Goodbye, Hara

Unfortunately, on Saturday, our beloved Hara lost her fight against what was either advanced liver disease or cancer. Less than three weeks ago, she was acting totally normal and showed no obvious signs of being sick. The speed with which this took her astonished us and, frankly, left us unprepared for how much of an emotional blow it would be.

Hara, or “Hairs Bears” as we called her (oh, right, like you don’t talk baby talk to your pets ; ), was a rescue dog. My wife took our other dog, Kona, to the pound the with her and they introduced lots and lots of dogs but Kona turned her nose up at all of them and did her nails instead.

Then they brought in Hara (short for “Sahara”) who they called “Blondie”. Kona and Hara proceeded to romp and tumble and play and chase and it was obviously a friendship destined to be. My wife says that for the next several years, they played like that for hours upon hours per day.

Hara obviously had some pitbull in her but, because in Missouri you cannot rescue pitbulls (they must be euthanized), they called her a Pharaoh Hound, instead. She definitely did have some other dog breed in there which made her a bit smaller and and a bit sleeker, the perfect-sized dog, in my opinion.

We’ll miss Hara with all our hearts. I’ve often said here that she was the president of my fan club. Truth is, I was always the president of HER fan club.

Here are some photos of her, mostly taken by my wife Anne. We’ll be back to political blogging after this, I promise.


Me and Hara


Christmas Card Hara


Hara and Kona, aloha


SNOW!


Whatta face, eh?


She even made peace with the cat


One damn fine dog

“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten to twelve years, what would it be if they were to double?”

-Sir Walter Scott

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  • Chrisy Bright

    hugs! 

  • CR_ProPresObama

    I am so sorry to hear of Hara’s death. I can tell the she was like a child to the both of you.  ((HUG))

    I have a doggie daughter, Sable, who we rescued from the animal shelter eleven years ago and she means the world to us.

  • Ashley

    My heart goes out to you both.  Only true animals lovers can understand the bond that exists when your pet is a member of your family.  The loss is horrific.  I’ve been there.  Take comfort in knowing you gave Hara a second chance, and I’m sure it was a wonderful life for her with you two.

    ashley

  • la58

    I remember when we found our first dog. There was a breeder in St. Johns Mi. that had two females give birth to 18 pups total at the same time. I sat on the ground and played with them, and the one that stayed with me went home with us. Her name was Abby. and she lived 12 years. Chris that quote at the end is spot on.

  • Chrisi West

    So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl, and I’m sure you and your wife (along with Kona, of course) made Hara’s life so joyful and filled with love, just as she did for you! Hugs!

  • JuneBug

    More hugs. And cherish the memories!

  • sjterrid

    I’m so sorry about you loss of your dog, Hara .  My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Anne, and Kona.

  • Kelleree

    I’m sure she lived a happy and full life being a part of your family.- The true measure of ones life is only reflected by love they receive in return, and to me it seems like she was one hell of a dog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000500068898 Carol Sheffield

    I guess the only good part here is she(and you three) were spared a long, heart-wrenching illness… “the long goodbye”..and the worst is the rude shock to your systems. One day you will smile that bittersweet smile at the memories captured in those excellent photos…
    (allow me to remind you that when you’re ready, there’s another very special someone waiting out there to rescue you…and it mostly helps…)
    I’m sorry your hearts hurt…my Gram’s fav was “this too shall pass”…and I’ve found her to be correct many times…just usually not FAST enough. Thanks so much for allowing us all to share the hard parts with you…I believe it’s not the folks you laugh with that you remember most…it’s the ones with whom you share the tears. Take care…

  • starshine

    Oh, Chris and Anne, I’m so sorry you’ve lost your beloved Hairs Bears. 
    I had tears in my eyes when I read the title of this blog post, and “Whatta face, eh?” did me in.
    Virtual hugs to you and Anne, extra hugs to Kona…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eileen-VanderMolen/100002076446204 Eileen VanderMolen

    So sorry, comfort can come from remembering the good times eventually.  I understand where you are – my old friend Mr. Bigg (a large Siamese cat) went to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday am.  It’s so hard to say good bye.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Eileen. So hard…

  • http://profiles.google.com/vconstan Valerie Constance

    I am weeping for you and your wife. Hara was beautiful. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your family member. I love, love the photos you have shared. Thank you.

  • Qsuz

    I’m so sorry…..hugs to you & your wife

  • cwaterma

    She looks like a sweet dog, and I know you will miss her.  We once had a dog who was part pit bull, Heidi, who was so sweet natured and timid, she was scared of kleenex!  Our dogs have all been rescues, and they have all been wonderful.  We now have two girls whom we adore:  Rose, a beautiful copper Brittany, and Chanel, our gorgeous flirtatious poodle.  I cannot imagine life without dogs.  Losing them is very hard on us.

  • Karen Plaskon

    My deepest sympathies on your loss.

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