Three weeks ago I sat here, in my living room, watching my companion – my shadow – suffer through dehydration and what I thought was just a severe gastrointestinal problem – curable and recoverable. Sprockets are notorious for eating crap when given the opportunity. Little did I know that in a few hours, I would lose him.

If typos appear, blame the blurred vision. To say that time heals all wounds is as comforting as punching me in the gut and expecting me to say thank you. Imagine, just for a second, that a sliver of light appears that changes your family from self-absorbed consumerists into loving, attentive people worrying about another creature’s well-being more than their own. Now picture Henry.

I loved Henry and the family loved Henry. He now sits on our fireplace in a wooden box and we pretend we have him close. The dust in the box and the empty spot next to me tells me otherwise.

Yes, I’m still grieving. Deal with it.

17 responses to “Henry

  1. Colleen Chesebro

    My dear Eloise, I’m still grieving for my two Pomeranians who passed over a year ago. I have their photo on my stand and stay goodnight to them each night. Grieve as you need too. ❤

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  2. Oh Eloise 😢🤗
    Grieving for a pet is just as important as grieving for a human family member.

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  3. Henry lit up the world. He was a very special character and a bundle of energy. I thought of him as the perpetual motion dog. He loved everybody and everybody loved him. It seems so unfair that some poisonous crap that his natural curiosity picked up on his walk (he never walked – he buzzed like a bee, wherever he went!) has taken him away, far too early.

    I share your deep grief. I try to mask my grief with happy memories of that joyous little chap, but that is VERY difficult.

    RIP Henry. ❤


  4. God Bless you. I am sending love to your tender heart.

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  5. 😦 I’m very sorry. I still get tears in my eyes when I think of Elliot and it has been almost 5 years. It is never easy. They become family. But then, no matter how cold that spot by your side that Henry no longer occupies becomes, you will always be glad that once upon a time he was there, your companion and shadow. 🙂


  6. Eloise, I could see in your writings how much Henry was a part of your family, your world. #RestwellHenry Love and hugs to you and your family (((😘)))


  7. I’m very sorry to hear the news about Henry, Eloise. My thoughts are with you and the family at this sad time for you all. Remember the good times you had with him and know that he’s now at peace. I hope it helps with getting through the grief. Sending you lots of hugs.
    Take good care of yourselves.


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