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Goodbye Marley

Updated on November 18, 2013

Dear Marley,

I know you wont be able to read this, but being away from home and away from you as you passed onto a better place left me feeling absent of closure. So here's my best attempt at it. Being there the day you came home, but not the day you left, has been just as hard to deal with than your passing itself. Marley, you didn’t just leave a 120-pound imprint on your couch spot, but a 120-pound imprint on my heart and my life. They say dog is man’s best friend, they could not have said it any better. You’ll never truly know how much you meant to me. All those times my lazy ass wouldn’t take you for a walk because I honestly never imagined life without you. I know that’s a silly thought, as death, not just with dogs but also in life, is inevitable. Looking back now, what I wouldn’t give for one more walk in the park with you. Those nights were I would take you out to the park, rest my head on you as we lie there looking up in the the sky, overcome by a feeling of pure serenity. I know it probably was just a nice cool night to lie outside for you, but for me it was a chance to clear my head and be with my best friend. For those who knew you, all saw something different about you. It wasn’t just your sweetness or your striking good looks, (We made a killer team with the ladies you know), it was when people looked into your eyes. Every time I looked into your eyes it felt as if I was gazing upon human eyes. Eyes that were filled with emotions, among them, love, happiness and of course a constant need for some tender love and care. If you only knew the impact you had on so many lives, you’d know you were more than just a dog or even a pet; you were a part of a family. We named you Marley for our love of Bob Marley. But little did we know you’d represent that namesake more than we ever could’ve hoped. All you did was love everybody. You never wanted anything from anyone but to love and be loved. I could write on forever about how you were the best dog and friend, but that won’t stop the tears, and it won’t bring you back. This will all be real in a week when I get home and I open that front door and you don’t come running out, run through my legs knock me over and look at me as only you could. When I found this quote by your Bob Marley, I could not stop reading it. It perfectly sums up life, love and loss. "The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever." Marley I know I wasn’t there to say goodbye, so this will just have to do for now. You were everything I could’ve ever hoped for in my first dog and more. You never failed to brighten my day and make life seem just a little bit better. As you laid all 120-pounds of you on my lap or when I fell asleep in your arms on the floor. I will never forget you, and there will always be a paw print on my heart, one that will always brighten my day and bring back the greatest 8 years of my life. Not to be cheesy, but I cant think of a better way to say my final goodbye than this, “Don’t worry, about a thing, cause every little thing, is gonna be alright.”

Love, Always and Forever, Your Brother and Best Friend,

Gabriel Diamond

I Love You Marley

Rest East Big Guy
Rest East Big Guy

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