I lost my dear girl yesterday, peacefully, at home, with me next to her. I could write a whole book about how much she meant to me. Instead, all I was able to manage was the below. I buried her in one of our favourite spots, along with her favourite toy.

For my beloved Sheltie, “Sadie,” April 1991 – November 17, 2003


Lord, consecrate this ground,
My Friend is buried here,
Some may say, “Just a dog,”
But to me, she was most dear.

The trees bowed in respect,
As Sadie and I walked by,
She, wrapped in a blanket,
Me, stopping to breathe and cry.

We’d come this way so often,
Sadie always knew the way,
I can’t believe she’s gone now,
When I prayed for another day.

Cover her grave in flowers,
Send gentle breezes through the air,
Enjoy her company, Dear Lord,
And assure her I’ll see her there.


Tuesday 17th November 2003

Copyright Jim Willis 2003


A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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