She rests under the covers on the bed now.
I spend some time stroking and petting her frailness,
Hoping, like with humans, physical touch eases the pain.

I look at her, and I bring her out of hiding,
to the counter where her dishes and water wait.
She takes a sip of water and a nibble of treats.

She sits on the counter, looks around, thinner,
but then jumps down to the floor and trots to the bedroom.
Looking at the bed, I raise the blanket and make a hole for her.

It seems she has no more need of me.
The darkness and warmth of the the hole I’ve made is enough.
I fear I’m losing her


About Bob Kallberg

Retired reporter. Concentrating now on recounting Joanie's 12 year battle with cancer, a battle she waged with extreme courage, determination and an indomitable spirit, that, for me, serves as an example.
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  1. Hi Bob – very nicely said – Bailey has been a huge part of your life and great comfort to you -hope it will go smoothly for you –

    We are fine with not many age related problems – I did 5 weeks ago had a long anticipated heart valve (TAVR) replacement – all went well and was very impressed with the excellent care received –

    Still enjoy the insurance work- Tove is very busy with volunteer work and Kiwanis-

    Hope all is well with you Bob – our very best to you — Tove and Dirk


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