Good Boy

8 Feb

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Good Boy

I’ve lost grandfathers and grandmothers
Uncles and friends, a few
But none of them has left me feeling
Quite as sad and blue

As when my Husky-Shepherd, Bear
Did pass away this week
It’s the first time in years that my
Eyes have been moved to leak

My tears are flowing ‘cause Bear was
My loyalist of friends
He’d run beside me anywhere
To the Earth’s very ends

At forty-seven kilos he was
Aptly named as “Bear”
But despite his powerful frame
There was love in his stare

Happiness and joy, he was
My puppy ‘till the last
Gliding gracefully on sidewalks
I was not as fast

He was my trainer, pushing me
To try harder each day
When we hit hills and I could not
Go on, he’d pull away

I’m thankful for those moments of
Heaven he gave to me
Fast and free was what he knew
True happiness to be

I’m grateful that I did not have
To watch my stalwart pal
Grow old and weak and fall apart
Slow down and lose morale

He was old only for a day
With stooped back and head low
We took him for a car ride and he
Felt the cool wind blow

We told him that we loved him and
That he was a good boy
We let him know how much he meant
How much he had brought joy

His suffering did not last long
Bear liked all things full blast
And so I shouldn’t be surprised
His old age didn’t last

My puppy lay there peacefully
As beautiful as ever
A sheen on his soft fur is how
I’ll think of him forever

Great big powerful paws that
Had pulled me on our runs
Somehow still so delicate
After hauling those tons

The backyard seems so empty now
His presence resonates
“Beware of Dog” still on the fence
His claw marks on the gates

When I was young I wondered why
The dog was “man’s best friend”
It wasn’t ‘till my puppy passed
That I did comprehend

Their love is unconditional
Their loyalty unmatched
Their place within our heart secure
Once onto us they’ve latched

I wish I could have been as loyal
Loving and devoted
I wish that all of his traits had
Been acknowledged and noted

Before he was no longer here
But that is a dog’s duty
To be ahead of the pack when it
Comes to showing beauty

To show us humans how it’s done
To smile through it all
To live a life with vigor and
When gone, to make us bawl

Good bye, old friend, old warrior
I’ll miss you very much
I’ll miss your great big howl and
Your soft and gentle touch

Good bye my beautiful best friend
Our time I did enjoy
Good bye, Bear Dog, you Big Smelly
You were such a good boy

                                   ~for Bear
                                         2001-2012

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15 Responses to “Good Boy”

  1. Deb February 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Please except my love and condolences during this difficult time, Miro.
    There is nothing as close to a man, than his dog. And I agree, their only fault is living too short a life.
    Hugs, xx

  2. willofheart February 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    I understand how you feel Miro, before I am not in love taking good care of pets specially Dog but thanks to rumpy site he made me push to try one and I have no regrets of having a pet not only one but three, and I may say dogs is really a man’s bestfriend…

  3. granbee February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    You have my heartfelt sympathy in losing your doggie best friend.

  4. Noel Williams February 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I mourn with you my brother. Stay strong. God bless.

  5. rumpydog February 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    I am so sorry my friend. Rest in peace Bear.

  6. Christy February 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Sending you hugs and thanking you for sharing with us. Take care xx

  7. celestealluvial February 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    My condolences, Miro. Sounds like he was an amazing dog and friend.
    Celeste

  8. Sacrilege of the Goddess February 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    A beautifully written piece. Animal friends often have more to teach us about traits that we consider uniquely human, than we can learn through other humans. I am glad that Bear has shared with you so much of joy and happiness, and that you did the same for him. I hope his warm smell always stays alive in your memory.

  9. Joanne Seto February 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    Many people don’t understand what it’s like to loose a best friend. The feeling you get in your stomach and the sad and loneliness you feel. I know what you are going through because ive lost my best buddy too. I felt as if she was the only one who knew me and made me happy. I think about her all the time. Your piece has truly touched me and now i feel as if im about to cry. Thank you for taking me back on my wonderful journey with her. Cheers

  10. ansuyo February 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    A beautiful tribute to a best friend 😦

  11. zendictive February 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I feel ya brother… I lost my freind “Zen” a chocolate lab last year. he would cross his front legs like he was one with the world…so I named him “Zen”….. I feel for you…(~_~)

  12. violetsandcardamom February 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    So sorry for you loss. What a beautiful tribute to him. It is so evident how much you loved him and he loved you.

  13. dontchawannadream February 10, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    I’m so sorry for your loss and everything you’ve been going through lately, Miro.
    It takes time to grieve.
    A friend of mine died 2 days ago and I feel extremely sad too…
    Your poem is beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Cha

  14. Miro February 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Thank you everyone for your well wishes. They’re greatly appreciated.
    Peace & grace,
    ~Miro

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