It’s Only A Dog

A fuzzy face and small pink tongue
Little tail swishing back and forth
Joyful exuberance at every greeting
New friend with the trusting eyes
Chasing tails and squirrels alike
Barking, yapping all night long
Scattered papers and chewed remotes
Trash strewn and shredded slippers
Piles and puddles on the floor
Drool and fur even on the door
Stealing food from highest hight
Sickness, always at midnight
Enormous vet bills, headaches, stress
Restless nights with no rest
Endless panting, jumping and yet…
Unconditional love in those trusting eyes
Always glad to see you even on your grumpiest day
Greeting as if you’ve been gone an eternity
Even after only a moment
Lifting you up when sadness abounds
Running in the park and chasing balls
Catching Frisbees
Tongue hanging in joy
Happy days splashing in the lake
Snuggling close into soothing fur
Slowing down
The table’s too high
Silver fur replacing dark
Soft eyes,
A swishing tail
I understand
It’s time to say goodbye
Letting go with a heavy heart
It’s only a dog
Yet so much more

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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6 Responses to It’s Only A Dog

  1. hi, loved that, thanks for posting 🙂


  2. dulzimordash says:

    Reblogged this on Nature’s Abhorred Vacuum.


  3. Carrie Lange says:

    it’s a dear friend. I love my dogs like they are my children. =D


  4. Janet Brothers says:

    I smiled and cried.


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