Good Bye Sweet Carl

As my husband and I embraced each other, we couldn’t stop crying and shaking from our loss. Carl was laid to rest today under the trees in our backyard, next to our English Bull dog, Sally.

What started as a normal day in our household, ended tragically for all of us. I would have never thought that I would be writing these words to all of you who have followed the life and antics of my little French Bull dog. But I do believe that I owe it to you to let you know that this sweet little dog who has provided so many smiles and tears has left this world.

Grief fills my heart right now. Just thinking about Carl causes my eyes to well up and a sinking feeling to set in. My tendency is to stay busy and distracted so I won’t feel. It just hurts too much to think that I will never see him again.

Bee has been extra attentive towards us in the last couple of hours. She has followed us around and seems to know that something isn’t right. I am not sure if she is sad or grateful for being the only dog.

This coming Wednesday, I am releasing my new book Empty Hands. I have wondered why I gave this book this name. But given the broken heart that I am feeling and the thoughts of being empty, this title is making more sense to me as I mourn.

I will send a link for all of you who would like to purchase a copy in the next couple of days.

But for right now, please keep my husband and I in your prayers.

I am not sure if I will continue this blog. It just doesn’t make sense right now. We have no plans to replace Carl. As you all know, there is no way to replace this sweet dog that filled our hearts with such joy and happiness.

In the love of Christ,


18 thoughts on “Good Bye Sweet Carl

  1. Oh Cora, I am so- o-o-o sorry about Carl! Please know that I will be praying for you and your husband. It must be terrible and such a feeling of loss when Carl was with you for so long. He certainly was used of God to encourage you with all your writings that gave such good insight into God’s Word. See, isn’t it amazing how God uses whatever He wishes to touch the hearts of so many people! Thank you for ALL those wonderful insights. I would love to get your book, Empty Hands”. Thanks, Cora, and you will be in my prayers. Love, Kathleen

    On Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 10:03 AM The Adventures of Carl by Cora Darrah wrote:

    > coradarrah posted: ” As my husband and I embraced each other, we couldn’t > stop crying and shaking from our loss. Carl was laid to rest today under > the trees in our backyard, next to our English Bull dog, Sally. What > started as a normal day in our household, ended tra” >

  2. Thanks for sharing. We are also grieving the loss of Carl.
    Thanks for including us in his adventures. Peace be with you and Jay!! Love you!😘🙏👋

  3. Oh Cora- I was just devastated to read this post. You know how I loved Carl! I am praying for you and Jay through this sad time. I know Carl is making mischief on that rainbow bridge now. I will miss his stories but am so glad you shared him with us these past few years. He had a wonderful life and provided so much for you to write about. I’m thankful to have known his sweet soul. Hugs and prayers-

    1. Dear Evalee,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I have to tell you that I was sad today, thinking about you and how you would miss hearing about Carl. I am sure he is making mischief on that rainbow bridge. I do believe that God is a great God and will let us meet back up with our loved pets when we cross over. I truly appreciate all the support you gave me through out the years of writing my blog about this little pooch. Love, Cora

  4. Oh, Cora, I’m so shocked and heartbroken with you. May God comfort you and Jay and the rest of your family as you grieve your precious Carl. My prayers are with you. 💕🙏🏼💕 I hope you continue your blog in some form!

  5. Cora,
    I can’t express how shocked and saddened I am to hear about Carl. Our pets are members of our families and are irreplaceable.
    I wasn’t aware of this site; Patty texted me and let me know. I did receive your email and replied to that.
    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and heart! May God surround all of you with love and a sense of peace.

    1. Lori, thanks for your concern for my family. God does His greatest work during our times of suffering. I feel comforted to have such great friends and such a wonderful heavenly father.

  6. Oh Cora, my heart breaks for you, Jay and the rest of your family. I have been where you are and completely understand the depth of your grief. Please know that those of us who have lost a member of the family (our beloved pets) can emphasize with your grief, disbelief and anger you are feeling right now, but can tell you it gets a little easier with time. I believe our pets are with us even after they are gone, and will comfort you in your grief. Todd and I rescued Molly (a calico) from a woodpile when she was a kitten, a year after we were married. She was always mine and everyone knew it. She would cry out for me when she didn’t know where I was, and would come running when I answered. She crawled under the covers with me every night, even when I was pregnant, and snuggled up against me. After she died from an aggressive cancer 14 years later, I was beyond devastated by her loss. Nighttime was the hardest time for me, and I grieved for months. Sometimes on the nights that were particularly difficult, I could feel her walking on the bed and then lying down next to me, which she sometimes did. The first few times, I looked and of course she wasn’t there, but then I realized her spirit was there to comfort me while my heart was healing. It has been years since she died, and I can still feel her rabbit like fur, her rubbing up against my leg, walking across the keyboard to get my attention and hear her calling my name like a lost child. Molly will always be a part of me and one of the first loved ones I will see in heaven. I still miss her terribly, but smile instead of cry when I think of her, because the years of love she gave me will last a life time, and I know we will be reunited one day. Carl will always be a part of your family and you can’t imagine your heart healing, or getting another pet. But one day, it will hurt less, and you will be able to make room in your heart (or Bee will need a companion) for another French Bull Dog. No dog will ever replace Carl, and he will always be special and a part of your life. That will never change.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. We will give you time to grieve and try to make sense of your loss, but we are hopeful you will continue your blog in some way, because I will miss your valuable insight into how god works in our lives. Take care of yourself. Take it one day at a time.
    Much love to you and your family

    1. Dana,
      Thanks for your kind words. I know that time will heal the hurt in my heart but it is tough right now. Every time I want to not think of Carl, he runs across my memory. I have learned so much from this dog but one thing I do know is that God is in control of all circumstances. And we know that God is good and good all the time. Thanks again for sharing, Cora

  7. Cora, I am so very sorry to learn of Carl’s passing! I can’t image the pain you and Jay are experiencing. I will pray for you in the difficult days to come. I have so enjoyed your blog and learned valuable lessons about God through them. I hope that you will continue to share about Carl in some way. Love you! Rachel

    1. Rachel, thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It has been very difficult for both of us, but particularly for Jay. I do have a blog that I will post tomorrow but am not sure how many more will be posted. Please pray for God to give me an avenue to reach people with his incredible message of salvation..

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