2006 – MAY 17, 2017, 6:06 PM

Baxter died of kidney failure Wednesday evening.  I held him in my arms as he went painlessly, fearlessly and peacefully into that good night. If there is a literal heaven, then surely Bax passed through whatever doggie door there may be into that Eternity.

Much thanks to Muttville, Joe and Raphael for the gift of Bax. They saved him from premature death in a rescue that has a kill-policy. Muttville is an elder-dog rescue with a no-kill policy. They rock big time.

Much appreciation for Dr. Linda Hall of Peninsula Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Mateo for compassionate and professional care. We love her and recommend her without reservation.

We are fortunate to have Pet’s Rest Cemetary and Crematory available to us in this area. They also provided our family with gentle and respectful service when our feline family member, Gypsy Rose, died a while back. Javier is kind.

Our love and appreciation for professional jazz singer and world-class friend, Candice Hawley, for getting us back and forth to Linda Hall and Pet’s Rest and other related appointments and errands. Before we went in for our last visit with Dr. Hall, Candice took Bax’s paw and sent him off with a prayerful good-bye.

And most of all our love to my son, Richard, and my beautiful daughter-in-law – writer, blogger and photographer –  Karen Fayeth –  for loving Bax so much and having my back in this as in everything. ♥

I hope to return to email and Facebook and to my regular posting schedule on WordPress this Sunday with Sunday Announcements. Meanwhile thank you for the kind and understanding comments (here and Facebook) and for the messages and emails.


Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.
But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

– Anon


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Thanks to
Cindy Tailor for sending this cartoon. Sweet and it did make me smile. xo


  1. Thank you for sharing the adventure of your open heart in this beautiful relationship. Open hearts are vulnerable to pain, and I know yours hurts now, but they also teach and model necessary Truth. Your words and pictures made your friendship with Bax a living poem for your readers. I think that is what Art is, in its essence. Big hugs from my ❤ to yours, my friend.


  2. Oh, Jamie, I am so sorry to hear of Baxter’s demise. He seemed to come along at just the right time for you, he got you out every day to exercise him, and he was just the right size. He will be missed!

    I hope to see you soon. Love, Linda

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Jamie, I’m so sorry that your sweet Baxter has passed on but what a blessing for the two of you to have found one another at that time in his elder years. Love to both of your spirits that continue to shine.
    Gayle ❤

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  4. Dear Jamie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I still dream about the little foundling kitty I nursed from an eyedropper fifty years ago. These little fur people come into our lives for such a brief time, and live in our hearts forever.

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  5. I’m tearing all over my keyboard. I can relate only too well to your loss. The initial silence is deafening. We sometimes hear, see and sense our pets after they have crossed the rainbow bridge. I think that they come back in essence to make sure we are ok. I was totally devastated when my rotti died and after a week I initiated a ceremony to let her go. She did and her fleeting image that had been appearing to me moved on. Baxter will join Hannah, Tippi, Jaya, Mirabai, Sachi, Puddy, Hari Giri and Sunshine. We are all sending you and Bax so much love.

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