I won’t always cry out at night,
When you leave me all alone,
Or chew on your brand new shoes,
Instead of my brand new bone.
My puppy breath won’t always linger,
from big yawns and dozing naps.
I won’t always be small and cozy,
Enough to cuddle on your lap.
Soon I will begin to grow,
Into my super-sized puppy paws.
I will start to want my freedom,
And our cuddles will take pause.
I will not always trip and tumble
When you call me down the hall.
Cherish every snuggle, snore and slumber,
For I won’t always be this small.
I won’t always love to run and romp,
After toys and tennis balls.
I won’t always want to tug and fetch,
or (almost) always come when you call.
When I was small you taught me well,
‘best friend’ is what you call me now.
Wherever you are, I’m by your side,
Loyalty is my solemn vow.
No matter the roads you take in life
I am your companion, willing and able
But I won’t always ride shotgun in your car
Or keep watch beneath the dinner table.
I won’t always be up for a new adventure
My body athletic and strong
Cherish every shake, sit, and stay,
For I will grow old before too long
My puppy transgressions a thing of the past,
Obedience is now my middle name.
Wisdom collected as your lifelong companion,
‘Good dog’ is my claim to fame.
Achy joints and stumbling movements,
My body betrays me as age creeps in.
Our adventures decrease, yet I am brave,
Because of the memories I hold within.
I won’t always struggle to catch up.
Still so many roads left unexplored.
Yet I yearn to please you, however I may,
Your love is my favorite reward.
Though I grow weak, gray and tired,
Unable to lift my body from the ground,
Cherish every snore, stare and struggle,
For I won’t always be around.
You have to face your life without me now
You see what a void there is to fill.
No one to play and fetch and run with you,
Or to cuddle quietly when you’re ill.
You used to grow frustrated
with all of the little things.
And now you wish to have them back
With all the joy they bring.
You miss the jingle of my tags,
The weight of my paw in your hand.
You’d even embrace my fur and drool,
Just to have me at home again.
Though the tears will fall like rain
Don’t let the grief tear you apart.
Cherish every story, sign, and snapshot
For I will always be in your heart.