Thank You For Your Kindness and Words Of Inspiration

Thank You For Your Kindness and Words Of Inspiration

It has been one week and this heartbroken soul is still trying to make sense over the sudden death of his pet, however, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to you all. Your kindness and words of inspiration not only comforted me, but the unselfish act of sharing your own stories of grief and loss have humbled me, and my family. I know that we can never repay you, but please accept the knowledge that each and every one of you have helped eased our pain.

It has always been my belief that people who say they can do without a pet in their life is missing something very special. And while it is true that most of us will own multiple pets in our lifetimes, and thus witness multiple losses along the way - it is still worth every moment of joy our pets give us. As one well wisher said, "we live to love again." Indeed that is true, but, I believe a big reason for that is because they give us their unconditional love. To those of us who believe in God, we should offer thanks for that special gift. To those who may not be religiously inclined, well, please accept your pets love for what it is just the same. Scientific studies have shown that our pets help us live longer lives and offer us all a respite from life's daily pressures. In either case - we are all better off for having them in our lives.

Losing a pet is never easy, especially those rare ones who somehow are kindred with their owners. My Schmoozie was one of those kindred soul pets. He instinctively knew whenever I needed a boost or just his comfort as he lay his tiny head on my hand. I already miss that and have had a much harder time dealing with his loss than I ever imagined I could, or would. Then again, even our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Abbey, has taken the passing of her companion hard. You can sense that she is lost without him and even though she has been given plenty of extra attention - hasn't cheered up all that much.

Everyone here sure misses the Schmooze -

but we felt it necessary to thank you all for your kindness.

As for Schmooze, he has taught me to accept the Tears of God.

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Tags: Animals, Family, Loss of a Pet, Pets

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  • Michael, "real men" cry!!! I cry for Betsy who I lost in 2003, and for Mongoose in 2007, and for Maple in 2010, and for Smok-O just four months ago. Michael, animals live on like we live on... "Whatever we love who loves us in return never dies!"

    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....

  • In reply to mtb1947:

    You are so right, real men do cry. Rainbow Bridge has been shared this week by you and others. I found that very comforting. I particularly liked the quote: "Whatever we love who loves us in return never dies!" Thank you so very much.

  • Michael, I am glad those quotes were meaningful to you. The spirit in the animal is the same spirit (life) that is in us. Grief is no different from losing a pet than losing a human. I know it very well and it is a healthy reaction, not an abnormal one.

    The quote you particularly liked is from George Anderson who deals with human loss and grief, but most importantly for purposes of this discussion, with the loss of a loved pet.

    http://georgeanderson.com/eyesofgod.htm

    "Our pets are the eyes of god" - Anderson

    He is a Spiritualist, as am I.

    Accept the grief and allow it to come over you whenever it strongly calls for attention, but limit it from overpowering you. Grief puts us in touch with deeper parts of ourselves. It is painful, yes, but it brings us closer to our core and thusly to the discoveries we uncover. From that viewpoint, we rearrange our priorities. Death is the other side of life. It's the price we pay for living and loving. There is no meaning in death other than the absence of what our five senses formerly perceive. Death does not extinguish the spirit, in either human or pet. God doesn't destroy what God created!

    Bless you and bless all your friends who have come forward to support and console you during this tragedy. So you see, very good things have already happened.

  • In reply to mtb1947:

    That is very interesting. I will need to get a better understanding of Spiritualists and will check out your link to George Anderson. I like what I have heard from you thus far and from a philosophical point of view - makes perfect sense to me.

    I have also been in awe of so many coming forward to console another human spirit - so yes good things have already happened.Thank you and Bless you.

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