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I've been putting off making this post, because I am heartbroken, and because sharing the news will make it seem very, very real. But it is real. We have lost our dearest friend and beloved girl, Virginia.





It was such a privilege to have her bright spirit in our lives for almost fourteen years. She had a fierce intelligence and a beautiful heart, and she was an integral part of every facet of our daily lives. As many of you know, she fought and prevailed against colon cancer a few years ago, and since then she had remained cancer-free. In recent days she was diagnosed with mitral valve disease and what was likely the early stages of Cushing's disease, but with medication and a special diet and careful exercise, she remained almost completely free of symptoms. Until her last day, she was happy and active and very much herself, full of attitude and personality.

Her final illness lasted only a matter of hours, but it played viciously upon her underlying health issues, and before we knew it, her valiant little heart had stilled. We are grief-stricken. It is beyond difficult to imagine life without her.

But how very fortunate we were, to be able to know her and love her and experience the joy she brought to our world.

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jan_u_wine
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
oh, Amy, no. I'm so very sorry that such a lovely spirit is no longer in the world. You are in my thoughts.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend.
killerweasel
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry for your loss. She was a pretty awesome member of your family.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs you back* "Awesome" sums her up well.
methylviolet10b
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Oh no. I am so sorry for your loss.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
thrihyrne
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm heartbroken with and for you. I know how much she meant to you and L. I'll spend some time at my altar today and send thoughts of love and support. XOXOXOXOX
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
*massive hugs* Thank you so much, my friend. I have mail in the works to you! Sending love back in your direction. XOXOXOXO
travels_in_time
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your pictures and stories about her, and I know she will be deeply missed.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for this!
wellinghall
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear this, dear eldritchhobbit.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
seren_ccd
Nov. 1st, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, oh, I am so incredibly sorry! She was such a delight and such a sweet little dog. I'm so, so sorry.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words. She was indeed a great delight, and very, very sweet.
ellettra
Nov. 1st, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for you; I know this pain. Take care of yourselves, and may Virginia frolic merrily across the bridge.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
whswhs
Nov. 1st, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. We've gone through the loss of our first two cats, and cried buckets, so I have some idea of your feelings.

You seem to already know the thing we learned that way: When the death is close, it shadows everything else, but as it recedes, your companion's life as a whole looms ever larger above it in your memory. It sounds as if you're on the way there, however long it takes you. That day will come, and what you're going through now will be an integral part of what you feel then.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Very wise and compassionate words. Thank you. And I'm sorry for your losses, too.
acciochocolate
Nov. 1st, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs* So sorry to read this.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you!
penfold_x
Nov. 1st, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. She was such a lovely, bright girl. I'm going to miss her adorable Halloween costumes.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this!
elvenjoy
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry Amy. :( *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs you back*
lin4gondor
Nov. 1st, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet Virginia -- she brought joy into all our lives, even those of us who only knew her through you. Thank you for sharing her -- keeping you in prayer.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
I appreciate this tremendously. Thank you.
sally_maria
Nov. 1st, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
agameofthree
Nov. 1st, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Amy...
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much.
greenhoodloxley
Nov. 1st, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I am so very sorry to hear that. I've loved seeing her pictures at the holidays over the years. She was a beautiful, charming friend. *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs you back tightly*
marthawells
Nov. 1st, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you!
beledibabe
Nov. 1st, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey, I'm so very sorry! Your photos and reports of her were always a bright spot in my life, and I wish I'd had the opportunity to have met her f2f.

::massive hugs::
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
::massive hugs back:: Thank you so much.
savageseraph
Nov. 1st, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Amy, I'm so, so sorry. I've been in the place where you are before, and I know how heartbreaking it is.

I never got to meet Virginia face-to-face, but so much of her personality seemed to come through in your pictures of her.

Take care of yourself. *hugs*

Barbara
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! And I'm sorry you've been here, too - it's a difficult place to be. *hugs*
reynardine
Nov. 1st, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear this. She was a darling little dog.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
litlover12
Nov. 1st, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I am so sorry. Rest in peace, dear Virginia.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend.
galwithglasses
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
You are in my thoughts. I really enjoyed Virginia's pictures dressed in costume over the years. Such a sweet girl.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
aishabintjamil
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear this.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
mosinging1986
Nov. 1st, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, no! I didn't realize she was that age, and had also been sick.

I'm not particularly a dog person, but she was one of the cutest I've ever seen! She had so much personality, even just through her photos.

I am very sad to hear this news.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! She was overflowing with personality. She was a little thing in body, but a giant in spirit.
ithildyn
Nov. 1st, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry. Virginia was a part of my online family as much as any human, and I'll miss her terribly. [HUGS]
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this. [massive hugs back]
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