Condolence & Memory Journal

"Pet Canvas"
When we adopted you into our life our pet canvas was blank. With every lick of your tongue a portion of the canvas was cleared revealing part of a picture underneath. At first I thought it was strange. Instead of painting new memories you seemed to be unveiling a picture already there. But what was it of? I would understand later. As each wonderful year passed, our love for one another grew deeper. Every time we'd play, or go for a walk, or cuddle, more of the picture would be revealed.

When you grew old I started to see a pair of hands on the canvas. I assumed it was our hands petting you but I couldn't make out the rest of it because it was still fuzzy. We knew you were nearing the end and we loved you all the more. We prayed that God would take you in your sleep so we wouldn't have to make that awful decision. But He didn't and I was angry. I asked Him why would He put us in this situation? A soft voice answered, "If you truly love your pet it will all become clear".

When you became too weak and frail to finish the picture I knew it was time to put you to sleep. With all of the courage that God could give me I took you to the veterinarian. As I held you when you passed away my heart broke and rivers of tears streamed down my face. Then I heard His voice, "Look at the picture now". I did and it was crystal clear. He then said, "A pet canvas can only be completed with tears of compassion".

The picture wasn't of our hands petting you, they were God's hands holding all of us.

Posted by Shanna - calumet, MI - sister   October 06, 2011

To my family that lost thier pup! R.I.P. Dilbert!

"Beyond the Rainbow"
As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wonderous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful--lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wondrful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

Posted by Shanna - calumet, MI - sister   October 06, 2011

Dilbert was such a funny guy. He wasn't trying to be funny- he was just trying to find the cat that was right next to him, or the rabbit, or whatever.

I think when he howled he was reliving his hunting days, but most likely he never realized they'd ended a long time ago. He was a happy guy.

I'll miss him too.

Posted by mom - Oconomowoc, WI - mom   October 05, 2011


Oh Dilly Bar you will truly be missed...
Not a mean bone in your body
Always understanding
Never judgmental

Forever in our hearts <3><3><3><3>
The Caputas

Posted by Patricia, Sal, Izzy, Skippy and lil Ka - Port Washington, WI - friends   October 05, 2011