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I remember you when you were young. Full of energy, life and fun. Everything was new to you. I loved to watch you learn as you grew. Your unconditional love was new to me; your hairy head on my knee. Never have you let me down. There was never a fear with you around. You grew up with my own little ones, almost as if I had two sons. Fourteen years went pretty quick. It hurts me to see you so old and sick. No more the puppy running to play; too much pain felt every day Is it right to make you lie in painful torments until you die? I know Iím selfish keeping you here. I know death is very near. Faithfully you stay with me; Your whimpers and moans are cries to be free. Selfishly I can make you stay, or, I can take your pain away. Youíve been faithful, loving and true. Now in the end, I must be, too. And so, most loyal and loving friend, Iím here with you to meet the end. No fear shows in your dark eyes. Iíll not worry you as my own heart cries. Your breath is slow, relaxed and calm. Gratefully, trusting you lick my palm. My heart would break if you knew The terrible thing that I must do. Your cloudy eyes look up at me. Mine is the last face that you will see. Holding your head I softly speak, as tears of love soak my cheek, ďI wonít let you go away in fear, Itís just to sleep with Mamma near.Ē Love washes your face from mine above. What Iím doing, I do for love.
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