Dog lovers please read this ---kinda long sorry

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Crazy4Chicks, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?"-but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

    My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.

    We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

    Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person", still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.

    Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch-because your touch was now so infrequent-and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

    There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

    Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family. I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.

    You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?" They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind-that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?" Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself-a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.


    Last edited: Dec 18, 2007
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Ugh...that's making me bawl my head off. So sad but so true.
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Way too true...
    If people understood what a commitment any animal, even a fish can be, they'd not go into buying one so easily.
  4. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Gee whiz...I am a mess! [​IMG]

    I am going to go hug my dogs! :|


    PS Thanks for sharing...there are certain people I wish would read this. SO sad...yet, so true! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2007
  5. wischickenlover

    wischickenlover Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Ladysmith, WI
    OMG- makes one really think........
  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    ok, Now I am bawling!! [​IMG] Thats so terribly true and so very sad. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. msbliss

    msbliss Songster

    Nov 20, 2007
    This was written by Jim Willis, author of "Pieces Of My Heart". He is a wonderful soul and I am proud to call him friend. You can find a printable version here:
    He allows distribution as long as credit is given, very generous!

    Here is a recent email from Jim, including "A Puppy For Christmas", anther beautiful writing:

    > Cross-posting appreciated!
    > I always receive a lot of reprint requests at this
    > time of the year to use my poem, "A Puppy for
    > Christmas." You'll find a lovely illustrated version
    > of it at:
    > If you need a text version of it, simply use any
    > search engine such as and enter the
    > search
    > phrase: a puppy for christmas jim willis
    > The poem will be included in my next book, due out
    > in
    > the spring of '08, so please retain the copyright
    > notice and my current book's website:
    ; (from which "How Could You?" can be downloaded as a
    > Word document). Please see the book's website for a
    > special fundraising offer for rescuers, rescues and
    > shelters (especially in these economic times, I know
    > we all need funds).
    > All not-for-profit uses for both pieces are granted
    > with the above stipulations. I encourage everyone to
    > contact their local newspapers, shelters, and
    > rescues
    > and ask them to publish both pieces.
    > Hundreds of newspapers have published "How Could
    > You?"
    > illustrated with photos taken at local shelters
    > and/or
    > with sidebar articles on animal
    > welfare/rescue-related
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    > there are venues for animals beyond backyard
    > breeders,
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    > As animal rescuers we all exhaust ourselves
    > throughout
    > the year and particularly dread this time of the
    > year,
    > when pets will be given as presents, only to be
    > relinquished to shelters and rescues a few months
    > from
    > now. Some 25% of dogs given up to shelters are
    > purebred and most of the public does not know that
    > there is a breed-rescue for every breed in the U.S.
    > At
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    > and by other horrific means. I encourage everyone to
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    > and
    > please come up with community-specific coverage to
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    > your letter to an editor (which can have tremendous
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    > Best wishes for the holidays and may you and your
    > animals only share the best in the New Year. Please
    > remember those animals who may not be so lucky.
    > Jim Willis
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  8. Carole AM

    Carole AM Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    Goshen, Indiana
    Its so sad & true. I don't usually cry over "words", but this is really to the heart. [​IMG]
  9. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] The sad thing is, people really do this. [​IMG]
  10. bjcoop

    bjcoop Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    Western New York
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