Broken Wide Open

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As soon as we laid eyes on you
Our hearts rushed in, unprotected,
Held captive by you
With your bright, smiling eyes.

Even with your hair grown long
Like a Highland cow
Those brown, trusting eyes,
“They’re under there somewhere,”
Reflected love.
Unconditional love,

We fed you, watched you grow,
Cheered your every milestone,
Forgave your every transgression,
(Even that time you unraveled
the berber carpet in the bedroom.)

We loved you with wild abandon,
Ignoring the certainty
that some day we’d lose you.

And now you have gone.
And our unprotected hearts
have shattered, quite completely.
Broken wide open with the sudden loss of you.

“Thank you” is all we can say.
Thank you for being our very sweet pup.
Stealer of hearts.
Such a good dog.

Hearts will heal, eventually.
But they will be forever reconfigured
By loving you.

Over the Rainbow Bridge

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Hi friends. I’m sorry to give you some bad news. Jack was feeling sick over the last week with what we thought was tooth pain. Unfortunately it was an aggressive cancer that had invaded his lymph nodes, chest cavity, and abdominal area. It had attached to the spleen and spine. He was declining rapidly over the weekend and when we took him in for X-rays and ultrasound it all came clear. He was very peaceful at the end and he is at rest now. We are sad and quite in shock, but wanted you to know. Jack brought so much joy to us and to the world. His 9th birthday was yesterday, October 21.