May 18, 2010

White Dog and I sat sleepless in the middle of the night watching the stars and snuggling close together. We were looking for the new Mack star in the heavens and were both fighting back tears. Mack had crossed the Rainbow Bridge with the help of his mommy who saw his pain and inability to ever get well and understood what Mack wanted and needed.

White Dog pondered the notion of selflessness, of doing something that would help someone else but which, in the process, would cause great pain and grief to yourself. "When you truly love someone," I told her, "their happiness and well being comes before your own. There is no more horrible torture than seeing someone you truly care about suffering and being unable to make it better." "

So what happens in those cases," White Dog softly woofed. "You look deep into the eyes of the one you love, into their soul, and grant them release from the obligations of this life and help them to go bravely and calmly and with dignity."

She started to speak but I held up a hand. "Yes, you will miss them beyond anything imaginable and your heart will ache and you will feel as though nothing matters any longer but you do it because it is wrong and selfish to make your precious love linger and painfully fade away just to avoid your grief."

"That sounds so very hard to do," White Dog said. "It takes an immense amount of love and a brave generous heart to let go." I said. White Dog sniffed, "Mack's mommy must have loved him a lot." "And because of her ultimate gift of love, Mack can now run painfree and forever young as he waits for her on the other side of the Bridge."

White Dog and I sat silently, wishing Mack a safe journey and many friends to greet him. We also offered a prayer that his mommy finds comfort from her grief and knows that her choice, the hardest one, was the noblest, rightest one.

I like to think of the words of Khyra's mom at times like these: "It isn't forever...it is only for now."


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Yes, not furever...just fur now...

As Mom told the vet when she let Kyrye khross, from the moment we bring them home or into our lives we know this day is khoming yet we do it anyway...

Thanks fur giving Mack some special time here...we khouldn't look fur his star these past nights as it is way way too khloudy out there BUT when it khlears, I'll spot it!


TwoSpecialWires said...

Everything you've said is so right. It's just so hard. And it makes us sad.

Feeling a little down. But understanding.
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

I can't agree more...there have been so many sad events happening this year, but we can take comfort in that they are free of pain and suffering.

We're so very sorry to hear about Mack...I don't think I know him, but he sounds like a great friend. Run free, Mack...we'll miss you.


Teddy Bear said...

Very, very beautifully pawed. And we love what Khyra says too...not furever, just for now. We are thinking of Mack and how happy he must be on the other side of the bridge. And also sending lots of love to Sally Ann and Mack's Mommy.

Teddy Bear

P.S. I was very interested in meeting Mr. Snakey but Mommy really dislikes snakes so we were very far from him. Maybe next time.:)

Remington said...

Ok, Beth is crying! Your words are put so beautifully. Not being able to help loved ones is SO hard and saying goodbye is even harder. But knowing they are in a happier place helps....take care.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...
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♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

That is a wonderful tribute to Mack, his Mom, and all the pups who have had to leave their loved ones behind "just for now".

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ginger Jasper said...

What a lovely lovely tribute to your friend. You so have a way with words, It is so true what you say.. Just for now.. Hugs GJ xx

Furkidsmom said...

We were sad to hear about Mack too. We know the world is always sadder when an Eskie leaves for the Bridge.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Thundering Herd said...

Absolutely perfect!

Sagira said...

I am very sorry to hear about your friend. :(

Sally Ann said...

Thank you for thinking of my big brother. He is looking down and giving you lots of Eskie licks. He was really sick, and Mommy said letting him go was the last gift he could give him. Mommy hasn't been to quick on following blogies this week. Mommy misses him just being here, as I do, too. I know he is pain free, happy, and he can walk now.
Sally Ann