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greytdog   

I wrote this for my little girl ages ago, and thought I'd post it here. I miss her every day. She was a lovely little dog (dashchie), and used to keep my husband company during the day (he was injured at work and couldn't work any more).

Chapparelle (Chappa) 30/5/86-10/9/03

The world’s a darker place today

I lost my special friend.

Seventeen years she’s been with me

But I knew it was the end.

No longer happy, playful dog

A black & tan delight

But old and tired and full of pain

Bereft of sound and sight.

Your back was crook, your fur was grey,

Your teeth were non existent

We had to feed you with a spoon

It broke our hearts to see it.

I didn’t want to take you there.

I hoped you’d die in bed,

But a whispered word reminded me

Of the duty that I had.

Two thousand dollar dog you’re called.

Wasn’t the price paid for you.

But on the way from the breeder’s house

I hit a kangaroo! (bugger!)

Companion for a housebound “Dad”.

His company you’d keep.

Watchdog for a baby boy.

You’d sit and guard his sleep. (and pinch his cheese, given the opportunity!)

The injured man has passed now too, though

You did your duty well.

The baby boy is six foot tall (well, nearly)

And misses you like hell.

But I miss my little dog so much

No claw sounds on the floor.

Your bed empty and put away.

No welcome at the door.

The world’s a darker place today….

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ripsnort   

Mummy and Me

Hey Mum! come look, see what I find,

A brand new place, it's just the kind

Of place we said we'd always go,

There's sunshine, grass and even snow.

There's heaps of dogs n cats n stuff

But you hafta place nice, there's no-one rough,

No biting allowed, some nipping's okay,

But only if it's meant in play.

You can run for days and not get lost,

The mornings are warm, no nasty frost,

Everyday seems better than the last,

Some days go slow, some days go fast.

Hey Mum! Hey Mum! Where'd you go?

You were just right here, I'm sure that I know.

You were right beside me, you held me tight,

Oh...and then you gently kissed me goodnight.

That's right, I forgot, I had to leave,

You had to stay behind and grieve,

And now you're sad, and I'm not there,

To snuggle tight in our favourite chair.

Hey Mum! Don't cry, I'll wait right here,

I won't run off like you used to fear,

I'll sit and stay and drop, like you taught,

I'll wear that daggy jumper you bought.

You'll be here soon and I'll sit here and wait,

And when you come through the Rainbow Gate,

I'll run to your side, we'll be happy and free,

And we'll play here forever, just my Mummy and me.

I wrote this a long time ago when I found out that a dog I that I had owned, was put to sleep.

It's something I share with my friends when they too lose a dog.

Still makes me cry after all these years. Softy that I am.

Hope it gave someone here some peace and the knowledge that our dogs never really leave us, it's just a slight miscalculation of time. They're just waiting until we catch up with them again.

Ripsnort.

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k9angel   

Cassie

Cassie its me Mummy here

Writing with a tear in my eye

It has been 1 year exactly today

Since we said Goodbye

I love you girl we all miss you

Now youre with Claude in heaven

I cant believe you died so young

I cant believe,you were only seven

I was there the day you were born

held you proud in my arms

My little black and white husky girl

you had so many charms

I know I did the right thing

they said you would slowly die

but Cass I still miss you

for you, my heart aches, my eyes cry

I hope Claudeys well up there

as youse run and roam free

Just remember to save a little space

for me, your Mummy.....

Cassie

Born : Tuesday 8th May 01

Passed away due to cancer: September 11th 2008

RIP Baby girl

Not a day goes by, I do not think of you. Iam sure you were sent to keep Claude company. You two were so close, from the very day you were born. When Claude died, you missed him so much. And now, I am left to miss you BOTH so much, you were like my children - you have left your paw prints deep in my heart - they will stay there until the day I die and be with you again..... :)

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harper   

This is a poem by Leunig. Not dog specific but it reminds me of when I lost my heart dog.

When your heart is cut, cracked or broken

Do not clutch it

Let the wound lie open

Let the wind from the good old sea blow in

And bathe the wound with salt

And let it sting

Let a stray dog lick it

Let a bird lean in the hole and sing

A tiny song

Like a little bell

And let it ring

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PETS PRAYER

If it should be, that I grow weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done

For this, the last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand.

Don't let your grief then stay your hand,

For this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship stand the test.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,

Stay with me to the end,

And hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes close peacefully

I know in time you will see

It is a kindness you do to me

Although my tail its last has waved

From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Smile - we walked together,

For a little while.

Edited by bluecollie

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tyra2007   

Oh my goodness :stupid:

The poems everyone has posted are just beautiful & have brought me to tears.

Even though the last one I lost was many years ago recently a dear friend lost her old boy & I was drawn to these poems.

I have another one to add to the mix - not so much about departure - more about how special they are to everyone.

I have read it a million times and still can't get though it without moist eyes.

CREATION VERSE

When God had made the earth and sky,

The flowers and the trees,

He then made all the animals

And all the birds and bees,

And when his work was finished

Not one was quite the same..

He said:”I’ll walk this earth of mine

And give each one a name.”

And so He travelled land and sea

And everywhere He went

A little creature followed Him

Until it’s strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth

And in the sky and sea,

The little creature said,” Dear Lord

There’s not one left for me.”

The Father smiled and softly said

“I’ve left you to the end.

I’ve turned my own name back to front

And called you DOG, my friend.”

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skip   

Not sure if I am clever enough to copy this. Have been looking around at another rescue dog and found this :

THE BRIDGE

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined.

All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the path way leading to The Bridge to watch. It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him. "You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur greying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge." The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?"

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life. "Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together

"What happened ?..." "That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue.

They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."

Author unknown ...

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Here is another one I found on the internet when I was looking for something for Ollie dog:

(there is one similar already)

Before I grow too frail and weak,

And all that’s left is peace in sleep.

I know you’ll do what must be done,

To end this fight that can’t be won.

Come; let’s take a quiet stroll,

And share some quietness, soul to soul.

No need for words, ‘tween you and I,

No need to say a last goodbye.

We’ve grown so close in mind and heart,

It seems so cruel that we must part.

Be sure I’ll sense the pain you’ll feel,

Without me walking at your heel.

The days will seem full of despair,

Your “sunshine” simply won’t be there.

In time the pain will slowly wane,

You’ll think of me and smile again.

Now take me where my needs they’ll tend,

And stay with me until the end.

Hold me close with soft goodbyes,

Until life’s bright light has left my eyes.

The final sound I need to hear,

Is your soft voice upon my ear.

Your loving face will fade and dim,

As the rush of heaven closes in.

And when you start your journey home,

I’ll be right behind, you are not alone.

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Penumbra   

Weep not for me though I am gone;

into that gentle night.

Grieve if you will but not for long,

upon my soul's sweet flight.

I am at peace,

my soul's at rest.

There is no need for tears.

For with your love I was blessed;

for all those many years.

There is no pain,

I suffer not,

The fear now all is gone.

Put now these things out of your thoughts.

In your memory I live on.

Remember not my fight for breath;

remember not the strife.

Please do not dwell upon my death,

but celebrate my life.

-- Constance Jenkins

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tikira   

It’s time to send you a gift

He wandered towards them, there was excitement in the air,

He said “I have a special friend, and I need someone to care”

As He chatted at the Rainbow Bridge while sitting on the ground,

One dog listened carefully as He spoke, he didn’t make a sound.

The dog thought hard, considered it, before he finally spoke up,

“I think I know the perfect family for this little pup.

My humans are grieving me since I was called back home,

But I know they need a friend, so they are not alone.”

They need a companion, they have so much that they can give,

And this dog needs a family, for as long as he shall live.

This puppy needs a strong, loving, gentle and steady hand,

Truly I can think of no better home, in the whole of the land.

I know it will be hard for them, they loved me through the years,

But honestly, I can’t stand to see them sad, I hate to see the tears.

They may not think it now, but their heart will expand with love,

When they meet this gift I want to send, straight from Heaven above.

Tikira 2013

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tikira   

A Bundle of Unconditional Love

“Don’t be sad, he’s only a dog, you can replace him, get another one”

I wouldn’t think to say that to you, if you had lost a daughter or a son!

Think carefully, is there really any difference between the love we knew?

Except our family member had four legs, and yours have only two.

We were terrified that first day, as we bought our tiny bundle home,

We had dreams, but no idea what the future held, no clue of trials to come,

We agonised over what to call him, just like you did I am sure,

Wondered when to get his shots, those jabs hurt me to the core.

We had “play dates”, sleepovers, and we educated him at school,

We were proud when he graduated; it proved he was no fool.

We sat up with him for hours on end when his temperature was not right,

We had his vet on speed-dial, in case his condition worsened overnight,

We were embarrassed when he misbehaved and thrilled when he acted well,

We gave him treats, and sometimes time-outs when our high standards fell.

We taught him right from wrong, and to participate in the wider world,

Scared when we thought we lost him, relieved to find him in his bed all curled.

We taught him not to back chat, a hard lesson for a dog to learn

But we persevered - and eventually, we saw his behaviour turn.

We played with him until we were exhausted and could take no more,

Then had to put up with sad eyes and tantrums, as “sad sack” hit the floor.

Is there anything you have done for your children that we did not do?

Are there any thoughts or feelings you had that we really never knew?

Just like a child a dog is a special gift, entrusted by the Lord above,

And I wish one day that everyone will know a puppy’s unconditional love.

Tikira 2013

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I lost my two 14 year old little dogs within 6 months of each other. A pen and paper became my greatest allies, as I struggled with my loss. Forgive my self-indulgence at posting some of my poems here (along with some stuff I found on the net), but grief is overwhelming me at the moment.

THE STORY OF MUFFY THE WONDER DOG

She was a little bundle of black and tan fur, with a tail that never stopped wagging in a circle. Her right ear folded over at a funny angle, and she had little “Fu Manchu” whiskers under her chin. She came into her Mummy's life at a time when the world was grey - her Mummy's mother had just died, and another little much-loved dog had gone to Rainbow Bridge.

Until then, Muffy had been allowed to roam free, exploring everywhere, but without many comforts in her life. It took her quite a while to get used to being inside, curled up on the lounge next to her Mummy, or sleeping on her Mummy's bed. She looked puzzled at the bowls of food she was given, as if she couldn't quite believe they were really for her. She cringed at raised voices or hands, as if violence and anger were no stranger to her. All this and she was only 14 months old.

As the weeks passed she settled, and came to know that her Mummy would always give her shelter, food and love ... so very much love. And the unconditional love that she gave in return rescued her Mummy from the grey cloud that had hovered over her Mummy's life.

Her Mummy thought that her name was a little undignified, and tried calling her by other names. But she would only respond to Muffy, and so she became "Muffy the Wonder Dog". (In later years, she got the nick-name "Bucket", but that's another story).

Walks with her were always a time of laughter, as she spied a cat that she thought might like to play with her. The cats always had other ideas though, much to Muffy's disgust. Drain holes in the side of the road terrified her, and yet she was fearless when it came to meeting other dogs.

Chasing rabbits and birds was a favourite pastime for her. Her little body curled almost in a half-moon shape as she flew towards the birds, especially at the beach. Barking at the seagulls, telling them to get off her patch of sand. And racing just as quickly back to her Mummy, when the waves of the ocean got too close to her. She was never keen on water, and stubbornly resisted all attempts to teach her to swim.

Bath times were a trial. She only had to hear water going into the laundry sink, and she'd hide under the bed. Lifting her into the sink, she'd put all four paws out horizontal to her body, before reluctantly submitting to the inevitable. Then when towel-dried, she'd race around the yard, rolling in invisible smells on the grass, until she was satisfied that she smelt like a dog again.

She loved to go for drives in the car, paws perched on the window, looking like the Mistress of all she surveyed. And visiting friends gave her the perfect opportunity to turn her big brown eyes on people, silently saying "Oh please spoil me, because I'm so neglected, can't you tell?". Not even the coldest of hearts could resist those pleading eyes, the warm snuggly body, and that wagging tail.

And her wonderful kisses … they were the best kisses in the whole world. She gave them freely and with joy, whether in thanks for cuddles, when she wanted attention, or when it was time for her bed-time doggy choc. And she loved her food, oh my yes. In Muffy's eyes, her food was hers, and so was her Mummy's. She shamelessly stole a grilled chop from her Mummy's plate one day, and the chase around the house to get the chop bone back was hysterically funny.

A battle of wills ensued, her Mummy determined to get the chop bone before Muffy could eat it and possibly hurt herself, and Muffy equally determined to hold on to her treasure. Mummy won, but only by bribing Muffy with a sliver of cheese. Human food? No such thing in Muffy's mind.

She was a brave little soul, who'd protect her Mummy's life if she thought she was threatened. She nearly died doing it once, when she snapped at a Greyhound who got too close. She was 5 kg of fury, and came off second best on that occasion, badly injured and in shock. But she pulled through, and after that she'd rarely let her Mummy out of her sight.

Her Mummy got her a “toy-boy” doggy friend called Toto, to keep her company when Mummy wasn’t at home. Toto, funny little fellow that he was, turned out to be a “Sugar-Daddy” though, as he was much older than first thought. He and Muffy played together happily for a couple of years, but the time came when Toto started having fits. And so Muffy and her Mummy had to say Goodbye to their “Best Boy”, when he went to Rainbow Bridge, and they missed him very much.

As Muffy got older she'd follow her Mummy everywhere. She'd reluctantly share her with other dogs and people, but was never happier than when curled up on her Mummy's lap. Her silky fur showed more white hairs as the years went by, and she didn't move as quickly as she'd once done. Her new play-mate Charlie the Chihuahua (a.k.a. His Royal Dogness Prince Charlie) had a bad heart murmur, and it was a shock when her Mummy was told that Muffy had one too.

The wonderful vet said that there were medications to help the heart problems, so that Muffy and Charlie would have a good quality of life. And so, for several years, the two little furry friends continued on. But Charlie was struggling badly, and his Mummy made the heart-breaking decision that it was time to let him go. Muffy seemed to understand, and stood guard over his body before he was buried. And she missed her little mate, despite the arguments they had sometimes had.

And so, Charlie II came into their lives. A bundle of energy, he tried to boss Muffy, but she wasn't having any of it. Matriarch of the household, she demanded respect, and got it. Her heart problems were getting worse, but she was still a cheeky little Miss, spitting her tablets out when her Mummy wasn't watching.

And she was slowing down, her eyes weren't as bright, and the coughing and panting were distressing for her and her Mummy. She was tired, but didn't want to leave her Mummy ... after all, they'd been together for over 13 years, and who would look after her Mummy if Muffy wasn't there to do it?

Her Mummy knew the time was coming for Muffy to go to Rainbow Bridge. She felt like her heart was breaking as she cried tears of pain at the thought of what was to come.

And so she held Muffy closely and talked to her gently, all the while kissing and stroking her. She told her that she was so very much loved, and would be missed more than words could say. She said that she would never forget Muffy, and was so blessed to have shared so many wonderful years with her. And she told Muffy that while she would cry enough tears to fill an ocean, that it was o.k. for Muffy to go to Rainbow Bridge to be with Toto and Charlie I. Mummy would be sad, but she would survive, as she knew Muffy was tired and struggling, and she loved Muffy far too much to see her suffer any more.

And Muffy knew then that it was o.k. to go, and it was time to kiss her Mummy's cheek one last time, safe in the knowledge that the precious and treasured Love she and her Mummy shared would never die.

She was my Darling Heart, my Sweetness and Light, my Best Girl. She was my Bubby Darling, my Best Friend in the Whole World. She rescued me, and I loved her so very, very much. Always in my heart, Muffy ... always in my heart.

Love,

Mummy

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ODE TO MUFFY

Your blankie lays upon the lounge,

Your pillow’s on the bed,

I stare off blankly into space,

My hand goes to gently pat your head.

I think of all the times we’ve shared,

The laughter and the love,

You truly are a precious gift,

Sent from Heaven above.

It’s time now for your tablets,

And then you’ll want your tea,

And maybe we’ll go walkies then,

My little dog and me.

As I walk into the kitchen,

And I reach out for your bowl,

I look around to see you,

My Light, my Love, my Soul.

But you’re not there,

I cannot see your sweet and loving face,

You’re gone but not forgotten,

And no other dog can take your place.

Your tiny little paws

Left eternal foot-prints on my heart,

I tell myself, no matter what,

We’re never far apart.

The tears fall freely – I miss you so,

Thoughts of life without you fill me with dread,

Then I smile as I remember your unconditional love,

And my hand goes to gently pat your head.

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ALL I COULD DO WAS CRY

A week ago I held you close,

And whispered in your ear,

I told you that I loved you so,

I prayed that you could hear.

I stroked your fur so gently,

I didn't want to say Goodbye,

I kissed you softly on your nose,

All I could do was cry.

I knew that you were struggling,

It was time to let you go,

My Light, my Love, my Darling Heart,

To lose you hurt me so.

You snuggled close, and looked at me,

You gave a little sigh,

And as your soul took flight,

All I could do was cry.

So many years, such happiness,

Your unconditional love,

You rescued me and gave me joy,

My gift from Heaven above.

Though I can't see or hold you now,

Our precious love will never die,

But I wish it didn't hurt so,

As all I can do is cry.

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THEY SAY ……

Time heals all wounds, or so they say,

I’m not sure if that’s true,

It’s 7 weeks since we said Goodbye,

And all I can do is think of you.

They say that tears relieve the pain,

And Heaven knows, I’ve cried

An ocean of tears … why aren’t I numb?

Why do I hurt so much inside?

They say that it was me who rescued you,

When I gave you a home (and my heart),

But truth be known, you rescued me,

My life had been falling apart.

They say that Life must go on,

So I do what I have to do,

But each day is such a struggle,

Without the unconditional love I got from you.

They say that you were “just a dog”,

But you were my Love, and my World,

My precious Muffy the Wonder Dog,

I love and miss you so much, baby girl.

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I AM YOUR DOG

I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear.

I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The grey hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.

You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing, for just a simple moment of your time?

That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes, to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "One more day" with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me.

We have NOW, together.

So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as "alpha" or as "trainer" or even "Mom or Dad," come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into another's eyes, and talk.

I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with.

Someone very different from you, and here I am.

I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet"- I know what you are. You are human, in all of your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears.

Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self.

We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short. We let you go not because we didn't love you, but because we loved you too much to force you to stay.

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YOU'RE GIVING ME A SPECIAL GIFT

You're giving me a special gift,

So sorrowfully endowed,

And through these last few cherished days,

Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing

When your best friend is in pain,

And understanding earthly acts

Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,

Beyond, into your soul,

I see in you the magic, that will

Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,

Is why I look to you today,

To do this thing that must be done,

For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,

And chose you as my friend,

And why I've loved you all these years...

My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,

You're giving, means to me,

It gives me back the strength I've lost,

And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,

For that is what friends do.

And know that what you do is right,

For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,

And through your hand I feel,

The courage that's within you,

To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,

Dear friend, and let me run,

Once more a strong and steady dog,

My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,

For I won't be far away,

Forever here, within your heart,

And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,

Your ever faithful friend,

And in your memories I'll run,

...a young dog once again.

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I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY

I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

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A SIMPLE MESSAGE FROM YOUR PET

"To have loved and then said farewell is better than to have never loved at all.

For all of the times that you stooped and touched my head, fed me my favourite treat,

and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.

For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.

For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you grieve not for the loss

but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each other's lives.

My life was fuller because you were there, not as my owner, but as my friend.

Today, I am as I was in my youth.

The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers

and the sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.

I can run, jump and play and do all of the things that I did in my youth.

There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions

and know that togetherness is forever.

You live in our hearts as we do in yours.

Companions such as you are very rare and unique.

Don't hold the love that you have within yourself.

Give it to another like me and then I will live forever.

For love never really dies,

and you are loved and missed as surely as we are."

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MAY I GO NOW?

May I go now?

Do you think the time is right?

May I say Good-bye to pain-filled days,

And endless lonely nights?

I’ve lived my life and done my best,

An example I’ve tried to be,

So can I take that step beyond

And set my spirit free?

I didn’t want to go at first,

I fought with all my might,

But something seems to draw me now

To a warm and loving light.

I want to go – I really do,

It’s difficult to stay.

But I will try as best I can

To live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me,

To share your love and fears.

I know you’re sad and afraid,

Because I see your tears.

I’ll not be far, I promise that,

And hope you’ll always know

That my spirit will be close to you

Wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me,

You know I love you too.

That’s why it’s hard to say Goodbye,

And end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time,

And let me hear you say,

Because you care so much for me,

You’ll let me go today.

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BEYOND THE RAINBOW

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,

I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.

I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free

Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side

Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!

And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see

Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!

My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new

And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright

That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.

'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold

And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,

We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.

So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart

If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

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TODAY'S THE DAY

You were so ill and struggling,

I knew that it was time to let you go,

I held you close, I felt your love,

Even before you died it hurt me so.

I spoke to you of all we’d shared,

Fourteen treasured and precious years,

You raised your head and licked my cheek,

You tried to dry my tears.

Your beautiful brown eyes looked into mine,

As if you were trying to say,

“Mummy, I love you so, and I’ll miss you too,

But you know today’s the day.

You love me too much to keep me here,

For my time on Earth is through,

Help me on my journey to Rainbow Bridge,

Though it hurts, it’s what you must do.”

As you slipped away to that special place,

Where you’d be young and healthy again,

I thanked God for my most blessed gift,

Muffy the Wonder Dog, my very best friend.

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I LOVE HER BEST

As my dog slipped away,

The last things she felt

Were the kisses and hugs

Of her mistress, who knelt

On the blankie beside her,

To bid her goodbye,

Who had just one more minute

To tell her, to try

To say thanks to her girl

For a lifetime of love.

Dear God – let me see her

In Heaven above.

But for now Lord, please hold her

And watch over her rest,

And if she wakes in your arms

Tell her I love her best.

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"AN OLD DOG POEM"

One by one, they pass my cage, too old, too worn, too broken, no way! Way past his time, he can't run and play. They shake their heads slowly and go on their way. A little old man, arthritic and sore, it seems I'm not wanted anymore. I once had a home,... I once had a bed, a place that was warm and where I was fed. Now my muzzle is grey and my eyes slowly fail. Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn't belong, I got in their way, my attitude was wrong. Whatever excuse they made in their head can't justify how they left me for dead. Now I sit in this cage where day after day, those younger dogs get adopted away. When I had almost come to the end of my rope, you saw my face and I finally had hope! You saw through the grey and the legs bent with age...and felt I still had life beyond the cage. You took me home, gave me food and a bed...and shared your pillow with an old tired head. We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low. You love me so dearly, you want me to know. I may have lived most of my life with another but you outshine them with a love so much stronger. And I promise to return all the love I can give, to you my dear person, as long as I live. I may be with you a week or for years; we will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears. And when the time comes that God deems I must leave, I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve. And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new...my thoughts and my heart will still be with you. And I will brag to all those who will hear...OF THE ANGEL WHO MADE MY LAST DAYS SO DEAR.

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THE REASON

I would've died that day if not for you.

I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.

I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.

I would've have left this life believing that all humans don't care.

Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted

skin that isn't flea bitten

good food and enough of it

beds to sleep on

someone to love me

to show me I deserve love just because I exist.

Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands

Your big heart saved me........

You saved me from the terror of the pound

Soothing away memories of my old life.

You have taught me what it means to be loved.

I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.

I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair

Why you do it

When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes

You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter

Make just a little more room....to save one more like me

I tell you with gratitude and love that shines in my eyes

In the best way I know how

Reminding you why you go on trying.

I am the reason

The dogs before me are the reason

As are the ones who come after.

Our lives would have been wasted, our love never given.

We would have died if not for you.

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A LETTER FROM YOUR PET IN HEAVEN

To my dearest Mummy, some things I'd like to say.

But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from the Bridge. Here I dwell with God above.

Here there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.

Remember that I am with you, every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,

God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.

As for your dearest Mummy, she'll be here later on."

God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do.

And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight,

God and I are closest to you ... in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years,

because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.

Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned.

If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.

I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb;

But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy, and I'd like it for you too;

That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;

Then you can say to God at night ... "My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented ... that my life was worthwhile.

Knowing as I passed along, I made somebody smile.

God says: "If you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;

Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street with me on your mind;

I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind."

"And when it's time for you to go ... from that body to be free.

Remember you're not going ... you're coming here to me."

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Jasper, Bedlington, beautiful boy,

My love for you will live far, far beyond the day I said goodbye to you.

Vale, my brave little man,

We fought, didn't we?

We won .. we triumphed against the odds.

I thank God for that day You found me, Jasper Bedlington.

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