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Old dogs…

Here’s something else that recently came around on the recycledshelties mailing list:

ONE BY ONE …

Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

On this day..

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1 comment to Old dogs…

  • Jane M

    Thanks for this – I’ve been feeling a little beat up lately after losing one of my rescues last month to heart disease. We only had him for 3 years but it seemed much longer and he brought so much joy, but the pain of the loss has been overwhelming. I’ve found myself wondering if I can go through it again with an older dog. We’ve gotten younger dogs and older ones too, and with the older ones it seems like they’re only here 3 or 5 years and they leave those pawprints on my heart and then they’re gone. I know it’s SO worth doing again, but in some ways so hard too. Anyway, thanks.

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