Today is the anniversary of Izzy’s passing; I have been dreading the approaching holiday season knowing that this time in 2021, her health was failing and our time together was running out.
She departed on a day very similar in weather as today, overcast with some rain. The hardest part of opening your heart to a dog is knowing that the day will come to say ‘goodbye.’
I am building a new relationship with Sox, who arrived in March of this year. Still, I feel her loss.
You no longer greet me
As I walk through the door.
You’re not there to make me smile
To make me laugh anymore
Life seems quiet without you.
You were far more than a pet.
You were a family member, a friend
…a loving soul I’ll never forget.
It will take time to heal.
For the silence to go away.
I still listen for you
And miss you every day.
You were such a great companion
Constant, loyal and true.
My heart will always wear
The paw prints left by you.
Poem by Teri Harrison
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand