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In Memory of Oreo (Sept 2009) | by Donna Mulholland
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In Memory of Oreo (Sept 2009)

The Best Place to Bury a Dog


"There is one best place to bury a dog.

"If you bury him in this spot, he will

come to you when you call - come to you

over the grim, dim frontier of death,

and down the well-remembered path,

and to your side again.


"And though you call a dozen living

dogs to heel, they shall not growl at

him, nor resent his coming,

for he belongs there.


"People may scoff at you, who see

no lightest blade of grass bent by his

footfall, who hear no whimper, people

who may never really have had a dog.

Smile at them, for you shall know

something that is hidden from them,

and which is well worth the knowing.


"The one best place to bury a good

dog is in the heart of his master."


--- Ben Hur Lampman ---

from the Portland Oregonian Sept. 11, 1925


Watercolor on 9 by 12" Arches cold press.


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Taken on September 3, 2009