Today and tomorrow are the last two days to
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Homer J. here with our Sunday post. We don't have our usual funnies this morning because we are feeling in tune with the dark, gray, cool and damp weather that is nothing less than gloomy. This morning we were met with sad news on the web from our friend Ms. Kim in northern Virginia. She writes for her pack about Life at Golden Pines. That pack is a lot like ours, a hodgepodge of rescued senior Golden Retrievers enjoying their second chance furever home. Just last month Ms. Kim wrote lovingly about a senior patriarch of the pack, Cowboy. Yesterday she had written that Cowboy was in physical distress and Ms. Kim was worried about him. Evidently she was worried enough to take Cowboy to their vet for examination. Much like with our brother Gordon, it proved to be their last earthly trip together. Unfortunately we all know too well the decision that faced Ms. Kim and the courage it takes to put her own selfishness to hold on aside and to do what was right for Cowboy. She listened to what Cowboy was saying to her and she stayed with him as he departed this life for The Rainbow Bridge. Cowboy only spent two short years at Golden Pines but we expect that those two years were the most loved and cherished of his life. Ms. Kim and her family are strong to be able and willing to assist and rescue those senior Goldens that so many puppy hunters bypass in search of a loving pet. Who else will help the aging dog find a comfortable and loving home when it is often known that the stay will be short and followed by the pain of grieving the loss. But how awful is the alternative fate that would befall these seniors at a pound or kill shelter? Ms. Kim did the right thing, both at the beginning when she rescued Cowboy from his dreadful fate and at the end when she lovingly let him go on his way. We all grieve along with ms. Kim and her family today. When mom and dad had to let Chance go to The Bridge, dad found this poem and it helped him cope. He now passes it along to others that have to deal with that situation and indecision that often accompanies it. Run free in the meadows by The Bridge beloved Cowboy. Your pain is gone and you are young and strong. You have scarred Ms. Kim's heart and left a lifelong memory that she will always carry with her.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this – the last battle – can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me ‘til the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its’ last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close – we two – these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
Our blogging acquaintance Snowball, who lives in the beautiful city of Singapore, is ailing and needs your prayers and support.
Snowball is an 11 yrs old Maltese. She has 4 loyal human slaves to attend to her daily needs. She was born on 10 May 1998. Her favorite past time is to sleep and to go for walkies at the Mall. Her favorite treats are Snack21 Salmon Snacks and Friendland Cod Fish Stripes. Her favorite colors are Pink and Red. Snowball's slave Jie Jie has posted on Facebook that Snowball has been diagnosed with a growth on her liver and is being treated by a vet in Singapore where she lives. Jie Jie has asked that we all pray for Snowball so we've added her to our prayer list with Max Dog and hope that she will start eating and get well. Please stop at Snowball's blog and leave her some encouraging words to strengthen her in this battle.
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