You came into my life
unexpectedly, thirteen years ago,
you were just a little girl
about nine months old.
It’s hard to believe
someone had abandoned you.
Well, now I was the lucky one,
to have you in my home.
You were very smart, obedient,
fun and so playful.
You were cute as a button,
with the most beautiful soulful eyes.
You were friendly, funny and always so happy,
but best of all, you were mine.
You filled my life with joy and happiness,
my days with hope and purpose.
You filled our home with warmth and comfort,
my heart with love and peace.
You made me laugh when I least expected it
and when I needed it most.
You helped me through some tough times,
making it all good.
Before too long you were my best friend and my world.
We walked for hundreds of miles together,
your little paws explored the streets of Rodeo, Melrose, Santa Monica, Laguna, and many more.
We even took the ferry to the island of Balboa,
I think you especially enjoyed walking
our home town of Aliso Viejo.
You accompanied me to the carwash
and errands around town.
You loved to go bye-bye,
be it cold or summer heat,
you were always ready
to jump right into your car seat.
On Friday nights we were at the Spectrum
checking out the shops,
somehow you always found your way
directly to the pet shop.
Everyday you waited by the window
until my car turned the corner,
I could see you jump and run to greet me
happily at the door.
We closed our eyes at night
and you woke up by my side,
you were my little sunshine
making everything alright.
Every Christmas morning
you found your gifts tucked under the tree,
you quickly unwrapped them
and went back to look for more.
I’m still puzzled how you didn’t touch
anyone else’s, just the ones for you.
I still think you were amazing
at how much you knew.
Forever I will remember
the road trips we took together
to Aspen, Sedona, Utah,
Grand Canyon, and more.
The weekend trips to Big Bear,
Arrowhead, LA and Del Coronado.
Our camping in the woods
and hikes in the mountains,
driving up the coast and
through the rolling hills.
Everything was better
when you were by my side.
Most of all I’ll treasure our yearly trips to Carmel,
it was just the two of us, we were never alone,
it was our home away from home.
We spent the days walking about,
and saying hello to every pup in town.
I know your favorite treat was running free
for hours on the beaches of Carmel.
You didn’t know it,
but that was my special treat too,
I smiled and laughed for hours
just watching you.
But lately it’s only been trips to the vet,
they said your heart will get larger
and breathing will be tough.
I gave you all your pills,
oh this is getting rough,
to see your health declining
and your appetite grow less,
all the while your tail is wagging
to camouflage your pain.
You didn’t like to be held too long,
you preferred to stand on your own,
but on our last day together
you curled up in my arms.
For hours I held you close
as your head rested on my heart.
You knew that’s what I needed
to comfort the ache in my heart
and to quiet my weeping
as the tears poured out in fear.
Thank you, my precious Mochi,
for comforting my life until the painful end.
You gave me your everything
until your eyes closed to rest.
My heart is aching now,
the house is empty
and doesn’t feel like home.
My days are long and lacking,
my life is lost and lonely.
Now I stand alone without balance,
reflecting, and yearning for more.
My tears keep flowing,
oh, this is when I need you most.
Forever I will treasure you,
my little piece of heaven.
You are now a little angel
resting in my heart.
I love you my little Momo,
and forever I will miss you.