you ever love an animal,
three days in your life
you will always remember.
first is a day blessed with
happiness when you bring home
your young new
may have spent weeks deciding on a
may have asked numerous opinions of
many vets, or done long
research in finding a breeder.
perhaps in a fleeting moment, you
may have just chosen
that silly looking mutt in a shelter
Simply because something in its eyes
reached your heart.
when you bring that chosen pet home,
and watch it explore,
claim its special place in your hall
or front room
when you feel it brush against you
for the first time
instills a feeling of pure love you
will carry with you
through the many
years to come.
The second day
will occur eight or nine or ten
will be a day like any other.
routine and unexceptional.
But, for a surprising instant, you
will look at your longtime friend,
see age where you once saw youth.
will see slow deliberate steps,
where you once saw energy.
you will see sleep where you once
you will begin to adjust your
friend's diet and
you may add a
pill or two to her
you may feel a growing fear deep
within yourself, which
bodes of a coming emptiness.
you will feel this uneasy feeling,
on and off, until the third day
on this day if your friend and God
have not decided for you,
then you will be faced with making a
decision of your own
behalf of your lifelong friend, and
with the guidance of your
deepest Spirit, but
whichever way, your friend eventually
will feel as alone as a single star
in the dark night sky.
you are wise, you will let the tears
flow as freely and as often as they
if you are typical, you will find
that not many in your circle of
or human friends will be able
to understand your grief, or comfort
if you are true to the love of the
pet you cherished through the many
joy-filled years, you may find that
a soul a bit smaller in size than
seems to walk with you, at times
during the lonely days to come.
at moments when you least expect
anything out of the ordinary to
may feel something brush against
your leg very, very lightly.
looking down at the place where your
dear, perhaps dearest, friend used
will remember those three
memory will most likely be painful,
and leave an ache in your heart
time passes the ache will come and
go as if it has a life of its own.
will both reject it and embrace it,
and it may confuse you.
you reject it, it will depress you.
you embrace it, it will deepen you.
Either way, it will still be an
there will be, I assure you, a
fourth day when along with
the memory of your pet
piercing through the heaviness
your heart there will come a realization that
belongs only to you.
will be as unique and strong
as our relationship
with each animal
we have loved, and
This realization takes the form of a
Living Love like the heavenly
scent of a rose
that remains after the petals have
This Love will remain and grow and
be there for us to remember.
is a love we have earned.
is the legacy our pets leave us when
they go and
it is a gift we may
with us as
long as we live.
is a Love which is ours alone
until we ourselves leave,
perhaps to join our Beloved Pets
it is a Love that we
will always possess.