds

for Annabelle. I believe Spartacus was diagnosed

with IBD around the same time that you were trying to get treatment for her. I know you tried so hard to help her. Now she is happy and healthy

at the Rainbow Bridge with Sydney.


Happy Bridgeday Annabelle



Mommy we talk to you

every night from our special star

sometimes we come to you

from afar.



Love and Blessings

CareWolf aka Carol


Posts: 139
Dear Petloss Family,

Please accept my apologies for such a late reply of thanks to your support and wonderful words on the 3 year anniversary of Annabelle's passing. I have been meaning to get back to the board, but sometimes it just stirs up all of that original pain so I put it off. I do still think of you all often and cherish the kindness you have all offered so freely. I hope this finds everyone well.

Thank you Thank you!

Barb - I posted a seperate reply to your post for Hazel's 4 year anniversary. I know how painful it was leading up to that day. You have always been such a source of strength and wisdom through this journey. Thank you.

Callie - My apologies, but I do not know your story, although I'm sure it involves tremendous pain over the loss of a beloved furbaby. Thank you for reaching out to me even with the grief you are in.

Colleen - As always, your kindness and compassion is very appreciated. I did not see a post for Chloe Beau's 3 year anniversary? I hope it wasn't too terribly painful and that all is well with you. How are your other babies?

Helen - thanks for your sweet reply. I don't know the details of your loss either, but my heart goes out to you. Time does ease some of the pain, although it still does flare up at times, sometimes unexpectedly.

Ruth - Yes, dear Friend, we have traveled this road together. Where did the time go? How did we survive? I recall so well those first several months. The pain was mind blowing, the loss and trauma seemed like it would never go away. It still hasn't completely, but it isn't that all-consuming constant that it once was. I was thinking about you today, knowing that Kelsey Len's 4 year anniversary is coming up in the next week or so. I will look for your post. Take Care.

Wendy, Decker's Mom - Oh, Wendy. I'm with you - how can it be this many years later? Where did the time go? Thank you my friend, for always being there. I still remember you calling me the night Annabelle passed, I so appreciate it still. I hope you are well and that your father is doing good. Thanks for your kind words.

Joan - thanks for your nice post to me on Bella's anniversary. I, too, enjoyed meeting you in NYC. It seems like a million years ago but yesterday at the same time. Time has healed the pain to a large extent, and for that I am grateful. Thanks for always being there for me. I hope all is well with you and yours.

Wendy, Willie's Mom - Thank you for your kind words about Annabelle and for holding a special place for her in your heart. I still love that picture of Willie and am not surprised to hear that you all still think of him daily. He is a doll and deserves to be revered. Thanks again for all of your support.

Jo - thank you so much for your kind reply to my post for Bella. You have always been so sensitive and supportive to me and others here. I know how difficult it was for you when you lost Max, and how you carry him with you still. I completely understand. How is Marsh? He keeping you busy? I hope all is well.

Carol - Wow - thank you so much for the picture of Sid & Bella! It is so cute, and so how I like to think of them. Together since I feel they belong together since they both meant so much to me. Thanks for your support throughout all of this, and for all you do on the board.

Much love all - and goodnight for now.

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