From A Canine Friend to Those who Love Him

You’re giving me a special gift
so sorrowfully endowed
and through these last few cherished days
your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
when your best friend is in pain
and understanding earthly acts
will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes
beyond, into your soul
I see in you the magic, that will
once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess
is why I look to you today
to do this thing that must be done
for it’s the only way.

That strength is why I’ve followed you
and chose you as my friend
and why I’ve loved you all these years
my partner ’til the end.

Please understand just what this gift
you’re giving means to me
it gives me back the strength I’ve lost
and all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf
for that is what friends do
and know that what you do is right
for I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent
and through your hand I feel
the courage that’s within you
to now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here
dear friend, and let me run
once more a strong and steady dog
my pain and struggle done.

And don’t despair my passing
for I won’t be far away
forever here, with your heart
and memory I’ll stay.

I’ll be there watching over you
your ever faithful friend
and in your memories I’ll run
a young dog once again.

-Author unknown