Dog’s Last Will – Eugene O’Neal

April 16th, 2011 / Comments 1

The following was left as a comment on my post about Rosie.  It  touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you all.

Excerpts from: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF AN EXTREMELY DISTINGUISHED DOG                    by Eugene O’Neil

“I ask my Master and Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to them in time of sorrow, and a reason for added joy in their happiness.

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It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause them pain. Let them remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life (and this I owe to their love and care for me)… it is time I said good-bye, before I become too sick a burden on myself and on those who love me. It will be sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to die. Dogs do not fear death as people do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life.

What may come after death, who knows? I would like to believe with those my fellow canines, that there is a Paradise where one is always young and full-bladdered; where all the day one dillies and dallies with an amorous multitude… where jack rabbits that run fast but not too fast are as the sands of the desert; where each blissful hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are a million fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and blinks into the flames and nods and dreams, remembering the old brave days on earth, and the love of one’s Master and Mistress.

One last word of farewell dear Master and Mistress,

Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my happy life with you:

“Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved.”

No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.”

Save us a place, Rosie.


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