Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Guest Blogger, With Fur, Of Sorts

I am gearing up for teaching at Webs this weekend! 2-at-a-Time Socks and Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks on Saturday and Sunday. There's still time to sign up if you haven't yet. I'd love to see you there!

Yoshi blogged about Boo today. It's easier for him than for me. Click through to read his post. I probably won't write about it. Feels like way too much for me to talk about.
I still remember silky head and puppy breath and when I think about it for long it takes my human breath away, and I have to get tissues and take a moment. So for now, read what Yoshi has to say, and read this, which is my official dog grief poem:


Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years that nature permits
Are closing in asthma or tumors or fits
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers, or loaded guns.
Then you will find--its your own affair
But--you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will
When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You still discover how much you care
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em the more do we grieve;
For when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short time loan is as bad as a long--
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?


Cathy said...

My sympathies on your loss. I read Yoshi's blog before I read yours. He did a fine job. Enjoy the weekend at Webs!

Michelle said...

Oh dear; I had never read that poem before. How true; how terribly true. I have grieved more over beloved dogs than over any human to date; I think our grief is in measure with their unconditional love.

ccr in MA said...

I am so sorry for your loss. People who don't love animals don't understand.