I Lost my Best Friend

January 20, 2011


I lost my best friend today; my

furry little friend of fifteen years. I knew the day would come, so I prayed for strength and peace when the time came, but little did I know when I woke up today, I would be putting my best friend down.


You were the second child I never had; my beloved little companion. You were my shadow, my comfort, and my pillow. You knew when I was happy and you knew when I was sad. You shared in my joy and you shared in my pain.


You always greeted me with your dirty little red ball putting a smile on my face and never showed me your pain even when in silence you suffered. Oh how I have learned from you my furry little friend.


You showed me unconditional love, even when I showed you no patience. You showed me strength and courage when you battled your cancer and painful surgeries. You showed me how to keep going even when things did not look good. You taught me so many valuable things in life.


Now who is going to wait for me eagerly by the fence, waiting for my car to pull up the driveway? Who is going to keep me company waiting while I shower, and who is going to lie at my feet when I am resting in my recliner?


My heart is ripped to shreds at losing you. You've stolen my heart and taken it with you my loving little Poppy, but I know you are in a better place where there will be no more pain and suffering for you. I know you are in heaven because I asked God to keep you. And keep you He will until I get there.


We miss you my dear Poppy, my beloved sweet baby. There will be no other like you. What a wonderful friend God sent to me.


February 7, 1996 - January 20, 2011


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast

I'm so sorry for your loss.:(

Very touching story.


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Unchained Grace 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I wish I knew where to begin with this. I've got a 13YO female Beagle named Oreo. My wife and I have had little Oreo through periods of homelessness and all else. Without a doubt, she's my daughter, my buddy and my best friend. She also steals my pillow. I'm sorry about Poppy.

You gave each other a beautiful life together. You shared many things and all of that is what you'll take with you. You can bet it's what Poppy is taking on the way to Doggy Heaven.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you Reprieve26 and Unchained Grace for your kind comments. I'm grieving the loss of a family member and it's been a very, long, long night. God bless!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

So sorry for your loss. I know pets can become like members of the family. They are like little kids. So innocent


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Wintermyst 5 years ago

My condolences. My prayers are with you during this sad time. I am very sorry for your loss.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you everyone for your kind words.


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wordscribe43 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

OH NOOO! I'm so sorry to hear about Poppy. I lost a dog and a cat just recently and I know how much it hurts. In fact, it just downright sucks. Poppy had a wonderful owner.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Wordscribe43,

I am sorry for your loss as well. We share in the pain. Thank you for your kind words.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

FD,

Sorry to ear about your loss. I know the pain can be intense at times, but God will get you through--promise!


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you Lifegate,

I have another little dog that I adopted about 3 years ago and he is grieving tremendously as well. I have to deal with my pain and try to focus on getting him through it also. I don't want to loose him either.

If anyone is led to pray for us, please do, we sure need it.


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Ilse De Jong 5 years ago from Netherlands

I have recently lost my own little Precious Angel and really know what you are going through. Look for tiny little signs that tell you she is still with you. You will be amazed at how they have the ability to communicate with you like teeth marks on a tissue box or something that has been moved inexplicably that could not get there any other way! Poppy is now in heaven but will always be with you in your heart and she will let you know how happy and pain-free she is - just be aware and have an open mind. She's so definately earned her heavenly wings and to celebrate her precious life, allow another little, furry soul into your world when you feel you are ready - she would love that! I did and found a cousin of my Baby who had a difficult start to her life and was a rescue Daxie, who has brought the smile to my face and put warmth back in my heart and shown me the way forward. God has already blessed you, giving Poppy a loving home and will soon bless you more!


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

IIse,

Thank you for your uplifting words. I am sorry for your loss also.

I see my Poppy everywhere. He was such a big part of my life that the pain is almost unbearable at times, but I know that he is not suffering anymore and is in a better place. He loved me sooo much and I loved him too. I have a little Pekingese mix that is also grieving and keeps me company.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Poppy. I have lost my dogs before and I do know how much it hurts. Thank goodness you still have your other dog to come home to and to comfort you. I'll pray for you right now.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you James. It's been quite a journey for me and my other little one, so your prayers are welcomed. God bless you!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

My heart goes out to you. I hope that each day that passes you will start to feel somewhat better.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thank you JB for your kind words.


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jagandelight 5 years ago from Florida

I am so sorry for your loss. I have a Australian Cattle dog name Zeus and he's very precious to our family.

God bless and comfort you always.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

jagandelight,

Thank you for your words. I am still grieving for my friend. He was so special in my home. You can't imagine the pain in my heart at not having him around anymore. I'm taking one day at a time but the Lord has been merciful.


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michelemacwrites 5 years ago from USA

Faithful Daughter, I can only imagine how difficult this loss is to you being a pet owner myself. As a matter of fact, they aren't just pets, they are a part of the family. I know that this is an emotionally tough time. Be comforted by the warm memories of Poppy that you will forever carry in your heart and know that you have the love and support of this fellow hubber !


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Michelemacwrites,

Thank you for your compassionate comment. Poppy will be forever in my heart. He was a special and loving member of my family. Thanks again for reading and commenting.


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docbruin 5 years ago from USA

I am terribly sorry for your loss. My wife and I have been through this more than once and each time the emptiness seems to grow bigger. Know that Poppy is a special gift to you from God and I am sure you are a special gift to Poppy. Our prayers are with you.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

docbruin,

Thank you. Yes Poppy was very special and a gift to me from God. When he passed away, he left me with a small hole in my heart. I miss him very, very much.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

so sorry for your loss. I'm a dog owner with no children so reading about yours breaks my heart, and also reminds me of the mortality of mine. Have you check out some of my hubs about my own dogs? RIP Poppy


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Sorry to hear this.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I am so very sorry my dear friend. I have been there and understand your sorrow. Our beloved animals are so precious and just like our family. I pray your heart will heal and only sweet memories will remain.

Much love,

Sunnie


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

What a beautiful puppy. So sorry about your loss.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

PDX,

Thank you for your kind words. Our furry little friends are with us for only a short while but the love they leave us with is immeasurable. Enjoy every minute of your little ones while they're here on earth. I will try to stop by your hubs soon and read about your little fur babies.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Sunnie Day,

Thank you for your encouraging words. Only those who love animals understand how much they mean to us. Yes, they are a big part of the family and time has helped heal my broken heart, although, I still miss him very, very much.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I am so sorry for your loss, I know it is a difficult time. I'm sure Poppy had a wonderful life with you and I know how much you will miss her.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

carolinemd21,

Thank you for your kind comment. He was my sweetie.


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

I am so sorry for your loss, Faithful Daughter. This is a beautiful tribute to your furry little pal; thank you for sharing even in your pain.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

sgbrown,

Thank you for your visit and kind words. Poppy was like my child. He was a very special and loving friend; a great faithful companion. All my fur babies, those gone and those still with me, have and are very special in their own unique ways.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Your beautiful tribute breaks my heart. I know the feeling of a "heart ripped to shreds." My boyfriend and I lost his dog a little over two years ago, and I think often of how it will be to lose my little guy. It hurts so bad just to think about it. When we lost Buster, I read some of the book, "Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates," where I knew our sweet dog had gone. If you want, it might be comforting to you, too. Bless you. So sorry for your loss, Faithful Daughter.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

time2rite,

Thank you for commenting; I really appreciate you stopping by. I feel that this tribute does not reflect all there is to say about Poppy, but when I wrote it I was in so much pain that words did not come easily.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Victoria,

Thank you for your very kind words. Time has a way with mending and healing a broken heart. You have it right when you say "a heart ripped to shreds" because that's exactly how I felt at that time. It's been a year now and I still miss Poppy very much. One cannot forget 15 long and wonderful years of love and companionship. I will look at the book you recommended, as it will comfort me when I think of Poppy.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

jainismus,

Thank you for your words. I appreciate your compassion.


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KF Raizor 4 years ago

It's the last act of kindness and love we do for them -- putting them out of their misery, pain and suffering. In the process, it kills us emotionally. Everyone who's been there knows the grief.

My dad's dog just went to Rainbow Bridge three weeks ago, so this was a treasure to find. Thanks for the hub.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

KF Raizor,

Thank you for commenting. I am sorry to hear about your dad's dog. I understand the pain you and your dad must be going through. My heart goes out to you both. Releasing your beloved pet from suffering is like you said, "the last act of kindness and love we do for them." I could not allow my Poppy to suffer any longer, no matter how much it ripped my heart to shreds. It was a very hard time for me and my other pet, and we mourned for a long time but time heals and brings comfort, and in time the good memories began to surface. We will always miss Poppy in my house and remember him but not with pain, only with smiles.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

I am so sorry for your sad loss, and I felt your pain reading your hub. Pets quickly become a huge part of our family. I know exactly what you are going through, as I went through a similar thing last year. Poppy was lucky to have shared her life with you and you with her. It's heartbreaking at the moment, but it is better to have had this precious time with her, than to never have known her. Time will heal your wounds, although you will never forget her. Your tribute to her is wonderful and heartfelt. Sleep tight with the angels Poppy.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

jacqui,

Your words bring me comfort, thank you. I know Poppy is with God's angels now and is not suffering anymore.


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VolvoInfotech 4 years ago

Sorry to hear about it. I wish a better life for your puppy. I wish it comes to you again in a different face. Take Care


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

VolvoInfotech,

Thank you for your kind words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

thanks for stopping by, faithful daughter


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

PDX, you are welcome. I enjoyed reading your poems.


Mark 3 years ago

I too, lost my best friend today. It was his time, but I wasn't ready. Are you ever ready ? No. 12 years, you greeted me when I came home from work. Tomorrow, I will come home, and you won't be there. But some day, I will re-join you; I will.


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Faithful Daughter 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Mark,

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. If it's any consolation, time will make the pain better. In time you will be able to remember your friend without all the pain. You may still shed a few tears and miss him/her but you'll also have fond memories. Amazingly the love never dies. We will one day see them again. I know it. I feel it in my heart.

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