When I was a lad, Old Shep was a pup; Over hills and meadows we'd stray
Just a boy and his dog, we were both full of fun; We grew up together that way
I remember the time at the old swimming hole
When I would have drowned beyond doubt
Old Shep was right there, to the rescue he came; He jumped in and helped pull me out
As the years fast did roll, Old Shep he grew old; His eyes were fast growing dim
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And one day the doctor looked at me and said; I can do no more for him Jim
With hands that were trembling, I picked up my gun
And aimed it at Shep's faithful head
But I just couldn't do it, I wanted to run; I wished they would shoot me instead.
He came to my side and looked up at me; He laid his poor head on my knee
I stroked the best friend a man ever had; I cried 'til I scarcely could see
Old Shep, he has gone where the good doggies go
No more with Old Shep will I roam
But if dogs have a heaven, there's one thing I know; Old Shep has a wonderful home.