I Miss You, Nick.

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I miss you, Nick.  I miss putting down your blanket at the foot of the bed at night, and watching you fluff the material until you created the perfect “nest” to settle in.  I miss taking you for walks and waiting for you to systematically mark each and every mailbox post we’d pass.  I miss sitting in the easy chair with you beside me, alert – watching for birds and squirrels.  I miss the way you loved my scrambled eggs and would wait patiently for your share.  Whenever I was sick or feeling down, you would position yourself at the foot of my bed and listen to me breathe – like a vigilant nursemaid.  You were the best dog this family has ever had – so affectionate and in tuned with us.  I didn’t think I’d miss you this much, but I do.  I wonder how long it will hurt so much.

Nicky Doyle  8/20/03 – 12/12/12

About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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8 Responses to I Miss You, Nick.

  1. Sorry to hear about Nick, Dana…

  2. littlesoul2 says:

    Oh Dana…I am so sorry. We lost our beloved cat, also named Nick, two and one half years ago. I thought the pain would never go away. He was the best pet I ever had. I think the depth of our sorrow is in some way a measure of their worth to us…to the love and joy they brought to our lives. I have had other pets who were missed, but for whom I didn’t grieve deeply. My Nick deserved every tear I shed. I do want to tell you that it does get better though. I never thought it would. I still miss him very much, but it’s not so painful anymore.

    I keep two copies of books about animals going to heaven on my coffee table…one written by a Franciscan friar. 🙂 The beloved Catholic philosopher and writer, Peter Kreeft feels the same.

    Meanwhile, I will remember you in my prayers, because I know it is so very hard to lose these precious little companions God gives to us. Sending you a big hug….Patricia

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. But I am glad he was able to know such love, and brought such love to you.

    • danardoyle says:

      Thank you, Joseph. Animals have a way of worming their way into our hearts. They do bring such joy to family life. Nicky died of liver failure at only 8 years old. We are so thankful for the time we had with him though.

  4. Jennifer Johns says:

    Losing a pet is so hard, not because they are a pet, but because they are a family member. I often reflect on pets that I have loss and feel saddened, but not for long. The wonderful memories we shared begin to flood my mind, and that brings me joy and peace. Praying for you!!

    • danardoyle says:

      Thank you for your prayers. We really do have so many good memories of him. Those will carry us through – until we open our hearts to another one (eventually!)

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