of dogs

Source

of dogs



as a parent

of dogs

and only

of dogs

i find

i often

frown.


not from desire

to parent

non dogs

but rather

from knowing

i’ll be here

long after

they’re gone.




all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price Jan 16th 2011

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Angela, that would be horrible to lose both your dogs within such a short period of time. I'm pleased to hear that you've made arrangements for your dog. So many times, pets get left out of the loop.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Victoria. It truly sucks and I often ask myself if the pain of losing them is worth the joy of loving them. The answer is always yes


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Excellent poem -- and so true. I lost both Cockers within 6 weeks of each other and it was a devastating blow. Now, I've got the big lug of a pup they raised left -- Ubba Dog -- and he's so young I've gone to great lengths to provide for him in the event of my demise -- as I'm old and all that. It's so very sad to see a pet left when their senior citizen owner dies -- I try to adopt them if I can -- so, it goes both ways. Again, and sorry I got off target here -- I very much enjoyed both the style and the sentiment of this work -- Best/Sis


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

You captured it, Justin. I think about that a lot. I will be devastated when my little guy leaves me.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yes, Andrea... but woulnd't it be nice to find a way for none of us to have to lose each other?


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Andrea333 4 years ago

yes, I struggle with this too. I realize how much harder it would be on them if I went first - how would anyone explain it to them?? So if one of us has to go - myself or my beloved dogs - I'm glad it's them...so they never have to deal with the pain of losing me.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yes. But, it gives me one more reason to believe in Heaven and hope to go :-) I always make myself smile when I picture Baby being food aggressive with Jesus and Bella just licking him to death.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

This is so true. We are left here, in our grief, and we'll be here long after they're gone. Something I've experienced several times.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Deborah, I'm sorry you mis syour dogs, but I'm happy that you had dogs that you can miss. They're amazing creatures


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I have had quite of few dogs and now I am down to one cat. and I really miss my dogs now .. after reading this..

Great poem

Debbie


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Tammy. I'm sorry you miss your precious dogs :-(


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is very touching. I have had some wonderful dogs over the years and this makes me miss them.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jacqui, I appreciate that work that you do. Animals deserve people like u


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks again, rlaha. I appreciate your comment!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Denise, is that piece called Bandit Died? I'd love to read it and cross link it here. Thanks your sympathies and comments!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Great poem. I haven't had dogs for years now. I take in sick cats for a local animal shelter. Some of the cats I've had were old or sick. Some of them only live a few months and some go on for years. I feel privileged that I can give them a good life for however long they have left. Pets bring us joy, and its a joy to be part of their lives.

Lovely photo too.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is really hard to lose a pet. They become part of the family. We had a cat who was with us for 14 and a half years. She was the queen of our house and of the neighborhood. Sadly, she passed in 2007. I still miss her. Wonderful poem.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

So true...I'm sorry you lost your dog Cocoa...it is difficult to replace an animal that is part of a family, much like losing a human friend or loved one. You really cannot replace, just add a new one.

I wrote a hub about the dogs in our family as well, and their personalities. It was very hard to get another dog after our beloved collie mix: Bandit died.

Thanks for sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks, rhala. I still miss my dog, Cocoa and she's been gone since 2000. they're wonderful. sorry for your loss


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

It is always hard to lose a pet. We had a cat that was with us for 14 and a half years. She was the queen of the house and of the backyard. I still miss her even though it has been a little over 4 years since she passed. Thanks for sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, till. It sucks losing pets but it's also a joy that we get to have them, even for such a short while. They're magnificent, adorable creatures. Thanks for reading!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I loved this poem. Being an animal lover, and especially dogs, I can totally relate. I have to agree with your wife. When an owner dies leaving a dog behind it is truly pitiful as they don't understand. I have, however, been hysterical over the loss of a pet so I totally know the pain. Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

while i don't generally care for cats, I did have one named Joey Bishop who ran away. i was very sad. Losing any pet is difficult, but the reward out weighs the pain in the end. I wouldn't trade my stock in life with my dogs for anything


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Just got very attached to a big tom-cat over the last two months Justin. He was a bold fellow, standing up to the bigger dogs and all. He's been missing now for three days and even though toms do that chasing you know what I've got a bad feeling about it. What can one do though who feels like we do towards the pets.:)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Concise and to the point sharply. The only thing harder than knowing you'll probably still be here when there not is knowing when one is in their final days and hours. Sentiment well stated with a minimum of fuss Justin.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Express. I actually like the idea of staggering dogs. Currently with have a 12 1/2 yr old and a 2 and 1/2 year old. Maybe get a puppy in a year or two. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Enjoyed the hub and the cute picture. I've been told that a new puppy is the cure for the death of a dog. It's good, but never a cure.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Kamalesh.. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem and the picture!


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Oh what a sweet but sad poem! I wish all pets could have a long life! Thanks for sharing the beautiful hub. Great photo of the dogs! Voted Up.

Best Wishes to you my Friend, Kamalesh


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sue, it is, but, since we can't do anything about it, i suppose it's our job to enjoy them and love them...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

rebecca, that's a very very poignnant point. I like it.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi PDX

What a beautiful dedication to dogs.

It is so sad that dogs lives our so much shorter than ours.

Voted up and away.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Aww. I know. Why did God DO that to us? I guess so we hafta go keep getting new dogs that need us.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Christine, my wife said it's more merciful to them for us to poutlive them. we can udnerstand wht they aren't around anymore but, if someone happens to us, they'd never understand that we weren't coming back. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

PMC, I'm sorry about your cat. I'm allergic to cats and haven't had one in many years. I'm sorry for your loss, but your cat was lucky to have you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thansk Kashmir. i love my dogs and, since I won't be having children, it will be like losing a child when they pass way


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ya. it's a shame. sharks literally have no life span, why don't we shorten the lifespan of sharks and allow dogs to live indefinitely?


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Christine P Ann 4 years ago from Australia

So sad, I wish they outlived us so we would not have to feel the pain when they pass.:( Great poem


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

I'm a cat parent and lost one of my babies in May 2010. It's as if you lose your real child to a point, not a day goes by that I don't think about her and miss her.

R.I.P. Pookie Marie Allen

Voted up, marked beautiful.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy, yes being a dog owner i understand your beautiful poem . Love the photos of your beautiful dogs !

Awesome,beautiful and vote up !!!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I hear ya Justin. It's sad to see them go before us. gotta have their life-span stretched...lol

Great poem!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

angela, thank you. they really are more like people then pets. And, since I do not want children, they are loved as if they were two legged creatures. Thanks for commenting. Sorry about your loss!


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Can definitely relate to your poem and also the sadness of losing a dear canine friend -- they become family. I lost both my Cocker kids (Jake and Sam) this year and like you, I still tear up if I dwell on either of them too long. My Jake was 13 years old -- and I'll write about him someday -- when I can. Delightful poetry and I truly enjoyed it. Best, Sis


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

It is very sad when they leave us and we miss them terribly, that is the hardest part of getting a dog, knowing that they won't always be around.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha, The thought of losing an animal is sad..I can't really understand why their life-span is so short..My Sister Bea's doggie, ( Dinky ) lived nineteen years..He didn't know he was a dog..Spoiled rotten...I liked this...


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This was very clever. I can relate. Until the last 5 years or so I have always had dogs. I hate when they die and I miss having one. I just don't have the room right now. Nice poem PDX! Voted up.

JSMatthew~


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

me too!!! Love your words!! vote up.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Awwww that so touching and sweet. It's always sad when pets die. Several years ago we lost our second cat. She was such a sweetie. Her name was Cha-Cha and she died in my arms. You couldn't talk to me from that moment on until we buried her beneath our large oak in the backyard.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Dexter, that's true. It's a mutual affection. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Eddy, I wish we could find a way to make dogs live longer but, maybe God loves them so much that He wants them all with Him. makes sense. I wouldn't want to be somewhere without dogs!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Michelle, enjoy your young dogs, You never stop missing your dogs that have passed, but you do move on, just like with all loved ones that are no longer with us.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Audrey, I cried harder when my dog Cocoa died then when either of my grandparents passed. There's a special bond with dogs that can't be achieved with other pets or even with people


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

wd, I think so too. I should include a link to Randy Alcorn's book about Heaven. He comes to the same conclusion. have you read it? Thanks for stopping by!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jim, so sorry about your loss but I'm happy you have those nice memories and that Clyde had such a loving father. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be sending good vibes your way


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Peg. Your hub about Dolly touched me, especially since our oldest is a chow mix. i was pleased that Dolly lived fourteen years though because it gave me hope that our baby still has more time.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Dog is love.

Jim, so sorry for your loss.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Dogs bring us great joy. But the reality is, we bring them great joy as well! We love them as long as we can - and they us. Great, sentimental hub!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh what beautiful words that I know sadly so many of us will be able to relate to.

They give us so much unconditionally and they are important members of our family ;saying goodbye is such a wrench.

This one I vote up for your tender words.

Take care my friend.

Eddy.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

That is sweet and sad. We have had our first dog who died about 2 years ago and we still miss her. We now have 2 youngs dogs and love them.

Thank you for this hub.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Justin, such a nice write--and so much where I am right now--my dog is 9 and starting to slow down--arthritis--I will be a basket case I think when I lose her


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

It took me 2 minutes in dog years to read this. It is poignant.

This is one way that was provided for mankind to learn to deal with grief. I still miss my favorite dogs.

I have studied it out. Dogs do go to heaven.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Almost eerie, I just got finished writing an e-mail to a friend. I had to bury my good friend Clyde yesterday afternoon. And he was a 90 pound part golden lab and part something else. I had 15 good years with the boy. The next few days are going to be sad and this poem nails it. Up, awesome, and beautiful!

Jim


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Yes, their lives are way too short. We were just this week counting all the shared lives of dogs who have stayed with us over the years. They are truly part of our family as you said. Sweet picture of your furry ones.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks susan. It's sad but it's also fulfilling to know that even though their lives are short, you helped them be happy and loved.

Deborah, my wife and I are in a grieving stage because one of our dogs is nearly 13 and she's starting to wind down. I also lost my childhood dog (a shelty) to cancer back in 2000 and when is ee a shelty now I still have trouble not tearing up. it's a sad sacrifice.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Dog (and cat) ownership is bittersweet. Our pets bring so much joy, but it's so hard to say goodbye. My first dog died last February at age 10 due to cancer and, almost a year later, I still find myself tearing up when I think about her. So this poem really touched me. Thanks for sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I feel the same way. So sad to think of them dying. Great poem! Sweet dogs too.

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