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Published:August 30th, 2009 10:28 EST
Losing Your Best Friend

Losing Your Best Friend

By Jaclyn Phillips

I have lost my best friend, Bart.  He died in November 2004, and the pain is still fresh.  Bart was the first dog that I have ever owned, and he was incredible.  He loved to wear costumes, and he even got excited when I brought out the fabric for try ons.   He was so unique.  I thought I would die, when I was told that he had died while I was in California.  My heart was broken.  I asked the veterinarian to keep him in the cooler, so I could say good-bye when I got home.  It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I am glad that I did it.


I couldn`t stop crying, day in and day out.  So I decided to go to the local Humane Society to walk dogs, in hopes that it would make me feel better.  That`s where I met Curley Sue, a mixed, and I mean mixed breed who was 9 years old.  I walked her twice the first week, four times the second week and the third week I put in for her adoption.  I was so excited, I could hardly wait.


I got her the first week in December 2004.  But she wasn`t quite enough to fill the gap that Bart had left in my heart, so the following spring of 2005, I adopted Max.  She was a 1 year old black lab and beagle mix.  They got along really well.  But as Curley Sue aged more she was less tolerant of Max.  So, in October 2008, I got Rascall, a black lab, beagle, and cattle dog mix.  She and Max hit it off right away. And Curley Sue is just glad she doesn`t have to deal much with either of them.  Now my heart seems more adjusted to losing Bart, though I will never get over him as long as I live.


I created a web-site in Bart`s honor, which is, "My Barts", where I sell costumes for canines and humans.  But most of all, it is a web-site to honor what a great dog Bart truly was.  You will be able to read all of the newspaper articles about him when you visit the web-site.


I really can never quite stop grieving for Bart, but the adoption of my new three girls, has helped me tremendously.


My heart goes out to anyone who has ever lost a pet and gets criticized for grieving about it.