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Once I was a Lonely Dog

Once I was a lonely dog,
Just looking for a home.
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.
I ate what ever I could find,
I was always on the go.

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 run.
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 ear.
"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 fear.
I can't remember when I let
A human come so near.

And as she tended to my wounds
And bathed and brushed my fur
She told me 'bout the rescue group
And what it meant to her.

She said, "We are a circle,
A line that never ends.
And in the center there is you
protected by new friends."

"And all around you are
the ones that check the pounds,
And those that share their home
after you've been found."

"And all the other folk
are searching near and far.
To find the perfect home for you,
where you can be a star."

She said, "There is a family,
that's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them,
just you wait and see."

"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 went.
Today's the day I thought,
my family will be sent.

Then just when I began to think
It wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there
just gazing down at me.

I knew them in a heart beat,
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 that be.
"Thank you for the life I live
and all you've given me.

But most of all protect the dogs
in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person
to lift them off their feet."  

~Arlene Pace (September 18, 1998)


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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Very nice! I can barely watch the comercials on TV about animal gets me everytime.

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Yes Vikki.  I could not do that either.  I cannot stand people take onto ownership of animals and yet do not give them what they deserve.  That’s cruel and inhumane.

      My husband is praying no more stray animals come to our door, right now, at this very moment. happy

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      Suzann wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Hi Brenda,

      That was just beautiful. Thanks for posting it. Precious, precious, that’s all I can say. Arlene Pace is a talented poet, but most of all, what a wonderful group you have created.

      There’s a cat in my neighborhood that keeps jumping on my windowsill. She knows I love her, but when I go outside she won’t let me get near her. I so pray for her.

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      Brenda Waters wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Thanks so much for the feedback ladies!

      And Suzanne, I LOVE your list of cruelty free products!  Thanks for posting a link!

      Volunteers are the small people that sometimes can create a big voice.  For dogs, we‘re their only voice. :)

      I appreciate all of the positive thoughts heart

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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • I need prayers from animal lovers please....

      This cat has slept over for 3 nights now and today he came early around 6pm rather than 9pm.  My son and I are all for it but husband is sad, mad and depressed.  We have 2 birds, 2 dogs, 2 bunnies already.

      I am heart broken if I have to turn him in animal shelter.  I put a label around his neck asking his owner to call me.  So far I had not have any calls.

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      Brenda Waters wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Cats really are the easiest pets to care for CD. Tell your huby that he can relax a bit.  This cat only needs some food, water and occasional kindness.  It could be worse :)

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