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An Ode to Toby
by Chris M Dowding

Thursday, July 17, 2008
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An ode to my pet dog, who died yesterday, of old age. He'd become so much a part of my life - it's hard to believe he's gone. Death is hard for me to deal with. You will see that I'm not a poet, but I had to jot this down.


He was scared of thunderstorms
And he never liked getting wet
But he always barked to protect us
He was an amazing pet
Yes, Toby had a lot of character
Of which he didn’t boast
His happiest moment was dinner time
He could swallow an entire roast
He excitedly chased trucks
When they came around the bend
Particularly white utes
With noisy diesel engines
Toby made lots of friends
With many, many people
He charmed a girl from across the seas
Whose name is Aikiko
We will miss our friend
That blue dog with the black patch on his face
I hope he rests peacefully
Until he finds another ute in heaven to chase
Rest in peace, Toby
You will always be remembered
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Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 9/10/2009
Beasutiful work..indeed pets are such a vital part of our lives..sometimes moreso than people!


vesna :)
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 7/23/2009
Chris I just came across this poem and I know
its no accident. I am sorry for your loss, and
you will find, that as time goes on the loss will
get bearable! Also Chris this poem is heart felt
and beautifully put together, there is a poet inside
of you!! Be encouraged!!

Love And Prayers
Reviewed by Natasha Bowman 10/17/2008
Losing a pet is always hard.
Good luck.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/25/2008
I lost my beloved Joy one day before my birthday Oct 23, 2005 and it still is heartbreaking when I think of her. They are in doggie heaven though. Like you I hate to lose a pet. They are so like family and so loved and cared for in life. To end it is sad. With you all the way on this write.
Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/18/2008
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/17/2008
This is such a wonderful, heartfelt piece! Your passion and love for Toby comes clear and from your grieving heart. So very sorry for your loss, but Toby now dances among the brightest stars. It is so hard to grasp the death of a cherished pet, but in time you will hold close all the wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/17/2008
You do Toby proud with your wonderful words. I, too, recently lost a beloved pet of 16 years. May they all rest in animal heaven with St. Francis at the gate.


Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/17/2008

I concur with Cathlene, below: you poured your heart and soul in beautiful lines of rememberance: I'm sorry for your loss. To some, pets are nothing; to the owners who love and care for them, they are family. Well done.

And welcome to AD, you're among friends.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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