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I was sent this on Facebook a couple of days ago & felt I should share it with the community, sorry I don't know who it's by & I'm sorry if it makes you cry as it did me, remembering all my old guys!

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, “It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour your tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I am not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled & said “It's me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near to you everyday. To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.” You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of the evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over...I smile & watch you yawning and say “good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning.” And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me....

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Comment by Jo Bill on October 20, 2013 at 5:02pm

I've seen this on FB, too.  It makes me think of my lab mix, Chance and my little Schipperkie, Ishtar.  I had to put both of them down because of illness.  I'm so glad to have Gizmo now.  However, I know I will not handle life well when his time comes ... and it will.  (sniff)  I'm just enjoying my life with him now.  Who knows ... he might just out live me!

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on October 9, 2013 at 4:25pm

Aww, another tear jerker Grace!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 9, 2013 at 3:39pm

And then I read the one you posted Grace and Debbie's post... and I almost started crying. I should go for a walk and count the hours til I go home to hug my Pedro very tight.

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on October 9, 2013 at 3:37pm

Oh I shouldn't be reading these at work... tearing up but it's so beautiful and it brought my Angel Renata back and makes me fear the future, but appreciate the present so much. Thank you Dee. 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 9, 2013 at 10:29am

Oh Dee, what a tear jerker.   I have one, I'm not sure if I ever shared it with the community before.

 

    DOGS HAVE SOULS                                

 

By Chuck Wells,

Palmyra, N.Y.

ANN LANDERS

syndicated columnist

I remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur.

You bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping. Once in awhile, you'd let out a little yelp, just to let me know this was your territory.

 

Making a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a pas­sion, and when I scolded you, you just put your head down and looked up at me with those innocent eyes, as if to say, "I'm sorry, but I'll do it again as soon as you're not watching."

As you got older, you protected me by looking out the window and barking at everyone who walked

by.

When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting for me with your tail wagging just to say, "Welcome home. I missed you." You never had a bad day, and I could always count on you to be there for me.

When I sat down to read the paper and watch TV, you would hop on my lap, looking for attention. You never asked for anything more than to have me pat your head so you could go to sleep with your head over my leg.

As you got older, you moved around more slowly. Then, one day, old age finally took its toll, and you couldn't stand on those wobbly legs anymore. I knelt down and patted you lying there, trying to make you young again. You just looked up at me as if to say you were old and tired and that after all these years of not asking for anything, you had to ask me for one last favor.

With tears in my eyes, I drove you one last time to the vet. One last time, you were lying next to me.

For some strange reason, you were able to stand up in the animal hospital; perhaps it was your sense of pride.

As the vet led you away, you stopped for an in­stant, turned your head and looked at me as if to say, "Thankyou for taking care of me."

Ithought, "No, thank you for taking care of me."

APRIL 1, 2000 – SUN SENTINEL

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on October 9, 2013 at 2:31am
Debbie, that is lovely & true too. :)
Comment by Debbie & Trixie on October 8, 2013 at 9:56pm

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on October 8, 2013 at 9:43pm

Lovely, Dee.  And they do indeed stay with us in our hearts, each with their own special place!

Comment by Beverly and Eli on October 8, 2013 at 6:41pm

For a long time I reached down to stroke Jax by my bedside at night. Missed him so, but now I find a very curly doodle there. Joy.

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on October 8, 2013 at 6:22pm
Beautiful. I especially like the print of the little girl and her friend's memory.

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