Memphis – RIP


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To explain my absence here –

All the color has left my house. Dexter & Moxie & I are left to grieve the loss of another best friend. A few weeks short of being 8, suddenly – on June 20th – & with no explanation – apparently in his sleep. My gorgeous, adoring, adored — and deeply loved – Memphis. The not knowing why is only less brutal than the searing loss. Memphis was our salvation 4 years ago – after the similar loss of my son, Grisbi. I looked at Memphis every day – grateful he was so young & that I had the promise of many years ahead with him. He was such a vulnerable, cuddly, needy, handsome, perfect little guy. I cannot believe he has been ripped away from us so so prematurely. None of us could possibly have loved him more than we do. He was our golden angel boy.

I lost the boy who was, perhaps, the baby I have loved the most deeply. Maybe because he loved me with such complete commitment. Maybe because he came to me after having already lived a hard life himself. Maybe because he was the cure to the massive shock & heartbreak here caused by the sudden loss my 4-year old pug, Grisbi. Maybe because my other two dogs also seemed to see something special in him. Maybe because he was bossy & demanding & soft & cuddly. Maybe because he thought every idea I had was the best one. Maybe because his eyes drooped closed from just the expectation of a chest scratching. Maybe because he loved food as much as I do. Maybe because he had a pinky toe that was too short & he hated anyone touching it. Maybe because his tail curled tighter when I spoke to him. I don’t know. The only things that are certain: that I could not possibly have loved him more than I DO – and that he left us a full ten years before he should have. We are left awash in grief & with a deep sense of injustice. We miss you so brutally, my Memphis. So terribly.

RIP, Memphis, my baby. I love you as much as you loved me – times infinity. xoxoxoxox

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5 thoughts on “Memphis – RIP

  1. Poor baby, both of you. I lost my Jonesy just shy of his first birthday a few weeks ago. My heart goes out to you. Take care.


  2. Beautiful pictures; most beautiful Memphis.
    I know your pain, I do: three years, two other bloeved pups, and 13 foster labs later …. I still miss my brown girl. So sorry for your loss.:'(


  3. Those of us who have loved-and lost- a beloved dog understand the depth of your loss. May the sweet memories of Memphis bring you joy.


  4. So very sorry for your loss. When I lost my pets, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It’s been 5 years and I still cry when I think of them. I’m not sure who wrote this, but I always thought it was touching:
    Paw Prints on your heart
    He came into your heart one day
    So beautiful and smart
    A dear and sweet companion
    You loved him from the start
    And though you knew the time would come
    When you would have to part
    He’ll never be forgotten
    He left paw prints on your heart.


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