Pet Loss Poem: Pawprints Left by You

I wrote Pawprints Left by You, a pet loss poem, after my husband and I lost our first “baby”.  Kip, a German shepherd was our first parenting experience. You know what I mean. He lived until our first two boys were 3 and 4 years old. They don’t have too many memories from that time, but we certainly do.

His distaste for the UPS man, but his love of ripping open the boxes he delivered. His obsession with frisbees, his fear of the hose and loud noises, and the way he turned his head when you were talking to him. Like he understood everything you were saying- as pictured below!

Pet Loss Poem: The Orange Slice

 

What struck me the most after Kip was gone, was the silence.

I understood the contradiction of “deafening silence”.

When coping with the loss of a pet, I think the lines, “I still listen for you, and miss you everyday.” ring so true with pet owners and address the loneliness when the pets sounds and warmth no longer fill a home.

No human will ever greet you at the door like a pet. On your worst day, they love you the same.

I  have found my words of sympathy have struck a cord with  so many grieving the loss of a pet, whether dealing with the death of a dog or a cat. For National Pet Month, I share my words and hope they will bring comfort to those remembering a beloved pet this month.

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16 thoughts on “Pet Loss Poem: Pawprints Left by You

  1. I love this poem. I lost my Rudy a short while ago. He was the very best friend. He helped raise my family. My memories o my children growing up always include My Rudy. he was a rescue my Husband just brought home one day. It was the second best gift he has ever given me. The first is my wonderful children. Many Thanks for such special words. I miss him so much.

  2. I love this poem. I lost my Rudy a short while ago. He was the very best friend. He helped raise my family. My memories of my children growing up always include My Rudy. he was a rescue my Husband just brought home one day. It was the second best gift he has ever given me. The first is my wonderful children. Many Thanks for such special words. I miss him so much.

  3. We lost our 13 year old chihuahua, Lucy Tu yesterday after a long hard battle with cancer and a relative put your beautiful poem on facebook. We had lost our older cbihuahua Ricky last year and seeing your poembrought back the pain but also the love we felt for our 2 angels. Thank you for expressing what so many of us feel.

  4. We unexpectedly lost my beloved Kazu, a 11 year old chiahuahua/fox terrier mix on Tuesday from a heart condition. He was always there with me in the worst of times, never leaving my side. We have many happy memories of him. I trully miss him with ALL of my heart. This peom expresses exactly what I am feeling. He will be in my heart forever. Kazu we love you and never will forget you……

  5. Thank you for this beautiful poem. We lost our Min Pin of 11 years suddenly in April. He brought so much joy to our lives and will be sadly missed.

  6. we just lost our baby boy of 17 years. he was a labinees ( lab-great pieriness) he was our baby boy & the first 4 legged “grandchild” for our family.this poem epitimizes all that he is/was. he asked for huggs & just as well, gave freely of them without having to ask for them. 4 legs or not he’s our baby… we mourn…

  7. I have lost so many fur babies over my lifetime and it never gets easier. I love your poem as it speaks to my own thoughts and heart every time I read it (and cry). I see it everywhere and it saddens me that you don’t get credit for it. No one ever puts you as the author!

  8. Oh God my heart is aching with the loss of my beautiful Yorkshire Terrier. He died last Monday. He was with me from a puppy for 17 years. A loyal and adorable friend. Will never get over him.

  9. Your poem was given to me after we put our 17yr-old English Springer/Beagle mix, Jenny Rose, to rest 5/27/16. I look at her photo & read the poem everyday & it brings me so much comfort. Thank you much!

  10. This is one of the most beautiful pet loss poems I have ever read. It describes perfectly how I felt after losing my cat of 14 years to kidney disease, a few weeks ago. My sister and I were going to have her put to sleep but she died in her sleep. She will live in our hearts, forever, and so will your poem.

  11. I searched and searched for a poem that expresses how I feel about the life and loss of my beloved Benji. I believe Benji sent me here. Beautiful!!

  12. Thank you for this poem. I lost my best buddy Puma last month but still hear him move around the apartment at times. This poem really puts a lot in words that I couldn’t express. I miss him so much and lost a lot of happiness when I lost him. Thank you for understanding.

  13. I first saw this poem, sent by our vet’s office after he put down our 8 year old Kootenai, and cried all over again. Koot was a lab/pit bull mix and left us all too early due to a nasal carcinoma which took her in 4 months. Koot was our new “kid” after our last daughter left home, so was extra special to us. I love this poem; thank you for it.

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