Losing a pup is extremely hard, especially when you’ve spent so much time watching your precious little fur ball grow.
Time can pass so quickly from the first time you pick up your new pup, carefully choosing the best food bowls and shiny collars and toys for him, and before you know it you’ve been on countless walks with each other, played a million games together, and have spent years in each other’s company.
But then comes the time to let your little pup go, and that can be heartbreaking for anyone. For Kurt, daddy to pup Jessie, the loss was excruciating. In order to cope, Kurt wrote a letter bidding farewell to his faithful fur ball. In the letter, Jessie’s daddy reveals that he used to tell Jessie that she was going to have to live forever. Losing her felt unreal to him as he still automatically wants to take her for walks and spend time with her.
He describes Jessie as quiet and calm, never misbehaving and loving her daddy unconditionally and without judgement. Doesn’t Jessie sound like the sweetest little pup? Jessie could even be trusted among all the neighborhood kids, who affectionately called her Granny as she grew older. What a trustworthy fur ball! She must have had lots of fun with those children.
His letter read:
When I first adopted you, I whispered to you “You gotta live forever, ‘kay?” Over the years when I would imagine life without you, I would say again to you “You gotta live forever, ‘kay?” My body still wants to take you for a walk. Your leash still hangs by the door waiting for the words “wanna go outside?” It’s been raining a lot this week and I instinctively look at the clock to see if it’s near time to take you out.
Whenever I eat some crackers or chips, I look to see where you are so I can throw you some. You were the perfect dog for me. So quiet…so calm. You never peed or chewed on anything. You barked so infrequently that you would scare yourself when you did. You were with me through all the good times and the bad. You never judged me, even when I weighed 200 lbs and was sweating to the oldies. You always had a wag of the tail for me.
I loved how I could always trust you with any child. When you got older and a little more grey in the face, some of the neighbor kids started calling you Granny. Even when you could no longer chew the hard kibble and you weren’t so interested in your toys, and had to be walked more often, I loved you so much. You trusted me right up to the end. You believed me when I told you that you didn’t have to live forever and it’s OK to go.
I felt the life leave your body and you took a piece of me with you. I love you sweet Jessie girl, and I’ll see you at the bridge. 1998 – 2016.”
Jessie’s daddy feels that Jessie took a piece of him with her when she left, and he misses her very dearly. He can’t wait to see her again one day. I’m sure Jessie will be patiently waiting for her daddy on the Rainbow Bridge, where he’ll be greeted with lots of licks and cuddles. Do like and share if this story touched your heart.
Feature Image Source: The Animal Rescue Site