In Memory of Cujo

While cleaning out my desk, I ran across something someone sent in to Dear Abby, when it was still her at the helm.

It is the wit and wisdom of a dog, were it able to speak.

"Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the word's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when the sound of your footsteps falls upon my waiting ears.

Please take me inside when it's cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I might stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.


And my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun.

Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this Earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands".

My Cujo went quietly this summer, after being my friend, guide, bedwarmer, playmate, protector, loving ear and eager snuggler for almost 17 years. I miss her dearly. But I was blessed to have had her at all, much less almost her entire life.

She had a small body but a huge bark, so her name had to be something big and fierce! So, to all the pet lovers out there, I hope this gives you some comfort. Poor But Proud

By Sandra from Salem, OR

In Memory Of Cujo

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December 9, 20080 found this helpful

this brought a tear to my eye, i have a beautiful family dog who we all love very much, she is our furry baby . my sympathy goes out to you,losing a dog is losing a member of the family and heartbreaking, takes someone who has loved an animal to see that. God bless you ,meg

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Such a wonderful tribute to your loving "friend" and family member. I am so sorry for your loss, but know that your little doggie is in doggie heaven romping and playing-- just waiting for the day you can reunite. I am a firm believer that no one really "leaves" us. Maybe in body, but the spirit is alive! God Bless you.

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Very dear Sandra,
That post was just lovely. I've saved it, and will get a frame and put it on my wall.


I have had several dogs through my long life, and not one of them was allowed to suffer in any way when they became old and infirm. They all went away with a loving look for me, with me speaking gently to them, and telling them I love them. Even though they're gone, I still do love them.
I have three dogs now, and one is getting on a bit, and I'm getting a little anxious about him. He's well and healthy, but obviously can't go on for ever. Ah well, so long as he's still bouncing around all is well.
A hug for you, and a mental one for Cujo too.
All the very best, Leah from Down Under.

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December 13, 20080 found this helpful

This is a beautiful posting and your Cujo was very cute. I just lost my lab mix girl, Suzie, a week ago.


We put her to sleep due to a large tumor in her chest. Still crying about her loss. She also was my pal, bedmate and so forth. Very sweet and loving girl she was.

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By Kathy (Guest Post)
December 13, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks so much Sandra. I just lost my Jack Man yesterday after having him for 16 years.He was my heart! I hurt so bad. I know he is waiting on me at the Rainbow Bridge tho. God Bless all of our pets!

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

I am so sorry for you loss. May your memories bring
peace to your heart.
Hugs for you and all the others who have lost their fur babies.

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January 13, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing that. It is a year almost to the day that I had to love my little Buffy girl enough to let her go. I still miss her.


She was abused before we got her and I always wondered at her ability to love another human after that but she did love us so much. It showed us everyday the way we should live our lives. Thanks.

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