Over this past week my friend’s dog, Dakota, celebrated his 15th birthday while someone at work had to say goodbye to their dog, Niko. This got me thinking about how important it is that we see how all life matters. Dakota is not just a dog, but a part of my friend’s family and worthy to be celebrated! Niko was not just a dog, but a part of my co-worker’s family and worthy of a time of mourning and remembrance.
I wrote the following poem thinking about these two precious lives. Photos are included of each of them. (Dakota’s mom is a professional photographer).
A pet is not just a pet
But one of the best friends you’ll ever get
Your comforter, therapist, friend, & baby
A pet is so many things including family
They are worthy to be celebrated in a big way
To throw a huge party for on their birthday
Decorations, friends, photos, and cake
These are special memories that we make
Angels full of unconditional love
Each one is a gift from above
Their life is not to be minimized
But celebrated and recognized
When it comes time to say goodbye
With a broken heart all we do is cry
Part of the family we will never forget
So much more than just a pet
© LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling beings Too
We should all give our pets an extra hug & kiss today!