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Posted By: Noreen and Mac (ool-4351276d.dyn.optonline.net )
Date: Saturday, 31 May 2003, at 9:08 p.m.

We share in the loss of your beloved Gemmas. It is never easy having to make the decision to set our babies free. Gemmas counted on your deep love for her to give you the strength to give her peace when the time came. The greatest gift and kindness that can be given to a precious companion is to know that when the pain and suffering is so strong and incurable, only you can release them to a better world.

I read the following once - "Our babies live for the moment, without regret. They do not plan for tomorrow or look forward to next week. While we might have regrets about things left undone, our beloved pet companions don't think that way. Please remember that you did not rob Gemmas of her dreams. You provided a dignified passing for a very dignified life."


You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

In Memory of Asta, Feb. 1997
(c) Karen Clouston

When you are ready, you may submit a permanent tribute to your precious baby through
http://www.in-memory-of-pets.com/tributes.asp. In addition, through http://www.in-memory-of-pets.com/candle.asp you may join in the candlelight cer