In Loving Memory of Casper

It is with a heavy heart that I am letting you know that Casper went to the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. He had not been doing well since Monday night and by Wednesday he could not stand or go outside by himself. When we did carry him outside, he just laid down in the snow. We took him to the vet and he had alot of pain in his abdomen. The vet suspected cancer due to feeling a mass in his abdomen. Steve and I decided it was best for Casper to be put down. We miss him terribly, especially Steve as Casper was "my old friend". Wherever Steve was, there you would find Casper either curled up in a chair in the computer room next to Steve or snuggled on the sofa with him. We loved this boy so much and we feel that the last 5.5 years of his life were happy for him. He loved to play ball, sprinklers, long walks, and just snuggling with us.

Remember, Deanna, when you and I met at Walmart in November of 2002, for you to take him to his new home. We had fostered Casper for 3 months and had grown very attached to him. I cried like a baby and you told me "We are calling Carole and you are keeping him". We already had two dogs and I thought it best that he go to a new forever home. Little did we know that he would be back in our home in a week's time and we would be his new forever home !!! My kids were so excited when I snuck him back into the house and surprised them with Casper. Our granddaughter, Brileigh, is going to miss Casper also, She loved him so and he was so great with her as you will see from the pictures attached. The hardest thing will be that she will not understand where he is. She fed the dogs whenever she was at our house and will not understand why Casper's dish is no longer there.

Casper, you're in our hearts forever!


When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
(Author Unknown)

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
The sun will rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,  Remembering how I'd lay my head
In your lap that special way.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me.
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And petted me with her hand.
She said my place was ready,
In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But, as I turned to heel away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life I never thought
That I would have to die.

I had so much to live for,
So many sits and downs to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought about our lives together,
I know you must be sad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
Remember how I'd nudge your hand,
And poke you with my nose?
The frisbee I would gladly chase,
The bad guy, I'd "bark and hold".

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I'd wag my tail and kiss you,
Just so I could see you smile.
But, then I fully realized,
That this could never be;
For emptiness and memories
Will take the place of me.
And when I thought of treats and toys,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you and when I did,
My dog-heart filled with sorrow.

But then I walked through Heaven's gate,
And felt so much at home;
As God looked down and smiled at me,
From His beautiful golden throne.

He said, "This is eternity,
And now we welcome you,
Today your life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last;
For you see, each day's the same day,
There's no longing for the past.
Now you have been so faithful,
So trusting, loyal and true;
Though there were times you did things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But good dogs are forgiven,
And now at last you're free;
So won't you sit here by my side,
And wait right here with me?"

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart.
For every time you think of me,
I'm right there, in your heart.

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