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Lives touched by our loss

March 25, 2012
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

I have been writing this column for 17 years and in that time never have I had such an outpouring of heartfelt thoughts from readers to me as I did on the loss of my 15-year-old Dalmatian, Moxie. It has meant such a great deal and consolation to me in one of my darkest periods.

Here are some of your wonderful thoughts:

Kathryn, So sorry to hear about Moxie. Fran and I had two dogs - bearded collies, Mickey and Bailey. They lived full lives, but it still was so hard when we lost them, a few years back, about a year apart. All I can say is what I say to myself - I was better off having had my dogs for as long as I did. Hope all else is well with you. Mike. (My landlord from 20 years ago in New York City.)


I was so sorry to read of Moxie's passing. Our pets are members of our family, and we mourn them as such.

May the many happy memories of time spent with her help support you in the coming days. Best, Betsy.

So sorry to hear this you guys Nothing beats unconditional love like that of a dog. Hope you are doing well Emery.

Hi Kathryn,

Joe and I are so sorry to hear about Moxie. We hope you are OK, we know how much Moxie meant to you both. Judy and Joe.

Dear Kathryn,

Sorry about the loss of Moxie. She looks like a lovable companion. Keep your warm memories of her, and accept her going.

Love, Uncle Leonard.

I am so sorry to hear about it K. There is never a good time. Sorry about the loss.-Dan.

Hi Kathryn,

So sorry to hear of Moxie's passing. My thoughts are with you.

Love, Lisa.

Hi Kathryn,

I'm so sorry to hear of Moxie's passing. I never was a dog person either until a couple of years ago, and now I have two. Dogs are like furry, four-legged children to us, but giving us unconditional love and devotion. I believe dogs go to heaven, and one day (hopefully not too soon) you and Moxie will be together again.

Best regards, Dave.


My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Moxie. I know how sad it is to lose a fur-baby member of the family as I've lost my share of beloved pets throughout the years. Moxie was a sweetheart. I only met her a few times, but from what I saw she was a good and faithful friend, loving and trusted companion. I know both of you must be grieving her terribly now, and for that I am sorry. But the memories will never die, nor your love for her. Both will stay etched in your hearts forever. How wonderful for each of you to know that Moxie was given both love and a good home by your hands. A dog couldn't ask for better owners.-Roberta.

Hi Kathryn, Sorry to hear about Moxie. We will miss seeing Moxie with the both of you on the street, she was such a nice dog. We expect to see you in early May. Best wishes sylandbob. (Our neighbors.)

And then there's the Rainbow Bridge poem, given to us by our vet. I won't reprint it here other than the first few lines:

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

"When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable."

The rest of the poem can be found at

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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