RIP Sweet Gypsy

On Tuesday, we lost our beloved Gypsy.  Our poor, sweet girl developed cancer and was in such pain we had to put her to sleep.  My #2 and I were with her holding her until the bitter end.  It was one of the hardest days of my life.

We adopted Gypsy from a rescue group on Columbus Day twelve years ago.  As I looked at all the dogs in the cages up for adoption on that warm October day, I spotted a white ragamuffin with big brown eyes.  Unlike the other dogs, she made direct eye contact and held it.  I knew in my heart she was an old soul and she belonged with us.

Her foster mom told me that they found her wandering a gas station in Conroe, Texas.  It appeared she had just delivered a litter.  She also informed me that she had never met a sweeter dog.  All she needed was for someone to love her.

It was so easy to love Gypsy.  She never had a bad day but could always sense when someone else was having one.  

I don’t think I will ever stop missing my sweet girl. 

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I’d lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

Remember how I’d nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I’d “bark and hold”.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I’d wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.

But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven’s gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.”

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each day is the same day,
There’s no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn’t do.

But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you’re free;
So won’t you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there, in your heart.
~ Author Unknown

Rest in peace, sweet girl. 

86 responses

  1. I am so sorry you've lost your Gypsy and I cried when I read your post. It brought back memories of several pets we've had to say good bye to over the years. I just recently read and posted to my FB page a beautifully written “A Dog's Last Will and Testament” (author unknown) You can google that to get to the poem and I hope it will bring you just a little bit of peace…

  2. Dear Katie,
    As I type through tears, we (my husband enjoyed Gypsy's posts) are so sad for you. I hope your good memories of her will help sustain you through this difficult time.

    Warmly, Kathleen

  3. Hi Katie, I have followed your blog for a few months and absolutely love it. You brighten my day with every post. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweetie. That came across in her pictures. I know you will miss her. Please know how sad we are for your family's sorrow.
    Linda G.

  4. Katie, so sorry for your loss. Loved Gypsy's perspective on life with you. Know your grief is shared with all your loyal readers aka friends.

  5. Dear Katie
    I am so sorry to hear of you losing Gypsy…I only just read today, it is very very sad for you and I am thinking of you over across the pond. There is such a special bond with a pet like your lovely Gypsy, and I know you will miss her.
    I think you were lucky to find each other, she must have had a wonderful life with you.
    Sending you much love, Sally xxx

  6. Dear Katie, I`m so sorry because Gypsy are no longer. She always brought a laugh in my face. You did give her a good home and a good living. And now you have many many good memories.
    Sending you warm greetings,

  7. Dear Katie,I feel compelled to write to you through my tears.I share your grief.We had to put our treasured cat “Bob” down last Saturday.It has been a sad 3 months for us in that he had a tumor and we knew the outcome probably would not be good.
    Like Bob,finding Gypsy was meant to be.This was true love.

  8. Dear Katie,

    So very sorry to read about Gypsy. I looked forward to reading her entertaining posts and will miss her. What a lucky day for her when she was adopted by your wonderful family. She had 12 amazing years with y'all, and I sure she was forever grateful.

    From one dog lover to another,
    Lisa in Houston

  9. Katie, I am so sorry to read about Gypsy. Pets bring so much to our lives it's hard to imagine life without them. I have two older dogs and cannot imagine what I will do when their time comes. I suppose there is comfort in knowing Gypsy is no longer suffering. I am so sorry. What a lucky dog she was to have found you. So much love she received.

  10. Katie, I am so very sorry to hear about Gypsy; I know that you will miss her deeply – and we will miss your funny stories about her! You gave her so many wonderful years; thank you for adopting! So many truly wonderful animals don't make it because people don't adopt. Thinking of you, Beth

  11. Katie, you don't know me from Adam, but I so enjoy your blog.
    I am so sorry about your sweet Gypsy. I loved the tours she took us on in your new home. She was very blessed the day you added her to your family. She evidently did not have an easy start in life, but her 12 years with you and your family is what she remembered. They take parts of our hearts when we have to let them go.
    Kathy in Brandon, MS

  12. Katie,I wrote to you a little while ago.I am the one who lost my cat Bob.I happened to see the guest post from Gypsy written in January.well, needless to say,I laughed out loud! She had quite a way with words.This post brought me some needed levity given this week's events in my life.I have perused your blog on several occasions but will be a loyal follower from now on. I live in Massachusetts too! Take Care….Debbie

  13. I was so sad to see your post about Gypsy. I think I'd never realized she was much more than 5 or 6 years old. Doing the right thing it so difficult. I don't know how you typed her tribute poem. Three lines in and my watery eyes can't focus to read. No doubt she knew she was well loved from day one and her last one. What a lucky girl to have had such a nice family and life.
    Jody in NC

  14. To My Mommy, From Gypsy, “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears….but laugh, and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so…'twas Heaven here with you.”

  15. Katie,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you lost Gypsy. She had such a delightful little personality and her input on your posts added just the right touch! Losing your right hand gal is so hard. I remember when we lost our first bulldog, Max, the silence was deafening!

    Thinking of you~

  16. It is so hard to lose a furry family member. Her pictures look so sweet. You were lucky to have her for 12 years, as lucky as she was to be adopted by such a loving family. I am sorry for your loss.

  17. I'm so sorry for your loss. You brought Gypsy into our homes with her guest posts. It was such fun when you would share her perspective with us. She will be missed and remembered fondly.

  18. I'm a huge dog lover and know that once you have to put a dog to sleep, any time you hear of anyone else going through the same thing, your heart breaks for them all over again. So very, very sorry. What a lucky dog Gypsy was to have captured your heart and shared your home!

  19. I'm so sorry for your loss! Truly – I feel your pain! We have a 17 year old mix-breed at home who we love to pieces. He, too has cancer and we have been praying that he will get through the school year so the kids can spend time with him this summer before we have to say goodbye. There's not much that is more heartbreaking than saying goodbye to a beloved pet. They quickly become family. I hope your hearts will begin to heal as you remember fond memories of your sweet Gypsy. Thinking of you & your family!

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