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A Poem- My First Christmas Without My Dog

Updated on December 23, 2011

My First Christmas Without My Friend

The sounds of his collar,

tags jingling down the hall.

His head is not perched on my bedside no more.

He is not here,

He does not need to be fed.

I awake in the morning,

with sleep in my eyes,

thinking I have to bundle up to take him outside.

As my mind wakes up, just a bit more,

my eyes start to focus on his urn near the door.

Now a friendly, furry, ghost from Christmas’s past,

are what I have now but I still feel blessed.

Cleaning the room for the Christmas tree

I find yet another one of his doggy hair, tumble weeds.

In memory of him, photos are placed;

tucked in the branches

light’s glowing near his face.



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    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from New York

      Dear A.H.

      My sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved Mimi. I'm glad my poem helped ease your pain. I hope all your memories of her, will one day, bring you great joy instead of sadness.

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      Avenging Hyena 

      3 years ago

      Thank you so much, Cara, for poem. My Racing Greyhound/Border Collie mix on August 29, 2014. I know this Christmas will be very sad without doggie treats and doggie toys under the tree and the smile on my Mimi's face when seeing all the treats and toys for her. This would have been her 17th Christmas. So sad. I know, however, that your poem will ease the pain. Thank you again, Cara, for this beautiful poem.

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Caroline, It still is tough sometimes. Sometimes it hits me he's gone and it's like I'm in shock again. He's in my heart though. It does it get better and my memories of him are great.

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      This is so sad Cara. I am sorry for your loss of your Bailey. My dog Lily is sick and it's very sad. I can understand the pain from losing someone you love. What a nice tribute to him.

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      Poetic Fool 

      6 years ago

      Cara, I remember so well when my first dog, Skeeter, died. It was a very long time ago but it was near Christmas and that seemed to magnify the loss. I'm sorry to hear you've lost your friend and this is a wonderful tribute. I also love the photo at the top. His expression is priceless!

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Thank You Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      I am so sorry.. my dogs are a part of the family.. I can surely understand your loss.. bless you Cara

    • Cara.R profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you for sharing Cresentmoon,

      I cried while I wrote the poem, it is three months since he passed away.

      Bailey will always be my best friend. Merry Christmas to you and your pooch. :)

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      6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      I will be honest that this hub brought tears to my eyes for I know that one day the day will come that it will be the first Christmas with out my dog and when the day comes I will hurt deeply. For she is my best friend, my everything. Voted up.


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