Old Dog In A Locket

by Bobbie Hefner

Old dog in a locket
That lies next to my heart,
I will always love you
As I did right from the start.

You were there beside me
Through the darkest of days,
It was your kind gentle nature
That made me want to stay.

Now, as I held you in my arms
Your breath so warm against my hand,
Our hearts still beat together
So I was sure you’d understand.

Through the hour that I held you
Before the Light left your soul,
I knew a way to keep you close,
Forever in my hold.

I snipped the hair from ’round your eyes
So I would always see
The beauty that surrounds me
Even in times of need.

I snipped the hair from ’round your ears
So I would always hear
Music in the distance
To quiet any fears.

I snipped the hair from across your back
To bring me strength in times of need,
And the power of your essence
Would always be with me.

And I snipped the hair from near your heart
That beats in time with mine
So I would know your love would find me
At that near or distant time.

And so, your life slipped out of mine
On a quiet, Spring-like day
But I knew then that part of you
Was always here to stay.

Old dog in a locket
That lies next to my heart,
I will always love you
Even though we had to part.

• Bobbie Hefner, Swiss Star Farms, in memory of AM-CAN-MEX-UCI-FCI International Champion Dallybecks Echo Jackson, CD-NDD-CGC-HCC

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