Goodbye My Dear Friend!

By Dr. John L. Reizer

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scan0003457I don’t usually like to use this platform to discuss personal happenings in my life. Today I will make an exception to the policy.

This morning my wife, daughter and I lost a very dear friend, our 10 year old Labrador Retriever, Molly.

As many readers already know from personal experiences, the close bond that often forms between people and animals can be just as strong as any bond between two human beings. The emotional pain that is perceived by anyone experiencing the loss and separation of a loved one is sometimes worse than physical pain. In fact, sometimes emotional pain is also accompanied by physical pain in such situations.


Earlier today, our family made a collective decision to end our Molly’s life because she was no longer experiencing a quality of life that she had become accustomed to and deserved.

As I drove my dear friend to the Humane Society where her life would end, I couldn’t help but reflect back on the many good times we all experienced as a family. I cried almost the entire way there and back home again. I didn’t think I would be so emotional over the loss of our family dog, but I was wrong.

I believe all living things on this planet have soul fragments and I am proud and honored to have been afforded the opportunity to take care of this wonderful soul for a very short period of time.

Sometimes the ultimate gift of love is being able to let a loved one go before you want to so that they can fulfill their special journey in this amazing universe. This is the gift we gave Molly today. We will miss you, Molly. I will miss you my dear friend.


4 thoughts on “Goodbye My Dear Friend!

  1. Laura February 3, 2015 / 11:54 am

    I’m sorry John. That had to be a very hard decision. She left you all such great memories.

    • Dr. John Reizer February 3, 2015 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you, Laura. We’re just trying to get through the day.

  2. Larissa February 4, 2015 / 7:43 am

    John, I am so sorry about your Molly. They really are such a huge part of the family. I hope your fond memories get you through this difficult time. Xoxo Larissa

    • Dr. John Reizer February 4, 2015 / 10:54 am

      Thank you, Larissa.

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