Have you ever lost a loving pet? How long did you have the animal? How did you deal with the loss?
This morning was our last morning with our dear dog Susie Q. She could hardly walk, fell down frequently and couldn’t get up. She walked into walls or corners and stared. She forgot that her business should be done outside. She slept most of the time and when she was awake, the only time she barked was when someone delivered a package to the front porch.
I never had a dog before her, but she was definitely the right one to be my first dog. My husband had her partnership for sixteen years and letting her go today was difficult; she had only been with me the last seven of those, but she was truly a gift. Now I understand why people prefer dogs to cats, for her playfulness and affection converted me from a cat only lover.
This morning at the vet’s office, we let go of her physically and let her soul rise to Heaven, but her love will always be with us. Perhaps we will meet again after we leave this earth.
I hope the following words were her thoughts as she transitioned. We’ll love her in the next life too.
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room;
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not for too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me – but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know;
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me – but let me go…
© 2021 Georganne Spruce