A Loan From God
God promised at the birth of time,
A special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said,
So love him while he lives.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twelve or then sixteen,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
A wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.
His puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.
He’ll bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he’s gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.
Whatever love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasure.
Enjoy each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?
I fancy each of us would say,
“Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run.
“We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.
“But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.”
Dedicated to Gordon Balbach in memory of “Chance”
“There is a huge hole in our lives that can never be filled.”
Chance, aka Dodge Haven
January 23, 2002 to August 26, 2013
Blueberry went to the Rainbow Bridge. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten
Dedicated to Debbie Greene Lawson in memory of Jenny
Our precious little Jenny has went to the Rainbow Bridge. I love u!
Dedicated to Mary Sullivan in memory of Colleen
“I hope I can be half as good a human for the rest of my years as she was a good dog.”
Dedicated to Diane Miller Babcock in honor of “Raymon”
Run free Baby Ray. We love you!
Dedicated to Julie Burns in memory of “Sky”
We miss you so very much!
Dedicated to Jon & Laurie Geiger in memory of “Brooke”
A special, exceptionally sweet greyhound and oh so beautiful!
Dedicated to Judy Paulsen in memory of Italian Greyhound, “Taz”
What a grand presence he was for such a small dog in stature!
Dedicated to Cindy Barnhard Slater in memory of “Harley” (Jim Bug)
Run fast and free our handsome Harley
Dedicated to Kristy Thompson Kuhl in memory of “MissleMan”
R.I.P. my beautiful boy
Dedicated to Kathi Lowery Borsos in honor of “Flirt”
Run free sweet girl, it’s forever playtime now!
Dedicated to Linda Valentine Bryant in honor of “Pepper”
“Pepper will always live in the hearts of all who knew him.”
Dedicated to Jeremy Comiskey in memory of “Honor”
We could not have asked for a better dog to enhance our lives.
Dedicated to Roberta Diakun in memory of “Boo”
Dec, 27, 1998-Oct. 18, 2012
My most devoted dog ever, often serious, sometimes silly, always dignified.
Dedicated to Lucille Vaughan in memory of “Poppy”
Only with me 18 months but oh, what an impact you made. Sleep sweet darling girl xxxxx
A Message From The Bridge
To my dearest family,
some things I’d like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from the Bridge.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here there’s no more tears of sadness.
Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy
just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said, “I welcome you.”
It’s good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
“They’ll be here later on.”
God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night
the day’s chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you…
in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry,
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o’er.
I’m closer to you now,
than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy
and I’d like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody
who’s in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night
“My day was not in vain.”
And now I am contented…
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along
I made somebody smile.
God says: “If you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.”
When you’re walking down the street
with me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.
And when it’s time for you to go…
from that body to be free.
Remember you’re not going…
you’re coming here to me!