Background: When I first met Joe-E, my mother-in-law’s Chow mix, he didn’t want anything to do with me. It took him a year and a half to fully warm up to me. This past Sunday, the family put his 13-year-old body to rest. My husband’s family took the event fairly hard, as Joe-E had been with them since puppy months. As I couldn’t attend due to circumstances with Duke, the following is my farewell and tribute to the redhead devil dog with the lovable, crazy eyes.

Adopted. 2003.

Ball of fur
So red and bright
With crazy eyes
Full of love and fight

Such ferocious teeth
Shown to strangers
Even the mailman
Feared the slightest danger

With a love for the bench
And a game of tug-o-war
And burying bones
When chewing gets sore

True love for family
Ready with kisses and hugs
Became a great guard dog
Even with the holes dug

Old Man. 2014.

A long life has been had
With live in bountiful leaps
But the days have grown long
And ’tis time for some sleep

So rest well and at peace
Dear red, devil dog, Joe-E
Your memory will never fade
As Momma’s baby you’ll always be

© Elle Short Stack Story Time 2015

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