Four Feet in Heaven
Your favorite chair is empty now,
no eager barks to greet me.
No softly padded paws to run,
ecstatically to meet me.
No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
will say it's time for feeding.
I've put away your bowl
and all the things you won't be needing.
But I will miss you, my friend,
for I could never measure
the happiness you brought me,
the comfort and the pleasure.
And since God put you here to share
in earthly joy and sorrow,
I'm sure there'll be a place for you
in Heaven's bright tomorrow!
--Alice E. Chase