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Pets and Loss

Makayla as a Puppy: The Mighty Keeshond
Elkridge, MD
January 27, 2009

 So I found out that I am not crazy in my feelings of loss over losing Makayla earlier this week. 

A friend referenced me to a Facebook post that was made a few days ago and now has over 6,600 comments made, mostly, by people grieving over the loss of their dog. 

The post is on the group Life with Animals

The picture accompanying the post is especially touching as it shows a boy/man with his dog in three frames spread taken over the years as they both grew together. 

The text of the post is a letter about loving a dog. It had a special meaning for me and I am including it here:

"They tell you not to cry.
They tell you he's just a dog, not a human.
They tell you it will pass.
They tell you that animals do not know that they must die.
They tell you that the important thing is not to make them suffer.
They tell you that you can get another one.
They tell you it will happen.
They tell you there are more unbearable pains.
But they don't know how many times you've looked your dog in the eye.
They don't know how many times it was you and your dog that looked in the dark.
They don't know how many times your dog was the only one by your side.
They don't know that the only one who hasn't judged you is your dog.
They don't know how scared you were the night his moans woke you up.
They don't know how many times your dog has slept next to you.
They don't know how much you've changed since the dog became a part of your life.
They don't know how many times you hugged him when he was sick.
They don't know how many times you pretended not to see when his hair was getting whiter and whiter.
They don't know how many times you've talked to your dog, the only one who really listens to you.
They don't know how good you were to your dog.
Little do they know that only your dog knew you were in pain.
They don't know what it's like to see your old dog trying to come over and say hello.
They don't know that when things go wrong, the only one who isn't gone is your dog.
They don't know that your dog trusts you, every moment of his life, even at the last moment.
They don't know how much your dog loved you and how little he needed to be happy, because you were enough for him.
They don't know that crying for a dog is one of the noblest, most meaningful, truest and purest things you can do.
They don't know about the last time you rocked him hard ... being careful not to hurt him.
They don't know what you felt when you caressed his face in the last moments of his life"
From dad

I was in awe of the comments and pictures of dogs that the post generated. There are so many others out there that love their dogs like I loved Makayla and that is comforting.

From reading the comments to the Facebook post, I am happy that Makayla passed away at home in my arms with the Chris and our other pets around her and not in the sterile environment of a Vets office. 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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