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The Loss

June 15, 2016

Okay. Let’s talk about a different subject. One that is difficult for all of us pet loving people.

In a one-week period, we had three clients/friends lose their fur babies. How do you comfort someone who has lost such a precious part of their life? What can you say? Can you say anything? I am crying as I write this. These animals were loved by their pet sitters. We love these fur babies like they are our own. However, as pet parents, the loss you feel is devastating and crushing. Let me tell you a little bit about each of these wonderful pets.

Maxwell 2The first one that we heard about was Maxwell. He was a fabulous, loving Spinone Italiano. We knew we were going to be losing him because he had cancer, but it didn’t make it any easier when it happened. He was such an affectionate and very old world gentlemanly dog. I want to mention that he is one of the dogs I was staying with, and who comforted me, when my mother passed away last year.


TobyThe next one we lost was a total surprise. He was 13 years old. He was a Labradoodle. We had not pet sit him over the past year, so we don’t know if he had been ill prior to passing, but I don’t think so. He was a gentle boy he who loved to play and do dog agility. He generally stayed out of trouble. At least that’s how we knew him. He may have been different for Mom and Dad. The babies always behave differently for the pet sitter.


1039600_10151700249698955_1483095024_oThe last baby we lost we had known the longest and the best. Nikki. She was shepherd Husky mix who was a rescue. She has “issues.” She didn’t trust everybody, and she had to get know you before you were allowed in the house. She was a great guard dog, and she was playful. We knew her days were numbered. She was slowing down, her arthritis had gotten pretty bad, new lumps and bumps were appearing that hadn’t been there before, and she wasn’t as comfortable anymore. That didn’t make it any easier to lose her. She was a special soul who loved her mom and dad and her fur brother Toby immensely to the very end. We will miss her forever.

My heart goes out to these families and all of the families that we know that have lost pets in the past. Every last one of them was vital and important and giving and loving and crazy and fabulous in their own way. They wrapped themselves around your heart and loved you every day. We are sorry for your loss…past, present, and future.~Ray

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes,
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today
Remembering how I’d lay my head
In your lap that special way.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an Angel came and called my name,
And petted me with her hand.

She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above.
And that I’d have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.

But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I never thought,
That I would have to die.

I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
That it seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad.
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

Remember how I’d nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose.
The squirrel I would gladly chase,
The bad guy “I’d bark and hold”.

If I could relive yeaterday,
Just even for a little while,
I’d wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.

But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories,
Will take the place of me.

And when I thought of treats and toys
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven’s Gate
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me
From His beautiful throne.

He said, This is eternity,
And now we welcome you.
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow
But today will always last;
For you see, each day’s the same day
There’s no longing for the past.

Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true.
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn’t do.

But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you’re free.
So won’t you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there, in your heart.

~Author Unknown

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