Friends of mine had to put their beloved Jack Russell to sleep last week. She took a sudden, irreversible turn for the worse. Her owner posted this beautiful painting on his Facebook page today:
He also posted this poem:
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here." I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me." You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me. Author ~ unknown
The poem and the painting both tug at my heart. I tried to find who the painter is. It looks like something by Charles Burton Barber or Arthur Elsley, Victorian painters whose works often featured children with dogs. But a Google Image search didn't turn up anything; neither did a regular Google search of "painting ghost dog."
Does anybody recognize this painting? I'm guessing Victorian, and English, but that's all I've got.
In the meantime, if you have a pet, give it an extra hug from me today.
And if you have lost a beloved pet, I am thinking of you today.