Saturday, February 5, 2011

Animal Crackers - Saying Goodbye to Lola

A Sad Post today - I am sorry. But last night we said goodbye to Lola. Hubby asked if I was going to share this as a post today, and for a second I thought maybe I shouldn't. And then I thought - I share with you all my love and joy about my furry children, and well.. you are reading my Animal Crackers post would want to know the sad as well. So I am sharing Lola with you  -

She was one of our first babies. And we were so thrilled when she was born as she was our first dark faced baby. Her Mom, Cheyenne is the donkey we losta year and 1/2 ago. A very strange coincidence? We don't know, maybe something genetic? Lola's problem seemed to be an internal illness. I am so very sad to have lost this beautiful girl, but I am glad she isn't suffering any longer.

Here is Lola the day she was born May of 2008 -
And here she is all grown up - just over a month ago -
She was one of the sweetest donkeys we have had, and one of the most playful, a copy in looks to her Mom Cheyenne. She was born the same time as Angelina - and Lola and Lina were 1/2 sisters that were always together and a fun pair of girls.

So we say goodbye to Lola - something we hate to do - Hubby and I are just sick about it. I am just not good at all at this part of owning "livestock" when you have as many animals as we do, over 50 donkeys now, it is bound to happen, it is part of the business of raising animals. Animals like people get sick and some make it through, like our Rosie. But Lola just was too sick and could not fight this illness. And while she is "livestock" she is one of my babies, not just an investment for our farm. I have a hole in my heart today - and will miss her terribly. And oddly - she is now with her Mom Cheyenne - Good bye Lola - we love you and will always have special place for you here at Animal Crackers.

36 comments:

Sheri said...

I am so sorry. I know how much each and every one of your donkeys mean to you and know that this is leaving a huge hole in your heart. I am thinking she is one the Rainbow Bridge just like the puppies who go there. You will see her again someday.

Ida said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our "furry" friends are family too and Lola will be missed. She was well loved though and you have wonderful memories to keep in your heart forever.

LorraineB said...

I'm so sorry. She was just a baby too. Animals add so much to the joy in our lives. A little ironic but we had to put our cat Sadie, 18 years old and born in our bedroom closet, to sleep today. She had kidney disease and pancreas disease. Very sad day.

Kirsten Alicia said...

Oh Michelle, I was hoping for better news. I am so sorry. Hugs to you & your hubby.

Lynn said...

Michelle, I am so sorry that you lost your baby, but, like you, am glad she is not suffering. That is even worse when you can't seem to help them. I know God will send another to fill your heart with gladness and you will remember her as you remember her mom. God bless you and hubby in your loss.

NinaN said...

So sorry for your loss :(

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Michelle, I am so sorry to read this. Thankfully she has gone to be with her beloved Mum again. Kym xxx

Donna said...

Oh Michelle...I am so sorry to hear about Lola. I know it is very difficult to go through a loss of a furry child. I wish you peace for you and your husband. Hugs!

Beth S said...

Michelle I'm so sorry to hear about your dear girl. It's heartbreaking to loose are furbabies. Sending a big hug your way.

Helen said...

Hi Michelle & your hubby, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Lola (tears are in my eyes when I read the story). I know this awful feeling of loosing one of your fur babies. You really feel sick about it. Wishing you and your hubby a lot of strenght and hugs and hope that the memories of Lola and her mum will be of great comfort to the both of you. Hugs from Holland, Helen

papersunshine said...

Awww, I am so sorry. It is so evident how much you care for your "livestock" that there is no doubt you did all the best you could for her. It is hard and always will be but it is part of it and the joy that you receive in the long run hopefully outweighs the dark times. Take care and God bless- you're a great "owner" :)

Lori

Martinas Welt said...

I am so sorry to read your lines about Lola. It is always so sad to lose one of your furry friends and I know how you love all your animals on your farm. She will always have a place in your heart!
Hugs,
Martina

smd46 said...

I'm so sorry Michelle, my heart is breaking. Tears. I can only send a hug go both you and your husband.

Yvonne said...

So sorry to read about the loss of Lola. She will always have a place in your heart and I know for sure, she had a wonderful live with you and your hubby. A big hug, Yvonne

NanaBeth said...

I didn't even really know her-but tears are running down my cheeks.But I am glad she is no longer suffering.
Blessings to you and yours always.

Annie said...

such sad news Michelle, and my heart goes out to both you and your hubby. Rest in peace with your Mama little Lola.
hugs, annie x

~* Jay Jay *~ said...

Oh no, this is so sad! It hurts so much to loose an animal :( You are in my thoughts!

Good bye Lola.

Hunnybunnycards said...

Really sorry to hear this sad news, its always hard to part with our beloved animals. I had to make the very difficult decision with our dog 3 weeks ago, she was 16 years old and had a good life but it didn't make it any easier. Lola isn't suffering anymore and she is with her mammy.

Hugs, Barbara xx

diane (cookiestamper) said...

I'm sorry you came home to such sadness and loss, Michelle! Sending a hug and I'm thinking of you.

TA Carbone said...

Oh Michelle I remember when Lola was born. It is bringing tears to my eyes of this loss, that I can only imagine how you and your hubby must feel and the rest of the babies. Yes they are animals and livestock but they are still family. People told me pooh-bear was just a dog when he died but he was also mu companion for 10 years after my husband died. There are heartless people out there but I understand 150%. My thoughts are with you all

Big Hugs
:)
TA
http://carbonescorner.blogspot.com

Jo said...

Oh Michelle, I am so sorry to read of your sad loss, at least you were able to get back in time from the CHA to be with her, another star in the sky. Thinking of you both, hugs Jo x

Lacey Stephens said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Lola! It never is easy to loose something you care about! Take it easy and get some rest for yourself! Sending you big hugs from way-too-hot-for-this-time-of-year South Florida.
~Lacey
www.stampandcreate.com

Di said...

Arrrh i am so sorry i remember seeing the photos of her i am sure a few years ago. It must be awful maybe she waited for you to be with her. Hope you enjoyed the show and maybe rest and heal now.
Hugs Di xxxx

Carol Dee said...

Lola was beautiful. so sorry for your loss. I hope the others will help heal you heart with extra bits of loving. Hugs...

Rufus said...

Oh, Michelle...I was hoping that she was going to pull through. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know how much each of your babies means to you and the care and love you and hubby lavish on them. As you said she's with her Mom, Cheyenne, now. Perhaps this is the way it was meant to be. Thinking of you and of all the rest of the "family".
R/

RubyM:) said...

OH NO SHE DIDN'T MAKE IT ??!!!

Hi hun! I've been reading i'm just a little quiet.

Forgive me for assuming this but you are very close to your donkeys right.Do you think she was waiting for you to let go?? The timing is something too think of. IDK maybe i'm just thinking too much.

I'm so sorty to hear of such sad news sigh....It really does brake my heart wow! TFS the photos O mean how beautiful was she!!!

Sending you lots of cyber hugs,RubyM:)

Cynde said...

I am so sad and send big hugs and condolences to you Michelle and your Hubby. I know they are your fur babies and not just livestock.
my heart breaks for you both. I'm glad she won't have to continue on the up and down sickness she seemed to have been dealt since being born. I know she got lots of love and the best of care by you both. Again so sorry for your loss.
Cynde

Heidi said...

Oh Michelle, this is so sad. I can't imagine how hard this is, Iknow they are livestock but you two just seem to take each of them to heart and embrace them as your own, to keep and enjoy as family. I am so sorry for your loss, she is just so sweet looking.

Heidi

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My animals are like family to me and it is always hard tome to grieve.

Peachy Wessels said...
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Peachy Wessels said...

It is never easy to lose a loved one. She looks so sweet, I am sure she will be missed! It is okay for you to be sad, don't ever let anyone tell you differently. She was a friend and "baby" and you loved her. I am so sorry for your loss!

Karen McAlpine said...

So sorry, Michelle. Thinking of you today.

Anonymous said...

Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Lola. Hugs to you, Pam

Shelly said...

I'm so sorry you lost, Lola. Hugs to you and hubby.

Jilli said...

Ahhh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of the gorgeous Lola. I can imagine your pain! Sending huge hugs from the UK .... Jillix

Jilli said...

Ahhh Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of the gorgeous Lola. I can imagine your pain! Sending huge hugs from the UK .... Jillix