Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thankful Not just on Thursday


It seems like lately we have been saying thank you a lot.  That's what happens when you have wonderful and caring friends.  Today's post is going to try to help catch us up on the many things that give us reason to be thankful.  Bear with us, it could get a little long, but please be sure to keep reading to the end to see all the special things we have received.

We received some awards several weeks ago and have been very remiss in not posting about them.  Many thanks to Misaki and all the beautiful collies at All Things Collie for these three very special awards.

From Misaki:



Thank you, Misaki.  We are supposed to name six of our favorite things.  Our list could probably go on forever and forever, but here are some from the top of the list:  long walks on cool nights, tasty treats, mud (that would be Lightning and Ciara), tummy rubs,  steak!, and good friends like you.

From our beautiful collie friends:



We have received this Super Sweet Award before and just love it - don't those cupcakes look so yummy.


AND . . .

Now this award was created by the Collies and we think it is so special.  We thank you so much for sharing it with us.  It is meant for a blog that has touched hearts.  Especially at this time our hearts have been so touched by all of you.  We hope that all of our readers will accept this award as our thanks.



Frank the Tank had a Caption contest a while ago and we were one of the lucky runner-up winners.  The arrival of our prize couldn't have been more timely.  The mailman brought it to us right around the time we had to say good-bye to Thunder.



Thank you, Frank.  We couldn't agree more.  We love this beautiful ornament.

Today is the one month anniversary since Thunder crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  We have been inundated almost daily with beautiful cards, e-cards, e-mails, all filled with such tender and caring wishes.  We thank you all so very much. Words can never express how much it all means to us.

We would like to mention one card in particular which we received from Ms. Lisa and the pups from Rottover.  They made a very nice donation in Thunder's memory to Husky Haven of LA.  Husky Haven is a rescue sanctuary for Siberian huskies.  As Ms. Lisa wrote, "I hope that by helping other huskies in need, T.D.'s beautiful spirit can live on."  Tears fill our eyes but your kindness truly warms our hearts.


Our hearts were deeply touched when a package arrived from our good pals in Oregon: Sharla, Angel Sadie, Isabella, and Angel.  Their blog is called Beaded Tail and you can find them HERE.



The very sweet Ms. Sharla had her friend Edi make this ornament in honor of Thunder.  The photo above shows one side of the ornament and the business card for Edi's shop:  memoriesforlifesb.etsy.com.



Thunder's likeness is on the other side of the ornament.  It is just gorgeous; our photos don't do it justice. Thank you, dear friends.

Wait, there is more.  Another very special package arrived.  Ciara will tell you all about it because it is especially dear to her.


"Look - it's Mini-me.  Well, no, that's not right - it is Mini-Thunder.  That really sweet Molly the Wally and her Mum Terezia commissioned another very sweet lady, Ms. Lynne to create a Mini-TD.  We do not have any other Mini's and this one will be forever treasured."



"I have really been missing my TD and I still don't understand what happened to him.  I don't think this little guy is really Thunder, but I sure do like him a lot."






"Just like my TD he has the most gorgeous blue eyes."



Thank you, Molly, Mum, and Lynne - you made us all smile.


We give thanks every day for the wonderful friends we have.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning


57 comments:

Beagle Tibi said...

It is wonderful to have friends.
Gifts delight the heart.
greetings from Sylvia and Tibi

Sue said...

I think we were all shaken by the loss of Thunder. Dogs are with us such a short time and when that special time is cut even shorter, it is especially sad. We know from losing our Sky so young what all of you are experiencing and we only wish we could do more. Just know that you are always in our thoughts.

BeadedTail said...

Thunder was loved by so many as are all of you. We're glad you like the ornament and hope it triggers happy memories of TD. The donation was very thoughtful and mini Thunder is super cute too! Ciara, you are such a sweet girl! Hugs and purrs to your mom!

harrispen said...

What wonderful mementos to keep Thunder close to your hearts.

Millie & Walter

Memories for Life said...

You have so many loving and caring friends! What a great post to read about all the wonderful things people (and pets) have done in honor of Thunder.

I'm so glad you love the ornament! I was honored when Sharla contacted me to make it. Thanks for sharing it today.

Nola said...

It is wonderful to have friends!
Nola

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

what beautiful present for sure - they will help the memories live on.

GizmoGeodog said...

What a beautiful outpouring of love form around the world

Brian said...

Such a beautiful post and such loving memories. Hugs from all of us.

Rebekah said...

What lovely (and cute), thoughtful gifts.

rottrover said...

We hope Lightening knows what a special pack he has joined - a pack that has touched and welcomed so many of us to blogging and made us feel at home. Sending big rottie kisses to all!

-Bart, Ruby and Otto

FiveSibesMom said...

Such wonderful thoughtful mementoes...such wonderful friends. We think of you and Thunder and the OP Pack often. Sending big, big Husky hugs.

Khady Lynn said...

Such lovely gifts! I especially like the Mini-TD!!! I know what it's like to miss your best friend and how lost you can be. Hang in there Ciara! You are all there for each other and nothing is better than snuggles with your humans and your puppy brothers!

Khady Lynn

Team Beaglebratz said...

WOWZERZ - so furry many wunderful super nice surprizez. Friendz r a most wunnerful gift. Love the little Mini-Thunder. Glad u posted'boutz thoze awardz - we Beaglebratz got sum MONTHZ ago an'we NEED tue post'boutz them butt our mom gitz bizy or haz eyeball trouble an'fergitz we NEED tue due sum bloggin'boutz them.
Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

Ruby said...

Oh, how sweet is that?! OMD, such sweet peeps out there! That laser cut ornament is just beautifuls!!! Wows.
And the Mini me of Thunder is just precious....Lynne does some amazin' work...kisses to Molly the Wally for such thoughtfulness!
And, {{{hugs}}}} to you all ~ it must still me so hard. I'm still thinkin' of all of you each and every day, and wonderin' what kinds of troubles my BFFF Lightning is gettin' into...I wanna come and join in!! BOL
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Wyatt said...

Blogville friends are so supportive and caring and really SHINE. What nice awards and thoughtful gifts. Your pack is blessed with wonderful friends :)

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jeanne Pursell said...

We echo the comments of everyone else. Blogville is such a special place with many, many caring friends. We are all missing Thunder and we hope your memories will bring you comfort during this difficult time. Hugs to you all from Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Prancer Pie said...

What sweet, sweet sentiments from furriends. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and purrs.

Have a super Friday, sweet woofies. XOXOXO

Christine said...

We are SO SORRY to hear about Thunder. We are left speechless. Many puppy hugs from Brando, Humphrey and Spencer.

scotsmad said...

It's amazing to realise just how loved you are, isn't it.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Molly The Wally said...

So many lovely ways to say we care. We are so glad Thunders' Mini-Me arrived safe and sound. We know how hard it has been for you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

John Rose said...

Beautiful dogs and they are doing planning for something.
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Mitch and Molly said...

What wonderful gifts from such loving friends ♥

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

The Furries of Whisppy said...

There's indeed so much to be thankful for. :) Those are beautiful gifts in memory of Thunder Dunder.

Ginger Jasper said...

What truly beautiful gifts. What truly wonderful friends. I too give thanks every day for the wonderful friends met through the blog. I love all your gifts but the ornament with Thunders picture on is so beautiful. Hugs GJ x

finnhoward said...

What wonderful gifts and pressies. Much to be thankful for. I like your mini! the Thunder ornament is beautiful too.

Priscilla Phang said...

What wonderful gifts from wonderful friends! Thunder will live in us forever. Hugs.

stellaroselong said...

That was a beautiful and heartfelt post, thank you for sharing it with us.
stella rose

Lovable Lily said...

Blogville is an amazing place filled with furends and love!

Sending you BIG doxie hugs.

Lily Belle & Muffin

Two French Bulldogs said...

You got some cool pressies. Oh how we love the mini meees
Benny & Lily

Marg said...

Goodness, that all brought a little tear to the Person's eyes. That was all so wonderful all the great things that people sent for the memory of that Thunder boy. We love the mini Thunder. Glad you get to watch over that Ciara. That was such a heart warming post. The blogging world is one super place. Take care.

The Florida Furkids said...

What wonderful awards and thoughtful presents. Those ornaments are great and we think Mini Thunder is adorable!

The Florida Furkids

onespoiledcat said...

What wonderful awards AND gifts! The special ornaments are both lovely but most especially that laser engraved one with Thunder's likeness on it - how special! The mini-me is fabulous too....we have been so deeply touched by all the posts we've read since we began following you which was about the time Thunder went to the Bridge. We certainly haven't known you long but feel as if we have.

Hugs, Pam and Sammy

Mollie said...

Blogville is such a wonderful loving place. What awesome gifts and super awards. xxooxxx

Mollie and Alfie

sagechronicles said...

Blogville IS amazing and I know the out-pouring of caring thoughts and gifts has been a help.

Swami Zoe said...

Congratulations on the awards! Mini-Me is a very cute toooowoooowoooooo, Ku
www.haikubyku.com

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Aww, look at Ciara, she really does know it is Thunder's mini-me.
It was Mum's absolute pleasure to make him for you.
Love your wooden ornament, it is so beautiful.
Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x

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

Aw..what wonderful, thoughtful gifts!! It is truly amazing the bonds of friendship that can develop, even just from "talking" online. I'm sorry we haven't been visiting much recently - things have just been crazy with the novel, especially with the book launch a month away now - but we have been thinking of you all and of course, miss Thunder terribly.

Hsin-Yi & Slobbers from Honey.

easyweimaraner said...

What a wonderful post! I love the mini-me (or mini-you) it's just cute.
I had some tears in my doggy-eyes as I saw all the thoughtful gifts and as I read all this heartwarming comments.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Oh guys the mini me and the ornament are lovely. Congrats on the award too. And big hugs to you all xxx

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Lots of wonderful things and loving people to be thankful for. Those rotts are awfully sweet in person so their gift doesn't surprise me one bit!

Sherri said...

It is good to hear from you again. The ornaments are beautiful, and the mini-me is adorable.

Dory and the Mama said...

What wonderful ways to cherish Thunder's memories!! Blogville never ceases to amaze us.

Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Bilbo and Arty

The Websters said...

Those gifts are so so wonderful. I just can't seem to figure out why Lightning wasn't allowed to pose with the mini...oh wait =)

Hope you got some good romps in the mud today!

Is Phantom ok with the storms? We heard some noise last night but not much.

NOra

Sweepy said...

Woof, those are special reminders from very good friends. Treasures for treasured furries!

Have a safe and healthy week!

SissySees said...

We're so glad you're being well-supported. The loss of a sweet pup is never easy, but as others have said, it's even harder when it is too soon.

What Remains Now said...

So many wonderful tributes to and remembrances of Thunder.

Mr. Pip said...

Blogville is truly a wonderful place ...such lovely tributes to Thunder. I can't believe a month has already passed since dear Thunder went to the bridge.

Sending lots of support across the miles.

Your pal, Pip

chicamom85 said...

I am so happy that you got all of those wonderful awards and treasures. You deserve every one and many many more. Your blog always makes me and Mommy happy. We love you guys so much. The mini me is so sweet.


Loveys Sasha

sprinkles said...

Congrats on your well-deserved awards and all the other goodies too!

I love that ornament with Thunder's likeness.

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

What a beautiful post. We can but echo what so many have said. Thunder was such a special pup and your blog is so full of love that all of us were heartbroken when he had to leave for the Bridge.

Madi and Mom said...

HEY WOOS....OMDs....first let me tell you I gave my peeps permission to go away yesterday to visit friends...they just returned.

BLESS YOUR SWEET HEARTS...WHAT WONDERFUL FRIENDS YOU HAVE AND WHAT LOVELY AND THOUGHTFUL MEMORIES OF OUR DEAR THUNDER.

LOTS OF HUGS TO THE MOON AND BACK
YOUR BFFF MADI

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We want to say we love all of you- and thank you ,,,,
for being our very special friends.
love
tweedles

Little Reufus said...

What a thoughtful gift and sweet memorial. Thunder stole our hearts... I can only imagine yeurs.

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

Cocoa and Melon said...

Lovely gifts from lovely friends. Best wishes.
Cocoa and Melon

Soggibottom said...

Ditto back, there have been times when it's so good to have had a visit from your pack... Lots of luvs to the memory of that beautiful lad Thunder x Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, You received so many wonderful gifts and cards because your pack are all so special and loving. I thought of you all when I met pups that pull sleds in Alaska.
Sending big hugs to you today.
Noreen & Hunter