by Phil / (Phil Szczur Copyright 2003)

Remember when
they cried without you?
Your new born friend
You taught, they learned.

Chewed up socks
Tugging leashes
Sit and stay
Beside you curled.

Accidental messes
Stepping into
Innocent brown eyes
Unfolding smile.

Walks and runs
Rides to nowhere
Muddy paws
A wet tongue.

Naps together
Lapping water
Vocal announcement
I’m hungry dad.

Happy healthy
Years pass so quickly
Purely impossible
To be mad.

Fur-claden head
Resting softly
A big ol’paw
For you to hold.

Remember when
You cried without them?
Your dear old friend
They taught, you learned.