Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Passing of Best Friends

It's difficult losing a best friend -- especially the four-legged ones.

In the past several weeks several friends have seen the passing of their dogs. Phoebe died last week at age 11 and stanley passed away this week at age 10. My next door neighbor's Golden Retriever, Chadwick, crossed the Rainbow Bridge last month at age 13.

I feel the sadness in my friends' hearts because my Bucky died five months ago. He was only 8 1/2. It's a painful and heartbreaking experience that pet owners truly understand. 

There was an article this week in the Washington Post  by  Joe Yonan about his grieving after the passing of his dog, Red, four months ago. It's an insightful piece about the closeness between humans and canines.

For those who love pets, it's an article that I highly recommend because it deals with the wonderful relationship we have with our four-legged friends, from the joyous time they enter our lives until the sad day they bid farewell.

As one of my friends told me -- some say they are like family; no, they ARE family.

Until the next time...

1 comment:

  1. Michael, I'm so sorry for your loss. I've been a dog owner since I was a kid and I know the pain of losing many of my little angels through the years. After our Sam died at age 15, I told hubby I didn't want another dog because it hurt to much to lose them. Two months later, he came home with Molly and I was a goner. She's three now and firmly entrenched as the queen of our household and our hearts. :)