This beautiful rose was a gift from my sister, I had to take a picture of it. It smelled so lovely!

The Greatest Gift

I always knew this time would come
From the very first time our eyes first met
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then and I keep that promise now
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone
It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared

I am the only one who can decide when it is time
When my hope dies, and my fears ride high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go
It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready,
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger,
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
And give you the last gift, the greatest gift

Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know
The pain of this moment is excruciating
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow,
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief
For you have spoken and I have listened
And unlike other decisions I have made,
This one brings no relief... no comfort... no peace
For if there's one thing I have learned...
Unconditional love has a condition after all
I must be willing to let you go when you speak to me
I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave
Go find the ones who have gone before you
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar...
I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
In the dark and lonely days ahead
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry,
For only my tears can heal my broken heart
But I promise you this: as long as I live...You will live
Alive in my mind, forever in my heart
And this will be my greatest gift...
Sending you away
It is the measure of my unconditional love...
For only the greatest love can say
Go find the Rainbow Bridge
We'll meet again
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all

-- Karla Bertram --
used with permission of the author

I Stood By Your Bed Last Night...

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here"

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me"
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there

It's possible for me to be so near you everyday
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away"
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew,
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say
"Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning"

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see
Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me

-- author unknown --

No Other Way

We who choose to surround ourselves
With lives even more temporary than our own,
Live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached

Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would have it no other way
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
Never fully understanding the necessary plan

-- author unknown --

Resting Place

It's a quiet and tranquil place
and this is where you lie
In the silence I hear your voice,
see your face in the clear blue sky

It seems so wrong that you are here,
and yet it had to be;
Your time on earth was over,
You left this world and me

I can't help feeling cheated,
You were too young to die,
But one day I'll come to you
And understand the reason why

Until that time has come,
I'll tend your place with care,
I'll cover it with flowers
and know you'll see them there

You always said I cared for you
In good times and in bad,
And I'll go on as before
Although my heart's so sad

Yet there is some comfort
from tending to your grave
I feel your love surround me here,
A strength that keeps me brave

Although your body's resting,
I know your spirit's free
I sense you watching from above
And caring still for me

So when my life is over,
I'll join you where you lie,
And then we'll be as one again,
Two soul mates in the sky

-- Marian Jones --
used with permission of the author

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God layed for me
I took his lead when I heard Him call
I turned back and then left it all

I could not stay another day
To purr, to love, to work, or play
Events uncompleted must stay that way
I'm found at peace at the close of the day

If my parting left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a purr, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I, too, will miss

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, he set me free

-- author unknown --

Paw Prints

Won't someone please love me?
I have so much to give
My love, my heart, my gentleness,
For as long as I may live

It may be twelve or fourteen years,
Maybe two or four
But during my short span of life,
I'll love you even more

I'll play with you, I'll cry with you,
I'll always give you a purr
Forever more I'll lay on your lap,
And cover you with fur

I'll protect you from all things of harm,
That's in my power to do
All I'll ask is one small thing,
Love me as I love you

Then when death's angel comes to call,
And we'll finally have to part
My hope is that my love has placed,
My paw prints on your heart

-- Fern Buffington --

I Am Not There

Do not stand at my grave and weep...
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift upflinging rush...
of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the soft starshine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry...
I am not there... I did not die...

-- Mary Frye --

Do You Remember Me?

I remember when you loved me,
When you held me in your arms and snuggled me
I remember when you stroked me and kissed me
And told me how handsome I was
I remember how you used to brush my coat,
And wipe me down with a soft cloth
I remember sleeping next to you in a big bed,
Lying on your pillow beside your sweet smelling hair
I remember the toys you bought me, how you played with me
Oh! What joyful fun!
I remember how every morning I would purr
And gently touch your cheek with my soft paw to awaken you
I remember your sweet smile,
And how you would sing out "Good morning, my precious"
When your eyes opened
I remember the delicious food you used to give me,
How there was always plenty to eat
I remember how very much I loved you, adored you, worshipped you

Do you remember me?

I remember when you brought the man home and introduced him to me
I remember that you said he was your husband,
That you loved him and that he would love me, too
I remember that the man did not smell like a cat lover,
But that if you loved him, then I would try to love him, too
I remember that the man was loud
And he would frighten me with his hard footsteps
I remember that the man was not cruel to me,
But indifferent to me as I begged him to stroke me
I remember when the man said cats do not belong in the bedroom
And then I no longer was allowed to sleep on your pillow
I remember how I missed awakening you every morning

Do you remember me?

I remember when you came home one day with a sweet smelling bundle in your arms
I remember you held it gently, snuggled it closely
And told me it was your baby and that you loved it
I remember thinking that if you loved it, I would love it, too
I remember being curious about it and sniffing if often,
For it smelled like you, but it was small like me
I remember the man being fearful as I sniffed the baby
The man said I would hurt the baby
I remember being put outside, where I had never been before,
And it scared me so badly
I remember sitting on the porch,
Crying and begging you to let me back inside
I remember that you never came to the door to let me in
I remember that night when the other cats came,
They watched me in the darkness and hissed at me
I remember that I was so afraid they would hurt me
I had no claws and could not defend myself!
I remember huddling miserably against the door at night
Afraid and lonely
I remember the man saying that I kept him awake at nights with my cries,
So I had to go away
I remember you putting me into a box,
And that you would not even meet my eyes

Do you remember me?

I remember being tossed from the moving car, box and all
And how much it hurt hitting the hard ground
I remember escaping from the box
And having no idea at all as to where I was,
Where you were
I remember waiting there, for days, hoping you would come and save me
I remember being hungry, thirsty, lost, alone and afraid
I remember looking for food, being so hungry,
Rummaging in garbage cans for something to eat
I remember other cats chasing me, scratching me,
And biting me because I was in their territory
I remember trying to find you, scent you on the breeze
And I could not sense you anywhere
I remember running and looking for you,
Running until my paws bled
I remember how my once glossy coat became matted and dull
My once robust body gaunt from hunger
I remember the monster with the very bright eyes
As it swooped down upon me in the road
I remember the pain, horrible pain
And the feel of my blood as it ran from my mouth
I remember not being able to move, my legs did not work anymore
I remember needing you more than I had ever needed you before in my life
And yet you did not come
I remember how very much I loved you as I lay there dying alone,
Afraid, and in terrible pain

Do you remember me?

-- "Tiger" --

Heaven Knows

A man and his dog were walking along a road
The man was enjoying the scenery,
When it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead
He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years
He wondered where the road was leading them
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road
It looked like fine marble at the top of a long hill,
It was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight

When he was standing before it,
He saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl,
And the street like pure gold
He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer,
He saw a man at a desk to one side
When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"
"This is heaven, sir" the man answered
"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the traveler asked
"Of course, sir
Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up"
The man gestured, and the gate began to open
"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?"
The traveler asked
"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets"
The man thought a moment, then turned back toward the road
And continued the way he had been going

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill,
He came to a dirt road which led through a farm gate
That looked as if it had never been closed
There was no fence
As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside,
Leaning against a tree and reading a book
"Excuse me!" he called to the reader
"Do you have any water?"
"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there"
The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate
"Come on in"
"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog
"There should be a bowl by the pump"
They went through the gate, and sure enough,
There was an old fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it
The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself,
Then he gave some to the dog
When they were full,
He and the dog walked back toward the man
Who was standing by the tree waiting for them

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked
"This is heaven," was the answer
"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said
"The man down the road said that was heaven, too"
"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates?
Nope, that's hell"
"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"
"No, I can see how you might think so,
But we're just happy that they screen out the folks
Who'll leave their best friends behind"

-- author unknown --

Be Kind To Animals

Always be kind to animals
Morning, noon and night
For animals have feelings too
And furthermore, they bite

-- John Gardner --

The Prayer Of A Stray

Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain
And dear God I pray as I run in the rain,
That someone will love me and give me a home
A warm cozy bed I can call my own
My last owner neglected me and chased me away
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray
But now, God, I'm tired and hungry and cold
And I'm afraid that I'll never grow old

They've chased me with sticks and hit me with stones
While I run in the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad, God, please help me if you can
For I have just become a "VICTIM OF MAN"!

I'm wormy, dear God, and I'm ridden with fleas
And all that I want is an owner to please!
If you find one for me, God, I'll try to be good
I won't run away and I'll do as I should
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
Cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
Cause I'm so afraid, God, that I'm gonna die!
And I've got so much love and devotion to give,
That I should be given a new chance to live

So, dear God, PLEASE, PLEASE answer my prayer
And send me somebody who WILL really care...

-- author unknown --

Why Rescue?

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter...
The cast-offs of human society
I saw in their eyes love and hope,
Fear and dread, sadness, and betrayal
And I was angry

"God," I said, "this is terrible!
Why don't you do something?"
God was silent for a moment, and then spoke softly,
"I have done something," was the reply
"I created you"

-- author unknown --

The Loving Ones

Why does it hurt so bad when our beloved pet friend dies,
and why do we keep letting ourselves get hurt?
You can find the reason in
The Loving Ones