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Sorry for my lack of posting last night.  If you’ve read Meghann’s blog this morning, you know where I was from 11:20 to 1:30 AM, so posting was impossible.  What started off as a great evening had a very tragic ending.  🙁


For brevity, my afternoon snacks included a Kashi bar, cherries, and a piece of toast with Laughing Cow.  Around 5 PM, we met up my friend Stef and her boyfriend for our downtown dinner date.


We went to our new favorite place, Dexter’s.


I ordered a beer once we sat down:


And I snagged two crackers and a piece of cheese from the communal cheese platter.


We had lots to talk about — Stef and Jack just got back from a great trip to Thailand.  It was so exotic!  They are both rock climbers so they pretty much climbed their way all over the country. 


I also got to know Jack a little better — I’ve only met him once before (which was at my wedding and we know how that is!).  He’s a tremendous athlete!  He casually mentioned that he once ran a 3:00 marathon "for fun." AHHH!


I ordered the same thing as last night — the veggie sammie:


And the Husband and I split these fries:


After dinner, we were all a little bit (OK, a lot) stuffed so we decided to walk a lap around Lake Eola to help our dinner settle.  The lake is about 0.75-mile around.


Then we stopped off at a wine bar and ordered ourselves a flight or two.  🙂


Stef and I shared the Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles flight and the Ladies’ Choice flight.


Well, I had just a few sips of everything because I was the driver.


It was around that time that my phone rang.  Meghann was calling me at 11:00 PM so I immediately knew something was wrong.  As you probably heard, her little dog Abbie passed away quite suddenly and without warning.


The Husband and I rushed to her house to help console her and take care of things.  It was extremely, extremely sad.  Before we went to bed last night, we said a little prayer for Abbie and thanked her for being such a wonderful dog.   She was a great fur daughter to Meghann and I know she’ll be missed by my fur family, too.


Life is too short; love your family, friends, and pets while they are here!


Abbie – I hope you are running through green fields in doggie heaven and bones are raining from the sky! Rest in peace, my furry friend.  XOXO.



  • Mrs. LC August 2, 2009, 5:32 am

    I'm so glad you were there for Meghann – I can't believe what happened! 🙁

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 2, 2009, 5:43 am

    I'm very sad to hear about little Abbie. But how nice that you could be there for Meghann.

  • Tami August 2, 2009, 5:47 am

    i am glad Meghann has good friends like you to help her through this difficult time.

  • seesaraheat August 2, 2009, 6:01 am

    Oh my gosh! Poor Meghann. She is so lucky to have you.

  • Stacey August 2, 2009, 6:30 am

    Oh God, I would be soooo upset if my dog died, I can only imagine how she feels 🙁 You are such a great friend to her!

  • Hilary (Red Head, Yellow Dog) August 2, 2009, 6:41 am

    I am glad Meghann was able to have you there with her. Losing a pet is such a hard thing to go through!

    I remember someone saying once that they thought when you first get to heaven (or wherever), all of the dogs from your past come running toward you to greet you. I really hope that's true…it's such a comforting thought.

  • fashionablyfit August 2, 2009, 6:45 am

    It's so sad. 🙁 Losing a pet is always hard, but so quickly and randomly like that — I can't even imagine.

  • Sara August 2, 2009, 7:07 am

    That's so sweet of you and the husband to go over to Meghanns! You guys are great friends.

  • Beth August 2, 2009, 7:24 am

    So sad…. hugging my doggie now

  • Therese August 2, 2009, 7:41 am

    That is so sad about Abbie! I can't imagine if anything happened to my little fur baby.

    The walking path around Lake Eola is 0.9 miles so you got more of a workout than you thought!

  • just me August 2, 2009, 8:31 am

    I'm so glad you were close enough to be able to help meghann. I saw her facebook, called her and felt absolutely helpless being over here and not being able to help.

  • Bec August 2, 2009, 8:49 am

    I am so glad that Meghann has such a great friend like you to be there for her last night

  • Island Girl Eats August 2, 2009, 9:02 am

    You have the most amazing heart. Meghann is so lucky to have a friend like you.

    Obviously I don't know either of you, but when I read about Abbie, I started to cry. I lost my cat in November last year and I know how it feels.

  • Betsy August 2, 2009, 9:24 am


  • heyitstay August 2, 2009, 11:47 am

    It's so sad, my heart goes out to everyone that knew Abbie. I'm sure she's up there in Doggy heaven. After all, all dogs go to heaven, right?
    You are such a great friend to her, Caitlin!

  • Niki August 2, 2009, 2:44 pm

    I'm so sorry to hear about little Abbie:( I am so glad you were able to be there for Meghann. I know I would need comfort in a time like that.

  • Still Life in South America August 2, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Very nice of you to go over to help M. out. I have never lost a pet, so I can't imagine the sorrow–especially with the death of such a young pet.

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit August 2, 2009, 5:56 pm

    Poor Meghann. Losing a pet is so hard.

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