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A Thousand Tears . . . Song For A Magical-Dawg

by | Sep 20, 2017 | Dog Training & Care | 23 comments

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Magic von Fernheim: 7/24/06–9/19/17

A Thousand Tears — Song For A Magical-Dawg

A thousand tears I shed each night
Since Magic left that bitter day,
He took away a special light
And turned my world to gray.

We knew a gift that shined so bright
Would burn too fast and go away
More quickly than is ever right
Yet still we loved, and now we pay.

Swift sweet joy, condensed delight,
Great love is magnified that way.
The years sped by, we couldn’t fight
The deal we made, we had no say.

If we could, you know we’d fight
To keep him here just one more day.
Because we loved with all our might
We let him go, his wish obey’d.

In time the tears I shed each night
Will shimmer bright, I pray.
For all who mourn love out of sight
Sweet memory holds sway.

A thousand tears I shed each night
Since Magic left that bitter day.
But in each tear, his special light
Shines rainbows, washing grief away.

(music to come. . . for a Very Good-Dog who touched the world)

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  1. Donna

    Amy thank you for the heartfelt tribute to your sweet Magic. I said a tearful goodbye to my 12 year old cat Jingles. He died in my arms with my tears on his head. I took him and allowed my other 2 cats to say goodbye. My sweet dog Rosie licked his face. I am now just trying to remember all the good memories and help my other fur babies to adjust to our home without our Jingles.

    • Amy Shojai

      Oh Donna, I’m so very sorry for your loss. The happy memories sustain us.

  2. FiveSibesMom

    I am so very sorry…my heart just breaks for you. Having lost my beloved Gibson shortly before Christmas 2015, I’m in tears reading this and my heart reaches out to you in your sorrow… Magic was such a beautiful baby…I pray one day his beautiful memories will push out the pain and fill your heart only with his love and memories of cherished times spent together. This was such a touching and beautiful tribute. Sending you hugs…

  3. Tricia Northcut

    I am so sorry for your loss, Amy. Your poem is so beautiful, it made me cry. I know how you feel since we lost our 9 year old Brussells Griffon mix, Abby, in May this year to heart disease. My husband and I and our Yorkie, Rudy, are still grieving. Abby and Rudy were very close, so it was very hard on him too.

  4. Kathy Lafreniere

    April 2016 I lost my little female. Then this past June I lost her cousin he was 14 I still have his son who is 12. It always amazes me how big of a hole “just a dog” can leave in your heart, your life and the force or whatever you call it.

    The time has come 

    Five o’clock has come and gone
    Not one note of the starving dog song

    Not a whine or nails scraping down my pants
    I stand alone staring at my plants

    They need to be moved into the sun
    Where they dance in the breeze with so much fun

    But now I have too much sorrow
    Maybe I will move them tomorrow

    The boys just walk and stare
    They know she is not there 

    They sniffed their last good bye
    As her bark floated to the sky

    They were solemn for the day
    Nothing they could do or say

    They knew she was sick
    It was nothing that could be fixed

    I could picture her running and prancing over the ridge
    She is headed for the rainbow bridge

    We will all meet her there 
    A marvelous  family gathering affair 

    Ki Aug 27, 2000 – April 9, 2016

  5. Gail

    Only people who truly love their pets can understand your loss. I am so sorry to hear your news. Just remember all the good times and love that you shared.

  6. Gail Parker

    A wonderful beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing this . Sending cyber hugs to you at such a sad time.

  7. Gillian Salling

    What a beautiful tribute to a Magical-Dawg, Amy! This puppy took his first magical breaths in my hands at 9:48 a.m. on 07/24/2017 and he weighed only 14.9 oz.! By 50 days old at his first vet check he was the largest of the litter of 9 pups weighing in at 9 b. 9 oz. and when you picked him up he was 11 lbs.! So he was ready to fill your house with the energy and joy that he had been building and he flourished with your love. Thanks again for giving him such a wonderful life and may the fun memories of him stay with you the rest of your life.

    Gill Salling, Fernheim German Shepherds

    • Amy Shojai

      Thank you Gill, you blessed us with sharing this doggy soul with us. Can never thank you enough. I still have his tiny collar–and a copy of his temperament test you gave us (he wouldn’t stop playing fetch even at 8 weeks!). The outpouring of support for this special boy has been overwhelming, just showing what a great difference the right paw-start in life makes.

      • Gillian Salling

        I noticed when I read your reply that I had put this year’s date for Magic’s birth year but of course, it was 2006! He had over 11 years of a fun-filled life and will be sorely missed by us all.

  8. Beth (@dailydogtag)

    What a beautiful and heartfelt poem. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  9. Dakota/Caren/Cody

    Oh Amy No!!! I am devastated, simply devastated. I wish I were there to give you a hug. I know how much you loved Magic. He was such a sweet baby, your poem is just beautiful. My heart is just breaking for you. (((hugs))) xoxoxo

  10. Robin

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I had no idea he wasn’t well. Magic was a very special guy. He will live on forever in all he has inspired you to do. My heart is breaking for you. Sending you purrs and prayers as you heal. *hugs*

  11. Mary McCauley

    I am sad. too. What can I say. Sweet memories do come. We chose to love–is it a gift from God. I think so. Blessings and prayers for you and your loved ones.

  12. Jean Babbage

    Hugs…just lots of hugs.

  13. Marilyn Andrews

    Oh Amy…I don’t know you, but your piece on the noon news made me cry today. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my little 17 years old dachshund this past Saturday, and I have cried a river. I am so glad you talked about losing pets on the news today because some people just don’t understand that our pets are truly family members. When you mentioned that the loss brings back milestones, it was so true as my little dog was so connected to my husband who passed away last year. Be strong and remember all those good times; that’s what I’m trying to do with my little Gracie. Hugs to you. Marilyn Andrews

    • Amy Shojai

      Oh Marilyn, your note means the world to me. I knew I had to speak about this, for dogs like Magic and your Gracie, and people who love their pets. I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you, as well. amy

  14. Angela R McGill

    I am so sorry for your loss. May your sweet boy free over the rainbow bridge to be with all of our fur babies where there’s only love, joy and lots of treats.

  15. Melissa Lapierre

    Absolutely beautiful, Amy. I’m so sorry for the loss of your special boy.

  16. Diane Carter

    I am so very sorry to hear that, I understand the poem from losing my own girl several years ago and despite other fur babies in my life, none could take the place of her. She was my soul mate for sure. The memories you have will bring many smiles back to you and stories you tell of him will bring him close each time … sending many hugs to you xx

  17. Karyl

    WHAT???? WHEN??? 🙁 *runs to dig through Facebook and offers a thousand hugs in the meantime*



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