A little while ago a Redditor by the name of SillyPickle posted a emergency story on a few social blog websites.  Her dog was very sick, and she did not have the money for the surgery that he needed for recovery.  She posted to ask for any kind of help people could give to help with her dogs surgery.  Amazingly the Story and post when viral and the internet rallied behind her and were able to raise $11,000 usd to help fund her dogs surgery!

Amazed, in tears, and overwhelmed, SillyPickle took her dog in to get surgery….

…and it was an amazing success! Lex (her dog) was happy and healthy and the community rejoiced.

Here is her video on picking up Her dog after surgery :

It’s what happened after the surgery where things get really amazing.

After the surgery the dog lived a happy life for two more years, before he unfortunately passed away.  The owner sad but extremely thankful posted online to share this sad news and let the people from 2 years ago know how thankful she was to have had the ability to be with her dog for the extra time he was given..

SillyPickle’s post to reddit.com

The thank you post also went completely viral and caught the eye of attention of many different people, but most interestingly was the post by one user in the comments.

Here is the incredible words that Ernest Montague wrote down to console the loss of the dog.  I cannot help but tear up everytime I read them :

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say:” No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone ( exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.

When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging it’s tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.

But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much.