Keeper Of The Stars
By Tracy Byrd

The above is a painting Nancy had made of her last picture taken of Lennox

I lost my boy on 6/10/08 at 4:54pm. His name is Lennox and he would have turned 9 yrs old on 8/29. I had to have him put down when I could not make him better. I have had a really tough time with this decision. Lennox was so strong and courageous through this battle. He never once cried even though his pain must have been tremendous. He endured 2 major operations within 3 weeks. I held him as he died and it is a moment I will never get over. I miss him so much. I loved the way he danced for treats and offered kisses for no treat at all. This summer, I will miss him playing in the pool with us. Most of all, I will miss his unconditional love. He was a good ole boy! The pictures I have enclosed were taken just 3 days before he died. I still cannot believe how fast he went downhill. I miss him very much and am still struggling with my decision. I was hoping you could help me with a memorial for Lennox. Thanks so much!


Lennox's Story

We got him at six weeks. He was always so loving and healthy. I just thought he would always be there. One day, three weeks before he died, I noticed a mass on his neck. I brought him to the vet and they did surgery. He seemed fine for a couple of weeks. Not quite as active, but, just as loving. Then, I noticed another mass at the end of the first incision. I called the vet in the morning and had to bring him back in, that afternoon. By the afternoon, he wasn't walking at all. This was Thursday June 5th. They operated again and this time I asked for a pathology on the mass. I picked him up on Saturday. He was doing great all day. The vet said he had some dysplasia in the back hip and gave me some medication for him. I made him his special marinated chicken that he loved and he ate like he hadn't eaten since before his first operation. I slept on the floor with him that night and Sunday he seemed a bit quiter, but, again, not bad. Monday we went back for a postop visit, but, the vet wanted the drains to stay for a couple more days. That afternoon, he was getting really quitet and by Tuesday he had stopped eating and drinking even from my hand. I even made him a steak and he wouldn't eat it. I knew then the fight was over. I called the vet and asked for the pathology, once again and it wasn't back. It should have been back on Monday and I knew in my heart it was not a good sign. I called the office and asked to bring him in. My son and I had to carry him to the car. He loved riding in the car. He actually sat up in the back seat to put his nose out the window, like he knew it would be the last time. The vet told me that he would not do a hip replacement at his age and that he would never live through another surgery. With that, I made the final decision. I held his head during the injection. It was over so fast. In a split second I wanted him to stop, but, by the time I finished my thought, it was over. That was the hardest thing I have ever done. I will so much miss the way he made us laugh when he would dance. A 100lbs rottweiler shaking it all over. I will forever miss my sweet boy.

And now, our long road together has ended
You were such a huge source of love,
Laughter and memories for us and
Our home is now silent and empty,
Never to be the same.

I loved You Best

So this is where we part, My friend,
and you'll run on, around the bend,
gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.

I will go on, I'll find the strength,
life measures quality, not it's length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve

There are others, that much is true,
but they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
will remember well all you've taught.

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
the head I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this....I loved you best!
Copyright Jim Willis

Heart of the White Wolf

The white wolf walks his chosen path through the dark of night.
His heart may be broken and sorrow reigns but no one sees his plight
Silver tears glistening on his fur in the moonlight from above.
His mission is to bring some comfort to the ones who need his love.

His heart beats true as he watches over those who are in pain.
He can not bring their lost loves back nor cause their grief to wain.
But as he walks beside them and they share with him their grief.
The bond that forms between them will offer both relief,

The wolf now knows what he must do to comfort all who need.
In his wisdom he reaches out to hearts he knows his call will heed.
He speaks to them on whispering wind and calls them to his side.
Walk with me he becons them where saddened hearts abide.

He knows that he was sent to earth by angels from above.
To comfort all and fill their hearts with neverending love.
The ones he chose to walk with him will forever stay.
Where sad and lonely ones will come for help along the way.

There is no end to sadness and grief knows no holiday.
But when a saddend heart cries out no matter night or day.
The white wolf and his chosen ones will try to ease the pain.
And pray that love will be enough to bring a smile again.

~ Kathy Hayes~Aurichwolf~aka~Katie~

A view of love.

I have seen the morning sun rise upon my window panes.
I have seen the glory of the sun as sets at end of day.
I have seen rebirth in the beginnings of each new day.
I have heard the sounds cast in my mind of words unsaid.

On a clear day, I can see forever in the skies above me.
I have seen the love as soft eyes gazed gently into mine,
I have known love on four legs, more so than ever I have two.
I have had the pleasure of time that stands still in my mind.

I have shared the silver of the teardrops as they fell,
I have heard the words of others in much pain.
There have been things I know left unsaid as time heals,
But I have sensed those teardrops fall like rain.

It is known the pain of words written for this heart that hurts,
And words fill the gap that time has not yet felt the need to erase,
You too have words that you too have yet to speak or write,
About the great hurt of the tears that you wet upon your face.

So let we who care share your pain with you my friends,
Let not ever the glory of the rainbows shine be for naught.
One day more shall we rise to smell the beauty of the rose.
And once more in the web of great love shall we be caught.

Yes you have known the glory of the sunrise as it burst upon the land,
And seen it slowly drift across the meadow gently kissed with dew.
You have felt its warming rays spread and warm your very soul,
And you have known the love of four legs, just as you have two.

You know this life as it stands is not without its grief,
So Live on this life that you know you must fulfill,
Until that day that you are called upon to go,
And you will see the sunlight shine again upon your sill.
Don Dade 02/04/2006.

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