and made the trip from Groveland to Gloucester a few weeks later.
The first night was a very long night for you (and us) being away from
your little brothers and sisters. You finally did sleep nestled on top
of a pair of shoes that were worn when we picked you up that day.
Your official name was "Anchors Away" but we always called you
"Anchor" or "Ankie", or sometimes "Anchor the Wonder Dog".
Benjamin, Spencer and Meredith always waiting for the day that
Nancy the School Bus Driver would invite you to join them.
You always knew before anyone else at the end of the school day
when the bus would be back to drop them off.
Or perhaps, you knew it was time for the Milk Bone that you
always got for an after school treat.
did, always running ahead until just about out of sight before
running back to us to show us the way.
you seemed to prefer boating to swimming.
Good Harbor was one of your favorite places to visit.
You would run, chase and retrieve thrown balls,
dip in and out of the water, as well as meet a few
other dog friends along the way. Those were some of
your happiest days. Even when you no longer found
chasing a ball to be enjoyable, you still loved the beach.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,
For The One who died for all men.
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they're in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.
October 28, 2010
We will miss you always.
Goodbye, for now.