As you can imagine, I am still in a state of shock and grief…missing my beloved Atticus. Slowly, I am regaining my footing from the abyss of sadness and emptiness.
Through my devastation, I’ve been buoyed by the warm and loving thoughts for Atticus that have come to me through the website, emails, cards, facebook and twitter. Atticus was certainly no ordinary dog and he had friends all over the world.
I’ve decided to share a small sampling of the wise and wonderful words that have floated my way over the past few weeks. You can also find wonderful tributes and comments in the post The World Mourns.
“Be at peace knowing we have family/friends in high places. Not an ending but merely a new beginning. As in birth there seems to always be tears through the transition. With Love, Faith, and Understanding. Our deepest condolences. “ ~ Scott Richardson, Napa, CA
“Sometimes someone or something touches your heart and opens your spirit to new thoughts and understandings. I believe Atticus and you have highlighted issues and ideas that encouraged people to think outside their comfort zone and as a result your readers become better people and citizens. These are incredible accomplishments for a humble pup and his much loved Mom.” ~ Catherine Balck, Crescent City, CA
“I’m completely amazed at all of the warm messages that people are writing! I’m so proud to be related to such a strong person who fights for the good in the world! I’m sad that Atticus is gone but it’s so awesome that he helped make the world a better place! SO PAWSOME! love you!” ~ Chelsea Gregory, Madrid, Spain
“Many of you know that Atticus, Heidi Alberti‘s wonderful canine friend, passed on a couple of days ago. Atti had become a part of the FB community as well as the much larger community surrounding Heidi. This post by Judy Stone-Goldman is both beautifully written and poignant, and a great tribute to Atti. Attitus- enjoy running through meadows of wild flowers and of course, always speaking your mind. You will be missed.” ~Candace Davenport, CA
“I know that just hearing about Atticus’ antics would bring a smile to my face and that is how I plan to keep his
memory alive. I am going to get some antlers and put them on my dog for Christmas as a memorial for Atticus. Love & hugs to you ♥” ~ Michelle Barbieri Burt, CA
“The very first time I ever read Atticus Uncensored the feelings I immediately felt were peace & happiness! Atti’s humor came shining through too! I, along with many, will miss Atti! He will never be forgotten! ♥ ♥” ~ Sara Neely, AZ
“I’m feel so blessed to have known Atticus through his blog and am quite sure that he is romping with Maci and Suzie and all of our beloved foor footed friends who have crossed over the rainbow bridge. Take solace in the fact that they will all be waiting for us when we cross over as well.” ~ Lori Gallagher Wainio, CA
“Atticus really will be missed terribly by everyone ~ we actually referred to The Circulation Desk as 4 Girls and a Dog. There is certainly a new angel in heaven tonight bringing them his special pawspective.” ~ Laine Dakin, AZ
“I have changed my profile picture in honor of Atticus and am so sad that he is no longer here to educate and brighten our days. My thoughts and prayers are with his mom, Heidi Alberti who is hurting deeply; please send her your love and words of comfort. I will miss him, too.” ~ Donna McCord, CA
“@AtticusUncensor As someone said : born a dog, died a gentleman. Be proud of who he was, as we all are, around the world.” ~ Sevi Ponti, Athens Greece via twitter
“I can’t imagine the world without Atticus’ amazing and effervescent spirit.” ~ Sabrina Thompson, CA
“Hugs, Heidi. Wish I had the right words and could give you a real hug instead of a virtual one. All I can say is thank you for seeing the wise, noble spirit in Atticus and sharing him with so many. ❤” ~ Connie Harrington Waring
“Atticus is one of those special dogs who will be remembered by all.” ~ Dr. Jen Arnold, DVM, Sacramento
“It that absolutely breaks my heart to hear about Atti! I remember him as a puppy up on Bainbridge Island and had so much fun with you guys up in Folsom. Feel free to call anytime! I miss you and will surely miss Atticus as well “ ~ Mateo Taylor, US Marine
“The amazing bond you share with him will continue forever in your heart and in his. What a treasure it has been to be among those sharing in his life, and in your joy of being his Mama.” ~ Diane Cleaver McKee, CA
“We are here for you. Anything you need. Atticus brought light, love, and magic to so many. YOU are an amazing mom…You were lucky to have each other, though I doubt luck had much to do with it. It was just meant to be that you would be together.” ~ Jamie Leigh Himmelstein, CA
“My dear on-line friend Heidi Alberti said good-bye to her beloved Atticus, a dog of definite distinction and powerful voice for social justice and love (yes, the dog’s voice!) This is devastating news for all of us who followed Heidi and Atticus in the blog. “ ~ Judy Stone Goldman, Seattle WA
“Atticus will always remain an inspiration to pet lovers and his followers who have shared his energy and pawsitive thoughts through your writings.” ~ Jeff Jaworski, Sacramento Bee
”My prayers are going out to both you and Atticus today. Take your time processing it all and be patient with yourself….. the healing will come with time. You both were blessed to have shared so much together! Be well… Peace” ~ Cory Dudley, Colorado