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I wrote this poem a couple of months after making the heart-breaking decision to have my beautiful 14 year old Jack Russell/Silky Terrier put to sleep. It was particularly hard, as only 5 months before, I’d had to do the same with my 14 year old Chihuahua. I thought I’d been through some pretty rough times in my life, with pain that was unbearable, but nothing could have prepared me for the heart-ache of losing my two best friends. They were like children to me. As Gilda Radner said “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures: they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive”. I don’t know if I will ever stop missing them, and I wonder if the pain will ever go away.

THEY SAY ……

Time heals all wounds, or so they say,
I’m not sure if that’s true,
It’s 2 months since we said Goodbye,
And all I can do is think of you.

They say that tears relieve the pain,
And Heaven knows, I’ve cried
An ocean of tears … why aren’t I numb?
Why do I hurt so much inside?

They say that it was me who rescued you,
When I gave you a home (and my heart),
But truth be known, you rescued me,
My life had been falling apart.

They say that Life must go on,
So I do what I have to do,
But each day is such a struggle,
Without the unconditional love I got from you.

They say that you were “just a dog”,
But you were my Love, and my World,
My precious Muffy the Wonder Dog,
I love and miss you so much, baby girl.


Posted by no1ladydj, 24th April 2014


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  • top storie great

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  • time will heal

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  • Pets are part of our families. Beautiful tribute.

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  • thank you for sharing your poem. our Harry (heeler x shih tzu) was such a big part of our lives and we still miss him now. he had cancer and had to be put to sleep to – such a hard decision. he will always have a special place in our hearts.

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  • ohhhh hun, so soorry for your loss, its hard to loose such a great companion, and I hope you know about Rainbow Bridge, and know that they are there waiting for you, they are whole, and healthy and play happily waiting for the day you come back to collect them.

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  • That is a beautiful poem :)

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  • wow what a beautiful poem. Dogs are amazing and they were both very lucky to have shared there life with someone like you.

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  • Dogs do become way way more than our pets! They are like little kids to us, our babies and it’s always had when we have to say goodbye! I guess when the time comes we may have to tell ourselves we are making the decision in their best interest.. Hard I know, but it’s always quality of life that comes first.

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  • Mel1, I’ve got some pretty amazing poems and other stuff that I’d like to send to you. At the risk of putting it on a public forum, here’s my email address(kad7591@yahoo.com.au), so if you send me your email address, I’ll send them to you. Also there’s a group on Facebook called “Grieving for ur pets supporting one another” that you might like. You can find them here … https://www.facebook.com/groups/243660582389150/?fref=ts
    Take care & give your baby a hug from me. xxx

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  • Thank you for your heart felt words, you brought me to tears. At the moment, he is doing well on his medication, but his condition has really deteriated quickly. We are enjoying our time with him, he is still giving us lot of love and laughs and we are just watching him for any signs of worsening. He is so fit and healthy looking that its hard to believe his heart is in such a bad way. But i’ll take your advice. He already is the most photographed member of the family, and we’ll just look after him for as long a we can.

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  • I found that keeping an exercise book near me was an effective way of dealing with my grief. I wrote down thoughts, memories, poems, all sorts of stuff, and it really helped me. What started out as a hodge-podge of thoughts and memories, became half a dozen poems and one longer story. And it’s a memorial of kinds to my babies too.

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  • what a beautiful poem you have written

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  • Ah Mel1, I know what you’re going through. Both my babies had Heart Murmurs, and with appropriate medication, they both had over 4 years of good quality of life after being diagnosed. But the time came when all the medication & love in the world couldn’t make them comfortable, and I knew that I had to love them enough to let them go. Hardest decisions I’ve ever made, so enjoy every moment you have with your baby, take lots of photos & store the memories in your heart.

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  • I absolutely adore dogs and this is a beautiful poem.

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  • I feel for you and know how you feel as our dogs we have always called them the kids and we have laid a few to rest due to old age and it does leave a big whole in your heart. We have only 3 left but they are 17 yrs 13 yrs and 11 yrs so I know there time will also come but I will not get another one once they are gone. We had 9 dogs and 24 cats we now have 1 cat and she is old. As with any death you morn for them and there is no time limit

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