It's been three weeks now since my sweet Payton died. My heart aches for him more every day. We get our new puppy in 20 days and I know that will help ease my pain. I have such great memories of my Payton, as does everybody who has lost a beloved pet, be it a Lab or a parakeet. Pets are special. The way they make us feel, the way they love us, it's great. It's comforting to be in the presence of such a nice group of dog lovers. I love seeing the pics of all the beautiful Labs.
Steve ~ I am so sorry for your loss of Payton. I don't think the pain ever truly goes away. I lost my heart Madison (golden)15 months ago and my heart still aches for her and I miss her terribly. I am sure that your new puppy will help heal your heart andwill fit wonderfully in your heart right next to your sweet memories and love for Payton. Not replacing Payton in any way but creating a new love and wonderful new memories.
So sorry for your loss, the pain doesnt ever go away
totally, but it does get easier to bear with time.
I still think of my Beary girl every day and its been
1 1/2 years. Enjoy your new puppy ! Make the most
of every moment with him/her .
Steve, I'm so sorry. Unfortunately, most of us here have gone through a loss of our beloved pet. I didn't think it would ever go away after we lost our first family pet - Tango. It hurt so bad for weeks. As time went on, it did get easier and we smiled and laughed about all of the good memories, instead of cried or hurt. We got Tucker about a month after Tango died and it really did help. I also made a collage of pics of Tango and it still hangs in our livingroom today (almost 9 years later).
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
One of my favorite readings when a pet moves on:
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,
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 frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
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 golden 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.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
It is true the pain never really ever goes away, it eases with time. Rest assure, Payton is in a good place and I truly believe that with all my heart and soul. Your new pup won't ever take Payton's place...no one will, but a new pup will help ease some of the emptiness that you feel. I still think of my angel Casey, who died 10 months ago...we shared alot of good times together. My new pup Gracie keeps me busy, which is a good thing. Give it some time and you will begin to feel better. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your new pup.
Steve, I just want you to know that you're not alone and like everyone else says, it will get a little easier as time goes on. Take this time before your pup comes to enjoy your memories of sweet Payton and then welcome your new pup with open arms. He will help to ease your pain, I think.
Kate, that's a beautiful poem, made me cry, but also feel good at the same time.
I love that poem too Kate, I cry every time I read it.
I don't think the pain stops, I think it just becomes more bearable.