Ellie Mae

And this humble friend is all alone tonight, asking for a gift from On High. I want to experience the life we had together just one more time. Even if only for a few moments. I want to do it all over again.

Dear Ellie Mae:

You spent half your life in my truck passenger seat. There wasn’t a trip that you didn’t sit beside me. That seat was yours.

Is yours.

And we used to play in the water together. Remember that? It was your favorite thing. I’ve never had a dog love water like you did.

After each swim, you’d jump in the passenger seat and get the truck upholstery wet. God. That’s a good memory.

The truth is, I can’t feel anything right now. I’m numb all over. And sick. My eyes are hot and swollen. I can’t breathe. It feels like the world has turned to ash, and the sky has become rock.

I’ve been crying. I even got down on the floor and moaned. And sobbed. And wailed. I made a fool of myself.

I’m writing you because I don’t know what else to do, honey. I can’t talk to you anymore, and you were Daddy’s little listener.

I’m hoping for a miracle of Heaven. I’m hoping that somehow these words get to you. I hope God sends them upon the wings of angels—I am begging him.

I just want you to know how much I love you. And even though we will not be together anymore, I am grateful.

I’m grateful we belonged to each other. I’m grateful it was me you loved. Grateful it was my truck seat you claimed.

I suppose you’ll have a new hip tonight. New ears. And a new set of young bones, too. And guess what? That means you’ll be able to wrestle again.

Isn’t that great? We used to wrestle. Remember how you loved to wrestle after supper?

I do.

We’d roll on carpet until you were exhausted. We sure knew how to play, didn’t we?

Ellie, honey. Now listen good. I don’t have long, and I may never get to talk to you again, so this is important:

You’re going somewhere tonight without me. You’re sailing above clouds to a new home. Somewhere so wonderful there aren’t words to describe how magnificent it is. Oh, I wish I were beside you, but I can’t be.

So I want you to make friends there. I want you to swim in silver lakes that stretch toward an infinite horizon. I want you to eat jars of peanut butter like you once did here on earth.

I want you to bark when it’s suppertime. I want you to have so much fun it’s obscene. And most importantly, I want you to run, girl.

You were born to run.

I want you to run through the piney woods of a Thousand Hillsides and become the wind. I want you to whip through forests, and across the same bay that we once fished together. I want you to dive over the banister of the sky and visit me.

Please don’t forget me. I was your best friend. I will always be your best friend.

And this humble friend is all alone tonight, asking for a gift from On High. I want to experience the life we had together just one more time. Even if only for a few moments. I want to do it all over again.

I want to kiss your wet nose once more. I want to go for one more drive—like we did when you were a pup.

Remember those daily drives? Those early-morning hours in the truck? We’d watch sunsets in a windshield. We’d pass through the Chik-fil-A drive-thru—all the employees knew your name. You howled with the radio. You drank coffee from my cupholder. You slept with your head against me.

Once in a lifetime a soul comes along that breathes new life into a man. A soul who helps that man experience the world in a different way. Ellie, you did that for me. You.

Not long ago, I was a nothing. To the rest of the world, I was a high-school flunky, a construction worker, a bar musician. But not to you. To you, I was the most accomplished man in the world.

Anyway, you have to go now, and it’s killing me. They’re calling you Up Yonder. I can hear them. They’re throwing you a party. You deserve a party. A big one. With peanut butter.

Go, sweetie. It’s okay. Go. I’ll get along somehow. Please don’t forget me.

My passenger seat will always belong to you, dear. And so will my heart.

Rest well, Ellie Mae Dietrich.

303 comments

  1. Barbara Schweck - April 24, 2018 5:37 am

    My heart is breaking for you. Prayers. Comfort. and Love

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  2. Sherry Gorman - April 24, 2018 5:40 am

    My heart is breaking for you. I’m so very sorry. I have been thinking about you and Ellie Mae today. My girl, coco, has had a rough day too. It is so painful to lose your best friend.

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  3. Paul J LeBlanc - April 24, 2018 5:42 am

    Sean, so very sorry on the loss of your fur child. They touch your heart and always have a piece of it. I have a cat, Naya, who is 18.5 years old. She is starting to fail and it will be a terrible day for me. I grew up with a boxer and that loss still stings 50 years later. Prayers for you on your loss and prayers for Elle Mae. I know these fur folks have something like a soul that lets them link to us and that survives the death of one of us.

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  4. Rhonda Searcy - April 24, 2018 5:43 am

    Oh Sean! No!! My heart is hurting for you in a way that only those who have walked where you are walking now would understand. May God hold you close and comfort you during this time. I know that there are no words that I could say that can take away that awful pain. Just know that Ellie is in Heaven and will be waiting for you when you get there. I totally believe that as did Billy Graham. May the wonderful memories of sweet Ellie flood your soul and may they bring a smile to your face because she would want that! Hugs!

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  5. Pamela McEachern - April 24, 2018 5:51 am

    I know your pain and I am sending prayers for comfort and love to you and Jamie. I am so sorry for the loss of your girl. I have lost so many and each sweet baby changed my life with their love.
    Thank you for letting us know.

    A hug with peace and love from Birmingham

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  6. Angie K Long - April 24, 2018 5:56 am

    Sean, I completely and totally believe that Ellie Mae has crossed that Rainbow Bridge into heaven and is now full of vigor and sass once more–and I just bet our little Sammy Joe, who had to cross it far too young not long ago, and our dear old GSD mix Rascal, were both there to greet her and show her around. You gave her a good life. She was loved and needed. It’s what every pet wants. It’s what every human wants. As others have, I have been thinking a lot about you today and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you, Sean. Treasure all the good memories you made together.

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  7. Beth Reed - April 24, 2018 6:00 am

    I am so sorry. My heart aches for you. Mere words cannot express my deepest condolences and sympathy.
    Ellie Mae will always remember you, even when she is running in the hills of Heaven, eating her weight in peanut butter and swimming in the silver lakes, she will remember because you were hers. She is yours. Not even Heaven can separate the LOVE you two share.
    Aww Sean, this note of sympathy is just words trying to offer you a peace of comfort that I know is going to be a long time coming, nut you will see her again. In the sunsets, in the front seat of your truck, on the lake and all the places you both loved.
    Giant Hugs to you and Jamie and Ellie Mae. Xxxx Beth

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  8. Brenda Kern - April 24, 2018 6:02 am

    Sorry for the loss of Ellie Mae… Our furbabies are very important parts of our lives. I will miss you writing about her. She will live on in your memories and your heart. Again, my deepest sympathy.

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  9. Connie Havard Ryland - April 24, 2018 6:08 am

    Oh Sean. I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless you. My heart hurts for you. I know nothing anyone can say will make you feel better but know you are loved and I’m sending you a big grandma hug from Bay Minette.

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  10. Erin Neathery - April 24, 2018 6:29 am

    Small consolation, but I’m crying with you. And hugging Sir Barks-a-Lot a little tighter tonight. Godspeed, Elle Mae. Good girl.

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  11. Debbie - April 24, 2018 6:49 am

    I am so sorry for your lOSS of your beloved Ellie Mae.

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  12. Carol Nimrod - April 24, 2018 6:52 am

    Sean, I am so sorry.

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  13. wgarysmith - April 24, 2018 6:53 am

    So sorry Sean.
    Praying for peace and comfort. You were a great Daddy to Ellie Mae. Bless you.
    Gary

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  14. Kay in Texas - April 24, 2018 8:06 am

    Sean, I join with so many others in stating that I am extremely sorry foir your loss. She was a great dog. You were her great companion. A bond like that deserves to be grieved. You’re making her proud.

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  15. Cathi - April 24, 2018 8:39 am

    Oh Sean, I just lost my 17 year old Peaches in late February so I very much understand your pain. I have it on good authority Peaches is now running the Rainbow Bridge so ask for her when you get there. Sean & Jamie please cry, sob, rail against God & mourn the passing of Ellie Mae as she is no less your child than Peaches was to me. I am so very sorry. ❤❤❤😭😭

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  16. Lisa - April 24, 2018 8:43 am

    Sean, I’m so so sorry. I have become a dog person because of your Ellie Mae. Prayers for comfort for you. ❤️

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  17. Rachel Lindsey - April 24, 2018 8:51 am

    She will be waiting on the other side of that rainbow bridge for you.

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  18. John - April 24, 2018 8:59 am

    Been there, done that. Sigh, tears.

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  19. Chris Longcrier - April 24, 2018 9:10 am

    My heart is breaking for you Sean. I know this hurt too well. God bless you. I’ll see you in Heaven Ellie Mae.
    Chris L.

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  20. Victoria - April 24, 2018 9:21 am

    I am so sorry, Sean. My heart breaks for you. I have been where you are and it’s the worst pain imaginable. Just know that she is, indeed, running and playing on the other side of the rainbow bridge, and she will be waiting for you when God calls you home.

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  21. candyalso - April 24, 2018 9:22 am

    Sean and Jamie, I am crying with you. I have come to love Ellie Mae though your writings. She will be missed by an incredible number of people. My heart goes out to you. Much love, Camille Atkins

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  22. Kelly - April 24, 2018 9:35 am

    Sean, I am so very sorry for your loss. The crushing of the heart when a true and beautiful friend leaves us almost seems to much to bear. I truly believe Ellie Mae is running with a huge grin on her face in that special part of heaven that God has prepared for our faithful friends. I know for sure that there are at least six Golden Retrievers romping around with her. Prayers and hugs to you and Jamie for the coming days.

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  23. Peg Walton - April 24, 2018 9:38 am

    So, so sorry. There’s no pain like it the loss of a beloved dog. Grieve and be comforted.

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  24. Steven P Bailey - April 24, 2018 9:44 am

    So sorry.

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  25. Linda Parker - April 24, 2018 9:50 am

    We are so very sorry for your pain…but so very thankful for all the wonderful, unspeakable joyful times you shared…and the great thing is- you seemed to realize the joy and gift of Ellie Mae while she was here. Someone wise once said with great joy comes great sorrow – unspeakable sorrow. Ya’ll are in our prayers! Bill and Linda

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  26. Nancy - April 24, 2018 9:50 am

    Oh Sean, my heart is torn in two for your loss. 😥 Praying for the God who loves us so much he gave us friends like Ellie Mae to love to bring you comfort. We love you and Jamie and Ellie Mae.

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  27. Shannon Andress - April 24, 2018 9:52 am

    Father God is powerful, wise and loving enough to have made His heaven big enough for all of His beloved creation. The Bible said “whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven”. Jesus Himself said that actually. You and Ellie Mae are bound with mighty heartstrings that time and death will not sever, and you will see her again. I look forward to meeting her Someday. Sending you extra prayers and love today, Sean.

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  28. Lynn Poling - April 24, 2018 10:02 am

    Praying comfort that only comes from that love from God.

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  29. carn1256 - April 24, 2018 10:02 am

    No words, only tears.

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  30. Sharon Bartley - April 24, 2018 10:12 am

    the only time our pups let us down is when they leave us–I am so sad and sorry for you. but Ellie Mae will be there to meet you when its your turn….much love to you this morning.

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  31. annie - April 24, 2018 10:15 am

    So very sorry. My heartfelt condolences…

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  32. Pam Bishop - April 24, 2018 10:24 am

    Oh Sean, I am so sorry. I wish i could make it better.

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  33. Amy - April 24, 2018 10:24 am

    With great love comes great pain. It’s all worth it. I think sometimes angels wear fur coats. I am so sorry for your sorrow.

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  34. Mary Hack - April 24, 2018 10:25 am

    Oh Sean, I am crying my heart out for you. But yes, Ellie Mae is in heaven and I have asked all my beloved dogs residing there to sniff her out and show her the ropes. One in particular, Cocoa Puff, an accomplished food thief and total clown, will probably end up being her best doggie friend (to the horror of all the angels who value their plates of BBQ). They will have a rollicking good time until you catch up. Thank you for loving her.

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  35. Edith Clark - April 24, 2018 10:42 am

    I am so sorry. I too have lost my best buddy. I am praying for you.

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  36. Sandi in FL - April 24, 2018 10:43 am

    Dear Sean and Jamie, I cried while reading about Ellie Mae and truly wish I could find the right words to bring an extra measure of comfort, peace, strength and hope to you as your grieve. Please continue to share stories about Ellie Mae, because that will certainly help to keep remembrances of her alive in your heart, and your loyal readers will savor the memories you share. You have my sincee sympathy. Take all the time you want and need to mourn her loss. Do not let other people dictate how long you grieve. I’m really hoping that in the weeks to come, a new furry friend will come into your life who can bring you much joy. Not to replace Ellie Mae, but to soothe your aching heart. God be with you.

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  37. Penn Wells - April 24, 2018 10:48 am

    One of my Atlanta-born daughters who lives in Portland was the first to let me know she was
    sick and to pray for her. Can you believe people way out West read your words and are fans?

    Right now we are all hoping you win the lottery and build Camp Ellie Mae, like you wrote about that time. What a great tribute that would be!

    Peace be with you.

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  38. Delynn Roberts - April 24, 2018 10:52 am

    I’ve never met you & yet I feel as if I’ve known you a long time. So it feels ok in telling you how very sorry I am about your loss. Yesterday, I prayed for Ellie & today I pray for you & your wife. Im asking God to comfort y’all in a very tangible way. That y’all will know He is enfolding you in his arms.

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  39. Nina Thompson - April 24, 2018 10:54 am

    My heart hurts for you.

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  40. C.F. David - April 24, 2018 10:54 am

    Damn Sean,so sorry.

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  41. Jack Darnell - April 24, 2018 10:57 am

    I was in the 8th grade, but I remember it vividly. I prayed over his grave for nights afterwards. Sorry about Elllie Mae.

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  42. Jill - April 24, 2018 10:59 am

    I am sobbing right along with you. Your followers loved Ellie May almost as much you do. I am so sorry, Sean.

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  43. Ashley Garner Langford - April 24, 2018 11:03 am

    I am so sorry for your loss; my heart is breaking for you. Your love for her was evident every time you wrote about her.

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  44. Becca Burke Allison - April 24, 2018 11:05 am

    Oh, Sean! Through my tears I write this. I am so sorry about your best doggy girl. Our Miss Fluffernut the Love Dog surely met her at the gate and is showing her around. With great love comes great sorrow. May you be comforted by the words and tears of all of us who have come to love you and Jamie and Ellie Mae.

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  45. Melanie Tighe - April 24, 2018 11:07 am

    Sean words rarely can say what it feels like to lose a best friend. But yours do. I am so very sorry that this time has come. It is one of the most difficult times in life. Just know that you will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge. Love, Melanie

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  46. Anita Timothy - April 24, 2018 11:08 am

    I sit with you and cry for the lost of the only love that is given without expectation of return…

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  47. Victoria Scott Kearley Hamner - April 24, 2018 11:09 am

    I’m sorry, Sean.

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  48. Margarita - April 24, 2018 11:10 am

    Prayers of peace and comfort to you ! You’ve made wonderful memories over the years and every time you remember, she’ll live💜

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  49. Trina V. - April 24, 2018 11:10 am

    Oh Sean!! I’m sobbing, and my heart hurts for you. You’ll be in my prayers. {{{HUGS}}}

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  50. Machin - April 24, 2018 11:12 am

    I am so, so sorry.

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  51. Diana Drain - April 24, 2018 11:19 am

    Truly one of the greatest losses. I am so sorry.

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  52. LeAnne Martin - April 24, 2018 11:20 am

    Oh, Sean! I’m so sorry! I know that feeling well, having lost my two sweet, beautiful, wonderful labs within three years of each other. Praying for comfort and peace and sleep for you. And that you will feel God’s presence with you in your pain. I’ve loved reading about your adventures with Ellie Mae. What a gift she was to you, and what a life of utter happiness you gave her.

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  53. Joan - April 24, 2018 11:29 am

    Oh, Sean, I am so very sorry for your loss of Ellie Mae. You helped her to be a happy dog and to have the most wonderful life on this earth. And by letting her go over the Rainbow Bridge, she now has a new happy place to wait for you. God Bless you for your love and compassion.

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  54. Kay Paul - April 24, 2018 11:32 am

    Sean….I know how you’re hurting. But I want you to know that I sent word for my black lab, Maggie to look for Ellie Mae and show her around heaven. They’ll be great friends and keep each other company until we get there.

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  55. LeAnne Storey - April 24, 2018 11:36 am

    Sean , there are no words. Crying with you.

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  56. Peggy - April 24, 2018 11:37 am

    Bless your sweet heart! Prayers for you and your wife! We will miss Ellie Mae too.💕

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  57. Becky - April 24, 2018 11:39 am

    Sean, I am so sorry. I know how much it hurts to lose your Ellie Mae. We lost out Maggie, a yellow lab, a year ago, and it was about as hard as losing my Momma, and Daddy. But they are whole, and healthy, and waiting for us in heaven. She had the best life with you, and she will always be alive in your heart ❤️

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  58. Daphne - April 24, 2018 11:41 am

    Prayers for you, Jamie and Ellie Mae🙏🏻….Ellie Mae was lucky to have you both …. and you were both lucky to have her

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  59. Rebecca - April 24, 2018 11:41 am

    It’s so hard to lose a sweet love like Ellie Mae. I’m praying for y’all.

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  60. Chris Robinson - April 24, 2018 11:41 am

    I am so very sorry for you loss!

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  61. Jo Ann - April 24, 2018 11:45 am

    Oh my…I’m so very sorry for your loss. Ellie Mae will always be a part of you, always be in your heart. But our 4-legged friends do take a part of us with them when they have to leave us. Prayers for comfort & remembrance.

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  62. John Grider - April 24, 2018 11:48 am

    Oh God, I am so sorry.

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  63. Perri Williamson - April 24, 2018 11:48 am

    Heart. Broken. I’m so sorry, Sean. There are no words.

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  64. Joyce Bacon - April 24, 2018 11:51 am

    I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I felt like I knew Ellie Mae and as time passes, I pray you will continue to share some of her stories once you are up to it. Maybe in time you will want to have another dog or like me decide to not open your heart up for that kind of loss again. Whatever you choose, I wish you comfort and peace and the joy of precious memories.

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  65. Steve Welch - April 24, 2018 11:51 am

    Sean and Jamie- I have a best friend named Neiman Marcus (named at a charity auction). He is 100 plus pounds of solid black German Shephard that goes everywhere I do except court. He keeps all my secrets, loves peanut butter, hates squirrels, and has gas that peels paint off the walls. He will be 10 in October, and I just had to buy steps to get him in the truck every day because of his hips.

    My heart broke reading your piece today. It was hard enough reading yesterday when you had to leave Ellie Mae at the vets. Today I am a train wreck reading about her passing. The thought of losing Neiman haunts me daily as he ages. Friends say I will probably die soon after.

    Please know that people all over the US of A you have never met in person feel like you are all three part of our family, and will mourn the passing of Ellie Mae with you. Funny, but even though I have accomplished much in my professional and personal life, I never thought I would struggle to live up to the standards set by a black German Shephard. Amazing how they can teach us so much about what it means to live, love, enjoy life and be content.

    Some people may not understand why I love Neiman so much. I do not care. All I know for certain in this life is that at least he is still able to get in the truck with his new steps, and for now, my BFF is ready to face the world with me, and all he asks in return is my love.

    You are both in my prayers. Please keep writing about your time with Ellie Mae. As long as you share stories of your time together, she will never die.

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    • Rhonda Searcy - April 24, 2018 7:26 pm

      Beautifully written and now I am sobbing again. Ditto to everything….especially to keep sharing stories of your time together…..

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  66. Leslie in NC - April 24, 2018 11:53 am

    Sean, I am so very sorry Ellie Mae had to leave you. I’m sure she wanted to be able to stay, but God must have called her home for the ultimate healing of her body so she can romp in the cool green grass and swim in the clear waters of heaven with other fur babies that have gone before her. My heart hurts for you and I pray you find some peace and comfort in the days to come.

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  67. Donna Saunders - April 24, 2018 11:57 am

    Those of us who receive unlimited and undeserved dog-love come so very close to Christ-love…it’s the best kind of good. How very blessed to experience it! My prayers for your pain.

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  68. Leisa Taylor - April 24, 2018 11:57 am

    Sean, I’m just heartbroken and in tears with you! Our sweet puppers hold such a special place in our hearts. I’m so sorry your sweet girl crossed that rainbow bridge. I believe that our dogs are such a great example of unconditional love. You were both blessed to have each other.

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  69. Jan - April 24, 2018 12:01 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, for your pain. So very thankful you experienced such a great love – that you felt that love through every cell of your body and every second of the time you had with Ellie Mae. Prayers lifted for your comfort and peace.

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  70. Harriet - April 24, 2018 12:01 pm

    Sean, so many of us know the pain of losing a fur baby, and we know the time it takes to grieve. Grieve, remember, talk, and write. We are praying for comfort for you.

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  71. Karen - April 24, 2018 12:06 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. It hurts so bad to have to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Prayers for your peace.

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  72. Lisa Perkins - April 24, 2018 12:07 pm

    Sean, my heart is hurting for you, my tears are flowing. I understand your pain of losing a beloved furry child. Ellie Mae will have lots of great company in Heaven. That I am sure.
    I’m so sorry.

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  73. Linda a brown - April 24, 2018 12:08 pm

    so sad for you. They are our four footed children. She has a special place in heaven. Praying for comfort for you.

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  74. Stephanie S White - April 24, 2018 12:09 pm

    My heart hurts for you.

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  75. Sara Shaver - April 24, 2018 12:09 pm

    Prayers for you, it is hard to lose someone you love, it is even harder to lose someone who loved you

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  76. Pat - April 24, 2018 12:12 pm

    🙏🙏💔 prayers for you Sean!

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  77. Thomas Bole - April 24, 2018 12:14 pm

    I would like to tell you it will get easier with time.
    I wish I could tell you that, but that would be a lie. You will get more proficient at bearing the pain as you soldier on. Your only choice, really…until your time comes, too. My Sammie waits for me at the rainbow bridge as your Ellie now waits for you. We can all have a run together someday, that would be nice. Meanwhile, do silly things to honor her memory, things that will make you smile inside. It helps, and will drive your family and friends crazy, which also helps. My best to you,

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  78. Marti Bunnell - April 24, 2018 12:15 pm

    My heart is breaking for you Sean. I recovered from pancreatitis and was praying that Ellie Mae could also. It is such a comfort to know that she is no longer in pain and running around doing all those things that you are picturing her doing in heaven! It will be a great reunion when you join her! All who repent of their sins and accept Christ

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  79. Marilyn - April 24, 2018 12:15 pm

    Sean my thoughts and prayers are with you and Jamie. Our fur babies give us so much in the seemingly short time on this old earth. Unrequited love, patience, joy, appreciation of all the small things we would have otherwise missed. May God bless you both.

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  80. James Nearen - April 24, 2018 12:17 pm

    I’m so sorry Sean.

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  81. Judy Ennis - April 24, 2018 12:18 pm

    Sean,I know exactly the ache in your heart today. It was the same grief and loss I felt when I lost my 15 year old BEst,furry,girlfriend, Avery. I grieved with every ounce of my body. what you are feeling now will ease. But you will always miss everything about Ellie. And as much as you loved her,she loved you more. And what a life she had. I had my Avery cremated because she was too big for me to bury. So her remains are with me. Hope she and Ellie Mae hook up and are running thru the streets of gold. May God Bless and keep you Sean and give you the comfort and peace only He can give. P.S. I know you can’t respond.Iasked about your illustrations yesterday. Someone is quite the artist! Love it!

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  82. Sarah - April 24, 2018 12:20 pm

    Praying for ya’ll. My deepest sympathy.

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  83. Connie - April 24, 2018 12:21 pm

    Well, this one was the big box of Kleenex! I read and cried, cried and read…and all the while was thinking of my Kassie girl. She was my soul mate for 17 years and I still miss her so much. I know how you feel and I send my sympathies, as I’m typing with the tears still streaming down my cheeks…🌻💫🌝

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  84. Suzette Allen - April 24, 2018 12:22 pm

    I fell in love with Ellie Mae through your stories. She was a special dog. I’m so sorry for your loss. The special ones always hurt so much when they leave us. The love always remains. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sean.

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  85. Donna - April 24, 2018 12:25 pm

    Heartfelt hugs for courage and solace as you grieve Ellie’s passage from this plane.

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  86. Sandy Shockley - April 24, 2018 12:25 pm

    I am so sorry. Our Hollie Dae left us 2 years ago as we held her in our laps. She was a wonderful golden girl who loved everyone. There is no new golden who can replace her, but our hearts are ready for another golden girl. The love of our furry friends from the past are always near us in our hearts b

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  87. Caleb Halstead - April 24, 2018 12:26 pm

    Aw, Sean, I’m so sorry, man. I feel your grief. It’s just like mine when I had to say goodbye to Luke. Hug your wife and cry on her shoulder. It helps. I promise.

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  88. Gerri Johnson - April 24, 2018 12:27 pm

    I am so very sorry, Sean. I can barely see to type for the tears. Ellie was truly a Good Dog and I firmly believe you shall meet again. May the loving Lord bless you and keep you, may the face of the Creator of all Good Dogs shine upon you, and may the One who is Love grant you peace and comfort.

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  89. Sue Cato Winter - April 24, 2018 12:29 pm

    Oh, Sean! My husband and I read your daily messages with great anticipation each day – we are “dog people” and have fallen in love with your Ellie Mae. We will miss her so much and feel the loss you have because we have felt it as well . . . she will always be with you in your memory – our Lily has been gone three years and we still miss her and talk about her. . . Please take a little comfort in all the people who will wake up this morning to learn of this sad, sad news and mourn with you , ,

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  90. Morgan's Mania - April 24, 2018 12:30 pm

    Sean, my heart is broken for you. I loved my girl Poogin like this; it is the most amazing wonderful thing in the world. Sending love to you….I know your wife will be there for you, helping you hold on, but remember Ellie Mae will always be there. When you catch that glimpse of a shadow, it’s her, playing with ya. HUGS and condolences.

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  91. Arlene - April 24, 2018 12:32 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am reminded of a Garth Brooks song, The Dance. It was such a splendid and glorious dance with Ellie Mae…..May you be comforted knowing we will miss her, too. You shared her with us, and we loved her. I know she’s Dancing in Heaven.

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  92. Jenny - April 24, 2018 12:32 pm

    Nothing like the rank, sweet smell of a good dog. No one loves us quite like our dogs. My heart breaks for you. Big hugs for you and Jamie. I love y’all, and so did Ellie Mae.

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  93. Bobby Hamil - April 24, 2018 12:33 pm

    The tears are flowing my friend. Wishing you peace in the fond memories that your faithful companion provided.

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  94. ruth858 - April 24, 2018 12:34 pm

    Sharing your tears – I’ve come to know Ellie Mae and your love for her over the past months. So sorry you have to say goodbye for now.

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  95. Charlotte - April 24, 2018 12:36 pm

    I join the rest of this group with tears and prayers. I am sorry you had to let her go.

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  96. Roxanne - April 24, 2018 12:37 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your faithful friend and companion.

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  97. Michael Bishop - April 24, 2018 12:37 pm

    What solace can anyone offer, Sean, but that of time and the consolations of sustaining memories and the steadfast ache of hope in the eternal? You have those, but we don’t blame you for lamenting your loss in all the ways available, from moaning aloud to rolling on the floor. Know, too, that even never having been slobbered on by Ellie Mae or pinned by her during a wrestling match, Jeri and I mourn with you and for you all, including Jamie in that “all.” Blessings. Blessings.

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  98. Sing1 - April 24, 2018 12:37 pm

    I am sobbing. One would think Ellie Mae was my fur baby the way I’m crying but that’s how your writing is. It’s real, I’m there in the moment and at this very moment I am mourning your precious Ellie Mae with you and Jamie. My words cannot comfort nor can they ease your hurt but they can tell you this your readers care. Ellie Mae is happy today, she is acting like a puppy again with all of our fur babies up there! Don’t you know Heaven is a grand place with all those happy people, singing choirs of angels, barking dogs, the quaint meows and occasionally a whinny from a horse nearby. Big hugs Sean and may God hold you ever so tight that you can see your Sweet Ellie Mae tonight, in your dreams. God Bless you.

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  99. Cate B - April 24, 2018 12:37 pm

    I am so sorry Sean. Sadly, I know this pain. Thank you for sharing Ellie Mae with us all. She is missed by many.
    Cate B

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  100. Laura - April 24, 2018 12:37 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m crying all over again for my sweet boy. I know they are all playing in heaven waiting for us to resume our rides and walks and play time. Sending you peace and comfort.

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  101. johnallenberry - April 24, 2018 12:38 pm

    My heart hurts for you, Sean. Rest in Peace Ellie Mae, but not too long Heaven’s got squirrels that need chasing.

    https://youtu.be/tkL9PoOABPE

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  102. Dianne - April 24, 2018 12:38 pm

    My heart hurts for you today, Sean, and I’m sharing your grief as I type this comment with tears flowing down my face. The tears are good for you, and eventually you will be able to smile and laugh about all of the good and funny things Ellie Mae did. Ellie Mae knew she was loved very much and knew she had a good home here on earth.

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  103. Jill Prince - April 24, 2018 12:39 pm

    Sean I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  104. D. Green - April 24, 2018 12:39 pm

    Like many others have said, my heart breaks for you. I know how awful the pain is and how much you’ll miss her. I, for one, think her spirit and all the love you gave each other will live on and you’ll meet again. I sure hope so.

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  105. Cindy - April 24, 2018 12:40 pm

    .You wrote one of the most beautiful tributes To a beloved family member. Thank you for sharing. Heaven shines brighter with Elle Mae’s presence. Please take comfort in that to her, it will seem like a blink of an eye and a tail wag before she sees you again. The hard part is how long it is for us.

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  106. Laura - April 24, 2018 12:42 pm

    Oh Sean, I am so sorry about Ellie Mae. I am sitting here sobbing. I never met Ellie Mae but I knew her through you. She was so special and I could see her every time you talked about her, I was telling my brother about her yesterday. His dog is having a leg amputated Thursday for cancer and I knew the emotions he/we are having about Griff. Griff is so like Elle Mae in many ways- begging for food and licking jars clean, running and wrestling and jumping (at least until his leg developed the tumor). I have you and Jamie in prayer for comfort. I love you Sean and wish I could be there to hug you!

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  107. marsha weisel - April 24, 2018 12:45 pm

    Sean, I’m so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Please know you are not alone, and that all of us who have read about her antics with you, loved Ellie Mae too. Thank you for sharing her with us. Thank you for writing about her often and for being the consummate dog guy.Thank you for being such a good and loving person, I believe that’s why it hurts so much. Take good care. May God bless Ellie Mae in heaven, and may God bless you on earth.

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  108. Marlo Kirkpatrick - April 24, 2018 12:48 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Until the day you have that slobbery reunion, I hope the memories of the love you and Ellie Mae shared will bring you joy and comfort. I’m hugging my four spoiled babies a little harder today.

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  109. Susan Kilgas - April 24, 2018 12:48 pm

    I am so sorry about Ellie Mae. I am crying here at breakfast about a dog I never knew and a man I only know through his wonderful writing. We lost our old Lab a year ago and my other dog is getting older. No grandkids but my dogs got us through some rough patches with our son. Prayers for you and Ellie Mae.

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  110. Patti Knapp - April 24, 2018 12:49 pm

    Oh Sean, my heart is breaking with yours today. I lost my sweet lab mix Mia last Monday and I’m still wrecked. The pain of losing our fur babies is so wrenching because they loved ya unconditionally, filled us with joy and gave us their all – unbounded joy and devotion. RIP Ellie Mae – loook for my Mia. You would have fun together.

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  111. Marty from Alabama - April 24, 2018 12:50 pm

    Oh Sean. As I read this, it was like hearing my son last week. He had to send his Gus across the Bridge and life for him lost a lot of meaning. He and Gus had a very similar relationship. Actually, you and my Eddy could probably talk for hours about similarities in your lives.
    Just know that the love you gave to Ellie Mae was not wasted, it was invested. And sometimes, love hurts so much you just can’t understand. I understand.
    My daughter has also gone through this ordeal in the last year. She has and does still hurt.

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  112. Deb Phillips - April 24, 2018 12:53 pm

    My heart aches for you, Sean. Only one year ago, I was where you are…holding my Little Man as he took his last breath. I’d like to say it gets easier, but it doesn’t.
    I brought a new little one to fill his space, to cuddle, and talk to. And Mr. Baby is a sweetie. But there’s only one Man. And hopefully he’ll find your Ellie and they can run together (he was an expert at the “gazelle” move…skattle, skattle, skattle, skattle, sooooar) and talk all about us and them and the life we led together.
    She’ll remember you, Sean. She’s waiting along with my Man.

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  113. Amy - April 24, 2018 12:55 pm

    My heart breaks for you. Our fur-babies are the hardest to let go of, because they have the purest hearts and souls. Hugs to you.

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  114. Linda Hodges - April 24, 2018 12:56 pm

    This breaks my heart for you and Ellie Mae. I lost my beloved dog three years ago. His death left a huge hole in my heart – much like what you are experiencing. They’ll all be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge!

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  115. Lois Sheeler-Duncan - April 24, 2018 12:58 pm

    I am so so sorry that Ellie Mae is no longer physically present here on earth. May God grant you peace and comfort. As my nephew said, if we all loved like dogs loved us, this world would be transformed. I am glad you were well loved by Ellie Mae. And Ellie Mae knows she was well loved by you.

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  116. Deena - April 24, 2018 1:03 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dearest friend.

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  117. Victoria Stennett - April 24, 2018 1:03 pm

    My heart is broken for you. Thank you for writing this. I hope it helps others to understand the heart of a dog lover.

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  118. Lindsey - April 24, 2018 1:03 pm

    Sean, although I have stood beside the graves of Sue, my favorite Bluetick, and sang Amazing Grace and prayed Ps. 23 and was not able to bury Peggy, my Treeing Walker because an alligator caught her in the river, I cannot truly know how you feel. You do have my concern and empathy. I posted your blog to my Facebook page today with the quote, “A love story and a story of grief, but then am I not redundant for is not all grief about love?” Prayers and hugs, my friend.

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  119. Ttindlehome@windstream.net - April 24, 2018 1:06 pm

    Sean, I too have thought and prayed all day for sweet Ellie Mae and for you. Our precious loving fur babies never live long enough. I read this one time and it has stuck in my heart for a long time. Maybe it will help. A little boy and his family had just said goodby to their fur baby of many years. The father asked to no one in particular, I wonder why our dogs don’t live as long as us. His little boy spoke up and said, “l know why. People don’t know how to love when they are born. So it takes them longer to learn. Dogs already know how to love. So they don’t have to stay with us as long.” Run free Ellie. She will wait for you.

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  120. Christine - April 24, 2018 1:06 pm

    Sean my heart is breaking for you. It’s hard to lose a precious member of your family. Dogs are the greatest gift the good Lord gave us. They love us unconditionally, they never tell our secrets and make even our worst day seem bearable.

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  121. janiesjottings - April 24, 2018 1:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Sean. I can’t express how beautifully you expressed your love for your girl and her love for you.

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  122. Jane - April 24, 2018 1:09 pm

    This just broke my heart for you and Jamie. Lost my beloved Beau three years ago and it still hurts. Holding you in my heart.

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  123. Edward - April 24, 2018 1:09 pm

    The loss of a pet is as heart wrenching as any experienced in life. The love and companionship we share with our pals and best friends is like no other. My thoughts and prayers for you and your wife. You will see her again.

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  124. Linda - April 24, 2018 1:09 pm

    I am so very sorry, Sean.

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  125. Eula M Burdeshaw - April 24, 2018 1:12 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your fur baby. It sure hurts when they cross the Rainbow Bridge.

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  126. Angela V Young - April 24, 2018 1:14 pm

    I am so sorry, Ellie Meant, Rip, you were a lucky girl!

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  127. Robin Patchen - April 24, 2018 1:15 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  128. Sus Susann Mathews - April 24, 2018 1:18 pm

    Sean, i’m crying with a broken heart for you.

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  129. Jill - April 24, 2018 1:19 pm

    I am just heartsick. I left a comment earlier but I just feel the need to say this; My Maddie was dog much like Ellie May. Her snores would literally awaken me, slobber on car windows, stealing a loaf of bread and eating the whole thing! As I held her during the letting go, she gazed into my own eyes and licked my face as if to say, “it’s ok.” I had taken her to the vet the day before because she lost her ability to walk or stand. I truly felt she would heal so I took her home. As I struggled to lift her, she was a strong dog all I could do was pull on the towel I had provided for her. Finally, managed to get her to the porch. I couldn’t get down the steps to the lawn. All the hurt emerged, I literally screamed while sobbing pleading for her to just get up and walk. I called the vet to come. Letting go, it is painful, heartbreaking and they will always live within the space in our hearts. I like to think that Ellie May and Maddie are together slobbering and running as they once did.

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  130. Pat norman - April 24, 2018 1:20 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your fur baby! I know you loved her so much just from the way you shared your heart with us about her! RIP Elle Mae! Man’s best friend!

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  131. Sara Shepherd - April 24, 2018 1:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are truly family. Take comfort in the fact that Ellie Mae will be waiting for you and running and playing at the Rainbow Bridge with all the other fur babies who have gone on without their beloved masters. Blessings, peace and comfort to you.

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  132. Frances Jones - April 24, 2018 1:23 pm

    Oh Sean, I am heartbroken to learn Ellie Mae has gone on. I know that you feel as if a huge piece of your heart has been ripped from your chest. I know the horrendous, empty feeling.
    My BudBud sent me messages after he died unexpectedly of a heart attack. He had quite a following on the internet and he wanted me to share the message with all his readers.
    He told how wonderful it is there and did his best to describe it. I am sending you the link to his message.
    Like you and Ellie Mae…BudBud and I were soul mates. I have a wonderful husband and I love him more than life…but BudBud was my actual soul mate.
    Know that Ellie Mae is still with you. BudBud told me that they leave a little piece of their spirit here and they take a little piece of your heart with them.
    Here is the link to the first message he sent me. There are more, even more beautiful messages if you’d like to read them….telling me about how things work there.
    God bless you Sean and may He heal your heart. My heart is with you. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
    http://mrbudbud.blogspot.com/2013/04/message-from-budbud-at-rainbow-bridge.html

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  133. Dottie Doherty - April 24, 2018 1:23 pm

    Oh my Sean. I am so so very sorry. I’ll say a prayer for both you and Ellie. Hope she get to meet my old friends Poh and Friskie

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  134. Jewell Wray - April 24, 2018 1:24 pm

    So sorry my husband died 5 months ago so I am sure they are all in heaven enjoying a beautiful world with our Savior Sean God Loves You and so do we thanks for sharing your life and heart with my husband and I got to see you in September he enjoyed you so much and of course I feel in love with you as all of we old ladies do 🙏❤️

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  135. Becki McCallum - April 24, 2018 1:25 pm

    Never enough words to express such a deep sorrow – but yours were good. So many hearts are breaking for you and we are all crying with you. She was a REALLY good girl.
    Love and hugs from Clanton Al.

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  136. BRENDA - April 24, 2018 1:26 pm

    Sean, I am so very sorry. I don’t have any words that will magically comfort you, but know that I am crying right along with you. Our fur babies are our children and it is heartbreaking to say goodbye. She is now pain free and knee deep in peanut butter! Love and hugs to you and your wife. And wait for that smell of peanut butter or some other sign that Ellie Mae will send you letting you know she’s ok. 💔 Brenda, Chiefland FL

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  137. Lisa Snuggs - April 24, 2018 1:28 pm

    I prayed for Ellie Mae last night. Now I’ll pray my sweet Splash met her at the gate and will watch over her for you. I’m sure they’ll be best friends. Deepest condolences from a fellow dog lover.

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  138. gayle r tucker - April 24, 2018 1:29 pm

    Sean, don’t worry. You will see her just going around the corner of your house or passing down the hall to get to your comfy bed, Or sitting in the kitchen trying to mooch a morsel. She will stick around to comfort you. Just glimpses, but enough of her will be left to bring you some peace and solace.Then, and only then, will she decide to continue her journey. She will be with you until you can bear to let her go.

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  139. theholtgirls - April 24, 2018 1:31 pm

    Dear Sean, In memory of Ellie Mae and in your honor, I will take a big jar of peanut butter to The Pet Hospital in Collierville, TN. ((((((hugs))))))

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  140. Stephen - April 24, 2018 1:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Always dwell on the good times y’all had.

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  141. Amanda Baker - April 24, 2018 1:31 pm

    I don’t have the words you do, but my heart is with you and Jamie.

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  142. Gary Earl Jones - April 24, 2018 1:32 pm

    Sean I am so sorry for your loss. Here is a prayer a friend shared with our family when we lost one of pets several years ago. We’ve used it when one of our four legged friends has died ever since. I hope it will be a comfort for you.

    Prayer At The Death Of A Family Pet
    Lord God,
    to those who have never had a pet, this prayer will sound strange,
    but to You, Lord of All Life and Creator of all Creature it will be understandable.
    Our hearts are heavy
    as we face the loss in death of our beloved Ellie Mae
    who was so much a part of our lives.
    This pet made our lives more enjoyable
    and gave us cause to laugh and to find joy in her company.
    We remember the fidelity and loyalty of Ellie Mae
    and will miss her presence here in our home.
    From her we learned many lessons
    such as naturalness and the unembarrassed request for affection.
    In caring for her daily needs,
    we were taken up and out of our own self-needs
    and thus learned to service another.
    May the death of this creature of Yours
    remind us that death comes to all of us, animal and human,
    and that it is the natural passage for all life.
    May Ellie Mae sleep on
    in an eternal slumber in Your Godly Care
    as all creation awaits the Fullness of Liberation.
    Amen+

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  143. Sara - April 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    Oh Sean. I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face . There are no words. The love and bond we have for our animals is indescribable . They love us so unconditionally . And to lose one leaves a huge hole in our soul . Ellie Mae knew how much you loved her. She is now over the rainbow bridge playing with all her friend including my Maggie! I know we will both see them again . Until then you will be in my prayers.

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  144. Ada Helene Mewborn - April 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    Heartfelt sadness for you, Sean.
    Some say there will be no animals in heaven, but the Bible says the lion and the lamb will lie down together!
    I prefer the Word!!!
    Helene

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  145. Martha Gwen Sibert - April 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    I’m so sorry. I, too know the hurt from losing a much loved pet. It hurts, really hurts. 😢

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  146. Karen Cockrell - April 24, 2018 1:33 pm

    Dear Sean I too prayed for Ellie Mae last night. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss and your pain. Ellie knew how much you loved her and I know she fought not to leave you. Hold your wonderful memories in your heart forever. Nobody will ever replace your dear Ellie but be glad for the time you had together.

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  147. Barbara McCormack - April 24, 2018 1:35 pm

    I’m so very very sorry. I know Ellie Mae knew how much you loved her. Your letter to her is beautiful! 💔

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  148. Julie - April 24, 2018 1:43 pm

    Sean, I am so very sorry.

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  149. Lisa Snow - April 24, 2018 1:46 pm

    Heartbreaking. Run and play, sweet girl, run and play.

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  150. Denny Sims - April 24, 2018 1:48 pm

    Sean, Really sorry to read this about Ellie Mae. Loved hearing about her in your stories.

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  151. Charmed Chaos - April 24, 2018 1:49 pm

    Sean, I am so very sorry for your loss. This may sound sacrilegious, but I think losing a pet is harder than losing people. Pets love unconditionally, people not so much. She’s running among the stars now.

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  152. Elaine Price - April 24, 2018 1:50 pm

    Oh no…I didn’t want to read this ending 😥😥😥…I’m so so sorry. They burrow into our hearts and snuggle in and leave paw prints everywhere. I’m so sorry your heart is broken…tears are sliding from my eyes here. You had to have been the best dad ever and you made her life happy and so full of love and security…and she loved you completely and totally. No words will fill that hollow ache…only time eases it a bit. Don’t stop loving them-you will be the best dad ever again and make her proud ❤️

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  153. Annie - April 24, 2018 1:51 pm

    Beautifully written. There are no words. I’m so very sorry for your pain.

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  154. Maxine - April 24, 2018 1:51 pm

    Sean, my heart breaks for you. Your letter is a beautiful
    love letter to your best fur friend and I know she knows it by heart by now. Love to a big man with a gentle heart.

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  155. Ginger Blalock - April 24, 2018 1:51 pm

    No! No! No!! This was one essay of yours I did NOT want to read….Sharing in your tears and heartbroken feelings…….I agree with “Charmed Chaos” above ~ I, too, believe losing a pet is often more emotionally taxing than losing a person. It’s that tunnel-vision love pets have for us with no expectation of anything, really, in return…..Prayers for comfort, Sean.

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  156. Heather Miller - April 24, 2018 1:53 pm

    Every person who has lived the fur off a family pet understands what you are going through right now. It hurts to the center of your being to let this loving companion leave. I am so very sorry.

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  157. Kat - April 24, 2018 1:54 pm

    Oh Sean, I’m so sorry.
    I hope she meets my Penny-girl where she’s going. They will be good friends.

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  158. Jakki - April 24, 2018 1:54 pm

    I am heartbroken for you Sean so very, very sorry for the loss of your baby.

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  159. Brenda Reece - April 24, 2018 1:58 pm

    I’m sad for you today Sean, I lost my bestie in March. Sage and Ellie Mae are experiencing Home together. Aren’t they lucky?

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  160. Sue Cohen - April 24, 2018 1:59 pm

    I am so sad for you. We lost our Nilla two years ago yesterday. Prayers for y’all.

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  161. Nix LaVerdi - April 24, 2018 1:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us, Sean. Ellie Mae is your angel, your best friend, always. Beautiful. Love and Light, Nix

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  162. Stella - April 24, 2018 1:59 pm

    My heart is breaking for you. LB (Short for LIttle Britches, a nick-name for another writer in his youth, Ralph Moody) will be there to greet her. She won’t be able to miss him — he’s a rat terrier, small and now full of energy, and he’ll run circles around her as a greeting. I have tears for you now, and tears for LB and it’s been six years.

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  163. Sheri Odle - April 24, 2018 2:02 pm

    Im sitting here sobbing for you and praying that God will comfort your heart that is breaking. We know what you are going through. We just did this a few weeks ago with our Darby. We look at the cross in our back yard along the fence where we buried her and it still hurts. We sometimes wonder if this pain will ever go away. We know it will but it’s not coming soon enough. We take comfort in knowing that she is in heaven with our other furry pets waiting for us to come.

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  164. Deb - April 24, 2018 2:03 pm

    RIP Ellie Mae.
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  165. Louise Ferguson - April 24, 2018 2:05 pm

    If you see this,just know it is a pain like no other.please give that wonderful life to a rescue or pound dog. We all will be so grateful.

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  166. Brenda - April 24, 2018 2:06 pm

    I am so so sorry. My prayers for you.

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  167. surrys2ndchance - April 24, 2018 2:08 pm

    When I saw the title of this I almost couldn’t bear to open it and read it…sitting here sobbing at my desk…so sorry for your loss…but grateful for your words and stories about your special girl…my girl was Lettie Lu, and even though I have hound dogs in my life right now…she was my girl, she was the one who rescued me…so hold tight to those wonder memories of your Ellie Mae and she will enjoy running free and swimming her heart out until you arrive to join her.

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  168. Donna Johns - April 24, 2018 2:14 pm

    Praying for peace and strength during this difficult time!! My heart breaks for you!!

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  169. Pamela Verbel - April 24, 2018 2:14 pm

    Condolences on the loss of your cherished companion. There are no words to help with the pain you are going through except she knew she was loved.

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  170. Carla Dillenburg - April 24, 2018 2:19 pm

    I’m so very sorry about Ellie Mae, but so glad you had her. I’ve been through the loss of a beloved dog. More than one. Each so very different, each taking me places and teaching me things I wouldn’t have experienced without them. I’m old enough and been through it enough times, to never say never. I know that my next dog won’t be the same as my last, the relationship won’t be the same, but it will be good, it will be special. Willie Nelson has a new song in which he says, you don’t get over it, you get through it. Sending love and prayers.

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  171. Karilyn Gomez - April 24, 2018 2:20 pm

    It breaks a heart wide open to say goodbye to such a dear friend, companion, so very loved fur being. As much love as Ellie Mae has brought into your life, you added immeasurably to hers as well. Feeling deeply with you and sending huge hugs.

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  172. Heidi - April 24, 2018 2:21 pm

    I sobbed & wailed when my Gracie Lou passed. Not for my mama & daddy when they passed but for my basset. How can dogs get so deep into your soul? But they do. It’s heartbreaking when they go. I still miss her two years later. My heart goes out to you. Ellie Mae, bless her good, God.

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  173. Kathy Daum - April 24, 2018 2:23 pm

    I mourn with you. I lost my Sophie in October, my mutt.

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  174. Pat - April 24, 2018 2:23 pm

    I am so sorry. I thought about you and Ellie Mae all day yesterday just hoping that the vet could save her. I know your heart is broken, but please listen to me, go now and get another sweet bundle of furry love! I know you don’t want to hear that, but you have so much love to give to another best friend and that friend has so much to give to you. A puppy is a good choice because it will keep you busy and there will be less time to grieve. I did this 10 years ago when I lost my second cocker spaniel. I found another cocker spaniel 10 days later and brought her home on Good Friday. I took this as a sign from God and named her Gracie for the grace that God showered upon me in finding her. We love her dearly and she has been a joy to our hearts.

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  175. Nela Loflin - April 24, 2018 2:24 pm

    Sean, I am so sorry about Ellie Mae. My Diesel is my baby and can’t imagine life without him. Prayers for you as you grieve and take heart that Ellie Mae is running with the Angels.

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  176. Robert dean - April 24, 2018 2:31 pm

    The day you passed from this life to the next is going to be one happy dog waiting on you.

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  177. Lydia - April 24, 2018 2:32 pm

    Sending you my deepest sympathy.There is no love like the love of one’s dog! So sorry for your loss.

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  178. Gary Jensen - April 24, 2018 2:33 pm

    Days like today make it easy to cry
    Easy to sit her and ask myself why
    Why must a good dog be gone in a flash
    Just to wind up in heaven all covered with ash…

    from “good dog”, a recent tune

    strange, perhaps, how some of my closest friends have been dogs…

    with grieving and loving so intertwined…

    wishing you and yours the very best,

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  179. Mary Frantz - April 24, 2018 2:40 pm

    Dear Sean and Jamie,
    My heart aches for you today. Thank you for sharing Ellie May with all of us. I’m sure she is Upstairs, across the Rainbow Bridge, with my golden retriever Sam. Share her stories, share your memories. Sending hugs from Ohio.

    Love,
    Mary

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  180. Skip D - April 24, 2018 2:41 pm

    Sean. My heart aches for you in this time. I can’t imagine how I will deal with the loss I know will one day come. Thank you for sharing Elle Mar with us this past year. She will not forget the love you shared.

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  181. Genie - April 24, 2018 2:42 pm

    If I had one wish, I would wish to sit on the porch with God and thank him for giving me Pete. He was in our lives for 19 years and we will never be the same without that funny, wonderful beagle-basset. My heart is breaking for you Sean and celebrating the love Ellie Mae brought to your life. God had truly blessed you!

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  182. Julie - April 24, 2018 2:42 pm

    That was beautiful, but I am extremely saddened by this news. Prayers are with you!

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  183. Charlotte Hollis - April 24, 2018 2:42 pm

    I have no words as my tears fall…..if only our animal family lived as long as we do…..we are forever changed by their love for us…..what a fortunate pair you & Ellie Mae are that you found each other…..cherish your memories…..and when the time is right their is someone waiting for you to love them, they need you as you need them……
    Sending you a gargantuan hug if there is such a thing…..fly high Ellie Mae

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  184. Mary Frantz - April 24, 2018 2:44 pm

    Thank you Gary. That’s beautiful.

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  185. Summer - April 24, 2018 2:44 pm

    I’m so, so very sorry. I pray you feel the love and prayers being lifted for you.

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  186. Donna Burson - April 24, 2018 2:45 pm

    I am so sorry, Sean.

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  187. Nedra Tucker - April 24, 2018 2:45 pm

    I have no words. My heart is telling me Ellie Mae Dietrich is at the Rainbow bridge running and playing and is in no pain. My Daisy and Dixie will show her the ropes and introduce her around to all the crowd. People need to understand Ellie Mae was like your baby. To some you will never be able to explain that fact, but I know!

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  188. Mary Collett - April 24, 2018 2:48 pm

    With tears in my eyes, R.I.P., Ellie Mae. I have enjoyed knowing you thru your friends writing.

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  189. Larry Beasley - April 24, 2018 2:49 pm

    Right there, with you, just last week, with my old dog Kyote. It is hard. My God..it is hard.

    God bless you Sean, and God bless Ellie Mae.

    And God bless my Ky.

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  190. muthahun - April 24, 2018 2:49 pm

    Your pain is my pain, dear one. Huge, because our love for our dogs is huge. She’s in great company. And with nearly 200 of us sniffling and teary-eyed as we write, so are you.

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  191. Jack Quanstrum - April 24, 2018 2:51 pm

    Extremely touching!

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  192. Robert dean - April 24, 2018 2:53 pm

    All creation awaits the redemption of man. You better prepare now. When you get to heaven she will be able to out wrestle you.

    She Is not dead
    Your friend is not dead
    But in the path we mortals tread
    She simply ran a few steps ahead
    And nearer round the bend.
    So that we took once round that bend
    Will see again this friend
    Your friend.
    The one we fancy dead.

    Thank you for befriending my family Sean and Jamie

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  193. Carolyn Allen - April 24, 2018 2:53 pm

    Sean, there are no words to express my sorrow.
    Ellie Mae’s love for you was pure and the closest thing to God’s love on this earth. You were both blessed to have had each other. I am picturing Ellie Mae and Bart running and playing together.
    I hope that comforts you. Ellie Mae was a good girl…a very good girl!

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  194. Barbara McGinnis - April 24, 2018 2:53 pm

    Everyone who has ever loved a dog knows just how you feel. We also know that, when your heart is ready, Ellie Mae will send you a new best friend.
    Prayers for you, son.

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  195. Michael Hawke - April 24, 2018 3:01 pm

    A dog shaped hole in the heart. It never heals. They all wait for us on the other side of eternity. May God bless.

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  196. Edna B. - April 24, 2018 3:02 pm

    Sean, this post breaks my heart. I am so sorry to hear that Ellie May has gone to start another journey. May the angels watch over her, and may God bless you and Jamie for giving her so much love and happiness. I will put a lighted candle in my window for Ellie May. Hugs, Edna B.

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  197. Donna PARTON - April 24, 2018 3:04 pm

    Sean I am so sorry. I never met Ellie Mae but I could tell she was special. Any time I hear someone say “It was just a dog, or just a cat, or just a…whatever”, it makes me want to smack the taste out of their mouth. But then, I feel sorry for them. Because they have never felt that special feeling. A feeling that only comes from loving an animal and having that love returned unconditionally. One of the greatest injustices in life is that, in most cases, we out live our special fur friends.
    I will hug my Jake extra tight today and every day.
    You are in our prayers.

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  198. Lori Klein - April 24, 2018 3:05 pm

    Well, that’s just awful. I’m so sorry.

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  199. Susie Hardin - April 24, 2018 3:07 pm

    Sean, I am so very sorry, I feel the pain you feel like a big piece of your heart has been ripped from your body. I’ve been there, right where you are. It is so painful. It’s been a little over a year since my Sofie left me and it still hurts. I’m sad for you and all of us that have lived through the pain.

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  200. Sharon Lewis-Saliba - April 24, 2018 3:11 pm

    Love to you Sean. God bless Ellie Mae and I know He will keep her close.

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  201. Tammy Moody - April 24, 2018 3:16 pm

    I hated the day that I knew that this post would come. My Rascal and Beauregard are there – they’ll show her the best places. Go ahead and cry Sean. For a week – a month if you have to. My husband had to leave work early for a week because he cried so much when we lost Rascal. But we didn’t really lose him, we know just where he is, and we’ll see him again, just like you will Ellie; we know right where they are. Jamie will take extra good care of you and love you extra in the days to come. Let all the love coming from your readers come in too. We’ll miss Ellie Mae too. And we’ll hurt with you for a long time. Much love…

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  202. June Wilson - April 24, 2018 3:18 pm

    Sean, my heart goes out to you. I know Ellie Mae was such a great, loving dog. I have lost a beloved dog and it took me quite a while to get over letting him go. But no doubt Ellie Mae will be making new friends and playing heartily after crossing the rainbow bridge.

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  203. Pam - April 24, 2018 3:22 pm

    Dear Sean,
    Your stories inspire me each and every day. Thank you for that. My heartfelt condolences to you as you have lost a very dear friend, who loves unconditionally, much like you show us each day in your writing. God bless.
    Pam

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  204. SHERRY OKONSKI - April 24, 2018 3:27 pm

    I as so hoping for a better out come for you and Ellie Mae. I lost my two fur babies two weeks ago and the wound is still so raw I will tell you each day will get a little better you cry less laugh more. The memories will keep you going. She is running free and will be waiting for you over the rainbow bridge.

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  205. Steven - April 24, 2018 3:32 pm

    My girls name was Penny. I told you about her once before. I didn’t choose her. God chose us for each other. An old lady passed her through a barely cracked door and said “here’s your dog”. I have no idea how many others there were in the litter, or if I would have chosen differently. I was fourteen. Penny was with me until just before I was to be married – at 30. I guess she knew there was a new female who would need to be primary in my heart. We had many great adventures and traveled many miles together. She went to UF with me. She helped me get through deadlines and listened while I ranted about whatever was at the top of my brain at the time. She was a thief – she liked to steal the neighbor cats dish off their porch – couldn’t just eat the food there, brought the dish home. She refused to apologize. I had to do that when I returned it. I taught her how to climb the fence. I thought it was a neat trick. But then you could never keep her in the back yard. I’ve never had another dog. She was the one. She has been gone 33 years. That’s hard to fathom. I still smile and my heart swells a little when I think of her.

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  206. Ray - April 24, 2018 3:37 pm

    All I can say is I care for you the way you do for me.

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  207. Charlette Voss - April 24, 2018 3:38 pm

    I wish I had magic words for you. I’ve been where you are. I’ve had (and have) many dogs and love them all, but Dave was the be-all-end-all and I was his person. The pain of his passing was nothing short of physical and I, too, wailed. I tried to hang on to the memory of the smell of his neck and the rough of his coat for as long as I could.
    God, I miss him, still. It gets better with time. Ellie Mae was a lucky girl to have you. She’ll be waiting for you. I’m counting on that.

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  208. lavenderlady - April 24, 2018 3:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies are so dear us. Remember the good times you wrote about.

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  209. Rebecca Cotney - April 24, 2018 3:45 pm

    God bless you. I am sorry for your loss. I know that pain very well & I wish I had magic words to make you feel better. I pray for comfort & peace for you. She was a blessed girl to have you as you were blessed to have her in your life. Love, Peace & Prayers

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  210. Gay B. - April 24, 2018 3:46 pm

    My heart is in my throat and I am choking with tears. I have felt the same pain and anguish. You will again love and smile at another partner one day, but it will take a while. God bless you and keep you during this time of grief.

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  211. Dianne - April 24, 2018 3:47 pm

    Dearest fellow south Alabamian (Dothan, Enterprise and Troy). Oh and a couple of years in Marianna.

    My heart breaks for you. Not because I’m a dog person. I can’t be for two reasons. One is allergies but worse than that was the few dogs I had growing up in Dothan were “outside dogs.” My wonderful fastidious Mother would no more let a dog in her house than a bus full of red bugs (chiggers). I inherited her gene.

    I loved Ellie Mae because you loved her and I love you. I hope she will meet my precious Tammy, a beautiful little cocker spaniel, an outside dog. 💔

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  212. Janet Mary Lee - April 24, 2018 3:49 pm

    Sean, I am so so very sorry for your loss. My dog is in surgery at this minute, and the house is so empty. I have been where you are, many times. When one of my dogs left under very hard circumstances and was at the vet, her sweet spirit came to me. It was enough to wake me. Somehow thru all the universe she found me and said goodbye. So I can tell you dogs live on, and the bond only changes. It does not die. Thank you for sharing her great love for you and yours for her with us. It was a privilege. Reading her letter was truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. May you and Jamie be comforted by all the sweet memories as time passes by, and may you find comfort in your love. ((hug))

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  213. Lynn Pappas - April 24, 2018 3:51 pm

    I’m sobbing…I feel your pain. It’s so hard to let them go!!

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  214. Holly D - April 24, 2018 3:51 pm

    There are no words.

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  215. Sue Ann Holmes - April 24, 2018 3:52 pm

    Holding you close to my heart~

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  216. Lin - April 24, 2018 3:54 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Our dogs are such a great joy, but they are never with us long enough. Godspeed, Ellie Mae, and run with unbounded joy.

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  217. swuppet - April 24, 2018 3:54 pm

    My heart is broken for you. So sorry for your loss, but I’m trusting Jesus to give your sweet Ellie a wonderful welcome to her new home.

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  218. Esteban - April 24, 2018 3:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing Ellie Mae with us. The joy of having a buddy like that. The pain of having to let her go. Thank you for sharing your lives and loves with us. Precious.

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  219. Wendy Franks - April 24, 2018 3:56 pm

    So many heartfelt condolences. I echo them all as I imagine Ellie Mae now healthy & playing with my Tiny, Darby & Lacey. We WILL be reunited one happy day with our four-legged best friends who loved us unconditionally!

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  220. Jessi C. - April 24, 2018 4:03 pm

    Ideally, we love and learn during this lifetime, and when it is over, it will all be okay… If God wants us to be whole and without sorrow in the afterlife, I believe all those we loved must be a part of that. That special animal can represent some of the purest love, spirit and friendship we will ever experience. Thankfully Ellie Mae is no longer suffering, and although your heart is shredded right now, you wouldn’t trade that love for the world. Until it is all set right, I pray for your comfort and hope the pain eases for you as quickly as possible. With love and sympathy

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  221. Susan Parker - April 24, 2018 4:09 pm

    I am so sorry, Sean. I have traveled the road you are on. You know Ellie is OK. I want to tell you that you will be, too. God be with you. Hugging you from here in Sugar Land, TX.

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  222. Shirley J. Jones - April 24, 2018 4:27 pm

    I prayed last night. I am in tears today. I have walked your walk.

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  223. Cathy S Davis - April 24, 2018 4:29 pm

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your friend.

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  224. Rosie Murphey - April 24, 2018 4:30 pm

    My heart aches for you. You and Ellie Mae were so blessed to have each other.

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  225. Susan Patterson - April 24, 2018 4:33 pm

    Damn, Sean. I’m so sorry. I know how bad it hurts. Praying for your peace.

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  226. Courtney Roberts - April 24, 2018 4:33 pm

    Your story stole my breath—i’m so sorry for your hurt and loss. they love us no matter what…. i am breathing for you Sean, as i know you probably cannot breathe deep enough to fill your lungs—doggie heaven must be a splendid place—-hugs from the Emerald Coast and Las Vegas…

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  227. Karen Grant - April 24, 2018 4:43 pm

    It’s a miserable thing to lose them- I’m so sorry. She had a great life. You gave her all a dog could ever want.

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  228. D Kivette - April 24, 2018 4:43 pm

    She’s in good company where she is but she’ll be waiting on you. I hope she meets Maggie, Doreen, Sunshine, Sally and Heidi and Betty

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  229. Cheryl Brantley - April 24, 2018 4:50 pm

    Sean, my heart goes out to you. I pray God will give you comfort as you recall the memories such as you outlined for us. Ellie Mae will always be a part of you. She was fortunate to have someone like you in her life. May God wrap His loving arms around you and hold you close as you grieve the loss of your sweet pet.

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  230. Brenda - April 24, 2018 4:51 pm

    A southern born, southern bred, red headed boy turned young man, turned author, with just a little bit of too much liberalism to make me dance but none the less a fantastic author of tales related to the southern culture. Not just any southern culture but a South Alabama Southern Culture. A author who can stir the synapses of your brain cells to trigger that portion of your brain that has a well load of compassion, feelings, liquid rain coming out of the corner of your eyes type of author. “Sean of the South” owka Sean Dietrich. An author as much liked by me as Truman Copoty, Mark Twain, Carson McCullars, Harper Lee, Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan to name a few. A young man who shares the same first name as my deceased son. Long story short and to get to the point. Sean’s long time, faithful, love that doggy smell, dog child, Ellie Mae died. Sean is devastated which he has every right to be. Loosing a dog child is a heartbreak, a tearing of the very fabric of your soul. Especially if that dog thought that the sun rose and set in your presence. That kind of dog child relationship between a human and his/her dog. My compression is shared Sean, my heart hurts for you and I have a wet spot in the corner of my eye. Run with wind, Ellie Mae, Run with the Wind !

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  231. Kari Howie - April 24, 2018 4:55 pm

    Sean, I asked God to enfold you in His loving and healing embrace. He is the best comforter.

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  232. Susan Hatfield - April 24, 2018 5:01 pm

    I lost my Two Dollar Pistol to acute pancreatitis. He died in less than 24 hours from when it hit. It’s a death sentence. He died in my arms. I hope Ellie Mae will see him in Heaven where they are both now running free from pain. God Bless You. I’m so sorry.

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  233. Jim Keith - April 24, 2018 5:02 pm

    Just saying Sean, Elli Mae will never forget you! You can trust in that! ❤️

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  234. mike williams - April 24, 2018 5:06 pm

    sean , your words tore my heart out . i know that pain , may God comfort you .

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  235. Chris W. Spencer - April 24, 2018 5:19 pm

    Rest in peace dear Ellie Mae. Sean, may God comfort and strengthen you and bless you with His peace.
    Chris

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  236. Jo - April 24, 2018 5:23 pm

    Oh no! I am so sorry. I was so full of confidence that Ellie May would pull through. Losing a loved pet is never easy, but it is especially hard when it comes on suddenly and unexpectedly. I believe that she is running free and that you will see her eventually. Prayers and love to you.

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  237. Richard Cotton - April 24, 2018 5:24 pm

    May God rest Ellie’s soul. (And I have owned several dogs like Ellie and I am convinced they have souls.) I know it is tough now, but it is just another good reason to know that Christ is your savior — one day you will be reunited with Ellie Mae. The memories will give you comfort and may God soothe YOUR soul.

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    • Nancy Blazon - April 24, 2018 5:45 pm

      Sean I’m so very sorry for your loss. When I lost my cat, Sweet Pea, after 18 yrs, I thought I would never recover. But one night I was mourning, and the Lord spoke to me, yes He does that. He said Nancy, you had Sweet Pea for 18 yrs. to love, remember that and be thankful. You won’t forget Ellie Mae, but you will have her wonderful memories to keep forever.

      God bless you, as you go through this sadness.

      Nancy B.

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  238. Genea - April 24, 2018 5:46 pm

    Sean, I am crying with you. Ellie Mae knew how much you loved her and you know how much she Love you. I wish you comfort in the days that follow.

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  239. Deborah Mitchell - April 24, 2018 5:48 pm

    RIP sweet Ellie. You were loved and will be missed!

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  240. MrsB - April 24, 2018 5:58 pm

    When I lost my much loved MK, he saw me thru failed love affairs, 9/11, illness and good times too, I cried for days.

    Someone sent me an AA Milne quote: How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

    Memories will keep you sane.

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  241. Ann Mills - April 24, 2018 6:10 pm

    I am so sorry.

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  242. Nedetria Talbot - April 24, 2018 6:14 pm

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw Ellie Mae as the title today…I somehow knew. I kept coming back to my phone to read it, but would not let myself go there. I wished I had been wrong.
    You have enjoyed one of God’s sweetest blessings, the unconditional love of a fur baby. Life will go on, but it will be different…you will smile again, but you will never not miss that sweet one. As I sit here snot bubble crying for you and with you, I remember my sweet ones who are no longer with me and I grieve, but my life is better for being chosen to love and care for them.
    My prayers are with you and Jamie…prayers for strength, peace and comfort.
    I will be sending a memorial to our local shelter in memory of Ellie Mae Dietrich.

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  243. judy brand - April 24, 2018 6:19 pm

    I know how you feel. Put my Molly down in Feb. She can now run without pain and is no longer afraid of thunder. For a lab, she lived a long time, 14 years. We all still miss her so much. Prayers for your heart to heal even though it will always break a little when you think of her.

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  244. Lynne Watling - April 24, 2018 6:24 pm

    Sean, I am SO-OOOOOOOO sorry to hear of Ellie Mae’s passing!!! My heart is aching for you! I am sure she crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is now running everywhere in Heaven with a jar of peanut butter in her mouth!!!!!! My prayers are with you!

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  245. katherine kemp - April 24, 2018 6:33 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, have an Ellie Mae….a yorkie that is a bright, fun light in our home and everywhere she goes. Hugs and Prayers to you and your family.

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  246. Bonnie - April 24, 2018 6:33 pm

    Tears in my eyes & my heart breaking for you. Beautifully written ❤️😢💔

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  247. Becky Slack - April 24, 2018 6:33 pm

    I felt such dread when I saw the title for today. She will be waiting for you.
    My heart aches and breaks for you, and Ellie Mae.

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  248. Andy Gartman - April 24, 2018 6:35 pm

    Sean,
    My heart breaks for you. I have some experience with grief, as my oldest son died in 2008. I’ll come to where you are if you need me to, or do anything else you ask. Know that you and Jamie are in my prayers, as always. Holler if I can help.
    Your preacher buddy,
    Andy Gartman
    Hartford, AL

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  249. June - April 24, 2018 6:35 pm

    Ellie Mae will always remember you and believe me, you will always remember her. There is nothing like the love of our fur babies. God bless you.

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  250. Connie H. - April 24, 2018 6:40 pm

    My heart is breaking for you, Sean. Our furbabies are our children, and to lose one is devastating. You will always have Ellie in your heart, in your soul. You will never forget her, and she will always remember you, too, where ever she is in the great beyond. Take care….

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  251. Sandy Whitten - April 24, 2018 7:03 pm

    Grieving with tears for you and Ellie Mae. The love of a dog mirrors the love of God, the purest love we will ever know on earth. Know she is with the Father, who created her. And you will be with her again. Too many tears………

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  252. Trish Farrish - April 24, 2018 7:10 pm

    Oh Sean, how I hurt for you! I have been there, and will again. This is the price we pay for all of that love. Ellie will be telling everyone she meets how very well she was loved – by you. Y’all were blessed to have each other. You’ll be in my prayers.

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  253. Tawanah Bagwell - April 24, 2018 7:18 pm

    This makes me so sad for you. You have such a way with words, I feel that I am there with you as you deal with your grief. God bless you.

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  254. Stephanie Smith - April 24, 2018 7:38 pm

    Heartbroken…. no words, just tears and prayers.

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  255. Beverly - April 24, 2018 7:45 pm

    And ALL God’s Children said, “Bless your sweet heart, Sean. And God bless that sweet dog and keep her in a good spot until you meet again. Amen”

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  256. sandysewwhatever - April 24, 2018 7:48 pm

    Oh! Dear Sean and Jamie, I am so sorry to hear about your very great loss. May God help you through the difficult grief to remember the joy and blessing Ellie May was. It hurts so much to lose a best friend like that.
    Hugs from across the pond.

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  257. Dru - April 24, 2018 8:09 pm

    Sean, I am so sorry! Crying for you. I had to write to my girl, too. Wish I could help. You made her very happy.

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  258. Linda Chipman - April 24, 2018 8:12 pm

    I know how you must be hurting and I hurt for you. I am an old lady and have been through losing a pet many times and each time you think you cannot bear it. But I firmly believe that dogs go to Heaven and we will see them again.

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  259. Don - April 24, 2018 8:12 pm

    May you find peace and comfort in her newfound healing and happiness ….this made an old baseball coach who is learning late in life that we can be affected in many wonderful ways by our four legged friends cuddle my Sophie and wipe away some tears …. bless you Sir and know that you’re not alone in mourning

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  260. Jay Ward - April 24, 2018 8:23 pm

    Be strong brother.

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  261. Tiffany - April 24, 2018 8:36 pm

    I am so very sorry. It takes bravery to love animals when we know we may one day have to make very hard decisions. Ellie Mae knew you loved her and although she gave your years of joy, remember you did they same for her. Praying for you in the days to come.

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  262. Pat Byers - April 24, 2018 8:39 pm

    I have no words. Others have said them all. I know there is little comfort. But know that all of us loved EllieMae through you. She is free. She will always be remembered. No one has truly died unless they are forgotten. Keep writing about her. We will remember her. We will.
    I promise.

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  263. Karen Fluharty - April 24, 2018 8:55 pm

    Sean, I am so sorry. I cried. I remembered the pain I felt when I said goodbye to my best friend. Only fellow dog parents understand. I did ugly crying and my heart ached terribly just as I know yours does!

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  264. Marinan Brewer - April 24, 2018 9:25 pm

    Understand completely- well done

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  265. Pam - April 24, 2018 9:25 pm

    My heart hurts for you, Sean

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  266. paula jones - April 24, 2018 9:29 pm

    We’re crying along with you.

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  267. Ted - April 24, 2018 10:00 pm

    Your writing has brought calm and peace into my life. I hope you can find the same calm and peace at this most difficult time.

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  268. Arelene Mack - April 24, 2018 10:17 pm

    Awesome memorial for your beloved Ellie Mae, would that all dogs and other critters have such a devoted friend. For me, blue heelers Blue, Baby and Buddy have walked on leaving Becky and Butch as the current crew. Each one loved and each one as unique as individual snowflakes. We will see them all again one day.

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  269. Cathy Wilson - April 24, 2018 10:28 pm

    There is nothing like the love an animal has for a human, and a human’s love for that animal.

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  270. Rose - April 24, 2018 10:53 pm

    Crying here, too. It is a familiar hurt that I have never gotten use to. So very sorry.

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  271. Lisbeth Garecht - April 24, 2018 11:11 pm

    I’m so sorry. So so sorry. There are no words that will help right now I know. But I’m crying with you.❤️

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  272. Marilyn Cook - April 24, 2018 11:40 pm

    Sean, crying and praying with you. Love, love!!

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  273. Melissa Armstrong - April 24, 2018 11:52 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 🐾♥️

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  274. Carole - April 25, 2018 12:18 am

    There is nothing harder than losing that special friend. I’m sorry.

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  275. Susan - April 25, 2018 12:46 am

    It is so hard to lose and animal you love. Very sorry!

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  276. Judy - April 25, 2018 12:59 am

    😢😭😪

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  277. Patricia Gibson - April 25, 2018 1:23 am

    I am so sorry for your loss!!

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  278. Fran Dean - April 25, 2018 2:35 am

    My heart is hurting for you in the loss of Ellie Mae. What a sweet tribute you wrote to her. You made her so real to all of us in your writings. We will miss that.

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  279. Anne - April 25, 2018 3:05 am

    Love and hugs for you at this sad time. I know one day y’all will be together again. You are blessed to have known her love.

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  280. Leo Larkin - April 25, 2018 3:45 am

    Sean, so sorry for your loss. We’ve lost too. We are enjoying your writing.

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  281. Judith - April 25, 2018 4:03 am

    Oh how my heart hurts for you. 10 years later and we still miss our Dab. She fit us just like Ellie Mae fit you. She’s sliding over the rainbow bridge. RIP Ellie from Tuscaloosa.

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  282. Jolie - April 25, 2018 5:03 am

    Oh, Sean, my heart breaks for you! I know the feeling of this loss! I lost my Maggie Mae almost two years ago and I cried for her as I am crying for you and Ellie Mae right now!
    Ellie Mae, if you haven’t met her yet, Maggie Mae is a cute little white and tan Shi-tzu with the prettiest fluffy tail and the softest coat and who really snores. I think she’ll like your long, floppy ears and maybe you two can have a snoring competition!

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  283. Jody Snow - April 25, 2018 6:03 am

    Oh Sean, I am so sorry. I’m sure she was greeted at the Rainbow Bridge by lots of other cherished pets like my Zorro, Pedro, and Ladybug. Of course, Zorro is probably trying to tell her what to do. He was my little Napoleon, always trying to tell all the other dogs what to do no matter their size. I hope Ellie Mae won’t mind too much. (Hugs). Wish I had better words for you, something more in line with the great stuff I see from you, but I’m not a writer.

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  284. Kathryn Rose MacDonald - April 25, 2018 9:52 am

    (((((Dietrichs)))))

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  285. Lynn - April 25, 2018 1:38 pm

    I’m so sorry,Sean. You were blessed to have a furbuddy like Ellie Mae, but she was also blessed to have you. She will live on in your heart and your writings.

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  286. Sue Cronkite - April 25, 2018 1:48 pm

    Wonderful. I’m giving Ellie Mae a hug in my mind.

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  287. Marcia MacLean - April 25, 2018 2:44 pm

    Sean, for the first time, I didn’t want to read your post. I know you and Jamie have been worried about Ellie Mae for some time. You can’t bear to see a loved one suffer. She was a gift….a wonderful gift who gave you unconditional love. I am sure she felt it from you too. It’s obvious from all the stories she had a great earthly life and family. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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  288. Barbara - April 25, 2018 2:55 pm

    Sean, most days you make me laugh or see a new point of view. You almost always make me cry. I am bawling today as I read about Ellie Mae. I have been blessed to have many wonderful furry family members over the years that brought such love and special meaning. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Ellie Mae is always with you living in your heart and memories and sharing your stories. Hugs.

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  289. Buz Wilcoxon - April 25, 2018 4:14 pm

    Holding you and Jamie in my prayers and giving thanks to God for Ellie Mae’s life and love.

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  290. George Leuenberger - April 25, 2018 6:10 pm

    Hurting with you Sean. Remember, you will always gave the memories. They just get better in time. GodBless you.

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  291. Joyce Barrett - April 25, 2018 6:43 pm

    I may never meet you, Sean, but I love you and your heart for Ellie Mae and so many tender places that reside there. Know mine hurts for yours today. I get it. I plan to introduce you to Gus and Oly when we all get to heaven. I think they’ll give Ellie Mae a run for her money on stealing hearts and slurpy kisses. Continue writing about simple days, sad days, and spectacular days, Sean. What you do speaks to shared experiences for so many of us and hits home every single time. I’ve traveled the world following an Army guy around for 25+ years, but never lost my love for dogs like Ellie Mae, marshmallow guys in pick-up trucks like you, and great stories that touch my heart. Blessings, Sean.

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  292. TamTam - April 25, 2018 9:11 pm

    Dear Sean and Jamie,
    I couldn’t write yesterday because of the tears after reading about Ellie Mae😓 Like you two, we don’t have 2-legged kids, just 3 fur babies (“daughters”: SiSi Bugg ,Shadow Dogg & Harley Girl) that we love and spoil like you did with your “daughter”. Keeping you both in my prayers, that our Father will hold you ever so gently and comfort you as only He can as He carries you through this sad time…Hugs to you both…Love from Texas,
    Tamara

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  293. Amy San Giacomo - April 25, 2018 9:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss in the names of Clinton ‘06, Ruckus ‘12 and Buddy ‘15. Scrolling through my email, the minute I saw the name Ellie Mae, I knew what had happened and I sighed. I am truly enjoying your writing everyday – I’m a upstate New Yorker, a Buffalo girl and you are teaching me about the South, which is good for me, given the lines that are being drawn in our country.

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  294. Kimberly Hinkle - April 25, 2018 10:35 pm

    So sorry… 😢

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  295. Mary Ellen Hall - April 26, 2018 3:06 am

    I’m SO, SO VERY SORRY SEAN!!! I KNOW your heart is breaking right now-I’m sitting here crying after I read this BEAUTIFUL, HEARTBREAKING STORY. NOTHING HURTS as MUCH as losing your BEAUTIFUL four-legged Best Friend!!
    PLEASE know that I have you & your PRECIOUS Ellie Mae in my PRAYERS!!🐶💔

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  296. Cecelia Arnold - April 26, 2018 1:01 pm

    So sorry about Elle Mae. Know this is hard. But God will get you through it. Lost one of my own last week – Darlin, my German Shepard died on her 5th birthday. Think it was a snake bite. That’s way too young to go.

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    • Kathi Harper Hill - April 26, 2018 2:15 pm

      I am so, so sorry. They always leave too soon.

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  297. Charmion Grant - April 26, 2018 7:51 pm

    God bless you Sean and Ellie Mae too.
    Anyone who has loved their pet and loses them understands this pain.

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  298. Wendy Franks - April 27, 2018 2:49 am

    I’ve already commented & shouldn’t again, but hoping you realize how many hearts you touch every day. Temporarily being without Ellie Mae is so very painful but there will be such loud rejoicing when we see all of our families & 4-legged friends in our eternal, forever home. Some may call it thunder, but others will know what it is.

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  299. Mary Anne - May 2, 2018 4:16 am

    Sean, I am so sorry for the loss of your faithful friend and companion, Ellie Mae. I know that words cannot ease your pain but please know that your fans, and Ellie Mae’s fans, are all praying for you and Jamie as you grieve this incredible loss. Who knows, maybe there’s another puppy somewhere just looking for a good home… Another puppy would not take Ellie Mae’s spot in your heart, but he/she might very well be just what the doctor ordered. Take care of yourself. Drive safely wherever you go.

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    • Sandi from FL. - May 2, 2018 4:29 am

      Sean and Jamie already have a new puppy named Thelma Lou. Read all about her in a more recent post from Sean.

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