Goodbye, my loyal companion….
A knock on the door, a ring of the doorbell.
Running fast, the excited footsteps of a loyal companion,
the one who has spent the day eagerly awaiting your return.
You were there for the days that were both good and bad.
Your warmth and love eased tears that were cried.
Yet you also brought happiness and a laugh
to every face that you met.
Once a joyful, young pup with all the energy in the world.
You danced with the birds flying in the sky,
though the ground was your home.
As you got older you were always so patient,
even to a young girl who would lead you around the house.
Always gentle, always kind.
My eyes fill with tears when I think of your name.
Never again to look into those kind loving eyes,
eyes that never showed the pain that was held within.
I didn’t know the last time I saw you would be just that.
To be far away from what took place
with sadness that can no longer be comforted
by your warm embrace.
I will never forget your name,
nor the memories that we made.
Rest in peace forevermore,
our loyal companion.
She was beautiful and loving….
Bonnie was my family’s pet dog for the 13 years of her life. She was a beautiful blue roan English Cocker Spaniel and had the most beautiful temperament. Ever the loyal companion to us all and loving to every person who stepped through the threshold of whichever house we lived in at the time. She even managed to be kind to my crazy cat Luna when she became a part of our family 4 years ago. The two of the were friends and would sleep together each night on Bonnie’s bed.
About a week after my trip home to Christchurch to celebrate my 21st (early), we found out that Bonnie had been suffering from cancer for a very long time and her body was now riddled with tumours. She had shown signs of being sick for a couple of years, but it had never been diagnosed as being cancer until that day. Not wanting to let her live in pain my parents made the hard decision to put her down. I wish I had known sooner that when I said goodbye to her before going to the airport, that is would be the last time I said goodbye to her. I’ll be honest, being so far away when it happened meant I felt a bit disconnected from the whole situation.
That night I went over to my best friend’s house as she had visited me in Christchurch at the same time with her daughter so they had the memory of Bonnie fresh in the minds. We watched Marley and Me, a choice that I made because I knew it would be something to help me let the tears out. That’s why I needed to write this post for myself. I know it will hit me harder when I next go home and she isn’t there waiting at the door. Our family has had other dogs in the past but we had to leave them behind in Spain. Bonnie was
Our family has had other dogs in the past but we had to leave them behind in Spain, but Bonnie had been with us since the early years when we moved back to New Zealand. I knew from a young age that Bonnie wouldn’t always be around because of most animals having shorter lifespans than humans. Yet it still hit me hard that it happened now.
Life is so fleeting..
We must make the most of the time we have with our loved ones, our friends, our family, and our pets. As the bible says we should show love to every person or being that we encounter and appreciate that God created them for their own special person. I am so thankful to have had Bonnie as a constant part of my life for the past 13 years, One day I hope to raise my own children with the same appreciation for animals, and they will have their own Bonnie.