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MaxsMom

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Well, here I am at 12:15AM, in the tv room in the back of the house, just thinking about how I finally made it into the yard today to do some gardening without my Max for the first time.  Thinking that it turned out to be alright...that I will actually be able to garden this year although I had my doubts about that...that I may actually get up the heart to plant Max's special garden as I had planned.  All is quiet outside this midnight; my neighbors have no dogs and it isn't a usual dog walking time around this neighborhood. Suddenly from the front of the house - Max's regular place to sit and survey the neighborhood - I heard Max's bark. Once. Loud and clear and very distinctly his ~ "Woof!!!" ~ just like he used to do to let me know that he was ready to come back in!  I don't go to check and see if there is another dog barking out there because I know it was Max.  Going to the door to find him not there would be too sad.   I'm not sure if hearing his voice for the first time since he left makes me happy or sad - both I guess...and kind of helpless because he called me and I can't get to him! Am I just overtired? I guess I will go to bed. 

Oh, Sweet Max, I love you and pray that you are safe in God's arms tonight.  You are in my heart always and I will never forget you!  Thank you for letting me hear your sweet voice again.

Love to you, Little Dog,
MaMa
Georgeann

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I am so excited for you.  What a wonderful Mother's Day Present from Max.  I know he wanted you to know that he is Ok and I know that he misses you too.  You and Max are in my Prayers. 

Big Hugs
Georgeann and Christopher
Forever
lifewithoutMaya

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Hi Max' Mom

Thanks for sharing this special moment.  It brought a smile to my face.  To know your dog made that connection with you today proves our bonds are everlasting.  I am sure you heard his voice.  God gives us these special moments when we need them most and he must have felt you needed to some connection to your fur-baby. 

Tomorrow will be a week that we helped our Maya cross the bridge and today was our cleaning day.  I could not bring myself to vaccuum my bedroom, to sweep away her memories.  You see, Maya used to help me clean.  She would pull the vaccuum for me, carry the garbage from the bathrooms and pull the laundry bin to the garage. I found myself sitting on her bed and it was as if I could feel the weight of her head on my lap. I would sing to her and put her to sleep, not an easy task considering she was a lab mix! She was there again with me today, I could feel her because me heart was so heavy for her.  I needed her so much at that moment. 

Your Max will come to you again.  Have faith.  I will have faith for you too.


HelenY

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Dear MaxsMom--- I'm so happy that you heard Max' voice.  Oh, how I wish that I could hear my Teddy's little bark again.  We must hold on to these wonderful moments that we're blessed with--the signs are there that they are waiting.

          Thinking of you with many hugs---Teddy's Mom
WooWooWoo

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Dear Max's Mom,

I am convinced you heard Max's voice.   About six weeks after Betsy passed I was in a very deep depression for about a week.   One day, as we arrived home from work and exited our cars, my husband and I heard her bark as clear as if she were standing up the street.   My husband searched the neighborhood to see if there might be a new dog in the area who sounds like Betsy.   He found none.   I recognized her voice immediately and didn't need convincing.

I am SO HAPPY you heard Max.   That is his special gift to you!   My goodness, how he loves you!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!

Love and hugs,
Melissa
Betsy's forever mom
MaxsMom

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Dear Georgeann, Maya's Mom, Helen, and Melissa,

Thanks to all of you for responding, and for your faith that it was indeed Max's voice that I heard last night.  It's funny, he only gave only one loud "woof!" but I totally knew that I wasn't imagining it - it immediately connected with my heart.  Each of you related a strong belief in our everlasting connection with our precious angels  How could it not be that they, and we, go on forever?!

I hope that we are all able to find at least one reason to smile on this Mothers' Day, difficult though it is without our little loves.  Truly, they are with us always.

Happy Mothers' Day-
Joanne

Thank you, my Max for your precious gift!  I love you always.

RustysMom

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My dear Joanne –

 

I firmly believe you heard your baby Max. In fact, it’s serendipitous that he chose the same day in which you found the strength to begin your gardening. He’s saying, “I’m here mommy, right next to you, as always, and I can’t wait to begin our gardening tasks together.” What a wonderful connection to have with your sweet Max. And his timing couldn’t be better – he’s also sending you a happy mother’s day wish that can’t compare to any other.

 

Your Max is safely cradled in G-d’s arms and as you said, also in your heart.

 

Much affection,

 

Rusty’s Mom.

MrMeowgy

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What a lovely gift on Mother's Day! I am sure you did hear Max's voice. His spirit is all around you you know. He got all his strength together to let you know he was with you and to wish you a happy mother's day. I heard my beloved Mr. Meowgy one night recently and there is no doubt in my mind that it was him. Our furbabies know we need to hear from them so if it is at all possible, they will try to reach us. That is why we must keep our eyes and ears open. I am so happy Max was able to visit you. Donna, Mr. Mewogy's mom

MaxsMom

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Dear Allison and Donna,

Thank you for your words of support!  Yes, I think it was no accident that Max called out to me when he did!  He knew I needed him and so he made the connection. And let me know that while I was out there in our garden, he was right there with me.  I have a framed saying in my office that says:  "Learn to listen.  Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly."  I think that applies to us with our sweet angels too.  Sometimes we have to be very still and aware in order to sense and connect with their spirits...the signs can be so subtle or so entwined with us that we must learn a new way of "listening". They ARE all around us!

Many Hugs-
Joanne ~ MaxsMom


Luna13

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Oh my goodness!  That's wonderful!!!  What a perfect Mother's Day gift. Gave me chills and tears - I'm so happy for you!!!!

Gerlie (Gypsy and Luna's forever mom)
Rileysmom

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Dearest Joanne,
     It was Max!  He was letting you know he's okay!  You're not to worry!
The third day after Rudy went to the bridge I was awakened at 5:30 a.m from a deep sleep by a single solitary bark!  I sat straight up in bed as did my husband and I said," Did you hear that?"  He did!  I too knew it was Rudy!  Just as you didn't have to go look, neither did I!  He never barked continously, just one good "Woof"!  I don't need to tell you how my heart felt, you already know! What a wonderful gift to his "Mom" the day before Mother's Day!  I think he was letting you know, he was proud of you for going back into the yard again, because that's where the two of you spent so much special time together!  That's where he'll connect with you Joanne........you'll feel his presence, and he will bring peace to you there. 
Plant his special garden, he's waiting for you to do that!  And don't forget the "garlic patch" Mom!
     Max.........what a loving and thoughtful  boy you are to remember your Mom on Mother's Day!  Hearing your sweet voice was just what she needed to let her know you are alright!  I hear the gardens at the Bridge have never looked more beautiful than they have since you arrived!  I do hope that Rudy is helping you with the planting and weeding.....he is a very good gardener too, and just loves to get his paws in the dirt!  Take care Sweet Max and please hug my Rudy for me when you see him!

In friendship...
Donna (Rudy & Rileysmom)


PrincessDogDad

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Max is with you! What a wonderful communication! My Princess has not barked for me yet, but I know these things happen. I know a couple who has even seen their beloved dog's shadow and heard her moving around.

Corlett

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Dear MaxsMom,

What a wonderful blessing you have had!
Max is letting you know that he is OK and how much he loves you I'm sure!
They are around us still, you can just sense it although mostly you can't see anything.
I hope you like the poems below which sum it up nicely.
Love from Ali  xx

We Have A Secret

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

- Author Unknown

 

His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

E. Brenneman


His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

E. Brenneman

His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

E. Brenneman

MaxsMom

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Dear Donna,
Yes, I do know how you felt hearing your Rudy's voice!  There are no words...just a certainty.  Wow, another way that Max and Rudy were similar - their one-bark alert!  How could they not be the best of friends?!  And thank you - I too thought even in the moment, that the bark was somehow connected to the gardening.  I have been out in the garden two more times since, and as soon as I can be certain of the weather up here, I will be planting Max's garden.  In fact, for Mothers' Day, my son Andy (my "Rudy") gave me a gift certificate to my favorite garden center just for that purpose! Thank you always for your comforting and affirming words.

Dear PrincessDogDad,
Thank you for your reply!  It was wonderful to hear Max's voice!  But also a little sad because I miss him so much and just yearned to open the door and have him come in.  Our little ones just get into our hearts and make us theirs forever.  I will say a prayer that you will hear from your sweet Princess one day soon.

Max, tell Princess to "Phone home"!


Many hugs,
Joanne ~ MaxsMom
MaxsMom

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Dear Ali,

Thank you so much for the beautiful poems!  I found them to be very comforting.  It's true, isn't it, that if we only really knew that life is eternal and continuous, and that our loved ones don't really pass away, maybe we wouldn't grieve so hard.  But even when we believe, it is still so hard to be without them.  I am so thankful that I received such a precious gift from Max, and I am comforted more than ever to know that the line between this world and the one that awaits us can be crossed over.  Some day we will each know for sure!

Warm wishes,
Joanne ~ MaxsMom





lifewithoutMaya

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I just want to share another connection my Maya sent me that I think you all will appreciate.

Yesterday I took my baby boy Cisco to the vet for a check-up.  It had been 8 days since we helped Maya pass over the bridge and I needed some reassurance of his health.  While he was having x-rays done, I went to the organic pet store to get his food.  The owner's dog was there.  This was my first time meeting Sadie.  From the distance Sadie was the spitting image of Maya.  The way she was curled up was exactly as Maya would curl up.  When I called her to me, her mannerisms in the way she picked up her toy and then sat on her side was exactly the same as my Maya's.  She even hung her head the same way.  When I reached down to pet her, she felt exactly the same way.  And for one moment in time, she even smelled the same.  I started crying and Sadie reached up and gave me a little puppy kiss, like Maya would always give me.

Then her owner decided to let her move around and Maya's spirit was gone.  Sadie was Sadie again and any resemblances faded. 

But for that moment I was with Maya again.  My heart was happy.  I felt as if Maya knew I needed her so much that she found a way to reach out to me. 

Our companions will be with us forever!  In our hearts, in our souls!
Nuggetsmum

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Hi Maxsmom,

Oh, I am crying so much!! I am crying because that it just so beautiful! I bet it was the most beautiful sound in the world, like music to your ears, to hear your baby's voice again. It must have been so amazing, yet at the same time so heartbreaking too!!

I am also crying because I am so so jealous. I wish I would hear my Nugget one more time, that he would visit me. The pain is just so excruciating. I am so happy for you that your baby has contacted you.

Your Max wanted you to know that you are loved. What a beautiful memory for you to cherish!

Max, look out for your mummy and visit her again. Please tell Nugget that I miss him so much.

Nuggetsmum Alana
MaxsMom

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Dear Maya's Mom,

Thank you so much for your reply and for sharing your experience with me! What a wonderful story and a wonderful experience for you to have that contact with your sweet Maya again.  I completely believe that it WAS her and that she came to reassure you.  As I hear other stories by so many here, I feel more and more comforted.  They ARE here - all around us - only in a dimension that we mostly can't see, hear or touch.  When we or they are able to reach through, it is a precious gift indeed!

Dear Alana,

You are so right! My feelings when I heard Max's "Woof!" were very mixed.  It felt good to my ears to hear him, but my heart immediately wanted more...to hold him and see him and tell him that I love him so.  I'm pretty greedy - in that moment I just wanted him back.  And that was hard.  My impulse was to go to him and I couldn't.  But I am thankful and feel reassured that life DOES go on - for us and our furbabies too - after we leave this earth.  I so hope for you, and will send up prayers, that you will receive a sign from your precious Nugget.  He is most certainly with you always.

Warm hugs,
MaxsMom ~ Joanne


lmarques

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Dear MaxsMom,

I can't tell you how wonderful it was to hear your story! It has just confirmed what we all here hope for and know can happen: Max was truly trying to reach out to you in that special moment, just as you were about to create a wonderful memorial to him in the garden.

My Brucey Lucy passed away 2 weeks and 2 days ago now. It still seems like only 5 minutes ago I was touching her silky fur and letting her purr on my neck. I picked up her ashes yesterday with such a heavy heart, but the connection I feel now that she's back home is undeniable. When I took my dog Luke for walks in the backyard, Brucey Lucy would climb on the window sill in my bedroom and rub her body against the window to get my attention, purring and yelling to say hi. The first time I took him out after she passed away, the sun was shining and I immediately wished I could look over and have my baby back again...low and behold what did I see? For a split second  her face appeared and I heard her special meow! Hers was more of a purring note than a normal cat meow, so I knew it was her. And I can't tell you how peaceful I felt after that. I knew, just as you know it wasn't another dog, that it wasn't another cat. She wanted me to know she was ok and still watching me, whether it was taking Luke for a walk or enjoying the sunshine of life.

Max will forever be watching you and helping you through your darkest hours. All of us here firmly believe we'll be seeing them again, but more importantly, we have the belief that we'll catch glimpses of them throughout the rest of our lives. I'm so happy Max sent you a message to let you feel at peace. I have to agree with you, you don't know whether to be happy you heard him or sob some more because you can't reach out and feel him.

Hang in there...the pain will lessen and you'll only think good thoughts as the months and years go by.

-Liza
Brucey Lucy's forever Mom
MaxsMom

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Dear Liza,

Thank you for your reply and your comforting words.  And what a remarkable story about your Brucey Lucy!  How wonderful to have actually seen AND heard her! But yes, how painful too.  She is surely watching over you and her furbrother Luke from that very special window at the Bridge.  We all will hold our sweet angels again one day.  Until then, these little "visits" will help to warm our hearts.

Sending hugs,
Joanne ~ MaxsMom


lifewithoutMaya

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To my PL friends:

I was recounting to my hairdresser these feelings of connection.  SHe recently lost her dog to old age.  She also told me how she had an encounter where her Jazzy spoke to her and afterwards she was filled with an inner peace.  That is exactly how I feel now.  I feel more peaceful.  Sure I would give anything to hear, feel, see Maya again; but I feel more at peace now than I did before.  What a wonderful gift. 
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