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Saying Goodbye by Sia Huff

Sorry I’m running late today. Actually, I thought I was supposed to post next week. That’s been my life of late. This whole spring seems like one piece of bad news after another, and I’m having difficulty wrapping my head around it. Today…this morning was the worst. I had to say good-bye to someone I love. For those of you who follow the blog, you know how much I adore my dog, Honey. But she was more than a dog…more than a faithful friend…she was part of our family. Already she is missed. I’ve never gone into my home without her by my side or waiting to welcome me home. No more tail wagging, no more tapping of her nails on the tile floor in excitement, no more pure love shining from her beautiful brown eyes. I’m blessed to have had her for 15 wonderful years. If love could keep someone alive, she’d be with us forever. Right now though, I’m raw. My grief is overwhelming.
Still, I wouldn’t change one single second of our time together. I wish everyone could experience a love so true.

Honey puppy 1 day

Rest In Peace, my dear, sweet, girl. You lived a life full of love.

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Top picture is Honey’s first day with us. The bottom is her last night, doing her favorite thing…swimming.

Below is part of a pin from Pinterest. If you want to read the whole pin, it is on my board True Love.

http://www.pinterest.com/siahuff/true-love/

A Dog’s Purpose According to a 6 Year Old
…The boy seemed to accept the dogs transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for awhile after the dog’s death, wondering aloud the sad fact that animals lives are shorter than human lives. The boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.” Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six year old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Marilyn Baron - July 8, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Sia,
My heart breaks for you. When I saw that picture of Honey swimming I thought how wonderful that she was able to enjoy her last day with you. We had to say goodbye to our dog who lived about 17 years and it was so hard so I know what you’re going through. I don’t think there could be a better dog in the world and I loved what the 6-year-old had to say.

I put my dog, a Bichon Frise, as a character in many of my books as a tribute.

Sia Huff - July 8, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Thank you, Marilyn. Honey did enjoy her swimming time. She was a great joy. I agree, about the six year old. It’s funny how sometimes children can be the wisest.
I love how you pay tribute to your Bichon Frise. Maybe I’ll start a journal about Honey’s quirks and habits.

Maxine Davis - July 8, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Sia, My heart broke as I read your post and I cried for you. Honey was so lucky that she had the absolute love of her family. There is no doubt her family had her absolute love. The 6-year-old was wise beyond his years–and right. Sia, I am thinking of you and your family. You all are in my prayers. I do hope things “look up” for you soon.

Piper - July 8, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Sia,

Please know I am praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing the pure wisdom of a child as well. What a way to put it. I’m so glad you had that comfort at that moment.

Sandy Elzie - July 8, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Sia,
So sorry to hear about the four-legged member of your family. She was a beautiful dog…and you gave her just as many happy years as she gave you.

Sia Huff - July 8, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Dear Maxine, Thank you for your kind words of comfort and your tears. I don’t think I’ve cried so much since I lost my father. I knew my love for her was deep – right now, the well seems endless. Your right, our love for each other was absolute and all encompassing. She blessed me in so many ways. {{Hugs}}

Sia Huff - July 8, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Piper, Thank you so much for your prayers. They mean everything! Yes, a six-year old shouldn’t be so wise. Maybe that’s why he was heard.

Sia Huff - July 8, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Thank you, Sandy. She was beautiful – inside and out. I prayed for a good dog for the family. She stole our hearts and became a part of us – family.

Carol Burnside - July 9, 2014 - 4:06 am

Oh, Sia, I’m so sorry you’ve lost your long-time companion and friend. They leave paw prints on our hearts that time can’t erase. Hold the good memories close. (((Hugs)))

Pam Asberry - July 9, 2014 - 8:55 am

Your post made me cry. I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what I’ll do without my Karma. I try not to think about it. Love and hugs to all of you.

Sia Huff - July 9, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Thank you, Carol. I know you lost your Beau fairly recently. And your right, they do leave paw prints on your heart. I lay by her side the other night talking to her and her paw went right over my heart. That’s where she’ll always remain. {{{Hugs back}}} Thanks, I need them right now.

Sia Huff - July 9, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Thank you, Pam. Sorry to make you cry. I’m right there with you. I feel dehydrated from all the tears I’ve shed. But, Honey girl was sooo worth it.
I hope Karma has many more years with you. Enjoy your time with Karma. {{{Hugs back}}} And hugs to your dog.

Connie Gillam - July 9, 2014 - 8:44 pm

The grief is the same as losing a child, because they are one of your children.

Praying for you and your family.

Debbie Kaufman - July 10, 2014 - 1:14 pm

So sorry, Sia. I know how hard this was, but I am so glad she won’t suffer and that you had her company as long as you did!

Lynda Cox - July 11, 2014 - 12:00 am

Sia, my heart aches for you. Every time I’ve had to say good-bye I promise myself I won’t let myself love those four legged “kids” so much. And, immediately that promise is broken. Their only true fault is that they don’t live long enough. Hugs…

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