I got my dear little Cricket from rescue on December 29, 2002, at around age 6 or 7. She left this world on May 31, 2013.
We had 10 1/2 years together, for which I am forever grateful.
I miss you so much, little girl.
For posts about Cricket, see
- Poop in My Pocket: Life with an Old, Old Dog
- 10 Years with Cricket
- Canine Cognitive Dysfunction: What it Can Look Like
- She’s Gone
Also some YouTube videos:
- Polite Pet Behaviors and Enrichment for a Senior Dog
- A Very Old Dog Learns K9 Nosework
- Cricket in Her Prime: A Tribute
Thanks for remembering.
13 thoughts on “It Would Have Been 11 Years”
They live in our hearts. It is painful to love so much, but who else should have had them?
We cherish our time together, and mourn our emptiness when they leave us. Where is the good of this?? The room to help another little spirit in this world. The things we see are temporary, the things we cannot see are eternal.
I have great faith that we will be reunited.
Thank you Helen. That is a comfort. I’ve never had a creature be such a part of me as she was and is.
There’s no love like the love an old dog gives you, and no hurt as big as when an old dog finally leaves. Good thing we have all that room in our hearts…
What a lovely dog, Eileen, and so glad she found a good home with you. She (and you) must’ve been so happy those 10 1/2 years. The loss of a pet-child is hard, the space they leave behind can’t be filled with anything except memories. I’m sorry you lost her.
Thank you so much, Guilie. She was magnificent. I was so lucky.
Eileen, I’m sorry for your loss. How hard it is to lose a friend, even after some time has passed. I lost the love of my life on July 7th of 2012, quite suddenly. It still hearts more than I care to acknowledge. And then lost two more within seven weeks. Somehow I’ve drawn “special needs” dogs into my life, while not really meaning too. I think that when you care for a sick animal it makes that bond even closer. My love, Shadow, was so much more than an animal companion, coming to me at a very difficult time in my life. I think I might not have survived had he not come into my life. Sometimes I think how unfair it is that I have to go on without him. And while it hurt so very much to lose him, my biggest worry is that I will not love another as I loved him. The one thing I do know, is that I will see him again. And I do look forward to that day. I pray your loss will be eased more and more as time goes by. It’s just a hard thing.
Oh Laura, how kind of you to write, and I’m so sorry for your loss, and losses. I agree with you about caring for a sick animal. Cricket, for all her fire, made it very easy for me to care for her. It just felt natural to both of us that I would help her more and more. I agree about the unfairness too. It just IS unfair that we have to to on without them. Thank you for your prayers and kindness in writing. I hope your heart is eased as well.
Sorry for your loss. I believe in the rainbow bridge where one day I will rejoin with all those that have blessed my heart with wagging tails and loving licks. Take solace in the joy you bring to your furry friends
Thank you so much, Marc.
For those of us who have animal family members ~ they leave us far too soon ~ May Cricket be at peace over the rainbow bridge.
Thank you rafflerescue. And may many more people enjoy so many years with their dogs because of your work.
Ah, Eileen, I am so sorry to hear this. She couldn’t have had a better friend than you, or a better life. When I have gone through this I always remind myself that they do this so much better than we do, and leave so much of themselves behind for us to keep forever.
You are very kind, Gallivan, and beautifully said. Thank you.
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