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Well, based on the poll results thus far, I will post my Ode to Sammy (see below). It is in haiku format. I wish I could post his picture, but my limited computer skills (or the format of TMF) won't allow that.


DECEMER 22 1999- APRIL 3, 2012

Orange, red, copper?
Your beauty mattered little,
Your friendship was all.

For all your twelve years
You graced our lives with fun-love,
Golden to the core.

Tears fall like rain,
I’ll no longer stroke your fur,
No more will you smile.

The changing seasons
Your life reflected clearly,
Spring to cold winter.

Too long a puppy,
You ran figure eights through grass,
Leaping other dogs.

Tennis ball crazoid,
You retrieved them for hours
(But wouldn’t let go).

Blake, Rocky, Maizie Lou,
Wrestling, swimming and diving,
‘Twas good to be a dog.

Read books, smoked stogies
Under California sky
Until the sun set.

We walked all over,
Just an old man and his dog,
Rain was no problem.

To see friend Bodie,
We trekked into Mount Shasta –
You made snow angels.

Despite your great strength,
Your health was not perfect,
Yet you kept smiling.

So often I saw,
Your nose up, wet, sniffing for
Riders on the wind.

Alpha dog you were,
Lying down wasn’t your way,
Yet your heart was kind.

At Sammydog Park
In the twilight of your life
You watched your friends play.

Dona brought Riley,
A new friend and a brother,
Sharing food and bark.

Just two days ago,
Riley put his paw on yours,
And you allowed it.

Afflicted kidney,
You fought it courageously
‘Til the very end.

Today you crossed over
That familiar Rainbow Bridge,
Chasing tennis balls still.

We’ll miss you so much,
But have poignant memories –
Our Great Furry Friend.
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