A friend of mine lost her dog, Bonnie, recently, to that big Doggie heaven in the sky. Both she and I have been through this several times, and it doesn't get any easier. Each time it is a different dog that you have formed a relationship with, and you have loved. Each time their passing is very very painful, and the pain feels as if it will never pass - but in time it does dull.
I was looking through a book called Mother's Stories and saw a short piece called 'Good Bonnie' about a dog called Bonnie, and as my friend's dog was called Bonnie, albeit a girl dog, whereas the dog in the story is a boy, I thought I would reproduce it here, in tribute to Bonnie - who was a gorgous chocolate Labrador. Rest Peacefully Bonnie.
'Bertie Bingles had been taught to say her prayers every night.
Bonnie did not know what she did when she knelt down beside her little bed so quietly; but he wondered. And because she wouldn't take any notice of him when he whined the little brown and grey dog climbed right up her back one evening. And there he stayed till she said Amen.
Gertie did not want to hit him, so she scolded him the same as mummy did her when she has been naughty, and the next night she told him to sit inside the door. And Bonnie did, and no one, not even Gertie's parents, could get him to move whilst their little girl was saying her prayers.
Wasn't Bonnie a good dog?'
Times may change - Dogs still stay loyal friends to humans!