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God promised at the birth of time, a special friend to give.

His time on earth is short, he said so love him while he lives.

It may be six or seven years, or twelve or then sixteen, but will you,

till i call him back, take care of him for me


A wagging tail and cold wet nose and silken velvet ears,

A heart as big as all outdoors, to love you through the years.

His puppy ways will gladden you, and antics bring a smile,

as guardian or friend he will be loyal all the while.


He'll bring his charms to grace your life, and though his stay be brief,

I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth returns,

But lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each to learn.

Whatever love you give to him, returns in triple measure.


Follow his lead and gain a life, brim full of simple pleasure.

Enjoy each day as it comes, allow your heart to guide,

Be loyal and steadfast in love, as the dog there by your side.

Now will you give to him all your love, nor think the labour vain,

Nor hate me when i come to call, to take him back again


I fancy each of us would say, 'Dear Lord thy will be done'

For all the joy this day shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run

We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may

and for the happiness we've known, be forever grateful for his stay.


But shall the angels call for him, much sooner than we've planned,

We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.


Dedicated to my Pelly. 

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    Author kath15 Member since May 31, 2011

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    • katiert
      katiert     Posted on Jun 21, 2011

      Lovely.  Thankyou for posting. 

    • kath15
      kath15     Posted on Jun 19, 2011

      Thank you girls, i have this buy my bedside and read it every day, i just love it, it is really comforting and beautiful. I think it truly explains the things that Pelly taught me and brought to my life; i know how special and lucky i was to have him in my life as short as it was, but no time would have ever been enough. xxxx

    • Szee989
      Szee989     Posted on Jun 19, 2011

      Kath...this is lovely.  It struck a chord with me, so beautifully written, so close to my heart.  Who of us who love these creatures doesn't wonder why their time is so short?  I do have my anger issues, I have my questions, even my doubts...but shaking my microscopic fist into the heavens doesn't change a thing...but these tender words calm even my tumultuous spirit.  You are so gentle...Pelly was indeed your gift and you his.  Thank you for sharing this.  I will read it when I start to feel those old angry rants rise up in me....and I will pray for peace and a time we may actually see them and touch them again.  I have to request it...and believe.  I just have to.

    • Olivia
      Olivia     Posted on Jun 19, 2011

      Those are beautiful words Kath. Well done!



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