Thursday, May 6, 2010

Parting Is NOT Sweet Sorrow, It Reeks


Yesterday, at 5:15 in the morning, our JoJo decided she had breathed her last and left our little home without us. By God’s grace we were all four by her side telling her it was okay and giving her kisses and hugs as we told her what a good girl she was. And she was a good girl. She had been battling a degenerative disease in her hind quarters for over a year and had recently gotten wheels to provide a little more freedom. But she seemed to fade in the last week and by Tuesday night, we knew things were changing.

We buried her last night, the four of us, standing around her grave holding hands and sobbing. She was unequivocally heroic. She always had a smile unless SHE had done something wrong, and she did her best each day despite her infirmities which grew more and more challenging. You would have never known how much she battled by her smile and attitude.

I’m afraid I’m not half the person my dog was.

She had a spirit to be admired, and, think what you will, against any hard evidence to the contrary, I believe she is in Heaven and whole again. She was definitely a gift from God. As I sat pondering her this morning and thought about what we, as Christians, are supposed to exemplify if we are growing and walking as we should be, the Fruit of The Spirit list came to mind:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Gentleness
  • Faithfulness
  • Self-Control

JoJo had all these, in abundance. (Well, if I’m being honest, she did struggle a little in the self-control department when she came within three miles of a piece of food or chocolate. Yeah. We understood each other.)

Me? Well, I’m still working on most of the list on an on-going basis. As one friend said to me today, “No wonder God took her. She was all ready.”

Oh yes she was.

More later, but, that’s where I’ve been.

We love you, JoJo. You were, hands-down, the best dog ever.

©Copyright 2010


  1. Beautifully moving tribute to Jo Jo. Know I am thinking of all of you and hoping you feel her spirit with you. Hugs dear friend.

  2. What a beautiful and lovely tribute to your sweet companion! I'm so very sorry for your loss! I know all too well how it feels to lose a 4-legged-family member. But I know that your memories of JoJo will give you comfort because she will live on in your heart until you see her again--And what a joyful day that will be!!

  3. What a wonderful tribute to Jo. I had read about her passing on Facebook, but I was blown away by the incredibly gentle and loving post you have written here. Tears flow, they are for her, and for you...

  4. Im so sorry for your loss.I truly understand.I have lost a couple of best friends myself.I know she is in heaven! I know she will be with you always.Hugs to you my friend.

    Keep on Truckin

  5. Wow. I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a good dog and definitely shows what qualities we need to foster in ourselves. I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Loss is such a hard thing to deal with.

  6. I am so sorry you lost your beloved girl. It is never easy. Thinking of you.

  7. That was soo sweet! My prayer for you is that the Lord will fill the void with her sweet spirit and memories.
    Warm hugs to you and your family tonight.

  8. Oh, I am SO sorry. Hard to lose a friend, especially one so loyal. Ya know the saying "If you put your wife and your dog in the trunk for an hour, which one's going to be happy to see you when you open it?" That pretty much says it all about the amazing loyalty of a dog. Hugs!!

  9. So sad for your loss. I love the list and needed that today. Spent most of the day crying, so yes, it was good to be reminded of Who to turn to and Who to exemplify. I'm still struggling, though.

  10. I know she is in heaven too. You wrote such a wonderful tribute to her. I think the Fruit of the Spirit describes so many pets. At least a dog anyway, maybe some cats. Now fish and turtles are questionable. She will always be with you in your heart.

  11. Oh Robynn, what a lovely tribute to Jo! You're all in my thoughts and prayers...

    Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives. ~John Galsworthy

  12. greiving with you as I read this post...I once saw my Little Bit have a short seizure and in those seconds before she came out of it the thoughts of "I don't know how I would feel if I lost her" "I can't not have Little Bit" ran quickly through my mind...

    thinking of you

  13. (((((HUG)))))

    Having walked this same path a number of times, I truly can empathize with how you and your family are feeling right now. It is so very hard to let them go. :-(

    I don't question God's ways, and I know He is sovereign, but I just wish He hadn't given us the capacity to love SO MUCH something with such a short life span. They become like our children.

    I, too, believe your JoJo is romping around Heaven, and if I know my Yogi, Bailey, BooBoo, Sally, Sissy, Judy, Boo, Baron, and Daisy, they're all showing JoJo around as I type. :-)

  14. We can learn lessons from all of nature, can't we? Jo Jo sounds like a wonderful family member and you must be missing her terribly right now. Hugs to you.

  15. We had not had a dog in our home for for some time, but as of about a year ago we have a sweet small dachshund/beagle named Buster. He is a wonderful companion during the day and still in the rambunctious puppy stage so we are dealing with several self control issues with him as well.

    It is so wonderful the place our pets hold in our hearts, It feels like part of our family is missing when they go to heaven. I had a sweet kitty named MAX when I got married and he died at the ripe old age of almost 15 years old.

    Anyone who has loved and lost a treasured furry companion is grieving with you right now.

    Blessing and tears for your loss.

  16. A big hug to you Robynn. I have tears welling. I know what you mean as our old girl is just about there. We were discussing our options last night.
    Dogs are just so important in teaching us life's lessons.

  17. Hugs to you. I'm so sorry you lost your Jo Jo.

  18. Oh, I am so sorry for you and your family. I'm sure JoJo felt your love at the end, and still feels it now.

  19. Oh, I'm so very very sorry. She sounds like the most amazing dog - dogs are definitely miracles on paws!


  20. Oh Darling Robynn. How horribly sad. Jo Jo sounds just the best, and you will miss her so much. All my love to you. xx

  21. Once again I believe, animals are here to teach us the best things. I just wish they had longer life spans. I'm sorry.

  22. I'm crying for you and for JoJo. Losing animals is one of the hardest things out there. They just don't seem to get to stay on the earth very long. I'm so sorry Dear Friend.


  23. I can so relate to your sorrow. Have you ever seen the video "God and Dog" - It's on You tube and we linked to it several months ago before my beloved terrier, Wendy, died unexpectedly. I still can't bear to watch it again.

  24. Yup. I'm with you on the heaven thing, dearest Robynn...and I sobbed for days, and days after our dog died...And you know what? Randy Alcorn in his book Heaven proposed the idea that animals will be in I think we have good authority to stand on :-) I love you, and will be praying for you guys! Janine XO

  25. I am so sorry Robynn. Thank you for sharing your love for JoJo with us. It is beautiful.

  26. So sorry to hear about your sweet dear friend passing. Pets are so much a part of us, I understand your grief.
    Love Di ♥

  27. Beautiful post, Robynn. A wonderful tribute to Jo-Jo! When my Athena died last month, all I managed to do was post pictures. I wish I could have written about Athena in such a touching way like you did about your Jo-Jo.

    Your words brought tears to my eyes! I really know how you feel--and I agree with you! Your Jo-Jo and my Athena are in Heaven right now--I have no doubts!

    Athena was in pain right at the very end, and I felt so helpless. So I put my hand lightly on her head and prayed, "Heavenly Father, into Your hands I commit my little Athena." Immediately she quit struggling. A moment later I realized she was gone. And that's why I'm convinced she's in Heaven right now. God DOES care about ALL his creatures, including the 4-legged ones!

  28. As I read your post I fight the tears that you must be shedding. For us dog lovers, we've all been there, and....we'll be there again. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs and puppy kisses to you and your family:-)

  29. What a beautiful tribute to JoJo. I am so sorry I missed this a few weeks back. So sorry for your loss, Robynn...she was obviously a well loved dog who knew the best of this world with you.