Goodbye old friend by Maree Cardinale

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The relationship between a person and their dog can be the purest and truest friendship that we have the privilege of experiencing in this lifetime.
The consequence of the joy, loyalty, utter unconditional love that our dogs gift us with allows our hearts to blossom in a way that is ongoing and nourishing to our souls.
To those of us who acknowledge this bond to be as real and important as any human bond, understand that our dogs and us are family, in a very real sense.
When our beloved canine friend dies the grief is as powerful and gripping as any pain we feel when a human loved one passes on.
The grieving should be acknowledged as such and not dismissed by others as ‘it was just a pet, get over it’. Yes to some people their dogs are ‘just a pet’, and that’s nice. For the rest of us who cannot help but to love as fiercely as we are loved then our dogs are so much more than that. They are our friends, and truer than most human ones we will meet along the way.
Maree Cardinale – 30 December 2012

Image is of my cousin Celeste and her beloved Karma xox
RIP Karma, 15.12.97 – 28.12.12.

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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    The relationship between a person and their dog CAN be the purest and truest friendship that we have the privilege of experiencing in this lifetime.
    The consequence of the joy, loyalty, utter unconditional love that our dogs gift us with allows our hearts to blossom in a way that is ongoing and nourishing to our souls.
    To those of us who acknowledge this bond to be as real and important as any human bond, understand that our dogs and us are family, in a very real sense.
    When our beloved canine friend dies the grief is as powerful and gripping as any pain we feel when a human loved one passes on.
    The grieving should be acknowledged as such and not dismissed by others as ‘it was just a pet, get over it’. Yes to some people their dogs are ‘just a pet’, and that’s nice. For the rest of us who cannot help but to love as fiercely as we are loved then our dogs are so much more than that. They are our friends, and truer than most human ones we will meet along the way.
    Maree Cardinale – 30 December 2012

    RIP Karma, 15-12-97—28-12-12.
    My heart goes out to you, my cousin Celeste xox

  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding Portrait Maree!!!

  • Thanks Vitta xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAalmost 2 years ago

    Sorry I love my cats more.

  • What a stupid comment, it’s not a competition.

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Randy  Burns
    Randy Burnsalmost 2 years ago

    This is so true. Our pets love us unconditionally, which is rare in the world of humans.

  • Yes it is Randy. It’s a real treasure to have such a love in our lives :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Stuart Mcguire
    Stuart Mcguirealmost 2 years ago

    well said mare and I agree it is never a competition were pets are involved they are all loved the same and a very cool pic as well stu

  • Thanks Stu xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 2 years ago

    Maree it’s such a wonderful thing to share their lives. My dogs and cats are precious to me and my heart goes out to your cousin Celeste. may she find peace in the wonderful memories of Karma.
    the photo is beautiful
    Jane xx

  • Thank you darling Jane xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Lost mine the week of Thanksgiving. Has torn my heart out and even now I am feeling it as if it were today. Just holding you close Maree. Really sad to hear this. xxx

  • Oh I’m so sorry for your loss Donna. xox
    Thank you, my cousin Celeste is a world of grief at present, I am glad my photos of her and her baby have helped just a little :(
    xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    Very well said, Maree,,,,beautiful portrait!!!

  • Thanks Dorothy xx

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    I lost one of my best furry friends on Christmas Eve this year,,,,I know the pain!!!

  • I’m so sorry to hear that… BIG HUGS xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    I am really not a dog person but I understand what you feel Maree. I had many animals in my life and it’s not easy when we lose it. sorry for you. courage ;)
    sorry I have to remove it from Absolute Clarity. no dogs and cats

  • Ooops sorry Manon. I actually did check your rules and for some strange reason my eyes (or brain) skipped that vital line. :)
    And thank you for your comment and empathy… the dog, Karma, belongs to my cousin not me. xox

    – Maree Cardinale

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