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When Poppy was nearly 14 years old I came down one Sunday and saw there was something wrong with her eyes, it was a tiny stroke. Called the vet and while we waited for him, Poppy lay next to my chair and kept tapping me on the leg.

It was summer, no windows were open, no drafts and there was a mylar balloon with the photo of a golden retriever puppy on the back and front that I'd bought for Hubb a couple of weeks before on his birthday. It was fully airborne and floating in place in the lounge.
Our vet who dearly loved Poppy arrived but could do nothing for her.
After discussing it with us he gave her an injection, he and his wife were both in tears as well as us. He carried Poppy out to his car.

We went out for a while and when we came home we were upstairs when we heard a noise.
Looking down into the lounge the balloon was floating along , came to the foot of the stairs and floated up them into the bedroom where we had retreated. Hubb had built a small flight of wooden steps for Poppy to walk up so she could get on our bed and the balloon floated to the steps, went up them and then stopped. We were amazed, looked at one another and said, if there is an angel out there, its surely Poppy. We are not religious in any way.

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Yes, he has filled the home and our hearts with so much love and playfulness. He divides himself dad time and mom time even when he cuddles in bed. And he watches everything we do with so much interest. And yes he is always asking for more time of interacting, though he tires us both and he is still not tired. Maybe he will keep us from getting older LOL That cake is going to be in my head for a while. I think a trip to Panera Bread is a must. They are the best we have. Thank you Bubble!




Dear Nana,
First of all I would like to thank you for thinking of me and for sharing your heartfelt story with us. Losing 2 pets at early ages and with horrible illnesses must have been very hard to bear.

You and your husband have done a wonderful thing rescuing young Oliver and he will pay you back in spades with love and fun. I think he was aptly named, Oliver Twist, 'please sir, can I have some more' !

When we can fish out our old photo albums from the garage I will try to find a photo of my cat Lobby that I can post, his story was a happy one.

If and when I try making the Hummingbird cake I will have a big party and invite you all over to partake, but like you I'm a bit 'cooked out', hardly ever baked, unlike my mum. (❀ᴗ❀)


Dear Bubble, angels work in mysterious ways. I was looking through Oynot's puzzles and found one where you were part of the conversation... I thought "I had not seen Bubble in a while", let me go to her puzzles to see when she was "last seen" which will mean she is okay... I am there and of course the hummingbird cake pulled me but not only I was never a baker but with age I have become the laziest cook, so I decided to let it go. But I could not let go of Poppy's puzzle... this is where the mysterious way starts. I have had those kind of experiences with my beloved cats, so I know they are prove that we have to believe. I have been so tired with my sleep time cut by one to two hours each day because of our new kitten that is now 6 months and FULL of energy at times I just want to rest... just this morning I was thinking "we shouldn't have..." Then I started reading the messages here and at some point had to stop or I had be weeping. But some of the messages answered my doubts. We had three previous cats, one died of neurological failure but she was 20, so in a way it makes it a bit easier. But the two boys died way too early and with illnesses that broke my heart. Like Ken and some others I always said the pain was too unbearable to do it again. It has only been 2 years and I gave in. He is a rescue of a protection organization that would not kill and the way my husband convinced me, he said "think we are going to give him the best life he can have."
Oliver is and acts as if our three beloved have come back in one body, we have been given the chance to be with them all, again. I have a little video where Oliver is playing with imaginary friends and all we see are orbs of light. We have to believe... To second chances.


♥♥♥ always and forever ♥♥♥


Thank you my Brightie xxxx (❀ᴗ❀)


SO beautiful and just know that your Precious Poppy's soul was with you to say goodbye and to tell you she loved you ♥♥♥


You are right Val and so glad you've dropped by. Thanks very much (❀ᴗ❀)


Bubble a beautiful story thank you for sharing. Over the years we have had many cats and some very sad moments but all worthwhile with the love we are given in return☺♥


Happens to us all dear. ♥♥♥


So sorry Ank and apologies, one for the typo and another for not seeing your 'cross' - so many notifications and some slip under the wire. xx (❀ᴗ❀)


Barbara-Rose, I just want to say that we crossed a day ago. More hugs ♥♥♥


Hugs back to you @oldandancient :-) I feel the same. :-)


Angels??? oh, they come in so many shapes and forms. I can see the wings on the furry animals. They love you no matter what or how you treat them. The ones we have had could make me smile or laugh just looking at them. So precious. Just look at the spelling of dog backwards.

And don't even get me started on jigidi angels. They are here all the time, ready to help you out of that slump you may be in. I don't know what I would do without my sweet soul sisters. A blessing from above for sure. Hugs to all.


Thanks so much Plumpossum, and Mbuchner for coming here, your thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated (❀ᴗ❀)

T and F - its great to see you and hope all is well - thank you for spreading the word. (❀ᴗ❀)

Oynot, my very dear friend, who better than you with your empathy and understanding. We do not have any animal shelters that I know of in this region, but there is the wonderful North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre not too far away. We always take visitors there, but if I wanted to bring a
recovering animal home for a sleepover, it would have to be a black bear, wolf or eagle ! (❀ᴗ❀)


Some wonderful heartwarming stories together with some sad tales that bring a tear to the eye. Having had a number of "rescue" cats and dogs over the years and I fully understand both the joy and heartache that a beloved pet can bring. Thank you for sharing . . . ;-)

Thank you Bubble for calling me to this puzzle and for the link to Rob's "Beloved Pet Stories" page . . . ;-)


As @Mbuchner suggested when we are at times confronted with the lost or a pet, volunteer at an animal shelter and give them a break from the caged shelter. I have had many cuddly bed buddies for an over night stay. In turn, I was given many paw prints on my heart.


Thank you Bubble for sending this to me. I know for a fact there are angels among us. Some are here in the Jigidi Community. There have been many times I have asked, can you please turn around so that I may see your wings? And my dear friend, I would ask this of you.
Lost pets and dear ones are just a dream a way.....


Furry family members are the best family members. They only ask for love, food, fresh water and a comfy bed and give so much more in return.


plumpossum, when my hubby's grandmother passed away, my in-laws complained about how her dog was digging up their yard, so we took the dog and gave her a home. Yes, she dug under the fence, but we tolerated it. She was a sweet dog. We already had one dog, but we took her anyway. I know we will get another dog. I don't know what we are waiting for. It's not that I don't know what will happen to it when we pass. We might live another 20 years. And we have a daughter here. I guess just waiting for the right time. It will come.


Thanks for all the great suggestions. (By the way, I have three cats -- one indoor only, and two indoor/outdoor. ) Incidentally, I do get to "hobnob" through the chain link fence with my neighbor's Siberian husky, which he keeps in a fenced-off area of his back yard. As far as I can tell, the only other human contact he has is when he is fed. That is no way to keep a dog.


Kittens are easy to foster. When they are about 4 weeks old you can put them in a shallow litterbox after they have finished eating and instinct takes over.


THAT'S a GREAT idea!!!!!!

If you feel you should not get another pet since it might live longer than you, ask your shelter if they need foster homes. You will have the companionship and the animal will have a good home.


PP, you're a loving person. My guess is that you need and deserve to love and be loved. Share that heart with a fur child. :o)


Thanks, morepiecesplz. I will have to give your advice some serious thought.


Someone posted this poem a while back - I apologize for not remembering the poster's name to give credit.

Plumpossum - I truly understand how you feel. The three cats I mentioned (and a fourth I still have) belonged to someone who died. Shelters can't afford to take sick animals so I took them.

I'm not arguing with you, just remember that we don't know the future. Just because something is likely doesn't mean that's what will happen. Perhaps you could get a pet and have it's future care planned. Your remaining life would be richer (just my thoughts, hoping no one gets offended).


MPP, you tore me up with that poem.

A hug to PP.


morepiecesplz, there is much wisdom in your words. I do have one thought to add, though: there comes a time when, because of advancing age or declining abilities, it becomes unwise to adopt a pet that will probably outlive you and thus be subjected to major uncertainty. I have reached that time, so -- much as I would love to adopt a dog -- I will not do so.


Mpp I hope this poem does the rounds, it says it all.

So sorry to hear about losing your pets in such a short time. That must have been hard .(❀ᴗ❀)

I have a story about my one lovely cat and how I found him, but I'll be putting it on Beloved Pets puzzle page, when I get a chance. (❀ᴗ❀)


That was beautiful mpp, very touching. Pass the tissues please.


I've lost three cats in the last year and a half - all had health issues. One was a diabetic who tolerated daily shots. Two were euthanized, I pray, at the appropriate time, but one died in such a way that I think he did it to save me pain. You always say you'll never get another pet, and why should you? They can't be replaced. But you have a home that's not a shelter or the street. You have food that doesn't require digging in trash. You have a friend who wants to meet you.

Read this poem - if you say you'll never get another furry friend, it's meant for you...

"Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.

I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”

Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…the love I left behind."

– Author Unknown


Glad to see you Ellen and you did not mistake your Tigger barking. Hoping no one will feel guilty, no need to we all did our best for our 'babes' and they knew it (❀ᴗ❀)


Sorry to arrive so late to this group hug. As I recounted recently, I heard my Tigger bark on Christmas Eve night, months after he passed. It was his 'happy bark', rising in tone and volume. I know it was him telling me that he was okay and waiting for me. All the stories here are bitter-sweet and brought tears to my eyes, but Ben and anyone else who feels they failed their beloved pet, you did NOT fail! Your pets knew your love was real, but helpless. Don't deprive yourself of that kind of love again, and don't miss the chance to provide a forever home for a fur child.

They will always love you, and you will always love them.

There's a line in a Kris Kristofferson song that says, "The going up was worth the coming down." I cling to that in the grief times.......


Thank you Nev - would not be complete without you here xxxx (❀ᴗ❀)

Donna, I remember chatting with you about Ginger last year, she was the same colour as Poppy.
I have lots of dreams about Poppy, she visits and is always playing and happy ….we make a big fuss of her.(❀ᴗ❀)


A lovely, heartfelt story, Bubble.
Thanks for the tag. ♥♥♥


When our Ginger passed away at age 10, she had a ruptured spleen. She was the best dog ever. She was our son's golden and he was away at college. She used to sleep on the floor beside our bed on my hubby's side. For months every time I was in the bedroom or the master bathroom, I would hear her tags jingling. I could swear she was still in the room. Eventually the sound disappeared. It was so strange. We missed her so much, it took us 3 years to get Kelli, who is my avatar. She passed away at almost 15 May of 2018. We had to have her put down. She could not get up, would not eat and we had to carry her out to the car and to the vet. We cried with her and I kept telling her that she would go to be with our son, who would take care of her. It was so awful. We never thought we would have to put one of our babies down. We still have not gotten another dog. But we think about it. We love on the dogs who go for walks on the beach or in our neighborhood. It's just hard when you get to be 70. We miss our sweeties so much. They made our life so much better.


What a wonderful comment BB - means a lot to us, she was as gentle as a lamb too (❀ᴗ❀)

Thanks Robin, I agree with you and so glad you joined us. (❀ᴗ❀)


Thanks for the tag, nanab. I am a strong believer that things like this happen on purpose to comfort those who are grieving. Pets and people, same thing. Sorry for your loss, Bubble.


WOW - Bub this is a beautiful story, very well written. You were blessed that day, your Poppy didn't want you and Harvey to suffer too much with the pain of losing her and she found a way to show you she had passed over the Rainbow Bridge. xox
(Bub, my comment was hidden under the tag list so I moved it up)


Hi Mischa, Haze, Hoff, Dawn, Jillian, Sherry, Taisia, Milena and Jan - so happy to see and hear your stories, there are a lot more out there and we're all members of the 'we love our pets to pieces' club


You can be sure of it, it was Poppy. Things like this happen. I know. It's great if your sweetheart is able to let you know that it's okay. Poppy will wait for you, one day you will meet again.
Thanks for telling it. ♥♥♥


Very moving, especially thinking of Aisha who is now 14 years old ...
Thanks Bubble


Emotional story, Bubble! Thank you! It's always very sad when our pets goes away but they live in our hearts forever.

How wonderful...I've had to say goodbye to my cats Rocky and Pebbles after 15 and 16 years...still feel them around the house and every once in a while think I see movement..."craziness" is worth it, they were wonderful companions...still I miss them mightily after 2 and 3 I have Molly who is also wonderful...pets are a very important enhancement to our lives...thank you for your story, Bubble ...Sherry :)))


A touching story, if we love deeply we also feel pain deeply yet our lives are so enriched. TFS


I can't even count the times I've said, "I'll never get another pet". Yet I always do. Each of us could use some unconditional love in this crazy world we live in.

(As a side note, none of my dogs have ever photo-shopped anything, so there's that...)


A sad and beautiful story. As Max commented, my heart has melted, reminding me of many pets I have lost from old age.


A very heart wrenching, yet inspiring story.
I have been there several times, and will not have another pet (the exception, of course, is the cat my daughter left when she moved out). Lucky me.


You left the 1 off Bub. : )


TFS your story Bubble. I’ve been there so many times I don’t want to count. They bring such joy to our lives. It’s very traumatic when they go. I’ve lost so many people in my life, but it’s the pets that still bring tears when I think back. Hugs


Thanks Honeybunch-girl♥♥


Jerrys, that must have been so hard for you, it helps to know we've all been there (❀ᴗ❀)

Ken, we too never had another dog - so many of them suffer from diabetes now, a scourge of modern living for humans.



Thank you for including me. I have had dogs all my life and it gets more and more difficult each time.


What a moving story. I know when I had to put my dog down due to diabetes, I could not be in the same room. Mine was a Siberian Husky and I loved her to death. Gratefully, my dear wife made the decision that I could not. I have never owned another dog, as I do love, but can't go through the pain again. Heart is out to all.


Thank you so much Ben, Pasta, Clive, Izzy, John, Returner, Bob, Pam, and dear mpp.

John and Ben, don't feel badly, I can assure you all your dogs loved you unconditionally, you didn't betray their trust in any way, just did what you knew was best for them and they would have known..

As for Poppy, she was tapping my leg because she wanted us to help her which we did, and would never have let her go on with any miserable and painful condition (❀ᴗ❀)


@Bubble We were at out lake place on a Sunday morning when Mable's hindquarters simply failed. She and I were terribly close, and I remember her pleading look as she tried to drag herself over to my chair. We called her vet of her 13 years who had been monitoring her declining health and agreed to meet us at the clinic where an examination proved that her time was up. We sadly held her as she drifted over the rainbow. At almost two years gone, she is still fondly in my memory. Thanks for your story.


yes that brought tears to my eyes. it it today 3 years ago that i had to do the dirty dead to my almost 14 year old dog. god i miss that dog but not the day i had to do it. i feel just like john that i have failed my dog and betrayed his trust.


Beautiful story, Bubble. Thank you for including me. :)


Hi Bubble & Hubby what a lovely story. Thank you.


Brings tears to my eyes, yet a smile to my face. Thank you Bubble.


Thank you for sharing this with me, Bubble.


excellent story, Poppy was just making sure you would be ok :o)


Oh Bubble, you'd mentioned Poppy to me before, but I had no idea... what a lovely - but sad - story. Love and pain go hand-in-hand...


I'm very touched by this story about Poppy, Bubble. Thank you so much for sharing, and I am happy to be on your tag list. ♥︎☺︎♥︎


Rob, Thank you, my friend (❀ᴗ❀)


Poppy is one of your life's highlights. It's really generous of you to share this. ♥♥♫☼


Apologies to

Thank you Max - you're the best ! :-)))


This will melt the heart of any dog-lover (which I am)


I've taken the liberty of tagging you for this new category - if you'd rather not be tagged please let me know, no offence taken.





What a wonderful comment BB - means a lot to us, she was as gentle as a lamb too