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Menoxtra; Letter to my Pawpals

Murphy and Stanley (Dood Mayorz of Blogville) have invited all Blogvillagers to write a letter to their pets. The J's may not be physically with me, but their legacy lives on!

Hari OM

My Darlings,
This letter can only be started with the obvious declaration.  You are missed!

Jade, my ever-red-eh? dog, it has been six years since you departed but you are with me still. Your pictures smile out at me from shelves, you turn up often in these posts. It is not that I am sad. Not at all! You lived a long and healthy life, for which I am grateful. You even accepted the nappies so gracefully when the need came.

We old biddies need a little protection to prevent
embarrassment don't we?

You loved our long walks and helped keep your lax two-legger fit; you excelled at command work and ball-fetching and it would be hard to find anyone who could tame sticks the way you did. You surprised us both by enjoying dancing and nobody could believe how much you understood when asked to do anything.  Even more impressive was when you asked ME to do something; AND I obeyed.

Not that you didn't ask questions.  Oh no. Things had to be logical - in dog terms. If you thought mum had lost the plot, you let her know in firm but fair terms that you would have nothing to do with the nonsense!

There came a time when nonsense ruled.  Life was in upheaval. Things grew dark. A veritable annus horribilus. I am here telling of it because of you and Jasper. The two of you gave me reason to rise.

Jasper, silver-furred sage, you were the tailor of tranquil, an exemplar of equipoise, a marvel of meditative mastery. Jet the Giant Agouti awaited you and you created wonder at how you befriended him, appeared to acknowledge his elder status.  Then when Jade arrived, you took her under your paw, taught her the routine, showed her playtime and chase time and when to behave. You also knew how to brew up trouble and leave her holding the wrap(per...)

From the second we met you took up position on my left shoulder. That was to remain your station throughout life. Nothing delighted you more than to rest there, yogi-like, as I rocked and rolled to the music of the day. You adored our nightly groom sessions, allowing my fingers to trawl deeply through your underfurs. Massage for you. Therapy for me.

Ever together in life, you pined so, when your 'sister' departed. In a sense I lost you at the same time. You searched for her. You cried for her. You seemed to think I had hidden her from you. Our relationship changed.

She had been your friend and sleep-partner for all her years. Never were you apart. I went off to work so you became accustomed to my absence.  Jade leaving wrenched us apart.  You faded before my eyes. Yet three more years we had. We shared meals. We shared furniture. We shared tears.  No more groomies though.  No more shoulder. She was your true partner and so I was relieved when you left to be with her. Ever together in the after-life.

Jade, you taught me patience and showed me my anger. You taught me how to communicate without words and never gave up till I got the message. Through you I discovered true devotion and when to stand my ground. You allowed me the privilege of seeing you to the close of life.  I shall ever treasure your nose on mine as we said farewell.

Jasper, you taught me affection without attachment, that solitude was a place of contentment and that meditation had purpose. From you I came to understand togetherness with air between and sharing without expectation.

From you both I received endless forgiveness and Love with the capital 'ell'. Our time together was full of grace. There may come others but none would ever replace.

Thank you for being in my life. Rest well.

Your ever grateful 'mum'
YAM xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. Oh yes, going to need lots of tissues for today's readings....What a loving tribute to what look to have been very loving fur-kids!

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your precious loves with us ...

  3. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your fur loves with us!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  4. Crikey ..... I sure would have liked to meet the 2 J's. They sure sound SPECIAL, aye?? You must miss them!!

  5. Oh the J's . I loved them too. 😍

  6. that was touching.... and I agree pets are the best therapy we can get... and the love we share with our furry friends comes back twice.
    Easy Rider

  7. Oh my cats and oh my dogs...Jadoer and Jade were beautiful loving pets and what a loving kind mom they were lucky to have in You Yam ANUTY! I do so love how you described their love and devotion to each other and for you. Thank you for sharing their story. Now if we humans could learn to love so unconditionally! Our pets teach us so much
    Madi and mom

  8. Pardon the typo we meant Jasper...mom is on her iPad..it has a mind of it's own!

  9. This is a Beautiful and heartfelt tribute. We loved every word. We wish we had known them... butt we WILL some day.

  10. (wiping tears away) What a beautiful letter. And when people say animals don't have feelings, they are complete ignorami. And stupid to boot!!

  11. Lovely letter. Yes, a day for tissues.....

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  12. This is a beautiful letter, full of love. lots of tears today, but tears filled with love
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  13. Oh my, so beautiful!
    Aunty Yam, we can't tell you how happy we are to have found you as an honorary FurFriend!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  14. What wonderful memories with your angel fur babies. Mom lost her lab Barkley this year, very suddenly, then her big brother, only 3 weeks later. He was just in his 50's. She misses them both, writing about them, in a book she reads to me. I don't understand all the words, but I like it when she reads and she laughs and I can comfort her later when she cries. That is what we do.

    Abby the Rescue Lab

  15. Aunty, this was a wonderful letter to your J's. I am so glad that you are sharing this day with us and sharing your love of those two as well.

  16. We read this and tears flooded down our face. So beautifully written about love!

  17. Yes, beautiful! I know they shadow us in the otherworld. Not feeling up to par today. Will chck in anon!

  18. And just when I thought our tears had ended, here they come again. That was a beautiful and touching letter to your babies.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Lily Belle & Muffin


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