Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saying Goodbye to a friend

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Last Friday was not a very good day.  I had to say goodbye to my little fluffy friend Jessie.

Jessie was about 14 1/2 years old and a terrific companion for my Mom and Dad.  Jessie was their second West Highland Terrier and a little cutie-pie.  They bought her from a breeder near our family's cottage, and her first days were spent there.  Somewhere I have pictures of her taken on the first day she arrived, just a tiny ball of white fur.  My Dad would take her picture every week to chronicle how much she grew.  She'd sit on a stump at the corner of our cottage deck and if you flipped the pages in the album it was like magic to see her grow from puppyhood to a great big girl.  (Well, for a Westie.)

My younger brother and I have never had dogs as pets, but my Dad would say we (especially my brother) would come over to visit just to see Jessie (and before that Mac, Buckie, Buddy, and Alfie).  He called her Rent-A-Dog because we could enjoy her, but didn't have to clean up the yard after her. (Well, I inherited that job these past couple of years.)

She was a sweetie pie who loved M&Ms, liverwurst, and cheese and crackers.  When my Dad's health was failing, she would sit on his lap for hours and he would scratch behind her ears.  That dog loved my Dad. (What makes this even harder is that my Dad passed away just two years this week.)

Jessie's heath began to suffer earlier this year and we knew her time was short.  But somehow I expected her to last just a little bit longer.

Rest in peace, Jessie.  We love you.


Mardel said...

My sympathies. It's hard to lose pets, even if they aren't your own. Sounds like a close member of your family, one who gave your parents a lot of love. I think it's sweet that your father chronicled her growth with pictures. Doggie heaven for sure - right? And she looks so cute and sweet in that picture.

BusyMom said...

I am sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. We have been through this horrible experience with a beloved pet/family member ourselves.

They are part of the family and we love them and miss them deeply.

Jessie is in heaven now.

Here is a poem of Rainbow Bridge .. one that was written about our furry friends that passed on,,,

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

Aurian said...

O that is a sad story Lorna. My condolences on your loss (both of them).

Dru said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

Thank you all for your kind words.

Shawn, I like to think my Dad was waiting on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge and that Jessie is now sitting on his lap.

Barbara said...

My goodness, she was such an adorable little dog. I'm sorry the end of her life on earth is done.

Katreader said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can picture Jessie sitting with your dad over the Rainbow Bridge. I hope that happy memories can help during this difficult time.

Kari said...

I'm very sorry for both of your losses.

Linda McDonald said...

I think you're right Lorna...your dad was waiting there for his precious Jessie to reunite with him.
My condolences to you and your family. Pets are beloved family hard when they have to leave us.

ev said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. She was just too cute.

When my dad died a few years ago, one of the things we thought about, and laughed about, was that all of our fur babies that had been waiting, were all trying to climb on his lap at once.

Losing a pet is so hard. But it is the one thing we all know will happen, but because we love them, we do it anyway. Again and again.

Excuse me while i go and snuggle with all mine for a while.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I'm so sorry about Jessie. Pets are our family too. And of course, you have such memories of her and your Dad. My Dad passed away two years ago this week too. On Halloween, no less. Jessie sure was a cutie. Treasure your memories.Hugs.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Melissa. If you're like me, it seems more like two weeks than two years have gone by since I lost my Dad, because I still burst into tears when I think of him.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Recently my kitty Columbo went over the Rainbow Bridge. I bet he is sitting on Peter Falk's lap!

Shirley in Baltimore