Copper was by our side through joy and laughter, anger and frustration, and sadness and loss. She was always unselfish, aiming to please. She celebrated our joy and comforted us in times of pain or sorrow.
We said our farewells to Copper January 17th, 2011 with a lot of heartache and tears (the tears run down my cheeks once again as I write), but many sweet memories.
I would like to honor and memorialize Copper by expressing just how much we can learn from our pets. Above all, unconditional love. I have known dogs that have been accidentally hit by their owner's cars, caught in slammed doors, and simply neglected in any number of ways, yet they continue to greet us with wagging tails. They love us purely with all of our faults and don't concern themselves with how we look, how successful we are, or how many times we have forgotten to walk or feed them at the proper time. Dogs are a reminder for us to to embrace joy and let go of any grudges, judgement and fear in our lives.
I would like to close with a beautiful poem I found on line.
Heaven's Doggy Door My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head
As I cradled him in my arms,
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And Oh...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge,
With an intense "I love you" gaze,
Only a heart that's filled with tears
Remembering our joy-filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
God also loves our canine friends,
He's installed a doggy door!"
— Jan Cooper