Taia - Always My Little Girl

by Sid
(San Rafael, California, USA)



Last Thursday our little girl passed away just one day shy of her 15th birthday.

We were together from the time she was about 6 weeks old. She was in kidney failure and I made the most agonizing decision of my life to help her let go.

Taia had the kind of personality that lit up a room. She was her own being and did things her way. As a Lhasa Apso, she was always guarding us and letting strangers know she was on duty.

She was filled with curiosity, always checking to see what was in shopping bags we brought home and was not shy about telling us when she was hungry or needed a treat.

She would gently lick our hands or our feet as if to mother us and would scold us with an aloofness if we were late in getting home or having her dinner ready.

If you mentioned a car ride she was down the stairs before you could even get started.

I moved from Canada to be with my wife and Taia and I drove together with a car full of belongings about 2300 miles. It was wonderful to have her with me and to share motels and experiences along the way - she was more curious than me!

We don't have children and she was every bit our little girl, our daughter. God's cruel trick is that his animals give you such unconditional love and happiness at the expense of a short life.

The tears have not stopped. The house seems so empty and we struggle to make sense of it. 5 wonderful years and in an instant she is gone!

We will cherish her memory forever. All the wonderful loving times she gave us... the security she brought us with her kindness and devotion.

Someone gave me the following and I am sorry I cannot identify the author but I wanted to share it...

A Dog's Prayer 
To Those Who Love & Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go- I have so many things to see and do.

You must not tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess- How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you have each shown.

But now it is time I traveled alone.

So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust,

It is only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart,

I will not be far away, for life goes on,

So if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near.

And if you listen with your heart, you will hear All my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone, I will greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home".

Rest in peace little girl knowing that our love for you will never cease. We miss you more than life itself.

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Apr 15, 2012
We Miss You Everyday
by: Sid Kaplan

Dearest Taia, today marks three years since you made your transition. We think of you daily and how much joy you brought. You were unique and so very loving.

Tonight we will light a candle in your memory and hope that you can see it wherever you are and know you are in our hearts daily and always.

I love you. Thank you for all you gave us and for always making sad things happy, sick times well, rainy days bright and being the best friend ever. There was never a way not be happy when looking into your eyes. Know we are with you today and always. I feel your presence everyday. XOXOXO

Oct 21, 2011
love taia
by: Anonymous

I love you taia. My name is Taia.

Apr 16, 2011
Thinking of you always
by: Sid Kaplan

Dear Taia

Today marks another year that has gone by since you left this form and we continue to think of you daily. No matter where in the world we go we feel your presence and we are fill with peace thinking about you.

Today is a special day for us as we remember again and again all the joy and happiness you bring.

We wanted you to know that we miss your physical form so much but are comforted knowing you are free from pain and at God's side waiting to welcome us home one day.

Little girl, we send you all our love always. Know today we spend special time remembering how blessed we were to have you in our lives.

Sid and Sherrill

Apr 16, 2010
One Year Already
by: Sid Kaplan

Dearest Taia

It is one year today that you left your form to romp free with God.

There has not been a day go by that I have not longed for your form and companionship. My love for you grows stronger with each day that passes.

Little girl, know that you are not forgotten and that we relive every moment with the beautiful memories you left with us.

We know we will see you again.

Bless you sweet Taia, I love you always.

Thank you for sharing 15 years with me and continuing to comfort and watch over me.


Sep 20, 2009
Thank you
by: Tanya

I had to tell you Thank you for putting down that poem. I was searching for something special to help my Daughter with the loss of her dog and found that poem. What a beautiful way to see thru a dogs eyes! That was so comforting!

Apr 30, 2009
We miss and will always love little Ms. Taia
by: Margo & Ron DeCook

We were so truly blessed by knowing, loving and being loved by our Dear Taia. She was our good neighbor and wonderful little pal and we were extremely fortunate by being able to spend quality time with her. We loved her very, very much and we shall continue to cherish each and every fond memory of our dear sweet Taia. We loved her and miss her and always will.

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