Goodbye, My Friend








This poem, author unknown, speaks to my heart today.

Goodbye, My Friend

When our brief time
Together nears its end
I have the faith
In my heart that the
Love that dwells in your soul
Will give you strength
And courage to let me go

You and I
We have been friends
Secrets I will keep
That you have confessed
Will remain with me
From this life
And into the next

In this life
My path seemed clear
My task ~ to teach
You of the greatest
Gift of all
So even if it seems
Beyond your reach

Show me one last time
I’ve done my job well
And return this
Unconditional love
As you hold me
Close and bid me










Lisa Lyle Waggoner is the author of The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. She’s a CPDT-KA, a CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior, a dog*tec Certified Professional Dog Walker and the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina. The company’s trainers enjoy providing virtual behavior consulting and training solutions to clients around the globe and offers coaching, mentoring and behavior case support for pet professionals.


8 thoughts on “Goodbye, My Friend”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I went through the same thing last fall. We are all still missing ours after a year has passes but it’s easier now. Time and new routines will help.
    Take care, Janell and family

  2. Brad and Lisa,

    We are so sorry to hear about Gibson. Please give some special attention to Cody during this time…he will mourn the loss too.

    Gayle & Rob

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Gayle. We’re trying to stay focused on the joy Gibson brought to our lives. Cody’s getting lots of attention now and one day, we’ll have another canine kid to join him.

  3. I am sorry see that Gibson passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My sister, mother and I met you in the waiting room at UGA. My sister was there with her Westie, Winston, who was put to sleep the evening we were there. We had my mother’s puppy, Cooper, with us ( doxie-scottie mix). You gave us your card about your training services. I would like to give my mother training lessons for Cooper for Christmas. She is almost 90 and I know this would be great for her and Cooper. Do you know of someone in Augusta, Ga. that is a good trainer? Wish she lived closer to Murphy, N.C. Thanks so much! Mary Gillespie

    1. Oh Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about Winston. Losing Gibson so unexpectedly has been terribly difficult for us. It’s never easy when we lose a beloved dog. They’re never with us long enough. Please let your sister know we’re thinking of her and keeping her in our thoughts a prayers. I’ll check into someone I might be able to recommend in Augusta and will email you.

  4. Okay. I made it. I finally stopped in to read this. I’ve had it bookmarked for over a month…I kept telling myself that when I’m ready, I’ll read it. It still tore my heart out. I’m so, so sorry for your loss of your beloved Gibson. But I’m sure you are just like me: if you had to do it all over again, knowing the pain you will suffer with your grief, you would without a moment’s hesitation. To know that we are capable of such love is what makes it worth loving in the first place. 🙂 Gibson is picking out your next dog as we speak…he’ll send you exactly who you need. 🙂

    1. You, of all people, understand, Eryka. I’ll join you in a nano second to again experience the depth of love between us and our dogs. Gibson’s death has made me even more focused on Cody and the love I have for him. And, truly have been asking Gibson to choose our next dog! Thank you for sharing the journey with us. It hasn’t been easy, but with friends such as you who understand, the journey has been easier. Peace, Joy & Muddy Paws, Lisa

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