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Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Too short the time

At 3:50 PM today Belle left to go wait at the Rainbow Bridge. It was a quiet, gentle passing and she knew she had my permission to go. I let her know her duties to me were done and it was now my time to do the best thing for her. I spent a quiet time before we left for the vet’s just holding her and she was pretty much asleep. When she didn’t try to get up for a late lunch that was the last sign I needed.

We had some quality time yesterday, a little bit of walking and her treats but she was very weak and confused today from early morning and I read in her little eyes that it was time. I would not make her struggle and suffer any longer, so it is done. Her memory will be precious to me forever and a part of her will be an unseen shadow at my side for the rest of my days. She left knowing she is loved and always will be and that is what matters. Do not weep for us; we are still together in many ways but her pain and difficulties are now over. Rojito is here to comfort me and in time a new Aussie girl—I am partial to girls—will come into our world. Go in peace, ma Belle, and may the Doggie Deity welcome you and hold you in loving arms for me.

I will remember her as in these pictures, the first and the last I have of her and with the little ID tag in the shape of a red heart that I got for her which I will now wear in her memory. She was a very special little fur girl and a dog of my heart.

It is rough yet but I did write a verse for her which I will share. Excuse the ragged rhythm and such; I will polish it later but the spirit is there.

Farewell to Belle

Too soon it ends, the time we share.
Yet I will know you still are there.
An unseen shadow at my side,
A nudge, a lick and you will ride
On many trips that I must make
And many walks that I will take
Even while you wait for me
To join you at The Bridge and be
Again a pair and partners true--
My heart will hold a place for you.

Burn’s "sauncy face" was truly yours
And loving memory ere endures.
The mismatched eyes and tender nose;
The piebald hues and twinkling toes.
Again you will be young and strong,
Agile, quick and nothing wrong
To slow your body and your mind—
That’s why you must leave me behind
But only for a little while—
We’ll share again in perfect style.


  1. So sorry I waited so long to post in here, old friend. I knew you'd have pictures of Belle up and couldn't bear to see them. You know my thoughts - we spoke on the phone. I am so very, very sorry!!!
    Huge (((HUGS))) and much, much love!!!

  2. And she will be there to greet you one day...at that beautiful place called the Rainbow Bridge. My wee little girl paid me a visit today in the kitchen, one of her favorite places. She has been gone six years, but she showed up today. The veil is thin for sure.
    Sending you hugs from afar...

  3. Such a beautiful poem and tribute to Belle!

  4. Beautiful words from a beautiful soul. Sorry for your lose, but to know it's temporary offers some solace. I was so touched by your emotions. Love you!