I remember the day we first laid eyes on you. You cautiously crept our way. We didn't know who you were and I didn't want you to stay. Try as I might the next few days, with harsh words, loud sounds and ignoring you, you wouldn't go away. For 3 nights you camped on our door step, not in an imposing way. Every time I looked at you, your eyes were filled with hope. I finally opened the door for you and invited you inside. You bolted inside and up the stairs without a hesitation. Lickety split you laid your head among the sleeping children as if you had always belonged. The children grew, and so did you and then they went away. You watched them pack their bags and cried to see them leave. We both missed them so. You were the one to make me laugh again and cuddle in the night. You had a way to make me play no matter how I felt. You listened to my secrets and told me it would be alright. You begged for me to take you everywhere I went. I can still see you now sitting in the car, elbow on the arm rest. The love I had for you grew and grew and grew.|
I am honored now that you chose us for your family. You gave us so many blessings during your 11 years of life. Your loyalty and unconditional love, I felt it through and through.
And so my friend, in the end I knew what I had to do. Hard as it was, through tears of love, I sent you on your way.