Story Weekend takes a Break

This has been a hard week. We lost our beautiful little Jet to cancer on Monday; he’d never even seemed sick until Sunday. A great shock for us, and Keeper is a little lost soul without his brother. I’m still in that painful “I can’t believe it” stage.

Then Tuesday night, my email account was hacked so thoroughly that I couldn’t prove to AOL that I was who I said I was. (“what’s your first pet’s name?” “Kona.” “No that’s not right.” “Yes it is!”) I felt like I was in one of those movies where the hero can’t prove he really is himself. Shudder.

I did have a good trip to High Point to speak to 300 lovely women from the High Point Literary League, and it was good to have a small break from the sadness and craziness of the week.

Anyhow, my heart’s not in Story Weekend this week, so I hope you’ll understand. Story Weekend will be back next week, God willing and the crick don’t rise.


  1. Mary Ellen on September 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    So very sorry that you lost one of your best friends. It is so very hard. May the fond memories be with you forever.

  2. Sharon Pearce on September 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your beloved Jet. It is so hard when one of our pets passes on. They become so much a part of our lives. May you dwell on all the good memories Jet has left you with. Hugs to you.

  3. Laurie Truesdell on September 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss….I know it makes it so much harder that you had no idea. He obviously had such a strong spirit that he didn’t let on that anything was wrong. I hope your memories will carry you through this tough time.

  4. Ann on September 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Jet. I have enjoyed the pictures and stories about your dogs and will miss him even though I have never met him. I know how much you have always loved your dogs. I will never forget the night in Vienna Va when I was at my sister’s house and it was sleeting and you were outside calling one of your golden retrievers who had gotten out of the fence. I spoke to you and could tell how much you loved your dog.
    Keeper will need extra attention and he will comfort you.

    • Diane Chamberlain on September 22, 2012 at 12:18 am

      That devil. Chapel could get out of any yard and often I couldn’t figure out how she did it. I remember that night. She nearly gave me heart failure.

  5. Lucy Kubash on September 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I’m so sorry for your sad loss of Jet. Losing a beloved pet is so difficult, especially when unexpected. But you gave him a good life and the love every pet deserves. I’m sure Keeper is grieving, too. Hugs to all.

  6. Amy on September 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jet. Losing a pet is so painful. They love us so unconditionally, and that kind of love is irreplaceable.

  7. Liz on September 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Diane
    My condolences on your loss. Its awful to lose a beloved pet. I had a similar experience about 5 years ago. Our German Shepherd Zak took ill. We took him to the vet and he died the next day. He had cancer of the spleen, and like your Jet, did not show any symptoms until right near the end. The vet told us it is amazing what animals can bear without showing any pain. In the animal kingdom if they show any signs of weakness they could be preyed upon so that is why they hide it so well. You have your wonderful memories to sustain though. Best wishes.

    • Diane Chamberlain on September 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      That’s been my experience with several of my dogs, Liz. They really tough it out until they can’t hide it any longer. A gift to their humans, but I hate to think of them suffering.

  8. Martha O'Quinn on September 23, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. The old saying, death comes in threes, has proven true once again. My sister’s 14 yr. old dog, Katie, died in her sleep; my across-the-street neighbor’s dog, Buddy, from cancer. Buddy came to her as a rescue from Hurricane Katrina. She never really knew his age, but he was a gentle soul, an Old English Sheepdog, that lived the last 5 yrs. of his life in a manner that most humans would consider a life of luxury, surrounded by the love of an entire neighborhood. Diane, my sympathy and my prayers for comfort and eventually a peace filled with sweet, furry memories.

  9. Margo on September 24, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Oh, Diane…I’m so shocked and saddened to read about Jet. My deepest sympathies to you, John and Keeper. As a mutual dog lover, I know exactly what you’re going through and how hard it is to even function. I feel your pain my friend. Deepest thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    • Diane Chamberlain on September 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      thanks, Margo. I thought of you when this happened. I know you understand.

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