The Death of Your Best Friend
Those who have never known the pleasure of having their heart dog lay quietly with his head on their foot or the contentment of watching the sun go down with a four-legged-friend will also never know the devastating loss of the death of a beloved pet.
The grief suffered by animal lovers when their friend dies is often incomprehensible to family and friends. 'But, she was only a dog!' they say in disbelief.
Sadly, as a dog's life span is so much shorter than our own, the pain of their passing is an almost inevitable price we must pay for the joy of having them near us for their short time on earth.
As a dog grows older and we try not to notice as the effects of old age creep up on them, a quiet voice inside us whispers that there is still so much that can be done to ensure quality of life. Perhaps medical intervention will help us share another year, another month, another day ... but as we watch our proud old friends fading before us we know the day to say goodbye is coming soon.
Those who have never known the pleasure of loving a dog will never know the heartbreak of admitting that the day has come to say goodbye. So... is it worth it? Sharing your life for so few years, knowing that one day you might have to hold your dog's head while the vet gentle eases hinm out of this life, into the next?
Only those who have never had a dog would think not.
From A Canine Friend to Those Who Love Him
You're giving me a special gift
But really, love is knowing
So looking deep into your eyes
The strength that you possess
That strength is why I've followed you
Please understand just what this gift
You take a stand on my behalf
So one last time, I breathe your scent
Cut the leash that holds me here
And don't despair my passing
I'll be there watching over you
If you haven't already read it, please also see Rainbow Bridge - a beautiful poem by an unknown author for all of us who have ever loved and lost a pet.
And the other side of the coin - what happens to a pet when its owner dies first?
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