A poem other than the "Rainbow Bridge"...

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  1. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member

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    Miami, FL
    A friend, who's dog is ill, posted this elsewhere and I thought I would share it here. I really liked it, and it is definitely a "classic".

    The Power of the Dog
    by Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie--
    Perfect passion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumor, or fits,
    And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find--it's your own affair--
    But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
    So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
  2. janice6


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    Apr 4, 2006
    Excellent read.

    My dogs have never disappointed me.

  3. GreenDrake

    GreenDrake Rip Lips

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    North Idaho
    I have always liked to share this one. One of the toughest times in life is to put down your best friend and hold them as they slip away.

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the
    loving heart of me.

    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience
    and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging
    of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

    When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used
    to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
    Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow
    in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

    Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you
    when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to
    walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in

    And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn
    me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of
    eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
  4. Restless28


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    Solsbury Hill
    After a year of living with my Mini Schnauzer, I can't imagine life without her. She's a tiny dog, but is filled with lots of love.