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“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”~Kahlil Gibran
"My SUNSHINE doesn’t come from the skies,
It comes from the LOVE in my DOG'S EYES."~ Unknown Poet
"What we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~ Helen Keller
"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind." ~Tuscarora
I ONLY WANTED YOU
They say memories are golden well maybe that is true I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane, I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. --- Anonymous ---
Poem from Saada's Veterinarian...
IF IT SHOULD BE
If it should be that I grow weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then you must do what must be done, For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand. Don't let your grief then stay your hand. For this day, more than all the rest, Your love for me 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; The time has come -- please let me go.
Take me where my need they'll tend, And please stay with me till the end. Hold me firm and speak to me, Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see The kindness that you did for me. Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve -- it must be you Who had this painful thing to do. We've been so close, we two, these years; Don't let your heart hold back its tears.
--- Anonymous ---
A Letter From Your Pet In Heaven
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say. But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from the Bridge. Here I dwell with God above. Here there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you. It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on." God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you... in the middle of the night. When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; But together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too; That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain; Then you can say to God at night... "My day was not in vain." And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along I made somebody smile. God says: "If you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you're walking down the street with me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind." "And when it's time for you to go... from that body to be free. Remember you're not going... you're coming here to me."
I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.I could see that you were crying and 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 the 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’m 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 and 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 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 that evening, I was very close to you.The day is over . . . I smile and watch you yawningand 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.- Author unknown
The moment that you died, my heart split in two.
One side filled with memories. The other died with you.
I often lay awake at night, when the world is fast asleep.
And take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks,
Remembering you is easy, I do it every day.
But missing you is heartache, that never goes away.
I hold you tightly within my heart, and there you will remain.
Life has gone on without you, But never will be the same.
The Spirit Of A Dog
I was standing on a hillside In a field of blowing wheat, And the spirit of a dog Was lying at my feet.He looked at me with kind dark eyes, Ancient wisdom shining through. In the essence of his being, I saw the love there too. His mind did lock upon my heart As I stood there on that day, And he told me of this story About a place so far away.As I stood upon that hillside In a field of blowing wheat, In a twinkling of a second His spirit left my feet.His tale did put my heart at ease, All my fears did fade away About what lay ahead of me On another distant day."I live among God's creatures now In the heavens of your mind, So do not grieve for me, my friend As I am with my kind.My collar is a rainbow's hue, My leash is a shooting star. My boundaries are the Milky Way Where I sparkle from afar.There are no pens or kennels here For I am not confined, But I'm free to roam God's heavens Among the Doggie kind.I nap the day on a snowy cloud Gentle breezes rocking me, And dream the dreams of earthlings, And how it used to be.For we're all winners in this place; We have no faults, you see. And god passes out those ribbons To each one, even me.I drink from waters laced with gold, My world a beauty to behold; And wise old dogs do form my pride To amble at my very side.At night I sleep in angel's arms, Her wings protecting me, And moonbeams dance about us As stardust falls on thee.So when your life on earth is spent And you stand at Heaven's gate, Have no fear of loneliness-- For here, you know, I wait".
~ author unknown
Thank you Laura & Dale for this beautiful poem
It's hard for some to understand,
the bond between a dog and a man.
Yet others relate to what you feel,
because they too, have felt, the love so real.
If only they knew the warmth in the eyes,
of our tail wagging friends, that stand by our sides.
They stay beside us in protection and in strength,
yet still can lay in our arms the times they are weak.
Regardless of our mood, appearance or wealth,
they stay even more loyal in sickness and in health.
There's no judgement or criticism, no lies or deceit,
their love is unconditional as they lay by our feet.
If they fall ill, we hold on so tight,
with medications and love we put up a fight.
It is our time to return their years of loyalty and love,
unless another decision is made by God up above.
When they lay down their heads and raise their weak paw,
they let us know, we've both given it our all.
Their life here on earth was the fullest we could give,
as they rise in puppy spirit and cross the Rainbow Bridge.
They have no more pain and confusion, no worries, no fears,
just the memories that show deep in our tears.
The day will come, the bridge we will cross,
and at that moment, the time apart will be lost.
We will be reunited with tears of joy and laughter,
Never again a seperation, together, ever after.
We can't know why the lily has so brief a time to bloom
in the warmth of sunlight's kiss upon its face.
Before it folds its fragrance in
and bids the world good-night to rest its beauty in a gentler place.
But we can know that nothing that is ever loved is ever really lost,
and no one who has ever really touched a heart can really pass away
because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they've
been a part.
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