1/25/99 to 12/8/99

My rott'n furbaby, who was only here a short while but gave so much to please me. Your unconditional love and devotion was unlike anything I'd ever felt. Your always in my thoughts and in my heart you hold a very special place that can never be replaced.

I look to the stars every night, I find the brighest one, and to you I speak because I know it's you looking down on me every since the day we departed. I miss you terribly lil' man and wish so much that I did not have to let you go. My lil' guardian angel, my first rottie, you've done more for me and showed me things in your short life than I can every express in words.

One day TAZ, you and I will meet again, hugs and kisses furbaby!


A DOG'S PRAYER By Beth Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.

And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you.

Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest -- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

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