Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rest in peace my sweet angel

Today we had to say goodbye to our beloved Kora. I lost a special friend today the kind you can't replace. She will be forever in my heart. Although I knew this time was coming, and she's in a better place, I am grief stricken.

Those of us fortunate enough to love and be loved by animals know the exquisite joy and quiet fulfillment that comes from animals living in our hearts. We know there is no turning back from loving animals intensely once we experience this bond. Animals and their love stay in our souls, once we've let them in. And we are better for it, more complete, more whole, more compassionate, and often transformed. Loving this much, we also know the searing pain of losing them.

We aren't house-proud. If we were, we wouldn't abide the scratches on the door-frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair. We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes. We don't. If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friend than immaculate sofa's.
Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless. Without dogs, out houses are cold recepticles for things. Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence. They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history. On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.
- Paul Fersen, Orvis Associate

Treasured Friend
I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And shared her silent thoughts with me.
She’ll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more her favorite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to his golden throne.
Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank him for the happy years
He let her spend down here with me
And for her love and loyalty.
When it is time for me to go
And join her there, this much I know
I shall not fear the transient dark
For she will greet me with a bark.
-Author Unknown

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
-Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"Not the least hard thing to bear when
they go from us, these quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so
many years of our lives. Yet, if they
find warmth therein, who would
begrudge them those years that they
have so guarded?
And whatever they take,
be sure they have deserved."
--- John Galsworthy ---


grasshopper1995 said...

Tara, I'm so sorry to hear the news. Your post brings tears to my eyes. Lacie Petitto says someone is never truly forgotten until they are no longer remembered and I know you will always keep Kora close to your heart. I hope you will soon find comfort in the long and well-lived life you gave her. You'll be in my thoughts. Love Dania

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss - thoughts and prayers are with you - I lost my special dog Sunny last year about this time and still miss him.

fernvalley01 said...

Beautiful tribute to your beautiful girl! So sorry.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Oh, I am so sorry! Reading your post brought back painful, and also good, memories. My heart goes out to you. Your rottie girl was beautiful and will live on with you. The quotes you included echo my sentiments exactly.

Stephanie said...

I am so very, very sorry for our loss. My heart and warm thoughts go out to you. May you have many wonderful memories of your beloved Kora.

AliciaMae said...

*sniffle* :(

I had to say good-bye to one of our animal friends this week, too. I'm so sorry for your loss.

BeadedTail said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. This was a lovely post and left me in tears of both sadness and also joy that I, too, am lucky to have loved and be loved by animals.

Julia said...

Pets are so close to us it is just heartbreaking when they are gone. I hope you feel better soon and I am sorry to hear you have lost her.

jrosey said...

Oh, I am so, so sorry. These poems are so beautiful and ring so true to anyone who has been fortunate enough to have dogs in their lives. I am sosaddened to hear this news but hope that your happy memories of your time with Kora will help to ease some of your pain.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh sweet Tara, I am feeling it too for you and remembering my lost love as well. Kora had such a lovely life with you and you were blessed by her too! God is good allowing us to share our hearts with such divine creatures... snifffff'

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sorry to hear about Kora. I, too, have loved and lost several special friends in my life. I can totally relate to your sadness and grief.
Here's a hug for you!!

Julia said...

I'm so, so sorry. It's never easy. I hope your days get brighter soon.

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

I am so sorry to hear of your dog's passing. It is never easy but be rest assured she is in a better place feeling healthy and happy. She will always be by your side and her memories will live on forever. You do believe in the bond our pets form with us and that is all you need to know. Stay strong my friend! Hugs and prayers from MI.

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. A dogs life is far too short. She knows how much you love her, and will be forever in your heart. I still miss my Benny terribly, and share your pain and tears.

Anonymous said...

So sorry about Kora, all your animal loving friends feel you grief.

Peace to you and to Kora,

Split Rock Ranch said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of Kora. May the memories of her that you cherish see you through the rough days ahead.

Mountain Woman said...

Dear Tara,

When I saw your note on Facebook yesterday, my heart just went out to you. There is no easy way to say goodbye and it hurts.

Rest in peace sweet beautiful Kora. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know you through your Mom's beautiful words and pictures.

Desert Rose said...

I am so sorry to her you lost your girl. The pain of loosing a best friend is terible.

Shelly's Stuff Jewelry said...

I'm sorry to hear about Kora. My thoughts are with you. Your post was heartfelt and hits very close to home.

Anonymous said...

Awww, Tara, I am so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you. Like many here, I know how awful it is to lose a beloved pet. Special prayers for you... :( -Jana

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