1. So sad. I've always said that a dog/cat has a way to let you know when it's time. And I believe they get to go to heaven too. Why wouldn't they? So for sure be comforted knowing your dad is enjoying Simon's company.

  2. It sounds like Simon had the best family and life. Taking a pet, a part of the family, in to the vet for a visit like that is the hardest thing to do. You write about it beautifully.

  3. Heartbreaking! I’m so sorry for your losses. The utter devotion dogs show us is unique to their species I think and to lose them is agony. We have a little nearly 15-year-old ‘puppy’ and I’m already dreading that inevitable day when she is no longer with us. It’s so sad to watch them struggle as age slows them down. Here’s to the beautiful memories Simon gave you, and to your Dad who shared your love of him.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Tamuria. I love the idea of your 15 year old “puppy.” Dogs seem to stay young forever till the very end.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Rica. Its been a year since Simon has died, but still miss him so much. They leave their mark.

  4. My daughter said a beautiful thing to me when I woke to the day we’d have to put our fourteen-year-old dog down. I was on the phone, weeping, “I don’t think I can,” and in a voice like I have used myself with her, she said, “She loved us, and now she needs you to love her by helping her go. So you have to do that.”

    It was wrenching, but I felt I was setting her free, as you did for Simon. XO

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, what a wise daughter, Susan. That’s how I felt with Simon. It was his time. We knew it and he did too. Thank you for reading.

  5. So sorry for your loss. I’ve never had a dog but I know from my friends that they are definitely like a family member so I’m sure it is so difficult to lose a pet. Sending healing hugs as you take time to grieve.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Judy. Simon was a special member of the family. If you’re ever on the fence, I’d highly recommend a dog.

  6. Dear Laurie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Simon. I believe that first time coming home and not having them greet you at the door is one of the hardest “firsts” in a whole list of firsts without them. Today is the six week anniversary of our saying goodbye to our beloved Micah. I still can’t seem to catch my breath. He was my ESA without the vest.

    Thank you for asking about our loved ones. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Be gentle and kind to you.

  7. Laurie,
    Oh I’m so sorry. I didn’t know you were going through this. My heart is with you and your family. Simon knows he was well loved by you all.

  8. Bridget Harrington

    I cried reading this. I lost a cat this past winter. He was a year and a half old and had a heart murmur. What I didn’t know was that he had a congenital defect common to cats (my vet did a necropsy). He passed in his sleep, but that didn’t make it easier. I rest easy knowing that I gave him The Life. I have another cat that mothered him. He slept with us in the bed, had tons of treats, a sunlit house to roam and play in, and more love than a heaven full of angels. Far cry from the dirty, cold garage that he was born in. Sometimes, the most compassionate thing we can do for our pets is exactly what you did.

    • Laurie Stone

      So true, Bridget. As hard as it is, letting a pet suffer is worse than the inevitable. Sounds like you give your animals a wonderful, loving, fun home. What creature could want more than that? Thanks for reading.

  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your family member. I was so devastated when we had to let our first dog go… I eventually wrote a pet loss memoir to her. We also lost 7 family members in the 18 months following her passing. This was lovely. XOXO

    • Laurie Stone

      Stephanie, Wow, 7 family members in 18 months! That’s really devastating. So sorry for all your losses. I hope you found another pet to help salve the hurt.

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