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I've had to say goodbye to many.  Too, too many.  And it never gets easier.  But the memories are precious.  My daughter lives 1/2 hour away and I see her and the girls often, but for the last 14 months my only companion has been my six year old Cocker Spaniel.  I have never grown so attached to a pet as with this one.  :wub:  I don't go anywhere without her, except doctors' offices.

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This one is still with me.

 

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He deserves a better home, I am too busy.

 

But he is not my first dog, and while I am not a fan of Kipling, he nailed this one:

 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?


Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—


Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

 

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,


Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).


When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

 

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.


Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,


A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

 

 

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I've lost a few over the years. There's two here now that are probably winding down. The one was my SIL's dog originally, but when she went into the home, we inherited him. Next to no teeth and a very grouchy personality. The other is our last dachsy, her hind legs were never very strong and they've gotten to the point where to go out I've got to carry her out the door and down the steps. To watch her walk is almost like a seal moving:(:blush:

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2 hours ago, John Kloehr said:

This one is still with me.

 

IMG_2181.jpeg.771b941f17bb58287e7c5eaef4a4b6d9.jpeg

 

He deserves a better home, I am too busy.

 

But he is not my first dog, and while I am not a fan of Kipling, he nailed this one:

 

The Power of the Dog

Rudyard Kipling - 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?


Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—


Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

 

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,


Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).


When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

 

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.


Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,


A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

 

 

 

I'm stealing this for my FB page. Thank you.

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Now my screen is really blurry.  These words bring back memories of companions who have crossed the rainbow bridge before us.  I'm going to give my current "kids" a big hug and good scratch.

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My wife and I had a Schnauzer for 11 1/2 years, and finally had to put her down.  Was extremely saddened to know she wouldn't be at the door to greet me upon coming home from work... Said a prayer, acknowledging that it may be silly to pray over the loss of a pet, but needing God's healing touch.  Got home, deathly quiet without "Libby".  Wife got home, cried.  Daughter got home, really sad.  We decided that we needed to get out of the house and go to the walking track to clear our minds of the loss of Libby.  As we walked the track, a cloud appeared in the sky,  see below photos.   The first cloud, she's looking, the second cloud, she's standing on her hind legs chasing her ball.   Confirmation that NOTHING is t oo trivial to pray about, and that God does see and know our needs, answering prayers.   Is it just me, or does that appear to be my dog?

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