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​Dedicated to each of our precious dogs we have lost over the years but remain forever close in our hearts

'I will lend you for a while a pup’  God said,
‘For you to love him while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three,
but will you until I call him back take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you and should his stay be brief
you'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return
but there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true
and from the folk that crowd life's land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love nor think the labour vain,
nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again?’

I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will be Done.
For all the joys this Pup will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness we'll love him while we may
and for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back - much sooner than we've planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
If by our love we've managed your wishes to achieve
the memory of him we loved, will help us while we grieve.
And when our faithful bundle departs this world of strife
we'll have yet another Pup and love him all his life’

                                                     (Author unknown)

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