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Monday, July 06, 2020

Today is a sad day.

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
— Rumi

Last night (July 5, 2020) I said my final goodbye to Buddy our 13 year old pug. It is always hard to lose a pet and all our family is sad and heart broken. I’ve been thinking of our loss and wanted to collect some thoughts to help us and maybe others, too.

Buddy was 13 years old. He was actually my Son & Grandson’s dog who came to live with me December 2018 when he became diabetic and required insulin injections 2 times a day and his family could not care for him.

Buddy was no stranger to me because the first time he came to stay with me he was just a new 7-week old puppy. He stayed with me a week before Santa Claus gave him to my Grandson as a surprise Christmas gift on Christmas morning. Over the years I cared for him at my house or at his house. He stayed with me during numerous illnesses, surgeries, etc. Once he stayed with me 6 months while my Son was renovating his house. When he finally returned to his home, I missed him so much it caused me to get my own puppy, a little girl pug.

Over his life, Buddy overcame many health problems and continued to live on with his calm, relaxed personality. He did the perfect pug head tilt from right to left when spoken to and appeared to be listening intently to understand. That was always cute and precious to see. He loved children and was friendly even to strangers. He was a shadow and always under foot where ever I was in the house and I had to be careful where I stepped and walked. We loved him so very much and will miss him. Gone but not forgotten,,,forever in our hearts...

I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three.
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you’ll always have his memories
as solace for your grief .
I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,”
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you’ll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you’ll know forever grateful stay.
But should I call him back
much sooner than you’ve planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you’ve managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you’ve loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.

My Forever Pet

There’s something missing in my home
I feel it day and night.
I know it will take time and strength
Before things feel quite right.

But just for now, I need to mourn,
My heart - - it needs to mend.
Though some may say “It’s just a pet”
I know I’ve lost a friend.

You’ve brought such laughter to my home,
And richness to my days.
A constant friend through joy or loss...
With gentle, loving ways.

Companion, friend, confidante,
A friend I won’t forget,
You’ll live forever in my heart,
My sweet forever pet.
~~Susanne Taylor

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