We drove east out of Nashville
On a pilgrimage to pick up JJ.
(“JJ,” “Junior,” “Jack, Jr.”)
As we traveled,
A rainbow hung in the sky above us.
Mile after mile after mile,
We watched it curve through the sky.
What a joyful sign!
From you, dear Jack?
And then, a double rainbow …
And we knew that your spirit was traveling with us.
And all the company of furry, winged saints
Were singing a blessing for the tiny pup
Joining our family.
Bless this new life.
Bless this family.
Bless this home.
Bless the leashes and the bowls.
Bless the beds and bless the toys.
Bless the treats, especially … bless the treats.
Bless this pup,
His eyes and ears and feet and tail.
Bless his friends,
Dog and cat and bird and squirrel.
Bless each step that he will take.
Each car ride, to the park and to the vet.
Bless the love.
Bless the laughter.
Bless the tears.
Bless this pup.
Every day of his life.
Today we pick up JJ, a nine-week-old, black Scottish Terrier. He was born at the White Shadow Ranch near Asheville, NC. Pictures will be coming soon.