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Best Wishes… and Sad News

Diana's dogs napping on a pillow.My best wishes for a good New Year to everybody.

I’m sorry that I have to begin the year myself with bad news; my lovely dog JJ died this afternoon (complications from a freak accident he suffered two weeks ago) and we buried him next to my garden, where he loved to hunt rabbits and toads with his brother, Homer.

Homer is bereft and so are we.


In the upper-right image, JJ and Homer take a nap together. In the next photo, JJ looks for critters to chase in a prickly pear cactus:

Diana's dog JJ and a prickly pear.


In the photo below, JJ and Homer were not sure of a visitor in 2012 and tried to hide:


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  1. So sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is very hard. Prayers

  2. I was so sorry to hear of your loss of JJ,

    They leave a big hole in the heart.

    Gone to play with the big boys in the sky


  3. So sorry to hear about your sweet dog.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your furbaby’s death. I love my puppies and I grieve so hard every time I lose one. We still have our great memories though, don’t we?❤️

  5. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your fur baby. I had a red doxie, Max. It’s been 14 years since I lost him and I still miss him more than any pup I’ve had. God bless you and yours, and I really hope Homer feels better soon.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss, nothing hurts like losing a fur friend! Prayers!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. They take a chunk of our heart with them when they go. I currently have four big red dogs and they are my children now that I am retired. It is a long process and I still cry when I look a pictures of those who have gone earlier.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I love me some doxies. I’m going to meet a breeder on the 18th and I’m looking forward to a new addition to my family. Take care…

  9. I’m so very sorry for you and your family. I’ve felt that pain on many occasions and it never is easy. God bless JJ and Homer – your family too.

  10. I know the pain. When I lost my Yorkie who slept with me on my pillow every night for 18 years, met me every day when I came home from work and we played our favorite game Bugger in my Nose. She was my heart. They are in a good place. Be strong.

  11. I’m so sorry for you and homer. His energy and beauty lives on in you both.

  12. I am truly sorry. It is so hard to lose a member of the family and that is exactly what they are.

  13. I know what it is like to lose a previous member of the family. May you and Homer give each other comfort as you remember your beloved JJ.

  14. I too have a JJ named Duke. Remember! All dogs go to Heaven.

  15. I’m so sorry to hear about JJ. I think you should get another dog soon for Homer’s sake, he is going to be so lost and confused.
    I’m a big fan of both books and series.
    When life happens and I’m depressed, I can forget my troubles and escape to visit Claire and Jamie.
    Thank you!

  16. I know I’m late but I’m so sorry to hear of your untimely loss. We lost our 16 year old lab mix, Shenandoah, last year after a long illness. She was struggling upstairs, was in almost constant discomfort and had lost most of her sight and hearing. We were fortunately to have our vet come to the house to end her suffering. My three grown children were able to come so we could all be with her at the end. We buried her in the back yard next to her best friend, Oriole, the cat who taught her has a pup how to pack hunt rabbits. I hope Homer gets a new friend soon.

  17. Oh dear…I am sorry to be late with heartfelt condolences for the loss of J.J., your dear dog that looked to be quite a gentleman of the Standard Dachshunds. Prayers to you and your family and for your other dear dog, Homer. May he, when ready acquire another comrade to lay in the sun and pal around with.

    Again, thank you for giving of your talent, time and creating The Outlander subculture for all of us.

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