my Chasey

A highlight of every visit home is spending time with my precious girl Chasey.  This morning my girl went to doggy heaven.  She isn’t suffering anymore.  She lived a good, long life.  I hate that I am not still at the farm comforting my mom and dad, who have loved and cared for Chasey for 13 years.  Chasey was gentle and loving, always hungry, and full of hugs and kisses.  She was a sweet, sweet dog.  I am grateful that when I left I hugged her neck really tight, told her I loved her, and kissed her goodbye.  When I go home again she won’t be there and that makes my heart hurt.  Here are a couple of other photos I snapped of her this past weekend…

And from a couple of years ago… she was always in the kitchen, hoping a morsel will find its way to the floor!

Love you Chasey!


  1. I am so sorry… I know how much it hurts to lose a pet. Your dog was beautiful.

  2. She looks so sweet. I am sorry for your loss and for your parents. It’s heartbreaking :( but I’m sure she’s in doggie heaven.

  3. So sorry. She looks so sweet.

  4. We’re very sorry to hear that. We lost our Golden last month. It was his time, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Like ours, yours looked like she loved nothing more than to be with the family. Great memories, I’m sure.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Erika. Chasey seemed like such a sweetheart. I know how strong a bond with a pet can be. My heart goes out to you and your family. XO

  6. I’m so sorry, E. What a sweet tribute, though!

  7. I am so sorry – Chasey was gorgeous. It is so sad that Goldens can’t seem to live longer -they are the most amazing companions!

  8. Awww…sweet puppy, you can certainly tell. Looks a ton like our Clifford. Sweet dreams, dear pup.

  9. praying for you and your family. golden’s have a soft spot in my heart especially because mine just recently had surgery. i love that you were there to love on him recently….

  10. So sorry about Chasey. I have a golden… and they just melt my heart!

  11. I’m so sorry for you and your family, especially your parents. What a sweet dog. It’s so hard to lose a pet. They really are members of the family.

  12. Beth May says:

    Erika! So sorry for the loss of you precious family pup. She looks like a real sweetheart.

  13. Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry! Losing a pet is the absolute worst. My husband and I just had one of our cats, Blakface, put down, and my husband commented that when someone (a person) I love dies, I barely shed a tear, but when the cat dies, I cry my eyes out for days. Again, so sorry for your loss, I know that pup had a great life with you and your beautiful family.

  14. so sorry about your golden. dogs can be such a big part of family and i know how hard it is to love a pet. my thoughts are with you

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. We lost our sweet Sadie (also a golden retriever) almost a year ago to cancer. She was just 9 and a half – far too young. It still hurts my heart when I think of her. There’s nothing quite like a golden retriever. Your tribute brought memories and tears to my eyes.

  16. why can’t dogs live longer, rascals! :(
    I’m sorry to hear about your Chasey.

    seriously though…why do parrots get such a span?!
    I’m going to cross breed a dog with a parrot, darn it.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful dog!

  18. priscilla says:

    I’m so sorry about your beautiful girl.

  19. So sad – I’m so sorry for your families loss. Losing a dog is so hard – they love so unconditionally and they are such a part of our families.

  20. Teary here. :-( So sorry to hear about your loss. Dogs just tug at my heart so…

  21. I’m so sorry for your loss. We just said goodbye to our 13-year-old lab last week and I know how much it affects the family. Your pictures were beautiful!

  22. She was a sweet girl who will be so missed! Love you and you all are in my prayers.

  23. Ohhh, I am SO sorry. I know how bad it hurts to lose an animal. It darn near breaks your heart….Sherry

  24. I’m so sorry! But, I so glad y’all got to say goodbye to her.

  25. Much love to you and Darby, and the entire family! Sending lots of prayers your way. Pets are so so precious!!

  26. oh i am so sorry….
    these animals are just kindred spirits to us aren’t they?
    i love my golden…we adopted him after i lost my yellow lab & great dane who were 13 & 14. just broke my heart
    goldens are so amazing
    i’m so thankful ya’ll were able to see her this last week

  27. Oh no Erika, I’m so sad to hear about the passing of your family pup. I hope you have many wonderful memories of him to keep with you.

  28. penny and i are thinking of you & your family tonight…but we all know goldens have a special place in heaven, waiting for us to come play fetch with them again. xoxo

  29. I am so sad for you…I had to do the same thing with our lab 2 years ago and it’s painful. I still miss that dog, but the memories you will cherish for your lifetime. Time does make it better, but the ache not hurts. So sorry.

  30. I know how it feels. Twice. It is so very sad but I am glad you got to have 13 years. So very sorry for your loss, Erika. And for your family’s loss.

  31. Sad. I remember when Chasey became a part of the McPherson fam! I just came across pictures of us holding her as a puppy last summer. Glad she had a great life and many years in doggie heaven on the farm.

  32. lindsey bukhari says:

    these creatures of God come into our heart and leave a big paw print. xo to you and your family!

  33. Our pets are family and they bring us love and a special place in our hearts. I am sorry for your loss.

  34. It’s so hard to see a precious four-legged family member go to heaven. Our dog did that about 6 weeks ago… Made us all realize how attached we were.

  35. Sending love and furry kisses of sympathy from our doggy to Chasey and your family.

  36. So, so sorry :( But how lucky you all were to have each other in your lives for so many years. Chasey looks like she was such a love.

  37. Oh I am so sorry! I know losing a pet can be very hard. At least you have years and years of great memories with her!

  38. I’m so sorry, Erika. Nobody really gets what it’s like to lose a pet until you actually have to go through it! It really is like losing a member of your family. My thoughts are with you and yours!

  39. I am truly sorry for Chasey’s passing. Take comfort in knowing she is whole and healthy, and you will meet again.

  40. Seeing all of those pictures of Chasey….my heart is breaking for you. I’m so glad you had a chance to give her big hugs one more time. We have lost two dogs (my first kiddos) in recent years and it’s just so difficult. What a beautiful tribute to Chasey. May all of those wonderful memories bring you and your family comfort.

  41. Oh my goodness – so sorry to hear about your family’s loss. I bet she’s getting lots of yummy treats in doggy heaven!

  42. I am so sorry about your loss. I know how hard losing a pet who is more like a member of the family is.

  43. What a sweet dog! I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss. I know that dogs are family- my two are in heaven too. I picture them so happy and at peace there.

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