Poems & Text
Grateful Dog Design will use virtually any text you want on your memorial. Feel free to compose something of your own … use the beloved “Rainbow Bridge” poem … or explore some of the other touching poems written for pet loss and grief. You may also want to check out these sites for more poetry and texts: petloss.com or the Louisiana SPCA site
Below are some (what I understand to be) anonymous poems for your consideration:
A POEM FOR THE GRIEVING
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…
HEAVEN’S DOGGY DOOR
My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And Oh … his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense “I love you gaze”,
Only a heart that’s filled with tears
Remembering our joy-filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, “You should cry no more,
God also loves our canine friends,
He’s installed a ‘doggy-door’!”
A SPECIAL PLACE
You have a special place, Dear Lord
that I know you always keep.
A special place reserved for dogs,
to peacefully fall asleep.
A place with fluffy pillows,
and a yard for hiding bones.
With maybe a little babbling creek,
that rushes over stones.
With wide green fields and flowers,
for those who never knew,
of running, playing freely,
under a sky of perfect blue.
Lord, I know you keep this special place,
and so to you I pray,
for one oh so special dog,
who came to you today.
She was full of strength and love,
and so very, very wise.
The puppy look she once had,
this morning left her eyes.
She will be dearly missed, Dear Lord,
This special love of mine.
But, now she’ll romp and play,
in your land that’s so divine.
Speak to my baby softly, please
with a hug and a warm hello.
She’s a special gift to you, dear Lord,
from me, who loved her so.
IF I SHOULD GROW FRAIL (a/k/a The Last Battle)
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this, the last battle, can’t be won.
You will be sad – I understand
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We’ve had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You’d not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.
I know in time you too will see
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.
Don’t grieve that it should be you
Who has to decide this thing to do
We’ve been so close, we two these years
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.