I made this page for a friend who really really likes this poem:
God promised at the birth of time a special friend to give.
His time on earth is short he said, so love him while he lives.
It may be as long as sixteen years or as short as two or three,
But will you, ‘til I call him back take care of him for me?

A wagging tail and cold wet nose and silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors to love you through the years.
His puppy ways will gladden you, his antics make you smile.
As guardian or friend he will be loyal all the while.

He’ll bring his charms to grace your life and though his stay is brief,
When he’s gone the memories will be solace for your grief.
I cannot promise how long he’ll stay since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach I want you each to learn.

Whatever love you give to him returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life brim full of simple pleasure.
Enjoy each day as it comes; allow your heart to guide.
Be loyal and steadfast in love as the dog there by your side.

Now will you give him all your love nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call to take him home again?
I fancy each of us would say “Dear Lord, thy will be done
For all the joy he’ll bring to us 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 shall the angels call him home much sooner than we planned,
we’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
Author Unknown -
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