A collection of words that have affected me in some manner.
I believe you'll enjoy them too.



Where to bury a dog

Beneath a cherry tree, where, in its proper season
The cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave,
Or beneath any flowering shrub.
Beneath such a tree or shrub he slept, or lifted his head to challenge some intruder.
These are good places, in life or in death.

Yet it is a small matter,
For if the dog be well-remembered,
If sometimes he leaps through your dreams, actual as in life,
Eyes kindling, laughing, begging,
It matters not at all where that dog sleeps.

On a hill where the wind blows, the trees roaring,
Or beside a stream he knew in puppy hood,
Or in the flatness of a pasture lane where cattle grazed,
Is all one to the dog,
And all one to you.
Nothing is gained and nothing is lost if memory lives.
But… there is a place to bury a dog.

If you bury him in this spot he will come to you when you call;
Come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death,
And down the well-remembered path to your side again.
Another dog will not resent his coming, for he belongs there.

People may scoff at you who see no slightest blade of grass bent by his footfall,
Who hear no whimper;
People who never really loved a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them,
Something well worth the knowing…
The one best place to bury a dog is in the heart of his master.



If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this- the last battle-can't be won.

But don't be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand.

For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so,
So when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only stay with me till the end,
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close, we two, these years,
So don't let your heart hold any tears,



When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes,
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today
Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an Angel came and called my name,
And petted me with her hand.

She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above.
And that I'd have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.

But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye.
For all my life I never thought,
That I would have to die.

I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
That it seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad.
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.

Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose.
The squirrel I would gladly chase,
The bad guy "I'd bark and hold".

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a little while,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.

But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories,
Will take the place of me.

And when I thought of treats and toys
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven's Gate
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me
From His beautiful throne.

He said, This is eternity,
And now we welcome you.
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow
But today will always last;
For you see, each day's the same day
There's no longing for the past.

Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true.
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.

But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free.
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.

Author: Unknown

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