Tuffy by Dave / Mom and Dad

Act of Love”

By Dave Phalen

We hold you motionless in our arms

your white snout and matted coat tell the story.

There must be another way, a new

medicine perhaps or we can wait

No, the time has come.

Tear- lined faces kiss you one last time,

your eyes return our love

you seem to understand.

The needle is placed, you flinch, our hearts split,

then you are gone. Now you are at peace,

God bless. So painful, the ultimate act of love.


With Love,
15, July 1984