Do I Go Home
By Sandi Thompson ~
My family brought me home
cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me,
and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me,
they showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family
especially the girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me,
they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them
all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks,
often several times a day.
They even fought to hold my leash,
I'm very proud to say.
These are things I'll never forget
a cherished memory.
I now live in a shelter
without my family.
They used to laugh and praise me
when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference
between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag
for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing
when I chewed the bathroom rug.
They said that I was out of control,
and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand
although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one;
they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things,
I wish I knew my crime.
My life became so lonely,
in the back yard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long
to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to the shelter
but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy,
and then, kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some classes,
as a little pup
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle
when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left,"
I heard the worker say.
Does this mean a second chance?
Do I go home today?
A POEM TO MY
By Diane Morgan
I am the bridge,
Between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush,
Because my heart melted when I saw you,
Matted and sore, limping, depressed
Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes,
When you are well, and sleek,
when your eyes shine,
And your tail wags with joy
Then comes the hard part.
I will let you go-not without a tear,
But without a regret.
For you are safe forever--
A new dog needs me now.
The Reason (to
you from all your rescue dogs)
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your
I would have left this life believing that all
humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that
skin that isn't flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like
I have heard you ask yourself in times of
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the
money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more
I tell you with the gratitude and love that
shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never
We would die if not for you
A Shelter Dog asks God.
By Joan C. Fremo
What is Time"?
I hear the sadness in the voices of workers
here. They say my "Time
is up", that they have to make room for yet
My "Time" is up.
I don't know what that means, God. I only know
that my new friends are so sad, and the more
I wag my tail---the harder I try to make them
feel better-- -the sadder they become.
I know I have heard that word "Time" before, but
I don't understand.
When I was younger, my people would say "Time to
play!" They would throw the ball, and I would
run fast. Sometimes I brought it back to them,
but other times we'd end up chasing each other
I remember "Time to eat". My people would put
down a bowl of food, and I would enjoy dinner,
wagging my tail in joy.
There was also "Time for your walk". My boy
would put my leash on, and we would go walking
together, visiting the neighborhood and enjoying
each other's company.
When I was younger I thought "Time" meant fun.
Or maybe Love?
I don't understand. Time" must mean something
else, but how can it change, God?
Before I came here, I heard my people say, "No
time to feed you now, boy. Later,
when I get home. "Sometimes my family would
forget, and there was no food in my bowl.
Does "Time" mean when my belly hurts?
My people said there was no time for walks. I
tried to hold it all day long-- but God, I just
couldn't anymore. When I finally had to go, it
made my family very angry.
Does "Time" means anger?
Or maybe Loneliness? My family said they didn't
have "Time". They didn't have time to
play, or time to take me to the vet, or time to
go for walks. They didn't have "Time", so they
brought me here. Maybe I was right... They said
they didn't have time, and if "Time" means Love,
how did they lose it?
Did I do something wrong? God, I think my new
friends are sending me to you. Do you
have "Time"? May I sit on the couch? Am I a good
Dog, God? Is it "Time"?
One of the most important things we can give our
pets is "Time". The time to love them, care
for them, and train them. Animal Shelters and
Humane Societies across the country are filled
with pets whose families didn't have "Time".
Every year, the "Time is up" for 12 million
companion pets. Do you have the "Time" to make a
I Have Done
I looked at all the caged animals in the
shelter...the cast-offs of human society.
I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and
dread, sadness, and betrayal. And I was angry.
"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you
God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke
softly, "I have done something," he replied. "I
-- Author Unknown
"Saving the life of one animal may
not change the world, but the world will surely
change for that one animal"
Rescuers (in honor of Patchie)
By Arlene Pace
Once I was a lonely dog, Just looking for a
I had no place to go, No one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in
heat and snow.
Ate whatever I could find, I was always on the
My skin would itch, my feet were sore, My body
ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat, Or to gently
say my name.
I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the
For people thought that hurting me was really
lots of fun.
And then one day I heard a voice, So gentle,
kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me, And took me
off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you, Was whispered in my
"You'll have a home to call your own, where you
will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have
enough to eat."
"And rest assured that when you sleep, your
dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in
I can't remember when I let, A human come so
And as she tended to my wounds, And bathed and
brushed my fur
She told me about the rescue group, And what it
meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle, A line that never
"And in the center there is you protected by new
"And all around you are the ones that check the
And those that share their home after you've
"And all the other folk are searching near and
"To find the perfect home for you, where you can
be a star."
She said, "There is a family, that's waiting
and pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait
"And then they'll join our circle, they'll help
to make it grow,
so there'll be room for more like you, who have
no place to go."
I waited very patiently, The days they came and
Today's the day I thought, my family will be
Then just when I began to think, It wasn't meant
there were people standing there just gazing
down at me.
I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they
felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting for a special
dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods
"Thank you for the life I live and all you've
But most of all protect the dogs in the pound
and on the street.
And send a rescue person to lift them off their
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