Buttons by Susan


Treat me kindly my beloved master for no heart in all the world is more grateful for knidness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick for though I should lick your hand between blows your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often for your voice is the worlds sweetest music as you must now by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet please take me inside for I am now a domesticated animal no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the sofest pillow in the warmest home in all the land for you are my god and I am your beloved worshiper.

Keep my pen filled with fresh water for although I should not reproach you were it dry I can tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well to romp and play and do your bidding to walk by your side and stand ready willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And beloved master should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health do not turn me away from you. Rather gently give me over to skilled hands so they may grant me the merciful doom of eternal rest – and I will leave you knowing with the last breath – I drew my fate was ever safest in your hands.

My beloved Buttons went to the Rainbow Bridge on November 20 2000. She was my constant companian for 16 1/2 years. The love that she brought to me was unmeasurable. I never left her side in her last minutes of life which I made that promise to her years and years ago. I know that one day we will meet on the Rainbow Bridge and be together forever.



20, Nov 2000