Broken Wide Open

As soon as we laid eyes on you

Our hearts rushed in, unprotected,

Held captive by you

With your bright, smiling eyes.

Even with your hair grown long

Like a Highland cow

Those brown, trusting eyes,

“They’re under there somewhere,”

Reflected love.
 Unconditional love.

We fed you, watched you grow,

Cheered your every milestone,

Forgave your every transgression,

(Even that time you unraveled

the berber carpet in the bedroom.)

We loved you with wild abandon,

Ignoring the certainty

that some day we’d lose you.

And now you have gone.

And our unprotected hearts

have shattered, quite completely.

Broken wide open with the sudden loss of you.

“Thank you” is all we can say.

Thank you for being our very sweet pup.

Stealer of hearts.
 Such a good dog.

Hearts will heal, eventually.

But they will be forever reconfigured

By loving you.

13 thoughts on “Broken Wide Open”

  1. Oh I am so sorry. Knowing some of what you grieve…my cocker left us in January and now we are loving my husband’s 14 yo golden as she struggles sometimes. Hugs …

  2. Oh Beth, my heart breaks for your sorrow. Everyone who has lost a beloved pup will be standing next to you, holding your hand and repeating your beautiful words of loss and thanks for those special memories.
    Love and hugs,

  3. I’m so very sad for you and your family on this loss of your dear one, Beth. Thank you for sharing Jack with us over the years and for ‘Broken Wide Open’.

  4. Oh, I am so sorry your sweet baby has left your side. You know he did not want to leave you, he loved you so very much. He has crossed over on his journey and he is running and jumping and chasing balls and frollicking with friends. He will be waiting for you when you get there. I know your heart is breaking. Prayers for peace and strength.

  5. You describe so perfectly what everyone of us who has lost a beloved companion feels. I’m so verysorry for your pain.

  6. This is so beautiful and touching. Thank you for saying these words for us. Never met Jack personally but took his likeness to England last year. Have it on my desk. He gave love to all.

    Prayers for you in your grief. Memories will bring you joy.

    Peace and Joy,

    Bette Trumble aka Ella Lunch

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  7. Beth I have never met you in person but I feel like we are Soul kin. Your beautiful testimony to Jack is so moving. Only the miraculous breath of God that offers comfort beyond human effort can really hold this kind of grief. I keep you in prayer.

  8. So sorry to hear about Jack’s leaving. He had a wonderful life with you and he added wonder to your life. May memories comfort you as you walk this path.

  9. I am so saddened to hear of your recent loss. I will always remember meeting you both that November day (2014) while walking around the Two Rivers dog park. Grace and peace to you, Janelle Edwards

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