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Man writes heart wrenching letter to beloved 18-year-old dog who passed away

By Justine Seraphin Country Manager

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It’s never ever an easy task to bid farewell to a beloved friend, especially one who’s been by your side for a very long time.

When Andy Godoy had to say goodbye to his 18-year-old dog, Jessie, it broke his heart. Even so, he summoned all the strength he could to pay his respects to his best friend.

A beautiful tribute

Andy’s letter, which was initially published on The Animal Rescue Site, is relatable to anyone who's ever loved a dog. But have a tissue box at the ready. It's a real tear-jerker.

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"Dear Jessie, When I first adopted you, I whispered to you ‘You gotta live forever, ‘kay?’ Over the years when I would imagine life without you, I would say again to you ‘You gotta live forever, ‘kay?’ My body still wants to take you for a walk. Your leash still hangs by the door waiting for the words ‘wanna go outside?’ It’s been raining a lot this week and I instinctively look at the clock to see if it’s near time to take you out. Whenever I eat some crackers or chips, I look to see where you are so I can throw you some. You were the perfect dog for me. So quiet… so calm. You never peed or chewed on anything. You barked so infrequently that you would scare yourself when you did. You were with me through all the good times and the bad. You never judged me, even when I weighed 200 lbs and was sweating to the oldies. You always had a wag of the tail for me. I loved how I could always trust you with any child. When you got older and a little more grey in the face, some of the neighbour kids started calling you Granny. Even when you could no longer chew the hard kibble and you weren’t so interested in your toys, and had to be walked more often, I loved you so much. You trusted me right up to the end. You believed me when I told you that you didn’t have to live forever and it’s OK to go. I felt the life leave your body and you took a piece of me with you. I love you sweet Jessie girl, and I’ll see you at the bridge. 1998 - 2016. May the memories of your dog fill you with happiness until you meet again.” 

The purest of love

Anyone who's ever owned a dog knows how important they become in our lives. And losing leaves a huge hole in our hearts.

Were you able to relate to Andy's sweet goodbye letter?

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