Having Just Lost A Beloved Family Pet This Poem Means So Much

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Real Estate Agent with Cedaredge Land Company

Having Just Lost A Beloved Family Pet This Poem Means So Much. After ten years, we said goodbye to Chaco for the last time. Chaco was a large mixed breed puppy that I adopted from the local animal shelter just over 10 years ago. His illness was sudden and the vet coudn't determine why he became paralyzed. But I know if Chaco could write...this is what he would leave his family. The picture below was taken the morning we had to put Chaco to sleep. He got one last bone.

With Easter just around the corner, this is also a great reminder...if you are going to get a cute Easter Bunny or chick for someone, remember that is a living creature that needs to be cared for and is a commitment. This isn't something to give just for the sake of giving, and with no thought on how you will care for the pet in the future.

 

When humans die they prepare a will in order to leave their home and everything they own to all those they love.

Chaco sharing a bone with Dan

 

If I were able to write I would also make out such a will.

To a poor, lonely, full of longing stray I would leave my happy home, my food bowl, my cozy bed, my soft pillow, my toys and the beloved lap. The gently stroking hand, the loving voice, the place I had in someone’s heart and the love which, at the end, will help me towards a peaceful, painless end while being held in loving arms.

 

And when I die, then please don’t say:

“Never again will I have a dog, the loss is much too painful.”

Find yourself a lonely, unloved dog and give it my place in your heart.

That is my bequest. The love I leave behind is all that I have to give.

 

I know the Delta County Humane Society, Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control and CAWS, all in Delta County, Colorado, all have animals looking for loving homes. If you are looking for a pet, please check out what these great non profit organizations have available. Here's the link for the Delta County No Kill Humane Society. This great organization would use your time and donations. http://www.deltacountyhumanesociety.org/

Debbie Laity, Broker Associate, Cedaredge Land Company

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I love this. The will is so loving and says it all. I am sorry for your loss. Our pets are a big part of our family and loosing them is very traumatic. There are so many little pets out there that need someone to love them and in turn loving their new family may take away some of the sadness and the pain of the loss.

Betty

Apr 01, 2012 07:29 AM #4
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Joanna...it's still sad, but I know about Rainbow Bridge. I will have a great reunion there someday.

Marte...this makes me cry, too...even though I've read it many times.

Apr 01, 2012 07:42 AM #5
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Hi, Mke. The space is filled. It was actually filled a few months ago, before we knew that something was going to happen to Chaco. Now it's easier for me to work with and play with my new puppy.

Hi, Team Honeycutt. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your thoughts.

Apr 01, 2012 07:44 AM #6
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Debbie ... will say a little prayer for you in this time of sorrow!

Apr 01, 2012 10:26 AM #7
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Thank you, Andrew. I appreciate you stopping by.

Apr 01, 2012 10:30 AM #8
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Debbie, I know that was painful.  You were a great "Mom", and I know like my beloved Jake, he will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. 

Apr 02, 2012 07:14 AM #9
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Debbie, I am so sorry. I know that you will miss Chaco. When we lost Pat 9 years ago, I didn't want another dog for a while. My husband wouldn't stop looking for a new dog. Thus 4 months later we had Sweet Pea. Couldn't live without her.

Apr 02, 2012 07:34 AM #10
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Thanks, Don. I love the Rainbow Bridge poem.

Apr 02, 2012 10:32 AM #11
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Hi, Connie. It's amazing how a new pet really does help fill the void. You aren't replacing the love you have for the lost pet, but just filling a void. I can't see my life without pets.

Apr 02, 2012 10:32 AM #12
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Debbie, I lost my Dalmatians (two brothers) a few years ago...that was tough...tougher than losing some people I know...anyway, just not ready to go through it again.  Pets are something very special and I think another reason for not getting another dog is that's it's unfair to the dog because of all the hours I work...I do miss them.

Apr 02, 2012 01:53 PM #13
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Debbie, once again I"m very sorry about Chaco. I'm glad you were able to take that photo. 

This poem is great.  It displays the true nature of a loving dog and it also serves to remind everyone that another pet is at an animal shelter without anyone to love it. 

Apr 04, 2012 08:45 AM #14
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Hi, Nick. If I didn't have a family I couldn't justify having a dog. I agree you have to think of the animal and not just yourself. I work a lot, and it wouldn't be fair to a dog if I didn't have my family to help out.

Apr 04, 2012 11:40 AM #15
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Hi, Sondra. Thanks for stopping by. I think this is a great poem, too. There are so many animals that need homes, just waiting for someone special to take them home from the shelter.

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Debbie, I'm crying so hard I can hardly type this.  I'm so sorry for your loss.  I still cry about the loss of my beloved Bailey.  But, I know we gave him a great life and he gave us great love - that's what our furry friends are for.  I just went and hugged my "boys" because of this blog.  They looked at me kind of funny, but, heck, that's what dogs are for, LOL.  

Apr 06, 2012 02:25 PM #17
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Oh, Juli...I'm so sorry I made you cry. This poem still makes me cry, too. Thanks for stopping. Give the doggies an extra hug again tomorrow.

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I can't tell you enough how sorry I am about your loss.  it is never easy to say good-bye and he will always hold a special place in your heart forever.  What a beautiful poem Debbie!   Glad you have Bear in your life now!  He will never fill the void, but he will bring some new wonderful memories!

Apr 10, 2012 09:52 AM #19
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Debbie - I am so sorry about your Chaco.  I know the pain you are feeling and my heart hurts for you.  You and Chaco gave each other lots of love.

Jan 17, 2013 08:26 AM #20
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Debbie, you know how I feel about my pets, and I know the loss of Chaco and your kitty meant so much heartache for you.  But, you also know that they loved you, trusted you and knew that you loved them.  My heart aches for your loss, too.

Jan 17, 2013 09:33 AM #21
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It's hard to type when your eyes are tearing up. I too have lost my share of pets and know the pain it causes and the empty feeling it leaves inside. I am truly sorry for your loss. 

Jan 18, 2013 10:27 AM #22
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Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and words. It's kind of hard to revisit this blog. It was way to help deal with my feelings at time. To revisit it is kind of bittersweet.

Jan 18, 2013 10:39 AM #23
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