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The Passing of Olivia and Archie

It has been quite a while since I posted. We have been inundated with elder care of parents and their subsequent loss. By our side all the way were Archie and Olivia, offering comfort, love, laughs and copious love snots. In February, Archie was diagnosed with a tumor behind his heart and left us too soon. Less than ten days later, a nasty tumor was found in Olivia's spleen. Our vet removed it, but with the caveat that it woukd only buys us time. But, oh, what glorious days they were! She was eneergetic and puppyish, a bully queen who ruled the roost and called the shots. And she felt good until her last day, when she felt weak and tired. We kept our promise to her and allowed her release. Now my house is immaculate, silent and without its very longer a home. We now longer know how to begin or end a day. But, despite the aching lonliness and pain we feel now we agree that, even knowing how we feel now, we would not have traded a single second or penny spent. It was magical. They were our very heart and soul. And someday, when the bleeding wound scabs over, we will invite that joy in again. And Olivia and Archie will forever dwell within us.

I hope you feel comfort . .

I hope you feel comfort in our thoughts for you at this time, your story was not only sad, but very beautiful. To lose both babies so soon, has to be devistating I'm sure.

They are at the bridge, together,   Archie has lead the way for Olivia, I guarentee they are playing and snuggling under the sun there!

Best wishes

Rick and Dottie

Gizmo and Hershey


Last steps taken May 26, 2014 -- Been rolling along ever since . . . . 

Cory's picture

They are both waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.

I know how hard it is to say goodbye, I'm glad your finding comfort in the memoires you have of your baby's. My thought are with you ant this time.


Cory & Penelope

AmyandSophia's picture

My deepest sympathy on the loss of Archie and Olivia.

How terribly sad. So very sorry to hear of this. I wish you the best...and await the news of another beloved Bully in your home being loved and cared for in such a special way as Olivia and Archie were.


Amy and Sophia

1sttimebully's picture

So sorry for your loss, what beautiful memories and I have

to make sure you get a big hug for doing the right thing at the right time...our thoughts are with you.


Ashley, Baron and Duchess

Vancouver, Canada


I gasped when I read the sentence that used the word magical. I was talking with a guy (about dogs) and he stated that, "the beginning is hard, and the end is hard, but in between is MAGICAL". That about sums it up for most of us. I share the sorrow in your loss and we are thinking of you.


  Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 29, 2013)



Pegsy's picture

(((hugs))),i'm so sorry for

(((hugs))),i'm so sorry for your loss...i know exactly the feeling and i'm crying as i'm writing this after reading your post,b/c i lost my archie 2 yrs ago and the pain is just as great still as it was then...i do know there is some comfort w/a plethora of pics and memories and the fact that they are over the bridge w/some awesome friends to keep each other company.

It was difficult to lose

my one bully love so can only imagine the grief you are feeling. I am so sorry for the loss of your cherished pets.

ArchimedesMommy's picture

Sending LOTS of (((( hugs ))))), so sorry to hear about

your two sweeties!!!!!!!    And I have to say, you have a talent with writing----very descriptive and sweet!!!  Many, many ((( hugs ))))


Our three JOYS !!!  

Sophie,  Meaty,  and, Professor   (adopted in March 2016, went to Rainbow Bridge Dec. 2016)  

Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Stephanie and David's picture

I am so sorry.

You were wonderful bulldog parents who gave your dogs such love. I am so sorry that both dogs crossed the bridge and am sending you some love.

Deborah and the NC gang's picture

so very sorry for your loss

Céline and Angel Stella's picture

I'm so very sorry

How utterly awful for you. To lose both in such a short time span.

Sounds like you shared a lot of love - one day that's (almost) all you'll remember.

My deepest condolences

kibby5's picture

Heaven needed more bully angels...

So sorry. Your post makes me cry:(.... Maybe one day you will be ready to rescue some new bullies.  That's the only good part of letting your animals pass.. It makes room for new homeless friends:)... I try to calculate how many I can partake in for the rest of my life. ... Maybe about 6-8 more ..


sincerely, christine

hrmn03's picture

Our heart goes out to you and the family...

Were a new member to this wonderful community and It’s been a couple weeks since I have visited, yet upon my return, I see the Rainbow in honor of your beloved Archie and Olivia. Immediately I joined your feelings of sadness which can only originate from such a life impacting change within your family. We know it is only time which heals, yet at that moment, time feels as if it has paused.

 My purpose of this note was in response to your comment of the support we all have for one another, while we may not know everyone personally, we all share a common love and an uncommon bond with our bullies that many folks may not understand, I felt I should respond because it sure helped us.

 As each day passes, our mourning has slowly transitioned into a celebration of their life, and I hope the same comfort for you and your family. Your Archie and Olivia will be waiting by the door for you in due time, but until then, they will be off playing with their new friend, our boy Bruiser.

 Take care and be well.

mlarthur33's picture

I am so sorry about your Bruiser.

Each day gets better and your comment reminded me how much our dogs loved being with other dogs. Their butts would wiggle and they would do that "bulldoggie smile". I am glad that they will have a friend to play with.