It was two years ago today that we lost Teddy, and just over four years that we lost Sophie. I think about them and miss them everyday, as well as all the other dogs and pets I've had and lost....
I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in loving a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?
Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]
We give them back to you, dear Lord,
Who gave them to us.
Yet as you did not lose them in giving,
So we have not lost them by their return.
For what is yours is ours always, if we are yours.
And life is eternal and love is immortal,
And death is only a horizon,
And a horizon is nothing more
Than the limit of our sight.
Adapted from the writings of William Penn [1644-1718] for a Quaker prayer