My precious, courageous girl is gone… and I was so helpless during her last hours, unable to relieve her from sudden and unbearable pain. She and her twin 16yo brother, have been teaching me so many lessons all these years they chose to share with me, but I still cannot understand this last lesson I had to learn through her suffering…. Maybe in time I will.
Rest now my love… I always thought that we would stay the two of us in the end.. But I was -once more- so wrong.. I know now you had to go first -as you always did- to explore the grounds and show your brother the lovely places you have discovered when his time comes too..
Thank you my beautiful Rallou for all the happy moments, for all the precious memories. Thank you for choosing to be my girl, my teacher, my friend.

10 thoughts on “My Precious Rallou is gone…”

  1. have lost so many of my beloved labradors..they all lived a wonderful life, but it was never easy to say good-bye..From losing my Chestnutbelle on New Years Day, 2004 and so many labs between 2004 and 2014.some died at birth, others lived a full life. . When I had to let go of Larry, my husband, the pain of losing my dogs who where fine with leaving seemed different!. Having to let my husband die to end his suffering from his cancer on May 12, 2014 was unlike putting my dogs to sleep.. I finally realized that my dogs where so ready to travel on..I even think my husband was ready. I am the one who was not ready to let go. I think this applies to all of us..We are never ready to say good bye to the ones we love and the ones we love know that they are not really leaving us, they are continuing their journey..I am happy I was part of Larry’s journey that I could see and am still part of his journey, even if I don’t feel that I am with him.. I am and always will be..We will all take that journey someday and then we will know, until then, we will just have to believe that life on earth is not all there is..Our souls travel amongst the living and continue to travel even though we do not see them, they are sill with us..till we are all together again, beleve. Life is part of living, just as death is part of life, not the end of life but the beginning of something new..

    1. Oh dear Judie, thank you so so much for such a wonderful sharing.

      I am so sorry for all the goodbyes life has brought to you. I am sorry for the loss of your husband and for all the days of uncertainty, fear and helplessness you must have gone through. But I am also happy for you, because through all this pain and suffering you have become wiser, stronger and more aware of the value of the moment. Unfortunately time cannot stand still. Regardless of how much we want it to, it will never do us this favor. Maybe it is a good thing. Yes I believe too that there is much more in the universe and in our souls’ journey than what we are able to witness and share here on earth. And the problem is that usually we -the living left behind- are not ready to let go and say goodbye. I guess we will never be. We are only learning.
      I am so grateful for your words. May you have a peaceful year with more wonderful hellos and may memories always visit you with a smile or at least with a smiling tear…

  2. Sending hugs across the stars to you. Over the years we have had to let go of a couple dogs in old age and I still miss them so. We have lost a couple not so old and it never ceases to amaze me how we can open our hearts again and again. My beasts are at the spa today 🙂 The cat and I are enjoying the peace and quiet for now, but look forward to the chaos and magic and love coming home in a few hours. It’s funny how each of our dogs now carry some of the wonderful traits of those who came before. I like that 🙂

    1. My dear Penney, Thank you SO MUCH for your words and hugs!! ..and sorry I did not reply to you earlier!. I am so confident that our souls are getting wiser and more beautiful, the more we let ourself dive into the love and grief we experience when we choose to be adopted by an animal. We know, that most of the times we are going to outlive them and yet we choose to open to the magic and the bliss they bring in our life. Because when you experience this kind of love once, you can never go back. You learn what loving and living every moment should be… Wishing you a wonderful festive season with your little beasts and enjoy the chaos and magic 🙂 I love the idea that your dogs now carry some of the wonderful traits of those who came before. 🙂

  3. One of my favourite book is “The Little Prince”. I like the words from it:“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems… But all these stars are silent. You-You alone will have stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night..You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me… You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure… It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince)So, you, Maya, now also have the star “Rallou”

    1. This is a fantastic excerpt from the Little Prince my dearest Svetlana!! Thank you so much for sharing it with me here.. I have always been crying when I am reading the Little Prince which is one of my favourite readings too.
      I am crying when reading it, with tears of sorrow and relief, gratitude and hope. My little star is shining up above and I feel so blessed she chose me to share her earthly life with…
      All the best to you my dear Svetlana and may you have a WONDERFUL, Holiday Season with your little treasure and all your loved ones..

      ps. still waiting for a photo of my artwork on your wall 🙂 🙂

      1. So, nice, DEAR MAYA, you still remember me. On NEW Year i will have your AWESOME ARTWORK at my my wall and sure send a picture of it. Darrel could not come here on my Birth Day and bring it. Let your best friends of your house in New Year will be LOVE, HEALTH, INSPIRATION!!!!

  4. I am so sorry for your loss I also am preparing myself for two of my dogs who have different problems but don’t know if I can handle it my prayers are with you.

    1. Thank you for sharing and commenting here dear Monica!..
      It is so hard to say goodbye and as much as you prepare yourself it seems that you are never prepared enough.
      I have been devoted to giving them as much life as it is medically and physically possible, as long as they can enjoy some daily activities and have a quality of life. I can tell you though, that if they are old, they are also wise, and when the time comes they know better…
      I also know, that every moment you share with them is a great gift, a great soul medicine, a great life lesson.
      May you have many more precious moments to ejnoy with your furry buddies!

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