Her's is a fine epitaph, no less his due. All of us who share our lives with dogs know that their - and our - fate is to go before us, leaving a hole in our hearts where once unlimited devotion was found.
Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.
- Lord Byron, epitaph to his Newfoundland, Botswain