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January 25, 2015

In Memorium: Ernestine Hastings, 4/21/2002 – 1/22/2015

The email below appeared in the mailboxes of Ernestine Hasting’s family and friends in the afternoon of Thursday, January 22nd.  For some it was not a surprise, some were not aware of her terminal cancer diagnosis in September 2014. The responses from everyone display overthetop love, appreciation, and deep caring for this truly amazing 12.5 year old, ‘Puddin’ Jack Russell Terrier.

From Bradley:

Our hearts are heavy as we escort Ernestine to her final vet appointment this morning.  She transformed our lives in ways I couldn’t imagine when she entered my life in 2002.   She inspired us to take a leap of faith following our dream to start our own business.  Many friends, acquaintances and employees have come into our lives since April 2002 as a result of Ernestine.   She has brought us so much joy and happiness throughout her life and today we feel great sadness at the loss of her companionship.   She has taught us many lessons in her short 12 1/2 year life and we were fortunate to have spent so much time with her while she was here.   Saying good bye is never easy when it is your best fur friend.   Please light a candle tonight for our precious angel and remember the joy and laughter she brought to our lives.   RIP Ernestine you will be missed.

With profound sadness-
Bradley and Stephanie”

On January 23rd, we heard from Stephanie:

‘Dear family and friends-
It goes without saying that yesterday was one of the saddest of my life. Our beautiful Ernestine lost her battle with cancer. It is a nasty aggressive disease that saps every bit of good out of something-usually! Ernie, true to her nature, was a champ to the end. Even barking and wagging her tail for food just a few days ago. But, she was not able to win the fight.
She was the most incredible dog. Spirited like her breed dictated, but sweet and true. We were blessed to have had such an amazing creature be part of our lives. She was our friend, our confidant, our love. She was everything. She brought us our dearest friends, inspired our business and changed our hearts forever.
Our loss is profound. As W. B. Auden wrote in his poem Funeral Blues and I take a small liberty with this verse, changing he to she.  “She was my north, my south, my east, my west. My working week, my Sunday rest. My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song. I thought this love would last forever, I was wrong.” Rest my sweet girl you will be missed.

With the heaviest heart-



Later, Ernestine

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