This past weekend, I lost a dear pal – a four-legged best friend. Dell was a special dog to our family, and we each had a different relationship with him to call our own. He was the most intuitive animal I’d ever had the pleasure of knowing. When I was recovering from my back surgery, he never left my side. And that’s not an exaggeration, he literally never left my side. It was as though I had my very own gargoyle statue sitting by me, wherever I went, protecting my vulnerable state. He took such good care of his family, and if he liked you, you knew it. Also, if he hated you, you really knew it. And there was probably a bite mark to show for it.
Rest in peace, Dell. I miss you already, pal!
My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And oh, his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense “I love you gaze”,
Only a heart that’s filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, “you should cry no more,
God also loves our canine friends,
He’s installed a “doggy-door”.
– Jan Cooper