The hearts of dogs
Shine through their
Deep seeing eyes
Here see the complicated Nova of a dog’s universe.
Atlas pierces this world with sky-colored eyes.
World order keeps swirling with the circling help of the herders
In this inner space dogs come who trail sweetness as they fly.
Dandelion covers his world with softness.
Snappy terrier eyes soar with laughter.
As this dog universe fades into another world, the older dogs lead the way.
The constellation of Bear chases his way to the edge.
Gentle Zeke guards all he knows .
And at the very edge, 8-Ball heads into his corner of this world slowly and carefully making his way to the end.
A long time dog owner, I have been fascinated by how much you can learn about a dog’s soul by looking at his eyes. All of these dogs, became my friends at dog parks. Where I could, I worked their names into the lines. Three of these dogs belong to the family either as grand puppy or as dog child. The last dog, 8-Ball, was mine for 14 1/2 years. He died yesterday after I had written those last lines the day before. For a moment I wondered if I had written him into death. But reality is he has been weakening for a long time. He loved the dog park and walked it with me slowly and carefully on his last full day of life. I wanted to post this as soon as a could. It represents months of photographing dogs with my iPhone 6 and 6s. Now may it be a memorial to all the dogs that are loved but gone. Janice Eskridge©2016