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Said goodbye to our old dog yesterday
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Donna from Mo    Posted 05-25-2004 at 15:01:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
copyright May 25, 2004
Donna Wood

She came to us just six months old, an almost pure-bred Chow;
Don Novak thought we needed her, and I remember, now,
The way she didn't care for us at all, when she arrived.
Anita Novak held her loyalty. That love survived.

Brandy finally figured out that she was stuck with us,
But any time Anita came, she'd really raise a fuss.
Once she had to go and spend some seven months with them
Because she tried to tear our neighbor's lap-dog limb from limb.

People wouldn't mess around, with Brandy on patrol;
They'd ask us please to put her up, and keep her in control.
She growled at baby Amber once; Cliff kicked her for her sin:
She never barked or growled at any little child again.

Folks would come to visit and they'd bring a dog along
But if we'd try to pet it, Brandy thought we'd done her wrong.
She'd disappear awhile, to punish our unfaithful ways...
And even when she came back home, she'd pout and sulk for days.

Just the fastest barn cats could exist, with Brandy here.
Her best magic trick was making farm cats disappear.
We'd pull up the driveway, and away that dog would run
In search of any cat to chase (her warped idea of fun).

Brandy's been completely deaf for longer than a year.
Her bladder hasn't worked too well; we knew the end was near.
We came home from traveling and found out she'd been hit;
A passing car had finally made it Brandy's time to quit.

Oh, she was still alive, but she could barely walk at all.
She hid beneath the renter's porch, not answering our call.
Cliff got out the rifle and he made the kindest choice:
"She didn't know what hit her," he explained, with muted voice.

Now we do not have a dog, and I don't really know
If we should have another one... I like to travel so.
I will not go out searching, but if one should come our way
And work its way into my heart... I guess I'd let it stay.

Alias    Posted 05-25-2004 at 17:59:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Donna, it's hard to find a human that will give love and devotion on a par with a good dog. I'm sorry for your loss.

I can relate as to how Brandy was jealous of other dogs. On Sunday, my son and his wife brought the new baby, Jade, over for a visit. I was holding the baby when our dog, Gypsie, came up and slipped her head under my arm. I suppose she wanted to make sure I wasn't giving too much affection to the baby. .......gfp

KellyGa    Posted 05-25-2004 at 19:16:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh Donna, that was a wonderful poem. I am sorry you lost your dog. I hope your heart heals soon.

Chas in Me    Posted 05-25-2004 at 17:40:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice words for an old friend. I hope I get sent off as well as Brandy.

If your heart is open, a dog will find its way in.


Melanie    Posted 05-25-2004 at 15:39:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, Donna... I'm so very sorry to hear about that. I know it must have been terribly sad for you... here's hoping that a new friend who likes to travel comes your way when you're ready.

DD    Posted 05-25-2004 at 15:07:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
(((HUGS))) What a Beautiful poem you wrote for Brandy : ) I remember the pic you posted of her out by Cliff's shop. She sure was a pretty dog and I know you'll miss her.

toolman    Posted 05-25-2004 at 16:57:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
im so sorry donna, you gave her a beautiful tribute in your poem to her, i just came from the vet with my little sheltie, he has a lump on his leg, we don,t know what it is , he wants to do surgery on it friday moring and send it away for a bioposy, this little fellow is my heart an soul, they sure become a big part of our lives.

Aprille    Posted 05-26-2004 at 10:59:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya'll are gonna make me tear up!!!

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