What the dog said

You speak of things I do not know
like “time” and “loss” and “fair.”
You cannot judge my life by yours.
To do so means despair.
My time was then and yours is still
and for that I don’t grieve.
It seems appropriate and right
to take what Life did weave.
As for loss, I felt it some
but did not dwell upon it.
I’d rather think of what’s to come–
Have faith that I will want it!
I do know fair though not like you.
Fairness is intention.
Your love was right and true, thus fair,
without guile or pretension.
So if you judge my life, my friend,
make sure you do it rightly.
Like yours, my love was right and true,
so hold it to you tightly.


Author: Dakota Dawg

Dakota lived high in Colorado and was a member of the February Furballs. He lost a front leg to soft tissue sarcoma on 2-11-11. Dakota impulsively decided to see what the whole "rainbow bridge" business was about on 12-15-12 and before we could stop him, he was gone. But never forgotten. Never.

6 thoughts on “What the dog said”

    1. Yes, I did. I really needed a way to try to remind myself that Dakota never worried about the things that I worried about, and that judging his life needs to be done with different standards. I think Dakota was satisfied with his life, and I like to think he was grateful for how I handled his death. He never put much worry into deep issues. I did enough of that for both of us.

  1. Tnx Shari for the note. Rest assured that Dakota was given a chance to lead a good life while he was on this Earth and had a good and happy home.

    All the best,

    Michael, Vania and 3LC

  2. Shari,
    I love reAding your entries. You have become such a pivotal role model for this community. You offer me much inspiration and I hope to be able to honor Bruno the way you do Dakota. I’m sure they are frolicking and enjoying life together on the other side.
    Maricela and Spirit Bruno

    1. Maricela, I’m sorry I did not reply to this sooner. I appreciate your kindness; I think you honor Bruno’s memory absolutely perfectly. He would be so proud of you and Jeremy. And I also hope our boys are content and at peace. That’s how it should be.

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