Saying Goodbye

If you're not a fur baby lover, you will probably just want to skip this post.

I've owned one dog in my life and he was my best friend. I had to say good bye to him on October 25th, and it has taken me this long to be able to write a post. Overcome with sadness, loss and a huge empty space in my heart and in my house, but Ben deserves to be mentioned here.
 Ben spent endless hours with me in my craft room and everywhere else life has taken me the past 14.5 years. We shared endless adventures, he and I...and literally thousands of walks. He swam in the Mississippi River and ran through the mountains in Colorado, Arizonia and Idaho. I think he has swam in most every state I've ever traveled. He lay at my feet every hour of the day in our various homes. Ben laid by my side if I were ill, once for almost 3 days straight, and wiped my tears if I were sad. He was my youngest child and he is missed.
Yes, he had a wonderful life, the best actually, and this does console me. I don't think anything could ever replace the joy I've had with him in my life. His spot in my heart, was a very special place and I was lucky to have known him. My time with him was a gift, good bye my sweet boy.

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Julie said...

Oh Julie, my heart is breaking for you right now. So sorry for the loss of your sweet Ben. He reminds me of my Ginger, our golden from my childhood. We lost our Smokey some years back and she was 15. They are so loyal and only want to make us happy. He will be missed but will be in your heart always. Hugs!

Cheryl said...

Julie he looks like a beauty. I know how close we all become with our pets and how they bring us so much joy.

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh Julie. I'm so sorry, Ben sounds like he was a wonderful fur baby. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. I have two fur babies of my own and one is getting up in years. I dread the day when I lose her. Bless your heart and maybe in the future you can find another baby to care for and love!

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Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh Julie,
My heart goes out to you. It is so hard to lose a beloved companion. You are right to focus on the wonderful life you gave your friend.
Lots of hugs,
Rinda

Amanda said...

Just like you always tell me about children... They are only truly ours for a short time. And while the circumstances are slightly different the difficulty is there. He was such a wonderful part of the family and set the bar high for any pet we could come across. He always had the best cuddles.

You were so lucky to have such a good friend in him for so long.

I will always miss his face. But im just so happy I got an opportunity to love it.

Katrina Gelino said...

I find it hard to say the right thing when someone experiences a loss, especially to my mom. When you hurt, I hurt. He was the best friend you could possibly have, and I don't think it's a goodbye, I think It's a See You Later! His spirit lives.

*hugs & kisses*

Anonymous said...

So so sorry for your loss, Julie!! Ben will be greatly missed!! May you find peace in knowing how much he was loved and that someday, someway you will see each other again. Much love Ben, From Aunt Dawn xoxo