Better Get Mako

Mako – March 01, 2000 – February 9, 2015

I still remember the day I brought him home from the animal shelter at 7-8 weeks old. He was a beautiful mix of Shar-pei and Bullmastiff but leaned towards the Bullmastiff in looks and personality. I lost my sweet boy on Monday Feb 9, 2015 and grieve every minute since I had to make the hardest decision of my entire life to let him go.

The bond we shared was like no other, human or animal and I feel an empty space where he was in my heart and my life. My house feels so empty and his quiet presence is no longer there.

He came into my life when I needed someone and he became my everything. We have gone through life together ever since and now I feel the full impact of his loss and cry all the time. I miss him with every fibre of my being.

My dear sweet Mako, you were loved and will always be loved.


Whenever people met him they would sing the jingle from the car commercial "Better get Macco"

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Apr 10, 2015
your new angel
by: chrys motriuk

you are so lucky to have Mako as your guardian angel...he is forever with you.

Feb 23, 2015
Better Get Mako
by: Theresa

My Dear Sweet Mako

It has been almost 2 weeks now since I lost you and I have never cried as much as I have for you. I have also had to take this very painful journey of life without you by my side and it has forced me to think a great deal of what you truly meant to me.

You entered my life like a gift from God when I needed you more than I ever knew and you became my life completely. When you came to me as a shelter dog, I was actually the one in need of rescue. I was the unwanted who`d been abused and hurt so much I didn't realize that I had stopped trusting and loving anyone including myself. When you came into my life you brought with you the gift of your heart. You won my heart like no other being ever has and have taught me the power of unconditional love.

It must have been such a burden on you to take complete responsibility for your humans' happiness but you did with all of your heart and I am forever grateful to you for loving me and letting me love you. I feel more lost and have more pain than I ever thought possible but, for you I have to find my way because the gift you gave me cannot die with you. You mean too much to let that happen.

I grieve for you more than I know you`d want, for I now realize that your entire life was devoted to my happiness and I ``Thank you`. You have a piece of my heart that nothing or no one can ever have and never will. It is yours and yours alone.

I will always miss your strength, comfort and love but I hope one day when I make that final journey that you will be there for me again because I will always need you. For now my memories and your lessons will have to do.

My Dear Sweet Mako

Good night with love to you,

Mommy (Theresa)

Feb 20, 2015
Better Get Mako
by: Theresa

Thank You Marie

I am sorry for the tragic death of Arne. I love cats as well. I am learning that it makes no difference whether it is an accident, murder or illness the pain is the same. The sense of loss is so deep there is no way to truly prepare for the intense grief. Mako was my world when no one else was there. Relationships with humans have been complicated and painful but with Mako is was always so easy for both of us – he knew all of my feelings and emotions, never judged or criticized, just loved. I am grateful for the time and the very special bond we had together and wouldn't trade a minute of the pain I now feel. In time, I would like to develop a new relationship with another dog but my spouse is not interested in ever getting another dog. I already had Mako when we met so we were a package deal but now there is just me and my surviving cat Elvis, who has taken to sleeping in all of Mako's favourite spots around the house.
I am not sure if my spouse is grieving his loss too or if he is just relieved that it is over which just intensifies the loneliness and the loss. I guess time will tell.


Feb 20, 2015
Better Get Mako
by: Doreen UK

Therese it is such a special and happy experience going out to buy your dog/pet as much as parents look forward to the birth of their baby. Never for a moment is one meant to think or wonder if they are doing the right thing or will their pet/child die.
WE all embrace our new life experiences with JOY. As we are meant to. If we thought for a moment we would lose a loved one, we would never ever take the risk of loving and giving to another.
Let ONE DAY AT A TIME. Heal you and one day you will wake up and the healing will have started and you will feel better. WE all think that we will never get through our grief. That is the moment we are in. But knowing it doesn't last will help all of us RECOVER FROM OUR GRIEF.
Find a project to give your heart to. It is in giving that we find ourselves and realize our purpose for life. You will recover and it will take time. I could not function for 6 months. I did nothing but nurture myself through my grief and I did many good things for myself to pick myself up. This was very healing and cathartic. I am recovering ONE DAY AT A TIME. So will you. Best wishes.

Feb 17, 2015
Better Get Mako
by: Theresa

Thank You Doreen

It has been eight days now and the pain is just as sharp as the day it happened. We knew he was slowing down because of old age but found out the Wednesday prior to his death that he was suffering from a mass on his spleen. We thought we would have a bit more time with him, share one more birthday. One would think you are prepared when you watch them grow into seniorhood but it still came as such a shock that he went downhill so very quickly. I miss him all the time and find it difficult to spend time alone at home without bursting into tears. Logic says this will get better but it sure doesn't feel that way when you are grieving the loss of someone so very special.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with me and to let me know that I am not the only one who has loved/grieved so deeply.


Feb 16, 2015
Hugs for you
by: Marie

My heart is with you and I feel every part of your pain. I cry with you for your loss of Mako.
I too lost my little Arne kitty last July and I know how much you miss him. God will get you through this. Maybe somewhere along the way you
will open your door to a new friend you can love
again. I had my baby 12 years. I lost him to a coyote who jumped into my 6ft walled yard. The tears fall at least once a day over him. It will take time, but you will get better. I am blessed for all the sweet days I had with Arne and I know we will see our beautiful fur babies in heaven someday. Pass your love on to another deserving dog who needs a home and I bet Mako will like that.

Feb 15, 2015
Better Get Mako
by: Doreen UK

I am sorry for your loss of Mako. This is the hardest part of life. Giving and receiving love from pet or person, and then they leave us and we are left very ALONE, and LONELY, and deserted for some time. There is no pain like losing a loved one or pet, who gave meaning and value to our lives. We bond and it hurts when that bond is broken.
I have lost pets and people and the hurt is just easing a bit since losing my husband to cancer almost 3yrs. ago. Life has so many ups and downs and it is so good when we can have our pets to love and to keep us going. But sadly pets have a limit on their lives. It will take time to grieve this loss. But if we get our FOCUS right, we can hold our pets loosely knowing they will die one day, and we just put this experience into a chamber in our heart that is reserved. This way we can go on to embrace another pet, with a different personality, and keep the cycle of love and giving going as we go through life. God knows we need this support in a tough world of ups and downs and ongoing sorrow. I know that you and all of us will recover from our grief in time. But let us embrace each new day with giving, and loving whether to pet or person so that it will also enhance our journey here on earth.

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