“A Dog’s Will” (click or double click to enlarge photo)

In The Dark You Can Find The Light

In The Dark You Can Find The Light

This is a poem that I found quite awhile ago and had it filed away in memory. It can be found in several web sites via Google. I am posting it especially for some blogging friends. Mary and Tim Livingston have had Golden Retrievers for many, many years. Mary’s beloved dog died far too young and this is a post just for her. Mary has the blog “The Backdoor Artist.” Tim’s blog is “The Forester.” Both blogs are wonderful with many posts and wonderful photos of and about the Golden’s in their life. I can not make the link thing work. But scroll down to where the blogs that I follow are at the bottom of this blog. If you click on the names of the blogs it will take you there. In the past if was working just by clicking. Since this blog is “having a spell” I’m not sure what it will do.

The poem is by an unknown author

The Legacy

When humans die, they make a will
To leave their homes and all they have to those they love.
I, too, would make a will if I could write.

To some poor wistful, lonely stray
I leave my happy home,
My dish, my cozy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy.
The well loved lap, the gentle stroking hand,
The loving voice,
The place I made in someone’s heart,
The love that at the last could help me to
A peaceful painless end
Held in loving arms.

If I should die, Oh do not say,
“No more a pet I’ll have, to grieve me by it’s loss”
Seek out some lonely, unloved dog
And give my place to him.
This is the legacy I leave behind –
’til all I have to give.

Author Unkown

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54 thoughts on ““A Dog’s Will” (click or double click to enlarge photo)

  1. Yvonne that is a beautiful poem, and has brought a few tears to my eyes. I have said the very same thing so many times when I have lost a pet, that I couldn’t go through that pain and sadness again. But life is so empty without them, and there are so many out there needing a loving home, of which I’m prepared to give 🙂

    • Thanks Claire for reading the post. It is indeed hard and gut wrenching to have to put one down even if they are infirm and beyond hope. I simply don’t like to take a life if the animal is still eating and shows an interest in his/her surroundings. I’ve been through this many times but I have favorite pets of the many that I have. Those are the ones that cause me so much grief.

      I have written in one post, don’t remember which one, that when a favorite pet dies one shows up from some place. It is as if the departed one is sending one to take its place. It has happened so many times I no longer give it much thought. Very strange..

  2. penpusherpen says:

    A lovely and heart breaking poem at the same time. I say heart breaking Yvonne, as I’m still recovering from the death of My Girl, .. a Welsh Border Collie, who ran our lives for us, told us what to do and when, we were never in charge. 🙂 She lived for 13 years and gave us such happiness. (pain too when she became diagnosed with Osteoarthritis when she was about 4 years old.. ) but we battled on with treatments and the best diet for the ailment… I cannot imagine replacing her, but these words above give another outlook… many thanks for sharing them.. xPenx
    (still the tears come… I suppose at the very least they’re clearing my eyes.. 😉 )

    • Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. It is devastating for sure. I am glad you found the poem. Yes, you will be sad when you think abbout your “girl.” I still get sad about certain pets and I can cry about them if I dwell on their memory too long. My border collie lived to 13 years as well. Thanks for commenting.

      ~Yvonne x~

  3. I found your blog through Ralph’s and I clicked to it because I’m an Yvonne as well so it intrigued me. As I sit here in front of my computer sobbing because of this poem as I am waiting for the vet to call back for my 17 year old mainecoon/tabby mix cat whom I adore. Thanks for your sweet poem ~ it came at the right time. Hugs to you.

    • I am so sorry that your kitty had reached the end. He really lived a long time. I wish that our pets could live to at least 20 years but that is rare. I am glad that the poem gave you a bit of comfort. I extend my sincere sympathy to you.

      Best regards,

  4. Kathy says:

    Such a beautiful poignant poem. Thinking back on our beloved dogs, Tasha and Bucky, and how we missed them when they passed… thanks for sharing this.

  5. sybil says:

    A lovely poems, but oh it makes me sad to think …

  6. Val says:

    It gave me the shivers (in a good way). 🙂

  7. shoreacres says:

    What a lovely poem. I’m going to pass it on to my vet – he keeps a file of such things to help out people who have to deal with sad situations. It would have done nicely for a friend who lost her dog, too, but I think I’ll not pass it on to her now, as it’s been about a month and she’s beginning to recover a bit. I don’t want to make her sad again.

    • Thank you Linda. It is a sad one but for a pet lover who thinks that they can not bear to get another cat or dog I personally don’t think that it would be inappropiate after a reasonable time. But it is you judgement and wait and see how she is in a few months or sooner if she thinks that getting a replacement is not honoring her pet’s life.

      Go through my blog and look under “The Vet’s Pets.” “My Dog Marley” is a true account of Lisa (my daughter) finding a puppy and of her guilt about loving another pet again. I am a kooky in that I think we are led to another pet by some unexplainable force, after one dies that was our very special pet.

  8. Wow, awesome!!! Beautiful picture too!!! Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem!!!

    • Thanks Rexlin for reading and the compliment. I had not heard from you in a while. You were clicking likes and I thought “she must be reading lots of blogs and terribly busy in school.”

      • I already said, You are my favorite blogger as well my good friend. How can I miss you? The main reason is I am not receiving regular mail from some blogs among you also. I found this and registered once again. Now only I am receiving your blog posts regularly. Not busy but becoming seek regularly due to cold.

  9. A lovely poem, Yvonne.
    Here is a video that may be appropriate but is a happy one whether related or not. I hope you don’t mind me adding this. A great rescue.

    • Thank you Steve. Of course I do not mind the link. May I use is as part of a post? I don’t have time to look at it now but anything pet related is right up my alley. More is better. It does matter if it was my find or idea. People that love dogs and or cats as we do are like minded. I appreciate any and everything that you want to send my way. I’ll look at it later today. I am answering comments and then I need to eat breakfast and then hop to my pet chores which takes 3-5 hours depending whether I drag the work out or not.

      • If you like it then by all means go ahead, Yvonne. It is something a friend shared on Facebook so I purloined it from there. 🙂

        • Thanks Steve. I have yet to view but will get around to it I hope later tonight. Still doing some chores.I dropped in to the computer to check on comments and so I have replied to all those now. I feel if someone goes to the trouble to comment then that person deserves a reply within a reasonable time frame. So therefore I have an excuse to stop working with the aniamls.

  10. chatou11 says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem, I have tears in my eyes and I imagine my Fanny who died in January telling me these words
    have a nice day Yvonne

  11. Andrew says:

    I have not seen this poem before but it hits the spot. There are so many strays in Hong Kong and a few souls take in as many as they can but many are not so lucky. Dogs (and cats) are true companions for us and I can think of nothing better than to know that Lulu might bequeath her basket and toys in our home to another Pom one day.

    • Thanks for commenting Andrew. I thought is was a nice poem as well. I feel so bad about all the strays in some parts of the world. Lottie wrote in a comment that she was going to do a post about some sad situations that she encountered when she went to market.I wrote that I would have to skip that post. I can’t get those images or thoughts out of my mind and in fact things like that haunt me. I’m way too emotional about pets and I wish that I could harden myself to the facts of abuse and neglect.

      I am still reading about hair loss in Poms and other Nordic breeds. I’ll send you what I would do about the situation and I need to ask if this began before the 3 week separation from her or after y’all returned from your trip. And a few more questions.

      • Andrew says:

        Yvonne, thanks so much for trying to help Lulu. Her hair loss has been going on for months. The vet said we could do endless tests and still not find out the cause. His suggestion was if it didn’t bother Lulu and it didn’t bother us to leave it. Well recently it has accelerated and I am more worried now. She is a very anxious dog, doesn’t like leaving Shirley but this started before we went away for a month. I may take her back soon if we can’t see any improvement.

  12. Wow Yvonne, this is so touching. I don’t know what to say, but thank you.

  13. Lottie Nevin says:

    A beautiful poem Yvonne and thanks for sharing.

    I went to a market yesterday that made me weep, I’m still teary thinking about it now as I write this. I shall talk about it in a post later but needless to say the sights I saw where hideous, cruel and the stuff of nightmares for all animal lovers. It would have made you very sad too…

    I can’t find your like button now! where’s that vanished too?!

    • Thanks for reading.That post I fear (yours coming up) is one that I will just need to skip.I can’t help it Lottie. Those things remain in my brain and I can not get past that sort of thing. Animal cruelty is just about on par with human cruelty. I roll it over and over in my mind until it almost makes me physically ill.

      Will send you an email soon, I hope.

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