A Simple Message From Your Pet
by Ken D. Conover

To have loved and then said farewell
is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you stooped and touched my head,
fed me my favorite treat and returned the love
that I so unconditionally gave to you.

For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.

For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you grieve not for the loss
but rejoice in the fact that we lived,
loved and touched each other's lives.
My life was fuller because you were there,
not as owner, but as my friend.

Today, I am as I was in my youth.
The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers
and the sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump and play and do all of the things that I did in my youth.
There is no sickness, no aching joints
and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions
and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours.
Companions such as you are very rare and unique.

Don't hold the love that you have within yourself.
Give it to another like me and then I will live forever.
For love never really dies,
and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

From - Your pet in heaven.