Your Pet Loss Poems


I knew something was wrong the moment I walked in the door.
Mom and Dad, sitting. Waiting. You were lying on the floor.
Mother wouldn’t look at me.
At once I knew what was to be.
Although I knew the answer, the question left my lips; “What’s wrong?”

They needn’t tell me the answer, their looks had said it all along.

Nothing hurt more than to hear them say.
That your life would end that day.

Lost and hurting, I didn’t know what to do.
I wanted to run, to be alone, but I couldn’t leave you.
For 13 years you stayed by my side,
So I stayed by yours and cried.

I knew why you had to go,
And even now I know
You were just too old and sore,
But still I wanted more.
No reason was enough,
To take away your love.

The moment Dad entered the clinic, holding you,
It was like you knew what the doctor would do.
Your tail stopped wagging.
Your ears were sagging.
It all felt so wrong.

The vet asked us if we would stay
While they took your life away.
I knew what I had to do.
You would never leave me, so I never left you.

I tried to help you forget where we were.
As my hand ran through your silky black fur,
I whispered in your ear, “I love you”
Nothing could have been more true.

At a loss for words to say,
I whispered in your ear; “It’s okay… It’s okay…”
Tears poured from my eyes,
As I uttered those lies.

I will never forget the moment your life slipped away.
So obedient before, why didn’t you listen when I asked you to stay?

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