When you lose something you can't replace

Today I said good-bye to someone very special to me, a great friend of 10 years – my dog Zhiva.  She was much more than a pet, she was quite simply a family member. 

While it’s hard to accept, and easy right now  to dwell on the pain, I want to instead acknowledge 10 years of sheer joy and the fact that if I had to do it all over again – I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m thankful I was there at her strongest and most fragile points, including the very end.  I am glad I was there to comfort her and I will miss her more than anyone could possibly imagine.

Zhiva (Oct 27 1996 – Oct 7 2006)



3 Responses

  1. Carlos Legarda says:

    I know what you mean. I lost my dogs a few years ago. two wonderful Dobbermanns.
    The house was empty for a really long time…. it’s now overrun by stupid stray cats.

    I saw the picture of your dog and suddenly I miss my dogs now too.

    Hang in there,


  2. MacArthur says:


    We are all very sorry for your loss!

    “A Good Dog is Lost!”


  3. My heart is broken today as well in ways I cannot describe. She will be missed greatly by anyone that had to chance to meet her but especially by us since she was in fact part of our small little family. Our house seems empty without her in it. You should take some comfort in the fact she knew she was loved up until the very last moment as you were saying “good pup!”.

    I love that pic since it shows her personality. She is definitely saying “and in the morning…”

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