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

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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.

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

  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.

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  2. 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.

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      • 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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