I feel like I have had a lot of close friends lose a pet recently and it is so hard to see the pain and sadness they are going through. It’s hard enough to see an animal in pain or suffering and even harder to have to “play god” for them and to know when it’s time to say goodbye.
This last one has really hit me hard. Mostly because my friend is hurting so much and is so sad and there’s nothing I can do to help her.
Those of you who have experienced pet loss know how awful it feels to lose part of your family. The last pet I lost that was close to me was a long time ago and it still makes me sad to think about it. I even cried for days when I had to put my husbands cat down that I hated with a passion. Maybe it was so hard because he really loved that cat and it was hard to see him so sad. Or maybe I was sad that he was in a place where he could be a total dickhead and no one would care. I don’t judge Nick for loving a cat that peed on everything and probably spread kitty AIDS to the whole slew of neighborhood cats (which there are many). You can’t choose who you love right? Damn cat.
So I have been searching the fabulous Internet to try to find something that I can get to help ease my friends pain. Most of the websites were pretty much the same but I did find one place that was quite interesting (Don’t worry, I haven’t done anything crazy).
Am I crazy to think that this happens? Where do you put it? Does it get dusty? What do you do if you don’t want it anymore? I’m all for remembering your pet but there are ways that are slightly, shall I say, LESS CREEPY than this.
I know this subject is a little on the depressing side but I had to write something because that’s what I do now so bear with me. Oh, and if you hate animals then you should probably just stop reading my blog and also just go away in general because you are a cold-hearted human.
With that said I would like to share a poem I found online. I took out a small part about god because I didn’t think it applied to the specific people I am talking about and their beliefs. Can I do that? Oh well. I will post the website I found it on if the unknown author or anyone else has a problem with it.
This is for my friends (you know who you are) and anyone who has been through so much with their losses. I hope each day gets a little better for you and know that I am thinking about you.
I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.
I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you are so fond.
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
the first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.
I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep,
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!