Bette, My Sweet Pea

Today is National Dog Day and so I decided to write a poem about a dog I once had. I could have written a poem about my current dog, but I’ve already written several about him, such has this one and this one. But I don’t think I’ve ever written about Bette, the cocker spaniel I had for 18 years.

Bette, My Sweet Pea

Bette was the cutest little sweet pea
a friendly and curious puppy
but life started out a little rough for her
when she lost an eye due to curiosity

Being a one-eye dog didn’t slow her down
though it did cause her to run into the bottom step
if she was running at a good clip
to get into the house ahead of Bogart

She wasn’t much for fetch, would never bring the ball back
but she did love a good game of tug-o-war
and hiding the tennis ball from Bo
and swimming in the lake or wading in a stream

She lived eighteen long years
that were far too short as far as I’m concerned
and I miss her reddish blond mug and floppy ears,
I miss her cute wagging stub of a tail each and every day

I remember the day I knew without a doubt
she couldn’t go one more step, one more day
She’d been missing Bo for quite some time
and that stupid new kitten Tom made her life a struggle

The pain in her face, in her whine
was more than I could take that day
so I did what had to be done
impossible though it was to imagine life without her

The vet was so understanding and gentle
and the change in her countenance from agony
to complete peace and rest
made the impossible almost tolerable

Afterwards I asked God why
Why didn’t He just take her in her sleep
so I wouldn’t have to make the decision to let her go
“Because then she would have been alone,” He said to my aching heart

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1/8/16 update: Shared for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub. Head over and check out some other great poetry.

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7 responses to “Bette, My Sweet Pea

  1. Oh, this is such a touching poem. Sad but true…God would not have wanted her to be alone! But definitely hard on the owner.

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  2. A wonderful ode to a long time friend.

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  3. whaf a wonderful life she seemed to have, and to be able to part with life in company sounds wonderful…

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  4. “Because then she would have been alone,” He said to my aching heart

    — that wins my heart.

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  5. This is so touching Linda ~

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  6. SMiLes..
    Kindest
    prayer
    is compassion
    for Living.. Kindest
    action is reducing
    pain
    and
    Suffering..:)

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  7. It’s so hard when we lose our beloved pets. Sounds like Bette had a nice, long life with a most devoted partner. The ending was so sweet.

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