“‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” The famous quote can be applied to countless things in life, one of them being owning a pet.
Though their lives are shorter than ours, they bring so much joy to us while they’re on Earth. Perhaps that’s why the devastation that comes from their loss is that much more poignant. Regardless of whether the death is sudden or expected, a simple act of compassion can help lift the spirit of a grieving pet owner. That’s never been truer than with this touching story.
Earlier this week, Gemma Dunne, a teacher at St. Michael’s Primary School in Glasgow, Scotland, had to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever. But her despair was alleviated, at least momentarily, by a sweet gesture from one of her students.
Gemma’s daughter Lucie wrote that her mom had been feeling low about putting her dog to sleep, but in an effort to cheer her up, a thoughtful young student wrote her a sweet letter.
The student, Callum, apologized in advance if his note caused any additional heartache, which in itself was so endearing…
In the following two pages, he expressed his condolences for her loss and included an acrostic poem, spelling out the beloved dog’s name, Charlie.
Cheeky. I bet your dog was really cheeky.
Happy. I bet your dog was always happy.
Adorable. I bet your dog was super adorable.
Relative. I bet your dog was really related to you.
Lucky. I bet your dog was really lucky to have you.
Incredible. I bet your dog was super incredible.
Energetic. I bet your dog was always full of energy.
But most of all know your dog was special and your dog is in a better place and is looking over you.
Callum added a nice touch, drawing a picture of a sweet treat, before concluding, “Charlie was a great dog. From Callum.”
Gemma often referenced the golden in classroom discussions, so she told her children first-thing in the morning. According to Lucie, when she read Callum’s note, Gemma, “was so grateful for it, especially after being so nervous about going back into work after the weekend.”
What a sweet young man.
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