This piece is inspired by the struggle I felt when I had to re-home my three dogs recently due to declining health. This piece is also inspired by the loving counsel of my big sister, Nancy Honse. Nance had to say good-bye to many Springer spaniels during a toxic divorce so she knew better than most the heartache of losing multiple dogs.
“Do you think dogs remember when you leave them?
Do you think their hearts are as broken as mine?”
A great pause…
“They remember…that you loved them
They remember…the terrific life you gave them.”
They felt your suffering…they knew you could not
care for them anymore.”
Tears flow freely down my cheeks.
“I believe…they hurt to watch you suffer
and they could not do anything to help.
Just like people who are in our lives
for a season, so it is with pets. we help
them for that time too just as they
“You took excellent care of them…in giving to them
you gave the most painful care you could have
because you loved them.”
I know why God made you the big sister.
I said good-bye to three wonderful, loving dogs who are listed below.
They will always occupy a space in
my heart but they are in good
homes with active humans.
I will always miss and love them.
My sister’s words began my healing,
for they spoke directly to my heart
and soul. I can bear my physical
deterioration but my heart has been
broken so many times that I did
not think I would be able to cope
with saying goodbye to my dogs.
I am deeply grateful for my sisters.