Sadly, Both Gone

It has been such a tough time at our house. Within the span of 11 months, both hubby Gary and Golden Darcy were diagnosed with cancer. While Gary’s surgery and radiation therapy seem to have arrested the growth of his uveal melanoma, Darcy succumbed to her fibrosarcoma and went on to earn her angel wings on February 12th.

And, now almost 7 months later, Darcy’s Grandma (Gary’s mom Bernice), has joined her. The photo shown above shows these lovely girls together. Bernice surely did love her Granddogs (never being graced with grandchildren). And, although she sometimes mixed up names between Ollie, Darcy and then Alfie, she never tired of the unconditional love that they provided her.

Bernice loved seeing her Granddogs and would sometimes become overwhelmed by their need for close contact, as they always wanted to be close to and cuddle beside her. And, even in the nursing home, she was surrounded by cherished framed photos of her Golden loves, which sat proudly besides those images of her children.

You can be sure that, tomorrow at the funeral, I will be sharing this special photo with the Rabbi and the family members & friends in attendance. It is actually one of the photos that I have in a photo album that is always carried with me.

If you would like to write any comments (or provide an audio message) in a Guest Book for Bernice Lesser, that appears with her obituary in The Baltimore Sun, you can do so here . I will be sharing all of these with Gary. At the Guest Book page you may see a newspaper link for sympathy gifts. Please disregard that. Absolutely no gifts are desired. To learn more about Jewish funerals and mourning practices, just click here.


Pat dog Chester to Star in his own Film

Pat dog Chester to Star in his own Film
By By Frances Earlam, Wirral Globe

A CONSIDERATE Wirral dog has found fame after taking the lead in caring for his human friends. Eight-year-old golden retriever collie cross, Chester, will star in his own film and has been the focus of a magazine spread.Apart from being a beautiful dog, Chester works hard for the Pets As Therapy charity which organises for dogs and cats to visit hospitals, hospices, care homes and special schools so that patients, residents and pupils can have a pet to talk to and fuss over.