First Dog, Heart Dog

An ocean of tears
Still the sadness lingers
First dog, heart dog
Tender gentle one
Abby Rose, my greyhound girl
Departed life too soon
I look upward late
One very cold night
A heavenly gift
Sixty-seven shooting stars
Crisscross above
The biggest and the brightest
Arches sprightly across the sky
Directly over me
A very special visitor
Shows me now
She’s running free and happy
Finally I can smile
And I do

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This is an experience I had one extremely chilly night, standing out on the back deck watching shooting stars a few months after losing my beloved greyhound to an auto-immune disease when she was only five years old.


dog, greyhound, shooting stars

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 4 years ago

    How very touching and beautiful Dot, I am very sorry for your pain and loss.

    Thank you very much for sharing this with us, and posting it in our new Group.

    The Rainbow Bridge Group

  • Thank you so much Morag. I know you’ve had the same pain and loss. It’s incredible how much you can love and miss a pet. Love the new group! It is a great outlet for sharing those feelings. Thanks for the fav, too! Much appreciated.

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesover 4 years ago

    Thank you Dot, I hoped that people would like the idea of the new Group, and we intend to have a very active Forum. Please remember to post the news of Abby Rose’s Anniversary, so that we can do a feature.

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    It seems that a lot of our loves leave us at 5 years old. It was my Drummer first, and now my Brady. Way too young, but God knows best.

  • Oh, Barbara, I’m sorry for your loss. I know how much it hurts!

    – AuntDot

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaalmost 4 years ago

    We wish they’d live for a lifetime, along with us, but sadly that’s not the case! So sorry to hear about Abby Rose. Whether it’s1 year or 10 years, it never seems to be long enough does it? Wonderful poem.

  • Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on this poem. Abby was my heart dog and losing her is still painful after nine years.
    I was interested in your name. I was called Grandma (pronounced “Gyama” at first) when my first two grandchildren were born (they’re 14 &10), but when my next came along, her mom wanted me to be Nana. So now there are 4 grandkids (the youngest are 7 & 4 — I have 3 daughters, 2 with kids) and they call me GrandmaNana! LOL!
    I will come by and take a look at your portfolio. We seem to have a lot in common…

    – AuntDot

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, that’s funny! I am either referred to as “Grandma N” by my one daughter’s kids, or as “Nana” MN by my other daughter’s kids. The “grandma” used to be pronounced as “gahma” when the kids were younger and couldn’t pronounce it properly. So when I had to think of a username for my photo websites I just came up with the “Nanagahma” name, which I was used to hearing, although as separate names. It’s funny how we get named sometimes, either as we are growing up and kids give us nick names, or ones that we get at an older age from our own kids or grandkids. You are most welcome to view my photos, and I’ll have to come for a visit to your portfolio as well!

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    very beautiful poem and I am so very sorry for your loss…

  • Thank you so much for reading it, Catherine, and for your lovely comment.

    – AuntDot

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 1 year ago

    Dot I’m so sorry you lost your heart dog. this is such a beautiful tribute to her

  • Deepest thanks, Jane. It was a long time ago, but it feels like it could have been yesterday. She was so special.

    – AuntDot

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