14 years & 7 months ago I remember calling about an Ad in the paper for English Springer puppies for sale. I asked the lady on the phone if they were lap dogs. Her reply was,”They think they are.“ It held so true because, many evenings as I watched TV, there was a 45 lb dog upon my lap.
As the years passed, the Springer “Princess” won my heart. She lived as a child would. There were boat trips and road trips, Skidoo rides and snow slides. Camping was here favourite and, when we approached a campground, excitement would fill her body. Head rubs and back scratches came from fellow campers regularly. I can still see her lying on the sunny deck or sitting by the campfire. What a wonderful life for a dog it was.
Not all had been wonderful for this loving pup. A large file of illnesses and accidents had built through the 14+ years on this earth, amounting to the approximate total of $25,000. She had cheated death time and time again. Even the diagnosis of Lymphoma did not take her life. During the 14 weeks of chemo treatment, they told me it may not work and, if it did, she would only gain 18 months of life–statistics show. Indeed, it did work and, indeed, she beat the odds. It did not return and she had lived 4 years beyond their expectations.
No animal had captured my soul as she had. Almost human like in personality, forever shall I miss her and forever shall I thank her. For as many times I had saved her life, she equally had saved mine. As I coped with devastating times throughout my life, she would bring me out of the darkness and show me the light.
GONE IS YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
CARRYING WITH YOU A PIECE OF MY HEART
NO MORE WILL YOU BE AT MY SIDE
FOREVER SHALL WE BE APART
MEMORIES WILL NEVER LEAVE ME
YOUR PICTURES WILL ALWAYS BE HERE
I WILL THINK OF YOU OFTEN
AND OCCASIONALLY SHED A TEAR
I WILL OPEN MY HOME TO ANOTHER
TO FILL THIS EMPTY SPACE
AND ONCE AGAIN I AM ABLE TO FEEL A WONDROUS LOVE
IN THE EYES UPON A FURRY FACE
“ Princess “
April 12 2000 – November 05 2014