February 10 1986 ----- June 1 2000
Ill take the first one who chews on my laces,
since its so hard to choose among all these sweet faces."
You bounded right up and grabbed onto my string,
So I bent down to love you such a sweet little thing.
I pondered and spoke "Your name shall be Bear."
Not knowing right then the life that wed share.
Through good times and bad youve stood by my side,
My silent friend whom Id always confide.
Your sweetness youd share to all that came near.
Theyd love you and hug you and say "What a dear!"
An angel from heaven my cherished gift from above,
How could I thank you for such a treasure of love?
Through my darkest days and all my numerous fears,
You would gently and kindly kiss away all my tears.
When things were too much and my heart was in pain
You would be silent and present and nuzzle me sane.
I rose above all with you by my side.
Id look at you lovingly and sprinkled with pride.
You are silly and happy and overwhelmed with sheer joy,
For my happiness you cared for my faithful old boy
Well some years have now passed; your walk has slowed down.
Its my turn to be there to help you around.
Your face has grown gentle from the passing of time.
I am so thankful to God that you have been mine.
Your time has now come and I have you so near.
I hold you and whisper "You have nothing to fear.
For I will be with you right down to the end,
Because you are my very my very best friend."
Yes I will be with you as you were for me.
Ill be as strong as I can while you are set free.
Goodbye my sweet pal off to the bridge you do go,
To be young and be healthy as you were years ago.
My sorrow is deep your love nothing replaces
Id give my whole world
To see you chew on my laces.