Monday, April 27, 2009

Things That Take a Piece of Your Heart

(Phoebe Langley, age 13, December 2008)
The pup that chose you nearly 14 long years ago, who must have been in pain, but never let on. The pup whose tail never stopped up until the very end, who never growled, or snapped or ever entertained a bad mood. The dog who followed you from room to room for so many years that you stopped noticing it until today ... when you no longer heard the click, click, plunk that you had grown so dependent on. The smart and intuitive dog whose soft brown eyes were the first waking thing you've seen every day except when you were away. The dog your friends said was uncanny in her similarity to you. The dog you named Phoebe after the songwriter Phoebe Snow, and the Greek word for "bright" or "radiant," and who honored the name with every silvery hair on her body.

Good-bye my little love. There won't be a day that passes when I won't remember the way you made me feel so unconditionally loved.

8 Comments:

At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dearest friend, I can’t express my sadness about Phoebe. We all know these things will eventually happen but when we love our animals , it is the same as losing our partner in life, as far as I’m concerned. We only wish that our human companions could make us feel as loved as our furry ones.....from their tirelessly happy greetings when we come home, to the way they look at us, to their unending love and devotion for their entire lives. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you were/are an incredible mother because look at how your wonderful pets turned out. Phoebe will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

Love, Stephanie XXOO

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Stephanie said it all - but I will add that the animals we love are God's very special gift to humans. It really is a special relationship to be treasured and the picture you chose to use here breaks my heart. As you said many a time, Phoebe was an angel.

Love, Randine

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

You don't know how much it means to me to have friends who understand. The grief is crushing right now. I realize that Phoebe is the only thing in life that made me feel like a good mother--she allowed me to give her that love since the children never came. I had the blessed good fortune to be chosen by a dog that was complicated and extremely intelligent and devoted to a degree I've never experienced. She was a gift.

 
At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear friend, I too will miss Phoebe. I remember when mom and I first saw her and Fred together. I remember her friendly greeting whenever we visited. I loved her large expressive eyes and her loving nature; and her sense of wonder as she watched the squirrels at play in the backyard. She was indeed a gift from God, and she will be in our hearts always as you are.

Love, Tanya and Tillie

 
At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Nikki said...

Such a sweet photo...my heart aches for you, Pamela. xoxoxo, Nikki

 
At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 27th! Pheobe moved to heaven the exact same day Michael did 32 years ago. He will take care of her now. Our two angels will forever be in our hearts where treasured memories of them will always bring tears. I am grieving with you and feel as if the blow to your heart is a blow to mine as well. I send you my love and my understanding and my prayers for God to lead you and give you strength. Just know that I love you and that I understand and care and that you are not alone. With all my love and holding you in my arms today, Barbie Bench

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Deb said...

Oh, Pamela. I am so sorry for your loss. I echo all that was said. And that our pets are friends in ways that exceed human friendship.

Dogs are marvelous creations, picking us, picking us up. Loving us, loving us up. Making us into better creatures than we would be without them.

She is a part of you, to every cell of your being. I am sad you cannot see her and pet her. You can no longer share a physical presence with her. But you will always have her.

Peace and love to you, especially as you mourn and learn to live a different life.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger nikki said...

Hi again Pamela...I just wrote a lil something on my blog, too. These sweet sweet animals of our lives....

 

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