Shortly after our precious dog Toby passed away, a friend sent me this poem. I have read it many times since. The author, Beth Norman Harris, has done a beautiful job of capturing what our furry friends communicate to us in many ways.
Our Toby left pawprints on hearts around the world. He presented with me to 10,000 students across North America, raised thousands for charity, volunteered as a pet assisted therapy dog for 4 1/2 years, is the star of several books and a soon to be motion picture(check this out: http://www.indiegogo.com/On-Tobys-Terms-The-movie.
But most importantly, he left a pawprint on my heart....one that is with me forever.
|Toby... big pawprints of love|
Here it is (thank you to the author Beth Norman Harris who wrote this beautiful poem):
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is
more grateful for kindness than the loving heart in me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand
between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often because your voice is the world's sweetest music,
as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your
footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet. I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater
glory then the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you
When I thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and
do the 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, my friend, when I am very old, and no longer enjoy good health, hearing,
and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun.
Please see that my trusting life is taken gently.
I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw
that my fate always safest in your hands.
A Dog's Friend
Listen to two fantastic guests, Lisa Litwinski and Keri Lake as they talk about how animals communicate, the animal human bond, and how we can ensure our adopted animals become part of our forever (or should i say FURever!) family.