Good morning! Thank you for joining me over a cup of coffee or tea on a frigid Saturday morning in Colorado. I completely skipped this week’s Tuesday’s tip! This week was ruff. Many of you saw my Instagram reel and news. Our 9 1 /2 year old Bernese Mountain dog, Chloe, ran over the Rainbow Bridge with our youngest son Evan loving on her until she got to the other side.

We cried many tears following her osteosarcoma diagnosis in December.

I shared a cute video on Instagram reels. The only thing that made me laugh on Wednesday was when my kids told me I had reposted the same video on my Instagram eight times!

We took comfort in knowing Chloe was no longer in pain. The outpouring of texts, Instagram, and Facebook messages was overwhelming! Thank you!

Elliott is a little lost without his big sister to keep him in line. On top of this, I have had a cold for over four weeks. The only things I have accomplished are reading books, completing continuing education credits, and rewatching Modern Family on Peacock. Oh and lots of laundry and complaining.


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  1. Anne Sands says:

    So so sorry to hear about Chloe. It’s a v sad time fir your family.
    I know that pain too well. My beloved 16 year 7 month Yorkshire Terrier Millie crossed that same bridge on 21st August 2022. I still feel the pain. My wonderful Vet suggested to us as he does to all bereaved dog parents, to get another dig, not to replace (no dog coukd) our beloved Millie , but to help us thru the pain. Following a bit (not much) of deliberation we got a wonderful puppy ,
    Lexi, a Mal-Shi, and she has brought so much joy and fun to our home. She was born the day after Millie passed, so I’m positive Millie ordained her for us. !!
    Take care of yourselves at this sad time. Our dogs are like our children. Sadly zmI too know the pain of losing a child!!
    Looking forward to your posts.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog, Chloe. That is very sad. Sending a big hug to you and your son!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post with hints and tips to help make New Year’s resolutions work.
    I hope that you will have a very Happy New Year, despite the sadness of losing Chloe.

    1. Thank you April! Each day gets a little easier.

  3. So sorry to hear about Chloe! Losing a beloved pet is so hard- they are true family members. When we moved to Colorado my sweet ragamuffin cat of 15 years died soon after. I was so heartbroken and to this day I wonder if the higher altitude had anything to do with his sudden death.
    I’ve been busy putting away Christmas and doing deep cleaning chores afterward.
    I also love all my cast iron cooking implements. A Lodge Blacklock braiser is my current favorite pan which I use a lot. My last book was “A Fever in the Heartland” by Timothy Egan, It is nonfiction and was a true eye-opener about a horrid time in America, including in Colorado.
    I hope you feel better soon!

  4. Oh Laura,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I gave my Bernie doodle and extra big hug after ready about Chole. Losing a furry family member is heartbreaking.
    Best to you and your family.
    Karen B.

  5. Tricia Becker says:

    I hope today is a little better than yesterday, and I hope Evan does okay when he gets back today. BTW, that puppy picture of Chloe is a favorite of mine. Hugs

    1. She was such a naughty puppy! She ate my running shoes, rod’s shoes, my ear buds… I remember Eric the dog whisperer coming out and telling us the humans need to put their stuff away! xo

    1. Thank you Heather! It was a tough few weeks, but Elliott makes us laugh out loud- which helps.
      Thank you friend! xo laura

  6. Laura, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Sending you big hugs…xo

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