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eastern sierra, october 2004

We said good-bye to our sweet Kaweah pup this morning. She had a good long run of it – over 15 years. In those 15 years and 7 months, Kaweah taught me so much about life and what really matters. We are sad to let her go, but grateful for the privilege to have loved and cared for such a wonderful companion. Jeremy and I always joked that she wasn’t a Good Dog (e.g. she stood and stared at you when you said “come”), but a Sweet Dog. Today, we agreed that she wasn’t a Good Dog, but The Best Dog.

Be at peace, little girl. You’re free now.

313 nibbles at “kaweah”

  1. DeeDee says:

    I am so very sorry for your hearts. Our pets are such a part of our lives. Kaweah was the luckiest pup.
    Much love to you and Jeremy.

  2. Rosa says:

    Oh no! I am ever so sorry for your loss. Kaweah was a sweet dog.



  3. Sara says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I love your blog and loved your stories about your sweet pup. Rest in peace, Kaweah.

  4. Jenny Pittsburgh says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss…no matter how long they’re with us, it’s never enough. Godspeed Kaweah. And peace to you.

  5. selina says:

    My heart aches for you and Jeremy, Jen. She was a good and sweet dog – The Best and The Luckiest. *sooooo many hugs*

  6. Melissa says:

    I wish I had some means to help you bear this burden of loss. I have been dreading this day from afar, my friend. I love you. I loved her. I send you and Jeremy all my deepest sympathies today.

  7. Jen C says:

    Jen and Jeremy,
    I am heartbroken for you. Kaweah meant so much to both of you, I can’t imagine the heartache you have. Know that she is running free, tongue wagging, tail wagging, happy as can be.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Oh Jen. I’m so sorry. Rest peacefully, sweet Kaweah. May you and Jeremy be comforted.

  9. IlinaP says:

    So sorry for your loss. Furry family members are the best.

  10. aphextwinz says:

    :( All my heart is with you and Jeremy. And all my tears are for K. She has a super life and was a super dog. Sincerely, be strong. She will miss us. (you don’t know us, we follow all of you from a lot of time, from Romania). Hugs.

  11. Thekitchwitch says:

    The tears are streaming down my face. I know what a monumental loss this is to you and Jeremy. Much love to you, Jen.

  12. Maho says:

    Oh Jenny, I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
    Kaweah was indeed a lucky dog to be able to live her life to the fullest. At this time, I know there are no words that can offer comfort, but my thoughts are with you and Jeremy.

  13. ro says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. Like others, I’ve been dreading this day. I hope you and Jeremy are able to take comfort in each other and also in the fact that you two gave her such an amazing life. Much love from New Mexico.

  14. Denise says:

    “Not a Good Dog, but a Sweet Dog” – I love that. And so true. We don’t love dogs for their strict adherence to obedience. We love them for the way they bring a delightful chaos into our lives, their endearing optimism and good humor (even after they’ve been naughty), their incredible hearts, and even the way they break our hearts at their passing, because we learn how open and strong our hearts can be. Love to you guys – xoxo

  15. Karen says:

    Kaweah was such a regular and wonderful presence on your blog – I can’t imagine how much more sweet she would have been in real life. Take care.

  16. Kat says:

    Lots and lots of love to you and Jeremy! I’m so happy I got to snuggle with Kaweah. XO!!!!

  17. Bridget says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. You guys did so good by her, she had an amazing life with you.

  18. Caroline says:

    So so sorry for your loss :'( She seemed to be the sweetest dog indeed and she had an absolutely amazing life. You are in my thoughts, I know how difficult it is to lose a much-loved pet. Lots of hugs from Switzerland.

  19. SAJ says:

    Nothing to say other than that I am sorry.
    Love, Stephen
    Take your time.

  20. Victoria says:

    As I read about Kaweah’s passing today silent tears slide down my face, and who should pad over quietly to lean into me, gently wagging her tail, and giving tender kisses of comfort? My golden retriever girl, Annabelle. We are better for having been loved by a dog.

  21. Jesse says:

    I’ve been dreading this post. They always give us longer than we think, but it’s never nearly long enough. Thinking of you both and Kaweah. She was so beautiful.

  22. Amy says:

    So very sorry for your loss – I know she was a special part of your family.

    I always loved seeing pictures of her. She reminds me so much of my sweet Bubba who looks very much like her.

  23. Lisa says:

    Jen, there is no words can comfort you when you lost a loved one. Kaweah had a good life with you and Jeremy. Now she is in peace. Hope that time will help you heal the sorrow. We are always there for you.

  24. Sarah says:

    I’m so sorry. This part is so very hard. Love to you during this difficult time.

  25. amy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was clearly loved and it showed through your entries and your writing. Thinking of you guys.

  26. donaji says:

    I’m so sorry four your loss, Kaweah always shined in your photos, it was evident she has a happy and very loved dog.

  27. Kristin says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, Jen & Jeremy. It’s definitely better to have a sweet dog than a good dog. Lots of love to both of you at this difficult time.

  28. Megan K says:

    I am a long-time reader (and a sort-of local – I live in Denver!) but I don’t think I have ever commented before. Your posts about Kaweah (especially her birthday posts) were always my favorite. I am SO SORRY for your loss! How upsetting, but what a WONDERFUL life she had with you and Jeremy. She was a lucky girl!

  29. Karen says:

    Thank you, thank you for sharing all the beautiful Kaweah stories with us. What a truly wonderful life she lived and we will all miss her.

    Tears are fulling here as I am sending hugs to you………

  30. GwenO says:

    Tears in my eyes again this year for a beloved dog lovingly and gracefully nurtured through old age until we know it is their time to say goodbye to us. Our Toby left us in January at age 15.5 and surely has welcomed Kaweah in dog heaven today. Your photos and stories of dear Kaweah will comfort you and Jeremy forever. Blessings and love to both of you.

  31. kellypea says:

    Sweet, sweet photo of you and your Kaweah. Understand your loss and sending healing energy your way.

  32. Jo says:

    Oh I am so very sad to read this. I am so sorry for your loss. She will always be with you, in your hearts and memories of so many special times. Big love.

  33. Amanda says:

    It’s been such a joy to read the stories and see the pictures you’ve shared about Kaweah over the years. My heart goes out to you and Jeremy.

  34. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    Hugs to you and Jeremy.

  35. Vicky says:

    I dreaded the day when this would happen and I would find this post in lieu of a daily wonderful recipe. I’ve loved all of your Kaweah stories on this blog. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope that with time, it will dull the pain of this loss. Lots of love to you.

  36. JC says:

    At time like this, I believe in heaven, and you will meet again there.

  37. Kim says:

    I’m so sorry. I know how painful this can be; I lost my own heart dog a little less than a year ago. She runs with Orion’s pack, now, and lives on in your heart. Many blessings to you both.

  38. Phyllis says:

    She knew she was loved.

  39. Donna says:

    Hugs to you and Jeremy. Thank you for sharing Kaweah with us these past years, we are all richer for having known her.

  40. Holly says:

    Love you both. Kaweah was The Best Dog for sure! I’m so glad she was able to have you for her family!

  41. Lee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to share in how much you loved her.

  42. Noriko says:

    My heart goes out to you and Jeremy for the passing of The Best Dog Ever. Our sweet canine companions are so dear and special and their passing is bittersweet. How wonderful that you were able to spend so many beautiful years with Kaweah and chronicle them in both your memory and incredible photographs. Blessings to you both and I will light a candle for her and her many pals over the Rainbow Bridge.

  43. Melanie says:

    I am so so sorry for you Jen and Jeremy. No words can help you at this time but please know I am sending hugs to you both. xoxoxo hugs!!!

  44. Sheryl says:

    Thank you for sharing Kaweah with us. Hugs, Jen.

  45. Roberta says:

    Your stories about Kaweah always touched me. I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain, but sadly, no words can do that. I’m so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

  46. Diana says:

    Our pups’ lives are never long enough, but we are thankful for all the love that they have given us. My thoughts are with you and Jeremy…love to you both.

  47. Laura says:

    Aw geez. I’m so sorry to hear it. :(

  48. casey says:

    So incredibly sorry. She was as lucky to have you as you were to have her. Take solace in the fact that you were not Good People, you were The Best people.

  49. Kel says:

    She went in her time. You have so many lovely pictures and memories of her!

  50. Caramelia says:

    I am so so so sorry about your loss. Long long years ago, I stumbled upon your blog because of one of Kaweah’s puppy pictures … and I’ve loved your blog and your pup and the way you write ever since.

    I dreaded this day … sitting here, across the ocean, crying over a dog I never met in person, but felt I knew well – and loved her …

  51. Dianne says:

    I have never felt as connected to a pet I didn’t know as I did to Kaweah. I haven’t been a reader for that long but your blog is the one I turn to every day. Although I understand the inevitability of death I also know how heartbreaking it is to lose a constant companion. I will continue to think of her running free. My recent losses convince me that death frees us to remember loved ones in their prime and to never lose them through our memories. My heart goes out to you both.

  52. Shirley says:

    Oh wow, tears are welling up in my eyes. So so sad. She was such a cute dog. You were great parents to Kaweah and she had a wonderful life with you and Jeremy.

  53. Jan says:

    So sorry for your loss – I know Kaweah will always live in your hearts. Such a lovely dog.

  54. Grace Boyle says:

    Sorry to hear it. Sounds like she lived a very full and happy life.

  55. Stefanie says:

    Hi-so sad to learn of K.’s passing. Thinking of you during this time.

  56. Chef V says:

    Oh No!! I am so sorry for this loss, please convey the same to Jeremy, it was just wonderful looking at Kaweah and listiening to funny things she did over the years. ((((BIG HUGS)))) to you both. Your Friend, Chef V

  57. Judy says:

    Very sad to hear this. You and Jeremy were the absolute best doggie parents. I hope she gets to meet up with my girl.

  58. Kieran says:

    Thank you for sharing some of Kaweah with us over the years. She seemed like such a spirited, content, and well-loved dog. I’ll send comforting thoughts to you and Jeremy on what I can only imagine is a heartbreaking period.

  59. Mary says:

    Oh no.. I’ve been dreading this post. You’ve given my hubby and I so much vicarious lab love after our family lab unexpectedly passed away. Thank you for sharing your beloved girl. You’ll be on our minds and in our hearts.

  60. Chatelaine says:

    I’m so very sorry for you loss of sweet Kaweah. You wrote of her often and I felt like I knew her as much as I knew you, but what I did know was that you and Jeremy loved her fiercely and she in return did too. Hold on to all of your amazing memories. The life you gave Kaweah and the one she gave you in return is a precious treasure.

  61. hungry dog says:

    My heart is breaking for you. I too have been dreading the day I would see this post–and I have never met you or Kaweah. But, I know exactly what you are going through–no matter how long you have with them, it’s never enough. I thought I would die when I lost my 15 year old lab. But, it gets better, eventually. You gave her the best possible life and she gave you everything she had in return. Sending you lots of love from California.

  62. Sara says:

    Labs are the best…it’s so hard to let them go. She lived a long, happy awesome life of hiking with you (and probably eating quite a few leftovers) and every dog would want that. Sorry for your loss.

  63. Pearl says:

    Oh Jen, I’m so sorry; I am a long time reader and after I stopped blogging, your blog was one of those that I continued to follow. I am so sorry for your loss. You and Jeremy loved Kaweah and that love was obvious in every word that you published.

    I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of you and Jeremy.

    – Pearl

  64. Brianne says:

    Sending warm thoughts to you. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet, sweet pup.

  65. Kate says:

    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Kaweah was beloved here among your longtime readers. I will miss seeing pictures of her and reading about her quirky puppy behavior.

    Sending you and Jeremy warm thoughts and best wishes.

  66. Tatjana says:

    Embracing you and Jeremy in thoughts. Good bye sweet Kaweah, now you are a free Spirit somewhere else.
    I have two flatcoated retrievers, and know, one day they have to go too…..
    Thank you for sharing your wonderfull blog and now your hurt with us.

  67. Michelle N. says:

    It’s so painful when we have to let go of our four-legged loved ones! Thank you for letting us say goodbye to her; for the last few months I’ve definitely been visiting just to check in on how she was doing. She was such a lucky pup to have you two.

  68. Samantha says:

    I am so sorry. My best wishes and thoughts go out to you and Jeremy right now. I also had to say goodbye to my dog of 16 1/2 years recently, and I still think about him every day.

  69. Anne says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Her life was clearly filled with love.

  70. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary says:

    I know this pain too well. I lost my pup a few years back and it still stings. I was at my friends house for lunch and I opened up Facebook and saw the link to this post. We both cried while her big golden thumped her tail on the floor. Too bad we can’t love them longer. I’m so sorry.

  71. Jen says:

    My heart goes out to you and Jeremy. To experience such wholehearted love and happiness and be able to give it in return without reservation is truly a gift. Thank you for letting your readers share in the joy of knowing Kaweah.

  72. Andrea Meyers says:

    I remember she was such a sweetheart. Hugs to you both.

  73. Paige says:

    I am so sorry. I knew the day was coming and dreading it on your behalf, though she had a long and wonderful life. I’ve followed this blog for a long time (in great part because of Kaweah), but have never commented before. I feel like I knew her. My black lab, Smitti, and I will be sending you our good thoughts.

  74. Ethel says:

    I am so so sorry. When my “the best dog” passed, I felt better knowing that she was romping and running now like a puppy. And that I’ll see her again. I wish you comfort and peace in your mourning.

  75. Kathy says:

    What a hard day for you and for Jeremy. Wishing you both peace and love.

  76. Larisa says:

    I’m so sorry. I’ve loved reading about Kaweah, and I’ve been dreading this day for you.

  77. Cookin Canuck says:

    Oh Jen, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your sweet girl and how much she meant to you. Seeing pictures of her always made me happy. You and Jeremy are in my thoughts.

  78. Caroline says:

    Jen, I’m so sorry. Kaweah was so sweet – I loved reading about her and all the fun you’ve had together.

  79. Kris says:

    God, I’m so sorry. It was always so nice to see her here – she seemed like such a sweetheart. It looked like you guys gave her a great life.

  80. Marin says:

    I loved following Kaweah out here in the ether. Thanks for sharing her, and so sorry for the empty space.

    Peace. XOXO

  81. Charlie says:

    Long time reader, sharing in your pain. Our 12.5 year old Black Lab Rosie is coming to her own crossroads leaving us faced with our own difficult decision… Very sorry for your loss.

  82. Nina says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and my eyes are welling up with tears as I write this. Kaweah was such a beautiful and sweet soul , I will miss her terribly. She may not be with us here but she remains in our hearts forever. 4BThinking of you on this difficult day. Hugs xx

  83. Jessica says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You gave her such a wonderful life and she isn’t in pain anymore.

  84. kia says:

    I am sorry for you loss. She seemed like a sweet pup who added to many happy times as part of your family.

  85. sammy says:

    Oh gosh…I’m so very sorry you lost her. Actually, I almost feel that Kaweah belonged to all of us as you were generous enough to share her joys and sorrows. Thanks for spreading the love.

  86. Jie says:

    I’ve been reading the blog for 5 years, thanks for sharing the happy moments of Kaweah with us. Reading this made me so so sad. But she’s in a happy angel puppy place now! Rest in peace little Kaweah!!! She lived such an amazing and happy life. She’s been so luck to have you and Jeremy as parents! And you guys are even luckier to have her as a good company for a good 15.5 years! Now she can run happily in the heaven and one day, she will meet everyone again!

  87. Y says:

    The sweetest dog. So sorry to read about her passing.

  88. Courtney says:

    Awww, I will miss seeing pictures of her on your blog, but I am glad she is in peace now. After some time passes, do you think you and Jeremy might consider getting a new dog?

  89. Susanne says:

    Best girl ever. XOXO…

    Hugs from Pittsburgh.

  90. Kelley says:

    Oh, Jen. What a good life you all had together for those 15 years. You documented her decline with such obvious love and respect for her. I’m holding you and J in my heart. Big hugs.

  91. Naomi says:

    I’m so, so sorry. Kaweah has been the animating spirit of this blog for me and I know it must be devastating to lose her. Sending love to you and Jeremy today.

  92. Megan says:

    So sorry to hear, Jen! She’s running her own marathon and swimming in plenty of lakes up there now, though. Hang in there.

  93. Magpie says:

    Love @ peace to you both.

  94. Melissa @ acozybee says:

    My heart began to break when I read the title of your post. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My husband once asked what kind of dog I’d like, I opened your blog and said, “This dog.” She was a beauty. Thanks for sharing her life with us.

  95. Dar says:

    I’m so sorry. I loved reading about her and seeing her sweet face on your blog. My heart goes out to you and Jeremy.

  96. Cathy says:

    Am so very sorry and saddened for your loss. I love reading your blog and you sharing Kaweah stories – thank you for sharing a part of your lives with us. I feel like I’ve gotten to know her so well and my heart just breaks for you and Jeremy. Dogs bring us so much happiness and joy and hope you feel assured knowing you gave her the most amazing life! Please know that you are in my thoughts and I will miss sweet Kaweah as well.

  97. Jack says:

    The best dog indeed. My sympathy — even when we know we’ll have to say goodbye soon, when it happens it’s still so painful. Thank you so much for sharing her with all of us.

  98. Nikki@doctorsliferecipe says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that !! She was part of all the readers dog too !! I’m sharing your feelings deeply !!

  99. Kath the Cook says:

    big tears. What a sad day this is for you. But you have wonderful memories and she had a wonderful and adventurous life.

  100. Amy says:

    Hi, dear friend. We lost our little dog, Bailey, last week to an kind of immune deficiency disease that took her away in just 2.5 weeks. She was just 3.5 years old. She suffocated from her own lung muscles collapsing. I know that Bailey and Kaweah are playing ball together. Kaweah had an amazing life. I remember the joy of her arrival and have watched your love affair with her ever since. It was a beautiful friendship. Hugs and lots of good cries for you and Jeremy.

  101. Stacey says:

    My deepest condolences to you and Jeremy. There is nothing that I can say that would help to fill that empty void her beautiful presence and love once filled, so I’ll leave you with a poem:

    Rainbow Bridge, Inspired by a Norse Legend:

    “By the edge of a wood, at the foot of a hill
    is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
    Where the friends of man and woman do run,
    when their time on earth is over and done.

    For here, between this world and the next,
    is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play,
    till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

    No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
    for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
    Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
    their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

    They romp through the grass, without even a care,
    until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
    All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
    then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

    For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
    Together again, both person and pet.
    So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
    the time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart,
    has turned into joy once more in each heart.
    They embrace with a love that will last forever,
    and then, side-by-side, they cross over…together.”

  102. Jen says:

    I know nothing I can write can make this easier for you two. But, know I’m thinking of you all and wish you all well–you, Jeremy, and Kaweah–as you weather this change. Kaweah was beautiful, and your affection for her apparent. I’ve read daily hoping (foolishly, I know) that this notice wouldn’t come. I’m hugging my own pup a little tighter tonight in her memory. My sincere condolences.

  103. Annie says:

    What a sad day. This is the hardest part of sharing life with a dog. The house seems so empty without them. Hang in there. Love and hugs from here.

  104. Mollie says:

    Oh Jen– Sending so much love and so many butt wiggles your way. You loved well and true.

  105. Judy says:

    So so sorry for your loss. But it’s just because these dogs are so loved and love us so much that makes it so hard to let go. May your wonderful memories bring you peace.

  106. Mô Gribel says:

    I’m so, so, really so sorry for your lost.
    I know how you loved she and how she made you happy.
    And now, she’ll shine like a star, bringing light for you and love, for ever…

    What a sad day…


  107. Mrs Ergül says:

    hugs hugs hugs

  108. John says:

    I am so sorry to read about Kaweah. I know how much you loved her, and although you prepared yourself for her departure as best you could, your heart must surely ache. I’ve had that experience often enough with pets of my own, I know how that feels. I wish you love, sunlight, and peace in your hearts. You surely know that no one could have given your pup a better life or more love than you two did.

  109. Chris says:

    We had our wonderful Emma, a standard cockapoo, for eight years. My husband worked from home and she was his work buddy, his shadow. A year after she died, he joined her on the rainbow bridge. I miss them both every single day. My heart goes out to you and your loss.

  110. Jillian says:

    All pups have beautiful souls, but black labs’ are special, and Kaweah’s was (is) extraordinary. You were lucky to have her, she was lucky to have you, and we are lucky to have gotten to know her through you. Thanks for letting her be part of our lives. Hope you find comfort.

  111. Collette says:

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Over a decade later, we still miss our Bucky but can look at the memories with joy.

  112. Kimberly says:

    Jen: I am so sorry for your loss.

  113. rebecca samson says:

    Sending the best thoughts to you and Jeremy. Kaweah was a great, great dog and you are so blessed to have such an amazing photographic history of your lives together.

  114. Jennifer says:

    Jen & Jeremey – I am so sorry for your loss. She really did seem like the best dog – I loved reading posts of her, and cheered each extra month you celebrated her life. Your amazing photography will provide a lifetime of memories of her.

  115. Tanya says:

    oh no, so so sorry for your loss. it is so hard to lose a beloved pet. i loved reading your posts about Kaweah, you were such good pet parents to her. sending you and Jeremy lots of love and big hugs.

  116. Christine says:

    I cried when I realized what this post was about. I’ve watched you and Jeremy care for Kaweah from afar for years now and though I constantly expected (and dreaded) to hear it, it is still such a deep loss. RIP Kaweah, you were loved by many.

  117. Christina says:

    So sorry for your loss. May your many years of happy, loving memories together provide you comfort.

  118. Katie says:

    Oh the feeling at the bottom of my stomach when I saw the title of this post.

    Thank you for being so sweet to Kaweah. I’ve been reading your blog since my undergrad days and I don’t think it would be silly to say that your posts about Kaweah made me realize how much I wanted a pup of my own. I have two adorable, stinky, playful dogs now. We make them the treat recipes on your blog and they absolutely love them. Sending you and all of your loved ones so much love. Thank you for showing her love, letting her show you love, and sharing a peek of that with us.

  119. Amy says:

    So sorry for your loss. RIP, Kaweah.

  120. Melinda says:

    Somehow, knowing the day will soon come doesn’t really make it any easier. Thinking if you and grateful for the way you shared your sweet Kaweah with the world. You and she have touched so many hearts!

  121. Sandra says:

    Heartbroken for your loss. I am so sorry. I love your recipe posts but I always especially looked forward to your beautiful photos and stories of Kaweah. It was hard not to fall in love with her.

  122. christina says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always loved when your posts featured her, especially her birthday posts.

  123. Pey-Lih says:

    I am SO sorry to hear that sad news about your furry kiddo!!! You are right….she is the BEST dog! Thank you for sharing her with us.

  124. Linda says:

    I’ve been dreading this day and this post. My heart is aching and tears are running down my cheeks. My love to you both.

  125. Abbe @ This is How I Cook says:

    We lost our George in February. We are still grieving. I only hope that Kaweah knows how much joy she gave all of us. Hugs to you both, Abbe

  126. Louise says:

    I’m so very, very sorry. I have always felt that I knew your sweet pup, and am deeply saddened by her passing. Thinking of you both

  127. Ruth says:

    I have tears coming down my face, your loss is painful to everyone that admires and has been close to you through use real butter through so many years… I hope you find comfort in knowing you were the best mom she could have possibly had. She was a great friend and an amazing dog, she’s in dog heaven, gone but never forgotten…

  128. Alisa says:

    Very sorry for your sad loss. Thank you for sharing her with us – I will dearly miss her too.

  129. Sabi says:

    Our pets do not live long enough. Despite her good run, it is so difficult to say goodbye when so embedded in our lives. Many sweet thoughts of your pup remain in our minds and hearts and may our collective mourning help you through your loss.

  130. Natalie S says:

    Thank you so much for sharing stories and pictures of your baby girl with us over the years. I’m so sorry for your loss, thinking about all three of you.

  131. Mari@OnceUponaPlate says:

    My heart is with you, Jen and Jeremy. Kaweah was blessed to be a part of your family. Thanks to you, she had a great life. I feel and understand your sorrow as we had to say goodbye to our beloved Black Lab in February, the pain is still fairly raw. I know she will remain in your hearts forever, they are such sweet little souls. Bless you for inviting her into your family and sharing so much joy with her! xo

  132. Carol says:

    Lucky Kaweah, to have been so very loved. I’m betting that she knew that.

  133. Julie says:

    This makes my heart very sad. Your Kaweah was the most loved, cared for and adored pup–that has long been evident in your stories and photographs. She was as lucky to have you and Jeremy and you were to have her for the last 15+ years. Much love to your family.

  134. Leslie says:

    This is the deal we make with our dogs/cats….that we will mostly outlive them. But I don’t let that stop me because they have always impressed me with their unconditional love. I look forward to that day when I leave this world to see and greet all my animal friends in a new and more perfect world. You have both been good pet parents. Kaweah is waiting for you.

  135. Katherine says:

    So sorry for your loss :(

    I have loved getting to know Kaweah through your blog and will miss seeing your sweet pup dearly.

  136. Laura DD says:

    Sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is :(
    Hugs from France.

  137. Rita says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    RIP Kaweah puppy girl

  138. JJ says:

    I cried reading this post. Kaweah will be incredibly missed. My heart goes out to you and Jeremy. You guys were amazing parents to Kaweah and I enjoyed every post with her. Thanks for sharing her life with us. May your pain be eased knowing you and Jeremy provided the best for her and she lived a very happy, full life.

  139. Barbara says:

    May all your lovely memories of The Best Dog heal your hearts, Jen and Jeremy.

  140. Holly says:

    When I saw the title to this post, I knew it would be the good-bye that I was dreading to read about. I burst into tears just seeing the photo of you hugging your sweet girl. It was so obvious how much you and Jeremy loved and cherished Kaweah. It also brings back the pain of losing my own most precious canine companion, Fuji, over a year ago. She was the most wonderful friend I ever had, although I only had her for four years. Take comfort in knowing that you gave Kaweah the best possible life.

  141. Erin says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kaweah. I’ve been following your adventures together for years now, and always enjoyed seeing her canine self.
    I’m not ashamed to admit that I burst into tears at work when I read this.

    Your furbaby wasn’t a good dog. She was definitely the best dog, and there is never a doubt that was well loved and had an amazing life.

  142. Marina Douglas says:

    So sorry to hear about Kaweah, may she rest in peace. She had a good life with you and I will miss her pictures. From Holland I wish you strength.

  143. kathleen says:

    rest in peace … good dog
    we will miss you

  144. juneberry says:

    You have immortalized her in print and pictures so beautifully. I am so sorry for the loss of your good and sweet Kaweah!

  145. Margaret says:

    It’s never easy to let them go but you have an amazing documentation of her life so that she will be with you forever. Bless you for realizing it was time for her to go– she is in doggie heaven with the rest of them who run and play endlessly!

  146. Marcia says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet Kaweah, I’m really really sorry… She was loved in every way and every single second of her life and she’s always knew that. What a great life! May the best memories with her bring you and Jeremy some comfort. We will all miss her too. Sleep in peace, little Kaweah…

  147. farmerpam says:

    So sorry for your loss, she was a much loved pup, not just you and Jeremy, she had a large fan base of her own. We’ll miss the pictures and updates. Again, so sorry to hear.

  148. Charlie says:


    I am so sorry you have lost your friend and companion.

    It is always hard to let them go.

    Praying for you and Jeremy.


  149. debbie says:

    I am so very sorry Jen. I’ve been following your blog for about 6 years and loved all the stories and pics of Kaweah. I have a lump in my throat and holding back tears. Having lost my chihuahua back in April I know your pain well. Sending you a virtual hug and hoping you find comfort in all your wonderful memories.

  150. Joyce says:

    May your hearts be comforted as you pass through this time of loss of one so much your precious child-best friend-dog. They are our children for sure and we love them so much, and our lives are forever richer for having had them be such a huge part of it. Our hearts are with you!

  151. Linda says:

    I’ve grown to know Kaweah through your posts and love her because you’ve made her so real for me and I love dogs. I had my own cherished Lab Baily grow old and I still miss her every day. I have tears streaming as I type this. It took me quite a while, but I now have beautiful Sophie to play in the woods with. Just as you knew when Kaweah’s time was, you’ll know when it is your time to love a new pup.

  152. Debra says:

    Jen and Jeremy: it is with sad heart that I write this note to you. I always enjoyed all of the Kaweah stories and am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful pup. I hope you just keep all of the great times shared with her in your hearts.

  153. Karli says:

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news.
    Thank you for sharing Kaweah and her beautiful photographs with us.
    She brought joy and happiness to us all.
    Sending you lots of love from South Africa.

  154. Barb says:

    To love a dog is truly one of life’s greatest privilege. Kaweah will always be with you – place your hand over your heart and you will feel her there always. Thank you for sharing her with us over all these years. It is obvious that we love her too.

    Peace and blessing to you both.

  155. Viva says:

    Hi Jen,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose them but they seem to always come to us when we need them the most. We had so much fun with our collar contest and she looked beautiful in her daisy one. Thanks so much for sharing that time with us.

  156. Marissa Drake says:

    May we all be treated with such kindness and compassion. Your love for her taught us all. Blessing and light

  157. steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen says:


    I am so sorry to hear this. My heart sank when I read this post. I hope you and Jeremy are doing alright. I feel lucky to have read about and seen Kaweah’s life through the blog; she added so much happiness to my day and I hope she continues to add happiness to yours.


  158. Kath says:

    I had come to love Kaweah through your blog and your gorgeous photos of her. For the last few months when I’ve seen a new post from Use Real Butter I’ve wondered if it would have news about how Kaweah was doing. What a special companion she was! I am so, so sorry for your loss. She did have a long wonderful life, but it’s still hard.

  159. Fran says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Hugs to you and Jeremy.

  160. Jane says:

    I’ve been a lurker for years and wanted to say how deeply saddened I am for your loss. It was a real joy to see her every week. My prayers are with you and Jeremy.

  161. angelitacarmelita says:

    Quiet tears are streaming down my face. As soon as I saw the name of this post, I knew. I hesitated to open it because as soon as I did, I knew it would be true. My heart ache’s for you and Jeremy. You were blessed with a wonderful companion, and I know as sad as you both are, that you are also at peace, because she is. I will hold you in my thoughts and my heart as the days go by and you try to adjust to the quietness. Much love to you both.

  162. Sherry says:

    I’m so sorry for the lost of your baby girl.

  163. lilly says:

    rest in peace sweet Kaweah, and angel watching over Jenny and Jeremy…

  164. Sherry says:

    I’m so very sorry for the lost of your baby girl, as you let us share in her life I say she was a great girl and lucky to have you and her Daddy as she aged

  165. kelly gearity says:

    Our thoughts are with you. She was such a great dog.

  166. Jean says:

    Like many others I have not been looking forward to this post. I am so sorry to hear of Kaweah’s passing. She was, as we say at our house, a fine dog. Wishing you both peace.

  167. Suzy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a member of your family is so hard. You try to prepare yourself, you know its coming but it is still the biggest stab in the heart. Gentle hugs to you and Jeremy. Run free, sweet, sweet Kaweah. re2R

  168. Jean says:

    So very very sorry.

  169. Sandra says:

    Oh no . . . I am so sorry for your loss. My eyes are welling up tears as I type. My furbaby turned 15 today and I dread the day I must give her back.

  170. Cindi says:

    Oh Jen, tears for you and Jeremy. She had such a blessed life with you two but I know how hard it is to let them go… love to you…

  171. Shari Q. says:

    Jen & Jeremy, I know your heartache and am so sorry for your loss. My sweet Suzy was 13. You took such wonderful pictures of Kaweah so you have a lot of memories to reflect back to. I enjoyed Kaweah so much because she reminded me of my Suzy.
    Hugs to you both in this difficult time. I’ll Miss You Kaweah!

  172. Song says:

    I have followed your blog for several years now and have never commented always admiring your talent and loving Kaweah from afar. Lately I have come to your blog to see updates on how Kaweah is doing and when I saw your post title, I just knew. I’m so sorry. Losing a pet is just like losing a family and I tear up just thinking about how much you guys are missing her. But she seems like she had many happy times and she lived many happy doggy years. This is a huge internet heartfelt hug from a devoted reader and fellow pet owner. I hope and pray Kaweah is at peace now!

  173. Christina says:

    Having read your blog for years, I greatly enjoyed reading posts about Kaweah and have seen how special she is to both you and Jeremy. I am very sorry for your loss.

  174. Liz Tsuji says:

    So sorry to hear this. Kaweah lived a long and happy life with much love and caring bestowed on her. Still it’s a heartbreaking loss. You can cherish the many sparkling memories you have and have shared with your many fans. You’ve made us all into Kaweah fans, not to mention Colorado fans, and great food fans.

  175. Denise Dewire says:

    Jen and Jeremy – What wonderful parents you were to Kaweah. I am so sorry for your loss of you beautiful doggy. May your cherished memories help ease your pain.

  176. Aileen says:

    Dear Kaweah’s Mom –

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful pup. We too lost our very favorite chocolate lab last year. We miss him dearly and won’t even try to replace the “perfect dog” that he was. I think of him every day. The floors are full of crumbs without our Rex to follow behind us. May your memories be dear and plentiful.

  177. Genna S says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was very sorry to hear of this, my heart breaks for you. Thank you for all of your loving care of her and taking the time to learn the life lessons she taught you. I am happy you have so many wonderful memories of shared times with her and that you shared some of them with us your public. This month seems to be a time of cycles ending / new beginnings as I too have lost members of my fur-amily one ancient and one youngster. They will always be missed and loved. Blessings to you.ga7

  178. jill says:

    I believe in the rainbow bridge. special hugs for you and yours. xo

  179. Amy D. says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. As a fellow pet-owner, I’ve enjoyed reading about Kaweah over the years. You and Jeremy gave her such a wonderful, love-filled life.

  180. Kittie says:

    Sending much love your way. It’s heartbreaking that we live so much longer than our furry family members. Kaweah was amazing, I loved reading about her during the week, and laughing when she did things my dogs do. <3

  181. Laura says:

    My deepest condolences and sympathy. It’s one of the deepest pains, to lose an animal companion. But, I couldn’t imagine life without them. It’s cheesy, but I do take solace in The Rainbow Bridge during those times. Thoughts are with you!

  182. Valerie Griswold says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Kaweah with all of us. I’ve been a reader since I moved to Colorado 2 years ago and all the content and recipes are beyond amazing, but I keep coming back for the Kaweah story lines, they always brighten my day. She has a beautiful soul and what a blessing to have all those years of companionship. I feel the same way about my little beagle and I can imagine I’ll be writing similar words 10 years from now about her. What a life to have lived and shared. Animals truly make us better people.

  183. elaine says:

    i’m so sorry for your loss! i have been following your blog for some time now and loved hearing stories of kaweah, i have to admit i cried when i heard the news. i gave my own pup a little extra love tonight. thank you for sharing her stories with us

  184. Antonio De Rosa says:

    So sorry to read about your loss. Having a wonderful dog in my own family, I know how much they enrich our lives. Be at peace, sweet Kaweah. Know that you touched people’s lives as far away as Madrid, Spain.

  185. Kirsten says:

    So sorry for your loss. I’ve been following your (beautiful) blog for several years and feel like I got to know Kaweah, a little bit. She sounded like a very sweet girl…and she was adorable/beautiful. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  186. Patricia says:

    Jen, I’m so sorry for your loss. I am tearing up at work. She was such a sweet and beautiful pup. We will all miss her.

  187. M. K. says:

    My heart aches for you and Jeremy. I am tearing up and holding my feline companion close as I type, but want to thank you for sharing your journey with us over the years. Know that your lovely and heartful and humorous postings have taught us well about about the true love, and in the process helped us get in touch with what really matters. Peaceful blessings to you and Jeremy.

  188. Marsha says:

    Prayers and hugs, Jen and Jeremy. We all loved Kaweah, too, because you all did, and you shared her with us. I hope knowing there are tears around the world and love coming your way from all your readers will help in some small way as you live with your loss.

  189. Dian says:

    I have been holding my breath, dreading this news. Blessing to you all, rest sweet dear Kaweah

  190. Andrea M says:

    My heart goes out to you and Jeremy. Kaweah was indeed, The Best Dog. xo

  191. Mel says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel like I have gotten to know Kaweah through your posts, and you are correct, the Best dog. My condolences.

  192. Rosi says:

    Peaceful journey sweet Kaweah. You were indeed the BEST dog. For your heartbroken family and friends, wishing you comfort.

  193. Marymargaret says:

    I have been dreading this news. You have done a wonderful job of documenting through photos and words how much Kaweah meant to you and Jeremy (and your parents); how much you all meant to her and what a sweet companion she has been. Thank you for sharing that love with us.

  194. Stephanie Ellenwood says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you. I started following your blog for your food and it quickly turned into following for Keweah shinanigans with recipes as a bonus. Be at peace sweet girl, you’ll be missed by more people than you could have imagined.

  195. Pia says:

    I´m so sorry and I know how you feel we will go threw the same hard decision our pupp is now 14 years and she feels week.

  196. Twila says:

    So sorry for your loss. Seeing Kaweah has been a wonderful part of following your blog. She will be missed, but it also looked like she lived the best kind of life a dog could ask for.

  197. Fiona says:

    I’m so sorry, Jen. She had a wonderful life with you two.

  198. Andrew says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Kaweah touched so many more people than she probably ever knew about. The photos and stories of your sweet Kaweah could brighten my gloomiest days. I know it doesn’t make it hurt any less, but I hope you take comfort knowing that she touched so many people in a positive way. Rest in peace, Kaweah.

  199. christine says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your darling pup. Reading this post brought tears to my eyes-it was evident how much you cared for her.

  200. Pamela L. says:

    She was loved…

  201. Barbara C. says:

    Thank you for sharing your Best Dog with us. May she rest in peace.

  202. Nicole says:

    Lots of love and big hugs to both you and Jeremy…it’s so hard to let them go, even when it’s truly time.

    Thank you for letting us all share the wonderful Kaweah stories and images over the years.

  203. Trolleira says:

    I am so sorry, Kaweah was always so much fun to read about and her pictures so great to see. She will be missed very much!

  204. Gwen says:

    Sending blessings your way at such a sad time.I enjoyed seeing Kaweah through your eyes. Her antics allowed me to appreciate the boundless joy of simply being alive and in the moment.

  205. Anita says:

    oh my :( i lost my dog around the same time i discovered your blog and loved seeing photos of Kaweah. i will miss her so much. may she run and play in peace…

  206. Ellen says:

    Devastated for you both to read this sad news. You loved her well

  207. Chani says:

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. Thank you so much for sharing so many pictures and stories of that beautiful little girl. It’s obvious you gave her a beautiful life and she was an extremely lucky pup (and vice versa!).

  208. Susie says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts and you’ve shown how much care you both have for her, she was very well loved. I’m sorry for your loss

  209. cherie says:

    Sending my sympathy with tears in my eyes. It’s never easy to say goodbye – but I’m so glad you were blessed to be together for so long

  210. Melanie Evans says:

    Jen & Jeremy – I’m so sorry to hear this. THE day comes all too soon for our sweet pets. Their lives are far too short and yet they make our so much ‘longer’ and fuller by being with us. I’ve been so warmed by the love and caring and adventure you shared with Kaweah. What a lucky, lucky girl to have landed with you and Jeremy and I’m sure you two feel YOU are the lucky ones. Dogs are just THE best. I’m glad you got to have her for so long. My heart is with you as you move through the next days, weeks, months without your sweet, sweet girl. Those are the hardest. I have felt that my head knows one thing about having to say goodbye to our beloved pets, but my heart is always on a completely different track. Hugs to you both and to your parents and family as well.

  211. Emmy says:

    Jen, my heart goes out to you and your family. Hearing your stories about Kaweah over the years (and seeing her adorable picture) has been so amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful part of your life with us. Losing a pet is always heartbreaking, and Kaweah was lucky to have such an amazing and loving family.

  212. Adrienne K says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever left a comment here before, but please know that my thoughts are with you. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know from reading here and your wonderful pictures, just how much she meant to you.

  213. Erin says:

    Oh Jen, I am heartbroken for you and Jeremy. I have long dreaded the day that I would arrive at your blog to this sad news. As much as your beautiful Colorado landscape and your amazing food, she has been an integral part of your amazing blog (and life).

    My dad had to say goodbye to his sweet, loyal, and wonderful 11-year-old doberman, Diego, earlier this week. I have been telling him — a lover of Colorado, the outdoors, and dogs — about your blog for years, so the timing of your post was a bit uncanny.

    I hope that in time, the sadness you feel now is replaced with fond memories of the 15.5 wonderful years that you had with her. Someone once told me that the only bad thing about dogs is that they don’t live long enough. How true that is. Hugs to you and Jeremy, and Godspeed to sweet Kaweah.

  214. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    I wasn’t sure I could read this; for me the pain of losing my beloved pet is still too raw but you said it perfectly and made me smile. I know all about having a sweet dog who was not necessarily a good dog but I’ll take sweet any day and your girl was that. You were all very lucky to have found each other; she quite obviously was the perfect dog for you and Jeremy. Take good care.

  215. anne says:

    Dear Jen and Jeremy,
    I am sending love and comfort to you in this sad time. I am glad your parents got to see Kaweah so recently. As much as I love looking at your pictures of food, I’ve always loved pictures of Kaweah best. Sometimes, just to brighten my mood, I search for one of her sitting in front of a spread of meats or eating ice cream treats. I will continue to do that and be happy to know that she was such a happy and loved doggy. Be well and take care.

  216. Dani H says:

    To both of you, Jen and Jeremy, my heart-felt condolences on your loss. I hope you can take some comfort now in the fact they you made the last couple of years very special for Kaweah ~ you gave her so much love her entire life. In time they say the pain will lessen… that may or may not happen for you. But I promise the good memories will come as well to make the sadness bearable. And you have many, many people who are sending you healing energy. Thank you for sharing Kaweah with us. Hugs to you and your family.

  217. Chris says:

    Jeremy and Jen. I am sitting here crying for your loss. I would smile over the cute stories and cry over the sad stories. Kaweah was a part of all of our lives as you can see by all the people who took the time to comment. She was lucky to have two such caring and loving parents. I will give my Ricky and Lucy and extra treat ( nothing as fancy as yours) and extra hug in memory of Kaweah.

  218. Maia says:

    I’m so sorry Jen & Jeremy, what an adorable dog. You took such good care of her. So sad.

  219. bethini says:

    Thank you for sharing Kaweah with us while she was with you. Take care.

  220. Toni says:

    Jen we are approaching our goodbye with our sweet friend and I woke this morning thinking about Kaweah as they are about the same age. I don’t have words for finding this post. It’s impossible to capture what our dogs have meant despite knowing they’ll always be with us. The unbouding love they share is almost painful in its abundance. I will never forget the photo of Kaweah you shared on social media, with glossy coat and regal stature conjuring a Rin Tin Tin like image. What a lucky family you have all been to share your time together.

  221. CoffeeGrounded says:

    There are no words that can adequately express the depth of sorrow I feel for both you, and Jeremy. Love is our greatest gift, and both of you loved that sweet angel to the depth of your very souls, and likewise, she received and returned her precious gift of love back to you.

    “Life is but a whisper here on Earth,”…it will feel like an eternity without her, but I honestly believe that we are called to serve, and serve well, you have. Your rewards are tenfold, your heart abounds with a graciousness so expansive. Kaweah was empowered by your outreach, and likewise will go forward to offer her wisdom and grace in the World that never ends.

    I will cry tears for you and Jeremy, for your loss, but also for your gift. God does not make junk. Nothing is cast away, but revived and made whole again. You’ll see your beautiful girl again. I have to believe that, for without that Promise, life would mean nothing, and we all know that life is precious and makes this world so worth the journey.

    Thank you for gracing us with the gift of sharing your beautiful girl with us. You have made each of us better by doing so. Collectively are words are wrapped around you to comfort, but more importantly, to celebrate.

  222. pete says:

    I’m as sad today for Kaweah as I was six years ago, when I had to say goodbye to my sweet Yellow Winnie. You’ll always miss your dear Labbie, but in the days ahead you’ll be able to smile at the wonderful, happy memories she has left you with.

  223. Kathy says:

    Sorry for your loss – you could really tell how much she was a part of your family and life . what a sweet girl !!

  224. Brian says:

    My condolences. My family went through the same thing just before Christmas two years ago – with a Lab almost the same age – they are a gift to us and the fact that they aren’t around for as long as we want reinforces how special they become. (and remember it’s OK to cry…..)

  225. Noknok says:

    Condolences on your loss. I loved all of your photos of Kaweah – the soulfullness and depth of her expressions was especially disarming. Thank you for sharing a bit of her with us.

  226. Leah says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  227. Alice says:

    So sorry to hear about Kaweah. Losing a member of the family is so difficult.

  228. Peggy says:

    Nothing breaks your heart more than losing a pet. Kaweah was so loved, as we’ve all witnessed here every week. My thoughts and prayers to you and Jeremy. One consolation, heaven is where we’ll see all the fur babies we’ve ever loved. I look forward to that day…

  229. Dorothy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I’m also so happy Kaweah had a loving home for all of her days. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  230. Kara says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your sweet girl.

  231. Irene in Rollinsville says:

    I am so sorry — iI know how heartbreaking it is to lose a beloved dog, but I hope you are able to find comfort in that she is running free now somewhere.

  232. Joyce says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing. Sending you both lots of love.

  233. Amy says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I think this is the first time I’ve ever shed tears for a dog I’ve never met. I wish you and Jeremy comfort, peace and courage.

  234. Memoria says:

    I’m crying buckets over here. I just read the first line of this post and started crying. I am so sad that Kaweah is gone, but I’m glad she is now in peace and free from pain. I hope you all will soon be free from (emotional) pain as well and will just be at peace knowing that she will always be there with you.

  235. Diana says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kaweah. I imagine her happy and running with pure joy. I wish you and Jeremy peace. From us and my puppy, Buffy.

  236. Sil says:

    Jen and Jeremy, I’m so sorry for your loss!
    She was super sweet and lovely. Thank you so much for sharing Kaweah with all of us.
    Un abrazo enorme (A big hug),

  237. Terri says:

    I have said goodbye to four wonderful dogs so far in my life. I am now 56 and I figure my heart is now at least 1/2 dog. You were most kind to her and to say a loving goodbye. I hope you can take comfort in that and that you will know that the love you showed Kaweah may also be part of another dog’s life. I believe giving another dog a loving home is the best tribute of all. My best to you.

  238. hilary says:

    My thoughts are with you from here in Australia. What can I say that has not already been said? Warm hugs and thoughts.

  239. Ming says:

    Your beautiful blog candidly shared your love for Kaweah, she is one of the luckiest and most beloved pups. Many hugs from California.

  240. Tina says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t believe those puppy eyes have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, although you’ve been preparing us for this moment too. Kaweah had the best comfortable and loving life possible. Thank you for letting her be a part of our lives too, she will be missed and I know I’ll need some time too, to get used to that there will be no more curoios Kaweah eyes while you prepare your lovely recipes. Stay strong, hugs to both of you, your father and to all who had been so close to Kaweah.

  241. Susan says:

    Death sucks, particularly when the life was so good. Take care.

  242. Lisa says:

    I am so sorry Jen. My heart hurts for you.

  243. Julia says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Descansa en paz, Kaweah.

  244. Lindsay says:

    Rest in peace Kaweah, sweet Kaweah

  245. uncatim says:

    Sweet pup Kaweah could not have spent life in a more loving environment. Peace to you both.

  246. Brynnie says:

    So many Sweetest and Best dog babies have welcomed your precious girl over the bridge… she was so very loved, supremely and completely by you and Jeremy, and from afar by all of the rest of us here who are weeping over her passing. Peace be with you two while you navigate this incredible loss, and I hope she speaks to you as you run the beautiful trails in your mountains. She had such a great, full, blessed, long life (but never long enough). Love to you all.

  247. Jess says:

    So many people fell in love with Kaweah because of this blog. Me, too. Hugs to you and Jeremy.

  248. Grace says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve enjoyed reading stories about kaweah over the years and I know that she felt loved daily. Dogs touch us like no other. Cherish memories of her fondly.

  249. Leslie says:

    I am so sorry – our furry friends hold such a special place in our hearts and they leave us all too soon. I’ve loved reading your posts about her.

  250. sharilyn says:

    Kaweah had the most wonderful life with loving parents. They really do leave us too quickly. Peace.

  251. Katie says:

    I’m so sorry. She could not have had better care through this last period of her life. I have been so impressed by the love and tenderness that showed in everything you did for her. Sending you good thoughts, and thanks for all that you shared of her life with us.

  252. Janet says:

    She was an amazing pup, and so very lucky to have you and Jeremy as her parents. Hugs to all of you.

  253. Bri says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Kaweah, she was such a sweet, amazing girl. I’ve been so happy to see all the love and attention you put into everything you did for/with her. She had to know you truly loved her. Not only that, but she was loved by hundreds of strangers the world over who’ve watched her adventures over the years. Rest well sweet girl, you’ve earned it.

  254. Michelle says:

    So sorry to hear these news. The saying is true — you have not lived until you have loved a dog. What a joy to have had Kaweah in your lives.

  255. Cindy says:

    I’m so, so sorry for that sad inevitable that occurs with our sweet, sweet babies. My heart aches for you and your sweet family. We all know well that sad yet bittersweet emptiness that fills the soul when they leave. In the weeks to come, I hope for you that love, solitude and sweet memories prevail.

    Cindy Howard

  256. Honeybee says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve never had a dog and wouldn’t even consider myself much of a “dog person” but I found the way you wrote about Kaweah always very touching. This must be very hard for you and Jeremy. You are all in my thoughts.

  257. Bai Yang says:

    One of the most wonderful things about your fabulous blog has been to read about Kaweah. The love between you humans and Kaweah has been incredibly beautiful to witness. I have been expecting this post for some time now, and I get tears in my eyes from the loving way you are letting her go: Be at peace, little girl. You are free now.

    It is so lovely to have had the chance to get to know you, Kaweah. Thank you for your presence here, it will be missed.

    All the love there is,

    Bai Yang

  258. Montserrat says:

    Good morning. I am so sorry about Kaweah. I think most of us love Kaweah without knowing her, but in my case it was this: I enjoyed your writtings and your photos and I am so sorry for you.
    You had a very very luck to have her these years, and I think she had been one of the most happiest dogs in the world.
    Lots of kisses,

  259. A adra says:

    Rest in peace, Kaweah. Have fun chasing rabbits in doggy heaven. You’ll be missed by your human parents and also by those who have admired your sweet face from afar….
    Virtual hugs to you both, J & J.


  260. Amanda B. says:

    Your sweet pup touched many lives around the world through your words and photos. Thank you for sharing her with us. Tears are being shed by many today to honor her.

  261. Elisabeth says:

    I stumbled on your blog only a few short months ago (to a post that featured Kaweah, actually) & I’ve followed along in part because of your beautiful furry friend. I’ve pulled this post up a few times to comment, only to get so weepy-eyed, that I can’t think of anything to say. I am so sorry for your loss. After crying my way through all these comments, I can’t help but be in awe that Kaweah (and the love you shared) touched not only your lives, but the lives of hundreds of your readers all over the world… California, Florida, Australia, South Africa, I’m sure the list goes on. That is amazing & something truly to be proud of. I hope you can find some small comfort in that & in that she had such a long happy life with a family that truly loved her. Hugs & Positive Thoughts, <3

  262. Ashton says:

    While I love your food, your obvious and unconditional love for Kaweah was the reason I kept coming back to your blog again and again. From one dog lover to another I’m so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your husband the very best as you deal with this difficult time. Kaweah was lucky to be so very much loved.

  263. Shelley says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Kaweah’s passing. I have truly enjoyed living vicariously through your, Jeremy’s, and Kaweah’s adventures in the mountains of Colorado. I know the incredible joy she has brought to your lives. I can only imagine the incredible sorrow you must be feeling. I have 2 dogs of my own, mere pups at 2 years of age and 1 year. It brings me to the brink of tears to imagine if I were to loose one of them. I can only imagine the intensity of the feeling of loss after sharing 15 years together. I hope she is running with glee through fields of flowers in doggy heaven.

  264. Kristen says:

    You and your husband are in my thoughts at this time. Thank you for sharing Kaweah’s life with your readers. No doubt she lived a very beautiful life. I enjoyed the stories of her sniffing the BBQ and how much she loved being outdoors. Wishing you peace and strength during this time.

  265. jacquie says:

    i’m so sorry for your loss. yes she was the best dog. thank you for sharing her with all of us for so long. My thoughts are with you in this dark time. please give yourselves time to grieve and adjust to such a huge loss. be gentle with yourself and each other.

  266. Miss B says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, but I am so glad you got to have a life with her. Your girl had some great trips around the sun and wonderful people with whom to share it. I’m sure it is well worth the grief to have had such a remarkable friend. Lucky pup, lucky you.

  267. Eileen says:

    So so sorry. I’ll hug my dogs even closer today.

  268. Serena says:

    I love Kaweah, even though I’ve never met her, and I’ve enjoyed reading all that you wrote about her and looking at all the beautiful photos you posted of her. She’s such a gentle soul, and I’m grateful that she led such a full, happy life with such great parents. Rest well, Kaweah, you sweetheart. <3

  269. Madam Chow says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. What wonderful years of love you gave each other.

  270. Kristina says:

    I am so terribly sorry. I will miss Kaweah selecting the winner of contests and all the heartfelt photos. Rest in peace, Kaweah.

  271. Maria says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  272. Jean says:

    Our thoughts are with you. Kaweah was an absolute beautiful soul. May she rest in peace! Xx

  273. Jenny says:

    Kaweah and your writing touched so many hearts here. She will be deeply missed. Take care.

  274. Amy says:

    Jen- my heartfelt condolences. Your blog was my “first” and your awesome pooch was my first blog dog… And the only one I really ever think about and look forward to reading about. Her sweet face and clear eyes made her super photogenic, and her personality came through. I will miss reading of her adventures and treat-counting tie-breakers. Your blog is still my fave after all these years. Thank you so much for sharing Kaweah with all of us!

  275. Veronica says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you, Jeremy and your family. Kaweah will always be with you.
    Thank you for sharing Kaweah with us.

  276. Miss B says:

    As you can see from all of these responses, Kaweah touched many lives during her lifetime. Although none of us could have loved her as much as you and your family, she did make a positive difference in so many of our lives. We have enjoyed watching her antics through the years, and she will be missed by so many. She lived such a big life! I think it might be nice to honor her memory by donating to an animal charity in your area. I see that the Boulder Humane Society has a website that makes donating simple, but maybe you have a different favorite charity. If you agree that this would be an honorable way to pay tribute to Kaweah, please let us know. It really would be our pleasure to honor your sweet girl in this way.

  277. Amanda W. says:

    I am so so very sorry. Kaweah was a special pup and will be missed by many of us.

  278. Ananda Rajashekar says:

    Its heart breaking, so sorry for your loss, Kaweah is one of most beautiful dog i have ever seen. Sending love to you!

  279. DB says:

    I have followed your blog for years, wowed famiiy and friends with your yummy recipes, loved your beautiful photos and followed your posts and pics of Kaweah…I am so sorry for your loss but if there was ever a dog that lived the perfect life….a testament to you and Jeremy.

  280. Judy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  281. mary says:

    I am so saddened to read this. Kaweah was able to touch so many lives through your beautiful photos and stories. My condolences to you both.

  282. JeanO says:

    So, so sorry for you loss. I saw the title and just knew. My heart goes out to you. Rest in peace sweet dog

  283. Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    RIP, Kaweah.

  284. Randi says:

    My heart is completely broken for you two. I cried hard reading this post and I’m sending her and you both my love. <3

  285. L. says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your love for and friendship with Kaweah was evident in every post. You gave her a wonderful life.

  286. Mary says:

    I knew this day was coming, and you prepared us well, but I’m still heartbroken. What a wonderful pup who was treated to the happiest of lives. Thank you for sharing her with us as a random number selector, a consumer of marvelous birthday treats, and a lover of a nice spot in the sun!

  287. Megha says:

    **HUGS** so sorry for your loss. I have been reading your blog with some trepidation lately because I knew this day was coming. My husband and I have a black lab that looks and acts a lot like Kaweah. Your post made me cry. Sending lots of love to you and Jeremy.

  288. Bev says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s little consolation to read this, especially from a stranger, but you’ve enriched each other’s lives immeasurably. Thank you for her stories.

  289. Jamie says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss. It was always a joy to read about your adventures with Kaweah, and I could always see how much you two loved her.

  290. JC Marc says:

    I started following your site because of Kaweah. I was always eager to check on her days. I know the loss and emptiness you are feeling – the loss that one feels when their 4-legged, wet-nosed friend leaves this earthly life as we know it. Thank you for sharing your precious pup with all of us, your readers. I hope it is possible for you and Jeremy to truly feel the love that is being sent your way from all of us, your readers.

  291. Andrea says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. It was always a pleasure to read about your adventures together.

  292. Becky says:

    Memories of your sweet Kaweah will remain with me and all of your readers I am sure. I still miss every dog I’ve ever had since childhood. I pray comfort to you in your loss.

  293. colleen says:

    I’ve been following your blog for years. Your Kaweah looked just like my Casey. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  294. Anna says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. To the Best dog ever.

  295. Mary S. says:

    Jen and Jeremy my heart goes out to you. So sorry for your loss of tender, sweet Kaweah. Have always enjoyed your stories and adventures with her, the recipes she chaperoned and her quirky number choosing. Your love for her with always be with you both. May you be surrounded by the love of her spirit.
    Definitely, She is the Best Dog <3

  296. jenyu says:

    So so much love to all of you. How can I ever thank you for loving our Kaweah like you do? Thank you for all of your sweet and touching words, your tears, your support. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. xxoo -jen

  297. Dyana says:

    Thank you for sharing your stories, Kaweah. I’ve been following your blog for a while (2008? 2009?) and loved any post featuring your sweet girl – especially the ones where she picked prize winners. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace.

  298. Becky Plack says:

    Jen and Jeremy, I’m so very sorry to hear of Kaweah’s passing. I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of her as you shared your lives on this wonderful blog.

    ‘I explained to St. Peter,
    I’d rather stay here,
    Outside the Pearly Gate.

    I won’t be a nuisance,
    I won’t even bark,
    I’ll be very patient and wait.

    I’ll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
    No matter how long you may be.

    I’d miss you so much, If I went in alone,
    It wouldn’t be heaven for me.”

    (from an old Ann Landers column I clipped many years ago.)

  299. Nan says:

    So sorry, Jen & Jeremy… She was a sweet girl. We have loved hearing of her adventures and antics. You were the best puppy parents of your puppy girl. So sorry…

  300. Aru says:

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and your stories of Colorado and Kaweah hooked me right away. They take me back to the years I spent in Boulder. I just wanted to thank you for sharing Kaweah and sweet stories. I am deeply sorry for your loss. She will be terribly missed by all of us..

  301. LizzieBee says:

    I was SO SO sad to read today’s blog, about Kaweah’s ashes, so I came and found this post, and I just wanted to say I am so sorry to hear about Kaweah. … What to write. Kaweah is so much a part of this blog, as much as you and Jeremy. Words just can’t… I am so sorry for your loss Jen & Jeremy. We all loved her so much.

  302. Katie says:

    I was so unbelievably sad to read of Kaweah’s passing. I, too, had to make this difficult decision for my dog Eli last month (also a black lab) so I truly know what you’re both going through. You and Jeremy were amazing dog parents and I know there will always be a hole in both of your hearts for sure. Just know that you made the right decision and that she is in a better place, running free and happy. :) I will miss seeing all of your amazing pictures of her. :(

  303. Kim says:

    hugs! Such sad news :'(

  304. Sally - My Custard Pie says:

    Belatedly reading this post and knowing how hard it is to say goodbye to such a wonderful member of your family. You were able to treasure her to the end which is a blessing

  305. sarina says:

    I dreaded the day I will heard this news. RIP kaweah. I will miss seeing her pictures and getting updates on her. You took amazing care of your dog and she had a good life. :(

  306. Patrick Hirayama says:

    I haven’t read your blog in a few months, and am saddened to hear about Kaweah. I had to put my cat to sleep a few months ago (18 years, 8 months). I hope that the happy memories will help salve the sadness. Take care.

  307. emily says:

    I do not comment frequently – if at all – but I’ve been reading your blog for years (and have made my way back through a fair amount of the archives), and just wanted to add one more voice to the chant. Kaweah has been a delight to read about and see all these years; she was loved by many, and will be remembered.

  308. Mercy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My dog died at 16 years of age and for us it was too soon. I send you and Jeremy big, big hug.

  309. Viktoria says:

    Sending lots of love from my family to yours!

  310. Celia says:

    Just catching up on old posts and saw this… I am so, so sorry to hear about Kaweah! She was a sweet, sweet presence in your photos and stories and I, along with all these people, will miss her too. I remember too well how incredibly hard it is to lose a dog – it’s like losing your shadow. I saw ghost dogs around my house for months after my Riley died… I’d turn around and literally swear I saw a flash of him in a doorway where he should have been standing waiting for us. They keep a tenacious hold on our hearts long after they have gone! How lucky you are to have so many beautiful photos and memories of your dear companion; I hope they will provide many hours of comfort to you in the coming years. Lots of love to both of you. xox

  311. SallyBR says:

    Been away from your site for a long while. I came back today with the suspicion she was gone, and scrolled back page after page. I just knew.

    Chief is exactly 15 years and 7 months, and going down, slowly, but surely. This morning was hard, and there is no other way to put it, one eye shut from some type of infection, his fur horribly taken by a mange that his immune system is unable to control now.

    Dogs make our world special, but when they age we age with them, deep inside.

    Glad your Kaweah had a wonderful life with you… and that you celebrate her memory every day.

  312. keiko says:

    Jen, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news. I loved seeing Kaweah in your posts and hoped I would meet her one day. She had such a wonderful life with you both. Thinking of you all, xxx

  313. Shwetha says:

    Dear Jen,

    I have been a long time silent reader of your blog. I am so sorry for your loss.
    I loved reading about Kaweah and seeing her sweet face in so many of your posts. I am sure you she loved living her life with you. Take care.

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