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  Ode To Champ
by William Bonilla
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Ode to champ

Poor Champ
Ten human years old
I think he's arthritic
slowing down more each day
Descending stairs
Has become quite a chore
Slow and gingerly
Where once upon a time
He ran down eagerly.

Now he sits next to me
Remembering days of old
As he snores, his front paw
Are in motion
His tail waggling uncontrollably
as they were once when running
In those fertile green fields
Of his Elysium
As he dreams
Of his yesterday's.

He is my son's pet
Old yellow kind of Retriever
I see him a few times year
For I am not from around here.

Here I try to spend time
With him
Take him for long walks
So he may exercise
His weary bones
And I to reboot my thoughts.

Poor Champ
He's getting old
Ten human years now.

By: William Bonilla

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Reviewed by Edward Phillips
Dogs at a minimum teach us first about love, then about loyalty, and finally how to die with dignity. Champ sounds like a great teacher. Super write.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
A fine Ode to Champ. I have a few old and arthritic dogs myself right now, and like us when we get old, they appreciate a little kindness, compassion, and companionship.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack
Poor Champ probably does not feel poor when he is with you, he probably feels inside that he is a puppy give him hope & as they say, hope springs eternal...-e-
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci
What a touching poem! Champ needs you there right now. Funny how life puts us where we belong at the right time.

Love ya!

Reviewed by George Carroll
Having had a number of dogs over time it is truly sad when age catches up with them as it has with me.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
Very sweet, alas our canine friends get old faster than we do.

But I can relate the stair part, both descending and ascending.

old bones make for slow movement. I do snore too, but I don't think I wag my tail.


Reviewed by m j hollingshead

thought provoking read

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Our pets (I know he isn't yours) takes us by the heart very early on and when the end nears they also touch our hearts in a sadness unparallelled.
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