In Memorium

Heidi Nebel

Filed under: Kind Words,Team Millennium Moon — January 24, 2008 @ 2:37 am

Alissa, I love Harley and i know he is happy looking down to see that he is still the center of attention! I adored living with him and couldn’t possibly forget him. (I just had a flash of him defending his property under the coffee table from invading feet)…I hope you know that if i was a dog i would want you to be my owner! I love you very much and am sending good vibrations to you and Harley wherever he may be…love, Heidi

Beth Metal/Luna Rosa

Filed under: Kind Words,Minneapolis Era,Rockstar Harley,Team Millennium Moon — January 15, 2008 @ 4:42 am

Dear Miss A-
My condolences on the loss of your love. Harlequin will be, and continues on in spirit as the best lover known to woman. He was tough, strong, sweet, sexy, silent at times, but knew how to put up a fight for what he beileved in. He was a musician, and the star of many, many, many, romance novels.
It’s hard to lose your first love. This memorial is the best I have ever seen.
My thoughts are with you. I am now pouring some out for my homie, Harley, the greatest dog to grace this earth.
I love you both.

Karen Stauss

Filed under: Kind Words,Minneapolis Era,Tulsa — January 12, 2008 @ 6:37 am

I was so sorry to hear about Harley. I know how much you must miss him. I read the email from the lady who works with you Mother. I agree that our “pets” become our 4-legged children. I sure consider my dogs to be my children! Time will heal, but you will always remember your most loyal friend & companion. I also agree that we will see our pets again in heaven. I have a few there already! Will pray for peace for you, and remember that Gods grace is sufficient for what you need, when you need it!
Love ya,
Karen Stauss

Joe Fahey

Filed under: Kind Words,Minneapolis Era — January 9, 2008 @ 4:06 am

Hi Alissa,

I was real sorry to hear that Harley passed away, he seemed like a really cool dog and he seemed pretty youthful despite his age. I was surprised that he was over 17 years old. As a dog owner and lover, I know how hard it is to lose a friend and companion, they really are a huge part of our lives.


Sophia Howerton

Filed under: Kind Words,Tulsa — January 5, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

Alissa, your mom sent me this absolutely beautiful and touching letter you
wrote about Harley, needless to say by the time I got to the middle of it, I
was in tears. I am the friend of your mom’s with whom you spoke on the
phone and told you that I too had lost my little best friend and child
“Baby” of 17 years and to this day, it still hurts to remember her.

When I bought Baby (an apricot toy poodle) it was during my single years and
she became my baby, my companion, my little best friend and above all
someone who loved me unconditionally. When she had to be put to sleep, my
heart broke into many tiny pieces but I know when it’s my time to go to my
Father’s home, she will be there to greet me and she won’t have the
arthritis which she had to deal with for the last years of her life. I
truly believe we will see our pets in heaven, they have a soul and that must
mean something plus if God placed them in our lives and through them so much
happiness, love and companionship was given to us, then surely they will be
with us in heaven. After all, God says in his word that he gives us the
desires of our hearts.

I will encourage you to buy another little companion and can assure you that
he/she too will become a very important part of your life. I have my four
little poodles and they are my life! They have become my children and have
given me the love and strength I’ve needed so many times, including going
through a divorce and when I was heartbroken and wanted to give up, I knew
they needed me and I was all I had, that gave me the strength to keep going,
become strong again and make a better life for my little ones and me. I
think some people don’t understand that when a single woman has a dog an
incredibly strong bond is created between you and that little one.

I still miss my Baby and there is a very special place in my heart for her,
but my four little ones have made the loss less painful and they are now my
babies and I love them will all my heart. Alissa, there is another little
friend out there waiting for you to let him or her adore you with all its

Have an abundantly blessed New Year and hope to hear soon that you have a
new little companion in your life.

Rebecca Aizen

Filed under: Kind Words,Tulsa — January 4, 2008 @ 7:02 pm



Hi, my name is Rebecca and I work with your mother.  I am so very, very sorry to hear of your loss.  I know that this is a very hard and sad time for you.  Two years ago, February 13th, my 15 year old dog just vanished off of the face of the earth.  I never found her, and its truly the hardest thing I have ever gone thru.  I just wanted you to know that I understand what you are feeling right now, and that if ever you need to talk to someone, I am here for you.  A lot of people simply do not understand how much you can come to love a pet.  And they have never felt the unconditional love and companionship that you feel from your “child”.  And, despite, what most people think, they are our children.  I can say that eventually, it wont hurt quite so bad.  It will always hurt, and you will always miss your baby, BUT time does help some.  I also find great comfort in believing that one day,  we will be reunited with our pets.  I cant say how or why I know this, but I do believe that our pets will be there to greet us in heaven.  In fact, my ChoCho is the very first loved one I want to see.  Anyways, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am, and that I know your heart is broken.  Please take care. 



Alan Lundgren

Filed under: Kind Words,San Diego — January 3, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

Sorry to hear the news about Harley. He was indeed an amazing dog. And it doesn’t surprise me he hung in there for as long as he did. That dog could stomach anything.

I’ve got lots of fond memories surrounding his life, and no doubt you have countless more. And to know that he’s been there for all this time that you’ve been coming of age (Austin, S.D., Wisconsin…Minneapolis,) I can’t imagine the loss you must feel. It’s tough to lose someone that has constantly been there with you for such a long time. At least, the little guy was lucky enough to have you as a master.

I wish I would have made it out to visit you and see that rascal in his ripe old age. Funny how such an occasion makes us stop and reflect on what could have been. But then again, I remind myself that I’ve been very fortunate to have you in my life, even if we fall out of touch now and then. You’re an amazing woman. I know you’ll come to terms with Harley passing on, and be able to appreciate all that he has meant to you (and everyone else) for so many years.

Pam Coletti

Filed under: Indiana,Kind Words — January 2, 2008 @ 5:47 pm


Ron, Alyssa and I were so sorry to hear that Harley passed on.  It was obvious that you two had a very close bond.  We lost Willie in March and it still hurts whenever we think of him.  Your memories and pictures of Harley will always create a warm spot in your heart.  We truly sympathize with you.

Pam Coletti

Sarah Standard

Filed under: Kind Words,Team Millennium Moon — December 30, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

hello dear- i send you lots of sympathy and love in this difficult time. i was saddened to hear of harley’s death, and have been thinking of all the times spent with him. he was an intregral part of many peoples lives, there for holidays, important moments and just hanging out. i remember him being pink for halloween. i remember his posessed sounding howl. i remember his spirit and what a good friend he has been to you all these years. it was a beautiful euology you wrote for your friend. he will always be remembered. and he will always live on with those memories. much love, sarah

Megan Rector

Filed under: Kind Words,Songs,Team Millennium Moon — December 26, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

Dear Alissa,

I am so deeply sorry. I have been emotionally reeling since I first read the sad, sad news late Saturday night. Now, with eyes raw and red, I lift my glass to the memory of a dear friend. But I feel such joy in having been honored with a real bond with the furry little fellow. I liked to refer to him as “my vicarious dog” but there was nothing vicarious about how much affection we had for each other. Through the good times and the emergency rooms, Harley’s character always made it interesting. How blessed you are, Alissa, to have shared such a wonderful relationship. He is a prince of a dog who made a mark in this world and will no doubt await you in the next. I will carry Harley’s memory in my heart my whole life. And I will never stop missing him. I truly feel that I have lost a friend.

“Harlequin Romance in the morning,
Harlequin Romance in the evening…”

With great Love and sorrow,

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