It was first published in my book, Mama Pajama Tells A Story, 2nd edition
© 2007 Patience C Renzulli and I gave myself permission to reprint it here.
How do I tell this little dog that the love she gave me will be forever treasured?
How do I thank this little dog for teaching me lessons in cheerfulness and optimism despite having been treated so badly by people in her past?
How have I fallen so in love with this brave good soul in just six short weeks?
How, oh how do I reassure her? She has given so freely of her love from the first moment, but her trust, that has been much slower, and is just starting to emerge. And here, as she starts to trust me, I will disappear from her life.
How do I tell this little dog, as I place her in a stranger's arms, that I have done everything in my power to make sure that this home is the absolute best possible for her. Better than my own arms.
That she will be treasured, protected, loved. That this home is everything I prayed for, and even more.
How do I turn away from her questioning eyes? Those deep, loving eyes that won't understand how I could be leaving her with strangers?
She's been through so much...
How do I tell her thank you?
How do I tell her goodbye?
© 2007 Patience C Renzulli, all rights reserved
illustration © William F Renzulli, all rights reserved