Thursday, July 4, 2013

Thunder Forever - Our Memorial

We are truly overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the blogosphere.  We have received so many beautiful comments and private emails and cards from all over the world.  We always thought of Thunder as a very BIG BOY, but he was bigger in ways we never dreamed.  Mom has been trying to thank all our commenters individually, but so far we are only about halfway through the very long list.  We promise we will get there eventually.  We are finding that many of you don't have blogs and we can't always find a way to contact you - but please know that we so appreciate your kind thoughts and words.

We hope you enjoy our video slideshow of Thunder's life with The OP Pack. Mom apologizes for how long it is, but she found it very hard to eliminate the many photos we have of her special boy.  It was a very tearful project, lots of tissues and sniffles, but in some ways, it was also very therapeutic.  If you don't have time to watch it all now, please do come back another day and enjoy it then. 


You can also watch it on YouTube HERE.   Or click on the little rectangle in the lower right corner of the video box and watch it full screen.

We were not able to post our video through YouTube with the music Mom wanted to use because of copyright issues:(  But we wanted to dedicate this song to Thunder.

Oh we never know where life will take us
I know it's just a ride on the wheel
And we never know when death will shake us
And we wonder how it will feel

So goodbye my friend
I know I'll never see you again
But the time together through all the years
Will take away these tears
It's okay now
Goodbye my friend

I've seen a lot things that make me crazy
And I guess I held on to you
We could've run away and left well maybe
But it wasn't time and we both knew

So goodbye my friend
I know I'll never see you again
But the love you gave me through all the years
Will take away these tears
I'm okay now
Goodbye my friend

Life's so fragile and love's so pure
We can't hold on but we try
We watch how quickly it disappears
And we never know why

But I'm okay now
Goodbye my friend
You can go now
Goodbye my friend

Thunder, we all miss you so very much.  This was just so not fair, but then cancer never is.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, Lightning, and Mom


scotsmad said...

Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy, who was here too briefly.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Those puppy ears..what a laugh. And Thunder having to become a big brother TWICE!

Susie and Sidebite said...

Dad says that Thunder was kinda his favorite, know we shouldn't do that, but he had a Huskie that looked just like Thunder, they could have been twins. He thought he was a person, betcha Thunder did too.

The Mad Scots

Ann Oon said...

A most lovely tribute to your special boy. He was very loved. It makes us cry. Each time one of our bloggie doggie friends move on to the rainbow bridge, it breaks our heart. We are so very very sorry. Only time can mend a broken heart. Our thoughts are with you. Many hugs!


sharkgila said...

That's a beautiful tribute. We send lots and lots and lots of hugs to all.

Togo, Tagar & Gamby

What Remains Now said...

Loved every single minute. What a beautiful life. Thunder, forever.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Thank you for sharing Thunder with us. I hope these special memories bring you solace in this time of grief

GOOSE said...

That was so so beautiful. Got a little leaky eyed watching it. You all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing this with us.

The Life of Riley said...

Such a lovely tribute to Thunder. My mum watched every picture in your movie, and then she told me that even though Thuder's life was far too short he was loved so much more than anyone could measure.

Sending you our love and woofs,
Riley and Enzo from New Zealand (and their mum too).

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We loved this beautiful tribute too.
We watched the whole video of photos, we did not want to miss any of them.
The look in Thunders eyes reflected so much love and life.
The words to the song were absolutely perfect- and said it all. Thank you for taking the time to make this tribute for all of us to watch- and feel more of Thunder's life.
Our eyes and heart have tears also-- just like you do,
ps thank goodness blogger was working again!

♥Mona + Weenie + Mommy, too♥ said...

Tears are flowing here. Mommy had to look at the pictures twice. Thunder had the most beautiful eyes and they spoke volumes. We know Weenie was at the gate waiting to welcome Thunder in.

Mommy's girls.

harrispen said...

What a wonderful tribute. A true labor of love. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy, Millie & Walter

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Our sweet friends
We are back again already-
A tribute like this is never too long-- and we thank you again for doing this.
I wanted to share something with you,,, a blogger person wrote this sentence to us after reading the bloggy story we did for Thunder.,,
its sooo true-- Thunder is and will touch so many,,,
read these words,,,,,,
"Thank you for the sweet remembrances of Thunder in your own blog, Tweedles. He's returned to the loving energy of the sky and heavens. So be it."

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute to Thunder.
I love all the pictures. I remember when he was working on his "creation"...
Tons of great memories that will be forever in our hearts.
Thanks again for sharing your him with us.
Take care

Kat said...

Thank you for sharing Thunder's beautiful life with us. It was a beautiful video and not at all too long.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh my. Thunder, you beautiful boy. We will think of you often. Thanks mates for the video. Not a second too long. Those eyes, oh so lovely. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

Prancer Pie said...

What a beautiful tribute. Mommy will have to finish watching it when her eyes quit leaking so much.

Keeping you in our purrayers. XOXOXO

Molly The Wally said...

Bitter sweet. We cried and laughed. Lovely tribute. You are in our thoughts daily. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

The Furries of Whisppy said...

*wipes eyes*
The video made us smile and cry at the same time. Thank you for sharing Sir Thunder Dunder's beautiful memories with us.

Max Mom said...

Thank you so much for putting together this beautiful tribute and for sharing Thunder with us all.
Sending lots of ((Hugs)) to you.
With love

Mitch and Molly said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy. Hugs to all of you.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

What a wonderful tribute to your boy. You have so many happy memories of Thunder and all our lives were richer for having known him.
Sending love over to you all.
Lynne and the Chewies x

finnhoward said...

Such a lovely tribute. We think of you and your pack all the time. Hope you are doing ok. Know we are here for you.

Ruby and Penny said...

If only......

Hugs & love.

Ruby, Penny & Joyelle.

Frank The Tank said...

Awwwww Amazing, this is such a beautiful tribute to Thunder, such a wonderful boy! I love all the photos on the video, I love seeing Thunder as a puppy not to mention the other Woos, the song is just perfect!
Our love and prayers are with you!
Love, Licks and Hugs your honourary Woo Frank xxxxxxxx

asta said...

Thwough teaws we watche evewy single pictoowe in yoow bootiful twiboote to sweet Thundew. His kindness, his gowgoos eyes, eaws, paws floofy tail. He bwought joy to all who knew him. The song was bootiful, so moving and loving.
Thank you fow shawing his life wif us.
I believe i will seeyoo ovew the wainbow my sweet Thundew, till then, wun like the wind
Smoochie kisses

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

What a wonderful tribute - we hadn't seen the pics of a younger Thunder and we hadn't seen many of Dakota either so it was a real treat - thank you for sharing with us.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

A PAWsome Tribute to Thunder. LOVE the lyrics of the song. Thunder will be remembered forever. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Oh we REMEMBER the PIANO MAN picture and so many of the others.
We will always cherish the MEMORIES that Thunder left for us.
This was a wonderful tribute to him.

Val said...

What a beautiful tribute to your boy. May you be comforted by all those who loved your sweet Thunder. Hugs!!

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

What a beautiful and loving hard as it is on us, their human, I wonder how their canine counterparts feel...especially Miss Ciara.
Much Love,
Mindy :)

Mollie said...

That was just so beautiful.. Hugs and love xxooxx

Mollie and Alfie

The Florida Furkids said...

Mom is having a hard time typing for us because the tears are flowing so fast. That was a beautiful tribute to Thunder. We know how difficult it was to put together and we appreciate your sharing such wonderful memories with us.

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

pee ess - Mom uses Vimeo when she wants special music. They don't seem to be as picky as YouTube.

Arno Vom Altvilstal said...

Dear Kathie,
so much love must aches when you lost the beloved one, but Thunder left you so many wonderful memories, so many cherryful moments. You are very rich to own them and the heartpains are a small price to pay for such a great friendship full of loyalty, fun, love and trust.
You'll never forget him!
All our love (sorry for my English, I hope you understand what I mean!)
Arno and Silvia

Sam said...

We are so very sorry. Our heart breaks for you, but we know all the great memories of Thunder will make you smile. Sending hugs and love.


Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

What a very special tribute to a very special guy. We loved seeing Thunder as a young pup and watching him grow up.

We are so very sorry for your loss and we know he has left a huge hole in your hearts but we hopes that the happy memories you have together will ease your grief.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

What a beautiful tribute to an exceptional boy. TD FOREVER!

All your friends at
The Poupounette Gang said...

Luvluvluv the lyrics...will come back to watch the video, too many tears right now to watch. We love your pack! thank you for sharing them and Thunder Dunder with us...paw pats, Savannah and Mom Linda

easyweimaraner said...

It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful friend. My eyes are still full of tears I will miss him.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

A beautiful tribute to your handsome Thunder. We're so teary.

Lovable Lily said...

Truly a heartfelt and beautiful video in memory of your sweet boy. We shed many a tear watching it while humming that song in our heads. That song BTW holds many memories for my Mommy too. She played it at our Grandma's Memorial Service.

It is NEVER easy to lose one that we love. We are very thankful that Thunder had so many friends and furends in Blogville that came out to support you with love.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Idaho PugRanch said...

What a beautiful tribute for Thunder. We are sad to say that we did not know Thunder well as we were new visitors to your blog when we heard he was ill. It was so obvious how much blogville loved him. This slide show helped us get to know the special dog that was Thunder. thank you.
hugs and prayers
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

BeadedTail said...

I wasn't able to watch it since I become a blubbering crazy lady. My eyes are leaking so bad I can hardly see to type this and I'm just imagining the beautiful memories in that tribute. My heart is with you and I have thought of you every day. Sending you hugs, Sharla

Ms. ~K said...

Lovely tribute to Thunder, a true labor of love!
He will be dearly missed by so many.
Take care of yourself,


Ruby said...

Ma said that she's gonna have to come back and watch the whole video, cause she was gettin all choked up and she didn't want to make her make up run...I watched most of it though, and I just loved it!!
I'm gonna miss the big guy!
Such a special special boy.
Ruby ♥

tubby3pug said...

Lovely tribute to a lovely boy
Urban hounds

Wyatt said...

Such a handsome fella. His star shines bright in the night sky.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Collie222 said...

Beautiful! Made me sob, but it was a perfect tribute!

Is Lightning Thunder's son?

Stewey said...

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Woo :)
Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!
We will never forget Thunder!

Hero said...

What a great tribute video. It's clear from the pictures that Thunder was a gentle, loving spirit. Thanks for sharing woor memories of Thunder with us. We'll never forget him!


KB Bear said...

You've left me with tears on my cheeks. I remembered so many of the photos... and I loved seeing the photos of Thunder and his Ciara.

You're right. Cancer is never fair. I love the lyrics to the song you wanted to use. I think that it is important to tell them that it's okay to go... that we will survive. I'm sure that Thunder knew that with you, especially with his beloved Ciara to look after you.

Beautifully done. Hugs, KB, Angel K, R, and Shyla.

PS Notice that Angel K is always here when it's important. It will be the same for Angel Thunder.

Linda said...

This was a beautiful tribute to Thunder. I will sure miss his charming blue eyes.

Run Free Sweet Boy.
xo Cinnamon and Linda

Amber DaWeenie said...

Kathie, that's a beautiful tribute to Thunder. We can see how close he was to Ciara. And, yes, time with our babies is just never long enough.

Marg said...

Oh Kathie, that is such a wonderful video of all of Thnunder's life. Sorry we are so late getting here. We read this morning and watched the video but the phone rang with some bad news and we are just getting back here. I am coming back to watch it again. It is so much fun seeing all the pictures. Is Phantom very sad?? Anyway, sending tons and tons of hugs. We sure are thinking about ya.

Cocoa and Melon said...

I haven't been around Blogville lately and only heard the news a couple days ago. I left a short message on my blog but I'll say it again here: I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of Thunder. Thinking of you all right now.

Thanks for sharing that with us, Kathie. Those Sibe eyes say so much. Thunder was obviously very well loved, and I'm sure he knew it.

Also, don't feel like you have to reply to all the comments, or at least that you have to do it soon! I'm sure it must be difficult right now, please don't worry about that right now!

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for your loss.

sprinkles said...

What a beautiful tribute to Thunder! I recognized a lot of pictures from the video, but there were many that I didn't. Thank you for sharing.

No matter how long we have our pets, it's never long enough. Thinking about this makes me realize that I really need to take more (and better) pictures of my boys.

I'm going to light another candle for Thunder.

sandy l said...

The video was not too long - it was perfect and I'm all teary. It is so clear from watching the video that Thunder had a wonderful life with your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

onespoiledcat said...

One of the most incredibly beautiful memorials for any beloved family member EVER. So much love - so much joy and fun - and I know Thunder will be missed all the rest of your days. Thank you for sharing his life with us. It was an incredible journey.

Love and Hugs, Pam and Sammy

Timmy Tomcat said...

We are so sorry to hear about Thunder. Please know that the Tomcat Home is sending purrs of support.
Timmy and Family

Jo's World said...

A beautiful memorial to a beautiful dog!

We were new here when Thunder decided to plant a Stuffee tree and it stays in our memory. We are happy you included it!

Love and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

animal lover, quilt lover said...

It is so hard to loss your baby and that is what they are---our babies!!! Mine that have gone will always be with me in my heart!!! Thurnder will always be in your heart!!! Tears fall from my eyes for you and will alawys do so~~~~~ I love the animals so much and know you do too!!!

Mrs. JP said...

My dear friend, I have been praying for you,,knowing how difficult this time is. You put together a beautiful tribute. I couldn't even type a comment on Wordless Wednesday ... it was so precious.
We are still lifting you up in the holler...

Piappies World said...

A very beautiful tribute for a truly special Thunder. Looking through the photos made us remember posts of TD's moments, mischief, sweetness, gentleness and most especially his wonderful smiles. More photos would always be welcomed.

The closeness he had with Dakota, Phantom, Lightning and of course with Ciara will always be remembered. Our most favorite photo is TD's photo with Mom.

We'll always be here for you and the OP Pack. Many hugs to you from all of us.

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

Duncan Breazeale said...

We thought of Thunder when all the fireworks were lighting up the sky on Thursday night. What a wonderful tribute, what a love of a dog!

chicamom85 said...

That was really beautiful. What an incredible tribute. All I could think as the tears are running down my face is that Thunder and Dakota and Remington are all together and running free across a field of fresh snow playing football together. It is the only way I can think about it and not be sad. I love the Woo's !

Anne and Sasha

Madi and Mom said...



Bailey Be Good! said...

Beautiful tribute. Sending lots of woofs & huggies your way. <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Little Reufus said...

There are some dogs wheu touch my the Mom's soul. She carries them in her heart forebber. Yeur The Thunder iss there!

Much lubbs and comforts teu all ob yeu Weus... and yeur sweet the Mom.

Little Reufus

Nanina dOnofrio said...

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Thunder. Watching the video makes me feel just a little of the pain your must be laboring under. Any of us who have lived with dogs or cats or any companion animal know that awful rawness of their passing. For me going through pictures as you have done made me feel whole again, for a little while.

Sending love your way,

Sherri said...

Lovely tribute to a beautiful boy. I'm finding it hard to write through the tears. Praying for comfort for you all.

Big Honey Dog (Honey the Great Dane) said...

OH!! I'm so sorry we're late!! :-( We have been thinking of Thunder and just finally found time to check back today to see how he is...and were so sad to read about his passing.

I know we haven't been very good blog friends recently with hardly having much time to visit & Comment but you have been in our thoughts often and we will miss Thunder terribly. He was such a special boy.

Sending you lots of love & slobbers from far away -
Honey the Great Dane (& Hsin-Yi)

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Kathie and Woos, I'm so sorry for your loss of your precious boy! You all have been in my heart and prayers as Mabel and I traveled home. I'm glad you are taking a little break and I pray for peace for all of you!

Mr. Pip said...

I love the pictures of baby Thunder. What ears, indeed! Thank you so much for sharing him with us!

Your pal, Pip

the booker man said...

what a lovely trip down memory lane. we all love you and miss you, sir thunder dunder.

the booker man and asa's mama

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

cancer can't take that...the love. the memories. the spirit.

Thunder will live forever in the hearts and minds of every creature he ever touched with his life and adventures.

This is a beautiful tribute.

Jacqueline Mary said...

Beautiful, I can feel it too and tear a little...

Elyse and Riley said...

What a great video tribute to TD! Some of those pictures cracked me up--I guess I never realized what great expressions he had on his face! Very expressive face. I also got a bit teary-eyed as well.

Thanks for sharing his life with all of us! We were privileged to know him. Love, hugs, and prayers to you all. <3

Elyse and Riley

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

A beautiful tribute xx

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a fitting and special tribute for a once in a lifetime heartSibe -

Thank dog fur the flashie beast as it khaught so much of the power of Thunder Dunder!

Mom and I made sure to leave enough time to fully appreciate this special work of love -

Mom says she khan hear part of this Phil Collins song through it all -

Well there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

Thank all of woo WOOS fur sharing him with us -


Khady Lynn said...

It's always so hard to go through all those old pics. Still brings tears to my eyes to look through pics of Holly, or even Abby. We just never get enough time, especially when we lose them too young.

TD had the best family and was a very lucky boy to have such love!


Soggibottom said...

There are times when i have to give video's a miss.. this is one of them., not because I don't want to watch, but it will make me cry :-)
I don't want that either at the moment.
There are such special places four paws go to, each has a part of our heart and we always know they are right there where we can find them. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Clark Thomas said...

Thank you for sharing Thunder with us. I hope these special memories bring you solace in this time of griefChallenge coins

Steffi said...

What a wonderful tribute to Thunder. I am so very sorry for your loss of such an amazing dog and I know Thunder had an amazing life with you and your pack.

FiveSibesMom said...

Through tears I watched this absolutely beautiful tribute to a very beautiful and special boy. Not enough years by far. My heart breaks for you and hope that one day the pain will lessen and his beautiful memories will bring a smile rather than tears. It was so unfair. I still can't believe it, so I can only imagine what it is like for you. I will share this beautiful video of a beautiful life. Sending many hugs your way. xo

Pippa Sheltie said...

What a wonderful tribute to him, he was a superb dog.
Missing him,

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello woos its dennis the vizsla dog hay this is a wunderful tribyoot to yore brother thunder hoo wuz tayken away too soon!!! we wil miss yoo wile yoo ar gawn and wil see yoo wen yoo git bak!!! ok bye

Janet Keefe said...

I have not been on your blog before, but found my way here through Oskar and Benny. I just wanted to express how sorry I am for the loss of your Thunder. We just lost our Golden Retriever Moses less than 3 weeks ago, also to cancer, so I can feel your pain so deeply. He was only 8 years old, almost 9. Thunder was so handsome! I will come back to watch your video soon....right now I can barely get through writing this without the tears flowing. Please just know I am thinking of you, as are many, many others. We know how much you miss him.
Jan, Wag 'N Woof Pets

animalcouriers said...

We've read so many lovely tributes to Thunder on the blogosphere and sadly never met him until now. He was obviously a very lovely and loved fellow. Rest in peace deR boy.

The Lonely Dogs said...

We are so very sorry for your loss. Thunder was such a beautiful darling boy, and touched so many peoples hearts in so many ways. He will never be forgotten.
Our thoughts are with you,

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I'm sorry that we are just now commenting on this post, but Mom didn't think she could watch it for a while. It was a lovely tribute and we feel honored to have been a part of it. While we feel sad every time a blog friend passes away, Thunder's passing has bothered Mom a lot. Probably for several reasons. She had met Thunder, she's friends with you, and also Thunder was only 6 months older that we are and it all seemed to happen so fast. I guess it really hit home how we need to not take for granted any time we have together.

We hope you are all doing okay and that Ciara is adjusting to not having her buddy around. We didn't remember that one picture of them on the deck where she is completely laying on him. So funny! What a pair.

Steve, Kat, and Wilbur

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

So sorry to be away and come back to find out about Thunder. Your tribute was so beautiful. What wonderful memories of a most handsome boy. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Daniela and Shawnee

Abbey Road said...

Sorry to hear about Thunder. My sister who lived with my people before me moved into doggie heaven because of the big "C" too. Made my hoomans very sad. They hadda wait a while before they picked me up. I hears about her alla time! I hope I can live up to her good dogginess. Many loves to you and your Thunder.

Wild Dingo said...

Loved your video. We sure miss him too. It was fun to watch his bond grow with miss puppy pants, and then reluctantly won over by lightening. What a lover.

T. Maxx said...

See you someday at the rainbow bridge my friend,


Martha and Bailey said...

Such a lovely tribute to Thunder, so sorry I am so late in seeing it. Then again perhaps this is when I was meant to see it. I cried watching the video of Thunder's life. Such a gorgeous puppy growing into a handsome dog

.He was so loved. I know he will remember Bailey and look out for her.

Gone far too soon.