(My very first poem back in 1992)
You were a special dog we had you for sixteen years.
You grew up with the children through their laughter and their tears.
We had you as a puppy, with big and appealing eyes,
That seemed to say "Take Me Home, I.ll never leave your side".
Every morning by the the window you would sit and wait.
To see the postman come along our road and through the gartden gate.
You'd then runn to the letterbox and happily wag your tail.
And then with great delight you would snatch the mail.
Well known at the sweet shop you loved your chocolate bar.
Everyone adored you, you were treated like a star.
On that fateful day your sad eyes said it all.
You couldn't even stand, you just laid there in the hall.
Our journey to the vets, our words were very few.
We knew deep in our hearts that we were losing you.
It was the hardest thing to do but the kindest thing by far.
But we couldn't let you go without one last chocolate bar.
How you did enjoy it , it's a memory we shall keep.
After the final mouthful you peacefully went to sleep.
There's no-one here to greet us as we come home through the door.
There's an empty space in our hearts and will be forever more.
No dog can ever replace you.
You were the very best.
Sleep peacefully our faithful friend.
For you deserve your rest.
Copyright All Rights Reserved Yvonne Lewis
From the book "Negative V. Positive. 2008.