THE LOVE AND THE MEMORIES NEVER FADE
I took a walk today. It was a beautiful sunny cool fall day. My path led me along an old familiar route that I always had taken when I walked with my dog. I wanted to see how much had changed over the last three years. Not much had. It was a walk through neighbourhoods and across fields and through the woods. One thing was different though. Today my dog, Jalk, was not with me.
Three years ago on this day, just ten days short of his twelfth birthday, my best friend and constant companion passed peacefully into the realm of nothingness. He had been a faithful accompanying partner from the first day he came into my life in July 2001. He was then a year and a half old and had already had quite a chaotic life behind him. But he was a highly intelligent dog who had gone through a very rigid training program as a security guard dog. He obeyed without question or hesitation, was an excellent walker and, like most German Shepherds, had a fairly good stubborn streak. There was never a day in our time together when he didn’t give me all the joy and the love that only a dog can bestow. His leaving left a void that, although it recedes with the passing of the years, will never be filled. It is a shame that nature didn’t grant dogs a longer lifespan. They touch our lives and our hearts all too briefly on our journey through. I will always miss him as anyone misses a wonderful companion. Today, on this day when everything changed, I celebrate his life. The love and the memories never fade…
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