Saying goodbye to your dog is one of the hardest and most painful things every dog-parent has to go through. After years of giving you unconditional love, you have to say a permanent goodbye. And nothing can prepare you for it.
Different people grieve for their dying dogs in different ways. Movie director Kevin Smith decided to write a post on his Facebook page, sharing the pain of saying goodbye to his old dog Mulder. Mulder had been with Kevin for 17 years and was now dying in Kevin’s arms.
Kevin put up a photo of him hugging Mulder in his final moments, and wrote a post to go with it. He poured his heart out in the post, reminding us that our dogs are not going to be with us forever, and to hug our dogs every chance we get.
“Dark day in our household: our oldest dog Mulder is dying. As I’ve spent the last year carrying him around like Hodor, I’m not taking this terribly well. They never tell you when you get a dog, but there is a price to pay for being the recipient of 17 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship: they take a huge chunk of your heart with them when they go. I’m reminded of a line from DOCTOR WHO, Series 2 – the “School Reunion” episode (which featured the return of Sara Jane Smith and the robot dog K-9, ironically enough): “You can spend the rest of your life with me… but I can’t spend the rest of my life with you.” And later, when Rose asks Sara Jane if she should go with the Doctor, Sara Jane responds “Some things are worth getting your heart broken for.” Mulder was beyond worth it. Fuck, this hurts…”
A few hours later, Mulder passed away, and Kevin updated everyone with the following post:
1pm UPDATE: He’s gone. RIP Mulder, my Buddy-Man. Thank you for 17 years of sheer joy and affection. It took a dog like you to make me a better person.
If you’re a dog-owner, go hug your dog a little tighter tonight. If you’re not a dog-owner, think about becoming one. It’s all love.”
Good night sweet Mulder. Rest in Peace
I have to admit, reading his post brought me to tears and made me give a long hug to my dog.
Remember to cherish every minute you have with your pets. You are their whole lives and you’re going to miss them something awful when they’re gone.