Zeev - Do not feel guilty or blame yourself. Know that you gave Smokey a loving and caring home and that he loved you for it. You will always cherish the memories that you had with him and you will never forget him. I lost my Klaus almost 9 months ago after 14.5 years and I think of him every single day. He enriched my life so much that I know that I'll never forget or stop missing him. I like to post a poem for those on this website that lose their furry loved ones that I think sums up our thoughts about our furry friends (Author Unknown):
WAITING AT THE DOOR…..
I was just a pup when we first met,
I loved you from the start,
you picked me up and took me home
and placed me in your heart.
Good times we had together,
we shared all life could throw,
but years passed all too quickly,
my time has come to go.
I know how much you miss me,
I know your heart is sore,
I see the tears that fall when I’m not
Waiting at the Door.
You always did your best for me
your love was plain to see,
for even though it broke your heart
you set my spirit free.
So please be brave without me,
one day we’ll meet once more,
for when you’re called to Heaven.
I’ll be Waiting at the Door