Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's Done

Ansel after the ceremony...looking ahead to his future

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much to all who responded to the $5.00 challenge. CCI has received many wonderful gifts in Ansel's name. It means a lot to us. For those of you who are just tuning in but would like to donate, the links are posted in the right-hand pane.

Mark and I debated about what to do with this post...should we attempt to give a moment-to-moment description of the entire experience? Should we try to make it funny? (Talk about a challenge!) Should we include a list of all those whom we would like to thank for taking part and helping us with this journey?

We finally decided that the best we could do would be to share our core sentiment. Surprisingly (especially for those of you who know both of us), that core is the same.

It was just as hard as we thought it would be...walking him to the kennel, taking off his collar, locking him in, and turning and walking away...well, although we might have 240 posts on this blog, we don't have adequate words to describe that kind of sorrow. And yet, even with all of that, there was still an underlying sense of having contributed, done our "job" as it were, and finally paying back, in some small measure, all of the good that Jeb created during his working career.

We think too, that having Lassiter helped eased the way, and we marvel yet again how the stars align, and how out of great sadness comes hope and comfort.

To see pictures of the journey, visit this link: http://tinyurl.com/3rq5p2l

Questions for us? Leave a comment and we'll respond. We'll keep posting about Lassiter's adventures and we should receive monthly progress reports on Ansel--first one is due August 31! We'll certainly post those too!


  1. My question is, "After Lassiter leaves will you be raising again?" You guys did an amazing job with Ansel and you seem to fit quite nicely with the Kansas City Chapter!!!! So many people have ready your posts and I'm sure many other follower's will be super excited if you continue to raise exceptional dogs, for exceptional people!!!!!

  2. YAY!!!!! You are raising again!!!!!! Can't wait to meet number two next spring :)

  3. WOW, this post made me cry! Good luck to Ansel and what a beautiful way to put it. I loved all the photos!

  4. You and Mark did a great job in raising Ansel and in honoring Jeb. We are all so pleased that you'll be doing this again. I hope that Lassiter is being a good boy. See you soon.....Linda


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