I remember how you lapped your water,
agitated and unstoppable with anticipation
of the ball you were chasing,
the hand you were licking,
the treat you were begging.
I remember how your feet smelled like popcorn
and how we had to pin your ears back
while you licked the pan clean.
I remember the hole your snoring filled,
and how I thought nothing could be better,
but she sleeps like you, dreams like you,
sighs while lying down just like you,
distracts me from and reminds me of you.
Have you seen her smile?
Have you heard her laugh?
I remember your tail answering yes.
Happy birthday, bone head.