Here’s an excerpt from Duck’s obituary in which Sarah describes her last moments with him:
“I told him how loved he was, and thanked him for giving me such happiness and for his unwavering companionship and love. The doctor gave him a shot and he fell asleep, and then another that was basically an overdose of sleeping meds. I held him and kissed him and whispered to him well passed his passing. I picked him up and his body was limp- you don’t think about the head- it just falls. I held him so tight. And then finally, when his body lost its heat, and I could sense the doctor thinking about the imminent rush hour traffic, I handed him over. 14 years.
My longest relationship.
My only experience of maternal love.
My constant companion.
My best friend.
You can read Sarah’s entire heartfelt tribute to Duck on her blog, but please have a box of Kleenex handy for the tears you will undoubtedly shed.
Sarah’s beautiful tribute to her beloved Duck tugs at one’s heartstrings because the feelings of love and loss she expresses for him are feelings we all have about our own pets. How broken-hearted do most people feel when they lose a pet? How fearful are most people of losing the pet or pets they already have?
I truly believe that one of the greatest forms of love in the entire universe is the love that people have for their pets. How many stories have you heard about pets helping children (and adults) get through rough patches in their lives, providing companionship to elderly people who live alone, or sheer joy to anyone who lives with one? Who doesn’t cry at sweet animal movies such as “Marley & Me,” or feel bad when they see the sad faces of the homeless animals on the ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlin while comparing them to the furry creatures sitting on the couch next to them? Didn’t Leona Helmsley even leave all or part of her estate to her cute little dog “Trouble?”
This beautiful poem, written and recited by the late Jimmie Stewart about his dog “Beau” on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1981, is a shining example of the love and loss so many people feel when a beloved pet passes. Check it out on this video, and make sure to watch it until its bittersweet end.
My heart goes out to Sarah Silverman at this time for her loss. If you have a beloved pet of your own, ever had a beloved pet, or simply love dogs, cats and other animals, please consider this quote by John Robbins in his forward to the book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows by Melanie Joy, Ph.D. Think about it with all the reason, logic, honesty, and compassion you can muster up. For the record, please note that Sarah Silverman is an animal rights’ activist and a vegetarian.
“…I have a question that burns in my soul. This is my question: Why is it that we love our companion animals so much, animals that we call “pets,” and get so much deep human value from those relationships, but then we turn around and call other animals “dinner,” and by virtue of that semantic distinction feel entitled to treat those animals with any manner of cruelty as long as it lowers the price per pound?”
– John Robbins
Think about it!