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  • Why I Rescue & Why I'll Never Have "Too Many Mouths"

    4 posts, 4 voices, 768 views, started Mar 24, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by Brenda Waters


    • Amethyst

      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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