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Lessons From the Hardest Goodbye

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  1. Anonni-Mouse says:

    It sounds like you all brought each other a lot of joy, which will always be true – nothing can take that away. x

  2. Hazel Pino says:

    I saw your tweet and my heart just hurts; did you ever find out what it was? Animals are just amazing creatures and they teach us so much. Every single one of their souls is so different from the other.

    My little kitty girl (who isn’t little, she just turned 13 in Sept and I adopted her when she was 10) is getting sick and though we’re trying to find the cause I’m so scared I might have to say goodbye soon; she helped me heal through my divorce and when my abusive ex boyfriend forced me to get an abortion she never left my side.

    I don’t know what we did to deserve such amazing and compassionate companions but I’m glad we have them in our lives.

    And I agree, your puppy seemed to love to spread happiness and I’m sure he would want you to go on and continue that in his memory. He lived a very loved life, there’s not much else we can do for them but assure them that.

    Sending you lots of hugs and positive thoughts.

    • He apparently had a hemangiosarcoma on his heart that ruptured. He was only 8- we thought we would have at least another 2 years. It is so hard to lose him.

      So sorry to hear about your kitty. Hopefully it’s something treatable or at least manageable and you can share more years with her.

      Animals are such a gift.

      • Hazel Pino says:

        It’s so crazy when something happens and we’re unaware and only given hours left… it makes me wonder why do things like that happen.

        And thank you, I hope so as well.

  3. We recently had to say goodbye to our 13 year old pit bull, Princess Moo Cow, after she fought 2 years against cancer in her lymph nodes. We made sure she never suffered and when we could no longer win that fight, we made the hardest decision we made. It was devastating but she taught me so much about being selfless and loving someone else. My heart breaks with you!

  4. For anyone who ever met or heard about Tiger, there was an instant smile and one’s heart felt lighter. Lisa, what an accomplishment, trying to capture Tiger’s energy in words! There are so many of your sentences that have me nodding, “yes, exactly!”
    I love Brian’s idea 🙂 Perfect! Tiger would totally agree. Carrying on Tiger’s mission of spreading pure joy, exhuberance, happiness, combined with that gentle wisdom and precious kindness. We need a world of Tigers, and we’d all be in heaven.

  5. cowboylawyer says:

    Thank you for sharing your story about Tiger. He was special. Our family has lost beloved dogs. It really hurts as we mourn their loss. I am glad you shared some of your memories.

  6. janieleeds says:

    I’m so sorry…I have tears in my eyes. I understand that pet/person relationship.

  7. rnevill says:

    I never met Tiger. Once I could see past my own tears, your vivid, beautiful description of Tiger gave me a glimpse of what he was like.

    Our dogs, I believe l, have a spirit, thoughts and feelings very much like ours. They are just like a dear human friend. I think they are here to teach us about love, each in his own way. I am so glad Brock brought him into your life.

  8. ifonlymommy says:

    I’m so sorry. It is incredible hard to lose a furbaby. Keep remembering his smiles. He’ll always be with you. Sounds like his purpose in this earth was to heal you. What a good boy. Hugs to you and your grieving heart.

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