" Charlie "
Unknown (Rescue Dog) ------- Aug. 1995
To Charlie - My Ever Faithful Friend
You came to us your past unknown
except for the cigarette burns bravely borne.
You looked so pathetic it was such a shame,
Your ribs sticking through we knew you had suffered pain.
We cared for you and loved you and gave you a good home in
return you gave us devotion never wanting to wander or roam.
Your adventures in the woods always brought the family fun,
chasing rabbits and the squirrels in the mid-day summer sun!
The day you got up and never ate your dinner you became
unwell and we could see you were getting thinner.
We never thought it would be so bad when the Vet
explained it was cancer you had.
That Tuesday afternoon we will never forget
when we made that final journey to see you at the Vet.
You made it so hard for us You were loving till the end,
but now you are at peace -
My Ever Faithful friend!
I often lie awake at night,
When others are asleep,
And take a walk down Memory Lane
With tears upon my cheek.
No-one knows the heartache,
I've tried so hard to hide,
No-one knows how I have missed you Charlie,
And broken down and cried.
If all the world was mine to give,
I would give it all the more
To see your face that I loved so much
Come walking through my door!
Although You Have Gone Charlie -
You Will NEVER Ever Be Forgotten!
These poems were something that I wrote after I lost my
dear dog Charlie. He was nine years old. I have never
written poems before in my life but for some reason this
helped me cope with the grief at the time.
It is 3 years now since I lost Charlie and
I still cry when I think of him.
He came into the world and was treated terribly by his previous owners
- he was left abandoned in an empty house and luckily an elderly lady
who lived next door heard his cries and alerted the Police who broke
into the house to rescue him. The elderly lady took Charlie in but found
he was too much for her and she took him to the Vet to be put to sleep
but thankfully the Vets Assistant saved him and took him home with her
and she then placed an ad. in the local paper and we were fortunate
enough to get him. He had cigarette burns all over his body and he was
so thin that the vet did not hold out much hope for His survival. Also the
last few months of his life was spent in terrible pain before the
diagnosis of cancer was confirmed. I don't think I will ever come to
terms with why Charlie had to suffer so much in his short little life
- life can be so cruel at times!
I now have the pleasure of another addition to my family namely a
whippet who is called Bracken. She too is a rescue dog and she has
settled in well with us and we all adore her. I vowed after losing
Charlie that I would never ever get another dog but we are all so
pleased that we made the decision to visit the animal rescue centre and
brought her home with us - even although we all promised at the time
that we were only going to have a "look" and nothing else.
A dogs love is unconditional and if only humans could be this way too,
the world would be a much better place than it is today.