PeteyWe first met Petey at the Sheltie Picnic and soon thereafter made him our own. He came to us with shaved fur, but he grew to look like a big teddy bear with his oversized paws and luxurious coat. He was always happy and was the most lovable and loving dog ever. He was content sitting in laps and lying right on top of his mom, putting his head on her shoulder, if he caught her lying on the floor. He made us laugh as he chased water spraying out of the water hose. He enjoyed making new dog friends in the neighborhood and liked all humans. Petey was unbelievably expressive with many nuances to his voice--whines, squeaks and other words that we never quite understood. He was a total joy and left us too soon of a sudden onset heart problem.

"Solace"

From the silence of your pain, I heard my name,
and on the wings of light I have come
to see the sadness in your eyes
that cry without tears.

Can you see me? I am here;
I will always be near you
to calm your shattered heart
and to make you smile at the memories.

Do you feel me? Perhaps a soft brush of fur;
You ache to believe it's real,
But you are afraid to hope.
You brush away a strand of hair,
But it was I, whispering . . . .

I am only here for but a moment;
The silver thread gently quivers;
I will leave behind my love in a dream
When you awaken, and without really knowing why,

Your heart will know at last
That it was all right, for now
To say good-bye.

-- © Lisa Carmel Singer

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