Ch. Acadia' Bright Idea, RA, NA, NAJ (10/17/1998- 6/17/2011) and Ch. Acadia Rock Solid, HT (10/17/1998- 10/6/2011)

Today is the birthday of Payson and Rocky, but they were not here with us to celebrate.

Friday, October 7, 2011, we had a memorial service for these brothers and laid them to rest at Acadia. Mary and Martin Smith, their daughter and grandchildren along with Erica Smith (no relation) and her daughter, and Mike and I attended. Rocky had lived with Mary and Martin and their family for the last 7 years and had become a very important part of their family. Each summer he enjoyed going to the beach (pictured above) and he always enjoyed just going for a walk or a ride in the car. Rocky enjoyed Mary's cooking and Mary was happy to cook for him. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Payson passed away while I was in training in North Carolina. It was quite a blow to get the phone call from Mike telling me Payson would not be there to greet me when I got home. Mike said that Payson waited until he came home from work, greeting him, then when outside and laid down.

It is Never easy. It doesn't matter if you have one dog or many. The love for each is deep and the bonds that are formed are real. This was not the first service we have had, and it won't be the last, but it is painful and raw every time. Payson and Rocky- we love you and miss you.

Ellen  – (October 17, 2011 at 8:33:00 PM PDT)  

To have both pass away in the same year seems so odd and yet fitting. They go over the "Rainbow Bridge" and romp side by side...

So sorry for your loss. We lost our beloved Golden this past July and how different the home feels without her.

Anonymous –   – (October 19, 2011 at 6:20:00 PM PDT)  

Oh, Cadie, I am so terribly saddened to hear of the very recent loss of Rory's dad, Rocky, and of his Uncle Payson last spring. Both boys were very special members of your family, and they touched the hearts and lives of many. I am sure you miss them both very deeply. I love the picture of Rocky at the beach, and I hope that, in time, you will be able to take some comfort from your memories.

Utley –   – (October 24, 2011 at 7:16:00 PM PDT)  

Love you, Dad. I will try to always be a GOOD BOY, just like you!
Acadia's Rocket Man (Utley)

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