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Aug. 16, 2011 5:44 pm 
Updated: Aug. 27, 2011 10:38 am

We processed the meaties and took all the lambs to the sale, as I cannot shear them, so we have made the decision to find some lower maintenance Katahdin hair sheep. We shipped the goat kids as well, since they are so hard to fence in and were always breaking into everything and generally making my day very stressful. I gave away my mare because I can no longer ride colts. Our nephew sold my other horse for me, so I am down to just good old Wimpy. He should be able to accommodate my growing weakness. My strength has deteriorated considerably over the past couple of years.

 Dolly, my sweet , sweet Jersey cow, died today. We never even got back from the vet. Her prognosis was fair. I had done all the right things for her. I was to watch her for a few days. I am profoundly sad. My laptop died and my internet does not work. I feel as though I am being sequestered in my sorrow and pain. All the loss in my life, seems magnified today.
 My world has been shaken.

I am already missing Dolly’s little crooked face and the funny way she walked.


 Time and again she made me laugh, as she lolled her tongue and looked like she was singing. She’d let me go sit with her while she laid in the shade under the trees and loved to have her brisket and shoulders scratched. She would stand like a statue while I milked her, although she was never good about 'letting down'. She always held some back for the calves. She hadn’t always been good, but we had grown together and I was sad to dry her off last year, as my milking time with her had become such a pleasure. Her cream was heavenly. She loved the Fall, when the apples all fell from the trees. She couldn’t wait to vacuum them up.



She was mean to the dogs, always. She loved ‘her’ babies, it didn’t matter whose they were, she loved on them, and fed them sacrificially. She raised countless leppies in her short little life of only 5 years.  She doted on Mo, even more than she had Emma. I loved the soft moo she had just for him. It was so tender and loving, it stirred my heart everytime I  heard it. She and Em were constantly licking on each other, and Dolly was forever licking little Mo.


To the world, she was just a cow, but she brought so very much to my life. Many cold winter nights were spent in the barn pouring my heart out to her. Leaning my head into her warm flank while she gave up her milk, listening to her rhythmic chewing, the soft sweet, grassy smell of her breath in my face brought comfort when heartbreak visited and revisited. Seeing her hiding in her little ‘tent’, which she loved, belching in my face when I would sneak up to see her, making me laugh. It tickled me to see how she strutted around in her ‘prom dress’ last winter, I was surprised because I didn’t think a cow would accept wearing a blanket in the winter, but she could hardly wait for me to put it on her. She’d lick it and stuff her head through the neck hole, hurrying me along.



On my treks through the tall weeds with the dogs, she would always peek out from her hiding place to say hello. She passionately loved her food, her life and her calves. She was a happy cow and she made me happy too.

Because of her, I learned to make soap and butter, sour cream and cheeses. She was the impetus to so many of the things that now make up my life. All the things that have saved me from pain and myself since I’ve been forced to accept physical limitation and the gut wrenching loss that comes with it, all were gifts from her.

I prayed all winter she’d be pregnant. Once I was sure of it, I prayed her delivery would go smoothly. I was terrified to lose her to milk fever or some other horrible malady. I loved this little cow. I wasn’t prepared for ketosis. Not with all the feed we had here. Not with the way she loved to eat. I was being so careful. She looked so good. She went into this calving looking better than ever.   

Sweet Dolly would mother every hungry calf that came to her. She stood patiently while her calf Mo, as well as the orphan calf we had grafted on Emma and Emma herself and her calf sucked the life out of her. She loved them and nurtured them until it began to ravage her own body as she continued to produce even more milk for them,  unable to keep up with the calorie demands she and they placed on herself.
I separated them all when I found out, but she would grieve and refuse food…standing outside the fence crying for them.  I finally removed her and put little Mo in the pasture with her far from them, where she couldn’t see anyone else. It was too late. She couldn’t recover.
She lost weight at an alarming rate. Even with the green grass and alfalfa available to her and all the extras I brought daily, begging her to eat, she kept getting thinner and weaker. We raced her to the vet, hours away. They found nothing else wrong with her, just the ketosis that had taken hold. After tubing her with a solution that would help energize her and turn the ketosis around, as the molasses had done in the past, we headed home, planning how we would best situate her to get her back on her feet. I was hopeful and grateful and confident she would get better soon.

My greatest fear became reality. She’s gone. Her poor wasted little body is laying out in my horsetrailer, waiting for Randy to come with the tractor and take her away. Despite our greatest efforts, my cajoling, my begging, my forcing sustenance into her with a stomach tube when necessary, she starved herself to death. She barely made it home. She was down when we went to unload her, unable to lift her head. I sat with her awhile, crying, begging and with resignation and great sorrow, I left her to die as comfortably as she was able. We had put Mo in front of the trailer, where he couldn’t nurse her, but she could hear him. The last sounds I heard her make, she called softly to him.

I miss you Dolly. You enriched my life in ways I could never have dreamed. We will continue on as before, Emma, Willy, Mo and I, but you will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

We are not promised tomorrow. Even when we are hurting, we can thank Him for the gifts. Yesterday
is gone, but we can still have forever. Thank You Lord, for Dolly.
Aug. 16, 2011 6:04 pm
So sorry about your loss, what a wonderful tribute Rocketwoman.
Aug. 16, 2011 7:07 pm
What a terrible heartbreak for you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Aug. 16, 2011 7:22 pm
I weep with you Petey. She was a gift from God. We are the richer for having known her through your writings. She was a "giver" and may we take a lesson from one of God's creatures and pattern ourselves to be more loving and giving as did Dolly. My heart breaks for you. I pray God's comfort for you.
Aug. 16, 2011 7:52 pm
Wow, Petey! Just... WOW. You made me open up to a world I didn't know of. I understand your loss clearly. Your journal (blog) of Dolly will be precious in the future. Thank you for sharing those moments with us.
Aug. 16, 2011 8:58 pm
I'm just so sad. I thank you for sharing her with us, and she thanks you, not only for your care, but for such a nice tribute.
Aug. 16, 2011 10:50 pm
Petey - you have shared so much with us, the joys and follies of living on your ranch - I feel like I too lost a friend tonight. Tears streaming down my cheeks - for you see, you brought Dolly alive for me. With the joy have having known and loved her comes the sorrow and loss. Blessings to you Petey - for sharing Dolly with us. (((hugs))) to you my friend.
Aug. 16, 2011 11:05 pm
Oh no , our Dolly!MAJOR were a good Momma! Thanks, for letting us know.... ((((HUGS))))
Aug. 16, 2011 11:21 pm
Pass the kleenex... I'm so sorry Petey. Ranch life is tough at best and I know how much you are hurting. This is a beautiful tribute with lovely pictures of your good friend, Dolly.
Aug. 16, 2011 11:48 pm
Oh Petey, I'm so sorry Dolly didn't make it. Stories of her warmed my heart. Someone get me a tissue!
Aug. 17, 2011 12:02 am
Hug, hug x x x
Aug. 17, 2011 12:19 am
Oh Petey, so sorry you lost your dear friend Dolly, and thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of your time together!
Aug. 17, 2011 1:32 am
Dear Petey, I'm so very sorry and my heart just aches to read of your loss. Your wonderfully told stories of life on the ranch have touched my heart. What a beautiful tribute to your sweet Dolly, she obviously gave you some cherished memories. Sending you a big tight hug.
Aug. 17, 2011 3:29 am
I am so sorry to read this, petey. Dolly sure provided a lot of love. Prayers to you and for your health, also.
Aug. 17, 2011 3:31 am
Oh Petey, I'm so sad to hear this. I wish I could just give you the biggest hug and a shoulder right now.
Aug. 17, 2011 4:53 am
You were loved as well, Petey. I'm sure of that. Thanks for sharing with us. Blessings!
Aug. 17, 2011 5:15 am
My family will be sad to hear about your loss. They "know" Dolly and what a great character she portrayed. So now they will have to hear this sad news. Blessings to you, petey.
Aug. 17, 2011 5:19 am
Petey, so sorry for your loss of Dolly. You can feel your pain and sorrow while reading your beautifully written blog. I'm sure Dolly loved you as much as you her. I hope you take comfort in the pictures and past stories you have shared about her.
Aug. 17, 2011 5:47 am
I'm feeling your feelings. May time heal your sorrow ... I know what ever I say the hurt is too deep for words to touch. Know I am thinking of you.
Aug. 17, 2011 5:52 am
Oh, Petey. I'm so, so sorry. Dolly was your "face" for so long, it's like she was part of you. I'm a firm believer in animal heaven. Dolly is a happy cow there now. I wish you comfort and peace.
Aug. 17, 2011 5:59 am
Words fail me Petey, so sorry about Dolly.
Aug. 17, 2011 6:30 am
Thank you for sharing Dolly with us & may you find solace in the thought of her pain free and at peace. Much love to you, Petey, I'm so sorry. :o(
Aug. 17, 2011 6:40 am
I am sitting here at my desk crying like a baby. I am so sorry for your loss.I am sure she died knowing you did every thing in your power to take good care of her until the end.
Aug. 17, 2011 6:51 am
I am so sorry to hear the news....Thank you for letting sweet Dolly become a part of my life, too, by sharing your stories and photos. ((HUGS)) to you - hope you can find peace and comfort.
Aug. 17, 2011 6:57 am
The pain of losing a best friend, animal or human is deep. I feel for you Petey. But as others have said, Dolly knew you loved her and did everything you could to be there for her. Best Friends~
Aug. 17, 2011 7:12 am
Thanks for sharing Dolly with us and all of your ranch adventures. Sorry for you loss and the pain you are going thru emotionally and physically. Having to let go of things out of our control is never easy. Sending prayers your way. ~Shan
Aug. 17, 2011 7:15 am
I am so sorry, Petey..... so very sorry....
Aug. 17, 2011 7:34 am
So sorry to hear this Petey. I haven't been following your blogs for long, but I've went back some and caught up and got to know Dolly a bit, especially in this post.
Aug. 17, 2011 8:13 am
I can't tell you how much all your support means to me. Being so isolated out here, means there isn't much to fill the void, or distract one. Now I bend poor Emma's ear about missing her and SHE has to spend the days alone.
Aug. 17, 2011 8:32 am
Dear Petey, I would like to say how truly sorry I am. Please know that you are not alone. Ever. There are many people here who love and care for you. Thank you for a precious glimpse into your life and for sharing you sorrow. Once that is shared, it makes it easier to bear. We are all here for you. Take good care of you. -Patricia.
Aug. 17, 2011 10:47 am
Oh no, Petey! I'm so sorry!! Through your stories, I have come to love Dolly, too. I didn't know she had died until I saw Yoga's shout-out on the Buzz just now...and here I sit at work, crying for your loss. Thank you so much for letting us love her, too. You are so right...she will be dearly missed.
Aug. 17, 2011 10:52 am
Oh Petey I'm so sorry for your loss - I'm at a loss for words.she was so precious to you and the calves. Glad you have such sweet memories to always cherish, she touched your life deeply.
Pat in Texas 
Aug. 17, 2011 11:14 am
Petey, I am so sorry; I too love all animals and I know how heartbroken you must be. Being involved in animal rescue, I have had to say goodbye way too many times when poor creatures could not be saved. I know that God loves them and allows them to enrich our lives beyond measure. You are a great lady, and I will keep you in my thoughts with much love.
Aug. 17, 2011 11:31 am
I am so very sorry for your loss. My grandpa was a cattle farmer and reading your descripion of the smells of her breath brought back many happy memories to me of my grandpas cattle. I am so sorry you lost Dolly, she sounded like the perfect mother.
Aug. 17, 2011 11:50 am
I am so very sorry for your loss Petey. Words can not express the love that some of us have for our animals and how difficult it is to lose them. Praying for you to find peace and strength.
Aug. 17, 2011 11:55 am
Grateful for your writing skills Sad for your loss. With a bit of love...
Aug. 17, 2011 12:27 pm
I am so sorry. Your tribute to Dolly made me yern for the days I spent with cows even though on most days I rejoice I no longer have those chores. Your Dolly was so special.
Aug. 17, 2011 12:52 pm
I am so touched by your words. I know animals are put on this earth to give us comfort and joy as mine have given me in sad and lonely times. She will be truly missed. I am so sorry.
Aug. 17, 2011 12:54 pm
ohmy goodness i havent cried that much in a while. i love all animals, and this blog was so special petey. im so sorry for your loss, i am heartbroken for you. she was absolutely beautiful. i hope ure days get better. we all love and support you, keep your head up.
Aug. 17, 2011 12:57 pm
Poor Petey, I am so sorry about your Dolly. I don't usually comment on many blogs, but I enjoy yours very much. You will be in my prayers.
Aug. 17, 2011 1:41 pm
I am so terribly sorry to hear about this loss Petey! I was so hoping Dolly would rally and recover. Maybe to the world she was "just a cow", but to you she was a companion, a confidante, a loyal listener, a short a true friend. And through you, we got the honor of getting to know her as well. She will be sorely missed. Peace and comfort to you!
Aug. 17, 2011 2:55 pm
Oh, No!! My tears flow for you and for Dolly! Too, too sad!! xxoo your way.
Aug. 17, 2011 3:45 pm
I'm so sorry for your loss Petey. Hugs to you from México! ((( H U G S )))
Aug. 17, 2011 4:05 pm
Oh my that was so very hard to read through, I am so sorry for your loss. You could always tell how special your Dolly blogs were to you, she was as lucky to have you as you were to have her ?.
Aug. 17, 2011 4:32 pm
I can't believe it but I am sitting here in tears...over a cow I have never even seen. But also because I can feel your pain and sorrow and loss. Too many changes happened all at once. {{{HUGS}}}
Aug. 17, 2011 5:08 pm
I am in tears too. I never even have spent time with cows! I feel like I knew Dolly though just by reading your blogs. I'm so sorry for your loss!
Aug. 17, 2011 5:53 pm
I am so sorry for your loss, Petey. What a great love you two had for each other. Yes, of course, animals love us back. This was a very moving tribute to Dolly. Even through big tears, I thank you for sharing your time with her with all of us. I hope your healing occurs as easily and timely as possible. A friend for Emma is in order, yes?
Aug. 17, 2011 6:07 pm
Petey, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am a"city girl" so I have never really been up close and personal with a cow, but here I sit crying buckets. Such a terrible loss for you. Big (((hugs))) being sent your way. Take care.
Aug. 17, 2011 6:55 pm
you are all so wonderful, and I so appreciate your taking the time to share your comments with me. I had no idea Dolly had such a fan base!
Aug. 17, 2011 7:43 pm
Petey, you can't imagine how people get attached to the characters that reside on your farm. I saw your blog at work this noon and "sniff, sniff". Silly to get upset over a cow? How many people love their pets beyond reason? Animals love unconditionally and don't talk back (well, not usually). Please keep sharing your wonderful stories. There will always be someone here to lend a shoulder or send a cyber hug when needed. Hug heading your way...
Aug. 17, 2011 8:08 pm
P.S. I have also realized I will never look at a cow the same way again. I just saw one on TV and immediately thought of Dolly. She definitely had a sweet and crooked face, didn't she? Here's to Dolly! :-\
Aug. 17, 2011 8:54 pm
Petey, my heart aches for you and the other animals that will surely miss this queen of the pasture. I am so sorry for your loss and know that we all are better for having a little bit of Dolly to love too.
Aug. 18, 2011 4:33 am
I am so sorry for your loss :( Very beautiful memories of your dear Dolly though, I never think of cows like that, but why not? They are animals like our dogs and cats, of course they become like your family.
Aug. 18, 2011 4:53 am
Petey, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks so much for letting us get to know her too.
Aug. 18, 2011 5:34 am
Dammitall - just as I was getting to know them all. Petey, here's a hug from sweltering Switzerland.
Aug. 18, 2011 6:41 am
I've been reading your blog from almost the very beginning Petey..I've always loved your stories and would tell my husband about them too. I've been checking the RSS feed for your blog every day hoping that Dolly would get better, so needless to say I'm sitting crying at my desk so sad for your loss :(
Aug. 18, 2011 6:42 am
Petey, thank you for your wonderful tribute to Dolly. I enjoy your blogs as they bring back fond memories of my grandparents. Dolly will be missed by so many people and your other cows! Prayers and hugs from Indiana.
Aug. 18, 2011 7:06 am
It's kind of hard to blink back the tears so I can tell you how sorry I am for your loss.
Aug. 18, 2011 7:34 am
oh Petey, I am so sorry... (tearing up at work...) God sent Dolly to you and you learned from one another. What precious lessons, far beyond how to use the gifts of milk and cream. She was such a beautiful cow! And a good friend too, it sounds like. I still mourn the loss of Mattie our La Mancha goat, and it's probably been 8 years. She was ornery, she loved her kids well, and she got to the point that she trusted and loved me too. She would follow anyone around who would wear my plaid barn coat, and would try to follow us into the house if we had let her out to graze in the house yard. (She loved to eat rosemary!) We lost her to goat Polio encephalomalacia, which is a lack of B vitamins brought on by changes in diet (B vitamins are made in the rumen). The symptomns are blindness and nervous system functions as they relate to motor control- and seizures. We had no idea what was wrong- or our vet, and actually had her put down so she would not suffer any longer ( it took the equivalent intravenous injection to kill a full grown cow- Mattie was physically strong.) and the necropsy diagnosis gave us the answer to saving her kids- vitamin B injections, which may have saved her had our vet known. Ach, I am missing her but still have her grandson, who resembles a horse- he is half Boer, 1/4 nubian and 1/4 La Mancha and has the La MAncha ears and stature and Boer meatiness. Glad we still have him. Took my last child to college yesterday so we are mourning the passing of many things, including those idyllic days when we home schooled and raised children, goats, turkeys, chickens,cats and dogs. We are now left with a few goats, chickens, cats and dogs and one another of course. We are trying to celebrate the future adventures to come. Hubby was in tears all last night- very unusual for him, but we have to feel what we feel. We'll see our son again soon, but the past is past and we have to live here and now and plan for the future. God bless you as you move forward too...
Aug. 18, 2011 7:34 am
I am so terribly sorry for your loss. We bond with our animals in a very special way and I know that emptiness when one has went on. (hugs)
Aug. 18, 2011 8:22 am
Thank you so much Petey for sharing Dolly with us. I too feel as though I lost a friend and can only imagine the depth of your pain. You loved Dolly with all your heart and I truly believe the feeling was mutual. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. PLease let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Hugs from California!
Aug. 18, 2011 8:26 am
When I first "met" Dolly through one of your blogs, my mind went back about 53 years. I was 8 years old, and we lived in the country. Our bus stop was the big farm in our neighborhood. One day after school when the bus dropped us off, there was one single cow, standing outside of the fenced area where all the rest of them stood. I ran to the farmhouse to tell them, but no one was home. I looked around and found a rope. My friend and I somehow got the rope around the cow's neck and I lead her home to my house. My mom was watching for me to be home at my usual time and was a bit worried as I was late. When she looked down the road and saw me leading that cow home, she didn't know what to think. I just knew I couldn't leave her out there all alone. I hadn't thought about that for so long until reading one of your blogs. I am sitting here crying so hard over your loss. I am so sorry. I have shared your blogs w/ my 2 kids and the church secretary. As you can see by all of these posts, your stories of sweet Dolly have impacted so very many. I know you will find peace.
Aug. 18, 2011 8:58 am
"All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all." Petey, I am sorry for your loss! Thanks for allowing me a glimpse into the life you share with your beloved friends!
Aug. 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Oh, petey! I am just so sorry! I do not have a great affinity for animals (I say that I am more animal tolerant than lover) - but I understand love and heartbreak, and am so sorry for your loss! And Dolly's absence will be felt here, and she will be sorely missed by the AR community, too!
Aug. 18, 2011 2:14 pm
Thank you all. Thanks for understanding that a big part of my heart belonged to a cow and that its a struggle. Thanks for your support and the outpouring of compassion you guys have shown. Thanks for sharing your stories and how Dolly touched you too. There is so much to be grateful for and this community is one of them. I pray you will all be blessed tenfold for the kindness you have shown.
Aug. 18, 2011 2:57 pm
awww petey... I didnt know!! missed it on the buzz too, since I 'm not on too often now... I saw the blog was urs and was glad hoping for the usual lift I get from it.. I had truly come to love dolly from ur blogs.. especially her cute crooked face and loving nature. I will miss her too so I cant even begin to imagine what u are going through.. be strong sweetie.. ((hugggss))
Aug. 18, 2011 3:19 pm
I am so sad, so sad, to read about Dolly's passing. I have grown fond of her sweet face, and reading what you've written about her made her come alive for me. My heart aches too Petey and I wish you comfort now in this time. How lucky you both were to have each other to love! I will be thinking of you both and sending my prayers.
Aug. 18, 2011 3:22 pm
This made me shed a tear at work. I am happy to say that I don't eat beef due to stomach issues and respect for the majestic animal, but I do consider cheese and milk to be very iportant to my diet, and sometimes, my happiness! I just want to say sorry for your loss and thanks for reminding me why I continue to refuse beef and to do my best to buy from humane cattle owners like yourself.
Aug. 18, 2011 3:24 pm
How gifted you were and still our with Dolly in your life and heart, petey. You are en eloquent writer and thank you for sharing a lovely tribute to your loved one with us. Now Dolly has touched our lives.
Aug. 18, 2011 3:35 pm
So sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Dolly with us. I love all her pictures.
Aug. 18, 2011 4:18 pm
This was a fitting tribute to a very sweet cow...even if she did not get along with the dogs, ever. Sorry, sorry for your grieving.
Aug. 18, 2011 6:45 pm
Petey, I just scrolled, and there are approximately 67 condolences sent your way, already. That is a huge amount of caring, loving responses to your loss, dear friend. Even though you are somewhat isolated physically, you are surrounded by wide circle of friends. This is a good use of computer connections, isn't it! Dolly wasn't just any old cow. She was special to all of us, because she was special to you.
Aug. 18, 2011 6:58 pm
More tears on the keyboard here, Petey. I'm both shocked and so sorry to hear you lost Dolly! I've been thinking lately I'm silly to be getting attached to our two Angus cross steers that are so personable and entertaining...a broken heart waiting to happen. All our critters have personalities, though, so it's hard not to get attached. I hope you find comfort in all the pictures and memories with Dolly once the pain dims a bit. Thank you for sharing your life with Dolly with all of us. We grieve with you.
Aug. 18, 2011 8:04 pm
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dolly was much more than a cow, she was a beloved friend, teacher and a cornerstone to your happiness. I think all who have read your blogs can see that to be true. I know it is not much, but know you have thoughts and prayers coming to you from all over the world. Here I add those of my family and mine. May your memories give you a sliver of silver lining in the cloudy sky of your sorrow. Love form Wyoming!
Aug. 19, 2011 6:12 am
I am so sorry to hear of your sadness Petey. I love your blog. It is very special.
Aug. 19, 2011 7:38 am
Petey I am so sorry for your loss. My animals have always been my children so I understand the pain that comes with losing one of them. I am sitting at work sobbing! You have an amazing story telling ability and I love hearing about your life on the ranch. Don't stop writing!!
Aug. 19, 2011 10:51 am
Aww I will be praying for you:)
Aug. 19, 2011 11:32 am
I am so sorry to hear this. I certainly sensed your love for her and we had begun to love her also.
Aug. 19, 2011 4:34 pm
Glad you had good times with Dolly, cows are so neat. RIP Dolly and hugs to you.
Aug. 19, 2011 4:49 pm
ohmygosh, how sad. She seemed really special.
Aug. 19, 2011 5:47 pm
Please, no one hate me for this comment but it's just one more reason I stopped eating animals. I love them too much. Petey, you may find a bit of comfort for your profound loss over at They helped me through my own grief more than once. I pray you will find some small comfort there to help you cope.
Aug. 19, 2011 8:54 pm
Petey, thank you so much for sharing your loss with us. It's from you sharing stories about Dolly that helps give others a different view and hopefully keener appreciation for the complex relationship with the natural world. Be it two- or four-legged, sharing existence--providing sustainable food, love, and every emotion possible, in every different type of environment. Hugs and all the best to you.
Aug. 20, 2011 10:39 am
Petey, You have me bawling... Such love !! The beautifull memories.. I've followed your blogs and loved reading them. The way you describe the animals lets the reader "know" them. Dolly's tale is soooooo beautifull. Most people could have become better by taking her example (selfless, unconditional love). You've heard/read it countless times, but I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. Praying for you and wishing you much strength.
Aug. 20, 2011 10:40 am
How sad. I am SO sorry petey.
Aug. 20, 2011 12:24 pm
Petey, I am so sorry for your loss. I have read your posts of Dolly and she was very special and both you and she have touched many hearts with all the moments you so eloquently have shared with the AR community. This is the first post for me, but I just had to write and tell you that, from reading your blogs, its apparent what a great 'mom' you'd been to her and she had a wonderful life as a result of all your love & attention. I can appreciate your heartbreak, I too lost a much loved pet this week, seems like the same day you lost Dolly. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that in time, with all the good memories you've had with Dolly, you will find peace again.
Aug. 20, 2011 7:14 pm
I had a beautiful Jersey named Blanche. She would let me milk her in the pasture. I still miss her. So sad about your loss.
Aug. 20, 2011 7:44 pm
Sorry to hear about Dolly. My prayers are with you.
Aug. 21, 2011 7:05 am
How wonderful that you were given the lovely times with your Dolly. You gave her a very special life and she repaid you with love and special memories you'll hold in your heart. Thank you for sharing with us.
Aug. 21, 2011 9:16 am
I am so sorry for your loss, it made me cry buckets! Our animals are a big part of our family too, I feel so bad for you. She looks like a sweetheart, and what a cute crooked face!
Aug. 21, 2011 11:54 am
Your tribute to Dolly is the most beautiful tribute to any critter I have ever read. Thank you for sharing your loss. It reminds us all of the gifts we have here and now. Beautiful Petey XO
Aug. 21, 2011 8:05 pm
How heartbreaking! I am so sorry about Dolly, I know you will miss her terribly. I imagine her now in a perfect pasture, nursing all the babies she wants and making others smile with her adorable twisted face!
Aug. 21, 2011 9:44 pm
Oh my dear Lord Petey. I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Dolly. Please know we love you and care a Great deal about you. Please also find peace in your heart to know you did Everything you could for your baby. Love. PC
Aug. 22, 2011 6:24 am
Petey, I am just so, so sorry to hear that (our) Dolly has died. Yes, through your blogs you have mmade her OUR Dolly. I'm blubbering here as I write this. And, it is so very true. We learn so much from the animals we care for and can even be healed physically and emotionally as they us love unconditionally with no strings attached. I understand your sorrow over her loss and am grieving with you. Hugs to you today dear Petey!!!
Aug. 23, 2011 8:55 am
I am so sorry for your loss, not just for Dolly, but (if I understand) your way of life. I can only compare this to the loss of my dog, Pace. She was my best friend for about 12 years. I wish you well, and I hope that you will find something to replace the hole in your life. Know that all of life amounts to passages; you have reached another passage, and you need to progress through it with as much vigor as you can. Nothing but change stays the same. I wish you well.
Aug. 27, 2011 10:38 am
Thank you all. I sure do appreciate all the support and encouragement from each of you. I do miss her terribly.
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Tehachapi, California, USA
Living In
Princeton, Oregon, USA

Member Since
Jan. 2007

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Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
Kids are raised, we are ranchhands on a 250,000 acre working cattle ranch 110 miles from the nearest small town, so we raise a lot of our own food, vegetables, fruits, milk,eggs and meat. Love riding and working cattle, but find myself spending a lot more time in the kitchen, and the garden.
My favorite things to cook
Having 2 Jersey cows as well as milk goats, playing with fresh milk is a hobby, making our own butter, yogurt, sour cream, cheeses, soap and all the other great stuff you can do with fresh raw milk.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade from scratch...anything! All traditions are sort of gone by the wayside, as we live so far from family now
My cooking triumphs
Most things from this site, this has been the best thing the internet has had to offer!
My cooking tragedies
A layered Jello dessert...the middle layer never set, so it did the 'ooze-wiggle'...and...well..I liquified a couple of chickens on 2 different occasions, turning them into a black gel. Moral of that story is, don't start cooking then go clean barns!...and there was the time that my kids were helping me make Thanksgiving dinner and SOMEbody (who resembled my youngest son) forgot to put the sugar in the pie!!!
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