The Loss of a beloved Pet

Saying Goodbye

Saying good bye to a beloved pet is never an easy thing to do. They become part of a family as much as a human does. A friend that I went to school with lost a pet today and I have no words of wisdom to impart. Rather than tell her my sad stories of pets lost, I have put together these poems that I have found, in the hopes these will ease her heart and mind.

Colleen and Matt (her son) this is for you:

The Doggy-Door

My best friend closed his eyes last night,
  As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
  And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
  As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
  And OH...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
  With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
  Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
  And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
  HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!
         jan cooper '95

The Last Battle


If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

-- Unknown

Poem for Cats

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.


Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.
Author Unknown

"Wishes" (for Okie)

We wish we could have told you,
in words you'd understand,
We wanted you to stay with us.
This wasn't what we'd planned.

We wish somehow to tell you,
How empty we now feel.
A part of us went with you,
A part that time can't heal.

We wish we'd once more hear you,
in your softly, rumbling purr,
to hold you on our laps again
and stroke your golden fur.

We wish we had you back again,
to fill this empty space.
But one day we'll be together
in a far, far better place.
To Okie with love, Kristen Sharer

Pets in Heaven

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.
I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.
Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.

Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.
Your Pets In Heaven

by Ken D. Conover

This next one is me all the way - If I had the words I would have written it myself. Since I didn't I am eternally grateful someone else did!

I know my Princess is waiting for me on the other side

Dogs in Heaven

An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in, it was nice grassy, woody areas, just what a 'huntin' dog and man would like, but, it had a sign saying 'no trespassing' so they walked on. They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white robes standing there. "Welcome to Heaven" he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. "Dogs aren't allowed, I'm sorry but he can't come with you."

"What kind of Heaven won't allow dogs? If he can't come in, then I will stay out with him. He's been my faithful companion all his life, I can't desert him now."

"Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil's on this road and he'll try to sweet talk you into his area, he'll promise you anything, but the dog can't go there either. If you won't leave the dog, you'll spend Eternity on this road."

So the old man and dog went on. They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside. "S'cuse me Sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in and sit in the shade for awhile?"

"Of course, there's some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable"

"You're sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said dogs weren't allowed anywhere."

"Would you come in if you had to leave the dog?"

"No sir, that's why I didn't go to Heaven, he said the dog couldn't come in.
We'll be spending Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won't come in if my buddy here can't come too, and that's final."

The man smiled a big smile and said "Welcome to Heaven."

"You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road said they weren't?"

"That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it's too late. The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn't allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, HE created them to be man's companions in life, why would he separate them in death?"


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for that lovely story at the end of your hub, susie. I had heard it once before and forgotten it. What an important message it conveys!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Very, very nice! This is a wonderful honor to Pets and Companions who are considered family. The Best to you.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

drbj - Thanks, yep thats me, I gotta have my dogs. If I can't take 'em I won't go.

Lilly - Thank you.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

There really are no words of consolation to anybody when they lose a beloved pet. Over the years I have been allowed to share my life with many dogs, characters all.

We all know that compared to us their life on Earth is short but thanks to us hopefully that life is both full and happy. I have traveled the world and seen many animals treated cruely and with little respect so we can console ourselves that in some small way we have redressed that balance.

Both you and your friend should take comfort from the thought that without you their short lives might have been very different and far from the happy one I know they had.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

This so so true Merlin - If I could I'd have many more than I already have, just to ease their time on earth. I have one that has been gone almost 6 years now, and I still miss her terribly. We went through a lot together that's for sure.

I have a friend who has animals from E.A.R.T.H. and some of those have been treated most cruelly yet they have hearts so big, once their bodies are healed. With most you would never know they were abused.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Poignant hub considering I will have to put my aging poodle down this month. Her kidneys are quitting on her, her eyes are full of cataracts, she can't hear. But on walks, she has a happy spring in her step. Oh dear, she will be missed.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Oh, Sweetsusie-this is one for the ages. Thank you for this hub of remembrance.

Whiskered angels!

Beautiful work.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Storytellersrus - Awww, I am so sorry to hear that. I love poodles, that was my first dog as a child. They are beautiful dogs who love to look 'pretty' and do some serious prancing about afterward.

Lorlie6 - Life just wouldn't be as good as it is without our furried friends would it? So loyal and dependable.

Thank you both for reading and commenting.


Dogue De Bordeaux 6 years ago

This is an interesting review about this post. Thanks so much for sharing this one; be back for more readings.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Pets are also one of God's creations. For us not to show one our respect and gratitude for its love would be disrespecting God.

Brother Dave.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

What lovely poems for our beloved pets that we have lost. They made me cry. I had to put my cat of 18 years down this past May and it still hurts when I see beautiful things such as these.

Thank you for taking the time to write these and share them. I have bookmarked this and voted it up and beautiful.

You are a blessing. {{{{HUGS}}}}


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dave- Yes, they are God's creatures and to disrespect one of them is to disrespect God.

Lady Guinevere- I cannot take credit for writing these, I found them and thought they were wonderful so I wanted to share them. I'm certainly glad that you liked them though and am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Cat. It is so sad when we lose the ones we love.

Thank you both for reading and commenting.


jasper420 6 years ago

you are extermly tallented and your heart is felt through your words thankyou for such a wonderfull gift


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Please, I cannot take credit for these, I did not write them, I just compiled them for the readers. Thank you for enjoying them though!


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Hi Sweetsusie. I am literally in tears as I write my thanks to you for writing this Hub. I have not seen my beautiful cat for over 3 years now. And today is his birthday. If he is still alive he will be 12 years old.

Unfortunately, I had to give him up. I had no choice. It was one of the toughest times of my life.

Because today is significant for me (his birthday), I want to write my final Hub about him. I left him in God's hands three years ago. As a result, I had an epiphany that brought me much, much closer to God. This alone helped me through the grief.

Thank you for your beautiful Hub. I voted you up and beautiful.

Blessings, Maralexa


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I re-read this and once again it brought me to tears... My cat, Satin has been with me for 16 years now and is getting more and more frail as the days go by. He likes to get on my desk and knock things over in the morning trying to capture my attention for food and water. Sometimes it aggravates me, but then I realize that one day he will no longer make the messes he does. So I try to answer his call and give him what he wants so I don't lose patience with him. Over the years I have had several animals that have went to the 'big yard' in the sky, I've loved each and every one of them.

If you feel like having a real good cry read the Hub "Princess - my child, my friend".... Yeah, that one... she is still deep in my heart.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Sweetsusieq..oh my god...I can't see because the tears are flowing...oh...gee, I really love animals and this hub is just so true and so hard to read right now. My goodness! I've been through this so many times and it is never easy no matter how strong my faith is or belief that I'll see my babies again. boy, you caught me at a very sensitive time, susieq....thank you for sharing this with us at HP's...Of course, I'm going to follow you now because it is with great appreciation and thankfullness I feel when I find another one who understands this bond between our companion beloved animals and ourselves. bless you sweetsusieq. Kathy


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

It never gets any easier does it? I find that my house is not quite a home without the boundless energy of an animal! I think back and try to find the moment in time when I became a true animal lover. It was long before I can remember. Sometimes I wonder if it is something born within.

I have had many animals over the years and still remember all of their names. Both big and little animals...

Thanks for stopping by!


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Maralexa 3 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Sweetsusieq - Once again I read your hub and once again tears come to my eyes. It gives me much comfort to think I may see my beautiful cat again. Some think this is just sentimental slop - they are just animals, after all. I wouldn't trade my sadness at losing KC - the sadness is only exceeded by the joy he brought to my life.

Thank you. Marilyn


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Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan Author

I still get very sentimental when thinking of my Princess, I loved her dearly and I am in hopes that she will be waiting for me over that bridge that we all have to cross. If I could put a box of tissues on this page I would, for all those who need one. I can't see anything wrong with shedding a tear or 100 for those who have gone before us.

Thanks again for stopping by once more!!

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