You came amidst the time of
life, the children all have grown,
From angel’s hands a gift unfurled, to call you all our own;
Conjoined our hearts in concert beat, the future held so much,
The sweetness of such joy we trust, no ill could ever touch.
But sickness came, in
silence struck, and reared its ugly head,
The vet in solemn mood disclosed, and broke the news we dread;
“’Tis up to him the will to live, we did our very best ...”,
In vain you fought the evil germ, our sad hearts could attest.
Around the clock the
fever raged, before our anxious eyes,
At times the deadly tide seemed turned, and caused our hopes to rise;
One final push with all you had, one last resistance made,
One longing look in farewell bid, you laid your tired head.
O cruel indeed that we
should taste, what separation yields,
The guilt and failure on our part, within our conscience seals;
In vain we looked to shift the blame, to ease the throbbing pain,
The loss so deep, so cruel and stark, such efforts were in vain.
A chewed up toy, a
picture framed, recalled the days gone by,
Of treasured moments, warmly shared, we strained to hear your cry;
But all was still, we vainly tried, to make the silence speak,
The outstretched hand no head will meet, nor muzzle on the cheek.
‘Tis said the balm of
time will heal, and rid our hearts of fear,
Her gentle hands can wonders work, and wipe the lingering tear;
Lift hearts to love with vigour new, and courage to commit,
And once again our lives unfold, a new pet to admit.
O hark! the sounds of
laughter sweet, of happy merry ways,
The clouds of pain of yesteryears, gave way to sunny days;
In glee we hugged our newfound joy, and vowed to do our part,
O, never he can sickness touch, a promise from our heart.
All life was once from
earth designed, that lived from dust to dust,
Each piece was wonderfully wrought, within our care entrust;
Through each the Potter lifts us up, beyond the miry clay;
To seek the Source of all true love, and see the Light of day.
O God assist, each life
that ends, remind us this we pray,
That each a gift to love and hold, and treasure while we may;
And hence with joy, for all who come, we raise our grateful praise,
With valiant hearts fling wide our arms, and let love brightly blaze!
All ye, who tread the
road of love, must take both joy and bane,
And will to love, and open lay, your life despite the pain;
So, drink your fill, this crystal stream, flows from the heart of God,
Let true love blosom ‘ere the day, we lie beneath the sod.
- author unknown
Extracted from American Kennel Club
website: We all have loved and lost a beloved pet. The following is an
old favorite to be kept and shared with others:
is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge,
there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved
pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only
one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes when
Suddenly one stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!
The eyes are staring!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been
seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
You take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again,
And you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross
the Rainbow Bridge together,
Never again to be separated.
|Old Dog In a
Contributed by Chris Walkowicz of Sherrard, Illinois, who found it in the Beardies E-List on the Internet in October 1998. First
published in Canine Classified in December 1997.
Old dog in a locket
That lies next to my heart
I will always love you
As I did right from the start.
You were right beside me
Through the darkest of my days
It was your kind and gentle nature
That made me want to stay.
Now I hold you in my arms
Your breath still warm against my hand
Our hearts still beat together
And I wonder if you understand.
Through the hours that I held you
Before the light did leave your soul
I knew a way to keep you
Forever in my hold.
I snipped the hair from around your eyes
So I would always see
The beauty that surrounds me
Even in times of need.
I snipped the hair from around your ears
So I would always hear
Music in the distance
To quiet any fears.
I snipped the hair from across your back
To bring me strength in time of need
And the power of your essence
Would always be with me.
I snipped the hair from around your heart
That beat in time with mine
So I would know that love would find me
At some distant time.
And so, your life slipped out of mine
On a quiet spring like day
But I knew that a part of you
Was always here to stay.
Old dog in a locket
That lays next to my heart
I will always love you
Even though we had to part.