She left and part of me went to sleep
I’m undone by four paws and a worn-out red collar
My faithful companion, lifelong friend
Thank you for loving me with all your strength to the end.
She took all my comfort with her
All the security of her protective grace.
Almost two decades of fears quelled by my tireless guardian
Watchful sentry, ageless soldier;
Furry tissue, perfect confidante
The best friend anyone could want
That old gray muzzle
My heart. I’ll love you forever
I can still feel you by my side (curled up perfectly like most winter nights)
Someday I may stop weeping
But tonight, the first night I face under this roof without your warm, snoring presence (my earliest memory is your excitement as we chose you at the pound; eighteen years is a long time for you to have been around)
The tears will flow until they irrigate the desert valleys you left inside my heart.
I can’t imagine life without your loyalty and bark
Someone tear this pain from me
AND JUST GIVE ME BACK MY DOG —