Monday, November 9, 2009

Loss of Pet Quotes

For anyone who has ever lost a dear pet, here are some quotes to ease the pain. I dedicate this to Fa, I and Fre.

I am so very grateful for the reception to this post and all the readers who have written in about the comfort it has given them.


In response to readers emails, yes, I am a licensed and nationally board certified therapist.  If you would like to contact me about meeting by phone or in person if you are in northeast Florida, please feel free to send me a note here or go to my contact page.  Wishing you peace.  Maria

And I want to thank all of you who continue to call and meet with me for help with the loss of your precious pets.  I consider it an honor to help you in your  time of such deep sorrow and loss.

Maria

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A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered.
Lacie Petitto

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Ben Williams

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
John Galsworthy

Ask the beasts and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.
St. Francis of Assisi.

A home without a cat — and a well fed, well petted and properly revered cat —
may be a home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?
Mark Twain

Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash.
That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less
of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
Thornton Wilder

Agreeable friends-they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Elliot

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Immanual Kant

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.
-Chief Seattle

It is not just that animals make the world more scenic or picturesque. The lives of animals are woven into our very being - closer than our own breathing - and our soul will suffer when they are gone.
Gary Kowalski, Author of The Souls of Animals

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
Will Rogers

Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
Sigmund Freud


If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
Pam Brown


Agreeable friends-they asks no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Elliot

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot.

His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No heaven will not ever Heaven be, unless my cats are there to welcome me.
Anonymous.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France

No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet.
Cynthia S. Dobesh.

Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating.
Rev. Joel L. Morgan

If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very few people.
James Thurber

With eye upraised his master's look to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man: The rich man's guardian and the poor man's friend, The only creature faithful to the end.
George Crabbe

Old men miss many dogs.
Steve Allen

A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way.
Mary Carolyn Davies

And if I go, while you are still here...
Know that I still live on,
Vibrating to a different measure,
Behind a thin veil that you cannot see through.
You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I will wait there for the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.

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104 comments:

  1. thank you so much for these wonderful and heartfelt quotes. They have helped us during this loss of our Molly girl.
    love, L--I-F xoxo

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  2. Thank you so much for this, I can't even begin to tell you how great these words make me feel. I'm having a hard time with the loss of my min-pin which I've had for 12 years, but these words inspire me to remember the wonderful times I had with my Stinky.

    Much love and thanks,
    SCW

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  3. Beautiful.Ijust lost another four legged friend yesterday, my pride my joy my Goldy my Mishty. These words mean a lot to me.

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    1. Was trying to read through hoping to find words that convey my feelings of loss, but it's a pain that affects every sense and emotion in my body. It's debilitating and paralyzingly destructive. The last 24 hours have been very hard and the dog I'm talking about was not even my own. I'm referring to a very loving beautiful girl named Brittany. She deserves only the greatest love anyone could give, and I now see that that love will be from the lord. I miss her so much and I just wish I could hug and kiss her one more time and let her know how much we all love her. She was a calming, patient and gracious baby to get family and mother as well. Can't express my gratitude for her enough.

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    2. I am so sad for you. I am in the same boat. Lost 3 of my babies in the past 11 months. An 18 yr old cat, 12 yr old bulldog, and a 17 yr old cat 3 weeks ago. My one remaining cat is so depressed. He has lost all his friends, each one 4 to 5 months apart. There are no words. Just time. (HUG)

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  4. I JUST LOST MY GERMAN SHEPERD OF ALMOST 7 YEARS ON TUESDAY MARCH 8, 2011. IT FEELS LIKE IM MISSING A PIECE OF MY HEART AND THE TEARS DONT SEEM TO END...BUT READING THESE QUOTES, IT MAKES ME REALIZE THAT I WILL FEEL BETTER SOMEDAY. RIP OLLIE, YOU TRULY WERE THE BEST DOG EVER. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERY SECOND WE WERE BLESSED TO SHARE WITH YOU. OLLIE WAS THE MOST LOYAL LOVING DOG WE COULD HAVE ASKED FOR. ALWAYS AND FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS AND NEVER FORGOTTEN.

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  5. I have just lost my girl Effie after 15 years of unconditional love and loyalty - my heart is heavy but my mind is so full of the most incredible memories, laughter and joy - I am blessed that she was part of my life

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  6. RIP Topper. (January 1 1996--May 25 2011)
    Beloved English Setter and friend.
    An old woman misses many dogs
    And cats and sheep and horses
    And birds and brooks and days in the sun
    And will learn to love again because
    That is why I am here.

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  7. These quotes I have found comforting during the loss of more than one beloved pet. I am now grieving the unexpected death of our dear cat "Jesse". He wandered in as a sick stray and ended up being the most lovable, loyal, sweet addition to our family. He brought a special calmness to our home and he will hold a special place in our hearts forever. Thanks again for sharing these words of comfort.

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  8. My heart goes out to all of you in this time of loss. I am grateful these quotes have eased some of your pain. Thank you for sharing your stories.

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  9. I lost my joy just 2 days back...m dumbstruck....such an ugly and unbearable pain n now everywhere i can feel him walking...i can see him watching me with his cute lil innocent eyes.I will always love my joy n i really miss him...smtyms dese pets b`cm maore imp. to us than other human relations...

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  10. Today my world slipped away,My sweet Jada left my side.She was my princess,the most loyal dog I have ever had the honor of having.She was my life line,my best friend,my companion.I love you my sweet baby girl.Momma loves you.

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  11. Thank you all for sharing your stories. It means so much to me that these simple quotes might offer even the slightest comfort.

    I am so very sorry for your losses, of Joy and of Jada. I know how heart breaking losing a beloved pet can be. They are our family, our hearts. You are in my thoughts at this most painful time.

    Please feel free to share your feelings, your stories. I think telling our stories helps us all with our pain.

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  12. On a bright, warm afternoon, my boy slipped peacefully away in my arms at home with his family close by. He was so good and I'm so proud of him! After 14.5 blessed years, growing up together, looking out for each other, going on adventures; he now leaves me a man, a better man, to continue the journey. Thanks to all above for sharing; I felt like I was the only one in the universe until now.

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  13. Neil
    Thank you for your beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes. I wish you more beautiful and love filled moments as you continue your journey. And thank you for enriching this site with your words.

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  14. On Monday, July 19th, I lost my lovie, furry-four legged friend, Casey, of twelve years. She was my walking, jogging, go for a ride buddy. She originated from the shelter, then from a home who was going to dump her off. What a pleasure it is to have known Casey. She filled my life with joy and gave me so many memorable memories. My favorite being watching her rub her eyes with her paw while she was peaking out to see if anyone was watching her...she loved to soak up all the attention. My heart will be heavy for a very long time and will forever be thinking of her each day. She is greatly missed and loved so much. I know she is in heaven now running around playing with her buddies while looking down watching over her family. Casey we love you dearly and you will never be forgotten...you will always be my furry, four-legged lovie.

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  15. Dear Kim-

    Thank you for your beautiful story about your lovie, Casey. There is such a sense of peace in your words. Thank you. I am sure your words will offer comfort to many.

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  16. We lost our gorgeous boy Colin, our rough collie yesterday 26/09/2011. He was gifted to us for 18 wonderful years. Words will never express the love he gave us, the smiles and the laughter he brought to our lives. He was as big a member and part of our family as any of us. He has truly left a hole and pain in our hearts that will take some time to heal. Rest easy gorgeous boy.
    Many pets will come in and out of our lives, only a few will leave paw prints on our hearts.

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  17. Gemma
    Thank you for sharing Colin's story. Sounds like he was such an important member of the family. Wishing you peace.

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  18. I just put my friend Buddy to sleep tuesday and I know it's a cliche' but I miss him so much....he had diabetes and possibly a tumor and the hurt in his eyes alone let me know it was time....I've never had to put a "furever" friend down before and reading your comments and stories has helped me with my grief, the last time I felt this way was when my mother passed away. Thank you for your inspirational words.....

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    1. This sad story is so ironic. My Buddy #3 got his wings and went to heaven this Tuesday. Its so hard. :'/ What happend on tuesday was much similiar to the situation with your friend. I feel for you. It hurts but as i was told many times atleast hes not suffering anymore and is healthy now like he ounce was. <3
      -I love you baby boy. Rest in peace buddsters.<3

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  19. Thank you for sharing. I am so sorry about Buddy. It is a brave thing to see the hurt in his eyes and be able to let him go. Thank you for your kind words about this site and wishing you peace.

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  20. R.I.P. Niunia (yorkie)....03/26/11 - 10/22/11
    :( :( She meant the world to me, and did nothing to deserve the way she died (neck broken by great dane)... I would have done anything to save her if I could, but she is in a better place now- and I believe that someday we will meet again.

    <3 I will always love her <3

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  21. Thank you for your post about your sweet little Niunia. I am so so sorry for your tragic loss. My heart is with you.
    Maria

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  22. We had to put our beloved Bosco dog to sleep last evening. He was 11 1/2 years old and his health declined rapidly. He was laying down on the floor of the vet's office - probably the cool floor felt good on his sore old body. We sat on the floor with him while he drifted off. I can relate to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's quote - "His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears." Bosco's ears were the softest and he loved it when I pulled them over his head and nuzzled them. He will always be our baby.

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  23. Debbie
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. To be with Bosco in his passing moment.... he must have felt such love. Wishing you peace as you mourn your pup.
    Maria

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  24. Kushi was a kitten bought wen she was 10days old., she was their with me for past 1 yr, she passed away today,. she was attacked by 4 streat dogs and got her spinal chord and neck hurt while getting escaped ,. and was not able to breath even for 10 mins hardly ,., she shared ma feelings ,i used to make her sleep on ma hands with a blanket to keep her warm ,., how much ever i make her sleep in her box,., she used to come and sleep near ma legs,., i have seen people crying wen they lose their pets, but i dint know that it hurts this much ,., i cant forget the way it used to ask for food rubbing ma legs,., the oly things remaining is her snaps and unforgetable memories,.,.,

    <3 love u KUSHI <3

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  25. I lost my sweet heart and fur sister, Hope today. She was 9 years old and a beautiful Snowshoe.

    Hope was a quirky cat who would talk to me in squeaks and chirps for whatever she wanted. She would meow a '-WAH-er' for water from the faucet, a 'yeah' for yes, and when I would tell her I loved her she would purr and meow back a special way. Every morning she would sit on her chair in my bathroom and she would help me get ready for work or school. We shared secrets into the night of many things. She would snuggle through the night, her head resting int eh palm of my hand under the covers or on my pillow. I worry for Leo, my other cat, for when he goes home during break to not see her. She helped him pull through when he was an orphaned baby. I remember when Hope brought a baby mouse to me in the middle of the night and accidentally dropped it on the bed. She was prodding the covers and the mouse went under the covers and was going down the bed. I had to reach under and grab it by the tail and she was so proud i caught a mouse. She would pick her wet food for which one she wanted. You had to hold the two choices up and name which one was which and she would pat the one she wanted. If you gave her the other can she didn't pick she would not eat it.

    I can remember when i first saw her a little tiny thing, just born all white and next to two little orange tabby kittens, Her mother, faith, was so proud of her litter. Hope came home when she was old enough, a springy little ball of energy, naughtiness, and love. She wrestled with my dog Trixie, and thought she herself as a dog for a while. She was an excellent fetcher of paper balls, always bringing me back the paper I would throw away.

    I will always remember the last night we were together. It is something I will always remember. We talked late into the night, she purred the whole time and rested her head in my palm as I rubbed her chin, she fell asleep purring. I can still hear her purr whispering in my ear, as i too fell asleep.

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  26. Thank you Caitlin and Jaya for your beautiful stories of love. They have touched my heart.

    Wishing you peace.

    Maria

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  27. i lost baby, my bundle of joy almost a year ago, she passed away march 27, 2011 exactly 10 days after her 4th birthday, she was my world and i was completely devastated with her loss, i felt like a piece of my heart and soul went missing that day. the only comfort i could find in her passing was that she was lucky enough to pass inbetween mine and her daddy's arms. i cursed god for taking her so soon but then realized that he must have loved her as much as i did and had a greater purpose for her. a good but simple quote, gone but never forgotten, you will always bei n my heart baby hope to see you again someday. R.I.P. my darling ferret. may you romp around on the clouds and give god as much hell as you gave me

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  28. Kassandra-

    Thank you for sharing your story. Anniversaries can be so painful. I am wishing you peace in the days and weeks to come.

    Maria

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  29. Thank you for these quotes. And for everybody sharing their stories. I felt so alone and im sure my mom does as well..This Tuesday, Buddy #3; our Boxer (brendel) of 7 years recieved his wings and went to heaven. We had to put him down and it was one of the hardest things ive ever gone through. To feel him pass was a bullet through my heart. I am so lost as well as my mom and kinda my dad. And especially Buddys twin, cheyanne. They have been with eachother since they were in thier mommys belly. And now shes always looking for him and moping around. It hurts to see her not understand why her brother is not with her. Just like how it broke my heart how Buddy did not understand why he had all of his "bad days"...those bad days were from this horrible thing we call...cancer. We found out Buddy had cancer June of 2011 from tests they did since he was feeling ill. That week he almost didnt make it, but we went to visit him every day at the hospital and encouraged him he was loved and to stay strong. We told him he was a boxer and born to "fight". Buddy fought that week and got strength to have chemo and come home with us. ♥ He went through weeks apon weeks of chemo, and fought his "bad days" strongly and lived life to the fullest on his good days. Buddy stayed strong and fought for as long as he could until this thing we call cancer took him over. Buddy knew he could not fight this anymore and he let us know he was "ready". And although we were not ready we had to let him go be the healthy strong dog our baby boy ounce was...we had to keep our promise to him and that was, we would not let him suffer. When we found out about Buddys cancer, it may sound odd but we told him "things were going to start getting a little hard but you need to stay strong. You will have bad days from whats about to continue but we promise to not let you suffer. You let us know when its time." And thats just what Buddy did. He knew it was time and that lead us to know it was ok to let him get his wings and be our healthy boy he ounce was. It hurts so bad not having him here, but seeing him on his last day on earth fighting for his life was just has hard to see. :"/ But the shot the vet gave him Tuesday morning gave him his wings and to fly to heaven a strong healthy boy. Hes now our angel looking over us from above, while spending his days with other dogs playing now; waiting for us to be reunited. This pain hurts so bad i cant explain it. Although we know it was better for him, a peice of our heart is now gone. My mom was so close to buddy too they were best friends just like Buddy and I became best friends. We are all lost without him but one thing that made me think positively about seeing him again was what i read above from you, somthing about " we are just in different words now but we will be there one day and another about how he can see us we just cant see him right now." So thank you for all these, im going to pass along a few to my mom and hopfully they will help her some too. ♥

    -Carmen

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    1. -P.s Bubba I hope your having a good day and met lots of animals and the first two buddys to learn where you got your name from. (: they are good dogs. Get to know them. You guys are family. Oh and get to know the people in our family that passed too. ♥ Buddy i promise one day mom, dad, shy-shy and i will be reunited with eachother. But until then stay busy up there in heaven and enjoy your healthy life you now have again baby boy. I know your watching over us now and will still be our protector like you always have been and that we have always called you. ♥ I love you Buddy, Buddsterss, Bubba and your other funny names you cant forget Meat head, Lumpy Head and Boniveto. Lol. Were silly. (: and oh yeah..p.s.s i hope you like the hedge hog i got for you, Hairy as we call it. Shys unsperiable from hers and I have mine too. ♥ We all love you baby boy and miss you more than ever. And we promise to take care of shy-shy (chub girl) for you. We will all see eachother one of these days Bubba i promise, but until then enjoy your fly with all the other angels Buddy. You are our angel as well as the other Buddys, 1 and 2 you got your name from. You will neverbe forgotten, none of you will. I love you ! ♥ Carmen. ♥

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  30. Really such a nice and interesting quotes shared like it....
    Thanks

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  31. Carmen

    Thank you for sharing your loving story - so much love there! My heart goes out to you and little Cheyenne. Hoping you both can comfort each other at such a difficult time....

    Maria

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  32. My 14 year old son and I just lost our beloved Daisy May 25th 2012. She was the cutest little dog but she was very impulsive. She ran out into the street and I saw the entire event happen before my eyes. She passed away in my arms and we cant stop crying. She was our sunshine and she was always happy, she could bring a smile to anyones face and she loved being around people. I dont know what we will do without her in our lives but thank you for these beautiful quotes. Reading all these post makes helps my son and I, knowing shes in heaven with other loved animals. May God be with everyone who has ever lost a pet.
    --Regina

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  33. To Regina:
    The same thing happened to me on june 1st. I saw it too, and he died in my arms. I understand what you've been through. He was my friend and a family member. I miss him so much. Hope Mango is with your Daisy in heaven.

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  34. To Regina and Mango's friend and family member. What a tragic shared loss... Thank you both for sharing. My only only consolation is that your dear Mango and precious Daisy did not die alone but in your loving arms. I am not sure if that even helps at all and I cannot imagine the shock and trauma for you both...but to be held in love in that last moment...well, I think that means something. Wishing both of you and Regina your son as well... peace and love in this most difficult time.

    Maria

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    1. This also happened to me on April 19, right in front of my house in front of me. I was able to get him to the vet in less than 5 minutes, but he was already gone. So tragic, it must be one of the worst things in the world to have to witness - I will never forgive myself - I loved my little dog so much. I only take small relief from the fact he died instantly hearing me call his name and picking him right up. He died what he was born to do I suppose - chasing the dreaded mailman.

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  35. I took my little 10 year old Westie Paris to the vet for her rabies and distemper shot and she had a bad reaction....anaphylactic shock and died..
    my heart is broken...Mary Ann

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    1. Oh good lord, Mary Ann
      I am so very sorry, to lose your pet in a place where you trusted her to be safe... I am so very sorry. Thank you for sharing your story...it is so hard to accept when unexpected tragedy happens. You are in my thoughts. Please know your heart will heal... Maria

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  36. My Sugar baby died yesterday, 7-30-12. She was 16. Her heart stopped working properly and she had difficulty breathing. The vet helped me make the decision to take her pain away. I held her and felt her life slip away. Even though I feel relief that her pain is over, I can't help but to feel selfish and want her back home with me. My tears won't stop and and my heart is broken. She has left such an empty space. She is by best friend and I will always love her. My God, it hurts so much! I will bring her home soon in an urn and place her on a shelf. Can't breleive this has happened? I have many pictures and memories but i still want her back in my arms. This pain is unbearable. Sugar, I hope you know how much I love you and how very much you are missed!

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    1. Dear Anonymous-
      I am so sorry for your loss of Sugar. People don't always realize the devastation of losing a pet. I can tell you that sometimes (having done it) putting a pet down is the most loving thing to do. Letting go is so very hard and sometimes what we have to do for those we love the most. The pain of loss IS unbearable, but it will get better, Anonymous. Try and take care of yourself, be kind to you, remember your baby, know that you did the right thing. You are in my thoughts.

      Maria

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  37. Thank you for all your precious stories and sharing your hearts. I can't say that my Kiko died in my arms, he just disappeared. No longer is he at the back door as we leave for work, after we had let him out at his insistance at 4:30 am every morning. We got him as an adult at the Siamese Rescue, we tried to keep him in all the time, but it was obvious that he was an indoor outdoor cat. He was my baby for 7 years, the most loving cat ever, with a face like a mountain lion, he was beautiful. He loved the outdoors, but always came in for the evening so he could sleep by my side. His friend Snow (who stays indoors!) is missing him already. They were so sweet together, kiko would groom Snows little head and take care of him. My heart hurts so bad...where did you go my heart? It has been helpful to read the words of encouragement. Linda

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    1. Dear Linda
      Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry your baby is missing. You probably have already tried this, but when my baby Jaboa went missing after having her for 6 years, I was told she might have gotten confused and we put some of her favorite things outside of the house so she could catch the scent. It did work and she returned to us...we went on to have her for several more years until she passed due to cancer. She was an indoor cat, but I was told at the time that even outdoor cats can get confused.... I am hoping, hoping, hoping that Kiko returns to you but in the meantime, I wish you peace, comfort and healing. Maria

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    2. Thank you so much Maria. I will try what you suggested. I am so grateful to have found this website, it has helped.

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    3. Linda-
      I will be thinking of you and I hope this works. Thanks so much for your kind words. I am glad this website helps.
      Maria

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  38. Thank you so much for these lovely quotes, especially the last one which helped me so much. Yesterday, I had to put down my beloved Jericho, a 15 year old kitty I've had since he was 8 weeks old. He had kidney disease, a brain tumor, and had recently gone totally blind. He had lost half his body weight over the past few months. Putting him down was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but I did it for him out of love. He was the best friend I've ever had, and I loved him dearly. Rest in peace, my sweet Jericho.

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    1. Dear Lovenlife-

      Thank you so much for your kind words about this site and for sharing your story. I am so sorry for your loss of Jericho. What a sweet name. I would love to know the story behind that name! It is a brave person who can let their pet go when they are in so much pain, to address Jericho's pain over your own emotional pain.... that was an an act of deep love. you are in my thoughts.

      Maria

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  39. Your quotes truly helped my aching heart tonite. As my family sleeps, I lie awake mourning our German Shepard. We put her down this past Thursday. She was 11 yrs old and truly my first born child. The quiet times have been the most painful since Zappa passed away. It helps ease the pain knowing that others love their pets as much as my family has.

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    1. Dear Anonymous-

      It is good to have a place to go where people understand the depth of your pain and loss. The night, the times when no one else is in the house and all is quiet can be the hardest. There are no distractions from the pain. You are in my thoughts. Thank you for writing. I wish you healing after the loss of your Zappa.

      Maria

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  40. My 12 week old puppy Harper was killed yesterday as we were attacked by a stray dog. The four weeks we had together were the best in memory. I feel so helpless, like I should have done more to protect her. Reading these quotes and understanding there are others out there who can empathize helps. Mama misses you so much Harper!

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    1. Makia-
      I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that this was NOT in any way your fault. An aggressive dog is an unpredictable and dangerous thing. I am so very very sorry that you had to experience such a shocking and violent loss of your little Harper. In time you will heal. You are in my thoughts.
      Maria

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  41. I Just Found Out Today That My Dog Daisy Has a Mass Cell Cancer And We Need To "Set Her Free" This Is The @nd Dog Ive Lost To Cancer and I Don't Know If I Can Do It Again...Advice?

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    1. Dear Dancerchic

      I am so very sorry for your situation. I have been there and it is unbelievably painful. Here are a couple of suggestions.

      1. Remember how strong you really are. You reached out for help and that takes strength. And you have been here before so you know you can survive.

      2. Read quotes like this and the comments of other readers. It will strengthen you and remind you that you are not alone.

      3. Find someone to talk to that understands, a friend, another pet lover, someone who has been through this.

      4. Be good to yourself. Do nice things for yourself. And be forgiving if you are sad or angry or just plain forgetful. This is hard and you are not yourself when you are going through something so difficult.

      5. Feel free to write again on this site and let me know how you are doing or email me at: maria at simplyputtogether dot com with more questions or concerns and I will send you a note back with more suggestions.

      Wishing you peace.

      Maria

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  42. ".How True..............we lost our adorable son Simba(Great Dane) all of just 5years in the most tragic way.
    We are crippled without him even if we close our eyes to drift.......

    Toooo tragic for single child parent.............

    May these wonderful four legged angels live in our hearts
    & charm us in every possible way

    with love forever & ever
    Pappa Raj & Mamma Sue

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    1. Dear Pappa Raj and Mamma Sue

      I am so very sorry for your loss of Simba.... I know Simba will be in your hearts always....

      Again, I am so very sorry. Wishing you peace.

      Maria

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  43. On Friday September 28th,2012 I lost my beloved Cat of 15 years Tigger. He went missing on August 8th. We did everything we could possible. We looked for hours, put up signs in every store, vet and gas station around here. On September 25th someone down the street phoned us. They had seen the sign at the store and thought they had him, sure enough he was there. When I got there , he was hiding. I called 2 times and shook his treats, he immediately came out of the culvert. Meowing as if he was saying "MUMMY I AM RIGHT HERE, I'VE MISSED YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! He was so thin and not the cat I once knew. I brought him to the vet and they did their best to get him to perk back up, but it was too late. For weeks my worst fear was for him to die alone out there. We found one another and I was with him when he took his last breaths. The one quote "His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning kinda prompted me to write something about this heart wrenching story for me to say that Tigger stayed alive for 50 days for me to not have a broken heart about him being alone when he died. He was in my arms with my tears soaking his head as he lay his head down and take his last breaths! :( Goodbye my sweet love.....Mummy will always love and remember you!

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    1. Dear Shelley Rae

      Your story is heartbreaking... yet beautiful.... I am so very sorry, but understand...to have your baby die in your arms... to know that Tigger left this world cradled in your love...is worth so much.

      Wishing you peace...

      Maria

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  44. I just lost my cat Huckleberry today. Somebody did a hit and run. I had him for 5 yrs. I can't stop crying. He was my little boy. I loved him SO much!! My heart is aching. I'm glad I found this page, because now I know that I'm not the only cat lover and that there are others who morn and weep like I do. Thank you to all the cat lovers as well as animal lovers. They really do make a difference in our lives.

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    1. Tiffany Lynn

      I am so very sorry for the tragic loss of your Huckleberry. That is such a sweet name. I know your pain, how wrenching it is, but I also know you will heal. I am so very sorry for loss and I wish you peace in the days and weeks to come. Thank you so much for sharing and for your kind words about this site.


      Maria

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  45. I lost my two persian cats this month, one on October 3 and the second on October 6. I had Calvin and Hobbes for over 18 years, we were all inseparable. They had been slowing down for some time, and when I took Hobbes in to have his teeth cleaned they told me he was having kidney problems. But we cleaned his teeth and he perked right up for about 5 months, and then he began to fade away. I could not deny the inevitable and the decision to send him to heaven became easier. Within days, his lifetime companion Calvin became very ill, in a different way, but still quickly and dramatically. He stopped eating and drinking and started throwing up. He too virtually died before my eyes - I am in total shock. I have known they could not live forever, but I never dreamed they would be taken from me at the same time.

    They were so sweet and easy going. They were so beautiful and cute. They had a great life with lots of adventures. Even though they were inside cats, I did move to a house or two over the years and they enjoyed sitting outside in the sun and creeping around in the garden. I am happy to have been with them when they died, we were together to the end - and that is as good as it gets sometimes.

    Having lost my little rescued pomeranian less than 6 months ago to a hit and run driver right outside my house and in front of me, the loss of my two long-time companions is almost too much to bear.

    Pets are so wonderful, and cats and dogs definitely satisfy something different in me, the cats are so gentle and sweet and the dogs just want to be with you and you can take them out and show them off and meet lots of people with them. Pets take you out of yourself - they give you something else to think about and fuss over. It's healthy for your mind. Today I am 13 years sober and I did not have to drink to survive these devastating losses.

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  46. Dear Calvin and Hobbes mum-

    I am so sorry for all your losses. That feels like so much to bear. Your words about how you experienced cats and dogs in different ways really moved me. They are so very precious. As a psychotherapist, when you told me you are 13 years sober, I was very touched by your honesty. Sobriety is no easy task. Anyone reading this will no doubt be inspired. So,please, in this difficult time,remember how very strong you are and how your words have strengthened others.

    Maria

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  47. On Oct 10th our dear sweet St Bernard puppy Pixie Stick suffered severe seizures with no warning. She had been such a happy silly clumsy girl. Her heart was one of pure sweetness to all who knew her. Her beauty would make people stop us on walks to pet her. At the emergency hospital she stopped breathing. The seizures had taken their final toll on her young life. May you run with the big dogs now my dear Sticky in fields of daisy flowers with steak bones and baby toys where ever you roam. Always and forever my dear girl you will stay in my heart...

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    1. Dear Anonymous-

      Your comment here is like a beautiful poem written to your Pixie Stick. I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. Your touching words will move and comfort the many people who come to this site.

      Thank you for being brave enough to share.

      Wishing you peace.

      Maria

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  48. Hello. We just lost are St.Bernard and this helped put our emotions into words thanks!! His name was "Bruno"! 1 <3

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    1. Dear Anonymous

      Thank you for writing in. I am so glad this site has helped. I am so sorry for your loss of your Bruno. What a great name.

      Wishing you peace.

      Maria

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  49. God I miss my pets so much. i'm 14 years old and I've lost 4 of my most beloved friends I could ever have. I miss them so much. I love you Squeaks,Bo,Whoopi,Chester. I dont know what I would do without you.
    Squeaks-You taught me how to be myself and that no one's perfect. I love you my baby girl
    Bo-The best Akita anyone could ever ask for. You were there when I needed a shoulder to cry on. I miss you :)
    Chester-You taught me how to enjoy what I do most. You were my best bud. I know that you are probably eating all the carrots and mints you want now. I remember the last time I rode you. I will always love you my big friend
    Whoopi- The first horse I ever cantered on. You helped me r ealize that I was meant to ride. I love you sweetie :)
    Without them I dont know who I'd be now :) <3

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    1. Dear Sara

      Iam so sorry for all your losses. You do such a beautiful job of sharing what they mean to you.....Squeaks,Bo, Whoopie and Chester .....and each of them showing you more of who you are....that is so touching.....you have a lot of wisdom for someone so young.....to take the good at a time of loss....thank you for sharing Sara.....much life and happiness....and cantering....lie ahead for you! Wishing you healing.....Maria

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  50. lost my pet cat mimi 9 days bac..he jus vanished..dissapeard..he ws a stray cat like many in my building who jus wandered in our house n me n my kids life's...n became an inseperable part of us frm da past one yr..he ws my 4th kid...used 2 say dat always...we were supposed 2 celebrate his bday dis week...he used 2 go out 2 b wt his frds n cm bac in an hr or so..las time i let him out..at midnite..he never came bac..me n my kids searcehs 4 him like crazy all over our area...bt he ws gone..dunno wt ahppened 2 him..i wish n pray dat he is safe wherever he is..me n my kids r heartbroken...wtever is left of him r his pictures n memories...miss u mimi...cm bac dear...wont leave u alone ever...Gul

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    1. Dear Anonymous...

      I am so sorry for your loss.... what a sweet family to take in a little lost soul. I am sure mimi felt the love, and maybe, just maybe, he is on a journey and will find his way back to you...

      thank you for sharing...

      Maria

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  51. I loved my dear dog Bear. We got him when I was two, and last night was the first night after 12 years that I can remember without him. Yesterday when I knew there was no option but what was right for him to end his suffering, I sat in the car that my dad had told me in, crippled with grief at the news. I couldn't even face poor Bear, so I sat. My dad ended up coming back and getting me out of the car. I sat in the living room, sobbing, and Bear only stood to put his head in my lap and look at me. Seeing the lost, sad, yet still comforting and concerned face, I knew it was time to let him go. He never had to leave the house. A service came to do it in our living room, and he laid on a Bears' blanket. We buried the dear boy on a hill on our property, and he never has to leave home again. Today, I came home and expected him to be standing there, ears perked and tail wagging. For a second, I forgot how I'd lived through hell the night before. I allowed my mind to slip due to routine, and I realized that my dear golden retriever would never be there again. I have never felt more grief than losing my little brother, best friend, and dog.

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    1. Dear Anonymous-

      I am so sorry for your loss of Bear. What a beautiful story of love and understanding. All of us who have lost a pet understand the feeling of returning home or waking up, expecting them to be there, only to be reminded again of the loss. Your writing is beautiful and heartfelt. You are in my thoughts.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

      Maria

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  52. We lost our beloved Lexi yesterday. She was the sweetest Flatcoat anyone could ever ask for. Rest in peace, Lexi.

    "For those who love dogs, it would be the worst form of a lie to call any place they were banned "Paradise." Certainly no loving God would separate people from their canine friends for eternity." -Stanley Coren

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    1. Dear Anonymous-

      Thank you for sharing. I am so very sorry for your loss. I think you also for this beautiful quote. Wishing you peace in the days, weeks and months ahead.

      Maria

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  53. We lost our beloved Zero a boxer of 10 years and 10 months to a sudden pneumonia infection. He got sick and passed away in 5 days. I remember him as a tiny mischievous puppy who would fall asleep while biting on my fingers. He grew up to be a great faithful companion. He greeted strangers with his customary tail wagging and excitement even on the night he passed away. I wish I could give up a part of my life in exchange for his. These quotes have helped me a lot. I have enjoyed a lifetime worth of happiness with him, though I feel like the bitter end was not worth it. There are still moments when I think this was a cruel practical joke and that Zero will come back and climb back on the bed and I'll be able to hug my friend once again.

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    1. Dear Rajiv

      Thank you for our beatiful story. I have been thinking of letting my son get a dog. Your story reminds me what a powerful relationship that can be.... I am so very sorry for your loss.

      Maria

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  54. I just lost my little Nobi yesterday , she is 2 years and 4 months. She is everybody sweetheart.never thought that she will leave me so fast. She ever pass the heavy sick before. She was born in my room and go in my arms. and she always sleep under my bed. She got sick don't want to eat at all. But I keep on trying to feeding her. Give her medicine. But she always spit it.

    Two nights before she pass away she put her head on my bed .. watching me sleep. I wake-up and asking what she want? She just looking at me like will not see me anymore. One night before she pass away she lead her head on my lap... keep on watching me. My heart already broken that night. No word to say. I keep on stroked her. After midnigth she so busy, go to my mom room, go to my brother room, around the home. In the morning ,.. no more spirit in her eyes , her eyes said something ... mommy I give up ... I have to go .. then she fall down. I keep on crying ... she still breathing. I call my mom and my brother , I hold her in my arms. Then she pass away surrounded the family that she loved.....

    How can I forget the memories that she give to me. Thank you for the happiness you shared with us. You teach me so many thing. Mommy gonna miss you .. you will always in my heart Nobi ..

    No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet.
    Cynthia S. Dobesh.

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    1. Dear Christina

      Thank you for sharing your story. I remember looking into the eyes of my dear Boey before she passed. To this day I can remember that moment and the closeness I felt with her. I am so sorry for your loss and I thank you for sharing your heartbreaking loss... she was just a baby... and it sounds, like Rajiv, you stayed by her side... so difficult but loving to do...

      Maria

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  55. Thank you Maria, Its mean so much for me...
    Good site ...

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  56. I just lost my baby girl Wendy on Monday. This precious little dog was my whole world, and I was hers. I was blessed with her 5 years ago by finding her on the steps of a courthouse I was working at out of town. My sister had found her and threw her into my arms and in that instant my whole world changed. It took a lot of time to get that sweet baby healthy, heartworms, rotten teeth and a tumor on her ovary were just a few of the things we had to deal with. She was with me through some very dark times and I truly believe that if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here today. We saved each other. I have never known a love as strong as the love we had for each other. I've been blessed beyond belief! Anytime I was sad, I would pick her up and crawl in bed and she would cuddle with me and kiss my tears away. I feel so lost without her in my life. Im so used to her being there that every step I take feels empty. The hardest part is that it was unexpected and I wasn't there with her. I feel that is the most unfair part of losing her, we both deserved one last kiss and to be together when it happened. I have truly never known a pain like this. Thank you for this site. A few of the quotes have given me a bit of comfort.

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    1. Dear Anonymous

      I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had such a beautiful bond from the moment your eyes met. I had that with my cat, Boa, the instant I saw her, I knew. It was a connection on a very deep level. I am so very sorry for your pain and your loss. Thank you for sharing here... Maria

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  57. We lost our Haley today. Kidney disease. She was our baby. Or as we said it our "be-be". She was almost 12 and we were graced by her as puppy. Thank you for this as it helped me. (sorry for typos...typing through tears.....)

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    1. Dear Awesome Dave...

      I am so sorry. You have an amazing outlook, I hear the joy and gratitude for the time you had with your "be-be" Haley..... Thank you for sharing from your heart. Wishing you peace and healing. Maria

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  58. I drop a leave a response whenever I appreciate a article on a website or if I
    have something to valuable to contribute to the discussion.
    It is a result of the fire communicated in the
    article I browsed. And after this article "Loss of Pet Quotes".

    I was excited enough to drop a comment :-P I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it's okay. Is it just me or do a few of the remarks come across like they are written by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are writing on additional online sites, I would like to keep up with you. Would you list every one of all your shared sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Here is my weblog - Air Jordan

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  59. Bhiik I love you and you are the sweetest cat ever. Till we meet again baby. :(

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    1. Anonymous, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing....

      I wish you peace and healing.

      Maria

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  60. We had to put down our beloved 7 year old Shipoo Buddy yesterday morning. The pain is overwhelming. My shadow is gone. He wouldn't kiss me for a few days because he was so ill. Right before he was put down he licked my face and gazed in my eyes lovingly. I need to focus on all the good times but right now all I can see are his eyes at the last moments of his life.

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      If you page down a bit, you will see where I have responded to your post. Thank you - Maria

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  61. Yesterday, July 9, I lost my best buddy for four years. His name is Yuan and a Shih Tzu. It is really hard for me to accept it. Just the same story with Ms. Cristine, all I can see now are his big innocent eyes that stared at me during the last moments of his life. I really need to accept it and move on. Please help me.

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    1. Dear Caster-

      I am sorry about Yuan. It takes time for the pain to ease. I can tell you this. It WILL get better, but it WILL take time. I told Christine what I will tell you, and I hope it helps just a little... Little Yuan passed from this earth with loving eyes looking out for him, sending him love. That means something. Right now it just hurts, but in time the pain with ease and break away, leaving peace, acceptance, even joyful memories of your 4 years together....

      You are in my thoughts...

      Maria

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  62. . The Last Battle

    If it should be that I grow frail and weak
    And pain should keep me from my sleep,
    Then will you do what must be done,
    For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
    You will be sad I understand,
    But don't let grief then stay your hand,
    For on this day, more than the rest,
    Your love and friendship must stand the test.
    We have had so many happy years,
    You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
    When the time comes, please, let me go.
    Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
    Only, stay with me till the end
    And hold me firm and speak to me
    Until my eyes no longer see.
    I know in time you will agree
    It is a kindness you do to me.
    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I have been saved.
    Don't grieve that it must be you
    Who has to decide this thing to do;
    We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
    Don't let your heart hold any tears.

    -- Unknown

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      This is a beautiful poem, heartwrenching, but honest and insightful words that will offer comfort to so many who have doubts about next steps or even past decisions. Thank you for adding to this site and helping our readers.... Maria

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  63. Dear Christine-

    I am so sorry for your loss of Buddy. It is so hard to be with them in that moment of passing. But his last view on this earth was the look of love in your eyes. Wow. In time you will find the moments that are less painful than the last ones with Buddy. I know your pain. I have been there. I am so sorry. In time the pain becomes bearable, eventually a peaceful joy of remembrance. My thoughts are with you. Thank you for sharing a part of you on this site.

    Maria

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  64. I lost my Golden Retriever, Flyer 4 years ago and the pain I feel today is still unbearable at times. I live with the blame and regret of putting him through radiation, chemotherapy, and eventually having his leg amputated. I just want him to know how sorry I am and I will carry this guilt with me for as long as I live. I love you, Flyer..always and forever xo \|"/

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  65. Dear Anonymous....I am so sorry for your loss. Please forgive yourself.... There is no shame in fighting hard for those you love...Please forgive and let go....I am sure Flyer would want you to remember your years together in happiness and joy. Wishing you peace ....and thank you for sharing .....Maria

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  66. I lost my pet recently and am very sad. She was an adopted cat for only 5 months and I became close to her.These words gave me a comfort that if she was hurt that their is a better place waiting for her.

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  67. Dear Anonymous

    Iam so sorry for your loss.But Iam glad this site has given you some comfort. Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you peace......Maria

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  68. My husband and I just lost our 13 yr old baby girl Katie. She was the most beautiful Golden mix. So smart, faithful and loving with the biggest smile I've ever seen on a dog. My heart is so broken and I am so lonely without her. She was my constant companion as I am disabled and my husband works leaving me alone every day with Katie and my cat Charlie. I can't stop crying over my loss. I can't help but wonder if I will ever get over this feeling of despair. Even though I know she's in a better place and has no pain anymore, that doesn't take away from the hurt I feel. She lives in our hearts and will never be forgotten.....We will always and forever love our baby girl Katie. Thank you for allowing my story to be written....and thank you and all the others for sharing their stories. Sue

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  69. A week ago I found a precious baby squirrel that had been abandoned by his mother. He was cold and covered in ants. For a week now I have bottle fed this baby every 3 hours,day in and day out, and nursed his wounds. I named him Kirby.
    He made a miraculous improvement. With tears in my eyes as I am writing this, Kirby has now contracted pneumonia and is dying. Every breath is weaker than the last. I found thid site while looking for comforting words when he slips away. He will take flight with his wings within the hour. Oh my how he came into my life when I needed him and I didn't even know it. It has beem an experience of a life tome for me as I am such an animal lover. Sometimes love is just not enough. Thank you for the work on this page, I have found the comfort I was looking for. I am going to go be with my sweet Kirby now. Hr will pass being surrounded by love and warmth.
    Thank you.

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  70. It would seem to most that I rescued my dog Brulie, but really, he rescued me. I had to let him go the other night...out of no where, he started having seizures and every vet. visit he got worse to the point of suffering (only three days after they started and he is gone.) He was my EVERYTHING, it was just him and I, since I have no family or mate of my own. Him being my sole source for love and joy, that he gave freely and unconditionally, makes his loss more than I can bear. I have been through this once before with my beloved Fugly, and cried at least once a day for year after losing him. I have been the most blessed, being given those two gifts, but, the pain of them not being with me anymore is all consuming.
    In reading through everything on here, I relate to the writings and see there are others feeling the same. I wish you all strength to get through the hardship.
    May you be at peace my precious baby boy...your mama loves and misses you enough to transcend the heavens!

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  71. I lost my cat, Juno, this past September 5th, 2013. He was 15. He was put to sleep at the vet's while I held him in his favorite position, curled up on my left shoulder with his sweet little head against mine, as I told him I loved him always. I am having a very hard time dealing with the loss of my best buddy, the one who loved me unconditionally. I've joined a pet bereavement site, talk to my psychiatrist about him, and do everything I can to function and move on. It is very, very hard to even look at pictures of him, but I do have a couple in my house, and his little urn on a shelf in my bedroom. I miss him so much it hurts -- no, it's more like pain. I think of him every day and every night.

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