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So Long Terrible T

April 22nd, 2019

She was called Sweet T and Terrible T, and was a gentle giant, but a little neurotic too. She wouldn’t hesitate to kill a coyote, raccoon, skunk, or fox, but was gentle with the ducklings (her favorites). We loved her independent spirit (though not all the time). On our way home from the emergency vet Friday night, Mr Chiots said “I can just see your mom, in her bathrobe, greeting T and feeding her milk bones from her pocket.” My mom loved this dog, as did everyone that met her. She will leave a giant Anatolian shaped hole in our hearts and on our farm. We are thankful she went out in her prime while still working and doing what she loved and we didn’t have to watch her fade to a shadow of herself. She lived a good, long life. It’s so difficult to lose pets, but they are such wonderful companions while they are with us.

They weren’t 100% what happened, but the best guess is hemangiosarcoma. While tragic for her to go so quickly, in the end we realized it’s a blessing that she was playing one and gone the next. She would not have tolerated treatment or a long illness. So long Tara…

11 Comments to “So Long Terrible T”
  1. Natasha on April 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful companion, Tara. She sounds like she was a beloved friend and partner.

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  2. Sharon on April 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    What a noble looking animal. I am sorry for your loss.

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  3. Mrs. H on April 22, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    What a pretty girl Tara was. I’m sorry for you that she is gone, but glad that she did not suffer long.

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  4. Misti on April 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Oh no! It feels like y’all just got her, though I know it has been many years now. Sorry to see her go. Poor pup.

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    • Susy on April 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      We’ve had her for almost 6 years and she was already 5 when she came to us.

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  5. PennyAshevilleNC on April 23, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Those pictures of her are really beautiful, I am so sorry to hear this news. It is painful to lose our fur family. I am grateful she had such a full life on your land and with you and Brian.

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  6. Lori Hall on April 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I am so very sorry about your furbaby. That is always such a hard thing. She was beautiful!

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  7. Chris on April 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I’m so sorry that you lost your darling Tara! That second photo of her is just beautiful! You hadn’t posted about her in a very long time so I wasn’t sure if she was still with you or not. Enjoy your beloved memories of her!

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  8. Robin on April 23, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    It’s sad. I’m very sorry. She was such a beautiful girl. We lost our farmcollie Maggie to hemangiosarcoma when she was 11. We found out on a Friday that it was the problem and she was gone on Monday.

    I’m sorry she’s gone and for the sadness that comes with it.

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  9. Brenda on April 25, 2019 at 8:53 am

    So sad, I remember reading your various posts on Tara over the years, she was such a beautiful dog ❤️

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  10. Tonya on April 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    What a fortunate dog to have been loved so well and now missed so much.

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