A heartbreaking day....

Those of you who read my blog posts, know how dear to my heart my fur babies are.  Last year I posted about how I worried for my Holly who was close to 17 and having some troubles.
  
Here she is, one last time.

This has truly been one of the toughest days ever.  Holly passed away this afternoon.  I was with her until  she drew her last breath and felt like my heart was being ripped out. 
 
She was such a perceptive dog, my best friend and always there through life's up and downs.  I have been truly blessed to have my wonderful companion for such a long time and can't imagine, just yet, not having her by my side.  I feel like I have lost a family member, but know she was ready to go. 
 
In my mind I was prepared for it, but I couldn't have guessed how the reality would be.  I just can't bear it at the minute and hope you will forgive me for such a personal post, but I had to do it.
  
This will be her little tribute from me, in print for all time.
  
We miss and love you Holly.
   
Please know you were my faithful and loving companion always. 
 
We'll be taking you to your favourite beach tomorrow - one last time.........
I know you'd be saying this to me if you could. 

I'M STILL HERE 

Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.
I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.
When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord up above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!
        
~Author Unknown
 

15 comments

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. They are members of our families. Hugs to you.
    Cecilia

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  2. So sorry for your loss. Reading this post broke my heart for you.
    Lisa

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  3. Aawww Wendy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your post is such a loving tribute. HUGS

    Danielle
    Crayonbox Learning

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  4. What a wonderful tribute you gave to a "good" friend! Print it, put it away, and later, read it again. YOu will appreciate it then! Hugs from CA! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com
    1stgradefireworks

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  5. So sorry for the loss of your precious dog. Losing a pet is like losing a family member. We lost our sweet golden retriever two years ago. Though I knew the end was near I wasn't prepared for the pain of her passing. Know that it does get better with time! My thoughts are with you.

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  6. I am so sorry Wendy! Thinking of you!
    Love, Merinda

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  7. We are thinking of you at this time and so very sorry for your loss.

    Kristy and Misty

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  8. Sorry for your loss. I dread the day when my own fur baby will be gone.

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  9. Our animals are so precious to us. Kindest thoughts. Fran

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  10. Our animals are so precious to us. Kindest thoughts. Fran

    I always find this helps, although still makes me cry:


    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...

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  11. Ok, I had to leave this post and come back later because I was too emotional. We had an amazing lab who was my youngest son's very best friend. He died about a month after my boy left for college. It was a though his job was done raising our son. After the vet gave Luke the shot to go to sleep, he turned and looked at my husband and gave him his paw. I have never sobbed so hard in my life. They are incredible companions and know so much more than we realize. I am sorry for your loss. I am crying again!

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  12. So sad for poor Holly, but you have Blue to keep you company and to walk the beach and the woodlands with enjoy him now xxx

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  13. Thank you all so much for your comforting thoughts and wishes. It's been such a hard week without Holly - I miss her so much. :( There's a big Holly-shaped hole in our home.
    Blue is coping much better than we thought he would, with the help of a special collar and lots of cuddles. He keeps looking for her and like a little child, doesn't want to be left alone.
    I know it will get better with time and appreciate, so much, all of you who took time to stop by and share your stories.

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  14. I'm sorry for your loss. It brought a tear to my eye because I know exactly how you feel. =(

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  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you. How lucky you were to have your Holly and how lucky she was to have you. xoxo

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