Goodbye My Gentle Giant

That is Charlie – in the picture. We lost him today. Just a few minutes ago.

My gentle giant.

As I weep my eyeballs out, all I can think of is how he enriched our lives for the years he lived with us. How little he asked for and how much he gave.

And I worry a bit about my girls and what I will tell them when they wake up in the morning.

Here is a slideshow we made years ago – my husband and I.

We will miss you Charlie but you will always be with us.

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  • positivelypresent

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Losing my dog, Pooky, was one of the hardest things that ever happened to me. It is extremely painful to lose a dog, but I'm sure Charlie had a wonderful life with you. He is an absolutely beautiful dog. (Someday I plan to get a German Shepard when I have more room…They are amazing creatures. So smart!) I'm not religious at all, but I found the book Dog Heaven wonderful when I lost my dear Pook. You might want to check it out:

  • Dents

    My condolences. It is always hard to lose a loved one. *hugs*

  • thinkmaya

    thank you Dents. How are you? Hug back :)

  • Davinahaisell

    Hi Maya. I'm very sorry to hear about Charlie. He does look like a gentle giant — has a kind face. Losing a pet is difficult; I've been there and understand how you must be feeling. Hugs to you and your girls.

  • thinkmaya

    Dani – thank you SO much.

  • thinkmaya

    Thanks Davina, I do appreciate you being around now. Thank you so much.

  • Nathalie Lussier

    I am so sorry to hear that Maya! Sending you lots of love in this time of grief. I know how hard it is, yet it's never the same again. *hugs*

  • wilma_ham

    Hi Maya.
    I loved your tribute to your gentle giant and I love how you let him harvest his love.
    Remembering their unconditional love is the best gift I can give my pets.
    Lots of love to you and thanks for sharing moments with Charlie and your completion with his passing, Wilma

  • vered

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Neeta

    Words are so inadequate in the face of loss, just sending you a big warm hug and all my love…….

  • thinkmaya

    Thank you So much Natalie. Appreciate the *hugs*
    I hope you are well :)

  • thinkmaya

    Wilma, thank you so much.

    It is such a contradiction to me – how much he gave us – how unconditionally he loved us.
    It aches in my heart that he was my baby but it seems like he did all the giving.

    thank you for stopping by.

  • thinkmaya

    Thank you Vered. It is amazing to me how you are everywhere… I am touched. Thanks so much.

  • thinkmaya

    Warm hug Neeta and love back to you too.
    I hope I get to meet you sometime!

  • sushmita

    Hi Mayu,

    Am so so sorry about Charlie…it must be incredibly hard on you both and the heartfelt condolences..
    I loved my neighbour's dog when I was a kid..about 15 years old and I took care of it from when he was a puppy..and he would listen to me..wait for me to get back from school..he was my best friend..and my support and friend indeed..and all he ever wanted to do was walk with me , cuddle and eat aloo fry:-)..he died on my lap..and i miss so him so much even after all these years…
    so so sorry Mayu..its a hard time for you all now.


    very touching post .. sorry to hear about the loss of charlie ..

  • r0b3rta

    Maya, I just stumbled upon your blog. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Charlie. Charlie looked like a handsome dog. My Frantz had to be put to sleep a couple weeks back. Your closing sentence “We will miss you Charlie but you will always be with us.” is very true. Like you I feel Frantz is still with us when I look at the step he could barely climb when we first got him to when I eat a banana knowing he loved those immensely. Cherishing those precious things are so important.

    My friend sent me this passage from the chapter “Passports” in A Useful Dog by Donald McCaig:

    “Moose died here, where twelve years ago he was born and he's buried in the graveyard on the hill where I hope to be buried someday…We carried him to his grave on his sheepskin bed and set his letter underneath. My wife, Anne, writes a letter for every one of our dogs and I have never asked her what she writes. She says it's a passport and I like to think of Moose coming to the last river he will ever cross and offering the boatman his letter, 'Oh, yes, I was a very good dog.'

    “But it may be, it just may be – all our dogs waiting on the far side of the river that Anne and I must one day cross – those letters may not be dogs' passports. They may be ours.”

  • cathlawson

    Hi Maya I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Pets become such a huge part of our lives and it's painful to lose them.

  • mindfulmimi

    Soooo sorry to hear that Maya. I have never had a dog. So I can only imagine what this must be like. I wish you a lot of strength. It's always hardest on the kids.
    Take care

  • Annie

    I stumbled upon this after reading your post on Startup Day. I almost teared up thinking of my own black lab and the unconditional love that dogs provide. Thanks for sharing.

  • maya

    Thanks Annie! And so nice to meet you :)