All dogs go to heaven

I read an excerpt yesterday that said “Knowing that you will most likely out live them, owning a pet is to open yourself up to profound joy, yet prospectively profound sadness…” Although saying goodbye and letting go of our sweet girl, Bebe, was profoundly sad and difficult, the pure joy that she brought our family over the course of ten years can’t be measured in mere words. Saying that she was a good dog is a gross understatement. She was pretty much everything anyone would want in a pet.

She was loving and loyal. She loved unconditionally. No matter what kind of day I was having, it could be made better by the love of a sweet dog who had no barriers. She just aimed to please. Many tears were shed on her shoulders and she would bear the burden of my pain. Many days of dealing with illness, she was company during lonely days and nights. She was a cuddle queen.

More than anything, she was patient to a fault! She allowed me to dress her up, wore my homemade costumes and modeled them so sweetly. She made it easy to show everyone how cute she was when she got all dressed up and showed off our latest dog pattern. She was sweet that way. But she didn’t need a crocheted outfit to show off her cuteness. She was just naturally adorable!

My mom posted this a couple days ago on Facebook, and it sums up so much in just a few words:

“She was smaller than a soda can when she first arrived in our life. A birthday gift from Fuad almost 10 years ago, he wanted another dog more than me. I got two for 1, brother and sister chihuahuas, Bebe and Rueben. She was the runt of the litter, born with a heart defect, short and plump, and a face that slightly resembled a fruit bat, but her sweetness makes her the most loving creature I know. Her loyalty knows no bounds. She lives every moment ‘in the now’. I can walk out my door, forget my keys, run back inside, and she is as happy to see me as if I was gone for a week. Tail wagging, excited dancing, happy, jumping, Bebe.

Our sweet Bebe girl is on the last leg of her life. I remain forever hopeful tonight, as I sit beside her, reflecting on this amazing dog who’s life with us has been so well lived. Her time has been filled with the kind of great memories that only a best dog can provide. How lucky we are that we get to be her family and we’re the recipients of this kind of unconditional love. Even now when you call her name, she may struggle to lift her head, and there’s no excited dancing, but her ears perk up and her tail still wags.”

I hope your tail is wagging as you make your way over that rainbow bridge, sweet girl. May you find endless fields to run and lots of friends to play. I’ll miss you.


21 responses

  1. My heart is with you as Bebe crosses the Rainbow Bridge. I have 5 dogs, 3 of which are now 12. Their love and beauty has no bounds. They are so loyal. They sing to me when I leave and greet me with so much love when I return. She will always hold your heart.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our pets are truly a part of our family and their absence is so strongly felt. Rest peacefully Bebe.

  3. Love your mom’s FB comment…Condolences to Bebe’s loved ones who miss her so very much. I’m sure she took a part of your hearts with her…

  4. It’s so hard to lose a best friend. I’ve been through it 3 times and it never gets any easier. I love coming home to my precious furry family. My Barney lived to almost 18 years old. Spent the last 1 1/2 years in a diaper and didn’t mind it one bit. He still ate, played, wagged his tail when he saw us and best of all he loved to cuddle. They bring so much happiness into our lives. They bless our lives!!

  5. I’m so sorry for your lost. I have a few come and go and I don’t like the go and you will never forget
    but for me I remember the good times. Chihuahuas are a personal dog and I love mine and I 2 chihuahuas and 3 more mixes and 1 Lab and I love them all so much. I lost Misty and I got two more and then I lost Thumper and I got 2 more then a friend gave me hers when she left the state and then and almost all the others were saves and then Dakota she was the first big dog puppy and she has been amazing. I see the grey and worry she will be next and all our babies our family and to lose them breaks my heart. I hope you don’t mind me sharring. Thank you and bless you always

  6. My heart breaks for your sadness and sorrow and yet you Bless each of us in the sharing of these absolutely wonderful pictures and words written about your beloved furbaby. I truly believe that any person that gives so much compassion and love to others in this world are the ones that feel the most sadness when we lose a furbaby member of our family. With tears running down my cheeks I am reminded of all my loving fur and feather babies that took the walk over the rainbow bridge knowing that they loved me totally like no other living being has or does in this world. I believe we will see them again and that keeps me trying to save as many rescued animals as I can. The memories of them still bring tears even though some happened decades earlier but I won’t let this sadness keep me from making another rescued animal have a forever home with me. They all need homes and shutting them out because of the fear of more grief later on doesn’t make that person happier but more empty. You have to love to get love. Yesterday was the one year anniversary of a beloved dog that was so badly torn apart by two dogs that she had to be put down and I spent a lot of yesterday crying and talking to my Sarah Belle in Heaven telling her how much I miss her and asking her forgiveness for not being able to save her from those two dogs even though I held her and covered her as best as I could and endured a dozen bites on my body also. I feel such guilt over it even though I know I did everything I could at the time. I am so sad for your loss Nadia and hugs and Blessings to you.

  7. What a sweet tribute to a loving pet! I am a Veterinarian, so I know how hard it is to let them go. Hugs to you & thanks for sharing with us! Beverly

  8. So sorry for your loss. Your Bebe was ( is) so much love. Bebe is hanging out with all my dogs and cats at the rainbow bridge . Love Mima

  9. I am sorry that you have lost Bebe but so glad she gifted your lives for ten years. It is obvious how much love you gave her, too. God is good to bless our lives with loved ones, both two- and four-legged ones.

  10. So sorry to hear about your fur baby. It’s never easy
    Losing a pet especially when they’re family. I just lost my lil Pom two days before Christmas. It has been so hard not having her here. She was 13 yrs. She was such a sweet lil girl. I’ll be keeping you & your sweet lil Bebe in my prayers. 💕

  11. XOXO, just loss our dear Bernie three days ago and I share you and your family’s heartbreak. My heart feels an emptiness that only this sweet little guy could feel. May your heavy hearts be filled with comfort with each memory of the love and unselfishness she brought to the family. May Bebe and Bernie enjoy the green pastures as they cross the rainbow bridge and are reunited with all their loved ones. <3

  12. Nadia I’m so sorry for your loss. Bebe was so sweet! I lost my girl, a 12 year old yellow lab, she left paw prints forever on my heart.

  13. I’m sooo sorry. I was scrolling through my news feed and you have always been one of my favorite crochet bloggers. I wish I could give you a huge hug. Stay strong. I know this must be a really difficult time. I have my dog Yugioh who I’ve had since I was 10 and he isn’t expected to live much longer.
    A huge hug to everyone at home too.

  14. Dear Nadia and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our beautiful furry companions stay in our hearts forever. I have had the honour of having many a furry friend over my 60 years of life and my life has been blessed because of every single one of them. Each of them have a special place in my heart and always will. My thoughts are with you. With love from Moira

  15. I am in tears. Sorry to hear of your loss. I am a animal lover too. Loosing a pet is like loosing a piece of your heart. Only a pet lover knows that. I lost my cat 4 years ago and still miss him. You have happy memories of your love one. That is what will help you get through this time of sorrow. My heart is with you.


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  16. I’m so sorry reading about other people’s dogs touches my heart and pulls on the strings , I sadly lost mine two years ago the day before my birthday 6may 2015 . I now have three chihuahuas and it being me joy seeing them play and comfort me when I feel emotional my eldest chi is 11 years old and each day you can see that she’s getting old but when she’s plays you can see the puppy in her when she goes it will tear me apart her daughter and my tea-cup take each day as it comes I have serious back problems and fibromyalgia and my girl knows it’s amazing how they know things . I know that rainbow bridge will keep them safe till we meet again

  17. So sorry to hear your sweet doggie friend is gone. I could not stop crying. I have four Shi-Tzu all are related. I love them so very much. As you say they love you unconditionally. One of my four has Cancer he has giant tumors growing all over his left side.It is so terrible to see him dying.The vet has operated previously (In January) only to have multiple tumors re-appear. I know your pain too well, our Duke is the happiest and silliest of all our dogs. I don’t think he has much time left. I DO KNOW our doggies do go to HEAVEN where they wait for us to come home. Remember the love you shared as nothing can ever take that joy from you.

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