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Thread: Thanks for the Dance - Tributes/Condolences

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    "I Stood By Your Bed Last Night"

    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 the tea,
    You were thinking of the many times your hands reached out 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 reassure 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 almost over... I smile and watch you yawning
    and say "goodnight, 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 . . .


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    "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable
    to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." Irving Townsend.

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    "They Will Not Go Quietly"

    They will not go quietly,
    the dogs who've shared our lives.
    In subtle ways they let us know,
    their spirit still survives.
    Old habits still make us think
    we hear a barking at the door.
    Or step back when we drop
    a tasty morsel on the floor.
    Our feet still go around the place
    the food dish used to be,
    And, sometimes, coming home at night,
    we miss them terribly.
    And although time may bring new friends
    and a new food dish to fill,
    That one place in our hearts
    belongs to them….
    and always will.
    Deb Orwig
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    "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable
    to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." Irving Townsend.

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    Dang, this screen is hard to see...........

    This never gets any easier, does it?

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    Out, out brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player. That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.- Macbeth
    What its prominence suggest, and what all science confirms is that the dog is a creature of the nose- A. Horowitz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merrymaker
    Dang, this screen is hard to see...........

    This never gets any easier, does it?
    No, and when the "end" is near and not "sometime" for a pardner that has been by your side, and a part of your life for many trial and test seasons, the more blurred it becomes.

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    I will lend to you for a while, a Pup, God said,
    For you to love him while he lives and mourn for him when he’s dead.
    Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three,
    But will you, ‘till I call him back, take care of him for me?
    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief
    You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay since all from earth return,
    But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.

    I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true,
    And from the folk that crowd life’s land, I have chosen you.
    Now will you give him all your love nor think the labor vain,
    Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again?

    I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, Thy Will be Done,"
    For all the joys this Pup will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter him with tenderness; we’ll love him while we may,
    And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.
    But should you call him back much sooner than we’ve planned,
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
    If, by our love, we’ve managed, your wishes to achieve,
    In memory of him we loved to help us while we grieve,
    When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife,
    We’ll have yet another Pup, and love him all his life.
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    Wow........... ...................poignant and heart-rending.........

    Don't need to lose another one for awhile regards,

    kg
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    Now this is a "training" thread. Training to be successful in life. Thank you all so much for the help. HPW
    "Sometimes we just gotta do what is right". Jerry 2006

    See ya in the field. HPW

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    that's what Terry and i were alluding to, Brevard. thanks for putting our thoughts to words.-paul
    there's no good reason to fatten up a retriever.

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    "I Loved You Best"...

    http://www.crean.com/jimwillis/best.html

    Another on a different twist, be sure to read: "How Could You"
    http://www.crean.com/jimwillis/hcy.html

    But be prepared. This one is the "real" tear jerker...have plenty of Kleenex's.
    Quote: "the hardest decisions are what make us strong"...suprdogs

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