Saturday, June 2, 2012

Farewell For Now, My Friend, Our Gentle Giant


Kind, Loyal, Gentle, Brave, and Strong
Farewell Chief, You Are in My Heart

Chief was 26 years old and lived the past ten years
  with us. When we got him, he was so timid,
 he stood with his head in the corner of his stall, 
hoping to not be noticed. Soon he realized he was going
to be loved and treated well, and he came out
of his shell. He was a very large guy, standing 18 hands
if measured at the withers. So powerful, but such a gentle 
spirit and such a good boy. He was always alpha 
in our herd, even over the mares, simply because of 
his size. My husband and I have had many fun adventures, 
he on Chief and I on my horse, riding all over the
hills and valleys near our home. Chief was 
Tennessee Walker and had an incredibly smooth gait. 
He loved going out on the trail and exploring.
Chief came down with laminitis a while back and we
finally had to have him put down today. 
My heart is broken. Having to say goodbye was 
one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.
But I know I will see him again someday in heaven, 
where he is right now, running through 
green meadows, eating carrots, and gobbling up as 
much of his favorite food, senior feed, as he can.
Here are some photos of Chief and my husband,
through the years.






14 comments:

  1. Theresa, I am so very sad for you losing your boy. Chief was a handsome fellow and truly loved.

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    1. Thank you Ruth, for your kind words. He was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed.

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  2. So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Chief. Your words brought tears to my eyes. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Theresa. And, yes, you will see him again in heaven.

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    1. Thank you so much Carol. I really appreciate your comforting words. :)

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  3. Such an emotional post, Theresa!! I am so sorry for the loss of your "Boy"!!! I know it has to be absolutely devastating to you and your husband. My thoughts and prayers to you and your husband.

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    1. You're right, Hilda, it has been devastating. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, I do appreciate them :)

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  4. Theresa, My thoughts and prayers are w/ you. I know that the loss of a dog was so hard, I can imagine this loss and emptiness. You wrote a lovely tribute.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Pam. Losing any animal is so hard and it just takes time to heal I guess.

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  5. HOw sad......its heartbreaking to loose a pet......even something as small as a guinea pig.....can't imagine..... so long w a horse......he must have been family. Best wishes......

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    1. Thank you Clara. Yes, he definitely was family. A big, sweet, guy who had a lovable personality.

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  6. So sorry to hear of your loss Theresa, he sure was special, and your familie's love was always apparent...my condolences to you all. Cathy Green

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy. It's good to hear from you . . . we miss all of you :)

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  7. Oh Theresa, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you and your family are very sad to lose such a beautiful, gentle friend.

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  8. Thank you so much for your kind and supportive words, Nancy. It's always so hard to lose a beloved animal friend, but I know it will get easier with time.

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