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Grow Old With Dogs

Grow Old with Dogs

When I am old....
I will wear soft grey sweatshirts,
and a bandanna over my silver hair,
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.

I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen to my dogs breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run,
if my old bones will allow.

When people come to call......
I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs......
and talk of them and about them;
the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved today.

I will still work hard cleaning after them, mopping and feeding them and whispering their names in a soft loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a jewel
and I will be an embarrassment to all...especially my family....
who have not yet found the peace in being free to have dogs as your very best friends.

These friends who will always wait at any hour,
for your footfall....
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a God.

With warm eyes full of adoring love
and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks.....
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads......
and whisper in their very special company.

I look in the Mirror...... ..And see I am getting old.
This is the kind of person I am and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy, they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives.

When I am old, this will be important to me.
You will understand when you grow old......
if you have dogs to love too.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 23rd, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Love this.
Nov. 23rd, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous (says the woman who is getting old).
Nov. 23rd, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
That is INCREDIBLE. Do you know the writer? I would like to post it on my FB.

Just looked it up and it says Author Unknown. What a shame.

Edited at 2013-11-23 07:39 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful.
Nov. 23rd, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. This will be me when I am an old widow.
Nov. 24th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Right? Especially the "spend my check on wine and my dogs" and "an embarrassment to my family". I love it <3
(I think this is me already actually, oops! ;)
Nov. 24th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
It used to be a sore spot for me, that my folks were so embarrassed by me and my crazy house of animals, but as I have gotten older, I wear it like a badge of pride. Somehow, it makes me feel like I must be doing things right. :)
I am right there with you... if this piece said "animals" instead of dogs I would think it was me now. I see myself when I am older not being spry enough to muck coops or clean cages or carry frozen water buckets around, so I envision myself with a houseful of Dobies to compensate. haha
Nov. 23rd, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. :)
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Nov. 24th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
I saw it on Facebook. I looked up the author on google but it says unknown.
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