This poem is dedicated to every person and animal who have ever shared an unbreakable and unforgettable bond. I hope it brings you comfort and lifts your spirits. This poem is also dedicated to my first dog Marshmallow, a Bedlington Terrier. She came to live with us when I was two years old and she passed away when I was 15. I still think about her.
“A Companion’s Goodbye”
by Andrew Kirschner
I remember the first time we met,
We looked at each other, and we were set.
I jumped in your car, so happy to be found,
Arrived at my new home, rolled all over the ground.
You saved my life, gave me a bed,
Put food in my bowl, and scratched my head.
You took me out, showed me around,
You were so proud of who you found.
I hope you know, I felt the same way,
I appreciated you from the first day.
You gave up a lot to take care of me,
Woke up many nights so I could mark a tree.
Cleaned my cage, gave me my meds,
Let me sleep in all the beds.
I loved all my silly nicknames,
your funny faces, and crazy games.
You let me smell the grass and flowers,
Shielded me from summer showers.
You dried me off when I was wet,
When I was sick, took me to the vet.
You gave me hugs, you threw the ball,
You chased me and picked me up when I’d fall.
You took me for walks, and to the park,
You put up with me, even when I would bark.
I often heard you say, I’m your best friend,
And that you would be with me until the end.
You kept that promise, I knew you would.
You did everything that you could.
And now that I’m gone, I want you to know,
You were my best friend too, from the get-go.
You gave me the best life any animal ever had,
And now, I don’t want you to be sad.
We always knew it would come to an end,
But you will always be my best friend.
Don’t worry that I didn’t understand,
I saw you there holding my hand
When it was time to say goodbye,
And I saw you cry.
I know how much you loved me,
You told me every day.
You picked me up and held me,
And showed me in every way.
You had nothing left to prove, we had nothing left to do,
We had the time of our lives, there were no toys left to chew.
There is nothing more you could have done,
If I had it to do over again, again you’d be the one,
The one I’d select, the one I’d hold most dear,
Please don’t shed another tear.
Let’s remember our hugs, how I smelled after a bath,
Let’s remember our kisses, and how I made you laugh.
Remember me looking out the window when I was alone,
Sitting by the door, waiting for you to come home.
And how happy you made me, when we snuggled up,
It was such a good life, the best for any pup.
You won’t forget me, and I won’t forget you,
We were meant for each other, that is true.
Sometimes life would get you down,
And I would lick your face, and wipe away your frown.
Picture that now, me nestled on your lap, smile again,
I’ll always be with you, my best friend.
Pick yourself up and go for a walk,
I’ll be by your side, I’ll listen while you talk.
Just promise me, you will be all right,
Think of the times we shared, when you sleep at night.
I will miss you as much as you miss me,
But our love will last for eternity.
We did all there was to do together
And that memory will last us both forever.
I love you as much as you love me,
And that, my best friend, will always be.
Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., is a volunteer grassroots animal rights advocate and the organizer of the 2013 Florida March Against Cruelty to Animals. He writes a zero-profit blog, Kirschner’s Korner, to help raise awareness about issues affecting the global community to make the world a more humane place. To receive Dr. Kirschner’s new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.