My heart is breaking as I write this post because we lost 2 very special girls yesterday: Daisy and Hailey.
When we made the decision to help our girl across the bridge I knew it was the right decision but I also wondered if we should have waited. I wondered if she might have gotten better given more time. I found this poem and it really helped me feel more at ease about the decision we made.
I hope it brings comfort to both families.
FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND
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, within 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.
In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
(c) Karen Clouston
Since Twix was friends with both girls, I know she was there to great them as they journeyed across the bridge.
Please stop by both
blogs and leave some words of comfort for both families. I know from my own experience how much it helps a hurting heart to read comments left by long time friends and ones you are meeting for the first time.