Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fred June 1997~ Nov 2010

I have been dreading this for quite a while, my beloved Fred had to be PTS on monday this week he had a short and sudden illness and I couldn't bear to see him suffer any longer, he was the sweetest, kindest, most loyal friend and my constant companion for the last 13 years.
Words cannot convey how much I miss him and I am the luckiest person alive to have been his adopted Mum.....I'm sure he will be happy chasing those pesky Squidgels in some heavenly wood

"The Power of the Dog""
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie --
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.
When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find -- it's your own affair --
But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit hat answered your every mood
Is gone -- wherever it goes -- for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept'em, the more do we grieve;
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long --
So why in -- Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?


sue said...

Oh Kay I'm so very sorry.

I've never come across this poem before but how true ... You know you've made the right decision but you're now left to deal with the grief. I hope the happy memories of Fred will bring great comfort.

Thinking of you

pett paintings said...

Thank you Sue, I omitted to credit the wonderful wordsmith Rudyard Kipling
It's a poem that I have loved for years it really spells out the price I am currently paying for all that unconditional love and loyalty!
I have gazillions of wonderful memories of him to feast on....he will never be forgotten.

Judy said...

This is such a wonderful poem and so true. I am sorry you have lost your gorgeous furry friend - we never forget out pets.

Jan said...

As someone who has gone through this too often recently, my heart goes out to you.

I had never seen this poem either but it's so true. Even after losing both my best dog ever and my horse within a few months of each other, we still chose to get another dog.

The "payment" is wrenching but it's also unthinkable to us to live without that unconditional love.

May your heart heal quickly and only leave fond memories of Fred.

Hugs to you

Gary Keimig said...

great poem. Sad news about Fred.
You are doing some great art work. Love your blog

pett paintings said...

Thank you Judy, Jan and Gary I'm glad you all appreciate the poem its always been one of my favourites and sums up the pet owners eternal predicament just perfectly.x

"JeanneG" said...

I'm so sorry.