If A Pet Could Say Farewell:

I will always remember and treasure the day you chose me to be yours.

I was one of the many pets you came to see and I hoped I was making
a good impression. I was so elated when you selected me to share your home and heart.
I knew from that very moment on, I was so lucky to be owned by you.

While I was growing every day, maturing little by little-
you fed watered trained me.
I loved it when you shared your precious time playing with me.
I eagerly anticipated each morning when I licked your face.
It was my desire to awaken you before that dreadful
alarm clock would rudely rouse you from sleep.
I felt it was my duty because I was so lucky to be owned by you.

I made my share of mistakes. There were times I erred on your carpet.
There were moments when the "animal beast" buried deep in me somehow encouraged a little destruction
of the furniture. I'm sorry. You scolded me.
You understood and forgave me. Could you see the devotion to our home?
I was so lucky to be owned by you.

I wondered why you took me on those visits to see the
veterinarian. I never fully understood those examinations,
vaccinations, blood tests done to check for heartworms
or fecal tests that always seemed to be necessary.

You knew what was best for me and
I learned to trust your judgment.
I couldn't remember much about what occurred during my neutering
surgical visit but somehow I came to realize you
left me there because you respected me and
wanted to ease the animal kingdom's vast overpopulation problem.
I was so lucky to be owned by you.

The days you called holidays were always such fun.
Presents for and everyone in our family- even me!
How did you ever guess those toys treats were just what I wanted?
After the visitors left our home, could
you feel my love as I sat by your side?
I was so lucky to be owned by you.
These days, I haven't felt as well as I used to in my prior days.
My bones are quite stiff and sore.
The pills you gave me helped for awhile
but my time here with you is drawing to an end.
It's extremely hard to walk and I long for my rest.
As we ride to the vet hospital, one final time,
I see your tears and oh, how deeply I feel your love.
It was such a wonderful life here with you.
Remember me and know that when you pass your love onto another pet, you honor my memory.
I want you to be as happy as you have made me.

I am sending you a final message as I lick your hand for the last time.
Thank you for everything.
I love you.
I was so lucky to be owned by you.

This is Trapper (Can CH GraBon's Butterscotch Sundae) when he was about 9
months old. This was just after his first show haircut and just before he
went into the ring the first time. He won Best of Breed and Sporting Group
First in a local Sanction match.

For those of you that don't know, Trapper was our first show dog out of our
first breeding, and he became our first Champion. He was a "free spirit"
and my best friend and will live in my heart forever.

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