Sunday, August 30, 2009

Crosby (1995 - 2009)

Yesterday I said goodbye to my best friend of the past 13 years. What a wonderful dog and what enormous changes he made in my life. He altered the course of my career and taught me more than books or videos or seminars on dog training ever could. He loved to learn --- and shared and inspired my enthusiasm for tricks and agility. I will hope that I can continue to share that enthusiasm with other dogs and dog owners for many years to come. Surely that will be a fitting tribute.
Farewell dear Crosby. Thank you again for a lifetime of love and loyalty.


Becky said...

Sorry to hear about Crosby...he had a wonderful life. Marge would always recite this poem by Rudyard Kipling after the death of a pet.

The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie --
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find -- it's your own affair --
But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit hat answered your every mood
Is gone -- wherever it goes -- for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept'em, the more do we grieve;

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long --
So why in -- Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

NancyR said...

I'm so sorry about Crosby. I remember meeting him not long after he came into your life. He did play a big part in altering your course, didn't he? Love to you and to him wherever he is now. Nancy