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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Zoya

On the last eves of life for two old beloved pets, we dove deep into the doggy world by watching a few best dog movies. Since sharing is our thing, we’re starting a list here of some of our favorite movies about dogs and the human canine connection.

Not sure if it’s a masochistic thing to do or, good for instigating a therapeutic sobfest on the eve of departure of our furry family members. But over all, it helps us appreciate them all the more.

So grateful for the joy they add to life and the pleasure and privilege of caring for and sharing our life with them.

If you want to get straight to the dog movies, just scroll on down to that section titled Best Dog Movies. What follows next is a brief tribute to our special furbabies.

A Loving Goodbye

Zoya is only a shadow of her former self and ailing at age 15.5 years. She’s been mostly deaf and mostly blind for a few years now, but more recently, she cannot walk…her back legs aren’t working. Wrapped up in her silent world where the main sense left is the sense of smell, her main connection left to life is food. 

My 85 year old mother’s 14.5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Duncan, is similarly ailing and will be going with Zoya for their last trip together. It’s especially hard for my mother to lose her one companion at this age and stage of her own diminished health and in prudent quarantine. But she’d rather that than to see him suffer further.

My mother lives next door, and Duncan was our gift to her 14-ish years ago, so he and Zoya romped as puppies together. Zoya was always the alpha in charge and Duncan adored her, let her pull at his ears and goad him on, and didn’t mind her winning.

Now they shall again romp as free spirits together… each laying down old and worn out bodies to pick up the lighter, younger, freer selves.

As we rally ourselves for this loss of Zoya and her old friend, Duncan, both sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, we reflect on what’s most important: their LIFE.

On a sad day such as this, once again, it is the gratitude that pulls us out of the dreaded doldrums. Toward that, a rough eulogy poem of appreciation and celebration for what was. If we are to dwell in the past, let it be the positives.

ZOYA – full of life
DUNCAN – devoted friend
Furbuddies and furbabies forever in our hearts.

Zoya… zest of life and boundless joy.
Always eager to explore.
Cuddly and playful…
Spunky and spry,
Zoya…a joy-a…friend to all.

Duncan Lackey of the Clan McLackey.
Named for the immortal highlander
for courage for this litter bullied runt,
Who fearful, found a friend in Zoya
And a loving mother like no other.
Loyal royal this Cavalier King.

Delightful, devoted pets and companions,
Lay down weary bodies, spirits to be,
Free again to romp in fun and glee…
Run free… run free… run free… 
Forever be…loved.

LeAura Alderson,®
LeAura Alderson with Zoya and Duncan

And… an all-time favorite “death poem” that’s a celebration of life and beyond.


Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye, American poet, florist, 1905-2004

Best Dog Movies

Below are a few of our all time favorite dog movies, and we’ll be adding more as we remember them, watch them and/or have time to write about them.

Please share yours best dog movies via reply and say what you love about it, and we’ll add it here. If you have a website or social page you’d like us to link to, just include that in your sign-off.

A Dog’s Purpose ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With almost 5,000 five stars as of this writing, you know it’s going to be a good movie. And it is. Probably our favorite dog movie of all time, A Dog’s Purpose is fantastic family film for any time, but also perfect to help ease the transition when you lose a dog.

PREMISE: A dog discovers his purpose in life—to help humans laugh and love—over several lifetimes. This concept gives solace to anyone grieving the loss of a pet and either way, it’s a lovely heartfelt story to love.

A Dog’s Journey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, we loved A Dog’s Journey just as much. With close to 4,000 five stars though two years newer, it seems that everyone agrees.

PREMISE: The soul of the original dog, Bailey, finds a new destiny with the same family, but different circumstances.

A Dog’s Way Home ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️?

A Dog’s Way Home was lovely, sweet, hard and intriguing. Definitely worth a watch at 4.5 stars.

PREMISE: The heartwarming adventures of Bella, a dog who embarks on a 400 mile journey home after a series of unfortunate events separates her from her human.

Alpha ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️?

An epic coming of age adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha reveals the story of the beginning of the incredible bond between humans and dogs, that began with wolves.

We loved this movie and it’s one that stays with you in a hauntingly enriching way, while educating you along the way on the life of our most ancient ancestors. Definitely a movie to settle in to see.

PREMISE: A young teenage boy and a lone wolf become unlikely allies in survival in harsh circumstances, danger, play and adventure.

Megan Leavey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️?

Megan Leavey was simultaneously heart wrenching and heartwarming. Relatable misfit, Megan bonds with a military service dog who saves her life, and then she in turn works to save him.

PREMISE: Based on the true story of a marine corporal whose unique bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their employment in Iraq.

Call of the Wild ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We LOVED this film, Call of the Wild. Keep in mind that it’s not always easy. There’s lots of drama and struggles but lots of sweetness and wonder. Rich and phenomenal production, this is a movie worth seeing.

Featuring Harrison Ford in this film based on the classic novel Call of the Wild, this film is a vividly artistic blend of quasi CGI (Computer Generated Image) with real life actors. It’s a substantial story with humor, drama, sadness, suspense, danger, love, joy, friendship and triumph… the good, the bad… the sad and glad of the human – animal connection.

PREMISE: Buck is a happy-go-lucky dog, living the height of luxury with his wealthy family, when through hook and crook, everything changes. He’s captured and sold, and thus begins his journey to awakening to his inner wolf through adventure and tragedy… kindness and courage.

The film entertains while also painting a historical canvas of the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s Alaskan territories. More than 30,000 people traveled to the Yukon territory area near the convergence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, just east of Alaska.((

Tribute to Zoya Alderson… beloved pet.

Saying goodbye today to our dear sweet Zoya. Strongest soul connection I’ve ever felt with any pet.

So grateful to have loved this little being and to have her so close to us for all these years. We do love you, little girl. Now, you can run and play in wide open fields chasing birds and butterflies to your sweet heart’s content.

We chose the name “Zoya” because it means “life”. Life is precious. She lives in our hearts . . . forever. We know many of you, have loved your share of creatures. You’ve bravely bonded, full knowing the likelihood of having to say goodbye one day. And, y’know. It’s all worth it.

Anatole France said, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”Semper Gratus!
~Coleman Alderson, Zoya’s best friend

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