Thursday, 4 December 2008

Apologies and Explanations

Hi all,

Bens Mum here hijacking the blog for one post only. I decided I should make this post since this post is all about apologising and it is I that owes you all an apology and not Ben.
Those of you who visit Khyra may already know the reasons behind our absence but i shall explain for those that may not know.

Our wonderful Grandma passed away, finally pain free and reunited with Grandad who she missed so dearly. Our hearts are broken and our spirits low and we needed time to digest our loss and spend time with other family members and support them through their grief also. I hope you understand that whilst we love and have missed each and every one of you, the time away was very much needed.

Firstly I would like to apologise for being a terrible secretary and blatantly ignoring Ben's blog for far too long, I have had my reasons and they are very valid ones but I apologise that I didn't post and explain that Ben would be MIA for a while.
Secondly I would like to apologise for anyone (and i'm sure this applies to only one person) who is waiting for their DWB What it Means To Me submission to be posted. I will be getting caught up there very soon.
Thirdly I am truly truly sorry that in all the chaos I appear to have missed the final post for air-mail which means that aside from the ones i already had mailing address' for the majority of you may receive e-cards rather than snail mail. I feel truly truly terrible about this, especially since Ben has already received an abundance of beautiful cards but unfortunatley this is the only way to get greetings to you in time for the holidays. So please email me birthday dates and i promise that i will make it up to each and every one of you.

I would also like to apologise publicly to the Three Musketeers and to the lovely Blue, both of whom sent Ben wonderful parcels that I have not yet posted about

and I would like to thank the very beautiful Khyra and her wonderful Mom for taking the time to post of my whereabouts but also for their friendship and support. To Joey and Tanner, Rocky and everyone else who took the time to email just because you care and to apologise to you all for not being around and not always replying. Your friendship and support is so very valuable.. more than you could know.

I promise to get my mind back on secretarial duties and allow Ben to visit you all very soon. We love you all.


Lacy said...

w00f's Ben and all, u not need to apoligize to us...u needed the time to heal a iz glad u tolded Khyra to tell us, cause me wuz really gittin skeered...not cing u fur awhile..u all have been in our thoughts and prayers...

b safe,

pps, mama here, my mama lived 10years after my daddy died..she was miserable...i no she loved me and my sis, but daddy was her soulmate..her life...although, we miss her very much, shes back with him again, and i guess thats ok, she happy now..

Abby said...

Hi, Ben & Family...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss...

You are in our thoughts & prayers...

Abby & her Mom xxxooo

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...


Woo are silly!

Taking time for those furry important things was way WAY more important than worrying about those other things-

They will be here every year - woo only have a furry special relatives -

I was glad to have been able to khommunikhate Ben's absence!

I do hope that we will get to see his handsomeness furry soon!!!

Khyra and her mom

Brownie said...

Yup. I read it at Ginger's. It's a very sad time we know. I hope you can blog soon

everybodysaysdont said...

Thinking of you all and sending you lots of love xxxx

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Ben and Family,
We're sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Eva, Brice and family

I is Jake said...


Bens mom, is ok we know bouts needin time fer fings. I's miss yoo Ben! I can't wait to hear what yoo has been up too!

::springs in my feet::
::springs in my feet::

I is Jake!

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Hi Ben and family,

We're so sorry to hear about the loss of your Gramma...I'm sure that everyone understands how hard it is to lose someone dear.

I agree with Khyra...taking time off for the important things in your family is way more important than other stuff...=) No worries about the cards and all...there's always Christmas every year. *wink*

We will be thinking of you and your family as you take your much needed time off...please give a big hug to Ben from us too. =)


Patience-please said...

It is a time when the computer is a lower priority. We ALL understand that, and we send our best wishes, and our care and our concern.

wags from the whippets and the servant

Bee Bee said...

Dear Ben & Family

*hugs n kisses*

Take care ya :)

Bee Bee

The Animal Doctor said...

dearest ben's mom,
please dont be sad for being MIA, we understand what you are going through with a loved one's passing.

we miss ben a lot, but we have not forgotten him. we continually check his blog to see if he's back, and we're so glad for this post.

take care!

Lilli the Secretary

Charlie Daniels said...

G'day Ben's Mum

Apologies not required. I understand 100gabillion percent.



PeeEss: Tell Ben when he is finally allowed to come out to play - he is supplying the tennis ball! ;-)

The Army of Four said...

Just want to say we love you guys and miss you. And "woo". Special "woo"s to Ben's mom. And a hug, too, just for good measure.

Lorenza said...

We are so sorry about your loss.
And yes, you don't need to apologize. Your family is first.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

We are glad to have you back, but you never have to apologize. We have been thinking about you guys a lot, and missed Ben, but we knew you needed some time!

Poopsie Blue said...

I am so, sorry to hear of your loss - feel bad I hadn't emailed you, as had kept wondering if everything was okay.

And, there NO need to apologise about not blogging - as long as you are all alright if still very sad. Grieving takes time.

Love, pats & pets

Simba said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. Sending you all hugs and the strength to get through the Christmas season.

Simba xxx

Achilles Wong said...

hellow there Ben and mum!

we are glad you are back and we are sorry to hear about your grandma. it is reassuring to know though that everything is well there.

and don't worry about a thing mum, we understand 100%- were dogs you know! we are just glad that all of you are okay :D

there will always be next christmas. we can all wait till then. what's more important is your grandma.

take care and we missed you!

drooly kisses,


Tracey and Huffle said...

Ben and Mum

You do not need to apologise. Blogging is meant to be fun and sometimes life is way more important. We look forward to you coming back and telling us stuff.

Huffle Mawson and her mum

Lady Kaos said...

Don't apologize, we totally understand! We're just glad you're okay. I was getting ready to email you and make sure you were okay. I'm sure everyboyd is fine with ecards instead of the mail cards. Now if only Mom would get on ours and them them emailed!!!!
Big Chaotic Hugs to your entire family!!!

Bobby said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. But it is great to see you back.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss, hugs to you and your family Ben.

Your pals,
Holly & Zac

Dark said...

We want to send the most sincere condolences for the departure of her grandmother, so sorry: (.
Spent many days here and already I was beginning to worry that we are not seeing it just Ben, now I understand you had to be with your family to give them a lot of love and affection.
You command a big hug and mom tells me that give him a big licking it to yours on our side, we want them.

Mack said...

Ben's Mum:
We are so truly sorry for your loss.

We have missed reading all about Ben & his beans, but we certainly know what it's like to have hard times and not be able to blog.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Mack & his mum

The Zoo Crew said...

No apologies neeed! Everyone needs some time away, especially when losing a loved one. Hope you are all doing well!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. No need for apologies. We understand!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

taz and all the dogs in need said...

Hi Ben's mum, you really needed the time out. In time it will hurt less, and your memories will leave you with Joy, my mum has, again,lost you number as she kept saying she needs to ring your mam. So please you are back, but so sorry to hear of your loss xxx

Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

We're so sorry for your loss. These are the times when our dogs take such good care of us.


Harry said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, you have no need to apologise about not posting, we are just keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Harry x

Raising Addie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Mom had surgery on Dec 5 and has been a little behind in visiting blogs.

We hope that your family is doing well during this difficult time.

Addie and Zoe

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You don't need to apologize. Life interferes in the best of plans and we just have to work around it. We've been mostly MIA for about 3 weeks too because Jan's computer went bonkers and we haven't been able to go with her to the neighbor's when she did the shelter pictures. But this week she has a borrowed laptop and we get to visit a little. A little is better than not at all.

So, welcome back. We are sorry about your loss. You did need time to adjust and heal.

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

As all have said. No apologies are required. Life happens and losses such as your Mom's take time. Mom says You never get over it, but you eventually learn to live with it.....
And Christmas-well each first holiday is the worst. Mom still misses her Gparents and specially her Dad ALOT. Seems like they should be there especially for Christmas...
God Bless

Dannan and The Girl said...

Well, I don't think we need to say it again...but you don't need to apologize! We love you and Ben, and we're happy to know that you are moving along in your recovery. It is very hard to lose someone we love, and the hole that is left in our hearts and our lives sometimes seems bigger than we are.

We're so glad you're back! Wroooooo!!!
Brown dog kisses for you and Ben,
Dannan and The Girl

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

No worries. We have been worried about your silence but quite understand.

Life happens. Sorry to hear about all your probs, and please accept our condolences on your sad loss.

Please do not stress, everyone understands - we cannot be perfect Secretaries or Editors all the time - and we need to look after our own.

We have begun blogging again so hope to visit you more regularly.

Please, at the moment, just look after yourselves and sweet Ben!

Much love,

Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxxxxxxxx

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

And extra big hugs at this sad time.

Life is cruel and sad, when our loved ones leave us.

Take time with your grief, and take comfort from all your friends.

Jeannie xxxxxxx Marvin xxxxxxxxxxx

Wishing you some sunshine through the grey are in our thoughts.......

Comet and BLU said...

We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We understand how important it is to take care of yourself and family first.

Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey Y'all,
FAMILY FIRST - 'nuff said. Taint no apologizing necessary.

We all hope that you find peace this special season and that y'all have a much happier and prosperous New Year.


From the great former colony of Virginia:
- Homer J., Jubal, J.E.B., Sophie, Shelby Belle, Jackson, Abby, Max, Shiloh, Alex, Boru and Jenny = The Bumpass Hounds