Telkens een hondje sterft, zoeken we naar een manier om met het verlies om te gaan. De herinneringen zijn onbetaalbaar, maar soms biedt een banale afbeelding of quote hulp om het een plaats te geven.

There is one best place to bury a dog,
if you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call – come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path
and to your side again.

And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him,
nor resent him coming,
for he belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall,
who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

The one best place to bury a good dog
is in the heart of his master.’