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  They Grieve Too
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, August 09, 2012
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ďI know well enough that there have been dogs so loving

That they have thrown themselves into the same grave

With the dead bodies of their masters;

Others have stayed upon their masters' graves

Without stirring a moment from them,

And have voluntarily starved themselves to death,

Refusing to touch the food that was brought them.Ē

Miguel de Cervantes

Sadness fills my heart today

My beloved old aunt is gone

Thankfully, I was there with her

When she left for the great beyond

And so was her loyal old canine

Her Daisy, refused to leave her side

I had to drag her away from her master

As my auntís remains were carried outside

The look of immense sorrow in her eyes,†evident

Her efforts to go with my aunt, so stoically valiant

If I hadnít restrained her, she would have followed

No matter where her beloved deceased master went

Some claim that animals do not share our emotions

I believe that they grieve, as deeply as we humans do

I know that they feel joy and sadness and love and loss

My auntís faithful companion now feels immense grief too

I promised my aunt that I would now care for her Daisy

But I sadly know that her life now will never be the same

Since yesterday, Daisy has refused to eat or drink anything

My heart breaks for her, I can feel her great sorrow and pain

©August 2012, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/21/2012
Heartfelt, I am so sorry for your loss, I can only imagine the comfort you gave your Aunt to know her dog would be well taken care for, it is a blessing~
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 8/10/2012
Such a blessing to know you *Mr Ed*
Through your stories and poetry we
see your loving heart and soul!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/10/2012
this reaches where all the best writing does - deep
within. The gifts of love and loyalty we need
to learn.
i join Jasmin in saying Bless You!

Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 8/10/2012
I'm sorry for your loss, Ed. And for Daisy's loss too. I truly believe dogs grieve too. My first dog died shortly after the death of my father. He was so heart broken as the rest of us were and wouldnt eat. He was never the same. It was difficult for me to get another dog until a few months ago. When we are snuggling, I always wonder what he is thinking about. Heart touching poem, Ed ... Take care ...
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 8/9/2012
I've seen this hold true for cats.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 8/9/2012
very word a sad, valiant and poignant truth.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/9/2012
Once again, you remind us of the bond we have with dogs. This one is very special because it connects your love of dogs with the love of your aunt. So beautifully penned that I hope it gets spread far and wide.

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/9/2012
Bless you ED!
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/9/2012
You have my sympathy and prayers, Ed. You must have been close to your Aunt; otherwise, she would not have entrusted her pet to you.
I'll pray for Daisy, too, because I believe our pets are beloved by the Lord as well as by us.

Reviewed by Odin Roark 8/9/2012
Having had the experience of marriage failure and the sorrow of my Lab selfishly being made to remain with my ex, only to die in his sleep within two months, well, made me think as this poem did.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 8/9/2012
My heartfelt sympathies for your loving Aunt.
Daisy is a precious dog for her I wish peace
with you by her side. Also the crew !!

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Michelle Wooten 8/9/2012
Wow, and now, I can feel it too. Thank you for sharing this!
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 8/9/2012
Yes they do grieve, I feel for her. They know death, as do cats. They become depressed just as we do over the loss of loved ones.

I will keep Daisy in prayer darlin'

Hugs to her

Love and Light
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/9/2012
I know this about dogs, as I was delivering medications to a guy and he had a really friendly husky named Motley and when the guy was getting close to death the dog seemed to do the same, drank water but wouldn't eat and the sicker the man got, the same with the dog...e
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/9/2012
There's absolutely no doubt animals feel grief....I've seen it many times....bless little Daisy...I pray time will give her peace...

Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 8/9/2012
This is heartbreaking..This is so true. So sad that people don't understand that animals, and cats, love deeply and devotedly. Beautiful and touching. Sorry for your loss.

Reviewed by John Domino 8/9/2012
Dear Friend,

So sorry for your loss of your aunt, a great lady no doubt.
As for Daisey and pets like her her dedication is beyond what most people would do.
I for one lost my first wife to cancer. My dedication was staying by her side through the chemo, radiation and removal of both breast.
Did you know many husbands leave their wives after they have a breast removed? What kind of dedication is that? Many would be better off having a dog for a companion.
This goes without saying that almost everyone should have at least one pet. The amount of love and friendship from the heart of a pet runs deep. I have yet to see one person dive into a grave of a loved one. If it's common with pets they are indeed the better species. Amen!

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/9/2012
yes, they do

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