The photo above is a picture of Neka’s Garden when it was completed in June. The poem below is one I wrote shortly after, in her memory. I revealed it for the first time at her memorial dedication in September.
I hope you like it. It’s called:
Into Canine Paradise
Into Canine Paradise,
long before your time.
Your stay with me was far to short,
the sorrow now is mine.
You gave your love, companionship
and never stopped to judge.
Friendship given to man and beast,
you never held a grudge.
You fixed my heart once broken,
when another passed away.
You gave me strength and courage
to go on another day!
Our bond grew strong through life and love,
both learned respect and trust.
You taught me that there’s more to life,
you showed me fun’s a must.
You came so far so quickly,
you helped man and dogs in need.
You volunteered to visit sick
and truly helped indeed.
Although you never cared for hugs
you always gave them out.
Especially to the little ones
when they came over to hang out!
I’ll remember you forever,
you’re always in my heart.
Any dog who crosses my path,
will know of your friendly bark!
Until forever day arrives,
when we meet again that day.
Just hang around the bridge up there,
Enjoying new friends at play.
By Michael Albee – Copyright 2011