In Memory of Harry

HarrySince last summer, our online community has been closely following the story of Harry, a two-year-old Golden Retriever who had been fighting an aggressive sarcoma since Thanksgiving, 2006. It was during this same period that Harry’s two feline friends were battling acute renal failure from adulterated pet food.

Harry and his sister Lucy had been adopted at the same time, and Lucy was his constant companion throughout his too-short life, and his support through his radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Sweet Harry was not only a lover but also a fighter, but in the end, this little boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge this past week – far too soon. We all love his mom’s stories and pictures of Harry and Lucy and the Golden Bone, and our hearts go out to a little dog who is now looking for her buddy.

This YouTube video celebrating Harry’s life was thoughtfully created by one of the members of our community who lost her own best buddy to cancer. Her tribute has a universality that touches all of us who have been fortunate to have had our lives enriched by these precious souls.

Godspeed, Harry. Saint Francis is watching over you.

The audio for Annie Lennox’ Into The West, so thoughtfully matched to Harry’s video, has been disabled. However, you can listen to it here. It will open in a new window and you can just minimize it while you watch the video.

Into The West

Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
Night is falling
You’ve come to journey’s end
Sleep now
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms
You’re only sleeping

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
A pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
All souls pass

Hope fades
Into the world of night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time
Don’t say: «We have come now to the end»
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again

And you’ll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
Grey ships pass
Into the West

Into The West was performed by Annie Lennox over the ending credits to the third film in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Return Of The King. This song was in part inspired by New Zealand filmmaker Cameron Duncan’s tragic early death from cancer. The song’s first public performance was for Duncan’s funeral. This won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2003 Academy Awards.

5 responses to “In Memory of Harry

  1. What a beautiful tribute!!! Harry was so loved by so many!!! I absolutely love the picture, it is so peaceful, just like I imagine him now… Thank you for the wonderful tribute, I am sure it brings much comfort to our dear friend…

  2. The kudos go to you, Mgt, for creating such a wonderful gift for those who remain here while Harry romps in the tall sweet grasses of Eternity.

  3. Tears in my throat, but gratitude in my heart that I’ve known Harry through Carol’s stories and that he was so loved by so many. Thank you for this tribute.

  4. achingly beautiful

    thank you

  5. Carol and Mike

    WE are so touched by this tribute to our beautiful Harry. Your outpouring of love and support helps us be strong for Lucy, who is searching for her brother….misery loves company has been said–but actually misery needs company and that is what this community has given us…wonderful company. We are forever touched–you have given us a great gift.

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