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I AM YOUR DOG (or Cat)
(on behalf of canines and felines everywhere)


I am your dog, and I have a little something
I'd like to whisper in your ear.

I know that you humans lead busy lives.
Some have to work, some have children
to raise. It always seems like you are running
 here and there, often much too fast,
often never noticing the truly grand things
in life. Look down at me now,
while you sit there at your computer.
See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours?
They are slightly cloudy now. That comes
with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring
my soft muzzle. You smile at me;
I see love in your eyes. What do you see
 in mine?  Do you see a spirit?
A soul inside, who loves you
as no other could in the world?
A spirit that would forgive all trespasses
of prior wrong doing for just a simple
moment of your time? That is all I ask.
To slow down, if even for a few minutes
to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened
by the words you read on that screen,
of other of my kind, passing.
Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly,
sometimes so suddenly it wrenches
your heart out of your throat.
Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes
that you may not even seem to know until
the very end, when we look at you with
grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.
Still the love is always there, even when we
must take that long sleep, to run free
in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow;
I may not be here next week.
Someday you will shed the water from
your eyes, that humans have when deep
grief fills their souls, and you will be angry
at yourself that you did not have just
One more day" with me.

Because I love you so, your sorrow
touches my spirit and grieves me.
We have NOW, together.
So come, sit down here next to me
on the floor, and look deep into my eyes.
What do you see?

If you look hard and deep enough
we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.
Come to me not as alpha" or as "trainer"
or even "Mom or Dad," come to me
as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us
look deep into one another's eyes, and talk.

I may tell you something about the fun
of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you
something profound about myself,
or even life in general.
You decided to have me in your life because
you wanted a soul to share such things with.
Someone very different from you, and here
I am. I am a dog, but I am alive.
I feel emotion, I feel physical senses,
and I can revel in the differences
of our spirits and souls.
I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet" -
I know what you are. You are human,
in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me, on the floor.
Enter my world, and let time slow down
if only for 15 minutes.
Look deep into my eyes, and
whisper to my ears.
Speak with your heart, with your joy
and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow,
and life is oh so very short.

used with permission
"Thank You"  Leonard Fisk
Capune (Pet loss Grief site)



Please take the time now while you still have it.
Give your pet a Hug.
Take him or her for a walk.
Just BE with THEM.

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