In Memorium

Harley’s Resting Place

Filed under: Pictures,Tulsa — March 26, 2008 @ 3:30 am


Here are some wildflowers that were growing near Harley’s spot when we visited it last week.

the spot

Harley’s spot is nestled beneath some pine trees near a pond.  I marked it with a designer rock that I got from a landscaping place.

harley's spot

We got some flower seeds to sprinkle over the spot.  I’m not sure if that is going to work or not though as it’s kind of shady under those pine trees.  Harley would have preferred to be in the sun, of course.  :)

I have a few more pics but my computer is still dead.  So it might be a few weeks before I can post the rest.

King of the Rock

Filed under: Pictures,Tulsa — February 11, 2008 @ 5:57 am

harley rock

This is one of my favorite pictures of Harley.  He looks so happy soaking up the sunshine.  It must be at least 8 years old (before my parents had neighbors).  Only twice was Harley’s little tail groomed short like that.  It was so cute.  When it was short, you could see how it was a little corkscrew – just like a little piggie.

Harley and Papa

Filed under: Madison Era,Pictures,Tulsa — February 10, 2008 @ 6:56 am

harley and papa

Harley LOVED my dad. Sometimes I wondered if he loved him more than me. Here they are on Christmas 1992.

This was our first white Christmas in Madison circa 1996.

My Mom’s Worst Nightmare

Filed under: Pictures,Tulsa — January 31, 2008 @ 5:46 am

mom's worst nightmare

This is the kind of thing that would drive my mom INSANE. Before my parents built up their back deck up, it was a wide open pile of mud underneath – at least from Harley’s perspective.

Harley looks like he’s saying, ‘Why are you looking at me like that?’ This is about the time I’d hear, ‘ALEEEEEESA!’

I miss that frisky little guy.

Road Trips

Filed under: Minneapolis Era,Pictures,Tulsa — January 12, 2008 @ 6:43 am

cute in the car

Harley loved road trips.  He was so good in the car – even on long trips.  When I moved to California from Texas, Harley slept the whole way.  He was a perfect angel.  Then, he ran for three days straight when we got there.

going home

These are pictures from our last trip back from Tulsa.  Tom came to get us…

the tongue

Harley’s bed was in the back seat.  As you can see, the car was crammed full of stuff.

me and harley

road trip

Karen Stauss

Filed under: Kind Words,Minneapolis Era,Tulsa — @ 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

Hanging Out On the Porch

Filed under: Pictures,Tulsa — January 8, 2008 @ 4:23 am


Harley LOVED to hang out on the porch at my parent’s house.  It was his favorite place to be.

porch 2

He could spend the entire day sitting in the sunshine.  It didn’t matter if it was cold or warm.  As long as it was sunny.

porch swingin

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. 



Christmas 1992

Filed under: Austin Era,Pictures,Tulsa — December 26, 2007 @ 4:56 pm


Harley on Christmas morning 1992. Harley’s cute little underbite was more obvious when he was younger and had more teeth.

yumi and harley

Yumi and Harley

harley and me

Harley is sick of all this mushy stuff.

yumi and harley

harley and me xmas

darrell's trick

This is the trick Darrell taught Harley.

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