Don’t grieve too long, for now I’m free, I’ve followed the path God has set for me.
I ran to Him when I heard His Call, I swished my tail and left it all.
I could not stay another day to bark, to love, to romp or play.
Games left unplanned must stay that way, I found such peace, it made my day.
My parting has left you with a void, please fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss, oh yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, you’ve given so much, your time, your love and gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your head and share with me, God wanted me, He set me free!

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Java was about as spunky as they come.  Considering his fear issues, it really didn’t take long for him to warm to his new environment and to the staff and volunteers and before we knew it, he was settled in, welcoming attention, and looking for a lap that he could curl up on.  He and his canine friends chased the squirrels in the yards, ran the fence lines with the deer and in short order, Java became very protective of “his friends” and “his yards” in that all too familiar Chihuahua way. Java’s passing was completely unexpected.  There was certainly nothing in historic medical records that indicated a problem.  Nor was there anything in his in-depth intake medical evaluation that would cause anyone to be suspicious of any medical issue.  But, one morning right before breakfast we noticed blood coming from his nose.  He was rushed to the clinic immediately.  It was determined that he had a brain bleed. There is always grief when we lose one of our dogs, but in this case the grief was accompanied by a sharp reminder that we just never know how long any one of us has in this life.  Java was not with us for nearly long enough but the love we felt for him was no less than for any other dog who has graced us with their presence at Dog Lodge.
We will miss you forever, Java….