High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels he will not play,
but he sits alone at the gates.
"For I know my master will come" says he,
"and when he comes he will call for me."
The other angels pass him by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And he watches them with a wistful eye
as he sits at the gates alone.
"But I know if I just wait patiently
that someday my master will call for me."
And his master, down on earth below,
as he sits in his easy chair,
forgets sometimes, and whispers low
to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks his ears
and dreams that his master's voice he hears.
And when at last his master waits
outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel's bark.
WHEN TOMORROW STARTS
When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.
I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.
But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.
But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each day's the same day,
There's no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free;
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?"
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.
DOGS DO NOT DIE
have a secret, you and I,
no one else shall know,
who, but I can see you lie,
night, in fire glow?
who but I can reach my hand
we go to bed,
feel the living warmth of you
touch your silken head?
only I walk woodland paths,
see, ahead of me,
small form racing with the wind,
young again, and free.
only I can see you swim
every brook I pass.
when I call, no one but I
see the bending grass.
I live among
God's creatures now
In the heavens of your mind
Do not grieve for me today
As I am with my kind.
My collar is a rainbow's hue
My leash a shooting star
My boundaries are the Milky Way
Where I sparkle from afar.
There is no pain or sorrow here
And I am not confined
I'm free to roam God's heavens
Among my kind.
I nap the day on snowy clouds
Gentle breezes rocking Me
And dream the dream of
how much love you gave to Me.
The trees are full of liver treats
And happiness abounds
Milkbones line the walkways,
just waiting to be found.
There even is a ring setup
The grass all lush and green,
Where even I can be
The best of Breed.
For we're all winners in this place
We have no faults, you see.
And GOD passes out blue Ribbons
To each one, even Me.
I drink from waters laced with gold
My world is beauty to behold.
And wise old dogs do form my pride
To amble at my very side.
At night I sleep in Angel's arms
Her wings protecting me
And moonbeams dance about us
As stardust falls on thee.
So when your life on earth is spent
and You stand at heaven's gate
Have no fear of loneliness,
For here, you know I wait."
MAY I GO
think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless pain filled nights?
I didn't want to go at first I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I promise that I'll not be far and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close where ever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me
You know I loved you too.
So hold me now just one more time and let me hear you say,
Because you care so much for me you'll let me go today."
That rainbow bridge is a special place!
LEND ME A PUP
I will lend to you for awhile, a pup, God said,
For you to love him while he lives and mourn for him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three,
But will you, 'till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you and (should his stay be brief),
you'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowd's life's land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take my Pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,"
For all the joys this Pup will bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love, we've managed, your wishes to achieve
In memory of him we loved, to help us while we grieve.
When our faithful bundle departs this world of strife,
We'll have yet another Pup and love him all his life.
IN YOUR HEART
Sorrow fills a
I see little souls
you close your eyes and
see my face
and think of times I
made you laugh,
the love we shared, the
bond we had,
the special way I
needed you -
the friendship shared
by just we two.
The day's too quiet,
the world seems older,
the wind blows now a
You gaze into the empty
and look for me, but
I'm not there -
I'm in heaven and I
and I see the world
around you too.
souls who bark and
souls who purr
born unwanted and
I see all this and more
I watch them suffer, I
see them cry,
I see them lost, I
watch them die.
I see unwanted
thousands born -
and when they die,
These little souls
(Some who bark and some
are castaways who -
unlike me -
will never know love or
A few short months they
starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters -
nobody takes home.
They're special too (furballs
filled with love and
each one, a treasure.
My pain and suffering
came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my
person, my friend.
But think of the living
- those souls with fur
(some who bark and some
who purr) -
And though our bond
can't be broken apart,
make room for another
in your home and your heart.
by Caro Schubert-James
GRIEVE TOO LONG
grieve too long for now I'm free
followed the path God set for me
to Him when I heard His call
swished my tail and left it all.
could not stay another day
To bark, to love, to romp or play
left unplayed must stay that way
found such peace; it made my day.
parting has left you with a void
feel it with remembered joy
friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss
yes, these things I too shall miss
burdened with times of sorrow
you the sunshine of tomorrow
life's been full, you've given so much
time, your love and gentle touch.
my time seemed all too brief
lengthen it now with undue grief
up your head and share with me
wanted me; He set me free!!