Saying Goodbye to Sherman

February 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Someone asked me what the most difficult thing about having a dog was. I replied – the goodbye” – Unknown

It has been a tough week. I said goodbye to Sherman last Tuesday afternoon. Cancer in his tummy moved too quickly to his lungs. I buried him with a jar stuffed with photos of him and Hailey and a love letter I wrote to him. A friend brought by flowers that I added to his grave. I can't count the number of times during Covid, that I've said, "I would've been lost if not for my dogs." Being home more the last two years has made his sudden absence even harder for me. Hailey and I both look for him throughout the day.

He stole my heart the first time I saw him at the shelter with those adorable teddy bear ears. I'm glad I have some nice photos of him and a couple of videos of him playing in the yard. He taught me many things including afternoon naps are ok, remember to drink lots of water, go for long walks while you still can, it's ok to stop and smell the roses or whatever else is laying along the trail and rituals are important whether saying goodbye to a pet or a loved one. Thank you to friends who have reached out to me this last week. I just wish we would've had more time together. This photo was from just over a month ago, what a handsome fellow.

I know I'm not alone in the sadness when losing a pet. How have you handled the loss of your cat or dog? Did you do a little ritual when saying goodbye? 


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