13 Jun

Our lovely Kyla at her favorite spot: Cannon Beach, Oregon. She passed away in her sleep on June 12, 2012.

It was with heavy hearts we received the news that Kyla Ann passed away yesterday, a month shy of her 11th birthday. To all who knew her, she was a sweet soul. We enjoyed our life together with hikes in Forest Park, many trips to Cannon Beach, and hanging out at Starbucks every weekend morning.

The move to Rome caused us to find her a new home last March. It would have been a hard transition for Kyla: steep marble stairs and quirky old elevators are not a formula for success with arthritic joints. We are so grateful to Charlie and Karen for taking her into their home, and most importantly, into their hearts.

Kyla, you were one of a kind. Rest in peace, girlfriend. We will treasure the memories!


29 Responses to “Tribute”

  1. Carolyn Casey June 19, 2012 at 06:27 #

    Laurel & Ric – am behind in catching up w you via your wonderful blog. Well I just shed some tears over the beautiful soul of Kyla passing. And over came mr. gus to console me. You all had a wonderful connection with that dog that I know you will always treasure. Old Gus was diagonosed w lymphoma the other week. They say he has several week or several months. But true to form he is still ushering me out for walks every day and quite perrky. I give him at least a year w his 9 lives, but who knows………….. dogs are such a Gift. Carolyn


  2. Carl Hitt June 15, 2012 at 18:19 #

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Kyla Ann. May your memories with her bring smiles to your faces when you think about her.


    • gooddayrome June 17, 2012 at 18:15 #

      Thank you Carl! We will alwyas remember her fondly.


  3. Debbie Martin June 15, 2012 at 04:38 #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She’s in puppy heaven with our Xena…


  4. Michelle June 14, 2012 at 18:45 #

    Oh Laurel, I was so sad to hear about Kyla. It made me cry. They are so much more than pets, they are part of the family. My thoughts are with you and Rick. I too will have a toast to Kyla tonight.


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:11 #

      Thanks Michelle. You know aout the dog connection for sure! It was difficult to leave her behind, but we know is was best.


  5. Ken June 14, 2012 at 09:19 #

    I was truly saddened to hear about the loss of Kyla. They’re such a precious and enriching part of our lives in so many ways. I hope you will both find comfort in the memories of the many good times you had with her.


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:12 #

      Than you Ken! THe pet journey has been emotional on this move, some funny and some tragic. We do love them so!!!


  6. Catherine June 14, 2012 at 05:30 #

    Hi Laurel and Rick,

    Many thoughts for you all. It is so hard. Kyla was greatly loved and had a great life here. She is on to different things now. You have wonderful memories to cherish of great times together. What a blessing you had her in your lives. Big hugs!


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:14 #

      Thank you Catherine! SHe was indeed a blessing to us.


  7. Veronica Molony June 14, 2012 at 04:51 #

    Hi Laurel & Ric…I am absolutely devastated to hear the news. She had a wonderful, wonderful life with you both… even if you did pay more for her. Charlie & Karen must be very sad as they were not able to spend that much time with her…miss you both!


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 06:00 #

      Ciao V&B! Thank you so much for your note. We all will miss her at holidays, won’t we? We miss you guys, too. Everytime we dine out we say “V & B would like this. Have to take them here.”


  8. Mary Henry June 14, 2012 at 03:13 #

    Laurel, and Rick,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful dog. Sounds like she had loving and kind hearts around her.

    Love, Mary and Miss Daisy Mae,


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:16 #

      Thank you Mary and Daisy! We’ve shared so many dog stories over the years, haven’t we? You know how attached we were to Kyla!


  9. Carolyn June 14, 2012 at 01:54 #

    Dear Laurel & Ric,

    My heart is broken for you. To know she is at peace and running up above without pain is some comfort. She made sure you will not forget all your wonderful memories together. She was too beautiful not to remember. Give Libby and Janie a hug for her. I’m sure they miss her also.

    Love ya, Carolyn


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:19 #

      Thank you Carolyn. Libby adn Jane were pretty confused when Kyla left home, but I suspect they feel the disturbance in the force, too.


  10. mary maloney June 14, 2012 at 01:35 #

    We picture her prancing down the street, laying under your Starbucks table guarding her ‘treats’. Until one day she was okay with sharing her ‘treats’ with Gracie. What a sweetheart. We were delighted to know she found a new family to love her, and now we will picture her with angel wings lounging with a bucket of tasty heavenly treats. Goodbye, Miss Kyla. Thanks for the memories. Mary and Gracie


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 05:58 #

      Mary and Gracie,
      What a lovely, kind note! Thank you for the fond memories. Raise a cup at Sbu for us, will you?


  11. Gayle Seely June 13, 2012 at 22:29 #

    So sorry to hear this sweet dog has gone to puppy heaven. I know she had a lot of fun.
    We will raise a toast to her tonight, if only one of lamb and rice. Thank you for letting us know.



    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 06:02 #

      Thank you dear Gayle. Kyla preferred wine, but lamb & rice will do. 🙂 I do think she had a good life, and she certainly enriched ours.


  12. Anita June 13, 2012 at 22:22 #

    I’m so sorry! She was beautiful and well loved!


    • Jani June 13, 2012 at 23:33 #

      So sorry to hear this news. She was loved and had a good life with you both.


      • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 06:01 #

        Grazie, Jani. We are grateful for having had Kyla in our lives.


    • gooddayrome June 14, 2012 at 19:18 #

      Thanks, Anita. You know how nuts I was about her!


  13. Kim June 13, 2012 at 22:13 #

    Our condolences. She was such a lovely dog.


  14. Jonnie Martin June 13, 2012 at 21:57 #

    Oh, Laurel – that made me cry.


    • gooddayrome June 13, 2012 at 22:16 #

      Kim & Jonnie,
      Thank you for your thoughts. You both knew our girl well and for her entire life. Dinner parties won’t be the same without her underfoot.


  15. Larry June 13, 2012 at 21:56 #

    So sorry to hear of your pets passing. Always very difficult. They are one of the family.



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