Circle dance with eternal joy; ever so very high.
Flap your golden ears; for now you can truly fly.
Evenings of prayer; I carefully searched endless skies.
Bright stars of wonder are now where your soul abides.
Angel of mercy, gracing beautiful heavens above;
Run, jump, frolic, while shrouded in white love.
Precious, gentle soul you will always embrace me.
Forever you’re caught in my heart as meant to be.
Never will I forget the joy you brought to this Earth.
Now in blissful peace, you’ve become a new birth.
Cloud formations hover enchantingly in vast blue skies.
Could these be your paw prints left behind for my eyes?
When you passed, I cried painfully and felt much denied.
Oddly, a tiny golden bird appeared, much to my surprise.
Hopping, flying, and fluttering from tree to bush to tree,
Bereft in my tears, it was the only thing distracting me.
World so terribly shaken; my heart was vigorously torn apart;
Now I look back as that golden bird deeply touched my heart.
After several weeks passed, this special little bird had left me.
It stayed in my yard till tears had dried and I could finally see.
No prophet, no seer, yet I believe our souls never truly die.
This is why I continuously look for your paw prints in the sky.
I believe you, we, me and golden bird happened; all meant to be.
Always and forever, your unconditional love enfolds within me.
So circle dance sweet puppy and take joy in God’s rest.
Even though I miss you terribly, God’s plan is the best.
Someday we’ll all be together wondering why oh why.
We ever doubted your passing and felt the need to cry.
A final note: As Stevey (another Cocker Spaniel who was rescued and who we came to adopt two months after Stedman’s passing) and I were sitting outside one sunny afternoon, a little yellow bird (yes, the same type of bird as before) flew down and landed on a chair about five feet away from me. Very quickly, it first looked at me and then Stevey, who was sitting close by. It then immediately flew away. Not surprisingly, I still have yet to identify this little yellow bird. I have searched the Internet and looked through books including The National Geographic, Audubon, Sibley and others. The closest match that I could find is a bird that lives in South America.