From a Rescued Dog

I just read this poem on Facebook and really want to share it here since it perfectly illustrates why we have adopted three dogs (the maximum allowed by law), why we donate money and time (when we can) to TAGS and other animal rescue organizations, and why I and my guest bloggers write here about animal rescue. The author is Arlene Pace.

Once I was a lonely dog,
Just looking for a home.
I had no place to go,
No one to call my own.

An uncertain and undernourished Hogan at the shelter in Cozumel

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.”

Frightened Cora in the pound

“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.”

Dusty being shown at Petsmart: "Pick me, pick me!"

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.”

~ Author: Arlene Pace

Three happy tails!

4 Responses to From a Rescued Dog

  • mom says:

    what an absolutely beautiful poem written with love that shows through.

  • Agnes says:

    Simply beautiful.

  • Heather (TAGS) says:

    you just want me to cry, don’t you. what a great poem. Thanks for sharing. And, like I said earlier, 3 of the happiest, luckiest tails I know.
    Are you going to the dog park on Saturday?
    Cheers & woof
    Heather & OP

    • Cathy says:

      We can’t go on Saturday–I’ve got a wedding shower to go to, a hair appointment, and company coming. Big day! But I hope to see you there on the 9th!

      Yes, this poem did make me cry. It’s beautiful!

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