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    A Dogs Life
Dear friends,
We are all here because we want to make sure our dogs are living their best lives
But when that life draws to an end we find ourselves totally devastated,consumed by sadness and grief.
So I wanted to write a few words to remind us of how much should also be celebrated
Please remember that a dogs life is always so much more than what happens towards the end.
For those that are truly loved ,its years of happiness,with not a care in the world,
It’s sleeping in a warm and comfy spot,feeling safe and secure.
It’s going for car rides to explore exciting new places,just seeing that leash and hearing those keys makes you soooo happy,
It’s having a special day once a year,called a birthday or gotcha day
Where you get sang to and given treats and presents even though you’ve no idea why.
It’s having Christmas with family and friends,where you don’t get left out in the present department
And not forgetting the amazing Christmas dinner either !
Its knowing it’s safe to voice your opinion and you do !
You can’t quite speak human( well almost !) ,but you can damn well get whatever you want,
You only have to sit in front of that outside door and it will be opened.
In fact it’s actually a good game that is well worth playing!
It’s having constant company,human and canine alike,knowing you belong and will always have family.
For some it’s occasionally having a dark and distant memory of a time that wasn’t so good,but knowing for sure that your life will never be like that again
It’s enjoying meal times with your special person,where you can be sure you will get your fair share too,
because somehow the way you look is just irresistible,
It’s knowing that when you walk into the room you will get quite a reaction,
Because everyone thinks you’re beautiful and you know it!
And it’s the sparkle in your eyes, and the wag in your tail because you know YOU ARE LOVED.
None of us know how to say goodbye to something so extraordinarily precious as our dogs.
So quite simply,we don’t.
It’s just like when we have to leave them home alone for a while ,we know it’s best not to say
”goodbye “
Instead we just whisper
“ back soon “
Because we know in our hearts it won’t be for long.
We will be back soon and this time it will be forever.

 :'( :'( :'( :'(   They saw you watching over them
As they finally closed their eyes
They smelt your scent as they breathed
In and out for the last time
They heard the way your voice broke
As you told them they were loved
They felt you as you held them
With your gentle, farewell touch
And now they watch each morning
As you pass their empty bed
They watch you lose composure
And they see the tears you shed
They hear you bear the silence
Of the footsteps that are gone
That walk across your heart each day
Like echoes of a song
They feel the pang of emptiness
You get when you’re alone
In moments when you realize
That they’re never coming home
But in their darkest moment
You were there to hold them tight
And they just want the same for you
So you can feel alright
So they’re sewing you a rainbow,
Weaving ribbons through the sky
So they can let you know
That life is good beyond goodbye
So next time it is raining
And the sun appears as well
Just feel and look and listen
To what they are trying to tell
They’re telling you it’s spring there
With its showers and its sun
Where there are endless fields for them
To play and stretch and run
They’re telling you they sleep upon
The biggest, softest beds
That they have stitched from all the clouds
That float above your head
They’re telling you they’re not alone
For there are many others
And they’ve been reunited
With their parents, sisters, brothers
They’re showing you their rainbow
So you know they won’t forget you
And to tell you they will always be
So happy that they met you
And they’re telling you they love you
And though they’ll be dearly missed,
Not to worry, ‘cause it’s beautiful
Beyond the rainbow bridge
Becky Hemsley 2022

  The last battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
and pain should keep me from my sleep
then you must do what must be done
for this, the last battle, can't be won.
You will be sad I understand
Don't let grief then stay your hand
For one this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so
when the time comes, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
only, stay with me until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
it is a kindness you do for 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
Don't let your heart hold any tears.


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