I Love You This Much
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  Posted March 7th, 2009 by Zdenko  in Family | One comment

Dina, I Love You This Much

When you were just a pup, and you were new to home and heart, I used to laugh so hard and pick you up and hold you squirming and struggling my arms and whisper to you “Dina, I love you this much”.

dina_1994_pappy2When you were just a pup, and you were new to home and heart, I used to laugh so hard and pick you up and hold you squirming and struggling my arms and whisper to you “Dina, I love you this much”.

dina_1996_prekrasnaAnd I smiled a lot as you grew and decided that squirrels were indeed evil, and that there was no really good reason for cats; that every dog in the neighborhood posed a potential threat and needed to be sent packing.

And I was delighted when you discovered children, and you found they were much like you—they liked to run; they liked to play; and there was an endless quality to the day when they were around.

You and I as adults together developed a deep and abiding respect for one another. Your constant devotion made life’s valleys a little less deep, and there were times when I needed you: to listen, to love and to lick away the tears…and you were always there.

You liked Chinese food, spaghetti and cheese. Lettuce and pickles and heartworm pills were for other dogs. We adventured, you and I. We camped, we fished, we hiked, and we played ball. Oh, did we play ball. And through all those years, you gave so much, and I could only hold you in my arms at the end of each day, and we’d both smile, and I would whisper “Dina, I love you this much”.

dina_1998_solo1And now we’ve come to this. I don’t believe I have the strength to say goodbye, but you tell me it’s time. Neither one of us has smiled in a very long time, and the only part of you that doesn’t indicate pain is your stubby little tail. I cried when the doctor told me, and I railed against the Powers That Be, and all the platitudes in the world and all the comforting friends can’t make up for the undeniable fact that you will no longer be with me. And I don’t think I can do this. I envy those with ones who passed so quickly. The shock must numb the grief.

But now, as I have done so many, many times before through so many, many years, I fold you in my arms, lay my head upon your velvet cheek, and whisper, one last time, “Dina, I love you this much”.

For all who have had to make the decision. ~ Penny Cary 1996

May 1994 ~ August 19th, 2003

Passed away at the age of  9 years. Dina had many friends who will miss her and remember her always

“She was the light of my life.”

 Vera & Zdenko






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One comment to “I Love You This Much”

  1. Comment by Abbie:

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be
    happy. You loved your Dina and that is so cute and touchy. I also had a dog (Golden retriever) and lost him in similar way, so I understand your pain. I want to read more things about it!
    Take care, Abbie.

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