Nevada Desert Blues: Loss

Man and Dog in Nevada Desert

Dear Friends,

My husband and I have never traveled in the Nevada desert without our dogs.  This week we lost, after a short illness, our German Short-Haired Pointer pictured in this portrait with my husband.  We have wonderful memories of journeying with Choko in the desert and were hoping for many more.  We are bereft at the loss of this beloved family member.

I will be taking a break from blogging during this period of grief and adjustment.  Please know that you remain in my thoughts and my prayers.

Love and Blessings, Vivian

57 thoughts on “Nevada Desert Blues: Loss

    • I thought I had responded to your note yesterday, but I don’t see the response among the others. I wanted to make sure that you knew how much I appreciated your kind note. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. Warmly, Viv

      • We owe so much to our fellow companions. We learn how to love unconditionally from their example. I have been thinking of you all day, actually. Take good care!!!

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss Viv. Such a beautiful dog. I can see that Choko was a very important part of your life and you must be totally bereft. My thoughts are with you and your husband.. x

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. I appreciate your kind words and your thoughtfulness.

      On several occassions Choko waited not-so-patiently in the Land Rover while my husband and I visited Thunder Mountain Monument. We love your family’s homestead and try to drop by when we are in the area.

  2. I am so sorry….I know and understand….my heart and prayers are with you…loosing our furry kids hurts so very much. I do know there are no words to say that will truly help….but know that my thoughts are with you both….you will see Choko again and right now I bet Kiah is playing with Choko:) Hugs and Prayers My Friend.

    • You are so sweet, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words! I’m sure that Choko and Kiah would hit it off…a doggie play-day in heaven! My husband has been so stressed about losing Choko, it is wrenching to watch him grieve so deeply. But tonight when I saw your note and rembered that your Mom saw Rex, I reminded him of that and he was uplifted…

      • I am lifting you both up in prayer as I read your note. Truly you will both see Choko again…it will take time to grieve the loss of Choko. too..we will forever miss them and as God begins to heal our broken hearts, we will have lots of good memories of our very loved furry family members….(((prayers and hugs)))

  3. Your broken heart is already bound with His tender, loving care and your need is already met by His abundant love. Yay, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

  4. You and Choko are in my thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs. Maggie was rescued and joined our family almost eleven years ago, and life without her would be grim, a missing piece of our hearts.
    I am so sorry, truly.

    • Thank you for writing such a beautiful note, Marilyn. It’s amazing how precious they are, isn’t it? Like your Maggie, Choko was also rescued. The day we picked him up and walked him to our car, he literally jumped into my husband’s lap. He remained a lap dog, even full grown at 55 pounds.

      I deeply appreciate you taking the time to write me.
      Warm regards, Vivian

  5. Dear Vivian, it was heart-wrenching when my family said good-bye to our family labrador Buckley. I cried so hard. You and your husband are in my thoughts, and hope the memories of your beloved friend Chomko keep your hearts warm during these times of missing him.

    • Dear Lily, Thank you for leaving such a sweet note and for thinking of my husband and me. Thank you, also, for sharing your story of your Buckley! It really is amazing how endearing these darling furry friends are, isn’t it? Bless you, Lily. Vivian

  6. My dear Vivian,
    I just wanted to find a quiet moment when I could come by and let you know how truly sorry I am for your loss. I know it is an ache that is beyond what we can understand. May the sweet memories of Choko’s unconditional love and shared joys with you and your husband bring some solace at this time. With warm thoughts and love, Sharon

  7. Sorry to hear about Choko’s passing. I am sure you will continue to have many fond memories, just as Choko will have fond memories of the time he spent with your family.

  8. Dear Vivian, I’m heart broken to learn about your loss. As an animal lover, I can easily understand the difficult phase that you are in. It’s akin to losing a family member. May Choko rest in peace forever. Will pray for you, your family and for your dear Chicko.
    Lots of love,
    Teju

    • You are acutely attuned. No matter the lapse, my husband in particular, mourns that dog every moment. Choko was a stinky, stubborn, faithful and fearless friend. He accompanied us on every trip we made to the desert during his lifetime and we look forward to reuniting with him one day in that big desert in the sky. Thank you for your note, Eddie, it is always truly a pleasure to hear from you. — Vivian

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