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IF IT SHOULD BE

If it should be that I grow weak And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done, For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand. Don't let your grief then stay your hand.

For this day, more than all the rest, Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years. What is to come can hold no fears.

You'd not want me to suffer so; The time has come -- please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend, And please stay with me till the end.

Hold me firm and speak to me, Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve -- it must be you Who had this painful thing to do.

We've been so close, we two, these years; Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Love


OLD DOG IN A LOCKET

Old dog in a locket That lies next to my heart

I will always love you As I did right from the start

You were right beside me Through the darkest of my days

It was your kind and gentle nature That made me want to stay

Now I hold you in my arms Your breath still warm against my hand

Our hearts still beat together And I wonder if you understand

Through the hours that I held you Before the light did leave your soul

I knew a way to keep you Forever in my hold

I snipped the hair from around your eyes So I would always see

The beauty that surrounds me Even in times of need

I snipped the hair from around your ears So I would always hear

Music in the distance To quiet any fears

I snipped the hair from across your back

To bring me strength in time of need

And the power of your essence Would always be with me

I snipped the hair from around your heart That beat in time with mine

So I would know that love would find me At some distant time

And so, your life slipped out of mine On a quiet spring like day

But I knew that a part of you Old dog in a locket

That lays next to my heart I will always love you

Even though we had to part

~~ Author Unknown ~~


I ONLY WANTED YOU

They say memories are golden well maybe that is true

I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.

If love alone could have saved you you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still.

In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,

I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.

But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Portrait of a Saint Berna...


A STUMP FOR A TAIL

You can't buy loyalty, they say I bought it though, the other day;

You can't buy friendship, tried and true, Well just the same, I bought that too.

I made my bid, and on the spot Bought love and faith and a whole job lot

Of happiness, so all in all The purchase price was pretty small.

I bought a single trusting heart, That gave devotion from the start.

If you think these things are not for sale, Buy a brown-eyed puppy with

a stump for a tail.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Rottweiler, Puppy Pair Relaxing


DON'T CRY FOR ME WHEN I'M GONE

Three score and ten are given to man, But ours is a much briefer span.

So, though I give you all my heart, The time will come when we must part.

But all around you, you will see, Creatures that speak to you of me;

A tired horse, a hunted thing, A sparrow with a broken wing ...

Pity - and help (I know you will) And somehow, I will be with you still;

And I shall know, although I'm gone, The love I gave you lingers on.

~~ Author Unknown ~~


NO CHARGE FOR LOVE

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups.

And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the

last nail into the post,he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the

eyes of a little boy. "Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of ! his neck,

"These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket,

he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine

cents. Is that enough to take a look?" "Sure," said the farmer, and with that he

let out a whistle. Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran

Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the

chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the

fence,the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another

little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a

somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others,doing its

best to catch up.... "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.

The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy.

He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would. " With that

the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg

f his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides

of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer,

he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who

understands. " With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked

up the little pup. Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

"How much?" asked the little boy. "No charge," answered the farmer,

"There's no charge for love."

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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Devotion


UNTITLED

I explained it to St. Peter, I'd rather stay here

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 here, chewing on a celestial bone,

No matter how long you may be. I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone,

It wouldn't be heaven for me.

~~ Author Unknown ~~

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