Remembering Free, with Love
This is Free in her element. Resting in between swims along the river. Free was my companion, a loved family member, my son’s best buddy and the greatest teacher in life I’ve ever known. I loved Free and I will always miss her.
I AM FREE
I once had four legs with webbed paws.
I swam in rivers, lakes, ponds and the ocean.
I plopped down in big ‘ol dirty mud puddles too.
I absolutely loved water!
I fetched sticks and balls
and anything my human friends would throw for me.
I loved it on earth!
I had a great human mom and a
terrific big brother to play with me.
I went camping and traveled around the country
with my human family.
We had lots of fun!
I loved them very much and they loved me too.
I once ran so fast into a stick
that I had to have surgery.
I was very enthusiastic about fetching!
I swam in nearly every river in the southeastern
I camped in most national forests.
I went all the way to New Mexico
and once lived on a horse farm in Texas.
I did lots of fun things during my life on earth.
I totally digged food and raw meat bones!
I ate all sorts of things that my human family
thought I shouldn’t have.
I once ate an entire bag of Halloween candy.
Chocolate, caramel, suckers, chewing gum,
even the paper.
I liked everything in the bag
except for the very hot red balls.
I tried each one but they were no fun.
I was a very good girl
but I did steal toys from neighbors.
I was kind of spoiled
and as I got older I didn’t care much
for other four-leggeds in my territory.
I did like one in particular.
I loved visiting her
and running in her grass.
She lived on a farm
at my human aunt’s house,
so I guess we were first
cousins through human relation.
I lived on earth almost 13 years.
That’s almost 90 human years!
I enjoyed my life and loved my family
I will tell of that
and our wonderful years together.
I want my human family to remember our fun times.
I want them happy when they think of me.
I am Free.
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