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Eulogy for Cassie: My First Dog

31 January 2010 1,521 views 36 Comments

CASSIE BART
Dec. 1, 1994 – Jan. 28, 2010

We lost a special dog this week
the kind you can’t replace
and looking at her favorite spots
We still can see her face.

casswithjeff and jodi

After a bath she had boundless energy
as she ran from room to room,
Launching over couches
Around the house she’d zoom.

I remember how she’d tug on my sheets
to play her favorite game,
Bouncing forward like a bunny rabbit
When she heard us call her name.

She did her guard dog duty
Each time the doorbell rang,
rolling over on her back
for a belly rub whomever came.

Our Cassie knew what she wanted
Showing us where to find a treat
She’d rope me in to go on walks
Begging mom for another piece of meat.

cassiemom

She strutted ‘round the neighborhood
Sniffing every blade of grass and flower
She also loved riding in fast cars
With the wind on her face for an hour.

I noticed during recent visits
Her ears and eyes were not as sharp,
No happy cries and carpet break dancing
15 years had shown their mark.

cassie

We know she’s in a special place
created for beloved furry friends,
Where treats, sunshine and fields to roam
make them strong and young again.

I picture her basking in warming sunshine
Chewing happily on a bone
With a kiss on the nose and a belly rub
Enjoying her new home.

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  • hotlabrescue

    You know she is up there interviewing your next buddy, and when she thinks you are ready she will send you a message.

  • hotlabrescue

    You know she is up there interviewing your next buddy, and when she thinks you are ready she will send you a message.

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    Jodi, what a beautiful eulogy for a beautiful pup. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope she has already met our last furry friend, who we lost a couple of years ago at the age of 16. Perhaps they are romping together right now in the big dog park in the sky.

  • Mom and Dad

    What a beautiful eulogy for Cassie. You captured our little dog's life so nicely. Love Dad.

    Such a treasure this is for all of us who miss Cass so much. She touched us so deeply and we miss her terribly. She gave us so uch joy Thank you for this poem. You captured our little doggie perfectly. I love you. Mom

  • Mom and Dad

    What a beautiful eulogy for Cassie. You captured our little dog's life so nicely. Love Dad.

    Such a treasure this is for all of us who miss Cass so much. She touched us so deeply and we miss her terribly. She gave us so uch joy Thank you for this poem. You captured our little doggie perfectly. I love you. Mom

  • sharonmervis

    I saw Cassie grow from a puppy to a mature, wonderful family friend and know how tough it must be since Cassie is no longer with you and your family. Thank goodness for all the fond memories of her. I bet she is with Pebbles and all all the Fallsreach dogs who are in doggy heaven.
    Sorry for your loss.
    Hugs,
    Sharon

  • FoodPorncess

    I'm so sorry, and like Michelle, I'm hoping she's up there playing with a couple I know as well.

  • FoodPorncess

    I'm so sorry, and like Michelle, I'm hoping she's up there playing with a couple I know as well.

  • Fredda Satinsky

    Cassie was such an integral part of the Bart family…. I imagine that you are relieved that she is no longer in pain but now have to deal with your pain of losing her.

    Our love is with you,
    Fredda & Buzz

  • Steve

    i didn't know cassie well but remember her as beautiful and sweet. rach and i took
    her for a walk during the shiva for your grand-mother and i really enjoyed that time with her.

  • Minna

    guys, i am so sorry that cassie's time had come. i am glad that i saw her recently at your house linda. i could pet her and have one last visit. im sure she is running free somewhere warm, over the rainbow and maybe even w libby. jodie–i loved your poem and photos!! so well put and loving. a pet is such an important and special family member. it is is wonderful that you had time together for so many years. bob and i send truly heartfelt condolences.i am glad i will see u this week linda. i am sad to think of cassie gone.much love,minna

  • Christine

    I am so sorry to hear that Cassie died – your tribute to her was so sweet and summed up all my memories of her for sure! She and Butterfly must (I am sure) be hanging out together enjoying doggie heaven.
    Thinking of you guys…and miss you!

  • Renee

    So sad! Cassie will be greatly missed. Hugs to your family on their loss.

  • Alex

    So sorry about Cassie. I know what a special dog she was and how much you will miss her.

  • Sandi

    I'm so sorry to hear about Cassie. I know what that feels like and it is amazing how connected we become to our wonderful pets. Their loss is very painful and I truly feel for the whole family. Too many losses this past year ! Thank you for sharing your sad news with me, wish I could do more for you all. Like with any family member, memories will keep your beloved Cassie alive in your hearts forever.

  • Jessica

    I know it must be really tough for your whole family.It is truly amazing how much joy an animal can bring and I know that they will miss her greatly. I gave Abby a little extra love last night…she is looking forward to her visit with you guys this weekend.

  • Lisa

    Jodi! I am so sorry. You dog is SO cute. What a total sweetie.

  • linda

    just spotted this wonderful & beautiful tribute to your cassie…you mom called me & i could tell in her voice that something was not right.
    i met cassie on a girls rule trip to washington dc to spend the w/e with your mom…cassie was a sweet young lady & i will always remember her boundless energy & playful self. you & your family have great memories to comfort you & treasure.

  • Susan F.

    I will surely miss “Ms. Lion” as your Dad used to call her! Your poem is beautiful, Jodi and characterizes Cassie perfectly! She was SUCH a good doggy…and I am sure you all will miss her dearly with all your hearts! I know I will!

  • Jane

    This is so wonderful. What a tribute!! What a dog!!

  • jodibart

    Thank you. I do hope they get another dog one day.

  • jodibart

    Thank you to all the friends and family who share our sadness. We appreciate you so much! I hope all the dogs we love are having fun together up there :-)

  • Barbra

    You know I was thinking of all of you and Cassie from the minute I heard. I KNOW how much pain you guys are in…. my thoughts and prayers are with you… I remember all the times that Cassie came into our driveway looking for Joey, even after he was gone, still looking for a treat!
    Cassie was a wonderful member of your family and always will hold a special place in your hearts. I hope she has found her friend Joey in doggy heaven and they are free of pain and playing together. Howard and I hope you will remember all that happiness that Cassie brought to your lives and it will bring a smile to your face… Barbra

  • Paula Holzband

    Jodi, I'm very sorry to hear of your family's beloved Cassie passing on. Your pictures and tribute to her were beautiful. Know that we're thinking of you, and your parents too. Please convey my and Lenny's sympathy to your parents. As Lenny mentioned to you, we remember our Ralf (named such so all the other dogs in the neighborhood could call him by his 1st name) with much affection and love too. With love, Paula

  • Evan

    I hope she's playing with Kelif (1973-1989) and Casey (1994-2006). Sorry for your loss but happy for the joy you keep. Evan

  • http://twitter.com/lucybart Lucy Bart

    I appreciate all the extra love and appreciation I'm getting from Mommy recently ;-)

  • jodibart

    I sure hope she is!

  • jodibart

    I sure hope she is!

  • jodibart

    Thank you, Paula. They really appreciate it!

  • jodibart

    Cassie loved visiting your house! We would always call you guys first when Cassie would take one of her jaunts around the neighborhood unaccompanied — and a couple times we didn't even know she had taken herself on a walk until you called!

  • Sharon

    Cassie was so sweet and a large part of your family.
    How I remember dad (Andy ) saying “go to auntie sharon”
    You have great memories so treasure that ..
    much love,
    aunt Sharon.

  • Cynthia McGrail

    So sorry to read about your pup- that was a beautiful tribute. It brought tears for sure. She had such a sweet Tibetan Terrier face-they really are special dogs.

  • Cynthia McGrail

    So sorry to read about your pup- that was a beautiful tribute. It brought tears for sure. She had such a sweet Tibetan Terrier face-they really are special dogs.

  • Cynthia McGrail

    So sorry to read about your pup- that was a beautiful tribute. It brought tears for sure. She had such a sweet Tibetan Terrier face-they really are special dogs.

  • Cynthia McGrail

    So sorry to read about your pup- that was a beautiful tribute. It brought tears for sure. She had such a sweet Tibetan Terrier face-they really are special dogs.

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