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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sad News from Ao4 HQs

The Ao4 work very hard to keep their blog upbeat - as a place to share their adventures, thoughts, and photos.  We have some very sad news to share today, so I asked Stormy to allow me - their "mom" - to take over today.

The first week of December, our lovely redheaded girl Ammy was diagnosed with Lymphoma.  She remained true to herself - sweet and strong - through Chemotherapy treatments and other therapies, but sadly, we had to let her go last Thursday.  The Lymphoma had taken over her body and the kindest thing for her was to let her go.  Needless to say, it was one of the hardest things her "dad" and I have had to do.

For those of you who knew Ammy and/or knew her through the blog, you know what a happy girl she was.  It's in keeping with her lovely nature that I have a request - please don't post this to your blogs.  I know it would be done out of love for her - but I know she wouldn't want a lot of sadness spread among the blogs.  One of her most endearing traits is that she just could not stand to see anyone sad and would do her utmost to try to spread good cheer.  If you do want to honor her memory, I'll share with you what I shared on FaceBook:
 just be nice to someone.  Cheer someone up.  Show some kindness.  Do it when no one is watching and don't tell anyone.  That is the spirit of my Ammy and one of the most important things she taught me.

DSCN5474 Ammy

Amber was the perfect puppy to Stormy, she taught Zim that life is worth living, and was the very best kid sister Dave could ever hope for.  She was truly one of the dearest, sweetest souls my husband and I have ever had the pleasure to know and love.  

Thank you for listening - Storm and the boys will be back to blogging soon.


  1. Dear sweet Amber.....she will be missed. I suspect she's sitting proudly at the Bridge with Meeka and Echo by her side, watching over all of us. The world was a better place with her in it. Hugs to you and Mike. I know all too well the pain.

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. Being parents to furkids at times like this is very very hard. Hugs...

  3. We are so sorry to read this post. Our thoughts are with you all.
    God speed Amber
    Much love xxx

  4. I can't tell you how much my heart is breaking for you right now. You know how much I love them all. I feel so honored and blessed to have met Ammy, and the rest of you. You are all so special so me.

    Run free and fast sweet, beautiful Amber. May you wear your silver harness with great pride and a big smile!

    Sending lots of hugs to your humans and many smooches to Dave, Stormy and Zim.

    Jan and Holly

  5. God Bless her, and all of you.

  6. We are so sorry to hear that Ammy crossed the bridge. We know she will be missed.

  7. I can't help it I cried reading this, I still miss China a ton, so I know it's really hard to loose her. I also know what a comfort Madie was during that time too and I'm so glad the rest of the AO4 is there to help.
    P.S. Madie and Ginger send licks and happy tail wags to bring cheer to the heart!

  8. I send lots of love and licks and I will try very hard to be nice to all the doggies at camp tomorrow just for Amber...and believe me sometimes this is hard!

    Lots of Loving Licks, Ruby

  9. Our most heartfelt thoughts to you and the family. We never met Ammy in person but we know what a special girl she was. Lots of hugs to the pack and to you and your husband.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara and Mom

  10. Oh, this is so unexpected, as I had no idea Ammy had lymphoma. My thoughts are with you all. Godspeed, Ammy.

  11. I know that your hearts are broken, please know that Ammy spread cheer on your blog too. I always enjoyed her smile and jokes. She left a lasting impression and is waiting for you all at the Rainbow Bridge, sassy and healthy with a great joke to tell. Hug your furries and take care.

  12. Ammy will always be remembered for her smile and fun-loving sweetness....and her MAD meteorological skills!! I'm so glad I got to meet her, that was a very special and happy day.

  13. Anonymous3:58 PM

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading about her on your blog. You are all in my thoughts.

  14. Our hearts are breaking for all of you. Ammy was such a beauty. We will miss her.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  15. We're so sorry for your loss. Even though we never met Ammy, we loved her like she was like a member of our own family. We will never forget her happy face. Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you. Hugs to mom and dad too.

  16. OH, no. We are so sorry to hear that dear Amber has gone on. Rest In Peace, sweet girl

  17. Wooing sadly for your loss...
    Thoughts of Ammy will forever put a smile on my face, a chuckle on my lips, and bring a tear to my eye. Godspeed, sweet girl. Your wonderful light will continue to shine brightly over the Bridge.

    jack & moo, & Pat

  18. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of dear Ammy. I know that she was a joy to you and I always laughed at her jokes. I send love and lots of hugs to you and your husband and also to the rest of the pack. Lots of love, Debbie

  19. Of all our dog blog friend loses, this may be the hardest. Ammy was a special girl and she will be missed terribly. Our thoughts are with you, your husband, Zim, Stormy and Dave. Big hugs and giant Dane kisses from Seattle.

  20. I can't think of anything useful to say. I send my softest purrs to Stormy, Dave, Zimmle Mawson, and the mum and dad.


  21. Somehow, we picture Ammy sitting among so many Siberians and others at the Rainbow Bridge - telling jokes, forecasting and creating weather, and generally making the Bridge a happier place just like she made this earth a happier place.

    We are so sorry for your loss, but are so thankful that you have shared her wonderful spirit with all of us through the blog.

  22. In memory of Ammie, I had the Mutatoe pee in the human woman's shoe.


  23. We are so sorry....take care, my friends....you are in our thoughts and prayers....

  24. Tears and woos for your post. We will miss Ammy's wonderful sense of humor and her beautiful smile. The joy she spread across the internet showed how much she loved life with her family. Thanks for sharing her with everyone. She'll wait for you at the bridge.

    Daiquiri, Timba & Rose

  25. We are so sorry for your loss.

  26. We know you must miss Amber terribly and we are very sad for you but happy that Amber had a wonderful family who loved her until the very end and beyond.

    Steve, Kat, and Wilbur

  27. We are so sorry for your loss. We loved Ammy and her beutiful smile and her wonderfull zest for life. Her jokes and weather reports often made our day.

    We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet her and we will miss her.

    We know she will wear her Silver Harness magnificently.

  28. You are the kindest parents a dog could hope for, and yet we ache for you both so much. We have come to love Ammy ourselves - how she grew on us. Indeed, she was everything you wrote - we will attempt to do the things you ask - absolutely great suggestions and ones that Ammy would surely approve of.
    Enormous hugs to you both, and furry pats for Zim, Storms and Dave xoxoxo,
    Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Miche

  29. Oh sweet Ammy. We are so sorry to hear this. We are sending hugs and will keep you in our thoughts.

    Sam, Monty, Aaron and Christine

  30. I'm so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace dear Amber. Prayers and thoughts to all of you.

  31. Ammy was a very special girl.
    I will always remember her.
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Take care

  32. I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Gosh, your blog was one of the first ones I came across, and all your babies had such wonderful personalities. I cry tears of sadness, and tears of joy. Thank you for letting me and the rest of the blog world into your home and life. I will miss her a lot.


  33. Those are important words and I hope it is OK that I put them on my blog. To see Ammy's smiling face makes me smile inside too and of course her jokes were wonderful. So I am going to be happy sad and be kind and momma and Pea will do the same.


  34. I don't even know what to say. I can't even seen the screen through my tears. I am so sorry for your loss. I will do something kind for someone in her memory. I know we've never met, but I've known the AO4 online for so long now I love them like my own pups. Give the other guys a hug for me. My thoughts are with you guys during this difficult time.

  35. We too are sorry to read this post about your beautiful Ammy. We can imagine how much she is missed. In keeping with your request, we will do something to cheer up someone who needs it.

  36. We're so very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace dear Ammy. You're in our thoughts & prayers. Big "Hugs" to you all! Hope you running & playing with our Angel & Bandit!

  37. soft husky woooos, peace to you & godspeed dear Ammy, may your spirit find its way to the halls of Valhalla.

    RA & Isis

  38. Sending big smiles and soft purrs to your family. Your redhead's spirit lives on. xoxo

  39. Oh..mommy and i are soo saddened by this news..
    We share your loss and will light a candle for Ammy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    We will also miss her.
    Thank you for sharing her life with us, you are such an inspiration for us.
    Mom is all teary eyed again, God speed Ammy!
    We know you will be watching us from above!
    Maxx will miss your comments..

    Luv and hugs,

    Maxx and mommy

  40. Hi Ammy's family. I am very sorry for your loss. What a wonderful way to remember Ammy by. We can't have enough kindness in this world. Take care all, love Carol.

  41. We are all so sorry about Ammy. We know that she is at Rainbow Bridge running around with Aunty Ume and all our other furiends.

    Thank you for sharing her with us. She always made us smile with her beautiful smile and funny jokes!

    Hugs to you all!

    Mochi, Bali, and Sherri

  42. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family. Ammy is a dog that won't be forgotten. Her sweet smile, her good nature, when we hear a corny joke, when the weather catches our attention, we will think of her with love and warmth.

    All best wishes,
    Jo, Stella, and Ali Zophia

  43. I'm so sorry to read about Ammy. You, your husband, and the boys will all be in my thoughts. I'm sure Ammy's enjoying watching you all from the Bridge right now.

    Myndi, Snickers, and Ava

  44. We will miss Ammy. Our thoughts are with you all. *hugs

  45. We came from Mango's bloggy...

    Your Ammy was beautiful~
    Your words are beautiful written and I can hear you speak them...

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family~

    IzZY, Josie, TriXie and Anakin Man

  46. I am sorry, I don't even know what to say. Even though I've never met Ammy in person, I feel like I know her. She was my personal snow forcaster! You guys are in our prayers.
    Sending love and hugs to all of you,
    Twix (and Mom)

  47. It makes me so sad to think of your loss. I was at work earlier when I commented and when I saw the title of the post I knew I shouldn't read further, but I did, and how quickly the tears came. "Not Ammy" is all I could think of. You know she was my favorite and I'll miss her jokes and her smile. If you need anything please email me! I know the rainbow bridge will be full of smiles and laughter with Amber there because she brought so much joy while she was here. There was a beautiful sunset in Seattle tonight and Im sure meteorologist Ammy was there to light up our skies. Big big hugs to you.

  48. Anonymous10:47 PM

    AO4 Mom and family,
    We hope that it's OK if we be upbeat tomorrow but we just gotta be heartbroken tonight. Sure, we'll smile and laugh as we think of Ammy's antics and her weather prognostication skills (guessing?); she was very good at it. We will honor your wishes and keep a low profile but mom and dad said to tell you that they know what you're feeling now. We know that you'll all be Army Strong just like Ammy would want. She is such a beautiful girl and she was most loved and cared for soldier during her hitch at your post. A big Navy salute as Taps plays for your baby girl. May her star burn bright in the evening sky to navigate her way. Fair winds and following sea shipmate.
    Attention on deck.
    Now Hear This: Amber, departing. DING_DING, DING-DING, ..... DING.
    Now carry on.
    - Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Sophie, Shelby Belle, Jack, Abby, Max, Shiloh, Radar, Patti, Alex, Boru, Jenny and Gracie plus mom and dad.

  49. I am so sorry. May she rest in peace.

  50. I haven't been to your blog but can tell I missed out on knowing Ammy. She looks to have a soul that can rekindle anyone's heart and bring a smile in the worst of times. We hope to keep that in our hearts as well.


  51. I was truly saddened to read of beautiful Ammy's passing. We will do as she wishes, and we will pay it forward all of her kindness. Our thoughts go to the rest of the pack and the Hu-family. May Ammy be spreading her cheer and happiness to all those others across the Rainbow Bridge. We are thinking of you.

  52. Ammy would still want you to have a hug and a slurpy kiss. Consider yourselves slurped.

    Jed & Abby

  53. That is just so sad. You're in our thoughts.

  54. That's a tough call, you know how much I loved her. I don't mind being upbeat, after all I got two shouts of toast today from Misery and Master so that is a good start, but I will have to mention her at some point. Maybe when the sun is shining? :) (It's not today) Or when I make one of my unfunny jokes cos she was always kind enough to smile at them. You can let Misery know if that would be ok. Not yet of course, but a bit later on maybe?

    Misery sends her love to you all and I send little tiny Pippa kisses all round (even to Zim and Dave, ha-roo-ha)

    Pippa xx.

  55. I read about your loss on Mangos blog, I am so sorry you lost your sweet girl but your courage in your wishes for remembering your lovely lass in inspiring.
    Please know that you are in the thoughts, prayers and hearts of others

    With Love
    Momma Tea
    xx xx

  56. Anonymous6:45 AM

    OMD, I'm balling right now. I'm so sad, i know she doesn't want that but I can't help it. I'm incredibly broken hearted. for you and the dogs. I felt very close to Ammy and anyone can see the happiness she felt for life. Please accept my best wishes for you all as you transition through this phase.
    Much love to Ammy from Wild Dingo, Juno and Loki

  57. I am trying to be happy for her, but it is so hard. I am so sorry for losing her. She was such a great friend to us all. We love you so much.

    You will be so missed. We have all paws and hands and fingers crossed for pawsitive vibes to you all.

    Take care of each other and hold each other tight.

  58. We didn't know Amber, but read about her on Dexter's blog. She sounds terrific. We shall be kinder to each other and do something nice for someone today in her memory.

  59. Oh my word...I am shocked and sadly saddened. I really loved your sweet Ammy with her beautiful coat and warm eyes. I know I don't comment much, but I do follow you guys and will miss her sweet face. What an honour it is to have seen some of her life.
    I'm sending my sincerest condolences and yes, Kindness will prevail.
    Run Free, Sweet Ammy!
    With much love

  60. I'm so sorry that you had to say goodbye. May Stormy and the rest of the pack help your hearts heal.

    woof - Tucker

  61. Sweet Amber, what a beautiful girl both in looks and soul. We will keep good thoughts & pass on kindnesses. It is such a hard thing to have to let go of a loved "family" member. We are sorry for your loss.
    Love & hugs
    Ernie,Sasha,Chica & Mom Barb

  62. I is so so sorry to hear this. Mum's thoughts and prayers will be with you all as you get used to life without her. I know you said not to be sad so I will try really hard not to be and to do as you ask for Ammy. She was one of my favourite blog dogs and I will miss her. I know we will still get to see her smiling face on the blog and so I will hold onto that. I know she will be having such fun at the rainbow bridge.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  63. Oh my goodness - I'm SO shocked and sorry to hear about Ammy! We haven't been able to visit blogs much since end Dec as we've been moving interstate from Queensland to NSW and then staying in a B&B with poor internet while househunting - only just managed to find somewhere to rent with Honey last weekend! - so have been really out of touch with what's been happening with our blog friends. We're devastated by the news. We shall miss Ammy and her gorgeous smile terribly. But I think that your idea of her legacy - of smiling and making others happy - is the best way to honour her memory. We will be doing our best to remember Ammy that way every day!

    Thinking of you from far away-

    Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

  64. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Ammy, while I didn't know her it's always a sad time when one of furbabies crosses the bridge. We will keep you in our thoughts and I'll give my Kasha extra hugs tonight.

    Denise & Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

  65. That's a beautiful tribute for a beautiful girl!

  66. Oh my gosh. I am SO sorry to hear this. I have been reading about Ammy on blogs and was like oh man I hope that isn't the Ammy I know. What a beautiful post for her. If there is ANYTHING we can do for you, please let us know. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. I'm so sorry I missed this. :(

  67. Oh Sweet Ammy - Her gentle eyes & gentle soul are looking down on all of us at the bridge...

    We will make people smile & carry on her spirit..

    Run free sweet girl!

    Love & Licks,

  68. Sweet Ammy,
    I will twy to follow youw example and stay twoo to youw spiwit..My Daddi got good news today, it's been five yeaws since he got cancew and his tests have been cleaw evew since..I was in such a good mood..then I saw this..I'm twying, weally twying not to be sad, but I will miss youw sweet smile
    smoochie kisses and love to all who awe left behind

  69. Sad woofs, we are sooo very sorry for your loss..Our computer has been down since last Thursday..and while i was offline i kept worring about who was sick and who had crossed the bridge...and Ammy was not one i would have thought of..i loved reading her weather reports and she will for sure be missed by us out here in blogland...she knew she was loved..

    a sad,
    angel lacylulu
    and mama..

  70. Anonymous9:15 PM

    I am so so so saddened to hear this! You must be heartbroken! I read this on my phone in bed and couldn't help but to have to wipe away tears. I always look forward to your posts and we love Ammy's Weather updates and astronomy updates! :) Please give all your pack big big hugs from me and know that Amber is up with Chelsea and all the others who had to go home before her.
    Kylie's Mom

  71. I am so, so sorry to hear this. Sending a ton of love to you all from the Brats and I.

    Maryann :(

  72. I'm so sorry for your loss. Ammy will be dearly missed. And we will honor her as you have requested.

    -Liz, Fiona and Family

  73. We are so sorry to hear this, many hugs to you guys.

  74. :(

    We are just heart broken to read this.

    Thank you for sharing Ammy with us. We are honored to have known her.

    BIG hugs to you guys.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  75. I'm so sorry for your loss... I'll be looking out for the brightest star in the sky tonight. Run free, Ammy.

    We will honor Ammy as requested.

    Licks, hero

  76. I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of Ami's passing. I can't imagine what all of you are going through right now. AO4 was one of the very first DWB's I started reading, & always felt a close connection with Stormy, Zim, Dave & Ammy. I will miss her beautiful smiling face, & her funny jokes. I will do as you requested. Know you've touched so many of us, and that my thoughts & prayers are with you all.god Bless.

    diane & "Jack" kitty (Upstate NY)

  77. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. We wish that we knew something comforting to say to you and your family. It must be terrible, and yet, for the years you did have together, you were blessed. Much love...........

  78. There are no words to ease the pain of such a loss. But I am so sorry. I've been out of the blog world (been distracted by Remi's health issues), so just saw this post. I loved Ammy's smiles (and sense of humor). She'll forever be in our hearts and her spirit will live on in our memories.

  79. Anonymous8:51 PM

    Dearest Ao4,

    we are so sorry for your loss.
    we just loved Ammy; she generated so much happiness. We loved the comments she left on our blog and when it was Darcy's blog.
    We will miss her so.
    I do wish we had better words of comfort for all of you.
    sending you much love and thinking of dearest Ammy over the bridge,
    Digby and his peeps.
    Mr Darcy will surely be delighted to meet her xxx

  80. Oh, my doG! We are soooooo very sorry! Losing a furkid is one of the most painful losses a hooman can endure! Years ago, we found out that dogs grieve too. We will keep our paws crossed for all of woo and Ammy, we hope you are having a blast at the Rainbow Bridge with all of our buddies who went before you!

    Penny & Patches

  81. We are saddened to read of your loss.

    What a lovely way to celebrate her life spreading kindness.

    Run free with the wind in your face Ammy.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  82. We are saddened to read of your loss.

    What a lovely way to celebrate her life spreading kindness.

    Run free with the wind in your face Ammy.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  83. We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Ammy. You were very kind to let her go peacefully, and take the suffering on yourself. It is the toughest decision. I'm sure her gentle spirit is watching over you with love.

    Teddy, CC-man, T-man Angel and mom

  84. So sorry for your loss. The memories of the laughs and tears get you through.

    “Every time a dog of mine dies, it takes a piece of my heart with it. And each time I bring in a new dog, it gives me a piece of it’s heart. By the time I die, I believe my entire heart will be that of a dog’s.”

    "It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog that comes into my life gifts me a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and loving as they are."- Unknown

  85. Oh how we will all miss Ammy's weather predications and jokes. She had one of the sweetest siberian faces and smiles that I have ever seen, her happiness was contagious:)

    You well and truly earned your silver harness Amber, run free sweet girl and please give Princey a big hug for me.....I know he would have been waiting to great you when you arrived at the Bridge. What a wonderful angel your Mom, Dad, Storm, Zim and Dave now have watching over them!

    Aleeya and Team Husky

  86. I'm so sorry about the loss of your beautiful Amber. It sounds like she had a great personality. We will do as you request, and pass on kindness for Amber's honor.


    Mocha Barney, Ashley Pumpernickel and Winniechurchill

  87. Oh my, I am so sorry to hear this. :( She was one gorgeous pup, well loved and very missed. Run free north of the rainbow bridge sweet Ammy.

  88. We are so sorry to hear of your loss; our thoughts are with you all.


  89. Oh sweet Ammy. We are so sorry. Your smile and joy will continue, your spirit and beauty is all around. We loved your posts and will miss you.

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  90. Our thoughts are with you all, sorry to be so late in commenting but you know the reasons.

    Amber was a lovely, happy soul, and one of our first blogging friends, she always made us laugh with her jokes, and her beautiful nature shines through in all her photos.

    Much love, Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxx ps I think this is one of the most beautifully worded posts on the saddest of occasions I have ever read.

    Your friend, Jeannie xxxxxxx

    Dog Speed Sweet Amber across the Rainbow Bridge, the sunlit uplands will reflect her happy soul.

  91. Our apologies for not being able to comment earlier. We send you our hugs and prayers. Ammy's cheerful disposition always left a smile on our faces.
    We thank Amber for all the jokes and laughter she shared with us as we read her posts.
    We are with you in keeping her alive in our thoughts and we will always remember her when we see a bright star shining above us in the heavens.
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  92. Can you feel the love I have for you all the way in Kansas? I hope so. Ammy was such a blessing and I'm thankful you shared her with us.

  93. We were so sorry to hear of your loss of Amber. We found out about her when you left your post for us about our Sasha. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

    Our hearts go out to you.

    The Girlz (and Cache).

  94. We is so sorry to hear about Ammy. She was one furry special girl and we is sure she will be still watchin' ofur efurryone at the AO4 from above.

    Husky kisses,
    Biloxi, maw and sibersibs