Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend...

by Loop
(Ohio)

Yesterday I said goodbye to my friend of 15 years.
Heartbroken.
Sad.
Life will never be the same.
Walked into the house today.
She wasn't there to greet me.
No tail shaking, no tongue wagging.
Quiet empty home.
My red doberman now sleeps peacefully.

I miss you my friend...
Peaches 12/01/1996 - 05/03/2011

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My Baby Belle
by: Rob

I walk with all of you folk in sadness. Thursday, my girl and I departed after 16 years. She was bought by my mother on a chance visit in 1999 during a marriage soon to expire. She must have known I would need a companion that would make me understand what it's like to share a life.

Belle worked with me for 14 years until her hips could not ride in the truck. An office building even waived the no pet rule during my years there. Afterward, she waited patiently at home. No matter where I was, my most oft heard quote was "I got to go, I need to go and see my girl."

She had an uncanny skill for judging people. Those she walked away from were rarely back. Her best proof of protecting her daddy.

Now I can say she gave me the gift of pure caring. Her last weeks were tough but proof to me how special she was. After near 55 years of thinking I was a too cool for anything Southern Californian, I was shattered and have to walk away while typing this.

Better to have loved and lost. For me, I finally know what that means.

Belle, all of us in Bedford, Texas, miss you girl. Rest in paradise until we say hello again.

Rizzo
by: Pat

I lost Rizzo, a doberman border collie mix. She looked like a black and tan dobie. She was beautiful.

I got her when she was at least 4 from a rescue. She was a wild girl but calmed down with some training. I lost her a couple of weeks ago and I still can't stand it.

Every time I walk into the house I expect to see her, and I miss her greatly. I have two other dogs but she was the top dog and led the pack and helped me with other fosters who came into the house.

I was making plans to retire in 4 years and she was very much a part of my retirement plan. She was somewhere between 11 and 15. I wonder if I will ever feel good again.

Saying Goodbye to My Miss Shelby Girl
by: Melinda W.

Some people are going to say, "She's just a dog," but they will be wrong. See, she saved my sanity, helped me think, taught me to breathe, never left me alone, and always loved me no matter how screwed up I got.

She's my "bathroom sentry" and she stays in bed with me until I'm ready to face the world. Today, we have to say goodbye. We are her third "people." She went to Doggie School. We weren't blessed with Shelby until she had just turned 4 years old.

It's going to be the longest, most difficult walk of my life. Tut she never left me and I will NOT make her do it alone. Last night I slept on the floor with her and held her, I sang to her and I told her I loved her for over 6 hours.

I had to leave her with my son to come to work. I feel like such a heel, but I have to work. I asked her to forgive me and I kissed her. I called the vet and made arrangements, crying the whole time.

I will never be the same. I had my own personal angel. She could say "hi," "please" and "out." She knew her colors and she would sing with me.

Miss Shelby, thank you for being my friend, thank you for loving me and thank you for coming into my life 10 years ago and making me a better person, a better human being.

I will miss you every day until I get to be with you again and we can play tennis ball and run again. I love you.

So if you don't see me or hear from me for a while, this is why... I'll be learning to see the world without my best friend.

My Little Man
by: Becca

Had to say bye to my little man Max on Saturday.

Broke my heart to say the least
but you're not in pain now boy
One last goodbye Thursday
I promise you won't be alone when you are put to rest, your sister will be there every step of the way.

I love you so much

Your 'big sis' haha xxx

RIP xxxx

Sad
by: jenifer

I lost my love of my life on Sunday. He was my best friend. He followed me everywhere I went in the house, and when I left he was soo sad.

He stared at me all the time with love in his eyes. I never felt so loved.

My heart is broken. I will forever love him. SPIKEY!

At the End of Her Journey
by: NIck

The grief is overwhelming. My darling, dearest girl is at the end of her journey.

For the past 13 years Laurel has been my girl, my shadow, my one in a lifetime dog. She has been at my side during the highs of my life, and during the darkest, deepest moments that one can endure. Her coat has absorbed the tears of happiness and sadness in equal quantities. For that, I owe her the greatest kindness.

My love,
My girl,
NIght night xxxx

Bye to Blade
by: Chief

We lost our 9 year old Maltese nearly 2 years ago (July 2011). He was a puppy when my family adopted him, 2 weeks after I deployed for the war on terrorism. He kept my family safe in so many ways.

It was easier for me to have been away at war than have to place our first pet down. But, it was time - blindness, Cushings, and massive seizures.

I miss my friend.

Goodbye to My Sweet Princess
by: Melinda

Just last week, we unexpectedly had to say the hardest goodbye to our beloved Ridgeback Layla. She was only 11, but unbeknown to us, she had developed cancer in her heart, lungs and spleen. She had only been 'sick' for two days...not once did she complain or whine.

She was the most beautiful, kind, sweet and loving girl we have ever met. I miss her desperately. Woody, her kennel mate of 8 years, misses her terribly. Every day, there is something that reminds me of her and the fact that she is no longer here.

Goodbye Taylor, My Best Friend
by: Heart Broken In GA

Tonight I am spending the last night with my best friend Taylor. He is my dog and we have been together for over 11 years. I love this dog and can't imagine what I will do tomorrow when he is no longer here to just be with me and make me feel better.

He has lung cancer and he is not happy anymore. He tries but he can barely take his walks outside without coughing with every step. It got to this point last week and I knew it was time.

I love this dog and I am going to be lost tomrrow. He has not eaten well over the past month but tonight I cooked pork chops just so he could have bones to gnaw on his last night with me. He loved them and almost had the sparkle that he used to have before he was sick.

I have not been able to tell any of my human friends because they have always thought I was in a little deep with my dog. They like him, but I love him. So I was glad to find your site on the internet. Thank you for being there. I may be back over the next few weeks while I adjust to this major loss in my life.

Taylor, know you are loved and will always be in my heart. I will never forget you and all the smiles and good times you brought to my life over the past 11 years. Goodbye my love. Rest well.....I love you.....

Saying Goodbye to All My Furry Friends
by: Pat Head

I want to say goodbye to all my furry friends that are waiting at the Raindow Bridge for me. I hope that we can cross over the Rainbow Bridge to Heaven together!

Sorry for Your Loss
by: Donna

I am so sorry. I truly understand your pain.

Today we had to say goodbye to are beloved Casey. She was a 16 year old Beagle.

The pain in my heart right now, it feels like it's going break in to a billion pieces. Seeing my son saying goodbye too his childhood best friend and buddy broke my heart.

They say time will heal. I can only hope. I Pray for your Old Friend too.

Thanks for listening.

I Understand
by: Anonymous

I just lost my boxer to liver cancer...we never WANT to say goodbye...Life forces us to.

My Gypsie Luna taught me to not get caught up in the BS. Love, don't fight and create hardships. Natural causes are enough heartbreak for a lifetime.

Peace to you. Think of what your Doberman has taught you...

Heart
by: rose

Loop, it's too bad, but remember she's in your heart.

Memories
by: rose canfield

I'm sorry, Loop. You'll still have her in your memories. :(:(:(:(:(:(

I'm so sorry for your loss
by: Holly's mom

It's been 2 months since my Holly left me so unexpectedly. She was only 5. She would have been 6 soon, her birthday is this next weekend. So young and sweet. I still cry every day for her.

I wish there was something I could say to you to help you through your pain, but I haven't found those words yet myself. It's a lonely feeling when your best friend is gone. Just know that you are not alone in your grieving. Mourn as long as you have to. Some day, hopefully you will be able to look back at the things your beautiful girl did and smile without the tears coming along with it.

Thank You!
by: Loop

Thank you all for the comments and understanding. It was a terrible ordeal. I can say I enjoyed 15 years of my life with a friend who was the example of unconditional love. I miss her and will always miss her. Hopefully in time I can open up to another beautiful red Doberman. Again, thank you all!

Sincerely,
Loop

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

I'm so sorry
by: Lucky's Mom :(

Sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. I lost my boy on 03/24/2011. He was also 15 :(

It's so hard. I have been grieving so hard. I'm lost and confused. I have locked myself in my room for 3 weeks now. I don't know what to do without him here. I miss him so much!! :(

Stay strong. I'll keep you and your little furbaby in my prayers. <3

It's so hard
by: Anonymous

You'll never forget. The memories you have will last your lifetime. Life continues no matter how sad you are. There's nothing you can do to bring back your friend. But, there are other buddies out there who need you just as much as you need them. Go get 'em.

It's a sad time...
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel. I'm sorry for your loss.

Tthink of the happy times. They will help you get through it.

Ann

I'm so sorry
by: Sue

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how you feel. It's been 1 month and 2 days and I am still looking for my Jake when I walk in the door - it is too, too empty. May time heal your pain. God Bless

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