"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Monday, April 9, 2012

of long walks, wet noses and belly rubs...

...I didn't want to love her,
knowing one day it would come to this.

we had a rocky start
she and I,
always preferring to spend time
with her male human.

watching out the window
for his return from work everyday,
waiting for him to ask
"want to go?" and
grabbing the leash
leading her to the great outdoors.

sometimes she would sneak away,
running through the woods
to the trails that led to the river.
stopping only long enough to let
us catch up with her then
running on ahead.

we had a rocky start
she and I,
not wanting to give my heart away
so soon after having it shredded.

I didn't want to love her
but I did, and I do and now
once again
my heart is aching for her loss.

good-bye sweet Graciella


  1. Oh- My heart is aching for the pain of your loss. Blessings- Diana

  2. You know you have my heart in your loss, Jojo. They ar our best friends, family & loves. Enjoy romping in doggy heaven Graciella.

    Hugs of love, Jojo.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  3. She will be waiting for you across the rainbow bridge, but for now be comforted by the knowledge that she can run and play with no pain, nothing but exuberance and joy.

  4. I am sure, well, I KNOW, you heart is very heavy right now. Animals, pets certainly become a "part of us".
    But, even thought she is now gone, and You "tried not to love her"....look at all the joy she brought you
    the memories she leaves you with
    and the ways she enriched your life.
    You can't deny that from yourself..WE, Can Not deny that from ourselves.
    We love
    and then then are eventually gone
    and we continue to love

  5. I know exactly what you feel right now. I am so very sorry for your loss. My remaining cour legged children have been a great comfort to me, but I still miss my Emmy so very much. It was worth it, though, wasn't it?

  6. Aw, Jojo, I'm so sorry. These beloved animals that we bring into our lives are so precious and wonderful. They bring us so much.
    We know that we will have to say goodbye many times before we find them again on the other side...but we do it because they are special beings.
    Loving an animal is a gift that we chose because they give us unconditional love and joy. I think that they are sent to us to be a kind of guardian... keepers of our feelings and a place for crying into their lovely fur when we can't share our pain with other humans.
    Graciella was a beautiful dog and any time spent with her was good. I love your first two lines. This is about knowing that the time will be short, but choosing them anyway. It's all about those "long walks, wet noses and belly rubs"... and true love.
    I'm so sorry.

  7. The love for your Graciella was spoken so beautifully. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  8. Ohh Jojo
    I am so sorry and my heart aches with you. You willlalways remember the good times with her and the funny times.. My prayers are with you during this terrible time
    Love ya and hugs to you

  9. Oh Jojo, I am so sorry. Those sweet lil beings sure do wrap themselves around our hearts. She was welcomed across the rainbow bridge by many of our beloved pets, gone on before. Know that my heart is saddened for you, and I wish I could cry with you, and give you a big hug. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I love you dearly.

    God Bless~

  10. Oh, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Graciella.

  11. Oh Jojo..I also have been there and it does hurt so badly :( Pets bring such joy into our lives and are part of our family. I'll continue keeping you in my thoughts and prayers sweetie...

  12. Just so heartbreaking. She was a great girl, and you did the right thing. Crying right here for you all. We will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge.

  13. I am so sorry to read of your loss. Losing a beloved pet is very hard on families. They are such company. I know she gave you so much comfort each day. I am thinking of you and sending you a hug.

  14. Jo Jo,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't comment often, but I read every day. I will be thinking of you today.

  15. I'm so sorry for your loss, Jojo. Our pets are a part of our lives. My last dog died quite a few years ago, and I don't have the heart for another one, right now. We have kitties, and they are fun.

  16. Jojo, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Graciella has left an impression on your life that has changed you forever....that is what is so great about our pets. Take care.

  17. I'm so very sorry- She's a beautiful dog inside and out, you can tell by the photos.

    They do leave a horrible hole when they leave us, like we are more human just by being around them.

    Gentle hugs and thoughts with you and Graciella...

  18. Oh girl...my Mollie is 9 and I'm already dreading the day we lose her as I know in my heart we've had her longer than the days left with us.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Graciella will live on and on in your hearts. We know the pain brought by a pet's passing. It's only soothed when we've chosen to open our home and hearts one more time for another lonely, abused, neglected animal.

    I'm so glad you came by to see me.


  19. Dear JoAnn, I am so sad to hear about your loss, these pets
    of ours, are family, it's heartbreaking to lose them. I know this will sound like I think you should replace Gracilla, but that is not at all what I mean. A dear friend of mine looked on line at shelters near us when we lost one of our old family members (Guy our cat), and even though we went to Noah to look, just to make 'her' happy it turned out to be the best thing for us, we found our girl Elfie...She could never take Guys place, but she filled a hole, and we soon were totally smitten with her.

    I've been missing in action, but do know I've been checking in once in awhile to see how you are. My life's been turned upside down, but I think I may see light at the end of the tunnel, maybe one day we can talk. Anyhoo, I had to let you know I care & I'm sending (((big hugs))) your way!!! Love, Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  20. Oh darlin, I wish I could reach through and give ya a big old hug. {{{SIGH}}} I'm so sorry that your lost your sweet Graciella. Our pets truly do become family don't they???

    You can tell what a precious companion she was from those marvelous pictures. She will live on in your heart and memories sweetie.

    God bless you with His glorious peace right now. :o)

  21. Sending you so much love right now, JoAnn. Anyone who has had to say goodbye to a pet is now having flashbacks to their own personal experiences. May the beautiful memory of Graciella comfort you some day soon (MY, what a beautiful animal she was.). ♥

  22. Sorry for your loss.
    Nothing quite touches your life, like a pet.
    She will run with you again, in heaven.

  23. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet pet. I feel the same way about having animals. I hate to get attached because they aren't with us long enough...just enough to get into our hearts I guess. But you were a good owner who made a dog's life happy and fulfilled...I hope you find comfort and peace in good memories and fun you had with Graciella.

  24. I'm bawling as I read this. I feel your pain and your love. I'm so, so sorry for your loss.

  25. I'm soo sooo sooooo sorry. I know how you feel, and am sending hugs...


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