and dust to dust,
I think of you,
brown eyes filled with trust.
You walked at my side for nine happy years,
Your lion-hearted courage dissolving my fears.
I raised you from the time you could fit in my hand,
My gift from the alley- you barely could stand.
You taught me so much with each passing day;
Patience, compassion- and there’s always time for play!
You welcomed each morning with joy and delight,
and gave all you had until day turned to night.
No more will you greet me with tail fiercely wagging,
Your joy always keeping my spirits from flagging.
Left now are keepsakes, memories, and heart ever rending,
and the love that does not die,
but goes on, never ending.