Benji was an old pup, overweight, beset with quirks Peeing in the house was high on the list of what would irk He could be kind of bossy, and a bully when he played, But most of the time he snuggled, my Velcro dog by day. Spoiled rotten he was and a piggy to boot He'd scare himself whenever he'd toot. He lost the weight and the allergies too But with focal seizures and shaking, his brain was going to-da-loo. He'd nip and growl if he didn't get his way, Or perhaps when he was surprised, Instead of moving out of the way He'd lunge and with his teeth - swipe. He'd finally crossed a line with the one he loved most One quick movement and his future was toast. He took a bite out of my calf, through jeans he left his mark It was with relief and sorrow that we'd finally come to part. I never thought it'd come to this The decision needed to be made. A dog that bit was too high a price For what I'd have to pay. To walk around my home in fear Out of love for a dog so dear And worry about our friends who came It was time, but just the same To say good bye is hard, even when you're hurt To lose a loved one so cute and bury him in dirt But I've learned things and know I tried To give him his best life before he died. He was loved and cared for, free to run, And now his journey is over and done. Bye-bye, Benji with those big soulless eyes Your whimpers will no longer awaken me before the sunrise I will not miss your belly bands or cleaning up your pee But I will miss you snuggling right up next to me.