I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear.

I know that you humans lead a busy life.  Some have to work, some have
children to raise.  It always seems like you are running here and there, often
much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my
dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now.  That comes with
age.  The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me. I
see the love in your eyes.

What do you see in my eyes? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you
as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all tresspasses of prior
wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask.

I ask you to slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times
you have been saddened by the words you read on that computer screen, of
others of my kind, passing away.

Sometimes we die young....and oh so quickly and suddenly it wrenches your
heart out of your throat.  Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that
that you might not even notice until the very end, when we look at you with our
grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.  Still the love is always there,
even when we must take that long sleep, to run free over the Rainbow Bridge.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will
shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their
souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "one more
day" with me.  We have NOW, together. So come sit down here next to me on
the floor and look into my eyes.  What do you see? If you look hard and deep
enought we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.  Come to me not as "alpha" or as
my "trainer" or even "Mom and Dad"- come to me as a iving soul and stroke my
fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes and talk.

I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or our walks
together, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because
you wanted a soul to share such things with.  Someone very different from you,
and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive.  I feel emotion, I feel physical senses,
and I can revel in the difference of our spirits and souls.  I do not think of you
as a "dog on two feet".  I know what you are. You are human, in all your
quirkeness, and I love you still.

Now, come and sit with me, here on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow
down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ear.
Speak to me with your heart, with your soul, and I will know your true self.

We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh, so very short.    unknown