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Death of Bruce, My Friend

Death of Bruce, My Friend

Bruce, my puppy died so very , very long ago
 buried him in a grave deep beneath the snow
Vanished, the days of tramping wood and field
 no more would such joy his countenance yield!

Looking back , seeing more sweet joy than sad
 thank God and childhood for blessings we had
Remembering well the nights he slept in my bed
 often climbing up to lay beside my little head

Attempting to crush memories of his sad fate
 yet thinking of him often, so often as of late
A hero, the time he attacked that poisonous snake
 getting snakebit instead for his master's sake

A friend, a love , no greater has a boy ever had
In dog Heaven he awaits and I am so very glad!!!


I had Bruce from age five years old until age 
eleven. Six wonderful years, blessed years and 
sweet years!
Even now at sixty not a week goes by that I don't 
think of him , his loyalty and his faithful love.
I wrote this about twenty years ago. Found it 
today in a scrap book , with no date attached but 
remember writing it one week before Christmas in 1994.
Found the Christmas card from a dear friend(now departed)
 right there with it...



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  1. Date: 7/23/2014 7:06:00 PM

    are you on FB with me? I have there a very short video of a faithful dog who cannot leave his master's gravesite. I know that is one you would really appreciate.
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 7:05:00 PM

    this is a fantastic memory to have even though it is bittersweet as well. I have had a miniature eskimo and a sweet calico cat in my life who both died and I will never forget how loving they were. Yes, he awaits you in heaven!!
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 8:13:00 AM

    So sad that they have such a short life with us, I too believe IF there's a heaven all god's creatures are there ... Light & Love
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 12:10:00 AM

    Nice sonnet Robert. I had a cat like this when I was a kid, Parents would,t let me have a dog, So I bought a book on training dogs and trained the cat. She lived till she was nineteen then got run over by a garbage truck. Great story about your dog, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 7/22/2014 11:46:00 PM

    Little things or moments can evoke many emotions or trigger memories.... Losing a pet at that age is tough....great sonnet my friend.
  1. Date: 7/22/2014 11:10:00 PM

    Robert, such an emotionally touching tribute!