Saying Good-bye to a Beloved Pet

It is never easy to say good-bye…Coming home to an empty house…Listening for the sound of nails clicking on the hardwood floor…Waiting for the snores at night… These are all things we have to get used to. Pets are more than creatures who live in our houses- they live in our HEARTS. They are family members and the love and need us as much as we love and need them.

When you choose to have a pet, you know the time is limited. It is a precious few years to share in the joys of your day and your life with a furry friend. As many times as you remind yourself that this time won’t last forever, it is still a shock when you lose a pet.

Rocky, age 11

We started the “Make A Sale, Save A Tail” project in October of 2010 after losing Rocky- our almost 12 year old pug. Rocky was one of those dogs who was just plain needy and we loved it. When we sat down, he was on our laps. When we had free hands, he positioned himself for petting.  To fall asleep, he needed his life companion Rosie to lick his ears and clean his face. He loved Christmas and the lure of the tree. He would often be under the branches looking for any presents that might be his. His loss left a huge hole in our hearts.

But, we always had Rosie to fill it back up. Rosie and Rocky had been together from the ages of 3 and 6 months. They were inseparable. Rosie was always the caregiver and Rocky needed that. After Rocky died, Rosie didn’t know what to do with herself. So, she turned her attention to us. She took the role of house protector and made sure the girls were okay. Wherever we were, she would find us and stay by our sides. However, if we showed her too much love, she would have to walk away. She just didn’t need it. She was like the mom of the family- taking care of everyone else but herself.

Rocky, 3 months

Rosie, 5 months

Rosie, 13 years old

Sadly, last Wednesday- November 21- Rosie left us to join Rocky in Heaven. We know that Rocky was waiting for her- probably with very dirty ears! The idea of their reunion gives us some comfort as we grieve.

Rocky & Rosie, age 5

Rocky and Rosie were part of our lives before we had our children. 14 years of pug love and snorts is a hard thing to get over. When Maria came along in 2004 and then Sophia in 2006, they got just as attached. For them, Rocky and Rosie were always a part of their lives.

In time, we know there will be other pets. Millions of animals across the world who need love and need rescued. For now, we are just remembering the two pugs who touched our lives so deeply. We will never forget you and will always love you, Rocky and Rosie France.


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