In Memoriam

Over the weekend, my son and his family lost their beloved little Marley dog. Marley, a tiny little Shih Tzu , was all of maybe 6-8 lbs. of fur. She looked liked a little black Ewok. A wee one but one who ruled big in their household and she kept her ‘brother’ Copper, a German Shorthair in line. Marley was always sweet to the grandkids who adored their little ‘pocket dog’ and grew up with them. She was 15 years old, hated the snows of Colorado but seemed to enjoy the last 3 years of her life in paradise on the Big Island. As a small offering of comfort to my son and his family, I post the following poem which seemed to be especially appropriate to share with my son and his family as well as all of you, as we all ponder the power our pets have in our lives.


I’m Still Here

Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.
(Author Unknown)

RIP sweet little Marley, with love and butt scratches to you.  We will miss you, little one.

Live, love, bark! ❤

41 thoughts on “In Memoriam

  1. Run A Muck Ranch

    May be a duplicate comment but the computer started acting weird when I hit post comment. Delete if duplicate!

    Very sorry for the loss of your grandpuppy, but very happy she was your family’s to lose. You and she were very lucky.

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  2. Run A Muck Ranch

    So sorry for the loss of your grandpuppy, but happy she was yours to lose?

    Wasn’t it you who sent me the words of wisdom from Winnie the Pooh? A wise bear indeed…

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  3. Anna

    So sorry to hear this news 😦 They must be heartbroken. Marley looks like quite the character … I just love how she sports those stylin little booties. Such a sweet poem, I do believe their energy continues to surround us. I hope that idea brings some comfort in this tough time.

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      Thank you, it was hard, but we all knew the end was near. She’d not been in great shape especially since Copper passed earlier this year. They buried her along side Copper at the base of the large palm tree in the yard and a lovely spot. ❤


  4. maxwellthedog

    So sad to hear this…I hate to press the “like” button on such a sad story but want to express support. Once the little ones wiggle into our hearts they never really depart and we carry their spirit and unique personalities with us always.

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  5. StraightArrow

    A wonderful tribute to a little guy that obviously brought much love to this world. Look at how it spreads even in the sadness of passing on. Lifted me up from over the bridge Marley.Thanks!
    Look up my buddy Einstein. You’ll like him. w

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  7. lapaylor

    Your son is kind to dogs too, no surprise. Dogs and any pet we bond with, have their own personalities that we always keep with us in memory. It is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. It’s the moments, the little memories of our connection with them that comfort and sadden us at the same time.

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  8. Fozziemum

    So sorry my friend..sweet Marley i know will be very missed..these old sweeties tug at your heart so badly..a beautiful tribute and please hug your family for me and send my heartfelt Bev xxxx ❤

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  9. Sis

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of their dear loved one. What a sweet way to honor her memory but with a poem so beautiful. You are a good gramma (kids and dogs love grammas)! 🙂

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  10. edgar62

    Having lost my own little dog recently I well understand how you feel. I still miss her but I was held up by the many messages of love and support from members of the WordPress Community. I read somewhere that each time a dog dies it leaves a little of its heart with you. I hope that is true because our dogs have such loving hearts and in this world we could do with more love and kindness.

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