“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers


One of my very best friends in the world died last night. It was just me and him. Everyone else traveling or gone. Huck Finn, my stomping, imperious little King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, stole cookies, started fights and chose me as favorite. A writer needs a dog like him–one who jumps in your lap when you’re feeling rejected and growls so nobody else will come near you. His heart was weak and he’d been suffering, but on Sunday he followed me out into the flower garden and rolled in the grass like old times. I’ll bury him in a shady grove on our hill top where just enough sunlight allows a soft carpet of green.

Click through to a wonderful blog post featuring 19th century dogs and their owners.


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  1. Oh, I’m so sorry to read about your loss. I’m a cat man now but have had two dogs (one a spaniel) and so I can imagine just what you are going through at the moment. He was a lucky dog though to live on a farm…. by far the best place for a dog. My sympathies and thoughts are with you. “I’ll bury him in a shady grove on our hill top where just enough sunlight allows a soft carpet of green.” … sounds perfect.


    1. Thanks, Martin. Yes, he was a happy and spoiled dog. Some really get you more than others. I don’t know why.


  2. actonbooks says:

    Mine’s next to her best friend Zeus, wrapped in a blanket she loved and with a can of dogfood for the journey, but boy, it’s hard. They take a long time to leave, but I guess it’s because they were happy.


  3. cricketmuse says:

    The loss of a beloved pet is always tough.


    1. Indeed. I was home alone so I really got to sob A LOT without judgment. I’m glad I was there for the little guy.


      1. cricketmuse says:

        I remember a favorite kitty collapsing in my arms after his fight with leukemia. Tender moments indeed when the life of an animal friend passes so close to the heart. Maybe that’s we love “Old Yeller” but vow to never watch it again.


  4. maedez says:

    I’m very sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved dog. Hugs!


  5. Parker J says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I know how precious our pets are and how much they mean to us. They’re not just pets but our children, our friends, and companions. They have psychic abilities without a crystal ball and they love a lot. Thankfully, all dogs go to heaven so we will see them again.


    1. I really hope that’s true. I spent the night looking at near-death experiences where people were re-untied with their pets 🙂 Do you have any pets? I loved the link I posted because while people change costumes over history, dogs look the same–timeless.


      1. Parker J says:

        Yes I do! She’s my baby, my friend, and the other woman in the relationship with me and the hubby!


  6. I’m sorry for your loss! I have a dog who’s my writing companion, too. It sounds like yours was a special one.


    1. Dogs are the BEST writing companions!


  7. I’m so sorry about your loss. Dogs are amazing. I can’t walk past my Lab without petting him, which means he wags his tail which means I pet him more. I could spend a lot of time petting him. And be happy.


    1. Yes, Huckle always made me laugh. All of the girls in our family (5) could just gush for hours about how cute he looked sleeping, staring, barking, kicking . . . fun times.


  8. Adrienne, I am so sorry to read about your loss! Be gentle and kind to yourself as you go through this. When a good animal friend passes, it takes some time.


  9. jmmcdowell says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve never been able to replace my childhood and young adult companion of 16 years. Maybe someday. The shady grove on the hilltop sounds like a wonderful resting place for your Huck.


    1. Thanks. It’s like falling in love–it doesn’t happen every day.


  10. I can’t imagine any beings more deserving of heaven than dogs.


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