Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


With grief, I interrupt our regular programming to share the devastating news that our family dog Gabriela died unexpectedly this morning from a massive heart attack.  There was no foretelling.  She was healthy, happy and at the time she passed was just finished playing happily with our other dog Achilles.  During their play, she suddenly just dropped to the floor.  We tried to resuscitate her even as we rushed her to the vet's.  Please share in some of our happy memories of Gabriela, from her first day in our family when she promptly engaged Achilles in a game of tug-o-war to what had been her present-day beauty:

(she always let Achilles drive)


  1. Eileen I am so saddened to hear about your heartbreaking loss. Gabriela was truly a majestic Animal God. So so sorry for you and your family.

  2. I am very sad to hear of Gabriela's passing, my condolences Eileen.
    Love, Fil

  3. Having recently lost a dog unexpectedly I know your grief. I pray that the good memories with Gabriela will strengthen your broken heart.


  4. I lost my cat last Monday. My Dog and other cat still look for her. I consider my pets family.

  5. Thank you all (backchannel too) for your comments. We are working through it and will be fine. It's just that it was such a surprise. It's also my first experience losing a dog -- it's a unique type of pain, astonishingly keen. Gabriela was ten and we'd had her since she was 6 months. We all appreciate your caring thoughts.