A Dog’s Last Will & Testament

By Cheryl Campbell | A Dogs Life

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Our pups, Milly, Peach, Andy and Blu

Most of you may know that all of our pups were rescues.  What many of you don’t know is that we lost two of them within weeks of each other this past fall. Peach passed first and then Blu followed her just 8 short weeks later.

Both passings were unexpected because they never showed any signs of illness.  Making it even more heartbreaking was the fact that I wasn’t there when they took ill. I was 3,000 miles away on a business trip.

To this day, I still talk to them, but I haven’t been able to talk about their loss to others.  It just plan old hurts too much.

Then I saw this, and I have to admit it sounds just like something my Peach and Blu would say to me.  It gave me comfort, so I decided to post it here today.

A Dog’s Last Will & Testament

Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…


To a poor and lonely stray I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.


I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.


So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”


Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.


This is the only thing I can give…


The love I left behind.