When You And I Became A We

This is a poem showing how much I appreciate my guide dog.

Golden fur,
Four big paws,
Two soft ears,
sixteen clippy-cloppy claws,
One cold, wet nose,
Two beautiful brown eyes,
One wagging tail,
That is forever hitting my thighs.

Beautiful you are,
From nose to tail,
Lovely you seem,
And you hardly ever fail
To prove your love,
Your trust, dedication and loyalty,
And four years ago,
You and I became a we.

A team,
A partnership,
A bond so strong,
When you stand beside me,
In harness so clean and bright,
Nothing seems wrong,
And all seems right.

Your bouncy ways when you get excited,
Your sulky face when I tell you “no!”
Your happiness when its food time,
And your dedication when I say, “Time to go!”
Your loyalty as you guide me,
Through the streets we both have learnt,
Your my eyes and my companion,
And no matter what life brings it will never hurt
So much if you are there,
Standing strong by my side,
Wagging tail at new friends,
Happy bounces at your four-legged ones.

Still a puppy at heart,
But a great mobility aid to me,
That is why I am grateful,
That four years ago you and I became a we.

Sitting to be stroked,
When you’re off duty and just a dog,
Head so proudly held you’d think you were
King of the hogs.
Drooling as we pet you,
Enjoying the attention and love,
A wonderful buddy you turned out to be,
Four years ago when you and I became a we.

We nicknamed you Lord Bailey,
As you give off that aristocratical air,
Your paws tucked in and your nose held high,
And sniff around with that superior glare.
Sleeping so peacefully,
In your many beds,
Curled up on the living room rug,
Or sprawled out on your cushion bed,
Jumping with joy as you get a weekly treat,
snacking on the ears of pigs because you’re not fond of the feet,
Chewing your bones so loudly,
So loud we have to turn up the TV,

Groaning at my feet when I’m studying,
You never seem in peace,
Twitching and running you go,
While you’re soundly asleep,
And yet hearing all these noises it makes me
Feel so much at ease.

I feel safe while you’re beside me,
You bark to warn of your fear,
You sit beside me when I laugh,
Nuzzle me when I have tears,
When you’re sick I’m beside you,
And it pains me to see you sad,
You’re a wonderful best friend/companion,
A bonny big old lad.

Some think you’re still in training,
Others think you’re old,
But I know what you are to me,
My furry friend with a heart of gold.
Sometimes you’re mischievous and have to be told off,
And sometimes you’re a crazy fool and make me want to laugh,
Others you just lay down calmly and quietly at my knees,
And I am so grateful four years ago,
You and I became a we.

You guide me through busy streets with ease,
Dodge all the lamposts and things,
You may sniff the odd bin or two,
But you’re a dog and I know dogs have needs.
You run free whenever we get chance,
And I love to see you play,
And in my heart I keep you safe,
For today and all days.
You stop at kerbs to warn me,
The road is just right there,
You wait to be told to cross,
And at “forward” you take me there,
You find the shops we need,
And sometimes you pretend you don’t hear,
I guess some shops you hate to be in,
And then others you would never fear,
You know where I like to go,
After us being together so long,
You know when you’ve been good or bad,
and you know when you’re right and when you’re wrong,
You trudge come rain or shine,
You plod on even when you’re tired and want to sleep,
But for all your help I am grateful,
Four years ago when you and I became a we.

A special dog you are,
Like so many others through this world,
Gifted to be patient, honest and true,
And put my safety on your list of things to do.
You ask for warmth, comfort, food, water and care,
And all you truly need other than that is
A cuddle or two here and there.
So calm and efficient yet
Still a crazy hound,
Your personality makes me love you so,
And want you to always stick around,
The bond we share so special,
Your company preferencial,
Your presence a comfort and so
My love is consequential.

So on this day when you became my eyes,
When officially you became my best friend,
I want you to know I appreciate all that you do,
And will until the very end,
So when others understand that bond,
Or see you the way I see,
Then they will surely know why I am grateful,
Four years ago when you and I became a We!


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