August Sucks!!! First my once in a lifetime horse and now our beautiful boy and in between a generator and a truck required replacement. My self pity meter is at an all time high and a punching bag would be a great thing to have right now. In order to get off the whine wagon I decided to look through pictures of Shooter. It still hurts so, so much and although I smile at each one I cry too. Rosie is still looking for him and the others seem nervous whenever we leave the room. We will get through this, but that piece of our lives and hearts that was Shooter will remain missed and precious. The following poem was given to me by a friend when we lost Caddie and is called “My Grandest Foal”, but I replaced foal with dog and it still works:
I’ll lend your for a little while my grandest dog, He said, For you to love while he’s alive and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may one or twenty years, or days or months, you see. But, will you, till I take him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief, You’ll have treasured memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return. But, there are lessons taught on earth I want this dog to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true. And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, with trust, I have selected you.
Now will you give him your total love? Nor think the labor vain, nor hate Me when I come to take him back again?
I know you’ll give him tenderness and love will bloom each day. And for the happiness you’ve known forever grateful stay.
But should I come and call for him much sooner than you’d planned, you’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and someday you’ll understand.
For though I’ll call him home to Me this promise to you I do make, for all the love and care you gave he’ll wait for you inside Heaven’s Gate.