Pet Loss:
Kuddles ~ Her Final Journey
© 2005,  Rev. Kimberly R. Dreiman
Posted here with author's permission.
The bible teaches there is a time for everything as shown in  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:  "There is a
time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a
time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to  
tear down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a  time to mourn and a
time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a
time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw
away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to
love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."  I  am going to share with you
about the  time given to Kuddles (my dog) and I.

Kuddles came into my life 13 years ago.  In the beginning she was  purchased as a pet for
my niece.  But, due to work schedules the  family wasn't able to care for her.  So, Kuddles
came to live with me.   She was a cute and loving puppy.

As with everything ~ time  marches on.  All of a sudden it was 13 years later and Kuddles
wasn't a young puppy.  Kuddles loved long walks and getting a treat of table food from my
dad at meal time.  She would roll up a throw rug after she finished eating.  She had a daily
routine.  But, as I said, she was no longer a puppy.  Now, she had to be carried outside to
use the bathroom and her eyes and ears were failing.  She had started curling up sleeping in
her box and had no interest in the  world around her.  I know Kuddles knew it was close to
time for her to  go home to be with the Lord.  She seemed ready to go on her final  journey.

One morning Kuddles could no longer stand up.  So, I knew it was  probably time for her to
leave this earth.  I wanted to make sure I had  done everything possible for her – so I took
her to the vet.  The vet  confirmed what I already knew.  I was going to have to trust the Lord
and allow Kuddles to go home and be with the Lord. The vet gave her IV fluids and an
antibiotic shot – to make her more comfortable until the Lord called her home.

I brought her home and kept her warm and comfortable.  Mom and I  warmed blankets to
keep her warm and changed her covers when she made a mess.  Mom and I prayed that if
the Lord wasn't going to heal her, that he would take her home.

The next morning, I found Kuddles had gone home to be with the  Lord.  I cried  because I
would no longer have my best friend ~ Kuddles.   But, I know Kuddles is at peace and is with
the Lord.  God gave me 13 special years with Kuddles.  Now, I must focus on the memories.  
I will  cherish always the good times I had  playing with and walking Kuddles.

I have a younger dog named Jupiter and 5 cats (Scampy, Marcus, Callie,Twinkles and
Yellow) that need my love and attention.  I will care and love them until the Lord calls them
home.

If you have recently lost a pet ~ remember God knows what is best and will give you comfort
in this time of sorrow.  No pet can take the place of the pet that went home to be with the
Lord, but pray about adopting a homeless or abused animal.  Another way to honor a pet
that has gone to be with the Lord is to send a donation to an animal shelter or  humane
society in memory of your pet.
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