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When I met and fell in love with my dear husband nine years ago, I didn't realize how deeply I would come to love his beloved Lab Husky, Deion!  However, very soon, Deion's presence was very welcome in my life, too!  Deion always waited for me if I was tying my shoelace when we went for a walk!  When I was very sick for the last year with invasive breast cancer and endured many months of cancer treatments, I was in bed upstairs in our townhouse.  As Deion had arthritis in his hips and front paws, he couldn't navigate those stairs anymore.  So, Deion would lie down right at the bottom of the stairs and wait for me to come downstairs!  When I would finally emerge later in the day after resting, Deion would be looking up at me with his big brown eyes, a huge smile and his tail was wagging like crazy!  When I look back at how awful those months of my illness were, I realize that Deion helped me to get through all that pain!  What a wonderful companion and beloved friend, Deion was to me!  So, I have now realized that I also fell in love with Deion along with my husband!  About six years ago, we decided to get a 'brother' for Deion because we were busy teachers and we didn't want Deion to be lonely when we were at work.  So, Simba, a little apricot Bichon Poodle puppy of eight weeks old, became part of our little family!  Deion was so tender and loving to little Simba and Deion taught Simba how to do his 'business' outside rather than inside our home and how to even walk on the leash!  What an amazing dog Deion was!  My husband said recently that our beloved Deion was "Larger Than Life" and I sure agree!  My husband, Simba and me are all grieving in our own ways.  I cry a lot, while my husband is very quiet these days and Simba lies quietly on the floor looking at the place where his beloved brother Deion last lay in our home.  We will never forget our Deion and he is irreplaceable!  I'm glad that this website exists because I've needed a place to share my thoughts and feelings!  Also, I really appreciate reading A Letter From Your Pet In Heaven and Dear Human Friend.  I've been feeling so sad because I didn't get a final chance to tell Deion how much I loved him and to say goodbye to him.  So, these letters express much of what I do believe Deion would say to me if he could.  So, thanks for being such caring pet people!  My life has been changed forever for the better because of knowing and loving Deion!  Deion's legacy is that he taught Simba how to be calmer when we have to go to work or to do errands out of the house.  So, whereas before, Simba used to get really anxious when we were leaving the home, now Simba just lies quietly in our livingroom waiting for our return!  I do believe that Deion's spirit continues to live in our home to comfort all three of us! God Bless our beloved Deion!

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Dear Deion's Mom:
I heart goes out to you.  I am so sorry for your loss of you sweet Deion.  It is just so amazing how close our best friends are to us.  We share so much love with them and they give us back even more.  It sometimes does not seem fair that we have to let them go.  Keep Deion close to your heart and love your little Simba.  My Meister was an apricot poodle and when to Heaven on 6/6/08.  He was 17 years old and my very best friend and companion.  I was thankful to retire 2 years ago and spend most every day with him, but it still hurts deeply.

I pray for you, your Husband, Deion and Simba.

I hope you will have peace.

Many hugs to you.

Meisters Mom Forever


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First let me say how sorry I am for your loss.  It's so true that many of these creatures we all miss so terribly impacted our lives in such profound ways.  It sounds as if Deion was indeed an angel, when you needed one.  I'm sorry you have been ill.  I do believe our animals are so in tune with us and know when something's amiss.  How hard it is to lose that when their time comes.  I'm sure your Simba feels the ache and loss too.  I can say even after over a year I still miss Jasmine's sweet presence in our home.  Though I don't regret one single moment, how I wish we'd had more time together.  To me, 10 years wasn't long enough.  Personally, I don't think I would have survived without this wonderful site.  I'm grateful everyday for the love and support I can always find here, in my darkest hours.

Take good care and again, know you are among friends.  I agree too that Deion's spirit is with your family and always will be.

                           Hugs to you, JasminesMom (Kathy)

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I am so sorry for your loss of Deion. Thank you for your nice message regarding my post "A Letter From Your Pet in Heaven". I am glad it was able to bring you and your husband some comfort during this difficult time. Tomorrow will be the two month Bridge Day for our Chihuahua, Peaches. This site and all the wonderful, caring people has helped me and they will be here for you. We are in a sense all here for one another to perhaps bring some comfort and peace to those in need. Your Deion does sound like he was "Larger than Life". He knows the unconditional 
love both you and yours had and still do for him. When they leave us here they also leave a part of themselves, in our heart. Deion will always be with you both and also with Simba. These days are the hardest, I hope that over time you both will be able to find some comfort and peace. Just remember, Deion will always be with you as each of our departed soul mates are with us. All you have to do is whisper his name in your heart and he will be there. Here is something that I hope will help you and yours, again my condolences.---Jerry in Oklahoma.

A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart 
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above...
It keeps our dear ones near us

It's the bridge that we call love.

I know that reliving my memories of Peaches has helped me ease my pain. Be thankful for the wonderful times you all had. For I am thankful for the nine years I had with Peach. I will always cherish those wonderful and fun memories. God Bless you both.



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I'm so sorry for your loss Deion must have been a wonderful boy.


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Dear Deion's Mom,

I'm so sorry you lost your Beloved Deion.  It sounds like he was an extraordinary dog, an amazing and cherished friend and family member to you, your husband and his little fursibling, Simba.  The days will be difficult without him in your lives, as we all understand so well.  He has made an indelible mark in your heart, and his spirit is with you always in your heart and memories, death cannot take that away.  I keep you all in my thoughts, and send a prayer to the Rainbow Bridge for your Precious Deion.

With deepest sympathy,
Katharine, Grunt's Mom Forever

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Deion sounds like such a wonderful boy!  So loving, caring and smart.  You obviously had a special bond with him and that will continue forever.  JoAnn - Kina and Alex's mom


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Dear Deion's Mom,

I am so sorry to hear your beloved Deion has passed.  I can tell from your words just what he meant to you and how deeply he will be missed.  It sounds as if he watched over you so closely during your illness.  What a blessing he was and still will be as he watches over you from the Bridge.  Your loving bond with him will never be broken.  

I have lit an internet candle for you and Deion which can be viewed for the next 48 hours if you go to the first page of AurichWolf's "Light a Candle Here" thread on this grief board and click on the little Light a Candle Icon in her first post.  His candle will have his name on it.  May this candle bring some peace to your hearts as you mourn.   You, your husband and your beloved little Simba will be in my prayers. 

Betsy Noodle's forever grateful mom 


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Dear Pet People who wrote such caring letters to us about our beloved Deion,
Thank you for caring so much that you took the time to write to us!  Your caring words have brought happy tears to my face as I realize that Deion will always be with us!  Thank you for your prayers for Deion and for my husband, Deion's brother Simba, and me.  We appreciate all of your caring words and prayers so very much!  :)

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I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Deion. I can tell he is an incredible boy who loves you so much. For several reasons, I do believe our beloveds' spirits are still with us and do watch over us. They are still taking care of us and if they can, they will help us in times of need.
Simba needs extra love now for he too misses Deion. It is amazing how animals grieve for one another and it is so sad to see.
I am sorry that you have been ill and I wish you a quick return to good health. You have a special angel now to watch over you.
I wish you peace, comfort and good health. Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom

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Dear Mr. Meowgy,
Thank you so much for your very caring words of empathy!  They mean so much to my husband, Simba and me.  Yes, Deion is now our 'angel'!  Thank you for your good wishes for my return to good health!  It's really been a struggle, especially during this last past week since Deion's passing.  We brought home the urn carrying Deion's ashes yesterday and now our beloved Deion's spirit will be with us forever.  We're going to organize a photo album devoted to photos of life with Deion. :)  Also, we're going to get photo enlargements framed and place them on the wall behind the urn.  Then, we are planning to have a pet pastor come say some prayers for the repose of Deion's soul. :)  Next week, there's going to be a meeting of pet owners who are grieving and my husband and I will attend it!  Anyways, thanks for caring so much to write such touching words!  Take care, Deion's mommy, daddy, and brother Simba
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