goodbye billy



Just writing the post title hurts, and I’m still in shock. Last night I said goodbye to one of the greatest loves of my life-my furry baby, Billy. After struggling with chronic illness for his entire life (13 years), he told us it was time. Selfishly, I did not want to respect his wishes…but knew it was the right thing to do. He left this world peacefully, in my arms, in a room filled with those who love him most. As heavy as the grief is right now, I’m trying to focus on the beautiful moments and memories…they are abundant (and I intend to share those soon). He lived a love-filled life, and brought joy to all who knew him (and even those who didn’t). Billy was such a gift-to this world, to me, to us…his light + love will never be extinguished. I am forever grateful for his constant companionship and unconditional love. He will be with me always.


  1. I’m so sorry, Susan. I remember this all too vividly when I lost my own dogs but the memories have indeed stayed with me. These dogs enrich our lives in so many ways and yours will continue to be touched by Billy. Sending you all hugs during this hard time.

  2. oh susan, my heart breaks for you reading this post. what a precious boy billy was, and so lucky to have you as his dog-mom. thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

  3. Billy was the sweetest little guy.. we will miss him. Like you said, you both had an incredible run together. I hope you are continually flooded with good memories during this time of letting go. Sending love and hugs from MD. xoxoxo

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I really enjoy your blog, and I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you good thoughts and hoping that all the wonderful memories will help you though this hard time.

  5. I’m so sorry, Susan… I know how much you loved Billy. He was such an adorable little fella and I always loved seeing your posts about him. My oldest cat (also 13) died this Christmas. To this day, it still doesn’t feel real. I hope this time won’t be too difficult for you. *big hug*

  6. Oh Susan, my heart breaks. I can’t believe it. I’m so sorry. Billy was, is such a joyful handsome wonderful doggie and will be greatly missed.
    All our love,
    Sam and family

  7. Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss.. I never knew the extreme love you could have for a dog until we got our dog last year. It’s immense. Thinking about you.

  8. So sorry, Susan. I have tears in my eyes as I type. He was so lucky to have you as his mama. I know how heartbreaking it is to have said goodbye, but he left this world in his happiest place- with you. Thinking of you & Billy.

  9. so sad to know that billy has gone
    I remember when my parents lost their little dog; he was a part of the family and I had shared so much with him as I was a child.
    but life must go on and good memories are still with us.

  10. I don’t think I’ve commented before, but I have to now… We don’t know each other, but I will be sending you positive thoughts as I will deal with this soon and I know it will be heartbreaking. Billy was a very lucky dog to have such a compassionate mama.

  11. I echo all of the condolences above. I remember when we had to say goodbye to our furry brother, Reilly, when I was a junior in high school. It was difficult, for sure, and I still miss him bunches. Sending good thoughts your way.

  12. I’m so happy the children got to have Billy in their lives and that he’s a documented part of their photo history. He was such a handsome big brother!

  13. Susan, I’m so sorry to hear about Billy. He was truly the most precious and gentle dog. Thinking of you, Billy and the fam.
    xo Dana

  14. OMGosh, Susan! I am so, so, so sorry! I know all too well the immense feelings of loss you’re going through right now and wish I could ease the pain for you. Sending big virtual hugs to you and the family. xx

  15. I’m so very sorry. What a wonderful mommy you were to him…he was very lucky. Sending love. xoxo

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Your post made me cry a little, as I thought about my dog, Lucy, who is getting older. I cannot imagine the house without her and I am very sad that Billy left. But at least now he is no longer in pain and he can rest in peace.

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