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From 19 August Issue

"Falling Down while Standing Tall"

How can you fall down and stand tall at the same time?

When you love.

I believe this poems speaks for itself.  This is for all the beloved companion animals that I have lost and especially Kashmire, the first companion I lost to euthanasia.

"Kashmire the hardest thing I ever did was to let you go, for you and all the others that have left us, taking our hearts, please understand, we took on your pain and set you free--we love you....unconditionally and forever."

I dedicate this poem to all our beloved, departed ones....

"OLD DOG IN A LOCKET"

Old dog in a locket,
That lays next to my heart;
I will always love you,
As I did right from the start.

You were right beside me,
Through the darkest of my days;
It was your kind and gentle nature,
That made me want to stay.

Now I hold you in my arms,
Your breath still warm against my hand;
Our hearts still beat together,
And I wonder if you understand.

Through the hours that I held you,
Before the light did leave your soul;
I knew a way to keep you,
Forever in my hold.

I snipped the hair from around your eyes,
So I would always see;
The beauty that surrounds me,
Even in times of need.

I snipped the hair from around your ears,
So I would always hear;
Music in the distance,
To quiet any fears.

I snipped the hair from across your back,
To bring me strength in time of need;
And the power of your essence,
Would always be with me.

I snipped the hair from around your heart,
That beat in time with mine;
So I would know that love would find me,
At some distant time.

And so, your life slipped out of mine,
On a quiet Spring-like day;
But I knew that a part of you,
Was always here to stay.

Old dog in a locket,
That lays next to my heart;
I will always love you,
Even though we had to part.

AUTHOR--Heidi Stamm (Bainbridge Island, WA

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