April 16th 2014 3:54 pm
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By Kristen Abbott
Last night I dreamt, my precious dog, who passed a day ago
Had come to see me one last time before he went where good dogs go.
I said, as I looked into his eyes, remembering all his days entailed
“I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you. I’m so sorry that I failed.”
My dog immediately shook his head and said “Mom, don’t you see?
You have not let me down or failed. In fact, you won, victoriously.”
“But how?” I asked my sweet, sweet dog, “can you say that I have won?”
“I tried so hard to make you well, and in the end, you’re gone?”
My dog gave me a beaming smile and said “I do recall,
That you gave me the one thing that I wanted most of all.
The only thing I ever really hoped for endlessly
Was to get the chance to live as part of a loving family.
I’ve met so many dogs here with no opportunity
To start each day with knowing that love was a guarantee.
But I was given that great gift and cherished it while I lived
I just wish the other dogs here could have had the life I did.
And all your work to fight my illness , that was not in vain
For each day you fought to give me was another day I gained
The chance to have my belly rubbed, to snuggle and to feel
The joy of seeing all the wonders the treat jar would reveal.
You fought to keep me healthy and by doing so gave to me
The best life I could ask for. Will you claim that victory?”
I hugged my dog and said “But I didn’t get much time with you.
Perhaps I could have tried something else, there’s more that I could do.”
My dog said, “Mom, you did all you could so please don’t hold this guilt.
I don’t mourn the years we’ll never have. I cherish the love we built.
One day of pats and treats and kisses and playing with the cat,
Is more than I could wish for and I got 8 years of that!”
I raised my head and began to feel what my sweet boy was trying to say
“I know you’ll be okay, Mom,” he said, “You always find a way.
So please release your heart from guilt and don’t live in regret.
And use that love to help other dogs. You’ve never failed us yet.”
I began to understand what he wanted me to know
I had fought his illness bravely, and it was okay to let him go.
I wrapped my arms around him, hugged him one more time and then
I said goodbye as he prepared to leave me once again.
But before he trotted away and headed off into the sun,
He turned his head to smile at me and said “Thanks, Mom. Job well done.”
IN HONOR OF YOU, MY PRECIOUS ✞ANGEL HARO✞
I WAS SO BLESSED HAVING YOU IN MY LIFE!
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND SOUL,
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN,
April 13th 2014 9:33 pm
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FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND
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.
In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
(c) Karen Clouston
HARO, WE HAD 15 WONDERFUL YEARS TOGETHER!
I AM SO GRATEFUL!
I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH!
I KNOW WE WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN, SOMEDAY,!
I LOVE YOU, MY SWEET ✞ANGEL✞,
April 6th 2014 8:11 pm
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MAMMA WAS GETTING ALL THE EASTER DECORATIONS OUT, SO TOMORROW AFTER HER APPOINTMENTS SHE IS GOING TO TAKE EASTER PICTURES OF US! SHE COULD NOT
FIND OUR EASTER BANDANNAS....SHE CAME ACROSS A SACK IN OUR DOGGIE CLOSET,
AND THERE THEY WERE. SHE HAD OTHER BANDANNAS IN WITH THE EASTER ONES, SO
SHE SEPARATED THE EASTER ONES OUT, AND SHE REALIZED SHE HAD GOTTEN OUT
FIVE BANDANNAS...*TEARS*....SWEET HARO, I HELD YOUR BANDANNA CLOSE TO MY HEART, AND I CRIED....YOU LOVED WEARING YOUR BANDANNAS! YOU WERE SO PROUD
AND SO HANDSOME IN THEM....MAMMA GENTLY LAID YOURS WITH THE REST OF OURS.
SHE WANTS TO KEEP IT CLOSE, AND REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU WORE IT, LAST
YEAR AT EASTER...SHE IS GOING TO PUT IT WITH YOUR OTHER PRECIOUS BELONGINGS. IT HAS BEEN SO HARD FOR MAMMA TO PUT OUT ALL YOUR THINGS, BUT SHE HAS DECIDED TO PUT YOURS AND MOLLY MAE'S PAW PRINT PLAQUES AND YOUR COLLARS, AND PICTURES ON ONE OF HER END TABLES AND MAKE A MEMORIAL TO YOU
BOTH. IT IS TIME. I MISS YOU SO MUCH SWEET BOY. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN
HEAVEN! KNOW YOU ARE CHERISHED AND LOVED SO VERY MUCH! ❤ ❤
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS FOR ETERNITY,
ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS,
ALWAYS IN MY HEART FOREVER,
LOVE YOU WITHOUT END,
MAMMA ❤ ❤