Posts Tagged ‘Sadness’

Dana Ash Froio – 11/7/1998 – 5/19/2012

Yesterday was a sad day for my ex-wife and I, we lost another one of our German Shepherd Dogs – Dana passed away peacefully at home with her remaining family at age 13 1/2.

Thankfully, I was able to spend a couple of hours with her yesterday, to let her know that I loved her, and to tell her that I will see her at the Bridge when that time comes. She passed away two hours after I left, I have a feeling that she was waiting for me to come, she has always been a strong girl, and I know that she would have wanted to give me the chance to see her one more time.

I will miss her sooooo much, she and I had a bond that was different from the bond that I shared with the others. A mix of our immediate bond when we rescued her, plus that our personalities are actually very similar – think last, act now, deal with the consequences later.

Sleep well Dana, I will see you at the Bridge later – I hope you and Krychek are back together again and causing mischief! 🙂

Dana (L) and Krychek (R)

On the gardening side, I am still awaiting the Amaryllis’ bloom, but she is definitely ready to unfold and she looks like she will be gorgeous

The present on X-Mas Eve…

Looking up from below the Amaryllis

The June bearing and ‘Lipstick’ variety strawberries are filling in very nicely. I decided to move the main June bearing strawberry planter back into the house as Mr. Squirrel is apt to eat a majority of any berries that remain outside long before they are ripe enough for me to eat. There are still a number of strawberry plants outside, so, he will definitely get a few – he is definitely welcome to them.

Strawberries in the making!

Grow little berry, grow!

The pink flower of the new strawberry, fragaria x. lipstick

In other garden happiness, the hydrangea flowers are starting their first furtive opening and deliver the promise of beautiful blue and purple orbs of summer color!

A little constellation erupts into summer color

That’s about all the new items in the garden, it has been a hell of a weekend, and I think that I will be calling it a night early.

Today’s parting shot: Dana on her final day, saying goodbye

The last photo of Miss Dana – RIP baby




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Today, I visited my local farmer’s market to pick-up some garden fresh produce to make potato/mushroom/arugula soup, and to say hello to my friends who were having a vegan bake sale for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French Camp, CA (San Joaquin Valley).

The baked goods were delicious!

Today, this flower smiled at me

Today, I visited a friend in the hospital. My friend is 27 years old and has 11 bullets in him. The result of a disagreement at a club in Vallejo, CA last weekend. The club, is roughly 7-blocks from the house we bought in Vallejo in 2000, the home where my ex-wife and dogs still live.

Today, a purple flower grows with a Jade plant

Today, I reflected upon my garden, I realized that I was both smiling & shedding tears

  • The smile was for the flowers, for the good people in this word (for my wonderful friends), and just how fortunate I have been in my life and career
  • The tears, for many things, my friend, of course, but mainly for the pain and misery we humans cause upon this world and its inhabitants

    Today, this flower was frowning

Today, I realized that until we change how easily the 1% are allowed to sweep the problems of the 99% across a bridge (or to ‘the other side of the tracks’) and until we change how the world’s agribusiness leaders view their products (the animals that end up at Harvest Home or other sanctuary’s) that any real and lasting change will be slow in coming.

Today, this flower told me to not give up hope (I listened)

Today, I looked at the photo’s I took of my patio when I got home from the farmer’s market this morning and realized that change indeed happens – it sometimes happens painfully slowly, but change definitely happens if enough people get involved and say enough already. Sadly, all of the bad things that currently plague our society will continue to occur during such periods of change.

Today, the snapdragon just enjoyed the day

Today, I realized that this is only the world I live in at this point in time, I realized that I can help fix it, I just have to be patient and enlist a solid support group of friends.

Today, this anthurium changed

Today, I am glad, that today, is almost over.

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QueequeqMr. Quack QuacksFroio

RIP my little blue boy, you were a blessing to us, you provided love and a sense of humor when it was needed. I am saddened that you passed away much too soon. Daddy will miss you Mr. Quacks, but I know that you will be well where you are going and that we will see each other down the road. Keep an eye out for me, but until I get there, enjoy the rolling hills, re-connect with those who left before you, and be well my sweet boy.

R.I.P. Queequeq

Sunset: November 5, 2011


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I am going to go completely off topic for this post, this is not about gardening, this is about loss.

The past two days have been extremely painful for my family. We lost 3-dogs in the span of 24 hours, plus another dog who passed away on April 11.

Krychek – German Shepherd Dog – Age 13 – My first dog as an adult, he finally reached that age where life for him was not a good life, and we did what was best for him, and allowed him to make the journey across the Rainbow Bridge.


Sckrych – German Shepherd Dog – Age 11 – Sckrych was Krychek’s daughter. She broke her back when she just under 2-years old, and was paralyzed from the mid-spine back. She got around just dandy on a set of wheels we got her from Eddie’s Wheels. Sckrych’s condition took a turn for the worse the last week, and the injuries that occurred to her 9-years ago finally took their toll on her body. She passed away Sunday in my ex-wife’s arms at home.


Piper – German Shepherd Dog – Age 11 – Piper was Sckrych’s sister. Piper passed away during the evening last night. It appears that she bloated in the middle of the night, and succumbed to the injuries that bloat causes. She was the sweetest, prettiest dog you could ever hope for, and she even had a little Mohawk hair tuft.


Odin – German Shepherd Dog – Age 13 – Odin was a sharp dog, he came from German lineage, and was the most amazingly beautiful Gray Sable Shepherd. Odin passed away in his sleep at home on April 11.



When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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….

– Author unknown


You will all be missed so much, my beautiful, caring, loving, companions. You all taught me a little more about myself, you all made me a better person, and I hope that you will be well until I can get back to you all. Know that Daddy will always love you, and that you are forever in my heart and in myself.

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