S: Pawprints On Our Hearts
BC: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. -Dr. Seuss | For every dog an Angel. | Forever in our hearts.
FC: Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. -Anabele France
1: A dog is a bundle of love wrapped in fur." | "As long as we give them the love they deserve and as much love as we can, we've done what we were supposed to do, and that is Love them for the rest of their lives, however long that may be." -Jeanette Ambrose | "The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death: Old Skip was my brother. They had buried him under our elm tree, they said, yet this wasn't totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart." - -Willie Morris - My Dog Skip
2: A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." - Josh Billings | Many animals will walk into your life, but only true friends leave paw prints on your heart. | "... what we have enjoyed, we can never lose ... all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." -Helen Keller
3: “Everybody's born so they can learn to live a good life and love others. Animals already know how to do that, so they don't need to stay as long.” -Anonymous four year old child | Dogs are miracles with paws. -Susan Kennedy
4: Purrr.. | I know you're feeling sad, but there's no need to be — even if I can't be there, purring and rubbing around your feet. I've still got a windowsill, and warm places in the sun. Though no one really owns a cat, for me, you were the one. I know my time had come and know that you did, too. Please don't think you did me wrong. You did what you had to do. You may be feeling guilty that my life is at its end, but please don't feel that way. Through memories, you'll always be my friend.
5: Our Furry Friends.. | ”Out of the ashes of our hopelessness comes the fire of our hope.” -Anne Wilson Schaef
6: I went back and sat down by the bed. Miss Stubbs looked out the window for a few minutes, then turned to me. ''You know, Mr. Herriot,''”she said casually. ''It will be my turn next. I have only one fear.'' Her expression changed with startling suddenness as if a mask had dropped. A kind of terror flickered in her eyes and she quickly grasped my hand. ''It's my dogs and cats, Mr. Herriot. I'm afraid I might never see them when I'm gone and it worries me so. You see, I know I'll be reunited with my parents and my brothers but...'' ''Well why not with your animals?'' ''That's just it.'' She rocked her head on the pillow and for the first time I saw tears on her cheeks. ''They say animals have no souls.'' ''Miss Stubbs, I'm afraid I'm a bit foggy on all this,'' I said. ''But I'm absolutely certain of one thing. Wherever you are going, they are going too.'' She stared at me but her face was calm again. ''Thank you, Mr. Herriot, I know you are being honest with me. That's what you really believe, isn't it?'' ''I do believe it, “ I said. “With all my heart I believe it.'' -James Herriot
7: A Dog's Life | 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.
8: A Lifetime Of Love I remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly. You bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping. Making a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a passion, and when I scolded you, you just put your head down and looked up at me with those innocent eyes. As you got older, you protected me by looking out the window and barking at everyone who walked by. When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting for me with your tail wagging. I could always count on you to be there for me. You never asked for anything more than to have me pat your head. As you got older, you moved around more slowly. Then, one day, old age finally took its toll, and you couldn't stand on those wobbly legs anymore. With tears in my eyes, I drove you one last time to the vet. One last time, you were lying next to me. As the vet led you away, you stopped for an instant, turned your head and looked at me as if to say, â€œThank you for taking care of me.â€ I thought, â€œNo, thank you for taking care of me.â€ Chuck Wells- Palmyra, New York
9: The Rainbow Bridge Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the rainbow bridge together
10: What would I do without you, My precious, furry friend? Part mischief, but all blessing, And faithful to the end! You look at me with eyes of love; You never hold a grudge . . . You think I'm far too wonderful To criticize or judge. It seems your greatest joy in life Is being close to me . . . I think God knew how comforting Your warm, soft fur would be. I know you think you're human, But I'm glad it isn't true . . . The world would be a nicer place If folks were more like you! A few short years are all we have; One day we'll have to part . . . But you, my pet, will always have A place within my heart. - Hope Harrington Kolb
11: Weep not for me though I am gone Into that gentle night. Grieve if you will, but not for long Upon my soul's sweet flight. I am at peace, my soul's at rest There is no need for tears. There is no pain, I suffer not, The fear now all is gone. Put now these things out of your thoughts, In your memory I live on. Remember not my fight for breath Remember not the strife Please do not dwell upon my death, But celebrate my life. -Constance Jenkins
12: This is my comfort in my affliction that your word has revived me. -Proverbs 119:50 | A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals -Proverbs 12:10 | There is a time for everything, and a season for very activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die. -Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 | In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind -Job 12:10 | Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions. -2 Corintheans 1:3,4
13: May I Go? May I go now? Do you think the time is right? May I say good-bye to pain-filled days and endless lonely nights? I've lived my life and done my best, an example tried to be. So can I take that step beyond and set my spirit free? I didn't want to go at first, I fought with all my might. But something seems to draw me now to a warm and loving light. I want to go. I really do. It's difficult to stay. But I will try as best I can to live just one more day, To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears. I know you're sad and so afraid, because I see your tears. I'll not be far, I promise that, and hope you'll always know that my spirit will be close to you, wherever you may go. Thank you so for loving me. You know I love you too. That's why it's hard to say good-bye and end this life with you. So hold me now, just one more time and let me hear you say, because you care so much for me, you'll let me go today. -Susan A. Jackson
14: “I realize something I did not realize then—how lucky I was compared to so many others who have to face the loss of their animal without other people around them. I, at least, was surrounded by animal people. And I think they've got to let the person know that it's O.K., that grief for a pet is acceptable, it is normal. Unlike some people who have experienced the loss of an animal, I did not believe, even for a moment, that I would never get another. I did know full well that there were just too many animals out there in need of homes for me to take what I have always regarded as the self-indulgent road of saying the heartbreak of the loss of an animal was too much ever to want to go through with it again. To me, such an admission brought up the far more powerful admission that all the wonderful times you had with your animal were not worth the unhappiness at the end”. -Cleveland Amory
15: I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog — completely exhausted after a hard day in the field — limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend.” -Gene Hill
16: Lucky Dog | Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, Filling an emptiness we don't even know we have." -Thom Jones
17: There is nothing I can do, to make her come back There are no words I can say, that can replace the sounds you long to hear There are no answers I can give that will satisfy your questions, There is not another soul I can introduce to you, That will ever replace hers And there is no love I can offer you That will ever replace the love you shared I cannot promise your broken heart Will ever be complete, I will not say that it could have been worse I will not deny that it was a tragedy I will not lie and tell you she will be back She never really left I do promise you she hears you when you speak I will say she loves you no matter what the distance I will not deny she is in a better place And will not lie she is waiting to greet you someday She is every step you take She is everything you do She is the air you breathe She is every beat of your heart She is like the wind, you cannot see her but you will always feel her.
19: “The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too”. -Samuel Butler
20: Cats and dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Bettina Eddie | “I realize something I did not realize then—how lucky I was compared to so many others who have to face the loss of their animal without other people around them. I, at least, was surrounded by animal people. And I think they’ve got to let the person know that it’s O.K., that grief for a pet is acceptable, it is normal. Unlike some people who have experienced the loss of an animal, I did not believe, even for a moment, that I would never get another. I did know full well that there were just too many animals out there in need of homes for me to take what I have always regarded as the self-indulgent road of saying the heartbreak of the loss of an animal was too much ever to want to go through with it again. To me, such an admission brought up the far more powerful admission that all the wonderful times you had with your animal were not worth the unhappiness at the end”. -Cleveland Amory
21: “A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours”. -Anonymous | I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, Myth is more potent than history, Dreams are more powerful than facts, Hope always triumphs over experience, Laughter is the cure for grief, Love is stronger than death." -Robert Fulghum
22: "My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet." -Edith Wharton | "If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them." -Pam Brown
23: The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. -Hilary Stanton Zunin | All things bright and beautiful All creatures great and small All things wise and wonderful The lord God made them all. -Gail Frances Alexander