My Sylvia Passed Away This Morning in My Arms.


OK, so I’m a little distraught.  A lot distraught.

My Sylvia, the best pug in the world, passed away this morning in my arms.  She’d been feeling sick the last couple of days, but we thought it was something she ate or just some small sickness that dogs get and seem to get over quickly.

She was only just 11.  I got her when she was only 8 weeks old, and I still remember how tiny she was, how she rode with me on my lap all the way home from deep southwestern Missouri.  I will remember her smile most though.

She’s in bed now, wrapped in a pillowcase, cooling.  I closed my sweet baby’s eyes and I go in and look at her every few minutes.  It happened early this morning, and Deb’s not here, so she doesn’t even know yet.  I do not look forward to telling her that the mama’s pug has passed away.

At some point I have to bury my baby here at the house.  She will be the second pug I have buried while living on this lonely country road.

Sylvia, I love you and I always will.  You will always be daddy’s girl.  Go, now, and frolic and look after Hector.

I will never forget you, Syl.


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

12 responses to “My Sylvia Passed Away This Morning in My Arms.

  • fatimasaysell

    I am so sorry for your loss. I really share your pain, as we lost our beloved Labrador Retriever, Bramble, 2 years ago this June. I was devastated for weeks and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and we often talk about him. We have a new puppy now and he’s wonderful too, and I am sure one day you will have another dog, when you feel stronger. Rest in Peace, Syvia. A big hug and lots of love for you and Deb.

  • Donna Taff

                        I’m sorry that Sylvia is gone. It’s always sad, but, you have all the wonderful memories. Have a good cry.


  • John F.D. Taff

    Thanks to both of you. It’s been a very difficult morning. Now I have to find a spot in the yard and bury my dear friend.

  • anthonyriveragmp

    Gosh John. That is more than terrible news. Sorry to hear about Sylvia in your very touching post. The fact that our dogs become such a part of us is something only pet owners fully comprehend. My thoughts are with the two of you as you usher Sylvia along to reunite with Hector. Sincerely, Tony.

  • anthonyriveragmp

    John, that us more than horrible to hear. I am so sorry that you sre experiencing this loss. I am well aware how our pets become such a large part of our lives. My thoughts are with the two of you as you usher Sylvia on to reunite with Hector. Will see you soon. Sincerely, Tony.

  • kimperial1492

    Aw so sorry John. It’s always so hard to lose your family members. I tear up now as I look at my middle aged doggies. See, my husband has never had pets, until he met me, his family weren’t pet people. So when our dogs die, it will be terrible. I know you loved Sylvia, and am so very sorry for your loss, friend. I know she felt loved, you can see it.

  • John F.D. Taff

    Thanks, Kim. That means a lot. She was the dearest, sweetest most full of personality dog I’ve ever had. I love her so much, and it’s so hard to know that she’s gone now. She was loved…so much.

  • Sarah Johnson

    I’m so sorry this happened, John. Sylvia sounds like a terrific dog.

  • Cathy

    My heart breaks for you and your wife. It’s so hard to say goodbye to our furry children. I have two graves in my back yard where I planted a tree. That tree is a memorial to both babies. One was 7 years and 1 was 19.

  • bibliorex

    John, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been where you’re at now.
    — Andrew

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