Saying goodbye to dogs is the toughest part of having them, a fact of life we all must face. One man processed his deeply-felt loss by imagining the final moments with his pet from his dog’s perspective. A few weeks ago, musician John Pointer had to say goodbye to his dog, Benny. John had watched Benny grow worse as he’d fought cancer and struggled with a heart condition, and John decided the time had come for Benny to be relieved of his pain, as difficult as that decision was.
Pointer wrote a note about their last day together from Benny’s perspective. It’s touching, and resonating — the original post has been shared 121,000 times, published in multiple news outlets and translated into two languages, according to Pointer’s Facebook page.
It starts off with “Yesterday was a weird day,” and goes through the full range of feelings Benny must have had, from physical pain to love for the people around him, as he spent his last day. At the point where he lies down for a nap in the story, Pointer imagines Benny saying: “I was so glad to lay down on my bed. My person petted me, saying, ‘I gotcha covered, buddy. I gotcha.’ I love the way that makes me feel. I know he does. He makes everything better.”
The refrain “I gotcha covered, buddy,” shows up often throughout the story, at moments when Benny falters, or grows icily cold or simply needs an extra pat. Benny is sweet and loving at every turn.
“In the evening, more of my favorite people came by,” Benny continues. “They were all so loving. I licked their tears away when they would get close enough to my face. They whispered sweet things in my ear, and told me I was a good boy.”
The fact that the final thing John had to do to make Benny feel better was to end his pain completely had to be crushing. His letter works through some of that pain, and brings us all to tears with him. Read the full letter on Benny Pointer’s Facebook page.