RIP Rusty | Losing a pet

Losing a pet to the cruel hands of time and fate is the saddest thing for a child. After their Beagle Moe passed away, Mary and her 3-year-old son Luke started penning him letters, addressed to “Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1

To their surprise, they received in their mailbox a letter with the return address “From Moe“. It read: “I’m in doggie heaven, I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you, Luke.”

doggie heaven pic
3-year-old pens letters to his dead dog and a mailman writes back.

“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because, in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.”

– Amy Sedaris
RIP Rusty

For over 14 years, your friendship has guided me through…from being a homeless stray in an Almora garage to being the spoiled brat of ours! You saw me from my half pant days to well, half pant days again.

I know you wouldn’t have wished us to remember you with misty eyes hence here’s raising a toast to the miracle that you were(are).

RIP Rusty

RIP Rusty

I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, “it’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.
– Anonymous

Losing a pet

When Kaalicharan passed away, I was a shell-shocked mess. It was only through the kindness all around me that perhaps Rusty and Kaali were sending via their messengers that I could hold on. Dogs, with their unwavering gaze and boundless affection, become a sanctuary of solace in a world fraught with uncertainty. Their love, unspoken yet palpable, is a treasure beyond measure, irreplaceable in its purity. To lose such a confidant is to grapple with a grief that resonates through the core of our being, echoing the immutable connection we share. In this poignant farewell, we unearth a truth: that in the silent language of our souls, dogs speak volumes, and in their absence, we find both the ache of loss and the resonance of enduring love.

Losing a dog is a heart-wrenching experience that can be as devastating as losing a relative.

One of them is Mr Don Reeves, a sixty-year-old gentleman from Texas, USA.  His empathising words have meant so much to this lad. He shared this beautiful painting he did in 1996 of his beloved dog Samson for our readers along with this letter:

Dog loss painting

I would like to extend my condolences on the loss of your beloved Kaali. I am almost 60 years old and have had dogs my whole life. When I married years ago, my wife and I had dogs. I understand the heartache of such a loss. I have been an animal lover my whole life and it never gets easier to say goodbye to a loved one (human or four-legged fur baby!)

Reading of your loss brought up all the tears and grief of so many goodbyes. Fortunately, I have lived long enough to know that it is just a part of the human experience and I believe we will see all our loved ones (four-legged fur babies and human family) again when it is our time to cross over to spirit. I look forward to it. May God, Goddess, All There Is bless you on your journey and that of your beloved Kaali.

I would also like to say how privileged I feel to be able to enjoy your website and to know there is another caring, loving human being in this world. Your website has brought me smiles, laughs and tears since I have come across it. It fills my heart with hope!

Bless you, on your journey.
May your heavy heart be lightened by love.
May your soul be able to soar again when it is time.
May all the angels that watch over us carry you through this difficult time.
You will get through this… and this too shall pass.
Much love and thank you for sharing your love of dogs… I get it.

RIP Rusty, you will be loved, always.

Don Reeves

Somewhere in heaven, all our furry friends are looking at us with love.

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18 thoughts on “RIP Rusty | Losing a pet”

  1. Beautifully put….these were my exact emotions when my pet dog Angela left me after staying with us for close to eleven years. She was a Dalmatian. Our family misses her everyday. RIP Rusty. Truly sorry for your loss.

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