People who have loved – and lost – a dog know our pets are family. When they pass, we grieve, and the process can be just as intense, and last just as long, as the one that follows the loss of a human companion. Dogs are pure, their love is unconditional, we know we don’t deserve them, and we know going in that losing them is going to break our hearts.
We love them anyway, because who on earth who has had a dog could possibly do anything else?
Which is all to say that, if you’ve had to say goodbye to a beloved furbaby at some point, you’re going to need some tissues to read through this woman’s touching obituary for her pup – but you won’t regret it.
It was penned by South Carolinian Sallie Gregory Hammett after she lost Charlie, her golden retriever, as a way to help herself out of her grief.
Now that I’ve stopped crying, let’s read some people’s responses, so we can all start again.
Teddy was there to greet him on the other side. He too loved socks and was a momma’s boy. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is & you’re not alone 💕 pic.twitter.com/DAnk0dh2jD
— Tiffany (@VampLuv83) September 23, 2020
People responded with images of their pooches still here.
Never thought I’d find such and endless and pure source of love. Charlie is already telling all the other dogs in heaven how much you loved him too. One will be so curious that will come back to Earth as a puppy just for you. pic.twitter.com/w4FMql5bhK
— Desert Dynamo (@DynamoDesert) September 23, 2020
People who have lost their dear ones, and can commiserate.
Lost my guy, Bodie, 18 months ago at age 11. Getting a new Golden puppy today! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4xnYFos3UL
— Melissa Cooper (@coopermellieray) November 1, 2020
Others who are sure their dogs were there to greet Charlie on the other side.
This was my boy Brody, and he too was a good boy. I’m hopeful he was there to welcome your Charlie across the rainbow bridge. You were lucky to have Charlie, and Charlie was lucky to have you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/3B2KLHekRr
— Juju 🌈 (@Chatt_Crystal) September 26, 2020
And some who are sure their dogs weren’t, but can definitely identify with the pain.
I lost my best boy Pugsy at 14 years old on 7/7/20 & I can’t say that he was the best people person like your boy Charlie, & I also can’t say that he was waiting on the other side of the 🌈 bridge to greet Charlie with open arms at first..but after a min I bet they were besties! pic.twitter.com/UOtOFu5ffS
— Brittany Grimm (@brittanyfrazier) October 1, 2020
Her post has been read over 115K times, which is all the proof we need that dog people are the best people.
If you love a pup, you’re not alone – when the time comes to say goodbye, you’ve got shoulders to lean on all over the world.