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THE POWER OF THE DOG

 

Rudyard Kipling

 

There is sorrow enough in the natural way

From men and women to fill our day;

But when we are certain of sorrow in store,

Why do we always arrange for more?

Brothers and sisters I bid you beware

Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

 

Buy a pup and your money will buy

Love unflinching that cannot lie --

Perfect passion and worship fed

By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.

Nevertheless it is hardly fair

To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

 

When the fourteen years that nature permits

Are closing in asthma or tumors or fits

And the vet's unspoken prescription runs

To lethal chambers, or loaded guns.

Then you will find--its your own affair

But--you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

 

When the body that lived at your single will

When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!)

When the spirit that answered your every mood

Is gone -- wherever it goes -- for good,

You still discover how much you care

And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

 

We've sorrow enough in the natural way

When it comes to burying Christian clay.

Our loves are not given, but only lent,

At compound interest of cent per cent.

Though it is not always the case, I believe,

That the longer we've kept 'em the more do we grieve;

For when debts are payable, right or wrong,

A short time loan is as bad as a long --

So why in Heaven (before we are there)

Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Guinness aus Lühlsbusch

Guinness aus Lühlsbusch

(2004-2017)

Olive aus Lühlsbusch

Olive aus Lühlsbusch

(1998-2012)

Sesam aus Lühlsbusch

Sesam aus Lühlsbusch

(2000-2009)

Ronja aus Lühlsbusch

Ronja aus Lühlsbusch

(1989-2004)

CH Sallustus Brandy Smash

CH Sallustus Brandy Smash

(1994-2001)

CH Charway Sea Beaver

CH Charway Sea Beaver

(1985-2000)

Lawnwoods Camilot - Chocolate Yenny - CH Floral Dance at Lawnwood

Lawnwoods Camilot - Chocolate Yenny - CH Floral Dance at Lawnwood

Yuhle aus Lühlsbusch

Yuhle aus Lühlsbusch

(2002-2015)

Buddy aus Lühlsbusch

Buddy aus Lühlsbusch

(2003-2012)

Int Ch VDH Ch Warringah's Cobb

Int Ch VDH Ch Warringah's Cobb

(1997-2009)

Kraft's Biene

Kraft's Biene

(1994-2004)

CH Lawnwoods Towntalk

CH Lawnwoods Towntalk

(1986-1999)

Chrystal of Pittlea (Foxy)

Chrystal of Pittlea (Foxy)

(1987-1990)

CH Grog vom Keien Fenn

CH Grog vom Keien Fenn

(1977-1989)

Cappuccina aus Lühlsbusch

Cappuccina aus Lühlsbusch

(2003-2015)

Nessie aus Lühlsbusch

Nessie aus Lühlsbusch

(1998-2012)

Gaia aus Lühlsbusch

Gaia aus Lühlsbusch

(1995-2007)

Yenny aus Lühlsbusch

Yenny aus Lühlsbusch

(1993-2003)

CH Charway Blackjack

CH Charway Blackjack

(1987-1998)

Lawnwoods Camilot

Lawnwoods Camilot

(1981-1992)

Tim aus Lühlsbusch

Tim aus Lühlsbusch

(2000-2014)

Qora aus Lühlsbusch

Qora aus Lühlsbusch

(1999-2013)

Jaffa aus Lühlsbusch

Jaffa aus Lühlsbusch

(1996-2011)

CH Franz-Josef aus Lühlsbusch

CH Franz-Josef aus Lühlsbusch

(1995-2005)

Anna von der Femeiche

Anna von der Femeiche

(1991-2003)

Leika vom Scherfeder Wald

Leika vom Scherfeder Wald

(1991-1994)

CH Lawnwoods Wish Me Luck & CH Floral Dance at Lawnwood

CH Lawnwoods Wish Me Luck & CH Floral Dance at Lawnwood

(1983 -1997)