Dear human,

I know that your heart is sore. But however hard it seems today, I hope that you will heal.

Because you were so good to me. You took me in even though you didn’t have to. You fed me, gave me a home, kept me safe, and played with me until we were both smiling from ear to ear.

Thank you for that. Thank you for everything that you gave to me. I hope that I gave you everything, too.

And please, whatever you believe, I want you to know that it’s not your fault that I’m gone. So don’t feel sad or angry at yourself. You did all that you could.

I just grew tired, and I couldn’t keep moving forward anymore, no matter how much I wanted to for the both of us.

I’m sorry that my leaving hurt you. I never meant to. But it’s okay to miss me. I miss you, too. And it’s okay to cry. I’m still right here with you.

So, no matter what, I want you to remember the joy that we shared, and the joy that remains. You don’t deserve to be sad. And I don’t want you to be.

Instead, think of me as I was, and know that I will forever be like that, right there, tucked inside your oh so wonderful heart.

And don’t forget that between our hello and goodbye, there was love. So much love. I felt it for you. And I know that you felt it for me, too.

Until we meet again,

Your furry best friend