i couldn't bear to see them empty.
your leash turned up in my purse today
at work and made me cry.
i gave your extra chews and treats--so many of them--
to your adored big human brother, for his babies.
i have cleaned up the blood from your illness
from my floors because seeing it made me question God.
but your toys are still everywhere--your donkey, your raccoon, your lamb--
to remind me of joy; that exotic thing as common as kibble to you, dear girl.
for the sunday mini-challenge.