I wrote a poem about Jonah my chocolate lab, he's recently begun showing signs of old age- much more so than my black lab Jasper who's the same age. I also found a picture of him from a pup which was way before digital photography so i've had to photo the photo as it refused to scan very well- any how here goes see what you think.
Mans best friend
Where have all the years gone,
The time has passed so fast.
it's only been the blink of an eye,
but the memories will forever last.
The walks that we have taken,
over hills and dales and chase.
are fewer and further between now,
as you've had to slow up pace.
You used to enjoy jumping
into a muddy lake or loch.
but nowadays our walk is
just a stroll around the block.
We used to go to training,
you were eager to learn more.
But now we have to sit and watch
because your legs slip on the floor.
It's hard to watch you baby,
loose the skills that you once had.
I have to learn your limits,
you're no longer my agile lad.
When we get into the Landy,
we have to lift you up.
Gone are the days you'd jump in,
a young and nimble pup.
But i'm not going to keep on harking
back to how it used to be,
we have to enjoy the moment,
and what will be will be.
So i want to take the opportunity,
to thank-you my sweet boy
for your years of great companionship,
and all the years of joy.
You are our faithful Jonah,
and you will be 'til the end,
our dog, our world, our everything,
Our wonderful "Man's best Friend".
By Kate Flynn- Aug 2007.
Jonah as a youngster Jonah in the back of the Landy.