The Story of Major, my Loyal Friend & Companion

Me and Major
Me and Major | Source
The puppies, 3 days old
The puppies, 3 days old | Source

The Puppies

Sheba was lovely; the perfect family dog, she was gentle, quiet and friendly. In fact my son spent much of his toddler years lying down in the dog basket with her. What a surprise when we found out one day, after a clandestine encounter that she was pregnant!

She had 8 puppies and they were adorable. I have some wonderful memories of those first 6 weeks caring for and loving them.

There was no way we could keep them all, but I did promise my daughter she could choose one to keep.

She chose ‘Elsa’.

Elsa was pretty and cute looking, but she wasn’t ‘Major’.

Although the puppies were lots of work, generally they were well behaved and quiet. Sheba was a good mother and would wash the puppies constantly for hours.

My Daughter with "Elsa"
My Daughter with "Elsa" | Source
"Baby Girl"
"Baby Girl" | Source
Dinner Time
Dinner Time | Source
"Captain"
"Captain" | Source
"White Diamond"
"White Diamond" | Source
Elsa, Captain and Major
Elsa, Captain and Major | Source
Me and Major
Me and Major | Source
Major, my loyal companion and friend
Major, my loyal companion and friend | Source

Major Chose Us

Major was the exception - he was so differrent to his brothers and sisters.

All the other puppies would lie quietly in the basket, content with their mother, but Major would be constantly yelping to get out.


I just don’t like it in here

It’s crowded

Quit climbing over me

Move over

I’m all wet again

Why does the ‘Big One’ keep doing that?

I don’t want to be in here

I want ‘Her’ to hold me again

I love her smell

Her touch, her warmth

I love her voice

If I make some noise

She might come again


How do I tell my daughter, that I don’t want us to keep Elsa? Major is the one, he had chosen us!


The days went by, and one by one the puppies went to their new homes. I got more and more distraught; I just could not part with Major because I just knew he was meant to stay with us. There was no way we could keep 2 puppies so I decided to try and talk my daughter around. This was not easy and there were lots of tears, more from me than my daughter. Why was I getting so emotional about a dog?

My daughter didn’t agree readily, so there were lots of promises and treats attached to the agreement.

The relief was enormous, Major could stay.


Life is good

My mistress takes me out

The ‘Big One’ comes as well

She’s ok

But she keeps fussing over me

We go over fields

I run for miles

Everything smells so good

I love it when my mistress

Throws the ball

I run after it

And take it back to her

This pleases her

She pats my head

And says well done

Then suddenly

The ‘Big One’ went

I don’t know where

But I never saw her again

Time passed

One day everything changed

‘The man’ was gone

The house was quiet and still

My mistress was sad

Many days passed

Full of sadness

I stayed close to comfort ‘Her’

One day it was different

There was an air of excitement

All the family came to help

Busily packing everything into boxes

I followed my mistress

Room to room

She patted me reassuringly

We had a new home

I loved it here

There were fields and trees

Long walks

My mistress laughed again

A new beginning

They were good times together

Sometimes

As I lay at my mistress’ feet

I’d look at her and see

Her thoughts far away

The sadness in her eyes

I will watch over her

And keep her safe always

The years have passed

And I am weary

My eyes want to close

I need to sleep

I am in my mistress’ arms

I look up to her

Her eyes are so sad

I wag my tail

One last time



Major was my loyal friend and companion for 15 years.

Through some very difficult times in my life he never left my side.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful story and tribute to Major.


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

I am sorry for your loss. Major is lucky to have good times with you. For sure he is happy, rest in peace. I have a dog too...I love her and she is my daily companion. Nice story and dedication.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Just Ask Susan, thank you for visiting and your lovely comment, Major was a very special dog, I still miss him greatly. Take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Carol, we had some wonderful fun times together, even now I don't think he is far away.

Thank you so much for your comments, best wishes.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

The story of pure love has such a glow of warmth and dire sadness. You both shared the beautiful company of each others lives. He is telling the story of his wonderful mistress and how he misses her so.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mck, thank you for your beautiful comment.

I'm convinced Major didn't know he was a dog, he wanted to be with me in preference to his Mum from just a few days old, he was a wonderful, faithful companion to me for many years.


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samhirata 5 years ago

What a beautiful story. I too lost a dear friend though all too soon. Major obviously had a wonderful mistress and hopefully one day will be waiting for you to throw the ball again! Dogs are truly the best companions...


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Movie Master! What a wonderful tribute to your special dog!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi samhirata, it's nice to meet you, I am sorry you have experienced losing a friend, it's heartbreaking - I agree they are wonderful companions, they give so much and take nothing.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, Major certainly was very special, he followed me around like a shadow and was always lay at my feet.

Hope all is well with you, thank you for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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Terishere 5 years ago

What a bittersweet story!! It's hard when we lose a pet, especially one as loyal as Major.

You've written a lovely tribute to Major!

I voted up, beautiful and awesome!

Hugs*

Terri


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Teri, It bought back some lovely memories when I wrote this, what fun it was looking after 8 puppies!

I still miss Major lay at my feet, I so wanted to write this tribute to him. I shall never have another dog and he will never be forgotton,

Many thanks for your lovely comments and voting up, best wishes.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi Movie Master. I am so sorry, you lose your pet. I´m sure he will always be in your heart. This poem is such a lovely tribute to him. Thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Thelma, yes he will always be in my heart and I know he will never be far away.

Thank you for your kind comments, I appreciate them, take care.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi MM,

I know this was a very difficult hub for you to write, and you did an excellent job as always. It brought back many memories for me also.

Hugs,

Cloverleaf.


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jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

you have written a beautiful love story about unconditional love and how animals truly become family members....eloquent and touching....


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh what a lovely tribute to a best friend. I cannot imagine life without knowing the loved of a good dog. I am happy you knew that friendship also.


writer20 5 years ago

I'm sure Major is in a doggie heaven meeting new friends and having a great time.

It's a great shame he past in 15 years but thinking back my Susie was 14 when she passed.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Of course this Hub made me Cry Movie Master. It was such a lovely Tribute to such a Wonderful Companion and Friend right up to the end. Rest in Peace Major you've served your Master well!


Susieq42 5 years ago

I hope Major meets up with my dog, Murphy! They'll have fun together! Sweet hub, but sad. Sorry...Love ya, Movie Master


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've written a lovely hub with a beautiful poem and photos, Movie Master. Major sounds like a wonderful dog. I know it's hard when a beloved pet passes on. I'm sure that Major will never be far away from you, as you say.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, yes it was an emotional hub to write and lots of memories for both of us.

Major was so special and he will never be forgotten.

Hugs to you too x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi jujubees, pets do become part of the family and when they leave us, it's quite heartbreaking.

Thank you so much for your visit and your very kind comments, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, the friendship between dog and owner is a beautiful one, they ask for so little and give so much, I was so fortunate to have Major by my side for so long.

Thank you for your lovely comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, I agree, I am sure doggie heaven is a beautiful place and Major is having a wonderful time, we will be reunited one day!!

Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, yes Major served me well for 15 years, he was completely devoted to me.

Thank you for your lovely comments, they are so appreciated, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susie, You must miss Murphy...

Hopefully Major and Murphy are the best of friends!

Many thanks for your comment, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Alicia, thank you for your very lovely comments.

I'm sure Major isn't far away at all.

Take care.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

You tell the best stories!! The puppies were adorable and i envy your height. HaHa. Loved the pictures. Thank you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, I wish we could have kept all the puppies, they were adorable!

Thank you for dropping by and your great comments, I so appreciate them, have a great weekend!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Oh how beautiful was this one? I loved it,especially simce I had a Doberman called Major many years ago.

Told in your usual natural tone,a vote up plus bookmarked here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


rmjudkins 5 years ago

Movie Master, this poem is a fitting tribute to your "Major". The narration through his point of view serves to complement your commentary. We dog lovers can certainly empathise with your loss of a loyal companion. I would recommend the book, "A Dog's Purpose", by W. Bruce Cameron. It is also features a canine narrator. Awesome and thumbs up!! Regards, Robert


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Eiddwen, It's good to see you, I hope all is well with you.

Ah, you had a Major as well, a dog brings so much love and friendship to a family.

Thank you for your very kind comments and the vote, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Robert, Thanks for your recommendation I will check the book out.

And many thanks for your lovely kind comments, they're very much appreciated, best wishes.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi movie maker, very nicely written hub on Major. My very close friend had adog German Shephard, unfortuately she died couple of months ago.. she was very cute one.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello sweetie, A German Shepard is a lovely intelligent dog, your friend must miss him.

Than you for visiting and your comments, take care and see you soon.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

This was a wonderful story! Isn´t it funny how it just clicks with some dogs! We just know that he/she is the right one for us. I have experienced the same thin myself with a puppy.

You wrote a fantastic tribute to Major and a dog like that will never be forgotten.

Tina


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a beautiful tribute for a special friend. I love the way you wrote the poems from his point of view. I must admit I have the box of tissues beside me. He connected with you as a pup and you had 15 wonderful years with him. I'm sure he is looking down on you right now and wagging that tail. You will hold such wonderful memories.


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Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

What a wonderful companion. I enjoyed your article.


Sueswan 5 years ago

A wonderful tribute to Major.

Animals bring so much joy to our lives.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Tina, there was no doubt about it Major chose us, I'm glad he did, he was a wonderful friend and companion.

Thank you for your lovely kind comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Rosemay for your lovely kind comments, he is very sadly missed, but we had some wonderful times together and some great memories.

Take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Rosie, yes Major was a wonderful companion, I miss his company but am so grateful for the great 15 years we had together.

Thank you for your comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Sue, I agree animals bring a special joy to our lives, I will certainly never forget Major!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Movie,

This is a lovely tribute to your special "pawmate". Major looks like he had a life filled with love. I lost my Alvin at 15 and share your loss. I always believe our babies are playing happily in wait to see us again, over the Rainbow Bridge. Voted UP & AB, mar.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello mar, it always brightens my day to see you.

I'm sorry you have lost your Alvin, maybe Major and Alvin have found each other and are having a wonderful time while they wait for us.

Thank you so much for your comments and voting, take care.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love the story above, but I want to say sorry you had lost your pet. Thanks for share all stunning pictures. Well done and vote up!

Prasetio


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

I know how difficult it is to loose a dog, especially a companion and a friend. I have had my share of pets and they do become part of your family, as our cat is now. This is a lovely tribute, as they live on through our memories. Thanks for sharing this very heartfelt hub Movie Master. Take Care. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello prasetio, all 8 puppies were just adorable, but Major stood out from day 1!

I miss him, but I have some wonderful memories.

Thank you so much for visiting and your very kind comments, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi A.Creative Thinker, although it was quite emotional writing this hub, it bought back some wonderful memories, Major was a very special dog and I felt he deserved this tribute. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thank you so much for your comments, they are very much appreciated. Best wishes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

An excellent tribute to your very dear Major. I am so sorry for your loss and can understand how sad you are to lose your very special friend. May his soul rest in peace.

Voted Up.. Awesome.

Best Wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello my dear friend Kamalesh, Major was indeed a very special friend, thank you so much for your very kind words. Best wishes.


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

Major sounds like he was an awesome dog. Parting with such a loyal partner is always hard. I know the time is coming for my dog Bailey and it makes me sad, but I focus on the amazing times.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Felicity, Major certainly was a very special dog, I am sorry to hear your Bailey (wonderful name)is getting to 'that time' yes it's best to focus on the amazing times, those wonderful memories last for every.

Thank you so much for dropping by and your comments, take care.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

One of my 1st memories was my oldest brother having to shoot his old dog and now that brother has passed on too. I have a cat almost 17 so I know the closeness that develops and of course as much as I love my cat I know dogs are more human-like. Beautiful story, thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Jackie, what a traumatic and difficult thing your brother had to do and I am sorry to hear that your brother has passed on too.

I think all pets become part of the family, it's heartbreaking when we have to say goodbye to them.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, it's very much appreciated, take care.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Movie mam !..I don't even yet know how I will handle it when these two dogs of mine go .You have penned a beautiful tribute that reflects against all us pet owners very souls ! I admire your writing!....:-}


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ahorseback, dogs give so much and ask for so little in return, that kind of loyalty is precious beyond words.

When 'the time' comes it's tough....

Thank you very much for your kind comments, take care.


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A lovely pet story thanks for sharing it with us MovieMaster. The puppies are all gorgeous and I can tell you my daughter would have made us keep Elsa and Major.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi MPG I still don't know how I managed to get my own way on this one!

Many thanks for your comments, take care MM


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Pets are so special in our lives, I remember every pet I've ever had with the love I would feel for any family or close friend, they bring so much to our lives


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I agree carcro, a pet becomes a member of the family and are loved and missed just as much.

Thank you for your lovely comments, take care MM


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

What a great dog Major was. I am glad you had pictures of him and the gang as pups. This was a great tribute. I had a Dalmation names Lucky growing up, but we had a little yard. He spent most his time in the corner of the yard. My dad gave him away after 2 years so he could stretch his legs on a big farm. It was worth his happiness. Great story, up, awesome, and beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, it's great to look back at these photos now, I loved looking after those 8 pups they were gorgeous!

No doubt about it Major was a bit special, I still miss him and will never have another dog.

Dalmation are nice dogs, it must have been upsetting seeing Lucky go, but I'm sure he loved it on that farm!

Many thanks for visiting, your comments and votes, always appreciated, best wishes MM


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Had to grab a kleenex on your touching story about Major. Dogs just have a way of grabbing your heart in ways that you never imagined possible. I'm a dog person and had a great childhood dog and currently have two dogs but Joey is like your Major. He was with me during my hard days of chemo and radiation. One of my hubs is a story about Joey knowing that I was going to have a severe reaction to a nausea drug. His intuition told me something was amiss. Isn't it beautiful how dogs pick us? I believe a dog knows where he/she needs to be. I think animals are angels that help get us through this journey on earth. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful story of the love between you and Major. I'm still choked up :-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi MT, I too believe dogs are very sensitive to our feelings and react to situations, their loyalty certainly helps us on our journey, I like your belief that they are angels.

I'm coming over to your place now to read about Joey, I'll bring the tissues with me...

Thank you so much for your comments, see you soon. MM


Derdriu 5 years ago

MovieMaster: What a valiant story that you tell of enduring love from first sight between you and Major! Your photos are endearing, and the switch from narration to individual viewpoint most effectively evocative. According to the 14th Dalai Lama, the secret to a good death is a good life. Major is an example of a life well lived and loved.

Thank you, etc.,

Derdriu


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Derdriu, thank you for your lovely comments, Major was certainly well loved and he is missed so much! but he had a wonderful life!

Best wishes MM


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Oh, what a touching memorial to your best friend! The photos are adorable as well. Thank you for sharing from the heart about your handsome, loyal friend. My favorite part was the way you wove the poems so skillfully into the text; it just flows.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Donna, Major was such a handsome dog! I still miss him...

Thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

So sorry for your loss; what a beautiful tribute to your buddy.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Lynn, Major was so special to me, I still miss him loads.

Many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What a wonderful tribute to Major. The photos were beautiful and the accompanying story was so poignant and heartfelt. Your love of each other came shining through.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello gail, the puppies were adorable, I hated to part with any of them. Major chose us and thank goodness we kept him, he was very special.

Thank you for reading and your lovely comments and votes, best wishes MM


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Brought tears to my eyes. made me miss my Nazoo. I am writing about him and that wil be up soon. We love our pets so much and when they leave us, it is the hardest thing to say when we have to say good-bye. So touching.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi AEvans, thank you for visiting and your comments, I am sorry to hear you have lost your Nazoo, it's just heartbreaking to lose a loyal friend and companion, I will have a box of tissues at the ready when I read your hub...

Take care, best wishes MM


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Hi M M,

I read and commented on this one some months ago but after reading again today I am linking it to my Facebook page.

It's brilliant and touched me even more today.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Eddy....

Enjoy your day too, love Lesley


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Lesley, what a wonderful and loving tribute to your darling friend and companion. Losing a dear pet, is so hard. I know that the day will come when I have to say farewell to my dearest friend of all time, Max. He has been the strength I needed for the past eleven years. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for this touching and very beautiful hub.

Hugs,

Sannel


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello SanneL, I still miss Major now and think about him every day....

It sounds as though your dear Max is another Major - very special...

Thank you for reading and your very touching comments, best wishes and hugs back, Lesley


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lesley,

Your Major will always be a part of your life. We have lost several of our special pets over a course of years and can understand the void that leaves in your life. After a while the memories kick in to warm your heart.

The way you ended this with "I wag my tail one last time" was very poignant. Sorry for your loss. Voted up and beautiful.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peggy, I still miss Major and will never have another dog.

You're quite right, the memories do warm your heart, and I have lot's of special ones.

Thank you for your lovely kind comments and votes, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh Lesley, my animal loving friend,

This was such a beautiful piece, complete with pictures of you and your precious brood of pups. I don't think I could have let any of them go but there is the practical side of me too and I understand. Eight is more than enough.

It is uncanny that a certain one will pick us and when we lock eyes with them, forever more it is as if we were always meant to be together. You've captured the bond of love that they give and that we have for them in your beautifully worded poetry and narrative. I feel as if I knew Major through your words. Absolutely wonderful.

I'm so sorry he is no longer on this earthly plane but he waits for you with all the others who have gone on before us after helping us through these difficult journeys we call our lives. I feel certain that we will see them again one day, because it wouldn't be Heaven without them to share it with us.

All the best to you,

Peg


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Am really touched by this true story, i hope Elsa went to a nearby home that your daughter can visit if she feel missing the puppy. voted up, interesting and shared.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

What a nice story about your beautiful dog. How we miss our pets when their gone. They are a comfort to us that's for sure. Voted Up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Peg, Thank you for coming to read my story of Major.

I know without a doubt he will be waiting for me as I am sure Dolly will be for you.....

Your comments are much appreciated, I struggle to reply to the wonderful comments readers have left here, I still get emotional!

Thank you again, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dwachira, fortunately Elsa had a lovely new home with the local vet and we were able to see her!

Thank you for reading and leaving your lovely comments, votes and the share.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Moonlake, yes losing our pets is heartbreaking, their devotion and love is hard to replace.

Many thanks for stopping by, your comments and votes.

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Sarah, looking after puppies is a wonderful experience, as you know! As they grow up they certainly become a loved member of the family!

Thank you for reading and your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Aw! 15 years spent with Major was a lifetime indeed Lesley. Such a wonderful poem and at times it break my heart to know that best man friends live just enough to change our lives. Sharing!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Joseph, I still miss Major - he left a void that could never be filled.

Thank you so much for reading, best wishes Lesley


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Lesley. What a wonderful story. I'm sure major is still looking over you. Our faithful companions are always there for us through thick and thin. We have a 10 year old Shih Tzu who is a part of our family. I don't know how we'll cope when her time comes.

Your poem also provided a glimpse into the highs and lows of your life. I just read your interview with Maria and one thing has become perfectly clear, you are one courageous woman.

Well done .


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bill, yes I'm sure Major isn't too far away....

Our pets are part of our family and It's heartbreaking when 'that' time comes.

Thank you for reading my interview Bill and for your very kind comments, best wishes Lesley


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Now this hub Movie Master was so touching I almost cried reading it, Your Major reminded me of a dog I once had at one time when I was a little boy.

I use to ride that doggy like he was a horse, wow the good times we have with some pretty awesome life long companions, thanks for the sweet hub here you've shared for us all, it was truly awe inspiring and heart felt as well.

I also love the poems, they made it flow even more smoothly, and I know your daughter changed her mind years later about being against you keeping the cute puppy, because he looked awesome as a adult as well.

Thumbs up and out, Bravo on such a beautiful hub.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Lesley, we share a name and a love for our special pets! I smiled ear to ear through this entire story - until the end - when i burst into tears!

I soooo get it - on every level - from day one when Major chose you - till...death..

my baby, Tiger, a 90 pound labX - rescued me 13 years ago, and, she's getting tired, and wants to sleep..

i massage her from tip to tail every morning and do my best to breath fresh clean life into her..i just built her a...ramp..so she doesn't have to jump to get outside..etc...etc...i'd carry her if i could..

(wondering if you saw that news piece about the man and his 18 year old shepherd that he took into the lake every day to relieve the dogs arthritis? He just held the dog in his arms, and the dog rested his head on his Master's shoulder and shut his eyes...Well, people saw it and sent money and not only does his dog now get the pain meds he needs - but he started a foundation for other old dogs who need medicine!)

i'm pretty sure you read my tribute to tiger, but if not - feel free - you'll smile too..

i don't think i want to read anything else for a bit...

i wonder, did you get another puppy...


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, yes my daughter ended up loving Major just as much as the rest of us!

Maybe there will be a hub from you one day on that childhood dog of yours!

Many thanks as always for your visit and comments, they are much appreciated, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ImKarn23, yes I read your beautiful story/poem of tiger - I found it so moving.....

So I know you understand the relationship I had with Major!

I still miss him and think about him daily, and no I have never had a dog since.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

Best wishes to you, Lesley


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Angelique Newman 3 years ago from Canada

Oh what a beautiful hub; it brought tears to my eyes. We lost our dog Lucy this past summer due to her pancreas--she was only eight. I'm usually a strong person but I'm still grieving over the loss. I can't tell you how many times I wrote articles about her, she truly was an inspiration. When she passed the vet gave us a condolence card and in it was a poem called Rainbow Bridge; http://www.rainbowbridge.com/Poem.htm I don't know if you ever read it, the author is unknown but it hits all the right notes and brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.

You wrote a great tribute to Major. I can tell he picked a great home, he looks so happy. Thanks for sharing :)


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Angelique, I read the poem Rainbow Bridge, it's beautiful.....

I am sorry you lost Lucy, our pets are part of our family and it's so heartbreaking.

Thank you for visiting and your comments and the link to the poem, I know I will read it over and over.

Best wishes Lesley


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Very heart touching story, Movie Master. I love how you put it all down through poem and pictures. Voted it up and beautiful! I'm sorry to hear of your loss, of such a faithful companion. But, he will always be in your heart and memories...of that I know just by what you have shared.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dreamseeker2, thank you for stopping by.

Yes, Major will always be in my heart and I have some wonderful memories, I know he will never be far away.

Your comments are much appreciated, thank you and best wishes Lesley


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

We lost our beloved Shih Tzu shortly after she delivered four healthy puppies. I know how the heartbreak feels when you lose a pet. Major was a very special dog, and I'm sure you still miss him.

I can just look at a photo of our beautiful little pet and cry all over again. I enjoyed seeing all your great photos of the puppies, etc.

Voted UP.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Oh, I knew this was going to be a tear jerker soon as I started reading it. I dread that day. Very good story and I'm glad you shared it.


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mary, I am sorry to hear you lost your Shih Tzu, it's so heartbreaking to lose a pet.

Even now years later, I still miss Major and have never had another dog.

Thank you for visiting, your comments and votes they are much appreciated.

Sending best wishes your way, Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Wayne, thank you for stopping by, I'm glad you enjoyed reading, your comments mean a lot to me.

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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khmazz 3 years ago from South Florida

This hub was so touching, I actually got a little teary! I love my dog so much and I could feel all of the love for Major oozing from your words! The pictures are wonderful too!


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello khmazz, thank you so much for reading and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

Dancing about today I discovered a wonderful story and warm bit of poetry. I thank you for your sharing as it does come close to heart. A dear friend and companion oddly online was another's pet, Max, a most wonderful and playful dog passed away not very long ago. I used Max as a mascot here at HP for a bit on all my hubs. This sharing of your most loving friends history and companionship brought Max alive for me again. Thank you Movie Master . . .

tim


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Tim, I shed a few tears reading your comments today, as it is the anniversary of Major passing away, your company is much appreciated.

Thank you tim, I hope all is well with you, best wishes and take care Lesley


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

My thoughts are offered and too prayers believing 'Major' does hear them. Now, I take delight thinking as Sannel says of Max today that maybe both he and Major are chasing a few bunny rabbits about :) I kinda' think so . . .

tim


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Tim....


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

This just pulled at my heart strings! What a wonderful tribute to your loyal friend. Animals seem to make everything a whole lot easier. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello klidstone1970, thank you for reading, your comments are much appreciated.

Enjoy your day and take care, best wishes Lesley

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