If a dog could be perfect, she was. |
My daughter, Brittany, chose Pumpkin as a gift for her 12th birthday. We took home a fat and fuzzy small orange ball with floppy ears that evening, hence her name. We didn't know what a corgi was. When we were shown what she would look like as an adult, we laughed at the short, stocky little herding dogs with huge ears, stubby legs, and no tails in the pictures of the book, hardly believing that they could handle live stock with such skill! But, we quickly learned to love the smart and sturdy little puppy who trained quickly and seemed to anticipate what was expected of her, so eager to please. She wore her heart on her furry sleeve, radiating love for her family.
We had to say good bye to Pumpkin, after more than fourteen years of unconditional love, sweet kisses, and warm snuggles. Renal failure took it's toll on our fur baby after a valiant fight. It's taken me over a year to be able to sit down and write this tribute to her and still, the words feel inadequate to describe what this fur child meant to her family. She leaves a corgi-sized hole in my heart that I'm fairly certain no other dog could fill. I don't know exactly what happens to our furry family members after their time on earth is done, but my heaven will be that much sweeter if she's there with her sister corgi, Grace, to meet me.
JUST A DOG
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog,"
They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent,
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you probably understand
"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog"
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
I hope that someday they can understand that its' not "just a dog"
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog,"
Please also visit Grace.