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 The dog is a gentleman;
I hope to go to his heaven, not man's.

Mark Twain.
Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899.

 Alice.
Alicemem 2 Alicemem 3
Alice (Redwood Alice). 5.10.2010 - 19.5.2021
We adopted Alice in 2015 and she was just the gentlest, prettiest girl, so full of personality. She had a very happy and comfortable life with us, she lived like a princess and was adored by everyone and we were lucky to have her in our lives for 6 years. We're going to miss her so much.
Run free sweet Alice, all is well. We love you xx

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 reassure 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 yawn and say "goodnight,
I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right.---

Then you will 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.

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