Tuesday, October 27

O is for...optimism!

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while,
so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”
Alex Tan

The last few days have been very strange without Wilma.
I am not use to being home alone as she was my little shadow.

Time will heal and remind us of the many many happy memories.
I have been talking to many people who were involved with Wilma and everybody is of the opinion that she had 7 happy years with us and I believe it too.
We had 7 incredible years with her and will know when the right dog comes along!

We will not try and replace Wilma, we couldn't.


Sorrow fills a barren space;
you close your eyes and see my face
and think of times I made you laugh,
the love we shared, the bond we had,
the special way I needed you -
the friendship shared by just we two.

The day's too quiet, the world seems older,
the wind blows now a little colder.
You gaze into the empty air
and look for me, but I'm not there -
I'm in heaven and I watch you,
and I see the world around you too.

I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr
born unwanted and unloved -
I see all this and more above -
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die.
I see unwanted thousands born -
and when they die, nobody mourns.

These little souls wearing fur
(Some who bark and some who purr)
are castaways who - unlike me -
will never know love or security.
A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home.
They're special too (furballs of pleasure),
filled with love and each one, a treasure.

My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend.
But think of the living -
those souls with fur
(some who bark and some who purr) -
And though our bond can't be broken apart,
make room for another in your home and
your heart.

--- Caro Schubert-James ---


  1. That is such a touching poem Denise. I really think Wilma must have whispered those words to the writer.
    Many Hugs to you and Jon.

  2. Still thinking of you, Denise, and your terrible loss. But it's good to see you're thinking optimistically today. That's a good sign. Sending more hugs your way. I must get my O post up soon - when I get home from massage therapy, I'll get to work on it.

  3. I had not been aware of your loss, and I'm very sorry to hear that she did not survive the accident. You and John have my deepest sympathy.

  4. Oh what a touching poem, I agree with photowannabe! Makes me love my dog even more than ever, if possible.

  5. What a beautiful poem!
    Our cat is 17 and I fear losing her. I am glad you and Wilma were blessed with 7 wonderful years.
    All the best.

  6. I am so sorry to hear that your Wilma had passed away. It is so hard to have to say good bye to a good friend. I didn't know of her death until now. I was away in France. I am very sorry for you both.

  7. So very sorry to learn that Wilma had died! How hard it is to lose a beloved pet/friend. Beautiful words, Denise!


  8. What's happened to Mr McKlinky, Denise? I have my post up and wanted to sign in.

  9. Oh, Mrs. Nesbitt! I am so sorry for your loss. How deeply sad. I will think of you often in the coming weeks!

  10. Dear Denise and John, I am so sorry to read of your very sad loss. I've read your recent posts about everything that has happened with sweet Wilma & I can see she was a beautiful and brave girl. I also see you were all lucky to have each other in your lives. My deepest sympathies to you both.
    Rest in Peace Wilma.

  11. How heartbreaking! There are no words to fill the void that is now filled with sorrow.
    In due time, you know the right dog will choose you.
    My heartfelt sympathy to you both.

  12. We lost our beloved pet Jessie at 7 years, too. My heart goes out to you as you grieve and remember. She was the one I wonder if I'll ever get over.

    We have a new boy now, quite a rabble rowser, all 75 pounds of him. But he'll never replace my Jess who was one of a kind. I still look for her, over a year later, under foot no more.

    I lit a candle for Wilma today. Sending love from across the pond.

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss, Denise. May Wilma rest in peace and for your whole family to move on. The poem is beautifully written.

  14. I just now realised your tragic loss. I am so very sorry to hear your dear Wilma is no longer with you. But she is. She always will be with you. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories of your sweet, little companion. Rest peacefully, Miss Wilma.

  15. The loss of any good friend is hard, especially one that is so constantly in our lives. My wife found the Rainbow Bridge when one of our cats died. Wilma will be there waiting for you.

  16. My deepest sympathy, Denise. I haven't been here since last week, and I was hoping Wilma had recovered. As you say, she had 7 wonderful years with you, and in time you will be able to think of her and all the good memories you made together. You may find another pet one day, but no one will replace your companion, Wilma.

  17. My heart goes out to you both. Nothing anyone says will stop the pain, but believe that we are all thinking of you. It was fitting and lovely that Wilma was at home in a place she knew and loved, and now she can run free across the fields forever. ((Hugs))

  18. I am so sorry for your loss, Denise.
    I understand the sadness you feel. They are much more than just pets, they are a part of us and our lives, just like any other member of our family.

  19. I also am so sad to learn that your dear Wilma died this week. Losing a pet like her is losing a dear friend.

  20. I'll never forget our 6-year-old Sam who was knocked down on my birthday and appeared to be recovering only to die four days later. That was several years ago now and he has never been replaced though we have had several dogs since. They are all unique and have their own place in our hearts and memories.

  21. All the tears for Figs came back when I read that.
    I'm so sorry about Wilma. I hope you're ok.

  22. Oh, Denise, I've been away for three weeks and only just seen this. Having read your previous few posts about Wilma I can only say (feeble words!) I am so sorry. What horribly tragic thing. Wilma was lucky to have known you, and no doubt knew she was loved.

    I do know what it's like to lose a dog suddenly, despite your best efforts. You have my sympathy. :(

  23. So so sorry to read about your darling Wilma. Take care.

  24. The right dog will find you. I rushed because the grief was too big for my cancer I needed a new direction. I did not get 1/1oth of the dogs I had but maybe they needed

  25. Hi Denise: I haven't been a very good commenter recently, but when I clicked on your blog just now I had to backtrack a few posts to see what had happened. I am so very sorry for your loss of your lovely Wilma. We lost our WendyDog a couple of years ago.... our pets are so special to us, they are irreplaceable. Im happy she is buried in your garden.... with an apple too. I hope the apple sprouts and Wilma gives rise to strong healthy apple tree, wouldn't that be lovely? Hugs to you and Jon.

  26. Hey, would you like for us to swap blog links, I mean affiliate? I like your blog, so let me know when you add me.

  27. So very sorry to hear about Wilma. It is so sad when you lose such a close and loyal friend. Hugs to you both!

  28. I'm so sorry that only tonight I came to know about it, Denise! I can only barely imagine how sad you must be. The only thing I can think of is that she had amazing, loving friends who took care of her and gave her a home full of love all her life. You were all blessed after all.
    She'll always warm your hearts, I believe.

    Kisses fro Nydia.

  29. Thinking of you; such sad news, dear Denise xxx


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