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A tribute to my Lady, “Doc” (paw prints in the snow}
by Robert Amoroso

Monday, February 25, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem is dedicated to a beautiful lady, who I had to put to “sleep” this weekend. For those who’ve ever had a pet you know the emotional bond that you have. My lady “doc” lived for almost 18-years; she was a beautiful mixed breed (mutt) of Black Lab and German Shepard.

A tribute to my Lady, “Doc”

(Pawprints in the snow )

By Robert Amoroso


I awoke this morning with a heavy heart,

for on this day we would have too part.


And although we had said our long goodbyes,

I knew that on this day, I’d breakdown and cry.


So tired and worn you had become,

goodbye old girl…we had some fun.


And though you’ve slowly slipped from me,

I ask myself, “how could that be…wasn’t it

yesterday that you were three”?


I wondered if you ever knew, that for 18-years

you were so faithful and true .


And now the days have  grown so few,

goodbye old girl, we’ll always love you.


I recall the day that we first met,

so small and afraid  and all wet.

I shouted to Jay “there’s no way,

but you lured me in, and we began to play.


So black and sleek, you weren’t meek,

and you stole our hearts within a week,

and though a princess you would become,

we dubbed you Doc, and perhaps to some,  

they thought it strange,

to have a lady with that name.


But for some strange reason

we all knew that names like

“blackie” just wouldn’t do..


I said goodbye and we walked away,

you broke my heart…I couldn’t stay,


Within a moment our world had changed,

and we would no longer  call your name.

The days of romping had come to an end,

 goodbye old girl…so long old friend.


I came back home late today,

and the sky above was still dark and gray,

and as I looked through tear filled eyes,

what to my surprise...your pawprints in the snow,

left behind so that I would know,

that some fine day we’ll meet again

and we’ll romp and play, as we did then,

but for now farewell old friend.








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Reviewed by Regina Pounds 3/16/2008
It's heart-breaking to have to say good bye to a beloved friend...a wonderful poem to express that...I, too, love the paw print in the snow ending and I believe you'll be united in spirit.

At least you had her for 18 years -- our much loved German shepherd lived only for eight because of cancer induced doubtless by herbicides and bad drinking/tab water...

all the best,
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 2/25/2008
Oh how sorry I am and my heart reaches out to you and "Doc". Beautiful, heartwarming verse in dedication. Offering prayers from across the miles....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/25/2008
You started me crying as well with this posting as I see your little girl and I think of my little boy, being 8 years old now and still around for alot longer I hope, but this poem says so much of your love for "doc"...check out the website I put below, it may give you some solace...She will always be in your hearts...Ed & Rufuz (w00f)
Reviewed by Cryssa C 2/25/2008
Beautiful tribute to your friend.
I loved the ending of the poem.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/25/2008
You've got me misty eyed now myself, my friend. Your Doc sounds like a truly marvelous friend, and I've lost some pretty marvelous ones myself.

May those pawprints live on in your heart and soul, forever.
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