Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gravy in Heaven

I just found out that Cub has gone to Heaven. I will miss him so. I wrote this poem for him.

There is Gravy in Heaven for Cub today
His suffering is over, his pain is all gone,
But the Lonely Place on the Sofa,
The Empty Bowl in the Kitchen,
the Sadness humans feel for dogs,
Weighs on their hearts like a Lead Blanket.
The Noble Brotherhood of Dogs
joins in mourning our fallen friend
But we know, we know, we who dwell
Only for a Short Time here on earth
The Joys that wait for us above

Dear Typist, and Alpha, and Boy,
You made Cub's life a Dog's Delight
We Love you all. God's Comfort come
and help to fill the loss you feel
But soon we all will Meet again
United at the Rainbow Bridge
No sadness, sorrow anymore
And there will be Rejoicing Much
And Gravy, surely, evermore
For all of us in Heaven


FranIAm said...

Oh Grendel - this is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog.

DogBlogger said...

Yes, gravy for everyone.

Thank you, Grendel.

The Alpha, The Typist, and The Boy

Tiria the Shadow Princess said...

Could I have tuna juice instead??? That's a kind of fish gravy that kittehs like the bestest!

I liked your poem and I will miss Cub too...

The Shadow Princess

Grendel said...


In heaven you can have anything you want.

Tuna Juice it is!!!

Paul said...

That is a beautiful tribute and a lovely poem, Grendel.

Diane said...


Lindy and Rowan said...

This is a lovely tribute to your friend. You are a blessing to all who know you Grendel. Thank you for helping us express our grief.

Lindy said...

Hi Grendel,

I just stopped by to give you a virtual belly rub. I hope you're getting enough gravy!


Wormwood's Doxy said...

Grendel, dear---I need an update before your mom goes on vacation. I'm having Grendel Withdrawal!


DogBlogger said...

I'm having Grendel withdrawal, too.

I started a new blog so Cub's could stay untouched. The new one is Dog and God. Love, The Typist

Richard White said...

I was googling "my dog grendel" on a whim, and found this site.

Here is my eulogy to my dog, Grendel:

In Honor of a Dog Called Grendel Upon the Occasion of Her Death
October 7, 1999

When I alone, despondent, ponder the fate
Of those departed creatures whose lives I was
Privileged to share, I can but hope
That their lives were equally enriched.

I know that dogs can love.

My companion of 19 years yesterday I laid to rest.
In a hole beneath a towering pine swept by the breeze,
She returned to the Earth from which she came.
A cairn of rocks fixes her remains in place.

I know she is now at peace.

We shared walks in the desert, camped in Mexico
And found whale skulls on the beach.
She walked always by my side, contented.

That dog was my friend.

One year ago, she lost her freedom
To wander wherever she would.
Her will was not bent and her spirit stayed sharp.
Her eyes still held love for me, and for food.

I know that dogs can smile.

But then the shine was gone;
She endured each day with an infinite sadness.
She knew she was ready to leave,
Waiting only for me to accept the inevitable.

I know that dogs understand.

We talked often those last few months.
I thought I was telling her it was ok to leave;
But all the while she was telling me it was time to go.

She taught me how to say goodbye.

I held her in my arms when the time came,
As she drifted off to sleep, never to awake.
Her peaceful face told me I had done the right thing.

I know that dog was loved.

When I alone, despondent, ponder the fate
Of those departed creatures whose lives I was
Privileged to share, I can but hope
That their lives were equally enriched.

I am honored to have known her.