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Goodbye Best Friend

Updated on March 5, 2015

Mike's Common Sense

Is there anything worse than to wake up in the morning and to find your best friend lying dead? Anyone who has ever owned a dog or a cat for a pet knows what I mean. Everything seems just fine, then you go to bed one night and wake up to find your friend gone. No warning, and no chance to say good bye; just gone. Here one day, gone the next.

This is what all pet lovers, and pet owners go through one time or another. Maybe it's not a dog or a cat, maybe it's a pet guinnea pig, parrot, or ferret; whenever you lose a friend it hurts, especially when it comes unexpectedly. There is nothing you can do or say, and you are always left with an empty pit where your stomach once was.

People who don't have pets will have trouble understanding this. People who don't have pets will never understand the unconditional love that pets give, and how they give you the chance to give it. Few things in life help us learn how to open our heart to give love, as much as owning a pet.

So, as I say good bye to my old friend, I just want to take this time to thank you for teaching me how to give love, and how to accept it. Thanks for always making me feel loved even when I didn't feel very lovable. I hope some how, some way, I made you feel the same way my friend.

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    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Adnohr! Good to see you again. Tax season must be over I hope. Thanks for your condolences.

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      Adnohr 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Ah, no, Muley. You're right - it does leave a big, empty pit where your stomach should be. So sorry. Sending you and your lady (who is hurting too, I'm sure)a big warm hug.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Lady G. nice to see you again! My condolences for your cat. I did see my dog in a dream but it was a day after she passed. I thought she came back! Silly me.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish nice to hear from you. My pet was rather young so it was all the more the shock, and all the more grief. I have also had to put pet down and it is hard to say which is easier. Thank you for your condolences.

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      Debra Allen 

      8 years ago from West By God

      I just had to put my cat down last week and I know the pain is great. Losing one with no warning or even knowing somehitng is wrong must be very difficult. Your friend may have sent you a message that you don't realize yet. You were sleeping and he may have sent you something in a dream. I am not sure what I can tell you only the pain will lessen as the days go by. At least your friend went in his sleep hopefully without any pain.

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      trish1048 

      8 years ago

      Dearest muley,

      I am so sorry to hear this. How old was your pet? You can take comfort in the fact you gave and received unconditional love.

      I have lost many pets in my lifetime. My old cat Odie wandered off, as he was an indoor/outdoor cat. I had my concerns as he was old and had gotten very thin. Needless to say, when I was cleaning out my shed, there he was, gone. I don't know what's worse, finding your beloved pet that way, or having to take him/her to the vet to be put down. I've done that too, and felt like the executioner.

      That's the saddest thing about owning any pet, they have a limited life expectancy, with the exception of perhaps parrots and turtles. Given that, I will always own a pet as I feel they all need to be loved and nurtured till God calls them home.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi J.S.! Thank you for the condolences.

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      JS Matthew 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My condolences...I have been there. I received a Dalmatian Puppy as a graduation gift from my brother who was a breeder. I had to put her down when she was 12 because of serious health issues. It's a very difficult time, I know, so my thoughts and prayers are with you!

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Feline! Thank you for your condolences

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      My heart bleeds for you...may you find another friend soon!

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Violet! Pets are kind of like children, easy to love, and easy to be loved by. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family. Thanks for your love.

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      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Oh, I am sorry, my eyes got a little wet reading this. I am not a pet owner but can absolutely understand the emptiness one feels when a pet or a human dies, especially without warning, yet your pet's passing was kind. We form bonds of love and I can imagine how beautiful it must be to receive unconditional love from an animal. My sis is getting a Maltese, and I contributed for half the purchase as my birthday gift to her. She is so looking forward to having a pet in her life.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi G-Ma! Nice to hear from you again. You are right about some of them knowing they are ready to pass. My dog Dylan wandered off one night and never came back. I know it is because he didn't want to be a bother to us.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Awww. it hurts but I am sure your pet had a wonderful life with you...I don't know sometimes it is easier then watching them die and not being able to let them know, well understand, I think they Know...Some animals know and go away so you don't ever know for sure...:O( Hugs G-Ma

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Steve, We lost Sophie the youngest one. Thanks for your sympathy.

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      SJM 

      8 years ago

      Sorry about that Mike, which one did you lose?

      Love ya

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Ms Chievous nice to meet you! Thank you for your caring and for stopping by.

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      Tina 

      8 years ago from Wv

      So Sorry for your loss...

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