God summoned a beast from the field and he said, "Behold Man, created in my own image. Therefore, adore him. You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks, watch over his children, accompany him wherever he may go…even unto civilization. You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave." "To do these things" God said, "I endow you with these instincts uncommon to other beasts: Faithfulness, Devotion, and understanding surpassing those of man himself. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of man. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Let no fault of language cleave an accord beyond that of man with any other beast or even man with man. Speak to your master only with your mind and through your honest eyes. Walk by his side, sleep in his doorway, forage for him, ward off his enemies, carry his burdens, share his afflictions, love him and comfort him. And in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants which shall be only food, shelter, and affection. So be silent and be a friend to man. Guide him through the perils along the way to the land that I have promised him. "This shall be your destiny and your immortality. So sayeth the Lord. And the dog heard and was content."" "After dog understood…then GOD turned to man and said, "Behold, this is your partner. You shall worship him as he worships you. It is your duty to be kind to this gentle beast and know that in his mute way, he loves you. Your purpose is to care for him, through youth and age, until he can serve no more. Understand that your final act of love will take courage. Spare your partner any pain. Save his dignity. Know that he will never lie to you, he will always understand you and that his love will be blind. You are commanded to use him in service to mankind. I have placed him here as a guardian angel for you, to watch over you and care for you. He is from heaven, therefore divine. Let his character speak to your heart and be the example for you to follow. He shall fulfill your inequities. He shall be everything humanity strives to be: Honest, Loyal, Kind in Heart, and Strong in Spirit. Therefore, you shall call him PARTNER and best friend." "So Sayeth the Lord. And man looked down upon dog and he knew it was good."
(Author Unknown )
A Tribute to my best friend
Sunlight streams through window pane Unto a spot on the floor... Then I remember, It's where you used to lie, But now you are no more. Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, And muted echoes sound... Then I remember, It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the dell, And up beyond the hill, Then I remember it can't be yours... Your golden voice is still. But I'll take that vacant spot of floor And empty muted hall; And lay them with the absent voice And unused dish along the wall. I'll wrap these treasured memorials In a blanket of my love; And keep them for my best friend Until we meet again.
Memories are treasures No one can steal. Memories are heartaches No one can heal. Many times I've needed you And many times I've cried. I show a brave face And keep my grief inside. In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still; In my heart you have a special place, And you always will.
Old Dog in a Locket
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 days; It was your kind and gentle nature, That made me want to stay. Now I hold you in my arms, Your breath 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 my time of need. I snipped the hair from around your ears, So I would always hear; Music in the distance, To quiet all my fears. I snipped the hair from around your back, To bring me strength when I have need; So 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'd know your love would find me, At some far distant time. And so your life slipped out of mine, On a quiet winter 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.
Lend Me A Pup
I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay.
But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you've loved
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.
Jamar's Dusty Rose
God saw you getting tired When a cure was not to be, So He closed His arms around you And whispered "Come to Me." You didn't deserve What you went through And so he gave you rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best. And when I saw you sleeping So peaceful and free from pain, I could not wish you back To suffer that again.
The Greatest Gift
I always knew this time would come, From the very instant our eyes first met. How I loved you then! How I love you now! I made a promise then and I keep that promise now . . . You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal; You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone. It is for me alone to make this decision, The price for the bright joy and pure laughter You brought me during the time we shared. I am the only one who can decide when it is time. When my hope dies, and my fears ride high, Just when I need you most, I must let you go. It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready. For without your guidance, I will not know When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger, My sorrow and my selfish heart aside And give you this last gift, this greatest gift. Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know. The pain of this moment is excruciating. Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow, And my heart drowns in a pool of grief. For you have spoken, and I have listened, And unlike other decisions I have made. This one brings no relief . . . no comfort . . . no peace. For if there's one thing you've taught me, If there's only one thing I've learned. . . . Unconditional love has a condition after all, I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone. And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours. Go easily now, go quickly now, Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave. Go find your strength, go find your youth. Go find the ones who've gone before you. You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone. I pray I will find comfort in my memories . . . In the dark and lonely days ahead. I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry. For only my tears can heal my broken heart. But, I promise you this: as long as I live, You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart. So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give, And this will be my greatest gift . . . sending you away. It is the measure of my unconditional love . . . For only the greatest love can say, "Good-bye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again, Loving you has been the greatest gift of all." By Karla M. Bertram
Room in your Heart
Sorrow fills a barren space You close your eyes and see my face And think of times I made you laugh, The love we shared, the bond we had, The special way I needed you- The friendship shared by just we two. The day's too quiet, the world seems older, The wind blows now a little colder. You gaze into the empty air And look for me, but I'm not there- I'm in heaven and I watch you, And I see the world around you too. I see little souls wearing fur, Souls who bark and souls who purr, Born unwanted and unloved- I see all this and more above- I watch them suffer, I see them cry, I see them lost, I watch them die. I see unwanted thousands born- And when they die, nobody mourns. These little souls wearing fur (Some who bark and some who purr) Are castaways who- unlike me- Will never know love or security. A few short months they starve and roam, Or caged in shelters- nobody takes home. They're special too (furballs of pleasure), Filled with love and each one, a treasure. My pain and suffering came to an end, So don't cry for me, my person, my friend. But I think of the living- those souls with fur (Some who bark and some who purr)- And though our bond can't be broken apart Make room for another in your home and heart. By Caro Schubert-James
The Elephant in the Room
There's an elephant in the room. It is large and squatting, so it is hard to get around it. Yet, we squeeze by with, "How are you?" and "I'm fine"... And a thousand other forms of trivial chatter. We talk about the weather. We talk about work. We talk about everything else- except the elephant in the room. We all know its there. We are thinking about the elephant as we talk. It is constantly on our minds, For you see, it is a very big elephant. But we do not talk about the elephant in the room. Oh Please, say her name. Oh please, say "Ginny" again. Oh, please, let's talk about the elephant in the room. For if we talk about her death, Perhaps we can talk about her life. Can I say "Ginny" and not have you look away? For if I cannot, you are leaving me Alone...in a room... With an elephant.
by: Terry Kettering