Today I was walking the river, my four legged friend and me.But in
looking into her steel grey eyes,instead of enjoying the beautiful
scenery, I hung my head and cried.
You see, my four legged friend has cancer, and won't be around for
long they say. Now all that's left for me to do is help her enjoy
While the evening sun was setting on the sky blue waters below, jet
streams were steadily crisscrossing the sky, and the heavens were
Together we headed towards the bottom of the hill, where we watched
the cars as they slowly passed us by. She listened carefully to the
unfamiliar sounds, while walking closely by my side.
When starting up the incline, every step she'd take with me. Staying
so close beside me, until I could hardly bend my knees.
Then, she walked in front, but not too far without glancing
back at me, to see if I were still beside her, for there was no
other place she'd rather be.
We made it to the top of the hill, our destination of the day. By
now the clouds though once crimson, were slowly fading away.
The waters, they too were less vibrant, their colors now a misty
grey. The current was slower, the evening about over, they were
preparing for a brand new day.
Over in the far corner, overlooking the bluff, sat a bench so
inviting to me. We walked right over and sat on down, my four legged
friend and me.
With the wind blowing gently in our faces, and the setting sun
shining softly in our eyes, she turned to me and licked my hand,
while making a little sigh.
Even though I tried to enjoy the moment, my wandering mind would
sometimes stray; into the realms of tomorrow, with the thought of
her soon passing away.
Suddenly, I realized how foolish I'd been to have let grief stand in
my way. To spoil our fun and put a damper on, what should have been
a beautiful day.
For by fretting about tomorrow, and by worrying about yesterday, I
was missing out on what was happening right now, by not focusing on
I have to give thanks to my four legged friend for helping me to
finally see, the importance of each precious moment,
and what they should mean to me.
Now our day is over, and I know that all good things must end, but
I've learned a valuable lesson, and it's because of my four legged
For it's not about where we're going, nor where we might have been,
but it's all about enjoying the present, and this I owe to my four
When you find that special dog that sneaks into your heart. It's
like the words in wedding vows till death do you part. You have to
show them everyday just how much you care. Let them know without a
doubt that you will always be there.
Through thick and thin times, in sickness and in health. They have
to know you love them in poorness and in wealth. So remember if you
think you've found that perfect dog for you, Once you've brought
them in your home, It's like you've said I DO!
I wish someone would tell me what it is that I have done wrong? Why
do I have to stay chained up and left alone for so long? They seemed
glad to have me when I came here as a pup.
The master said he would train me as a companion and a friend. The
mistress said she would never fear to be alone again. But now the
master has not the time, the mistress said I shed. The children
never walk me, they always say, ...Not now.....!
I wish I could please them, I wish They would tell me how. All I had
was love you see, I wish they would explain. Why they said they
wanted me...and then left me on a chain.
5). WITH REGRET FROM THE HUMAN RACE in response to " love on a chain "
Don't be bitter, its easy to explain. Your people weren't
neglectful, they knew not how to train. They loved you pup, that was
" the truth" their brain was in a fog. They never realized, you see,
that soon you'd be a dog.
It's true they made such joyous plans they meant to follow through.
The wishes and the promises died, and I was cause of you.
You left your yard, you soiled the house and chewed the masters
chair. and no one told the mistress that mats get in your hair.
When you were small, the children loved the way you jumped and
clowned. But now the kids are frightened cause you always knock them
Dear puppy you were born that way, they should have known you'd
grow. But huddled there in your litter box, no one told them so.
It seems a shame to live out there, alone in an empty place.
Awaiting the touch of a little hand and the smile of a little face.
But puppy you must understand about the human brain. It cannot teach
what it hasn't learned ......... Namely how to train.
My friend you stood beside me on the darkest hour of night, when
anguish filled my soul all others took to fight. When lovers fled to
other shores and all I knew was pain. I knew you'd still be with me
when there was nothing left to gain.
Dear brothers he is gone now, his life was not half spent. His car
is on the mountain side, his body burnt and bent. When doctors said
...I am sorry... I knew not where to go, it was you who led me
onward when my heart was oh so low.
And when my only child lay, for her to late too save. You were the
one who sat with me, beside her tiny grave. My friend, you have felt
my sorrow and been there through the years, you have seen into my
inner soul, reflected by my tears
And now your life is over, the end is drawing near. My turn to sit
beside you and chase away your fears. My turn now to repay all the
love you have given me in your very special way.
Rest easy now my dear one, I will lay with you on the floor, one
final breath and you are gone, your tail it wags no more. Gone now
are the sparkle in your eyes, your roaming days are through.
.......Fear not for soon my Canine friend I will be there with
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here ,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all
our special friends so they can run and play together. There is
plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and
comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored
to health and vigor; those who are hurt or maimed are made whole and
strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and
times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they
miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind. They
all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops
and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager
Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the
green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been
spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling
together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy
kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved
head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so
long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
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 so 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.
Author: Constance Jenkins Copyright 1992 "In Loving Memory of Isolde Jenkins"
Although I am too proud to beg, and may appear to be a very
independent creature, I ask for your loving care and attention. I
rely on you for my well being much more than you may realize. This I
promise you, my benefactor, that I will not be a burden on you
nor will I demand more of you than you care to give. I will be a
quiet peaceful island of serenity for you to gaze upon; a soft
soothing body to caress, and I shall purr with pleasure to rest your
Since I am a gourmet who appreciates different taste sensations, I
pray you will give me a variety of nutritious foods and fresh water
daily. You know dear friend, how I love to go. Allow me, I pray, a
warm sheltered place where I can rest peacefully and feel secure. If
I am wounded in battle or suffering from disease, please tend me
gently, and see that I am treated by loving and competent hands.
Please protect me from the inhuman humans who would hurt and torture
me for their own amusement.
I am accustomed to your gentle touch and am not always suspicious
nor swift enough to avoid such malicious acts. In my later years
when my senses fail me and my infirmities become to great to bear,
allow me the comfort and dignity that I desire for my closing days
and help me gently in my pain or passing. Hear this prayer, my dear
friend, my fate depends on you.
On the first day of creation, God created the dog.
On the second day of creation, God created man to serve the dog.
On the third day, God created all the animals of the earth
(especially the horse) to serve as potential food for the dog.
On the fourth day, God created honest toil so that man could labor
for the good of the dog.
On the fifth day, God created the tennis ball so that the dog might
or might not retrieve it.
On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the dog
healthy and the man broke.
On the seventh day, God tried to rest......but He had to walk the
When God had made the earth and sky, the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals, the fish, the birds, and bees. And
when at last He'd finished, not one was quite the same. He said,
"I'll walk this world of mine and give each one a name." And
so He traveled far and wide, and everywhere He went, a little
creature followed Him until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth and in the sky and sea, the
little creature said, "Dear Lord, there's no name left for
me". Kindly the Father said to him, "I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
and called you DOG, my friend".
(Warning: do not deviate from these rules!)
The dog is not allowed in the house....
Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms....
Fine, The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the
Okay, The dog can get on the old furniture only....
Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to
sleep with the humans on the bed....
Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation....
Fine, The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under
Okay, The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only....
Fine, The dog can sleep under the covers every night and the humans
must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog....
Have you heard about the boy who walked by
The black water? I won't say much more.
Let's wait a few years. It wanted to be entered.
Sometimes a man walks by a pond, and a hand
Reaches out and pulls him in.
There was no Intention, exactly. The pond was lonely, or needed
Calcium, bones would do. What happened then?
It was a little like the night wind, which is soft,
And moves slowly, sighing like an old woman
In her kitchen late at night, moving pans
About, lighting a fire, making some food for the cat.
A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play,
And they have their deep secrets for many a day;
And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.
He may go where he will and his dog will be there,
May revel in mud and his dog will not care;
Faithful he'll stay for the slightest command
And bark with delight at the touch of his hand;
Oh, he owns a treasure which nobody steals,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.
No other can lure him away from his side;
He's proof against riches and station and pride;
Fine dress does not charm him, and flattery's breath
Is lost on the dog, for he's faithful to death;
He sees the great soul which the body conceals--
Oh, it's great to be young with a dog at your heels!