18 Nov 2021

Goodbye, Rocket

We lost our beloved Rocket early Tuesday morning. Our good boy is no more and we are absolutely heartbroken.

Life never quite prepares you for the loss of a pet; a creature so pure who loves unconditionally. Even though this is not the first pet I’ve lost, I’ve never recalled this feeling of deep hurt. Perhaps it’s because we’ve had Rocket for as long as we’ve been together. He came into our lives about three weeks after we started dating and we simply don’t know life without him. He’s been by our sides through it all and we’ve lived through some very thick and thin moments.

He truly was the best boy. He wanted nothing more than to please, and was the most lovable and well-behaved dog. We used to say he was more humanlike than dog because of his little personality. Always there to great us at the door, always down for a snuggle on the couch and most definitely always ready to stick his head out the car window to take in the buffet of smells!

He was the best companion to our Toulouze and she’s been lethargic since his passing. They clearly had a bond we would never understand. She knows he’s gone and it’s devastating to witness the impact it’s having on her.

I’ve had a lump in my throat and am always on the verge of tears since we discovered he was gone. Every time I glance at his empty bed, a pang of grief hits me. I’m always finding myself glancing at places in the house and picturing him there, the way he used to be. For such a tiny little dog, he’s left a gaping hole in our lives. He lived a very full, happy and loving life; but his time came. His last week was difficult, but we clung to the hope of having him with us just a little longer.

We loved him deeply and he will forever be part of us, part of our family. At the moment, the grief and pain we feel are profoundly overwhelming. While we will have to learn to live without him, we will strive to live with the love he left behind. Rocket dog, you were the best friend and companion we could have ever asked for. If the pain we are feeling right now is the price we pay for loving you, then it was all worth it.

(I naturally reached for a Nap Dress today, the first day I actually go dressed. My heart wasn't in it today so I opted for easy comfort.)

Dress: Hill House (similar) | Turtleneck: RW&CO (similar) | Necklace: Ricki's (similar) | Earrings: (gift) (similar) | Headband: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Booties: Old Navy (similar)

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