Dogs Never Die

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Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death,” don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say:  “No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. They’re boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very, very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest? Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks, Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

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When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (Remember, a dog “while” is not a human “while.”  You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.


8 thoughts on “Dogs Never Die”

  1. 2 weeks ago I had to put my beloved Doberman, Tina-Marie down. She was an amazing 14.5 years old. Her heart just couldn’t go any further. Because I am Wiccan, I have cried out to my Goddess Hecate, my guides and guardians and the Lord and Lady the “why” of this horrible pain in my heart. It’s not a heart attack, it’s a very pointed pain in my heart that no medication can touch. This has been Goddess’s explanation I so needed. Now, through my drippy nose and running tears, I thank you.

    • Rebecca –
      I learned on Thursday that my neighbor’s dog, George, a 10 y.o. Golden Retriever-St Bernard mix, also died of heart failure in late June. He was a big goofball that loved to go for walks. It’s how I met him and his owner, Mike… out on a walk. And it is how I will remember him – his love of walks and smelling flowers and tugging at Mike’s end of his leash with his tail wagging like crazy.
      Even though he wasn’t my dog, his tail does a bit of thumping in my heart as I remember George going for walks. So I will take my sleeping dogs, the sad strays I have loved and buried, and big ol George, for walks every night in my dreams. Maybe the Goddess will let us cross paths among the stars.
      Blessed Be.

  2. Good day all;

    I have a 4 legged friend I adopted and I really need help with her. Is there a way to get in touch with Melanie so I can make my puppy happier?

    Melanie if your out there reading this, please reach out to me.

  3. Hello to all dog lovers:
    There is no heaven without a good dog!!
    Most dogs I’ve had, never got bored with life, like people do.
    Everyday is a new day to them. Even if to you it seems like the
    same routine, to them, it’s exciting and new.
    I say this with a heavy heart; God I do miss my dogs.
    A dog is one of the best gifts God ever gave to man!!
    Their loyal, dependable, faithful, tolerant, and forgiving.
    Their always glad to see you, and willing to protect you with their lives.
    Name one person you know with those qualities.
    A lover of dogs

  4. I just don’t know what to say. After rerescuing many dogs and taking that last ride to the vet, oh God the pain. I have to go cry now.

  5. I feel sorry, for anyone whom doesn’t know the love of a dog.
    There is no love a purer and as true, as that of your best four legged friend.
    They love you unconditionaly, they never complain that you cry on their shoulders,
    They are alwasy happy to see you, you can have the worst day ever, and all you have to do is go home and open that door, and everything is better. I have alot of wagging tails in my chest, for I have have lost alot of friends over the years. The only thing that would be better, is if they could live as long as we do. It’s like losing a family member. I’ve never had human kids, just my four legged kids.


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