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My Dear Beloved, Laila

Updated on April 2, 2014

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Dogs are lurking in the dark

Dogs are there

Dogs are here

Dogs are everywhere


I miss my dog oh so very much. My dog Laila, was 11 years old, when she passed away February 24th of this year. She had been my dog since I was 10 years old. I can never forget the day that she passed away. She went to the basement a couple of days before and refused to leave. She looked at me with those big brown eyes and tear stains down her face. She was in so much pain and at that point there was nothing else that we could do. She went from limping and barely eating to passing away within a matter of a couple of weeks. My sister and my dad think that the reason why she passed so suddenly was probably due to cancer. No matter what the reason was I'm glad that she is no longer suffering and that she is in heaven with my mom now. She was my best friend and she knew all of my secrets. She always comforted me when I was sad or feeling depressed and she always made me laugh when she tried to get away with something sneaky. I will love and miss my dog Laila with all of my heart.

This picture to the right is not a picture of my dog Laila. I just wanted to post a picture of a cute and cuddly dog in order to share with others how precious dogs are and how they can indeed become your bestfriend. As far as I know, the picture to the right is a picture of a German Shepherd.

Also, this picture above is also not a picture of Laila. this is a picture of an adorable dog that likes to pose for the camera. It is cute, cuddly, and I'm sure to be a lot of fun. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that the picture above is a picture of a German Shepherd.

How I Got My First Dog

I remember going to Carbondale, Illinois to visit my sister who was still in college at the time obtaining her Bachelor's in Business. When my parents and I walked through the door, I was shocked to find a beautiful puppy running around by the name of Laila. She was sweet, lovable, energetic, and alot of fun. I begged my parents to let me take her home with us. But alas, they said no. As we drove back to Peoria, I was overwhelmed with sadness because all I ever wanted was a dog.

After a month or so passed, my sister came home from school to visit us. I was sitting on the couch watching t.v. at the time. When my sister walked in the house, I was surprised that she brough Laila with her. I was so happy and this time I felt that my parents would finally give in and say that we could keep her.

I remember pleading and begging with my parents to let her stay until they finally gave in and said yes. I jumped up and down with joy as I was now a owner of a German Shepherd by the name of Laila. My parent's and my sister both told me how I would have to feed her, take her for walks, and other activities. I said how happy I was and I agreed to their terms. Ever since that moment she was mine, I knew that we would be inseperable.

Tips to Owning a Dog

1. Get all necessary and required shots

2. Get tags for your dog

3. Consult with a veterinarian on the best food choices and other activities to do with your dog

4. Get monthly checkups to make sure your dog is in good health

5. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, toys, and lots of love!

This picture above is a very similar picture of what my dog Laila looked like. The reason why there aren't any photos of her on here are because looking at the pictures is just too hard to deal with right now. She meant a lot to me and she always will. Rest in Peace Laila Hicks.

How to Say Goodbye

I think the hardest thing about saying goodbye is realizing that you will never be able to say hello again. It is hard to understand that you can never see this dog that again, the same dog that you've had for over half of your life, the same dog that slept on the couch when everyone was asleep, the same dog that always nudge you and licked you when you were sad, and the same dog that accepted you no matter what.

The best way for me to cope with losing a loved one is trying no to think about it. I realize that thinking about it can cause nervous breakdowns and the inability to carry on with life. The best thing to remember about that person or pet is that God called them home for a reason and that they are finally at peace. I realize that in the situation with my dog Laila and with my mom is that they were in alot of pain and that they couldn't take the pain anymore. I realize that they no longer wanted to suffer and that they both knew that the end was near. They wanted us to realize that everything is okay with them and that we should continue to live our lives, no matter what.

It has almost been a year now since my mom passed. I must admit it was a pretty rough first couple of months. I am happy that I was able to apologize to her for being such a spoiled brat and that she was able to read a poem on here entitled "Dear Mom (A Poem)". I was happy that she had the opportunity to read it and I am more than glad that she liked it. R.I.P. Jackie Michelle Hicks and R.I.P. Laila Hicks

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    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am very sorry about the loss of your dog and your mother, torrilynn. It's sad when we're separated from the ones we love. I hope that writing about your experiences helped you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      3 years ago from USA

      I am so sorry to hear about your recent losses. Writing can be very therapeutic. One day, you may feel better and you may be able to post pictures because thinking won't be as painful since time tends to heal . My mother in law passed away last fall, and just a few days later her daughter's dog did too. We like to imagine them together somewhere enjoying each other's company.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      Dogs do add a life to our lives. I credit my Min. Schnauzer for keeping me healthy. I walk her two miles every day!

      I would be lost without her. I'm so sorry for your great loss.

      Thanks for reading my story about my childhood Collie.

      BTW: I admire you for attending college and finding the time to write also.

      Voted this UP and shared.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      @dahoglund i agree that they are very good dogs and faithful indeed.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      @ahorseback i thank you for stopping by

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      4 years ago

      Even this very moment I am sitting holding the snout of my golden retriever who is so addicted to touch that you can't get away from him , I understand my dear is all I can say !.........:-}+++++++

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Definitely a German shepherd. We currebntly have a almost pure Siberian Husky. we did once have a White german Shepherd. a very nice dog. Mostly we get mutts. I have a friend who will not own anything but a German shepherd. very good dogs and very faithful.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Mel Carriere thank you for your kind words and im glad that you liked my hub

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      Beautiful words. Sorry about your losses. Beautiful hub.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @ubanichijioke I thank you so much for your kind words

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @OhMe I thank you for your sympathy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It is so very hard to lose a dear pet and I am so sorry your Laila is gone. I am glad that you have lots of wonderful memories to hold on to.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      4 years ago from Lagos

      So sorry for your loss. But, I am glad that your could draw positive energy from the tragedy. May your good spirit continue to shine on. Kind wishes.

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      4 years ago from USA

      Can feel your writing on your dog how much you miss her, animals are so precious to us they are apart of the family, glad she no longer in pain to, I lost my dog well some one stole him and for 4 years I cried off and on, I still miss him it has been 5 years now. Voted up Awesome

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @JackieLynnley I thank you for commenting and I'm sorry for your loss as well

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @PeggyW I thank you for your wise words. They are much appreciated. It is never easy losing loved ones but one must love life as they would want us to.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I can empathize with your losses because we have also had beloved pets die and have also lost family members. Both of my parents and both of my brothers are all gone now and in the next life. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother and beloved dog. Take your time in grieving those losses. There is no one right way to do it. Cherish the memories!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      My cat was almost 20 last fall when she died so I know how hard it is to lose them and I will even admit as much as I loved her; dogs are so much more human like. I was really sad to lose Lily and I still miss her but I have had dogs to die and cried my eyes out so it is a more emotional thing and I am sorry for you. You won't ever forget her but you can love another! I have loved several. Best wishes.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @jhamann thank you for your words. It is deep but it shall pass soon enough.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @KathyCarr thank you for your words. The time that has passed has helped to heal everything.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @FaithReaper thank you for your words and your understanding of how I felt when I lost my dog.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @janetwrites I thank you for your words. An time has fixed the pain indeed.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Bishop55 thank you for your warm regards. They are much appreciated during this time.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @GypsyLeeRose I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for the visualization and your warm words they are much appreciated.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @quildon I agree that time heals all and I appreciate how you are able to relate to my pain. I thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @teaches12345 thank you. I took sometime to grieve she will be forever missed and loved. Time heals all.

    • torrilynn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @aviannovice thank you for understanding my pain. I will miss and love that dog forever. I appreciate every moment I got to spend with her.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Torrilynn, it never gets easier however many pets you have. Just rest assured that you have done your best by giving each one a wonderful and happy environment.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      So sorry for your loss of Lalu. I remember our first dog, a pomeranian. Very small fiesty dog, but so very loving. Take time to grieve, it helps to heal the pain.

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      Angela Joseph 

      4 years ago from Florida

      As someone who has owned and lost several dogs, I understand your pain. I also lost my dear mom many years ago, and I understand that too. I still miss her, but time does heal all hurts, my dear.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      So sorry for your loss. Just think about Laila running and jumping in the meadows of heaven chasing butterflies. She is with you still in spirit and always will be.

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      4 years ago from USA

      :( Peace and prayers your way. Sorry to hear this.

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      Janet Giessl 

      4 years ago from Georgia country

      It's so sad and I'm so sorry for your loss. Dogs are such wonderful longtime friends. I hope time will heal your pain.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, I am so sorry for your great loss! Our pets our part of our family, and we miss them terribly when they pass on. We can learn a lot from our pets as relates to that unconditional love they provide.

      Up and more, tweeting and pinning


      Faith Reaper

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      Kathy Carr 

      4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      The loss of a pet is not easy. The bond, the fondness, the growing together, the understanding, all goes away and leaves you with an immeasurable sense of longing for that special oneness that goes along with the owner and pet. Take care, dear one, for time heals all pain.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      I am sorry for your loss. This type of loss is a deep hurt. Jamie


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