Oh! My heart is so, so ouchie. I lost a wonderful, special friend today – one of my oldest blog friends – a very special doggie who will leave a HUGE hole behind him in Blogland – and in all our hearts.
Mango was a Relentlessly Huge Mastiff who lived on a big estate in a faraway place called Massachusettes but although he was on the other side of the world from me, we shared many laughs and stories as “giant doggies” together. He was my match in Great Drooliness, my partner in Great Dancing and my inspiration in Great Wisdom. He was a Great Friend.
He was a doggie that we all looked up to – with a great heart that matched his great body. For all of us who had our lives touched by Mango, it was an honour and we will always remember the way he brought a smile to our faces (or more often, a laugh to our bellies!) every time we visited his blog.
I will never forget him – and I will carry him in my heart, always.
Please take a moment to visit his blog – and leave some slobbers for his family, especially the wonderful Mango Momma who had to do the bravest, kindest and hardest thing of all and help Mango fight his Last Great Battle.
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
~ Author Unknown