Saturday, January 8, 2011

It is with deep sadness that we must tell you that the LUKE has passed away...

I just received this message from the Luke's Auntie Karen:

Amanda is so blessed to have such wonderful support and friends all over the Country.  It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Luke lost his battle this morning.  With his precious Mom by his side, Uncle Tom, Aunt Karen and the wonderful Dr. Mark in the room we said good bye to this beautiful boy.  I know he will live on forever in our hearts.  I can just see him at the rainbow bridge now telling all the other dogs his story....and what a story!  Luke was a wonderful sweet golden he will be missed by us all.

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to Amanda, she appreciates everyones thoughts and prayers.  I know she will get back with all of her bloggers...she does miss everyone, she just needs a little time.  All the cards of well wishes will be much appreciated.  Luke was loved by all I know that will help her deal with his loss. 

Keep in touch and thank you for all you do for animal rescue and for my dear friend,

Karen

Your cards and letters are even MORE imPAWtant now that the Luke has gone to Heaven. They will help the Mom and the Bleu work through their immense grief. We will look outside tonight in the midnight sky for the Luke's star - it will be the biggest and brighest - we know that in our hearts.

Our momma will be making a donation this evening to Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston in the Luke's name to honor sharing his life as a rescue with all of us in blogger-land.  

Good-bye dear friend, we will NEVER forget your gentle presence in our lives
National Canine Cancer Foundation

40 comments:

3 doxies said...

Oh my! I am so sorry to hear this news. Again, we didn't know Luke but it doesn't make it easier to have lost a beloved blogger. He was loved by so many. Our hearts go out to his mom and to his many friends.
Rest in Peace Luke.

Allison...Puddles mum

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, no. Mom just got home and we started to do some reading when we saw this come in. Our hearts are very heavy with sadness for Luke's Mom and the Bleu, but we all have to know that Luke is now in a wonderful place. Thank you for letting us know, we are just so very sad.

Hugs and woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara and Mom too

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

As we already shared, we are too numb to really say much now -

We knew it was coming but....

The candle is lit -

He was already going to be included in my transport dedication for Sunday - now it will take on an entirely different 'light' -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra's Mom and Khyra

Minna Krebs said...

Rest in Peace and Run Free and Well, dear sweet Luke!

He fought a very courageous battle.....and we are so sad today to hear of his crossing. Our eyes are all leaking fur him and his mom.

MinnaKrebs and momma Cheryl too.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

We didn't know Luke, but we know how loss feels and how empty life can be without one so brave next to you. May the love of those who care deeply surround them and help them through this saddest of times.

Frankie Furter said...

I feel just so sad. I know my card is in the mail... maybe Luke crossed paths with it up there.
My heart is so heavy fur his two leggers.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Again our hearts are very sad for those who loved Luke. Together he and his family walked a corageous path of hope and promise,, and dreams. Luke and his legacy will never be forgotten.
We go to share our love, and yes our card is in the mail too.
I put my paws around those who hurt.
love
tweedles

the booker man said...

oh no...this breaks me and asa and mama's hearts. mr. the luke was a very special dude for sures, and he is gonna be missed very much.

*woof*
the booker man

Sagira said...

Very sorry to hear :(

Samantha said...

We are incredibly sad to hear this news and ache for Amanda. We will be looking skyward this eve and know we'll see that big new star.
Hugs xoxo
Sammie, Avalon and Mom

Maggie Mae said...

Mom is teary and I am so sad to hear dis news. The Luke was one of a kind and he will be missed.
RIP my furiend.

Maggie Mae and mom

Ms. ~K said...

So sad...will light a candle for Luke tonight!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I am just so very sad to hear this news. I knew it was coming soon but the loss of the Luke is going to be a great big loss to everyone. I know he is up at the Rainbow Bridge now, running free and pain free. He will be missed so much. Thanks for letting everyone know. Godspeed the Luke...you will always be loved. Love, Debbie and Holly

houndstooth said...

Oh, I'm so sad to read this, even though I knew it had to be coming! The Luke was a special boy and we will miss him immensely. He's left huge pawprints in the world!

FiveSibesMom said...

I am so saddened to learn of Luke's passing...our thoughts go out to his Hu-Family. May they know we are all out here thinking of them. Rest in peace over that Rainbow Bridge, dear Luke.

Priscilla said...

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of The Luke!
Run free, The Luke!!!

Benny and Lily said...

So sorry to hear about Luke
Snuggles,
Benny & Lily

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! It's not the news I want to hear. Just mailed my card to Luke this afternoon. I am very sad ... I'll remember and treasure the bed cover that Golden Boy Luke gave me, it's my favorite especially on cold days. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sheila and Bob said...

This is a very, very sad day>

Run Free Sweet Luke, Healthy waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.
We will look for you star.

Hamish & Sophie 7 their Mom & Dad
Sheila & Bob

Tweedles -- that's me said...

i need you,, my Mimi

Mr. Pip said...

What a sad day for all. I only knew Luke for a short time, but he was such a sweet and gentle soul. Thank you for organizing the cards. We will be sending ours tomorrow.

Your pal, Pip

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

We didn't know Luke, but we're so so sorry to hear that he's passed. We wish his momma lots of strength.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

We also have our candle lit and tonight when we go on our walkm we will look in the skies for the bright new star. Rest and run painfree on the other side of the Bridge. You are our hero and inspiration.

We have made a donation to the rescue as well.

Piappies World said...

Thank you for letting us know about this, Scout and Freyja.

We are so sorry to hear about Luke's passing. He really was a very sweet and gentle boy. We are saying special prayers tonight as we light a candle for dear Luke. We are also grateful for Team Luke - it is an honor to be part of it.

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're so sad for Luke's mom and for Bleu. Luke is pain free now and at rest, waiting patiently at the Bridge. We appreciate your letting everyone know.

Jed & Abby

Maggie and Mitch said...

This is such sad news to wake up to. Thank you for letting us know.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Winnie said...

I am so so so sorry to hear this sad news. Even though you had warned us, it's still sad to hear.

I hope all the cards and good wishes will help The Luke's family a little bit.

RIP The Luke

Anny said...

This is very sad news. RIP Luke. We didn't get to know Luke but i bet he left some great pawprints in everyone's heart. Run free Luke.

Cyber-sibes said...

We send sad woos for Luke and his family. It so heartbreaking to have to say goodbye. Run free, sweet boy.

jack, moo, & Pat

Dorothy Baxter said...

So sorry to hear about Luke. We only learned about him a few days ago from Mayzie. They are never with us long enough. RIP Luke and run free at the Bridge with my babies. Prayers and love to the Mom and Bleu.
Dot and the furry gang - Chandler, Biscuit, Tara, BayZ and Lucky

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

It is always so very hard to lose a dear friend. Our thoughts will be with The Luke's family.

From Everyone At
The Poupounette

Sierra Rose said...

Our hearts are broken, yet Luke has made one more star just that much brighter. What a love. We know he is playing with his pals over the Rainbow Bridge. Hope he finds our Golden Honey.
Blessings.

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

curator said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss of your sweet, handsome dog. Please know friends old and new are thinking loving thoughts of you and him.

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

We are so sorry for the loss of Luke. Purrs and hugs in his memory.
--JB

Thor said...

I am so very sad to hear about The Luke.

Oskar said...

What a terrible loss. We will pay our condolences and send them pawerful prayers.

sad nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Keisha said...

I am so sorry. Rest in peace, good dog. Have fun in Heaven.

The Thuglets said...

We are so very sorry to learn the sad news of Luke having croosed the Rainbow Bridge.

Please know are thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Run free Luke with the wind in your face.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

The Whitson Herd said...

Mimi et al,
You all are wonderful support for Amanda and Bleu. The entire Blog process facilitates the most important thing of all - relationships. While it is great to people to people relationships, there is nothing like the special bond with your pet and it really seems like a rescued pet is even more bonded and appreciative to share unconditional love. Cool Hand Luke displayed this totally in his devotion and appreciation of The Mom. Amanda mentioned Saturday that Luke rescued her. I think many of us feel that way. CHL arrived in heaven 2 1/2 years ago when Amanda applied to adopt a Golden Retriever puppy from GRRH. At nine years young, Luke had just been rescued from eleven months lost in the system at a shelter in Waco. On the trip from Waco to Houston, Luke amazingly wrote his own bio and he did it as if he was born again. Voila, it was perfect when CHL adopted Amanda. It was meant to be and such a delight to witness every time we were together. Thanks for your fantastic supporto of Amanda. As you well know, she is very special. Luke taught us all a great deal. He knew what The Mom did for him and wants her to think of the good times and the love they have shared and will always share. The Bleu is another story and is great comfort at this time. Thanks for all you do and continue to enjoy these rich relationships. Our best to all,
Madison and Tom Whitson, GRRH Volunteers

The Strawberry Mallard said...

We are all so very sorry to hear that Luke lost a courageous battle.... We do Luke did win the war though and has proudly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, and made his way through the gates.
While there is sadness here on Earth, there is joy in Heaven, when he joins the other furbabies.Praying for your peace and healing.....
Nancy, G-dog and Becky