Only a…

Those who say ‘it was only a dog’, or cat, or any other sweet companion,
Have never know the blessing of those who give love so generously,
Who forgive without regret. Lower our blood pressure, calm our anxieties, and
Their lives are the poorer.
We who know, grieve their loss, and hold them gently in our hearts and memory.
We see them run and jump, stretch and sleep, snore and slobber, and we smile.
We miss the fur that clogs the vacuum and the walks in rain and sun.
We miss the joy of play, and the quiet companionship always.
In time we will find we carry them with us,
And the pain of loss will fade,
And the joy of remembrance will wrap itself around our lives.
And we shall be the richer.

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