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For Life

Puppy love can last forever.

By Donna ReneePublished about a year ago β€’ 1 min read
For Life
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"Can we keep Cooper forever?"

The boy cradled the gangly puppy in his arms and looked up at his mother desperately.

"Sure, baby, for life," she reassured him with a smile.

Tears shimmered in her eyes as she watched their new puppy happily licking her son's face.

Cooper waited at the bus stop every day, rain, snow, or shine for 12 years. Until the last day of senior year when the senior dog couldn't rise from his bed.

"I thought we'd get to keep him forever," the boy cried, cradling Cooper in his arms.

"We did, baby, for life."


About the Creator

Donna Renee

Hi! Thanks for reading! My hobbies include making coffee, drinking coffee, and starting to write a story and then rage-deleting it when I get the slightest bit frustrated.

Work in Progress: WOWH, cozy mystery (paranormal elements)


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  • ema10 months ago

    After my family's dog died, it took 15 years before anyone had the courage to say: shall we get a dog? πŸ™„

  • Mackenzie Davis11 months ago

    Ugh, this is so sad! Great writing, the poignancy of the relationship with Cooper is stunning. Reminds me of Hachi. I sobbed during that movie.

  • Jay Kantor12 months ago

    Dear Donna ~ I've been following you for a year and so glad that I've heard from you *I've subscribed to you 'Caffeine-Drippings' and all. Don't slap my hand for self promoting: I'm just a Senior "Goof Writer" - but please take a moment to view "Rescue" as written on behalf of - Pet Haven Minnesota - They've received so many 'Re-Home' Adoptions from that silly (3) minute story; that's a lovely feeling, Donna. - They name everyone ~ And they have a lot of Smiling "Coopers" ~ L'Chaim, which means β€œTo Life!” - - With Pleasure - Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

  • C. H. Richardabout a year ago

    Just lost my pup this week, so extra tears with this one ❀️ Well done ❀️

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Ugh. That is heartbreaking. Excellent story.

  • Claire Jonesabout a year ago

    Beautiful story, a dog's love is so pure.

  • Novel Allenabout a year ago

    'For life'. So many different meanings to diff situations. Still Cooper had a good run. Really wish we could peek over beyond the beyond. Heartfelt and relatable words.

  • Forever is never long enough with someone you love, including our furry friends.

  • Kelly Robertsonabout a year ago

    Excuse me while I go ugly cry in the corner now....😭 I loved it so much! We really don't deserve dogs, but life truly is better with them!

  • L.C. SchΓ€ferabout a year ago

    So much feeling in so few words β€πŸ’” Their lives really are too short of a story for us aren't they

  • Iris Harrisabout a year ago

    Happy for the new family member.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a year ago

    Donna.... this was so heartbreaking. I cried reading this, I both love and hate (in a good way) that! This was so passionately written and is my favourite story I've read from you! It's a subject that's close to my heart and I admire you for how emotional you were able to make this short story! πŸ’œ

  • The ancient Hebrew definition of forever: a very long time (the foreseeable time).

  • Mark Gagnonabout a year ago

    A story that teaches an important life lesson. Well done!

  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    This was so sad it’s so hard losing a pet great microfiction

  • Caroline Cravenabout a year ago

    Oof Donna πŸ’” Great story but heartbreaking. I really loved this one.

  • Shane Dobbieabout a year ago


  • Why can't animals live as long as us πŸ₯Ί I lost my cat 1 and a half years ago and it devastated me. It's never easy. Loved this emotional story!

  • Abby Kay Mendoncaabout a year ago

    Such a hard thing to lose a pet. Great story though.

  • Sonia Heidi Unruhabout a year ago

    So poignant! A life full of love.

  • Kendall Defoe about a year ago

    I'm not crying - you are! 😒

  • Leslie Writesabout a year ago

    Sad and beautiful. ❀️ Reminds me of my dog, Fozzie who died a couple of years ago. His death was so sad, but we got 11 years with him. He was a very good boy 😒

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a year ago

    Awww! Dog years are so quick. I did a silly story a while back (before vocal) where I had to figure out what dog years actually equates to. Turns out dogs have a birthday every 54 days lol. This totally reminded me of that. Great read, Donna. πŸ’–

  • Stephen Kramer Avitabileabout a year ago

    Oh man, that will get any dog-owner/ pet-owner and probably anyone teary eyed. Fantastic job with so few words. I felt that one!

  • Grz Colmabout a year ago

    Great work Donna and a refreshing perspective! I hate saying goodbye to dogs, they are still with me! 😊

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