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There is a never-ending list of things that we can learn about life from our dogs: naps are important, approach everyday like it is going to be the best day ever, and never stay mad too long. But there is another lesson that every human who has had the pleasure of living with a dog needs to learn: what to do when our friends say goodbye for the last time.

While I am sure this is not something that anyone wants to imagine, or even think about imagining, such is life. As with most things, perspective is key when coping with that seemingly endless pit in your stomach. Luckily for us, Self.baww on Reddit explains the entire phenomenon of what really happens when our dogs leave us, and how perspective can change the entire experience. So, read what Self.baww thinks about losing a dog, and next time you are sad, thinking you have lost a friend forever, just remember this…

Dogs Never Die

Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death,” don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: “No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs do. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest? Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (Remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.

Image source: Alex Steffler/Wikimedia Commons

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79 comments on “Dogs Never Die: a Lesson for all Dog Lovers”

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Rachel
5 Months Ago


Dogs are man\'s best friend; their fun, loyalty and unconditional love cannot be measured! You are never lonely, they give their best 100% always. They help Man in many ways and they don\'t lie...words cannot describe when they go all I know is that I love them with ALL my heart!


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Mandy Gill
1 Years Ago

Crying as I type. Never had a dog....... would love one but we have 5 cats. This applies to cats as well. Their tails move a lot. Beautiful story.....one to share with anyone. And once you die and YOUR heart stops you'll see that beautiful face and wagging tail when you cross the "Rainbow Bridge".


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Aby Yap
1 Years Ago

Tina Miguel


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Aby Yap
1 Years Ago

Tina Miguel


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Eugene Ingram Jr.
1 Years Ago

They live forever if you believe in God, and we shall see them again someday.


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Kim Dijkman
1 Years Ago

thank you


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Valorie Newman
1 Years Ago

Never cried so much as I just did reading this story.


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Marato Gonzalez
1 Years Ago

Olga Vernia no sé cómo vas de ingles... Pero te recomiendo que lo leas al 100%


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Olga Vernia
10 Sep 2016

Voy a leerlo, gracias Marato Gonzalez, millones de besos ????????????

Olga Vernia
10 Sep 2016

Muy bonito!!!! Mañana un mes sin ella.....

Marato Gonzalez
1 Years Ago

Olga Vernia no sé cómo vas de ingles... Pero te recomiendo que lo leas al 100%


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Gottfriede Fuerst
1 Years Ago

Such a sweet story ....


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