Pet Poetry and Prose

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Alone Again Baggage Did Christ Have a Little Black Dog Dog's Prayer Do I Go Home Today
Don't Grieve for Me Do Not Mourn my Passing For Hanna He Will Come I'll Lend You for a Little While
The Last Battle Man's Best Friend Molly Sue's Birthday Poem Molly Sue from her Mommy My Best Friend

On-Line Friend
Orphan and the Stray Parted Poem for Loss Rainbow Bridge
Second Dog To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me Waiting at the Gate    

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Alone Again

I wish someone would tell me what it is
That I've done wrong.
Why I have to stay chained up and
Left alone so long.
They seemed so glad to have me when
I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we'd do
While I was growing up.
They couldn't wait to train me as a
Companion and a friend.
And told me how they'd never fear
Being left alone again.
The children said they'd feed me and
Brush me every day.
They'd play with me and walk me
If I could only stay.
But now the family "Hasn't Time";
They often say I shed.
They do not want me in the house
Not even to be fed.
The children never walk me
They always say "NOT NOW!"
I wish that I could please them.
Won't someone tell me how?
All I had, you see, was love.
I wish they would explain
Why they said they wanted me,
Then left me on a chain?

Anonymous

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Baggage
by Evelyn Colbath

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed,
I would like to open my baggage,
Lest I forget
There is so much to carry -
So much to forget.

Hmm, Yes, here it is, right on the top -
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear & Shame
As I look on these things I have tried so hard to leave-
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
To never re-pack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

Evelyn Colbath

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Did Christ Have a Little Black Dog

I wonder if Christ had a little black dog,
All curly and wooly like mine,
With two silky ears, and nose round and wet,
Two eyes brown and tender that shine?

I am sure if He had, that that little black dog,
Knew right from the first He was God,
That he needed no proof that Christ was divine,
But just worshipped the ground where He trod.
I'm afraid that He hadn't because I have read,
How He prayed in the garden alone,
For all of His friends and disciples had fled,
Even Peter, the one called a "Stone."

And oh, I am sure that that little black dog,
With a true heart so tender and warm
Would never have left Him to suffer alone
But creeping right under His arm;

Would have licked those dear fingers in agony clasped,
And counting all favors but loss,
When they took Him away, would have trotted behind,
And followed Him right to the Cross.


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A Dog's Prayer
By Beth Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master,
for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness
than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick,
for though I should lick your hands between blows,
your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me
the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music
as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside,
for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.
And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water,
for although I should not reproach you were it dry,
I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play
and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master,  should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight,
do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest -- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew,
my fate was ever safest in your hands.

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Do I Go Home Today?
by Sandi Thompson

My family brought me home
cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me,
and said I was full of charm.

They played with me and laughed with me.
They showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family,
especially the girls and boys.

The children loved to feed me,
they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them --
all snuggled in the sheets.

I used to go for walks,
often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash,
I'm very proud to say.

They used to laugh and praise me,
when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference
between the old ones and the new.

The kids and I would grab a rag,
for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing
when I chewed the bedroom rug.

They said that I was out of control,
and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand,
although I tried and tried.

The walks stopped, one by one;
they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things,
I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely,
in the backyard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long,
to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to the shelter,
but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy,
and then kissed me goodbye.

If I'd only had some classes,
as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle
when I was all grown up.

"You only have one day left,"
I heard the worker say.
Does this mean a second chance?
Do I go home today?
Sandi Thompson  

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Don't Grieve for Me
(Author Unknown)

Don't grieve for me, for now I am free.
I'm following paths God made for me
I took his hand, I heard him call...

Then turned, and bid farewell to all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to sing, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found my peace...at close of day.

And if my parting left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened...deep with sorrow,
I wish you sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full...I've savored much.
Good friends, good times...a loved ones touch

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wants me now...He set me free!

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Do not mourn my passing
(Author Unknown)

Do not mourn my passing for if you could only see
by slipping all my earthly bonds, I'm young again and free.
By day I run the Heavenly fields, my body healthy and strong
At night I sleep at Angels' Feet, lulled by Celestial Song.
So do not mourn my passing, just close your eyes - you'll see
I'm once again that frisky pup, just as you remember me.

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For Hanna by Elizabeth Clark

What morning when you waken
Is the right one to decide
That this dog will be forsaken
And no more with you abide?

A dog like this, she'll find a home
And what will be the harm
In telling all the children
That she'll be living on a farm?

As you bring her in and leave her
In her lonely metal cage
And act as though you have no choice
I feel a silent rage

What heinous thing has this dog done?
What has been her crime?
Or are there other things more pressing
And you don't have the time?

This dog who loved her master
And served him day by day
Has become an inconvenience
And has now been sent away

She keeps a faithful vigil
The tears in my eyes burn
While with trusting expectation
She awaits for your return

A dog like this will have no home,
No master will be found
For who will take an older dog
When younger ones abound?

Now at last her time has come,
And with a gentle nod
I'll cradle your dog in my arms
And send her back to God.

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He Will Come
By Gina Richey

Don't close the door
Don't push me away
Why are you leaving?
Don't make me stay.

Slow down the car
I can't keep up
This pavement is hot
and my pads are cut.

I've got to quit running
or my heart will pop
Every muscle is aching
why didn't you stop?

I'm so hungry and thirsty
Darkness is near
But I shouldn't leave
He will come for me here

Several weeks have passed
I'm dead on my feet
They call me a nuisance
because I eat off the streets

Every car that passes
I chase it to see
If it is my master
coming for me

Though I approach
those that come near
With trust in my eyes
and no sign of fear

With hate in their voices
and a cold, heartless stare
They threaten to kill me
They don't even care

Batter my body
with rocks that they throw
I will not leave
He will come, Don't you know.

Overtaken with weakness
my body is numb
I'm sick and so lonely
Oh please, let him come!

I will go back
to where he first threw me out
I'll wait for him there
He will come, no doubt

My thoughts are fading
My chest feels like lead
I'm sleepy, so sleepy
I can't lift my head

It's so quiet, so peaceful
all remains still
There is my master
at my home on the hill

Yes, I can see him
He's calling my name
His voice is so gentle
His hands are the same

He decided he wants me
Things will be fine
I really do love him
that master of mine.

My tail wags with pleasure
I can't catch my breath
He came in my dreams
but so did my Death


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I'll Lend You for a Little While
(Author Unknown)

I'll lend you for a little while, a wee Scottie pup God said
For you to love him while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or only 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, not think the labor vain;
Nor hate me when I come to take my wee dog 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 never known forever grateful stay.
But should you come to 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 friend departs this world of strife
We'll have another wee scottie pup and we'll love him all his life."

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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 till 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.

---Unknown

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"A Man's Best Friend"

A faithful dog will play with you
And laugh with you and cry...
He'll gladly starve to stay with you
Nor ever reason why...

And when you're feeling out of sorts
Somehow he'll understand
He'll watch you with his shining eyes
And try to lick your hand.

His blind implicit faith in you
Is matched by your great love
The kind that all of us should have
In the Master up above.

When everything is said and done,
I guess this isn't odd,
For when you spell dog backwards,
You will get the name of God.

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Molly Sue's Birthday Poem
(1st Birthday)

"My Angel, Molly Sue"

Upon your back are traces I see
where your angelic wings used to be
For a year ago on this very day,
You were born and your little wings were clipped away.

It was 12 long weeks before we met,
and the moment I first held you, I will never forget.
For when I held you in my arms,
You filled my heart with your infinite charms.

How I love to watch you play and grow,
and teach you all the things you'll need to know.
I always knew right from the start,
You would capture the love within my heart.

For my little angel it's not hard to see,
You truly are my "Destiny"
And so whatever dreams in my life you bring
remember to me you mean everything.

So little pup of just one year,
who has filled our lives with so much cheer,
We adore you and we want to say,
We wish you the happiest 1st Birthday.

By Josie O'Brien 

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A Poem to Molly Sue Migan-O'Brien from her Mommy

My Scottie is an angel
She means the world to me
Every time I look her way
She smiles playfully.

She runs and jumps the whole day long
And guards my home with glee.
My fluttering little angel
Will let no harm come to me

In the morning when I awaken,
She'll pounce upon my chest,
And kiss me right on my face
And will not let me rest.

I thank God and the Angels
For bringing her my way.
She makes me laugh and want to sing
As I welcome each new day.

So special angel Scottie
You know I love you so
For we will share eternity
Because we share one soul.
Josie O'Brien

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My Best Friend
(Anonymous)

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 love our canine friends,
He's installed a doggy door."

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Online Friend
(Anonymous)

I have a little group of friends
As dear as they can be.
I love them all, but sad to say,
Most I'll never get to see.

The only claim I have is that
When I feel sad, alone or blue,
I get on line, Play wav's and chat.
And maybe find someone who feels it too.

They give love and support,
Opinions and such,
Which I can take or ponder much,
But sometimes I round a bend
And LOL, I'll make a brand new friend.

Feel bad, or sad?
Just plain sick?
Got an attitude or habit You want to kick?
"It's ok," your friends will say,
"We've all been there before,
A time or two, just like you."

We know the ups, the downs,
The highs, the lows,
The "I-could-kill-that-so-n-so's."
The pain and strain,
Of getting through
The leave-takings without adieu.

We've seen it all,
the been-theres, done-thats,
We've worn all the different hats,
That makes us each uniquely "us,"
And when we want to make a fuss,
We come online and find
The equalizers,
The friends, who become our sympathizers,
Who know, And feel,
And wish, And pray,
When you both know
There is nothing more to say --
But an online friend
Will say it anyway.
All wrapped up in a warm hug!!

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The Orphan and the stray
(by Josie O'Brien )

Across the brook near the Rainbow Bridge
There stands a little boy
Who never had a puppy
And scarcely had a toy.

He had never really had a home
Or a loving family
His parents had left the world
Quite sudden and tragically

His life on earth was lonely
Because he never quite fit in
He was just a little different
That was his only sin

Each night as he would lie in bed
He'd give the Lord his plea
Please send me a companion
A little LBD
(Little Black Dog)

Now on the darkest, coldest streets
God heard another plea
A tiny little puppy
Cried out in agony

Please send a little boy
To share my life with me
I promise I'll be no trouble
My family has abandoned me.

The night that God heard their pleas
They had each taken their final breath
They crossed through the meadows of the Rainbow Bridge
Where there is no cruelty or death.

When the little boy and puppy
Looked across the brook they would see
That God had answered their prayers
And granted each a family.

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Parted

High in the courts of Heaven today
A little dog-angel waits,
With other angels he will not play
But he sits alone at the gates,
"For I know my master will come "thinks he
"And when he comes he will call for me."

And his master on earth, far down, below
As he sits on his fireside chair,
Forgets sometimes, and whistles low
For his Scottie that is not there.
And the little dog-angel cocks his ears
And dreams that his master's voice he hears.

And I know when at length his master waits
Outside in the dark and cold.
For the hound of death to open the gates
That lead to the Courts of Gold;
His little terrier's welcoming bark
Will comfort his soul in the shivering dark.

Author Unknown

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Poem for Loss
by Josie O'Brien

My darling as I hold you near,
my heart is aching so.
I know that you must go away.
It is something we both know.

Acceptance is the hardest part
of knowing I'll remain.
For I know that when you're free at last,
I will cry with heartfelt pain.

Each memory has been traced with love
deep within my heart.
I never dreamed the day would come
When we would be apart.

For as I hold you in my arms
and whisper our last goodbye,
I'll cherish every memory
until the day I die.

For when my soul is released and free,
I'll come to you, my friend.
And the love we share will once again
be eternal; with no end.
Josie O'Brien

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THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

THERE IS A BRIDGE CONNECTING HEAVEN AND EARTH.
IT IS CALLED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE BECAUSE OF ITS
MANY COLORS. JUST THIS SIDE OF THE RAINBOW
BRIDGE THERE IS A LAND OF MEADOWS, HILLS AND
VALLEYS WITH LUSH GREEN GRASS.

WHEN A BELOVED PET DIES, THE PET GOES TO THIS
PLACE. THERE IS ALWAYS FOOD AND WATER AND WARM
SPRING WEATHER. THE OLD AND FRAIL ANIMALS ARE
YOUNG AGAIN. THOSE WHO ARE MAIMED ARE MADE
WHOLE AGAIN. THEY PLAY ALL DAY WITH EACH OTHER.

THERE IS ONLY ONE THING MISSING. THEY ARE NOT
WITH THEIR SPECIAL PERSON WHO LOVED THEM ON
EARTH. SO EACH DAY THEY RUN AND PLAY UNTIL THE
DAY COMES WHEN ALL THOSE PETS YOU HAVE LOVED
SUDDENLY STOP PLAYING AND LOOK UP! THEIR NOSES
TWITCH! THEIR EARS ARE UP! THEIR EYES ARE
STARING! AND THEY SUDDENLY RUN FROM THE GROUP.

YOU HAVE BEEN SEEN, AND WHEN YOU AND YOUR
SPECIAL FRIENDS MEET, YOU TAKE THEM IN YOUR ARMS
AND EMBRACE. YOUR FACE IS KISSED AGAIN AND
AGAIN, AND YOU LOOK ONCE MORE INTO THE EYES OF
YOUR TRUSTING PETS.

THEN YOU CROSS
RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER,
NEVER AGAIN TO BE SEPARATED.

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Second Dog
by Lee Avery

Sometimes I look for traits in you
Of a little dog you never knew--
A dog who loved me all his days
And understood in special ways.
But that's not fair to you, my elf,
You're not a substitute, but yourself.
You've dried the tears and eased the pain
And tugged my laughter home again.
Yet, at times, puppy, I almost start
When your eyes recall him to my heart.
You'll never lack for love, it's clear--
Because of him, you're twice as dear.

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To Those I Love
And Those Who Love Me
(Author Unknown)

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me in tears.
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess,
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love each of you has shown.
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for awhile that we must part
So keep the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.
So if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All of my love around soft and clear.
And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say,
"Welcome Home"

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Waiting at the Gate

I explained to St. Peter
I'd rather stay here
Just outside the Pearly Gate.
I won't be a nuisance, I won't even bark,
I'll be very patient and wait.

I'll be right here chewing
A celestial bone
No matter how long you may be.
'Cause I'd miss you too much,
If I went in alone--
It wouldn't be heaven for me.

Author Unknown

 

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Brothers and Sisters I bid you beware,
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear."
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