I found this poem, and it almost made me cry because it reminds me so much off my dog Benji who was put to sleep last December. I am going to print this poem and frame it with his picture. I rescued his from the pound and owned him 15 years.He was the best dog and friend I ever had... THE LAST GOODBYES As soon as you hold them in your arms And say your last goodbyes, Look close into the fading light, that flickers in their eyes. They are not afraid because they know when a sparrow falls she falls into the hands of God all creatures great and small Remember when you found your pet abandoned, frightened, so alone shivering at your side you gave comfort and shared the warmth of your home As the years passed, they were with you through every joy and sorrow Always at your side until one day you knew there would be no more tomorrows You sigh and think never again will I give my heart it hurts too much to grieve when you have to part But there are so many animals that have no place to go who are longing for someone just like you to love and call their own They don't live as long as humans do this too is part of God's plan for animals are God's angels to be there for you when he can't God's gift is that you can love many when your pet has time for only one you can give love and happiness to the strays who without you would have none So lay your friends to rest lift up your hearts dry your tears for it's told death is but apassage into the hands of God through the gates of gold Somewhere others need you in shelters or wandering the streets they want nothing more from life than to lay at your feet It is time to give another life the love only you can give we are the caretakers of God's creatures for not to love is not to live.