by OPOVV, ©2019
We have learned that during the past 12 years the two were never apart, not even for a night.
The Talking Dog was a female Finnish Spits, weighed 31 lbs., was an emotional support canine and was adopted from the Humane Society. She was a best friend and will surely be missed. She requested that the following song be played at her wake:
“Climb Every Mountain” (2:09)
The Vietnam Veteran’s only request is that the next time you hear Taps (2:11), please give homage to our fallen heroes, of whom the Talking Dog was one.
A period of mourning will be respected by ‘Pulse.’
“Farewell! If Ever Fondest Prayer” – Poem by George Gordon Byron
Farewell! if ever fondest prayer
For other’s weal avail’d on high,
Mine will not all be lost in air,
But waft thy name beyond the sky.
Twere vain to speak, to weep, to sigh:
Oh! more than tears of blood can tell,
When wrung from guilt’s expiring eye,
Are in that word–Farewell!–Farewell!
These lips are mute, these eyes are dry;
But in my breast and in my brain,
Awake the pangs that pass not by,
The thought that ne’er shall sleep again.
My soul nor deigns nor dares complain
Though grief and passion there rebel;
I only know we loved in vain–
I only feel–Farewell!–Farewell!
“Sayonara*” (2:18), Ginger.
[*Sayonara: an especially poignant song because she did like those walks in the woods and on nature trails.]