I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.
Here are pictures of Rueger and Bill. Together til the
end, Rueger was always by Bill's side and dedicated to him. Rueger misses
Bill greatly. As do we all. Bill lost his heroic battle with cancer
in August, 2003. We give condolences to his wife & our good friend,
Stef. I'm very glad Rueger is there to protect her.
Ruffie loved to jump, and especially over her daughter,
Essi. Ruffie had a splenic tumor and was taken from us at almost 15 years
of age. Altho her life was long, it is was not as long as we could hope
CD, CGC, TDI
8/29/90 -- 12/29/04
bred, owned and trained (and
God looked around his
Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw
your loving face.
He put his arms around you
and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always
takes the best.
He knew that you were
suffering, he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on
He saw your path was
difficult, he closed your tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and
gave you wings to fly.
When we saw you sleeping
so calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth to
suffer once again.
You've left us precious
memories, your love will be our guide,
You live on through your children, you're
always by our side.
It broke our hearts to
lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God
called you home.
daughter of Ruffianne
Brutus, CDX, CGC, TDI
Ruffianne Brutus, CDX, CGC, TDI
mother of Essi, faithful
friend to Heidi
4/14/1987 to 2/2/02
Bred by Richard Richards
At 13 years above
at 5 years above
at 14 years above
at 7 years
My heart, it
Do not go! I
To no avail
Do my words
Life is frail
And in the
Her heart says
Her body cries
She must go
My eyes, an
My heart, a
My soul cries
Oh Lord, how
Life is ebbing
off the deep end
In the midst
of a young oneís needs
over, she says
We must stop
this lifeís bleed
In agonal edge
I carry her in
Death does not
He always must
over the threshold
Nothing is up
I canít play
always be my friend
I will miss
butterfly will come my way
a warm summer day.
A special thanks to Dr Franck for being there at the drop
of a hat, and comforting me through her death, and making sure her journey was
as pain free as possible. God Bless.
TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME
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 days'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.