The gentle elders
of the park have left us,

they walked behind the pack,
yet led in stature and grace,

their journey
worth every hard-earned step,

even on the toughest days,
when their aging bodies
couldn’t keep up,

they longed to be
among us,

over the years they filled
a special place in our hearts,

a place that needed filling,

our precious pets,
our steadfast friends,
our greatest fans,

may we never forget,

the dogs that walked beside us.

Photo by Estelle Boyaka
This poem was written in memory of several beloved dogs who passed
in recent weeks. They were friends to all of us.

7 responses

  1. Beautiful worthy words in honor of these elder leaders. I could feel the stature and wisdom of these dogs, and the great loss of them to the group, much as when Bilbo Baggins sailed away on his last journey.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Our pets are such a treasure.

  2. Breathtaking photo by Estelle Boyaka!

  3. Maureen Shepherd | Reply

    What a lovely tribute to these gentle dogs- and all loved pets.

  4. Ellen Morley Matthews | Reply

    Your compassionate thoughts and words touch my heart deeply, dear Rita, and bring to mind our beloved dog kids who are no longer with us. Angel Chelsea at 17 years is the longest living of our four legged canine elders.

    1. Thank you, Ellen. You have cherished many dogs. I know they were dearly loved by you.

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