Remembering a very good dog

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life113 Comments





My sweet friend Chip went to the great dog park in the sky over the weekend. Right now, I would imagine she's running like around like a puppy, hearing every little noise now that nature can offer up and being fed toast crusts on demand. (Shhhh. That's what we used to give her as little treats during her many visits to our home.)

I'm thankful for all the time Chip spent with my family. She was a sweet and gentle part of our lives. Thanks to the Smith family for letting me come down to say goodbye.

She was a very good dog.

Cathy ZielskeRemembering a very good dog

113 Comments on “Remembering a very good dog”

  1. #1

    oh that’s so sad Cathy! Chip was a wonderful part of your life and, subsequently, all our lives.

    Run free at Rainbow Bridge Chip!

  2. #8

    So sorry to hear this news. I have loved following your adventures with Chip via your blog and I know the pain of losing a much loved furry friend. It’s very hard. Love to you and your family.

  3. #10

    Sorry for the loss of your live-in dog. The Zielske Dog Spa will never be the same… nor will your stories.

  4. #18
    Jennifer L

    Wow, I just teared up. We too had to put our dog Roswell down last winter. It’s tough to say goodbye. Thanks for sharing your lovely layouts through the years of this dog. They were inspiring.

  5. #19

    Awww, this brought tears to my eyes! I loved reading about Chips visits to your house. RIP Chip. I’m sorry Zielske family for your loss and to Chip’s full time family as well. It’s so hard to lose a fur baby.

  6. #20

    I’m just sitting here tearing up. I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved the Chip visits and your posts about that sweet dog. Chip will be mourned and missed by many… Hugs to the Smith family too.

  7. #21

    So sad to hear this news, writing this with tears in my eyes too. Chip will be missed by many that’s for sure.

  8. #22
    Diane Roberts

    Sending you guys and the Smiths my deepest condolences and hugs – been there and feel for you all.

  9. #23
    Susan Raihala

    Hugs to you and the Smiths for your loss.

    We’re almost there with our old golden Hoover. He’s been such a good dog, and we’ve been blessed with a few months to say good-bye. His bucket list is done (it included a lot of bacon) and he’s exceeding expectations for his prognosis. We’re treasuring every day.

  10. #26
    Chris R.

    I too am tearing up! Such a sweet dog. Thank you Cathy for sharing the wonderful times you had with her.

  11. #27

    my eyes are teary as i read this. perfect quote about our furry friends. hugs to the zielkes and the smiths, too.

  12. #31

    Sending hugs from Savannah. Dogs/pets are such an important part of life.(Our house has had many) They bring such unconditional love at the most needed of times. I loved all of your posts that you featured Chip. She will be missed. Condonlences to your family and the Smith family.

  13. #33
    Kelly in NB

    Good bye CHip…..sending love from Atlantic Canada.
    Hugs to you and your family too Cathy(and the smith’s).

  14. #35

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the Smiths and your family too, Cathy. Thank you for “sharing” Chip with all of us – loved the stories and that sweet face of hers ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. #36

    I always enjoyed your Chip stories, and remember the day our golden passed as one of the saddest I’d ever experienced. I’m so sorry for the loss, both for Chip’s familly, and you, her surrogate family.

  16. #37
    Kay Gregory-Clark

    Awwww. Reminds me so much of my dear, sweet old lab Quest, whom I lost in January. Such good friends. I’m in the process of scrapping his and my life. They are dearly missed.

  17. #38

    As a Golden Retriever owner, I always loved it when Chip came to visit you. Everybody needs a little Golden loving. I’m so sorry for the loss, for you and for Chip’s family.

  18. #39

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear about Chip’s passing. I always loved reading about when Chip would come to visit. We had our own Linky leave this world in the fall and I still get teary-eyed when I see a dog walking along the road or look at photos of Linky. I know how huge a loss this is Chip’s family and yours. I’m thinking of you and Chip today and sending you hugs. xoxo

  19. #41
    Kim B

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how much you and your family loved Chip. I loved hearing your stories when Chip was visiting.

  20. #42

    Ah GUYS, hey … that’s so sad!!!
    It was always so lovely seeing her sweet face on your site!
    Hugs to her family, too! It’s so not easy losing a precious pet.

  21. #44
    Ana F.

    I always enjoyed your stories about Chip and the pictures you posted. ISending hugs and a prayer to your family and the Smiths.

  22. #46

    Enjoy the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, Chip!

    We had to let our Samuel J. Cat cross the Rainbow Bridge this weekend, too ~~~

    Many hugs to ya’ll, and Chip’s ‘real’ family ~

  23. #48

    I’m so sorry to hear about Chip. Regardless of who’s dog it is, a great dog shows love to anyone that is willing to except it. I’m glad that your family got to experience unconditional love from man’s best friend.


  24. #50

    what a sweet sweet dog. you were blessed to have him in your life even if it was only part-time. hugs.

  25. #52
    kerri Macdonald

    So sorry to hear about Chip. I loved reading the letters to his family during his stay with you. Hugs!

  26. #53

    I’m so sorry. As an insane dog lover myself, I’m so grateful to people who treat him as I do… And I know your family loved that dog like crazy.

  27. #54
    Nancy B

    My sincerest sympathies! Losing a pet (even if it was just occassional) is very hard on the heart strings. Crying is not optional but necessary.

  28. #55

    Awww… I know how you feel. We just lost our sweet girl 3 weeks ago… very difficult. Take care of yourselves and the Smiths.

  29. #57

    my deepest condolences to Chip’s family, and to yours. Chip touched so many lives, as all great pets do, and their contributions are never forgotten.

  30. #58

    Aw, so very sad. They become such a big part of our lives, our own or simply borrowed.
    Take care. RIP sweet Chip.

  31. #59
    Angela Hancock

    I am so sorry for your loss Cathy. I always loved your blog posts about Chip. I am sure he is playing like a wee pup right now. xxxx

  32. #60

    I always loved the blog posts about Chip’s visits. Maybe she is playing with my departed pups. I know you will miss her visits.

  33. #61
    marion w

    Chip had a good life and you were fortunate to share part of it with her. We just adopted a rescue, but still miss the old dogs who were part of our lives for so long. Read the Rainbow Bridge poem – you will cry shamelessly, but it will make you feel better.

  34. #63

    It always bring a tear to my eye when someone shares their love for their pet. Thanks for helping us remember how special our four-legged ones are to our lives. I too believe that across the rainbow bridge our critters are having a wonderful time.

  35. #64
    Kelli P.

    I always loved your Chip posts. My heart goes out to you and Chip’s family. We are so lucky for the time we get with these special friends.

  36. #65
    Kathleen Loughran

    I believe it is a cruelty that their lives are so short. I am sorry for the Smith’s loss. When they meet again Chip will be very excited they joined him.

  37. #68

    You will be missed Chippie! I loved hearing all the stories about you. Hugs to you Cathy..I know you will miss him alot.

  38. #69
    Jane Toft

    Oh what sad news. Such a beautiful shot you took of Chip though. I’m sure the Smith family will treasure a framed print of it, and may be another layout?

  39. #72

    So sorry to hear chip is gone. I loved reading your stories and seeing the gorgous pictures you always had. I’m sure he’s having a great time running and being free. Thanks for sharing so many great stories of him. He really is a beautiful dog. Sending big hugs to your family and to his family!!

  40. #73

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Chip. ๐Ÿ™ I really enjoyed the stories you have shared about what a great dog she was. Her paw prints will be on your heart forever.

  41. #74
    Debbie P

    Oh, my thoughts are with your family and Chip’s family. It’s hard losing a family member. Always loved you sharing your time with him. God Bless.

  42. #75

    is it weird that I just teared up a little? Im very glad you got to say a last farewell to ol’ chip. hugs.

  43. #76

    I burst into tear…because of you we all got to know Chip…Kathy I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.

  44. #77

    Oh, how very sad.
    I lost my Belle in 1983, after she took care of us for 13 years.
    Tears for you and the rest of Chip’s family.
    Hope he gets to meet my Belle in doggie heaven!

  45. #78

    how sad Chip has past on, please tell his owners your blog readers will miss the adventures he had while at your house. (yes I know he mostly slept, but he did it well!)

  46. #80
    Nancy Peacock

    I got tears in my eyes reading your post today.
    I remember sweet Chippie and all the great stories you told about her.
    Aren’t dogs amazing though?
    My little guy turned 12 yesterday and we’re aware that he’s well into the winter of his life.
    Makes me sad to even think about it…

  47. #81

    I am so sorry to hear about Chip’s passing. I always enjoyed your stories of his visits. My sympathy.

  48. #83
    amy w

    i’ve enjoyed getting to know Chip from your blog (and some scrapbook pages). It’s so sad that she’s gone, but i think you’re right about where she is now.

  49. #86

    So sorry. It’s always hard to lose a dog. It is humbling to think how much trust they put in us. Curly Girl Designs (Leigh Stanley) has a card with dogs on it. I hope I don’t get this entirely wrong, but it says something like “Dogs come here for a short time to teach us how to love like it’s our job. Because it is.”

  50. #87

    O.K. I am the biggest NOT dog fan ever.. HOWEVER hearing of Chippies passing I have tears in my eyes. I know how much you and your family loved him. I enjoyed reading of his visits. I too hope that he is enjoying all the things that make him happiest. Hugs to all!

  51. #88
    Val from Down Under

    Oh, how sad. They are such a part of the family aren’t they? She will be sadly missed by a whole lot of people. Thinking of you all…

  52. #89
    Kathryn Whittaker

    I recently made a mini album for my 9-year-old son. It is about our dog that he had known his whole life. Buddy (our dog) passed away 2+ years ago, and Matthew (our son) would still cry about him. Dogs has such a way of touching our lives with love and friendship. I always enjoyed your posts and pages about Chippie. Our thoughts are with the Zielske’s and Smith’s tonight. Happy trails to a sweet pup. Love to all.

  53. #93

    Losing a dog is so sad, and Chip seemed like some a lovely dog. We lost one of our dogs in January this year but feel sure he’s now running around with other family dogs from past years ๐Ÿ™‚ Our thoughts are with you and Chip’s owners.

  54. #94

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Chip posts were some of my favorites. Your story’s of him and your other four legged friends helped us decide to adopt a rescue dog. Please know that we are thinking of you.


  55. #95

    I’m so sorry to hear about Chip’s passing. My prayers are with you and the Smith family. We’ve been through the loss of a pet, and know the struggle well. That pushed us to look for a puppy that needed a home. We ended up with a Golden girl named Jasmine, and she brought life back into our family. (And some great photos, as well. Just like Chip!) His stories, and pictures, will be missed.
    ~ Dar

  56. #97
    Lynn M

    As a dog mom, I loved your blog stories of Chip. We have a golden too. He’s looks so much like Chip (I was a little weepy reading your tribute today). Rest in peace, Chip. May all your dog bones be big ones.

  57. #98

    Thank you for sharing your love of Chip with us, even if he wasn’t your dog. I’m sure his family loved that you cred about him so much!

  58. #101

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. I actually teared up some. I can’t find the words to finish this post. My thoughts are with you guys through this hard time.

  59. #103

    I felt like I knew Chip and loved your stories. What a sweet, gentle dog. Hugs to you and his family and a smile on my face as I think of Chip crossing the rainbow bridge.

  60. #104

    awww…. so sad. Not looking forward to that at all… pets are special.. they SO love to love and be loved…

  61. #108
    Sara Mangan

    RIP, Chip. When our family had Tara take our pictures, at Como, Chip was the first “person” I recognized as you & Tara were all walking toward me. Glad you got to be a part of his life.

  62. #109

    My sympathies to the Smith and the Zielske families on the loss of a beloved pet.

    I am a little shocked by the tears flowing from my eyes. But I guess we all just loved the stories and it warmed our heart. Who knew that a dog in Minnesota could affected people all over.

    Thanks for sharing your stories about Chip and the other dogs.

  63. #110

    I’m so sorry to hear about Chip. Good things are made to be shared and Chip was shared with and, therefore, loved by so many. My thanks to you, and to the Smith family, for sharing her with us.

  64. #112
    Marge Johnston

    oh man, this brings on the tears! What a gem Chip was and a total delight to read about in your posts! Many thoughts for her family and to you guys too.

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