Poetry

The Loss of a Pet

He was the life of the family

The hurricane in the house

My sibling I’d say

Whom only plastic wrappers might rouse.

 

A little ball of fur he was

When he came home in a basket

And loved us no holds barred

Till he ended up in his casket.

 

With ears upright and a long bushy tail

He was strong and proud and never frail

But that couldn’t be said at the end of his days

For he was suffering in so many ways.

 

He’d chew everything to bits and mess up the place

Give him a cucumber, a carrot or coconuts

With a look so innocent, he’d leave it all behind

Before plonking himself on his furry butt.

 

Digging into his food bowl

When he had had his fill yet wanted more

A smart brat he would head to the corner

Where he knew his chow was stored.

 

His moist nose often found ours

In the wee hours of morning or night

Even after all this time

We cannot believe he’s gone into the light.

 

Never again will I hear him snore

Never again will I click him running in sleep

The house will never be the same again

For the loss and pain run deep.

 

Never will he get in our way again

Each time the doorbell rings

We won’t trip over his bones or toys

And all the other little things.

 

There is nobody to chase away the pigeons now

That frequent the terrace every day

The house is eerily quiet

There is nobody barking away.

 

Oh how he loved a drive

And to put his head outside

Kept everyone far from the car

And thoroughly enjoyed his ride.

 

Sleepless nights looking after a puppy

Or cleaning car seats and sofas multiple times

I’d do it all over again

If only he’d come back in his prime.

 

We never travelled much

Never took a vacation

If he couldn’t go with us

It wasn’t a great location.

 

It was a huge responsibility

Yes it was hard work

Caring for a pet

But totally worth the perks.

 

Who will play Catch with me now?

Who will chase the flies?

Who will melt our heart

With that head tilt and loving eyes?

 

He wasn’t crazy for tummy rubs or embraces

He preferred his personal space

But if you ignored him too long

You’d have him in your face.

 

How many times I hugged his warm body

Burying myself in his fur?

When I felt low or wept

He stayed with me for sure.

 

Whom will Dad and I let jump on the bed now

When Mom’s not watching?

And complain that there’s no more space

For he is already settled and napping.

 

He’d cuddle up between them both

Each winter night or cold morning

And wake me up with a swish of his tail

Or jump over without warning.

 

All the guests loved him

And he got pampered too

Ice cream was his biggest weakness

For that he’d actually obey you.

 

We often said he’d betray us for food

And anybody could take him away

But although he was friendly and loving

Nobody dared lead him astray.

 

He was a curious fellow

He’d want to know all that’s happening

Whether you were eating or furniture moving

He’d be around to check what you were doing.

 

He would definitely sulk

For we often cuddled another pet

I hope he forgave us

But he surely never did forget.

 

Vet visits were a fiasco

So were baths and teeth brushing

He’d love eating the toothpaste

But never gave in to grooming.

 

He was Mom’s companion

All the times that she was alone

But ignored me well

On Skype or on the phone.

 

We joked he was the runt of the litter

Or a cat in dog’s skin

But he never gave us reason to doubt

The courage and love within.

 

They can’t express their anguish

That causes us more pain

But how self-less they are

They don’t let us see the strain.

 

We know their lives our shorter than ours

But that never makes it easy

When you hear them whimpering

Or inactive and wheezy.

 

We tried our best

Ran pillar to post

For our little baby

Whom we loved the most.

 

We thought he would get better

That it was only a matter of time

The doctors would restore

His health and devotion sublime.

 

We were sure it wasn’t fatal

Someone would have a cure

And lived in denial

That anything could hurt a being so pure.

 

But it all went downhill so fast

He wouldn’t eat anything

He got weaker each day

And time was racing.

 

We couldn’t watch him in pain

We couldn’t fight destiny

We yearned to lessen his suffering

Or put him out of misery.

 

“He won’t make it” they said

And our world came crashing down

It wouldn’t sink in

That he was soon not going to be around.

 

We did what we could

But the inevitable was upon us

We gave each other strength

And tried not to make a fuss.

 

We hope you’re in a better place now

And there’s no trace of pain

We miss you every day

And wear you on a chain.

 

You pop up in every conversation

The anecdotes are immortal

They make people wonder

And some make them chortle.

 

If you’re watching over us today

You’ll see the emptiness you’ve left behind

But you’re probably up there making mischief

So there’s no need to rewind.

 

You taught us what ‘unconditionally’ means

You adored us with all you had

You completed our family

So there’s no reason to be sad.

 

We’ll never look at another German Shepherd

Without thinking of you

And keep you with us forever

In a love long and true.

 

We’ll never have regrets

We’ll never have worries

You have given us your life

And loads of great stories.

 

Don’t be scared

It is a new place I know

But one day I’ll meet you there

And we’ll be together like before!

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