Bye Bye Birdie

“I feel about my dogs now, and all the dogs I had prior to this, the way I feel about children — they are that important to me. When I have lost a dog I have gone into a mourning period that lasted for months.” (Mary Tyler Moore)

This week, we lost our beautiful German Shepherd, Birdie.  She was 14 years old.
Birdie was clever and loved to run. When she was younger, she had a crush on a massive bulldog named Angus. She would stand in front of Angus and start spinning. She’d do pirouettes in one direction, then stop and pirouette in the opposite direction. Not knowing what else to do, Angus would run forward and knock her over. Madly in love, Birdie didn’t care.  She’d follow Angus anywhere.

Harold took such good care of Birdie. When she lost her mobility, he bought her a wheelchair so she could keep chasing the boys. He kept her happy right to the end.

I read somewhere that dolphins are pure joy, lions pure courage, and dogs pure loyalty.   Being so pure, our pets rise to the higher realms of the non-physical cosmos.

Our pets can stay with us.  When Robert Monroe, Founder of the Monroe Institute, started going ‘out-of-body’ or astral traveling, he woke up in bed one day to the feeling that monsters were clawing his back.  He eventually realized that his deceased cats were still very much with him.  In spirit form, they were still sitting on his back when he was in bed, kneading his skin with their claws, as they had done when they were alive.

Regardless, losing pets from this world is heart-breaking and makes you realize how other people have felt when they have lost their pets too.  Here’s to all the pet lovers who have lost their dear friends.

Bye Bye Birdie
We’re gonna miss you so;
Bye Bye Birdie,
Why’d you have to go?
No more sunshine,
It’s followed you away;
We’ll cry Birdie,
It’s awful hard to bear;
Bye Bye Birdie
Think we’ll always care

…my twist on Bye Bye Blackbird