An Ode to Maverick
I write this with a heavy heart,
We’ve lost my friend, so beautiful and smart.
Every day we came home to a wag and a smile.
He’d make a person stop and stay awhile.
For nearly thirteen years he’s been at our side,
I cannot pretend to make my sadness hide.
A ball, a shoe, a tube of toothpaste, a sock:
Maverick would eat anything, short of a rock.
He’d jump in a lake regardless of the weather.
He’d sneeze if you tickled his nose with a feather.
He was fluent in English and could damn near talk.
He would pout like a child if he didn’t get his walk.
The list of memories could go on all day.
He taught us to love and he taught us to play.
Our life was better for having had him in it.
We’re going to miss him, every single minute.
Go in peace, Mavdog, you are now free to run hard.
I promise not to fuss about the holes you left in my yard.
We loved you, will miss you, and thank you for your time.
You did your job well. You were a best friend of mine.