Why don’t you join us?” They asked her for the hundredth time. She was exhausted from having to reject their pleas. Her friends were never tired though. “It’s just one night. It couldn’t hurt, right? Besides, just think , you might meet someone really cute.” Her best friend winked at her. She never felt the need to have male company; a man couldn’t complete her.

What would you do, shut in the house?” She didn’t see the need to answer that. They didn’t know her plan. Her Valentine’s Day ritual!

She woke up with the alarm clock ticking on the bed-stand. 4 years ago, she wouldn’t have been the only one to wake up. He was the one to wake up before her. She would stir in her sleep with him next to her. His playful and cheery self would bring him even closer to her, so she could feel his breath on her skin. Smiling, she would hug him as he’d nuzzle her cheek. 

But today, on the morning of 14th February, 4 years later, she woke up with a struggle. Lifted aside the blankets and stepped in her slippers.

What would you do, shut in the house? The thought echoed in her mind.

None of her friends were let in to share the secret – her Valentine’s Day ritual. She feared they would judge her, think that loneliness had turned her mind somehow. She will never be ready to tell them. They will never understand.

She got dressed in her black dress; the one that even today carried his smell. It was perfectly fit for the day. To some, it would seem she was out on a date, only it wasn’t so.

On the way, she bought the flowers he so loved – white daisies. And a bar of Mars, the only crunchy treat that got him out of a fit of rage or sadness. Just over a mile, she turned around the corner and walked past the gate. This was where they first met 9 years ago. This was where they always met for the past 4 years.

1st row, 2nd and 3rd… There!

“My heart is your home & there you’ll live forever!”

In loving memory of,


The Dog who still lives…

The headstone read.

Two great drops of tears washed away the dust settled on the ground where she laid the daisies and the bar of Mars. She felt the paw prints engraved on the stone. He was her friend, her companion, her love, her life. How could any man replace him?  She got up, turned and left the graveyard.

For her, this was customary. For her, this was Valentine’s Day.


I lost my pet German Shephard ‘Dollar’ many years ago.
But there’s not one day I don’t miss him.
I believe,

Valentine’s Day is about appreciating them
who make your life better, happier, worthwhile.
And that’s not just humans.

This post is my tribute to all our furred friends, to Dollar. ❤

That’s my idea of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day. What’s your idea?


©Asha Seth


  1. Dear Asha,

    It is a pleasure to welcome you to Candles Online… I didn’t say anything after I read your article yesterday. Actually I was holding myself back for this opportunity to comment under your article.

    You are right, a Pet’s day has to be celebrated internationally. I remember when I was a kid I used to force my Mom to pick a puppy from the group of puppies on the street… and when the puppy misses it’s Mom at night it would cry all night breaking my heart. And next morning with teary eyes I used to say good bye to the puppy…

    But as I grew older life never gave me an opportunity to rear one pet alongside me.

    Beautiful story of Dollar and Asha. THANKS for the share… Dollar reminded of Richie Rich. 😉

    Once again… Welcome to the family 😃

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  2. Hello, I am not a pet lover, but I am a lover. I was sad to read your article. The silent companions know nothing but to love, I too have a she-dog, she was a street dog, we made her ours. She is getting old, but her loyalties and affection only keep rising. I can’t help shedding a tear when I see them suffering because they express with those sad eyes in a way that rip you on the inside. Beautiful article, and welcome to Candle group.

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    1. You said it point brilliantly, Sakhi. It never breaks my heart enough to see our pets suffer. The least we can do is be compassionate. For in our compassion, they find solace and the courage to be strong.
      Thank you for the welcome. I’m sure ill write more and often. 🙂

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  3. Wow really a heart touching story… All along I kept thinking you were talking about a husband or boyfriend and when in the end u revealed it was ur pet I loved the twist..

    Your feelings for dollar shows your goodness also… I have never had a pet but I am close to a lot of people who do. The pet becomes a family member and is missed sorely after they are gone .. you are a very good story teller..

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    1. Your words made my day, Kuljeet. I apologize for the late reply but am happy nonetheless to have found comfort in your words.
      I have always loved dogs, their innocence, ability to love us unconditionally, amazes me exponentially. What can I say? These are just few words, but when compared, are nothing, to what our furred friends do for us.
      I have always loved stories and making up some.:P I’m glad you liked it. Feel free to visit my blog for more.


      1. And probably this is the article when Pradita chose to be part of her Dada’s blog and I am happy we are together in the same family.

        This article came alive again suddenly as someone else commented on this… Truly, a great article Asha.

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  4. Being a Momma to furry four legged children and having grown up with pets my whole life, I understand completely your feelings, your love, for Dollar.
    Such a beautiful tribute to Love. Thank you so much for sharing this. Welcome to the Candles family. 😊


    1. Thank you for the warm welcome. I too, like you, have grown up with pets, all my life. We are all an ardent animal-loving family. We’ve had rabbits, white mice, birds, dogs, for pets, at different times. I don’t shy from saying I love animals more than humans. And their welfare comes first for me.
      Thus this post.


  5. This resonates so well with anyone who knows the pain of losing a beloved dog – such a beautiful tribute. I love the twist, how you dare the reader to presume you are talking about a man, but then go on to reveal the truth. Wonderful 🙂

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    1. I was invited by the page owner to contribute to their Valentine’s day collection. Every other person rushed to write about love and I was lost. I did not find it exciting. And in a moment I knew what I wanted to write instead. This is one of my personal favorites. I remember distinctly how I was so full with tears when I writing this one. It’s very special. Having you to go through it and showering such exquisite comments makes me exceedingly happy. Thank you, Maxim. 🙂

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      1. I think this kind of love is just as valuable and important as the more typical, romanticised, human love. How much this dog meant to you comes across really vibrantly in the story – so no, thank you for sharing this 🙂

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