STORIES by Michael Groetsch

For Bright Eyes: As we eat dinner at our favorite restaurant, my wife Barbara answers her cell phone. Her eyes and stilted speech suggest that something is wrong. I recognize the caller’s muffled voice from across the table. It is our son Justin. I listen intently and realize that he is calling about our cat, Bright Eyes. “Yes, Justin. Calm down. We’re leaving now. We’ll be home in a few minutes,” she reassures him. Read more





The Chihuahua’s Goat by Michael Groetsch is an award-winning and humorous true story staged in the 1950s about how his dog won a goat at a family picnic. Read more






LETTERS by Michael Groetsch

A Love Letter From My Dog, Leo

A Letter From Rainbow Bridge

A Letter To Gene

POETRY by Michael Groetsch

Let It Be

Night Chorus

Flight Plan

Perhaps A Little More

Southern Flight

Never Alone

Heaven’s Gate

QUOTES by Michael Groetsch

1. “We love with our hearts. Dogs love with their souls.”

2. “We love our dogs unconditionally. Our dogs love us habitually.”

3. “We grieve together. Dogs grieve alone.”

4. “The boy adopts the pup till the dog adopts the man.”

5. “Always remember the house that built you and the first dog that loved you.”

6. “Begin rescuing yourself today by rescuing a shelter pet tomorrow.”

7. “The ONENESS we achieve through animal rescue makes GOD smile.”

8. “When GOD looked at his name in a mirror HE created the DOG.”

9. “There is no ONENESS like Rainbow Bridge.”

10. “The best antidote for grief is to become ONE with a dog’s soul.”

11. “I once pondered if a dog had a soul until I escaped into those luminous eyes.”

12. “As we watched your tiny life fade so very slowly into the distance, your soul embraced the bliss of Rainbow Bridge.”

13. “When you rescue a shelter animal, you rescue your heart.”

14. “When I was young and saw a woman walking a dog, I could tell you everything about the woman and nothing about the dog. Now that I am old and see a woman walking a dog, I can tell you everything about the dog and nothing about the woman.”

15. “As I visit my garden this day, my eyes surrender to the life of an early spring. Delicate blossoms on an almost lifeless vine. The miniature world of bugs and tiny creatures that scurry within the gardens disheveled mud. Ducklings closely trailing their protective mother. Two squirrels frolic across a leafless tree. While I am not religious, I am very spiritual. Moments such as this always echo the presence of GOD.”

16. “My little kitten watched in utter awe as the tiny centipede scurried across the hardwood floor. Such simple moments as this are always an antidote to life’s chaotic hours.”

17. “As the moon emerges to the thunderous sounds of nature’s chorus, I shut my eyes and listen as the crickets, frogs and other nocturnal creatures summons the next sunrise.”

18. “As I quenched the thirst of my little garden this morning, I watched in awe as a tiny mosquito hawk hovered so very carefully above the water’s powerful stream. After several attempts, the delicate creature was able to sip the water’s edge without being crushed by its force. Such moments are the dividends of growing old. Moments gone unnoticed when I was young.”