Old Owl

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Posted on 04/28/2015


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Charlie: 24 June 2002 - 27 April 2015. So it goes.


"The Power of the Dog" (Rudyard Kipling)

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 that 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?

anonymouse (offline), autofantasia, Karina, forever is a long time and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
Oh John............

I love them more than most people.

Charlie.. till we meet at the Rainbow Bridge........
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Wonderful capture!

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2 years ago.
jd weiss
jd weiss
very cute
2 years ago.
Juleann
Juleann
oh, so sorry -- it looks like Charlie was a sweet, attentive little guy. Dogs are the best. Thanks for sharing the news and the poem.
2 years ago.
Vicky Hollenbeck
Vicky Hollenbeck
I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beauty he is.
2 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. They give us so much and demand so little in return.
This is a wonderful tribute.
2 years ago.
Old Owl
Old Owl
Thank you all so much for your thoughts about Charlie; they are much appreciated.
2 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
Such a lovely capture!
So sad for you. I can imagine, for sure.
Thanks for The visit and The kind words.
Hugs from Brasil.
2 years ago.
Old Owl has replied to Rita Guimaraes
You're welcome, Rita. You have some wonderful pictures. Thank you, too, for your visit and your kind words.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Charlie... find Cleo and go watch the sunrise a the Turtle Pond on the far side of the Rainbow Bridge.

Paw prints on the heart never ever fade.

Admired in ~ Dogs - Man's Best ♥ Friend !
2 years ago.
Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】
Ooooh Charlie, now you're gone in the paradise of dogs, to join our disappeared companions.. I wish a lot of courage to your masters.
Congrats on Ex^plore.
2 years ago.
Valfal
Valfal
Such a poignant tribute to your beautiful dog! I am so sorry for your loss. I could say the same about the cats I have "given my heart to tear", past and present. Beautiful photo of Charlie; what an adorable creature he was :-)
2 years ago.