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14. It Breaks Your Heart

It will break your heart, but when the time comes, do not let your dog go alone. They have kept you company and sat with you through everything in your life and would never leave you, do the same for them. This anonymous pets prayer says it all...

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, and pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done, for this the last battle can't be won

You will be sad - I understand, don't let your grief then stay your hand
For this day, more than the rest, your love and friendship stand the the test
We've had so many happy years, what is to come - can have no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so, when the time comes, please let me go

Take me where my needs they'll tend, only stay with me until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me, until my eyes no longer see

I know in time you too will see, it is a kindness you do for me
Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I've been saved
Don't grieve that is should be you, who has to decide this thing to do
We've been so close through all these years, don't let your heart hold any tears

Smile, for we've been together for awhile.

One final thought, although you can never replace your friend, an empty house does not help you heal...

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. "God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?" God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. "I have done something," He replied, "I created You." Always remember having a pet is a lifelong commitment. Take care, and know others thoughts are with you in your journeys.

Sincerely,

Dawn Dotson
Sandy Hook, VA

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