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The 28th of April; I'll always remember that day It was very overcast and the sky was quite grey That short journey to the vet I will never forget And when I think back to that day, I have no regret. He was such a welcome member of our family A playful cocker spaniel and we named him Ozzie He loved to go for long walks out in the country When he saw us with his lead, he'd go off in a frenzy. I thought he'd take off when he started wagging his tail The weather didn't faze him, be it ice snow or hail I would mumble about the weather under my breath But he was loving every minute although soaking wet. We'd get back from our walk and I'd rub him down You could see the joy in his face and never a frown Then after his dinner he'd lie down for a long snooze Out of all the dogs in the world every time him I'd choose. He was eleven years old when he started to fade I lost count of the many visits to the vets we made We must have given him every medicine and pill But we knew in our hearts that Ozzie was quite ill. 0ur family got together to discuss what was for the best Reluctantly we all agreed that we should put Ozzie to rest That terrible morning arrived, it was just another day All he could do was sleep, he was just too ill to play. My wife came home from work and I carried him to the car Then drove slowly down to the vets, it wasn't too far We went inside and sat down and no words were said And I tried not to think that soon Ozzie would be dead. It seemed like a life time then a nurse called us in I carried him to a side room; the vet was waiting The vet reassured us that he wouldn't feel a thing We were both biting our lips to stop us from crying. We'd brought his favourite biscuits and fed him one by one And just a few minutes later our playful Ozzie was gone We stayed with him for a while and then left him there I know now it was for the best because we did care. We got home it felt empty no one to greet us at the door And I missed seeing him where he'd often lie on the floor Its been three long years now but I'll never forget That Ozzie was one of the family and not just a pet. Ozzie left us on the 28th April 2017 Written 8th August 2020 For All Pets Go To Heaven Poetry Contest Sponsored By Constance La France.

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Date: 9/24/2020 2:31:00 AM
I cried reading this, I lost one of my dogs a few years back too and is still raw to this day : ( Congratulations on your win Tom....Emilia.
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Date: 9/24/2020 2:49:00 AM
Thank you very much Emelia, it was dark time in our lives and like you its still raw, you cant help but get attached to them and they become one of the family. Hope you're okay. Heading home in a bit, coats at the ready lol. Tom
Date: 8/31/2020 10:04:00 AM
Tom, congratulations on your win in my All Pets Go To Heaven, with this emotional write, I wept the first time I read your poem and now again, it truly touches my heart, the love drips from each word, a FAV for me _Constance
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Date: 8/31/2020 12:38:00 PM
Thank you very much Constance for my placement and fave. It was a very heartbreaking time for us and you wonder did you do the right thing but looking back I know that we did. Thank you too for hosting, there were excellent entries for the contest. Even three years on we still miss him because he was indeed a member of the family. Tom
Date: 8/25/2020 12:15:00 AM
What a wonderful tribute to your beloved Ozzie. It is a blessing to share our lives with a loyal and loving friend. My wish would be that there would be many more years to share before we had to say goodbye. Congratulations for POTD, Tom and number 1 spot at top of this list.
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Date: 8/25/2020 12:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Sandra on both counts, compared to us their lives are much shorter but we give them good lives whilst there here but its heartbreaking when they go, hope you are well. Tom
Date: 8/24/2020 8:46:00 PM
Another well earned honor for this touching account of a dear friend. Bravo, Tom
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Date: 8/25/2020 12:36:00 AM
Thank you very much John, your third visit is very much appreciated. Tom
Date: 8/24/2020 3:52:00 PM
Back to say congratulations on your win, Tom. This is such a tender remembrance of Ozzie. So glad to see it place so high on the winners list. Over Fork Over.
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Date: 8/25/2020 12:35:00 AM
Thank you very much Sam, I know many could identify with those heartbreaking moments you go through when your pets life is at an end. Tom
Date: 8/24/2020 2:48:00 PM
Hi Tom, what a beauteous tribute for your companion. Our departed pets await us. Congratulations on your deserved win. ~
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Date: 8/24/2020 2:58:00 PM
Thank you Regina, we had to make that heartbreaking decision but looking back we know it was for the best. Tom
Date: 8/24/2020 9:13:00 AM
Very moving Tom. It's so difficult to lose a companion. Stay strong. Congratulations for top of Best :)
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Date: 8/24/2020 10:07:00 AM
Thank you very much Linda, I'm pleased you liked it, I must admit it was a nice surprise. Tom
Date: 8/23/2020 11:06:00 AM
Congratulations on having this wonderful moving poem at the top of the best new poems list Tom. You already know how much I identify with it. Blessings xxoo
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Date: 8/23/2020 12:19:00 PM
Thank you very much for your congrats and return visit Connie very much appreciated, I hope you are well. Tom
Date: 8/23/2020 7:57:00 AM
Forgot to tell you , that I was happy for you, seeing you at top of the Best. You more than deserve it, Tom, Congratulations xxx Pangie
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Date: 8/23/2020 8:01:00 AM
Thank you again Panagiota, your return visit is very much appreciated. Tom
Date: 8/22/2020 4:20:00 PM
Tom, glad to see you and Ozzie made it to the top of Best New Poem list. You really pulled the heartstrings with this write; you deserve #1 ranking. ~ John
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Date: 8/23/2020 10:08:00 PM
I celebrate your first time at #1 new poem, Tom. Like Pangie said, you more than deserve it. ~ John
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Date: 8/23/2020 12:21:00 AM
Thank you very much John, it was a lovely surprise, been here three years and its the first time hitting the top spot. Enjoy your weekend Tom
Date: 8/20/2020 6:31:00 PM
Heartbreaking. A deep hollow feeling that one cannot touch, Tom
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Date: 8/21/2020 12:52:00 AM
Thank you very much Robert, it was a very sad time without a doubt but when you look back you realise it was the right thing to do. Welcome to poetry soup. Tom
Date: 8/18/2020 6:36:00 PM
Congratulations on POTD, Tom!
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Date: 8/18/2020 11:48:00 PM
Thank you very much Kim Tom
Date: 8/16/2020 12:38:00 PM
A lovely but sad piece Tom, we really get attached to our pets and must be season for penning our pets passed away. Yours must be 3rd such piece tonight. Take care and keep safe, Blessings always,Gordon
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Date: 8/16/2020 1:45:00 PM
Thank you Gordon, its for the pets gone to heaven contest. It's heartbreaking when they go. Just had a week in Devon with my wife and two grandsons, weather was great. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 8/15/2020 4:16:00 PM
Hello Tom ... wonderful tribute Mate. We had to put a faithful dog down and it truly broke our hearts. One time we had a cocker who died under our house at 14 years. Never thought I could ever a dog again - thank you Tom; truly touching - Lindsay
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Date: 8/16/2020 1:35:00 AM
Thank you Lindsay, its certainly a heartbreaking experience and to have to make that decision to end their suffering really knocks you for six, Hope you're well Tom
Date: 8/14/2020 7:17:00 AM
Heart-breaking ....touching lines Tom sir. You must be missing Ozzie everyday... Once we take care of pets..they become one among us.Faithful creatures. Wonderfully penned.:-) Have a lovely day.Take care.:-)Warm regards sent to you ..
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Date: 8/14/2020 8:26:00 AM
Thank you very much Deepa, he left a big hole in our lives when we lost him, it was a heartbreaking decision to make, to end his suffering. Hope you're well, I hope you too have a nice day. Tom
Date: 8/13/2020 8:00:00 PM
Oh, What can i say Tom, below the comments so many and true. Only the way you have made one feel, when read, even the emptiness leaves a void in one's heart..In its way the poem is beautiful, truly is....Fav
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Date: 8/13/2020 11:55:00 PM
Thank you very much Harry, I know this verse speaks for many who have also lost a pet that was part of the family, and when you get home after that last visit to the vet and the house is so quiet. But for all the years he was with us and the good life he had makes it worthwhile in some way, thanks too for the fave. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 8/13/2020 6:13:00 AM
This is such a sad story so beautifully told! We have suffered the same with our cat! Feel every pain you are sharing here, Tom! Congrats on creating such a wonderful memory of a dear dog that has ben recognised with a POTD for you! These pets are so much part of our family!!
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Date: 8/13/2020 6:56:00 AM
Thank you very much Krish, they certainly are, they leave such a void when they go. That last journey to the vet is so heartbreaking. Tom
Date: 8/12/2020 10:17:00 AM
Tom, this is written extremely well. You allow us to share your love for Ozzie and he certainly seemed like the perfect pet. So sorry you lost him this way. I know it's hard but as you say, it was for the best. Congratulations on your POTD. I'm sure Constance will appreciate the strong emotion that runs throughout this poem!
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Date: 8/13/2020 12:57:00 AM
Thank you very much Carolyn, it was a heartbreaking decision to make but we knew deep down it was the kindest thing to do for him, you wonder at the time did you do the right thing but looking back I know it was. Thanks too for faving it. Tom
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Date: 8/12/2020 10:18:00 AM
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Date: 8/12/2020 4:00:00 AM
Ohhh Tom this is such a wonderful story and tribute to your beloved dog Ozzie. Dogs give us unconditional love and can certainly teach us humans a thing or two. There is nothing more welcoming than the welcome you get from your dog on returning home. I so miss having a dog, but not a good idea now with my health probs... Many belated congrats my friend for your POTD with kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Date: 8/12/2020 4:23:00 AM
Thank you very much Ann and greetings from Woolacombe bay, here with my wife and grandsons. Twice we've been down that road now, it's so heartbreaking for all the family when they get ill, in the end ending their pain and misery is the only way. Hope you're well Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 8:29:00 PM
Tom, you gave Ozzie a wonderful life. I believe that our pet companions will see us again. Congratulations on POTD.~ Warren
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Date: 8/12/2020 12:37:00 AM
Thank you very much Warren, we have to enjoy the time they're with us and when they go look forward to the time when we reunite with them in the next life. Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 8:09:00 PM
My spaniel is named 'Daniel.' (He's my son, who's my 'cocker spaniel soldier in Israel.'). Here's to Ozzie and to all the fond moments, now memories, you shared together. Congrats on POTD, Tom! Hope and Healing, Gershon
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Date: 8/12/2020 12:34:00 AM
Thank you very much Gershon, im happy for you that you have a spaniel, they are so full of energy, I hope you too have special moments together. Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 6:50:00 PM
Congratulations Tom. Ozzie is smiling looking down at you. You have captured the hearts of all us grieving souls that have had to deal with such a traumatic loss, that will take part of our hearts with them. I know how special Ozzie was and still is. Those of us that have read this will remember Ozzie as well. My sympathy to you and yours and know that Ozzie is not suffering anymore but has peace and someday you will be walking again in bad weather like she love to do with you. Blessings to you.
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Date: 8/12/2020 12:31:00 AM
Thank you very much for your return visit Michael, I have no doubt that one day we will reunite with him. That heartbreaking experience I had I know that many had shared it too, I hope it didnt stir up to many sad memories. Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 3:59:00 PM
Tom, a wonderfully written heart felt poem, sorry for the loss of your Ozzie, congratulations on POTD.
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Date: 8/11/2020 9:42:00 PM
Thank you very much Tania, we still feel the loss after three years, but I know it was the right and kindest thing to do. Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 2:32:00 PM
I can tell that Ozzie meant so much to you and your family. Animals give Unconditional Love. Always. I wish he was still with you, but you did the right thing. He is out of pain. Your thoughts caress gently around me and my heart. Congratulations Tom, on Poem of the Day. ~ Brandy
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Date: 8/11/2020 9:40:00 PM
Thank you very much Brandy, he certainly did, at the time you're beside yourself thinking did you do enough but after time you know you did. Tom
Date: 8/11/2020 1:39:00 PM
Like you it's heartbreaking to loss a pet that is really a family member. I almost lost the one I have now with pancreatitis and I couldn't stand the idea. Congratulations on POTD. Hugs Eve
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Date: 8/11/2020 1:48:00 PM
Thank you very much Eve, im happy that yours made a good recovery. You're right, they are part of the family. Tom
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