Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thank you, Boo Boo & Bond

Our dear friends Boo Boo & Bond sent us a wonderful email with a tribute to Dakota and we wanted to share it here.

Thanks for thinking of us, we miss Dakota terribly. - The Brat Pack & Maryann


When dogs go to Heaven,
They don’t need wings
Because God knows that
Dogs love running best.

When a dog first arrives in Heaven,
He just runs.
Dog Heaven has clear, wide lakes
filled with geese who honk and flap
and tease. The dogs love this.

They run beside the water and bark
And bark and God watches them
From behind a tree and smiles.

There are children,
Of course.
Angel children.

God knows that dogs love children more than
Anything else in the world, so He fills Dog
Heaven with plenty of them. There are children
On bikes and children on sleds. There are
Children throwing red rubber balls and children
Pulling kites through the clouds. The dogs
Are there, and the children love them dearly.

And, oh,
the dog biscuits
As far as the eye can see.

God has a sense of humour, so He makes His
Biscuits in funny shapes for His dogs. There
Are kitty-cat biscuits and squirrel biscuits.
Ice-cream biscuits and ham-sandwich biscuits.

Every angel who passes by
Has a biscuit for a dog.
And, of course, all God’s dogs
Sit when the angels say “sit.”

Every dog becomes a good
Dog in Dog Heaven.

God turns
Clouds inside out to make fluffy beds for the dogs
In Dog Heaven, and when they
Are tired from running and
Barking and eating ham-sandwich biscuits,
The dogs each find a cloud bed for sleeping.
They turn around and around in the cloud…
…until it feels just right, and then they curl up
and they sleep.

God watches over each one of them
And there are no bad dreams.

Dogs in Dog Heaven
Have almost always belonged to somebody
on Earth and, of course,
the dogs remember this.
Heaven is full of memories.

So sometimes an angel will walk a dog
Back to Earth for a little visit and quietly,
Invisibly, the dog will sniff about his old
backyard, will investigate the cat next
door, will follow the child to school, will
sit on the front porch and wait for the mail.

When he is satisfied
That all is well, the dog
Will return to Heaven with the angel.
It is where dogs belong,
Near God who made them.

The dogs in dog Heaven who
Had no real homes on Earth
Are given one in Heaven.

The homes have yards and porches and there are
Couches to lie on and tables to sit under
While angels eat their dinners.
There are special bowls
With the dogs’ names on them.
And each dog is petted and reminded
How good he is, all day long.

Dogs in dog Heaven may stay as long as
They like and this can mean forever.
They will be there when old friends show up.
They will be there at the door.
Angel dogs.

Author: Cynthia Rylant

21 comments:

Lady Kaos said...

That's great! I really love that! I also need to stop reading your blog at work. Luckily I can blame the watering eyes on my contacts.
Kaos' Mom

Billy said...

I'm glad I am on my lunch hour because my eyes are all full of tears.

How very true, our special friends are only on loan from God and while here, we must love and care for them while we are lucky enough to have them before they are called Home to do greater and bigger things.

We think of you every day.

Lots of love and hugs from mom and Billy Boo:)

Macie-Malechai said...

Bewootiful!

Duke & Gidget said...

That was very, very beautiful.

Cooper Tonks said...

Hello Cooper Tonks here... That is such a nice poem. I'm sorry to hear about Dakota. I will dig a special hole in the backyard just for Dakota and I will bury one of Mini's bones in it. Maybe it will grow into a cow or something.

Dory and Liza said...

Wow - that was lovely.

Glad to see you all blogging!!

Wet nose smooches - Dory!

maggie said...

that was bootisul , it made mom cry ...... what a baby !!!!!!!

luv ya , maggie#2

Tasha & Eva said...

What a great poem. Right there with the Rainbow Bridge poem. We hope things are getting at least the tiniest bit easier for you guys. Belly Rubs, Tasha & Eva.

Luckie the Dachie said...

What wonderful words...we are so touched.

Boo Boo said...

Glad you love that : )

We are all angel dogs

Boo Boo & Bond

Huskee Boy said...

That's a lovely tribute for Dakota. I'm sure he is right there where the grass is the greenest, where the clouds are the most fluffy and where there is an endless supply of cookies.
You are in our thoughts..

Tadpole said...

I said my prayers for you guys last night. Hope you're doing okay over there!

MaPaw said...

What a nice thought.
-Magnum

Balboa said...

That was a such a beautiful poem, mommy is crying. Mommy says that tonight we are going to say a special prayer for Dakota and all the special pets in heaven. I am glad Dakota had such a loving family who misses him and will keep his memories alive.

Hammer said...

We are very sorry to hear that you have lost Dakota.

The poem is very beautiful. My mum read it out to me.

Love from Hammer

Bella said...

Mummy's eyes are leaking !!! But she said it's ok it's good & it's beautiful that words can express so wonderfully & mean so much. She said she's going to keep a copy of this poem coz one day we are gonna go there too, but that she will always remember where she read it first & remember that there was a fur family missing their beloved Dakota.
Puppy & big dog hugs to all.
Bella

Holly said...

Crying here. Crying by the second line! Lots and lots of crying!

That was beautiful! I was very moved.

Holly

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

Wow - amazing... so sweet!
Hugs, Sitka

Dakota said...

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending soft Husky woos your way.

Dakota

Herbie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Dakota. I'm sure he had a wonderful time with your family and is right now enjoying himself at the rainbow bridge and waiting for the day when everyone will be reunited again.

Peanut said...

My mom says to say that made her cry.