Pet Owners Share The First And Last Photos Taken Of Their Four-Legged Friends

Reddit users are sharing their eternal love for their animals by posting the first and last photos taken of their pets.

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A boy and his dog. Via WeGotVices/Reddit
Chrissa Hardy

The bond between humans and pets is incredibly powerful, and it’s a gut-wrenching moment for a pet owner when their beloved dog or cat’s life comes to an end.

Reddit users have been expressing their experiences with love and loss by posting the first photo taken of their cats and dogs, alongside the very last photo taken before their pet passed away.

A lot of these bonds lasted many years, with the users first meeting their pets as children, and saying goodbye to them as adults. These are formitive years for anyone, and to have the unconditional love of a furry friend through all the ups and downs is what makes even the toughest situations much easier to endure.

Here are some of the most beautiful human-animal bonds you’ve ever seen.

1. “My first and last picture with Mopsy.”

2. “Reddit, my dog passed away yesterday, these are the first and last pics of her.”

3. “I had to put my first dog down last week after 14 years of wonderful companionship, RIP Docker.”

4. “We had to put him down yesterday. This is the first and last picture I ever took of him. I loved him so damn much.”

5. “From the First ‘Hi’ To the Final ‘Goodbye’ the best dog I’ve ever had.”

6. “My cousin had to put down our brain damaged cat last weekend. We loved her from the day she was born even though she was deaf, blind, and had seizures. RIP Indie.”

7. “My dog on one of his first days and on his last.”

8. “Our first and last pictures together. Mortimer, 1991-2010.”

9. “The first and last photos of my best friend.”

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  • We are SO FORTUNATE to share our lives with these AMAZING fur companions. They enrich our lives immeasurably and their unconditional love is PRICELESS! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye Kolles August 5, 2015 12:57 am Reply
    • Amen. A gift from God. I believe with all my heart that they are angels sent here to do a job and just like us once our job here is done He takes them back.

      Lori August 5, 2015 4:13 am Reply
      • I understand the way you feel and what you feel. My wife and I have a place in the country and over the years we adopted many stray cats and gave them a loving home including regular visits to the vet. There is however one thing I like to ask, why would your God punish innocent animals because the human animal broke your Gods law’s, and then came the flood.

        Dieter Brandscheid August 5, 2015 11:30 am Reply
        • As with everything, there is a lesson to learn, even thought we don’t see it. Some day we will know all those answers to the questions we ask. I have a whole list going! lol He has a plan for everything, and we just have to trust in Him. I too don’t understand so many things…like why does He allow precious children to have such awful diseases…the Bible says He loves all the children. Maybe He takes them so they will not feel pain, and have no more illnesses. We mere humans don’t understand the “why,” but that is not for us to know yet.

          Deidra August 5, 2015 5:13 pm Reply
        • Dear Dieter, if there were no God what do you think the answer would be? Everything lives to die, animals, children, old people, young people. I, too, work with cats and have saved some for just a few months, some for a few days. A very sweet one who had a temporary home and was pregnant turned out positive for FIV and the policy of the rescue is to euthanize. She had been bitten on either side of her back and was losing her hair. She was a sweet black kitty and I cried when I got her carrier back empty, and her little collar was inside. I did not foster her and only knew her for the hour she was in my bedroom prior to the vet visit but she was as sweet as can be. I am angry, yes. If there is a God (and I say “if”), that entity has little to do with the physical realm of life. That little black kitty has a sweet spirit that I hope is alive and well In another type of existence. All those you have rescued are there, too. The physical life is hard and cruel. But bless you for helping and all those kindred souls who love and care for animals.

          Anita B August 5, 2015 9:01 pm Reply
      • So true, they are the best things God could create!

        Elenita August 7, 2015 6:42 am Reply
    • So true!!!

      Elenita August 7, 2015 6:43 am Reply
  • What a sweet idea! Even if it did make me cry.

    AnnieLaurie Burke August 5, 2015 1:18 am Reply
  • I agree with Annielaurieburke – and I’m crying too!.

    Kate Preston August 5, 2015 1:30 am Reply
  • what precious lives we share with our furry loved ones

    Brook August 5, 2015 1:45 am Reply
  • Beautiful collection. Makes me miss and mourn my kitties Fox and Fara all over again… I wish that I had taken more photos of them both while I could. I lost Fara when she was just 6 years old to stomach cancer, and I learned that my other cat Fox, who stayed with my mum in England when I moved to the USA, passed at the wonderful old age of 19 just last year. Even if I hopefully move to a place that lets me have pets and I adopt again, I’ll never forget my Fox and Fara. RIP to all these wonderful companions, and best wishes to all of their human carers.

    Alex Perea August 5, 2015 2:00 am Reply
  • Beautiful!!!

    Janice F. Ball August 5, 2015 3:06 am Reply
  • That is certainly a beautiful and moving tribute to their pets. I’m going to this with my 2 18 year old cats. Thank you for sharing it.

    Janet R. August 5, 2015 4:08 am Reply
  • My Sadie was 6wks. when I brought her home. She was my bestfriend and companion for 15yrs./4mo.and 16days. She traveled with me and stayed in Hotels ( which everyone made sure she was treated like Royalty). We shared our meals together, went for long walks and I read the Bible to her. Her mother was full blooded Rednose Pit and her daddy was Calaluha Curr , but Sadie came out looking like a Lab mix. I called her a Curr mix. I’d sing to her ” You Are My Sunshine” and in her last moments with me here on earth I sang to her and wept. She was and always will be my baby, my sunshine, my brown eyed girl, my best friend and the best companion I could have evey asked for. I will forever grieve for her until the day I see her again. God promises to give those who follow Him the desires of their heart. One of my desires is to be reunited with all my Furbabies in heaven. Sadie May Lowery – Sept.9,1999 – Jan.24,2015.

    Lori August 5, 2015 4:09 am Reply
    • What a beautiful tribute to an obviously amazing friend d.

      Vicki Tittle August 5, 2015 5:51 pm Reply
  • Made me cry too, but such great pictures of beautiful animals and lovely owners.

    Jan D. August 5, 2015 5:15 am Reply
  • Will someone please share how they deal with the pain in the loss of a long-time pet. I have such an emptiness inside me for so long now. The pain of this loss is so real & Monkey was so deeply special to me. He was put down years ago due to renal failure, enlarged heart & overwhelming diabetes. I did all I could to keep him going. He. Was definitely special to me.

    Cheryl August 5, 2015 5:19 am Reply
    • Dear Cheryl ~ The loss and subsequent grieving for a pet such as your little Monkey, is as painful as that for a human loved one for those of us who have had the treasure to receive the unconditional love from a pet. I found that writing all of my thoughts and memories of my pet either online, in a journal or on anything for that matter, helped me tremendously! Or paying tribute through other creative outlets also helped. Another sure but distracting way, is to adopt again! Of course not to replace the love for your lost pet but as a way to continue giving your love to another animal in need of love. There are so many waiting for a loving home. Good luck. I feel your pain. If I could give you a hug, I would!

      LCS August 5, 2015 6:42 am Reply
    • Cheryl~I’ve lost 2 dogs over the last 8 mos as well as a few over the years, & the way I found that helps me so much (like LCS mentioned) is thru creative outlets. I’ve made little scrapbooks with photos & writing memories of them in there like their funny quirks, how they acted with a favorite toy, etc. Recently, in Dec after losing my pit mix Maya, I purchased memorial jewelry to work on, & I’m adding charms that remind me of her. We always get the ashes back of our dogs, & years ago, after losing one of them, I purchased a necklace that holds a tiny amount of ashes. I added a small bit of each dogs
      ashes over the years & I always wear it because then they’re always with me. It helps so much! If you don’t have ashes, you could add a small photo inside or even a little slip of paper with your memories or feelings about that pet to memorialize Monkey. You sound very sensitive like I am to a loss such as this; I tend to dwell on it, so these ideas may help you. There are also pet loss support groups online that may help, & there are actually counselors that specialize in pet loss therapy, too.
      Another idea LCS mentioned is to adopt again. I’ve also found this helped me so much-never to replace the loss you feel, but it helps to fill that emptiness in your heart & home. It distracts you from the constant feeling of such a loss, & you’d also be making a difference in another animals life. It sounds like you have ALOT of love to give, & took such good care of Monkey! There are so many out there that need that!! In June, I adopted a pit mix puppy because I miss Maya so much. The new pup does a lot of things that remind me of Maya. It’s not sad though when I see Maya’s quirks in my pup–it makes me happy & I laugh that they are so much alike! It makes me happy that I’m making a difference in my puppy’s life & that I can give her a good home, & that SHE is making a difference in my life too! I’m 50 now (ugh!) & I had forgot how much work a puppy is, but it is so worth it! She keeps me so busy & distracted & instead of crying every time I think of Maya, or look at a picture of her, I just think of the memories I have of her, & remember I am making new ones with this new baby.
      I hope these ideas help you–I totally feel for you & hope you can find some peace. Take care!

      Deb August 5, 2015 11:31 am Reply
    • My Amy was 8 weeks old when I brought her home from the humane society in town.Fast forward: She had renal failure and I had to stop her from hurting.She was 17. A cocker/beagle mix with the sweetest face you could ever see. My mom went with me and without her,losing Amy would have killed me.I cried for 2 days straight.It took several years for that sinking feeling to stop when I thought of her. It’s been over 30 years since that horrible day.I am 66 now.I think of Amy every day.Now,my therapy is rescuing dogs.I did not try to replace Amy.That would have been impossible.But having a few rescues to surround me,I can love them and give them a loving home until their time comes.I will survive that because if I got through losing Amy,I knew I could survive anything. Without my rescues,I doubt if I would ever laugh again.

      Annie August 5, 2015 1:15 pm Reply
    • When my little chocolate brown poodle Cacao Bear died unexpectedly just after she turned10, I was devestated. I don’t know HOW I knew but I KNEW that morning when we got up that she was going to die that day.She was very quietI. I cuddled her and brushed her really gently as she lovingly looked at me with her big brown eyes and she gave me kisses. I held her close for a very long time. I told her it was ok if she needed to go. She died that afternoon. Her heart just stopped. I had never had a pet die that young. My heart was broken. I cried for days…still do if I start thinking about her. I had her cremated PRIVATELY thru the Vet. So I have her cremains in a little wooden chest with a brass name plate. I still have her with me in a way. Which helps. 3 years later I spotted a puppy in a pet store window & I asked to see it. As they brought said pup over the gate to hand to me I could see she was a little girl – our eyes met and I asked “when was she born?” Jan. 29th. The same day Cacao had died! She came home with me that day. Amaretto turned 10 this past January. I known my heart will be broken again when she dies, but loving her has been so worth it.

      LR August 5, 2015 2:16 pm Reply
    • My dear Cheryl,

      God bless you, dear — it’s a hard road.

      I had a little grey cat. She was very very soft and very very fluffy. She usually took after the long-haired side of her lineage, except for the length of her body, the fineness of her face, and the appalling Siamese that she spoke on the rare occasions that she was really angry. She was also protective, as Siamese tend to be… They were once used as attack animals in war… My little Blue declared war on anyone who threatened me, and anyone who presumed to touch my possessions.

      As one of the previous posters said, quite simply: “I loved her so damned much.”
      Almost exactly two years ago, I had to have our vet come to our flat and put her to death. She had an
      inoperable, untreatable terminal cancer. She died sitting on my lap, in our favourite chair.

      I still talk to her.

      I am learning to draw cats. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, but I have always wanted to draw… So… I decided that I would learn how. Sketching, at least, is a skill that can be learned to at least a modicum of proficiency, and I am learning.
      One day, I hope to draw my Blue… Little Fuzzy One, Batchi, Wee One, Little Bat, Fuzzy Bear, Bleu-bleu my darling… Enough.

      Feel free to grieve hard and deep. No pet is “just” a dog, or “just” a cat, or “just” a gerbil… They are pieces of our hearts for whom we will never cease to grieve, although we will never be truly parted from them either. Nothing can ever truly separate beings who love one another, no matter how far apart they are, no matter what has happened to their physical bodies.

      Time will accustom you to living with your loss. It does get “easier,” exactly, but one does become used to it, and learn to live with and around, the hole in one’s heart.

      There are no limits to love, honey.
      Take care always.



      Anna Belfry August 5, 2015 4:40 pm Reply
    • Hi cheryl, I’m going through that now and I wonder when it’s time, how I will deal. I’m so sorry for your lost. If you care to reply and share info, I would appreciate it. Kris

      kris August 5, 2015 5:34 pm Reply
    • The only thing that eases my grief is knowing that my dogs are in Heaven and that one day we will be reunited. My husband and I have lost 5 dogs. We always get them from shelters or rescue agencies and they come with various health or emotional problems. My dogs are my kids. When my first dog died I was on the verge of needing grief counseling. I spoke with different people in the religious field,(Catholic) and I read a book called Cold noses at the pearly gates. All of this was to affirm what I already knew, that my girls and boys are in Heaven free of pain and waiting for me. I have 4 dogs at home with me now and each loss is gut wrenching and takes some time to get over but knowing that we will be reunited in paradise helps to ease the pain. I talk to the ones in heaven often to let them know how much I will always love them, even though they already know that. Hope this helps you.

      Jan August 5, 2015 6:19 pm Reply
  • Brings back the raw grief of putting my 10 year old Golden Retriever, Emma Biscuit, down because of osteosarcoma. It’s hard to think about diving back in….but then again I would miss out on so much love.

    Joan August 5, 2015 5:41 am Reply
  • Just BEAUTIFUL. Though I am crying.

    Susan August 5, 2015 6:05 am Reply
  • Made me cry. I have been involved in animal rescue efforts since 1983 and only adopt terminally ill animals and seniors with very little time left. I so regret not having money to buy disposable cameras and film development and have spent countless thousands of dollars on food and veterinary costs instead. I am not technologically gifted, so I’ve never delved into better advances like digital photos.

    Torrance August 5, 2015 6:16 am Reply
  • What a beautifuI, bittersweet tribute to the most cherished of friends. I, too, am crying…..for all of those best beloveds that have given us everything they could…love, loyalty, protection, while asking for nothing but our love in return. I wish I had had the foresight to take photos such as these with all my furry treasures. As it is, I should be taking pictures of the five fur babies that are with me now. Each and everyone is so special in their own way.

    Carly Chichester August 5, 2015 6:42 am Reply
  • Such a beautiful tribute, and yes, I’m writing this with tears running down my cheeks. I can still tear up thinking about the last days of my beloved animals even decades after they passed away.

    DENISE August 5, 2015 6:43 am Reply
  • This brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful idea! Thank you.

    Elise August 5, 2015 6:46 am Reply
  • So beautiful and I still look back at pictures of my pets that are now gone and miss them dearly. Its so sad that their life span compared to ours is so short. I would so love to have them back with me now but I believe that I will see them again!

    Sue August 5, 2015 7:02 am Reply
  • I’m crying too………..this is indeed so sweet and beautiful

    Mona August 5, 2015 7:06 am Reply
  • This brought tears to my eyes too remembering my wonderful pet dogs I have enjoyed through the years. Each time I think, this is the best dog ever, and then again when adopting the next, I think the same. There is no replacement for a cherished pet but my thoughts are: I cannot deprive another
    deserving animal of love and good care—so I go to the shelter and adopt again to enjoy “the best dog in the world”.

    Karen August 5, 2015 7:29 am Reply
  • May we all see them again, please God……

    cindy holt August 5, 2015 7:29 am Reply
  • i miss my coco so much….10-10-2000/07-17-2015….the best dog ever!!!!

    bonnie August 5, 2015 7:41 am Reply
  • Very touching! I miss my Staffordshire Pits (Coco, 2006 and Shakeman, 2010) and my little Shih Tzu (Patches 2010) so very much. One was only 6 years, one was 16 years and the little Shih Tzu was 17 years when they passed on. Love does live within our hearts forever. I will always cherish the years that my life was blessed with them…gone but NEVER forgotten. My furry babies were so very special…..thank you Lord, for allowing me to share life with them for all those years. Amen.

    Jacqueline Frye August 5, 2015 7:56 am Reply
  • I love these images. My boy will soon be running free from all encumbrances in not too long a time :(.
    Trupanion is the best pet insurance. Their employees and policies are amazing. I love calling to ask questions. How often can you say that about an insurance company?!!!

    Holly Olson August 5, 2015 7:59 am Reply
  • What a wonderful tribute to our wonderful pet babies. This amazing angels gives us their unconditional love, friendship and protection. I will never forget my babies. I wish with all my heart to be reunited with them someday.

    Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez August 5, 2015 8:25 am Reply
  • There is no better relationship than between human & their pets, they are always there for you no matter what. RIP all you beautiful animals.

    Cindy August 5, 2015 9:10 am Reply
  • Buried our devoted beloved Schipperke, Ditto, just last week. We loved him for 15 1/2 years, but had to let him go when he could no longer see, hear or comfortably sit or lie down. I cried for weeks beforehand, knowing what I would have to do and then start crying again when I open the door and he isn’t there joyously welcoming me. He was a wonderful pet who brought such joy to myself and my children. RIP my sweet Ditto Dog.

    Suzan August 5, 2015 9:14 am Reply
    • Dear Suzan, I am very sorry for your loss. I do believe our beloved pets have souls and one day we will see them again. Prayers for you. I too have lost many pets and never forget any single one of them.

      Your Ditto is in heaven where all God’s creatures go.

      Deborah Tebet August 5, 2015 8:52 pm Reply
  • Our pets live in our hearts until the day we die. I have memories and so many pictures of all of my beloved pets, cats, dog, and bunnies. Miss them and think of them always.

    Deborah Tebet August 5, 2015 9:26 am Reply
  • My dogs mean everything to me. My beloved boxer cece died in 95, my sweet Boston terrier Daisy died 2013, and I can’t help but cry Every time I think of them. They brought such joy to my life. I now have 4 small terrier mixes, zoey, pippa, Tess and Mia, and I love them more than I can say. As long as I’m alive I will have dogs, and when it’s me that leaves this world, my 1st stop is the rainbow bridge where I know I will feel their warm kisses on my cheek once again. God bless all the animal lovers out there.

    Carolyn L. August 5, 2015 10:22 am Reply
  • I got my dog Tikvah (pronounced “teek-vuh” & means HOPE in Hebrew) while she & over five hundred other dogs were being rescued from some hoarders. They had been kept imprisoned in a barn – uncared for & miserable until they died. Most were on the brink of their miserable life. One even died during the rescue. Some were deformed & destined for euthanasia. I took Tikvah out of the crowd to become my only child. I took her to my own groomer & veterinarian where she received good tender loving care. Then I took her home to be rehabilitated to her new environment – I let her have space and time to learn to trust me. Eventually she came to me and we became best friends. I used to wear a pouch that she loved to ride in so she could go places with me – even to church. She was even my trucking partner when I drove long haul for a year. She was only with me for about 4 years. She died in my arms of congestive heart failure one Wednesday evening in May 2007 while I cried. She will always be my ONLY CHILD no matter how many other pets I have in my life. She was very special. And always will be. God bless every single four pawed “person”.

    Genevon August 5, 2015 11:05 am Reply
  • Oh, I’m bawling!!
    This is a good idea, and I’m sure looking at the first and last pictures for the pet-parents stirs memories in between. Animals are given to us for such short times. It’s amazing how much love is given from them in that short span. I never take for granted their love, either. I’m truly blessed with every critter that God chooses to let me love. If we had hearts like our animals, the world would be so much better. Looking at these pictures actually stirred up some memories of my fur babies that I’ve had throughout my life.

    San August 5, 2015 11:35 am Reply
    • I should mention that not all my babies were furred, some of them had feathers. This article should be amended to say all animals, not just cats and dogs. It hurts to lose a duck and a turtle and a guinea and a pig as well. Just saying!

      San August 5, 2015 11:37 am Reply
  • This is absolutely beautiful. I’m at my desk at work trying my best not to allow tears to stream down my face. This is so special.

    Charrlee August 5, 2015 11:53 am Reply
  • I thought I could post but it hits so close to home that I just can’t.

    Diana August 5, 2015 12:12 pm Reply
  • This is the sweetest and saddest thing I’ve ever read. Anyone who’s loved a beautiful fur friend and had to say goodbye must be crying right now. I am.

    KatWrangler August 5, 2015 12:14 pm Reply
  • When I had to move from Ohio to Florida, I had to give m rescues away as I was going to have to stay in a hotel for a couple of months. And t that time hotels didn’t let animals stay with a person. And I had two dogs and two cats at that time. But shortly after getting into an apartment I was given a dog by a young woman who bred, raised, and showed dogs.

    Two of my sons were in college and my third son was in high school in Ohio. They stayed in Ohio, so I would go for a walk after dinner. While on my walk, one evening, I met this woman as she was going for a walk. After seeing her a few more times I had to stop and ask what bred of dog she had. That’s how I met her. And she finally asked me if I’d like to walk one of her dogs with her I said “Yes”. Then she invited me to go to a dog show with her.

    It wasn’t long after this that she asked me if I’d like to have one of her dogs as all her dogs liked e and I seemed to like all her dogs. That’s how I got Haley. Haley was about three years old and was a Champion Show Dog. I had Haley for 5 years and 3 months. She became sick. I took her to her vet that I had check her during the years I had her. He did all kinds of tests and blood work. But nothing showed up He did say that from Haley’s actions and reactions, she would not have much more time with me. I asked him how I knew Haley’s time had come. A short time later I knew. Part of me wanted to keep her. But the bigger part of me told me I did NOT want Haley to suffer any more than she was. So I put her in the car, trying to hold back the tears, and drove to the vets. After the vet gave her the shot to put her to sleep, I stayed with her for a short time. I arranged to have Haley cremated and her ashes given to me. I cried for days after this.
    Haley IS my HEART DOG. I love her and I miss her. But I know that she is STILL with me, just in her spirit form now.

    And I have two of my friend’s dogs with me. They are both Champion Show Dogs. And I still go to Dog Shows with my friend. And ALL of her dogs that she has bred since, have also loved me, and I have loved them.

    Thomas P. Maher August 5, 2015 12:18 pm Reply
  • PS I forgot to mention that one way that did help my through the deep pain of loss I felt, was to write a book. I had NO way of telling me how to get through my loss.I couldn’t find ANY suggestions or ways to help me.

    So I wrote a book. The title is: Losing A Loving PET. A First Hand Experience! The sub title is: This Book Was Inspired By Haley! No publishing company wanted to publish it because I was NOT and well known author. I went with a “POD”, Publish on demand publisher. But they only publish the book if some one orders it and prepays for it. NOW I know why I could never fine any way to help ease my pain. It is plain to see that if you’re not well known or have GOOD connections, you WON’T get published. Only five books have been published and that is because I ordered them to send to my sons and a very good friend”

    Thomas P. Maher August 5, 2015 12:40 pm Reply
  • Thank you all for loving them so much and caring for them so well. It’s an honor, I know.

    Erica Seelig August 5, 2015 12:55 pm Reply
  • Aww, makes the heart feel better that there are people who love their animals so much

    Val August 5, 2015 1:04 pm Reply
  • These are beautiful pictures. I loved them all! I have ” The Rainbow Bridge” wall in my living room. I have pictures of all the precious pets I’ve owned, hanging on the wall. I hate to say it, but I’m running out of wall space. Sometimes I just sit and stare at my babies who have been in my life. I miss them all.

    Jaime Perez August 5, 2015 1:05 pm Reply
  • These pictures brought tears to my eyes. I’ve had so so so many fur babies come and go… and I love and remember each one of them still. I will never be without a furry friend… or two. <3 <3 <3

    Dianna August 5, 2015 1:14 pm Reply
  • Wow!!!!! So beautiful. Made me cry.

    Maria Reis August 5, 2015 1:31 pm Reply
  • These pictures and the subsequent posts have helped me more than I thought possible. The feelings expressed here echo my own. It wll be 8 weeks tomorrow that I had to say goodbye to my beloved Buffy Girl, after 9 years 9 months and 6 days of sharing unconditional love, fun and happy times together. Not a moment goes by that I don’t miss her and wish she were still here with me. As I am not able to adopt another puppy companion at this time, I go to dog parks to meet and revel in the affection of others’ companion pups – I am so grateful for their openness and generosity towards me. I have two grown children whom I love deeply, but love from human beings is rarely as pure and unconditional as that from our beloved fur babies. For Cheryl: Rainbow Bridge has a chat room for grieving pet parents; the people there are very kind and caring. However, I’ve found that the pain only lessens, it does not fade away completely. So many people who spoke with me about Buffy became teary as then memories of their own lost pets resurfaced in full force – even after as long as 15 years. It is a deeply emotional bond that transcends time and space. As always, I try to stay in gratitude for the time that I was gifted with Buffy’s angelic presence and spirit. Love and comfort to you all – Buffy’s Mom

    Buffy's Mom August 5, 2015 1:37 pm Reply
  • I have had 7 dogs in my life time and many cats, I have their picturs up on the wall each has and 8×10 in it with name and years on the back and I scrapbook. The pet I miss the most though is not one of them even though I do miss them, she was a 15.3 mare I had for 31 years. I got her when she was 5 years old and put her down when she was 36 years old. I got her befor I met my husdand and my children liked to ride her. I did not writ a book but I did use a journal and write about her that helped and so did the scrapbooking. You may not beleave this but she was in the field when I had her put to sleep she laid down to roll as she always did around 1 in the afternoon. After she was gone we went back to the vets truck to pay the bill and phone dead stock to come and get her. I went back out to get the 2 geldings and bring them in so we could leave the gate open, I walked over to were she was laying and her spirit or ora rolled away from her body and got up and looked right at me I knew then I had done the right thing. She then looked at the fare corner of the field and when I looked in the trees was dust of what looked like thousands of horses I looked back she nodded her head and to0k off with her head up and her tail over her back and the 2 geldings in the field went with her and when she got to the corner of the fence it all vanished and the 2 geldings went crasy.
    At that point I beleaved in the after life. She died on the 18th of August 1999 and I still miss her and have never replaced her.

    Eleanor August 5, 2015 2:23 pm Reply
  • We have had 3 of the best dogs ever but now we have the fourth dog.Went about 3 weeks without a dog and both of us were missing the love we gave our dog.It seems every one is different in its own way but loving.All three live to be over15 yrs.So now I am 66 and luv my dog Danny too much and all I can do is luv him cause that’s what he wants

    Betty August 5, 2015 2:31 pm Reply
  • Beautiful…

    Sassee August 5, 2015 2:31 pm Reply
  • Where can I purchase the necklace that you can ashes in of our beloved pets? I had to put down my beloved cat on 7/29/2015 and I want to be able to find that necklace that was spoken of. So I too can keep here with me at my heart. If any one knows can you please email me at
    Thank you and God Bless you all. I miss Cali very much.

    sandra August 5, 2015 3:41 pm Reply
  • Thanks for sharing your pictures brought back some great memories!

    Tony August 5, 2015 4:06 pm Reply
  • You have a lot of love in you. Go yo the shelter and I’ll bet you will find another dog that you can love and it will love you.
    Get an older dog. They seem to need a new home and love more than puppies. Older dogs will give you so much love back. You wouldn’t be sorry.

    carole August 5, 2015 4:10 pm Reply
  • I’m in tears is about all I can say. The way they touch our hearts and remain there forever. They’re such a gift.

    Ermilo August 5, 2015 4:52 pm Reply
  • I must agree. This was a touching way to remember our beloved pets, and it did make me have tears, but I also felt much of the joy my cats have given me over a time period of 52 years. There have been many friends lost, along the way, but their memories have brought me much happiness.

    Jack Riemers said, “Only people who avoid love can avoid grief. The point is to learn from it and remain vulnerable to love.” I can agree with him, whole-heartedly. I hope this brings some joy to others, as well.

    HFG August 5, 2015 5:33 pm Reply
  • One of the finest articles you have ever printed. I praise you for caring so much as to share it with the rest of us.

    HFG August 5, 2015 5:35 pm Reply
  • On April 23rd I wispered to my cat Leonardo Da Vinci who was 15 years old and was dying of cancer, that he could go and be free to cross the rainbow bridge to run and play and lay in the warm beautiful sun. That mommy would be ok, very sad but ok. I love you with all my heart and soul. 15 minutes later I saw this look in his eyes as he looked at me, so I picked him up and held him in my arms and he took his last breath. He was not a cat, but my child and bestfriend. I still miss him so much and keep his ashes next to me . He still visits.

    Katie August 5, 2015 6:01 pm Reply
  • I had a bunny rabbit named Graystone, also Butterscotch two wonderful Dutch bunnies I also had two pitt bulls, one was named Mad Max, the other teddie, I still cry over my pets but one day I will be over rainbow bridge and get to see them again. I am thankful for the times I had with them. I love and will never forget them

    Melissa Macintosh August 5, 2015 6:12 pm Reply
  • I have lost one dog three kitties and now am counting how long it will be before my beloved Sammy looses his battle with cancer. He’s a fighter and I know I will cry for weeks once he’s gone as I have cried with each story read and photos viewed. Peace to all our fur babies.

    Sue August 5, 2015 6:45 pm Reply
  • My heart goes out to all that have loved and lost a wonderful pet. The only thing that gets me through the loss is the knowledge that I outlived them. I cared for them with the deepest love until their last moments. For them to outlive me would be inconceivable. Love to all animals. Love to all humans with a compassionate heart.

    Kaycee August 5, 2015 8:42 pm Reply
  • My thought is that animal lovers are very courageous people. We love our pets knowing that more-than-likely we will have to say goodbye to them. For me, it never gets easier to bid adieu to a loving fur baby who has been a member of the household for many years.

    Valerie Branch August 5, 2015 10:04 pm Reply
  • Cheryl, I wish I could help you deal with your loss, but my cat passed away in 2011 and I still cry. he was found when he was 4 days old waited to see if the mother turned up but when she didn’t my daughter & I took him to the vet, he was very healthy so our vet ave us everything we needed to bottle feed him and from then this beautiful white bundle of fluff was ours to love for 16 years. He developed a heart & kidney problem which our vet sent us to a specialist for, he lived another 4 months without pain so we put our mattress in the lounge room and spent the next 2 days sleeping with him, cuddling him, loving him and he quietly passed away with us with him. He was the greatest love of our lives and still is. I still can’t bring myself to bring another home ( and I know I should, one day). So I’m sorry Cheryl but you sound like me and it’s a struggle every day. But I send you all my love and don’t feel you have to deal with your loss. I made a scrapbook for Sinclair and I have lockets with his photo so he is with me always. Buy a book about animals with souls going to heaven I did and it does help.

    Angela August 6, 2015 4:25 am Reply

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