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Bless you and your Dolley. I feel the same way about my chickens, and thanks for writing this. My girls surprise me everyday with their sparkling personalities and funny little quirks. I'm turning off the computer for a while, I'm all bleary-eyed and teary. I'll walk the dogs and think about chickens, I suspect.

How beautiful she was!

So sorry! We've had our share of chicken-pet deaths and it is traumatic.

My mother's family had an old model T on the property and chickens roosted in it. No one wanted to do them in, so my great grandmother (Nonny) came out on the inter urban street cars and did in the chickens and made dinner. Nobody was hungry at dinner that night (except Nonny). Twas ever thus.

I'm so sorry to hear about Dolley. When an animal is such a part of your life, your routines, your joy, it's hard to say goodbye. We lost our dear dog a few months ago, and don't have the heart to get another just now. I guess there's a reason most farmers and ranchers don't name and cuddle their animals.

I'm so sorry for your loss. The hurt does ease with time.

Amy, thank you for sharing your memories about your rich and beautiful life with Dolly. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dear Amy,
You've written her such a lovely tribute--what a handsome images, in words and oils. Thank you. She was a lucky spirit to have her egg break open at your place. We have six young hens ourselves, so I know what you mean about ... well, I just didn't expect to love them as intensely and ardently as I do. They are so utterly vulnerable and innocent and not! And as you say, their lives are so short. :( I guess I'll try to live up to their example and pass along some scrap of the spunk and laughter and companionship they've given me.
Sending you a big hug, and some treats for the rest of the gals.
~Dottie in ABQ

I am so sorry, Amy. She was a fine and proud bird. I feel for you.

I'm so sorry. It's never easy to lose any member of the family, even if they're not a conventional "pet."

Amy,
The joy our furry and feathered friends bring us is unconditional. At the other end of the spectrum is the deep sense of loss and grief we feel when they must say good-bye. My heart goes out to you and your husband. Dolly was delightful and I loved reading about her.

If you are not familiar with the "Rainbow Bridge" (http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm), which I believe was originally aimed at dog owners, check it out. It always makes me cry, but brings a sense of hope to me also.

Hugs to you,
Suzanne

Another reason not to get chickens. I worry enough about the cats out here in the wilderness with all the natural predators and the annual and current onslaught of hunters. I hope they make it to 15 or 20.

Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss!
I have and will always want a little mini-flock for myself, one day when I fully fence in my front yard I will have chickens! But alas, I think this is one of the reasons holding my boyfriend back - the knowing that they might perish, or worse get caught by a predator. [I have two dogs, which I think if I introduced the chicks at a young age, they'll learn that they are friends and not a toy.]
Dolley was a special chicken to have you in her life.

I'm sorry for your loss. I haven't experienced chicken loss yet, but I don't look forward to it. Get some pretty chickies in the spring.

Amy. I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish we could all live in the moment, as our beloved pets try to teach us to do.

Cross-species love is a beautiful thing, and so painful when you are separated. My condolences on your loss of a special chicken.

I'm sorry Amy. I remember the day you brought them home and blogged about it, posting a picture of them all in their little box. Dolly became your favorite because she was your teacher---she taught you so much about chickens right? So, that was her journey, and now its over. I hate the sorrow it leaves behind for you, but it'll get better.

What a beautiful tribute to your sweet Dolly - and the rest of your flock. I'm so sorry for your loss.

I'm sorry that you lost your beloved tame hen. She certainly lived a long and happy life, considering her condition. I kept chickens for eggs for several years and you are right, they are so very vulnerable, and therefore an altogether unwise animal to love. But as the saying goes: the heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.

Amy, my thoughts and prayers (and tears) go out to you. I am an avid chicken-lover and can understand how dear our chickens can be. Dolley sounds like she held a special place in your heart and I'm sorry to hear about her passing. May find memories and your dedication bring you peace, love, joy, and comfort at this time and always. God Bless You. (((hugs)))

Amy, I'm sorry for your loss. I've been keeping chickens for close to 30 years now, and it's never easy to lose one. Who knew when we started on this adventure that they had their own personalities, big hearts and could become such friends?

If you decide to look for new chicks next spring, investigate some of the small growers of heritage breeds. I've had a few birds live past 12, and my Tiny was still laying at that age and lived until she was 14. She taught me so much.

A beautiful post about a beautiful girl. My sympathy for your loss.

My condolences on the loss of your lovely Dolley. A pet is a pet, doesn't matter what kind, they are companions and friends and it's always hard to lose one.

So sorry Amy - I get attached to mine too, and it is very hard when we lose one of them.

I've always implemented the back-up plan with kittens, get two and hope they both make it to cat-hood. Two kitties are way more fun than just one, and if you're lucky you get two cats who actually like each other. My current pair of cats came on board at differnt times and can't abide one another for who knows what reason.

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