Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RIP Barkley 2-24-2014

February 24, 2014.

It's the day we lost Barkley.  It's a hard day, for sure.  Some of it was good.  I got to write a check to an animal rescue group in the four figures from sales to help them and I'll have another one soon in the same amount to another group in Texas.   I got to spend time with coworkers I hadn't seen in a couple of weeks as I was dealing with issues with my Dad, who is terminally ill with an inoperable mass in his colon.

Then I got to come home to the first and only 1 star review of TBOB, after being on the cover of Kirkus Reviews, an Amazon #1 in the kindle store, thousands given to dog, cat and horse rescue around the country in memory of Barkley and my brother.

"Not worth the read". 

Yes, I know Marko says "don't read the reviews".  But there it was, as glaring as a spotlight. Today, the day of all of their tiny handful of  reviews.  A troll with bad timing - or just someone who lives to hurt because of their own failures.

I'm pretty sure I know the woman who left it, though I won't ever know for sure.

But Barkley does.

24 comments:

  1. Yep, don't read the reviews!

    The "person" who wrote that review has obviously never owned a dog, let alone raised one and lived with it.

    Ya done good, B!

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  2. I'd bet on someone who lives to hurt, but that doesn't exclude him/her being a troll.
    They are actually pretty close to the same, when you think about it.
    Ignore those kind of comments; you know you are better than that!

    Merle

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  3. Brigid, TBOB is my most anticipated read, dutifully on hold until I have a break from school. From your posts, I fell in love with a dog that I would never pet, and the two of you became a daily part of our household. Samara and I mourn your loss, marvel at your strength as life has taken you from one difficult situation to another, and draw strength from your perseverance. I am sorry that some inconsiderate fool has bruised your heart, but I also remember the indomitable spirit that shines defiantly from your eyes in your childhood photos lives on today. Consider yourself hugged by strangers from afar, wrapped in a blanket of prayer, and lifted up for healing.

    Ken and Sam

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  4. Just can"t please some people, they would bitch even if you hung them with a new rope.

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    1. Yeah, as Dad used to say "it's scratchy as hell and not likely to break" which pretty well sums it up!

      Merle

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  5. That person seems to like to post negative reviews of stuff. And they apparently own dogs, but buy a host of baby gates to keep them from moving freely around their house. Meh...

    The rest of us know better, my friend. We miss Barkley too, each in our own way. I wish I'd had the pleasure of meeting him in person.

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  6. What old okie said... they'd complain that the rope is too scratchy...
    Rich in NC

    PS:[Youze Guyz are on our prayers list]

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  7. That loathsome comment? REALLY "Not worth the read."

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  8. I AM sorry for your loss.
    But happy for how you have positively channeled your energy.

    Big Hug!

    gfa

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  9. Hard to believe it's been a year. Hard to believe I love and miss a dog I never met in person.

    Hard to believe there are a$$holes of that large a caliber.

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  10. Just climb above the flak, my friend. Trolls can only hurt us if we let them. All of us know how lovingly & well you've written of Barkley, a truly special member of your family for so long. He is missed - and you are loved.

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  11. I am glad there were good parts to your day, and please know I thought of you and Barkley while I toasted to you both last evening.

    As for the review, to quote Mr. T: "I pity the fool!" You shared an amazing story of your life with Barkley, and those of us who have had the honor of reading it--and your posts--appreciate the effort and love you pour into each bit of writing.

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  12. Dang.

    Hard to believe it's been a year.

    Hard to believe how some folks have no soul.

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  13. One star? Not worth the read?

    The reviewer DIDN'T read it! Barkley will be spiritually pooping in his/her pudding, with that big Labrador grin the breed is famous for!

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  14. Brigid, you're such an amazing woman. I have read most part of your blog and know life has thrown you so so many shitty things, You have flown jets. You're a government agent who has seen many horrible things I'm sure. When I read your stories, I keep telling my darling wife how a "tough gal" you are. But then, a moron writes a stupidity, a absolute lie. I would expect you to shrug it off since you have "seen it all" but no, your wonderful big heart is hurt proving that you're a caring, loving person. I have read TBOB (twice) it's a beautifully written book with beautiful stories. Please don't let the morons of this world ruin it for you. As Ken said it so eloquently in his comment, consider yourself hugged by all of us who you touch daily with your heart warming stories.

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  15. This troll is illiterate and heartless. I loved it and will treasure it always. I'll probably read it again once the pain from the most recent loss is dulled a bit.

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  16. I have yet to meet an author who doesn't read reviews. Some might claim they don't, but they do. Let's just go with whoever left you a one-star didn't "get" it.

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  17. Thank you - each and every one of you. The review any other day would have just been "troll!!!" But the date made it hard, and tomorrow is Big Bro's birthday. I ended up crying in my office after I thought everyone had left, when I pulled the church bulletin from his service out of my desk. My partner was still there - he's beyond cool, and just gave me a hug (my team probably going to get banned from squirrel central someday but I'm in charge here, hugs are allowed, everyone has a bacon calender and we pray for one another). He and his wife have become good friends and it's like working with family. For that, I will not shed any more tears tonight. I got a wonderful letter from Hope for Paws in California thanking me for a generous donation and allowing me to name their next rescue. I picked Barkley if it's a boy, and Gracie if its a girl. I will then have a glass of wine and toast Barkley and my brother, who are also in book #2,. Saving Grace - officially accepted at the publisher, and out in about 8-10 weeks.

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    1. And with the downs are the ups--I'll take any ups that make me smile. ;-)

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  18. And somewhere some punk is spray painting graffiti on the Taj Mahal.

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  19. Don't let 'em get you down. You have more 5 star reviews than I have sales. You can't satisfy everyone.

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  20. Screw the troll. I just read somewhere that the lion cares not for the opinions of mere sheep. You, my friend, are a lioness indeed. And Barkley would agree.

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  21. "Illegitimi non carborundum". Not true Latin, but great advise anyway.

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  22. Screw the troll. People like that aren't worth your time.

    Sorry to hear about your Dad's situation. Prayers for him and you.

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