...from The Knob Rock Rattler, Shell Knob, MO, April 24, 2013:
A Dog's Last Will and Testament
Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their horne and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I would ask...
To a poor and lonely stray l give:
My happy home.
My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
The lap which I loved so much.
The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
I will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in my human's heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So when I die please do not say,"I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead, go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give MY place to him.
This is the only thing I can give...the love I left behind.