Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Farewell to a companion

It was a sad day for our family yesterday - our beloved 16-year-old dog, Biko, passed away. He was a beautiful dog, very much loved by us all and he will be sorely missed.

'We have a secret' (Anon)

We have a secret, you and I
that no-one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass
and when I call, no-one but I
can see the bending grass.


Leigh said...

Oh Lee,you've brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry to hear about your darling dog. It's a beautiful poem and just sums up the sadness of losing one of life's best friends.

Millie said...

Big hugs to you Lee, I understand totally how you feel. We lost our lovely old girl Miss Chloe at the same age last Oct., & MOTH & I are only just starting to think about welcoming a new furry friend into our lives. We just needed some time & space to grieve first. Be gentle with yourself & shed the tears you need to.
Love from Millie ^_^

Mrs B said...

Dear Lee
I am so sorry and I know you are heart broken. I suppose what gives us comfort when we loose a beloved pet is knowing they were loved and cherished by their human families.
Hugs to you as well Lee
Mrs B

Catherine said...

Biko looked like such a beautiful, sweet dog. Thinking of you and your family...
Catherine xx

lily-g said...

Im so sorry for your loss, I'm thinking of you x

ness lockyer said...

Oh, your sweet poochy!
I dread the day we have to say farewell to our beloved 'other children'. Take care, I am thinking of you,
Ness xx

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Such a beautiful photo. His eyes speak volumes of the kind-hearted, empathetic and sensitive soul he was. So sorry...

Deb said...

Dear Lee
This is my first visit to your blog. I am so sorry to read about your sweet Biko. What a precious photo ~ you can see what a gentle soul he is. We lost our beautiful lab Ben six months ago. I hope Benny meets Biko on rainbow bridge.

suzanne cabrera said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. A beautiful, sweet photo of Biko and an equally wonderful poem.

A-M said...

Oh I am so sorry. What a little darling he was...such a beautiful photo. A-M xx

Dot said...

I am so sorry to hear that your beautiful dog has passed away. I loved saying hello to him when I visited your place.

Am sure he enjoyed every moment he spent as part of your family.

Dot xx

Jacky said...

Sweet Biko....I know you will all miss him very much, especially Hugh...his companion growing up.

Lovely photo Lee... Oakey and I lit a beautiful candle for him tonight.

Jacky xox

Terri said...

I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful baby Biko. What a darling. I am very sad for your loss and hoped that Biko did not suffer. My mother lost her beloved cat at Christmas and we were so devastated as he was a loving part of the family.

Pets are integral and give us such wonderful love. :) So sorry for your terrible loss. I hope Biko is happy in heaven chasing bugs and running in fields. :)

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