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Doodle Says Goodbye


To my friends at YGS

This is not a scary ghost story but a "reaching across the veil story"

This last Friday (Nov.10) after 4 months from discovering a bad heart murmur in my dog Tinker, (aka, Doodle, Mutt Thing)

The time had come to end her suffering and extreme difficulty in breathing. As my wife and daughter had to be at work I

Spent the day holding and talking to her as the hour approached for the vet to come to the house. I held her until the

Very end as the best pal I ever had left my side. Telling her it was OK to go, she left. I sat holding her another 2 hours

Afterwards. Needless to say it was the worst 2 hours of my 58 years. I finally pulled it together enough to prepare her

For burial in the flower bed.

My wife Kim, NEVER remembers her dreams, NEVER. In 27 years together she has been able to recall maybe 2 dreams she has had. For some reason she just doesn't have dream recall.

Doodle Says Goodbye

On Sunday morning she awoke very excited and told me she had a dream of Doodle that she remembered with crystal clarity.

So much so she wondered if it was a dream even though she knew it was. In her dream she said she was looking up and saw

A cloud in the not so far distance. On the edge of the cloud was Doodle looking at her. What she remembered the most was the way she looked and behaved. Her ears were perked up, her tail was wagging and she looked so very very happy and healthy.

She would run away like she wanted Kim to follow. When Kim didn't follow she would come back to the edge and start her happy

Wagging and stuff all over again. After a few times of this she finally ran on off with tail wagging like the happiest little

Pup in the world.

Of course this was just most likely a dream built on my wife's hopes for Doodle. But we both also agree and like to think it

Was her way of letting us know she was happy and doing fine.

It is the opinion of many that those who have gone on, find it

The easiest to reach us when we sleep because it is then we are at our most relaxed and receptive to receiving information.

Can a dog do that? I don't know. I like to think its possible. I do know that love knows no boundaries.

I also am going to choose to believe that my little Mutt Thing was letting us know that she is happy and doing fine and that

Someday when I cross that veil that I will look down and see that wad of unruly hair with a wagging tail sticking out.

Never forget to love. Love is everything.


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babygoatpuller (4 stories) (432 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-20)
Randy- I don't know how I missed this when it first got published, I have an idea but it's too boring for details, but I saw Martin's comment about the pic being up and finally got to read it.

I absolutely believe Doodle was sending a message to you and your wife that he's doing fine while we continue to do our time here, and he'll be waiting for you.

Some of those vivid message dreams can be SO uplifting and they seem to help you to keep going with less hurt in your heart. I hope this has helped you and your family to hurt a little less.

Thank you for sharing Randy. Going right to favs! ❤
Jubeele (26 stories) (886 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-20)
That's a different slant on "Animal Farm," but I like it. Family are those who find their way into our hearts. ❤

Melda - I do think Cleo deserves her own special chapter. 🐕
Melda (10 stories) (1363 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-20)
RANDYM - Here I'm altering a well-known quote "some of us are more equal than others" to "some of us are more blessed and luckier than others".

Regards, Melda
RANDYM (2 stories) (266 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-19)
Thanks to all that have replied.

For those who ask that is my daughter in the photo. She is a twin
But doesn't look much like her sister.

Doodle (Mutt Thing, as I'm sure you can see why) was very special to us all but much more so with me than anyone in the family.
And yes, when I kissed her hello or spoke to her first when I walked into the room I was accused of loving her more than my own wife and kids. 😉 Well, what's a dad to do?
I loved her and miss her every day but I know someday when my time comes she will be waiting. Unruly hair, buck teeth, and all.

Thanks friends
Melda (10 stories) (1363 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-19)
Randy, I want to hug it, kiss it, snuggle with it, tickle it - I could go on forever. I'm sure Doodle smiled as well. Teeth pulled back from the gums, tail wagging? I know it so well. Memories that live forever.

Your wife in the picture? Very attractive lady.

Oh Randy I want to cry again because you've made me remember my beloved pets, specifically in this case my little fat Staffie, Cleo, (14 years old) who was literally screaming in pain due to cancer of the stomach and I had to have her put down. She was a "people dog". I didn't answer my phone for about two weeks after her death and only spoke to people around me when I had to.

Losing my other pets obviously was very painful as well but Cleo was the only one I had to make that decision for. I couldn't bear her suffering.

I understand your pain far too well. Guess what? If my Cleo is anything to go by, you'll witness her presence again, even if only by "feelings of presence". You shared your wife's experience with us.

For a few years after her passing I used to hear Cleo walking up the passage to my bedroom - she was overweight (always on diet, poor little girl) with her tummy close to the ground so she used to drag her paws when she walked. Mommy's girl. I don't hear her anymore. I wonder where animals go and what they do once they've passed?

Oh our beloved animals! And some people wonder why we love them more than humans?

Regards, Melda
Jubeele (26 stories) (886 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-19)
Ooo, that's Doodle? Ah, tissue warning again... You'll have to leave a special spot for her food bowl at the Christmas table. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo. ❤
roylynx (guest)
6 years ago (2017-12-19)
Ohh, Saw the picture!
Is that Doodle in the picture? So so so adorable!
I need tissue paper now...

Martin (602 posts) mod
6 years ago (2017-12-19)
Note: some new photos provided by the author have been published 📷
Maelstrom (23 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-06)

God bless you and your wife. Doodle seems to be doing well.

Dogs are definitely our best friends.
Tweed (35 stories) (2494 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-05)
Randy, bless you and your beloved Doodle Mutt Thing. ❤ (Great name!)
"Dogs are people too" <-- That came to mind while reading this. Where did humans go wrong that we feel a need to justify the love of a pet. They're family after all. So it's no surprise they can pierce through the odd dream here and there. It's gotta be love that makes it all possible, what else? It's great that your wife received the dream and can recall it such as she does. Kind of makes the encounter all that more lovely.

I'm glad you shared this with us, but I'm sorry for the circumstances. Doodle sounds like a champion. ❤
MrRiggs (7 stories) (102 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-02)
Around the world readers share your sorrow. I feel your loss and fully understand what you are experiencing. I have lost two soulmates in my life and words, written or spoken, can never effectively convey the depth, magnitude or gravity of the emotional pain such a parting brings to the hearts and souls of those left behind.

Doodle wasted no time in helping you to begin the healing process. Your good wife's dream was no fluke. Doodle is as alive as you are and no longer burdened with defects of the flesh.

I once saw my deceased mother in a dream with a warning of death. The death happened but the marvel was my mother's appearance and quality of life. All her earthly issues were gone. She was in her prime, and more fit then I ever saw her when in the flesh.

Your pooch is just fine. Yes, sorrow by all means. It will get better. But be confident that there will be a joyous reunion in your future.
lady-glow (16 stories) (3157 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Thanks... My eyes were needing a good wash with saline solution!

Sorry for your loss. I'm sure Doodle came to your wife's dream to let you know that she's fine and happy.

Thanks for sharing this lovely experience. ❤
EmmalineTexas (10 stories) (163 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Randy - I'm so sorry about Doodle, but how wonderful that she was loved. I truly believe that pets do come to say goodbye and to let us know that they're happy and no longer ill or in pain. She's another angel to meet you when you cross ❤
RANDYM (2 stories) (266 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Thank you to everyone who has replied

Yes, Doodle was my soul mate in many ways. We just clicked like no other pet I have ever had. She would go out back with me every night
While I read. One time in her youth I felt something watching me.
I looked over my book to see her in all of her glory.
Wild hair, flopped ears and bottom fangs hanging out with a terrible under bite. I fell in love with her that night and every night since that once she was at my feet. When I would leave the family at night to go work in the other room at my computer up she would get and come lay at my feet until bed. I would take her up and put her in bed. All those years I could feel her sleeping in my back.
I do think she was letting us know she was ok and very happy

Thanks again
roylynx (guest)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Oh, my...
Tears alert!
I am crying like a little boy now...

Doodle is sure happy now and it had sure contacted your wife through her dream!

Thank you so much for sharing

Love from São Paulo
spiritwaiting (42 stories) (843 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)

Going straight into my favs!

I believe even our little furry loved ones can and will reach out to help us heal when we have to say goodbye. ❤ This is a good reminder that they love us just as much as we love them.

Thanks for sharing

Melda (10 stories) (1363 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
RANDYM - I empathise with you on the loss of Doodle.

Actually you haven't really lost her. Each person or animal we "lose" during life is never truly lost to us. Every single one of them holds a special place in our heart and of course their souls never die, so I love to believe in an eventual joining of the souls, when we are surrounded by all the beautiful people and animals who have shared our lives with us and from whom we have learnt so many good things.

I am so pleased your wife had such a wonderful dream about Doodle, whether it was a message or merely a dream. I believe that a dream which is so memorable holds a clear meaning and to my mind that was your Mutt thing saying cheer up, everything's great here

Regards, Melda
Manafon1 (6 stories) (712 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Randy - It is great to have a new account from you. It does seem to me that Mutt Thing quite possibly did visit your wife in a dream. As we have discussed in the past, if human beings recieve more information and knowledge upon their passing, there seems no reason a pet doesn't as well. There are many accounts on YGS of pets coming back to visit their families but usually in apparitional form. I had a cat of mine visit me in that manner. Seems a good chance Doodle wanted to take it up a notch and make his presence known in a visitation dream.

Like your wife, I don't remember my dreams, except for one. That was when my mother paid me a visit in a dream that was unlike any dream I have ever had. I could feel my mother's arms as she hugged me, feel her as I hugged her in return and the colors around us were vibrant. There is no doubt in my mind it was my mom paying me a farewell visit. Seems Doodle loved both of you so much he thought to himself, "I gotta say goodbye to my flesh-parents" (instead of fur babies you see 😉)
Rex-T (5 stories) (288 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
So that's why my PC screen kept on going blurry while reading your goodbye, RANDYM.

I'm also sure that this was her way of saying she was OK and trying to relieve the family's pain.

After our little girl was spared further suffering, I had a flash of her climbing trees and playing in deep piles of rustling leaves (yes I was owned by a cat).

Thanks for sharing your experience and I agree that hardening your heart doesn't achieve anything.
Jubeele (26 stories) (886 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
Oh yes, I had to have a tissue-box moment. It's so hard to let them go. I do believe that the bond between Doodle, your wife and yourself transcended the beyond. Love is everything. For us and our furkids. Thanks sharing this precious memory.
ajonverge (6 stories) (84 posts)
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
RANDYM: Sorry for your loss and I hope u and your family find the courage to cope. It's just beautiful; the dream; your wife had. You are right. This might just be a way for your little pup to let you know that he/she is happy and free from the worldly pain. It's common to dream of someone who has passed away. It's just our mind trying to make peace with itself as well. And the Mind is it's own place. So, be happy and Love from India...
valkricry (49 stories) (3269 posts) mod
6 years ago (2017-12-01)
There should be a tissue warning. And, yes, I do believe that sometimes pets can reach out beyond the veil.
Not sure what's up with the formatting of your story. Wasn't like that in the editor, nor when I clicked publish. Sorry.

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