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 whatever 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 a 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 about 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
"The Animals Savior"
Copyright Jim Willis
I look at all the caged animals...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 do something?
God was silent for a moment, then He spoke softly.
I have done something,He replied. " I created you"
Now I lay me down to rest,
I pray my soul can stand this test
Of watching critters lose their homes,
While owners gripe and cry and moan.
I long for strength of spirit and
I pray they'll find a home again.
Where they will know a loving heart
I can't do much, but its a start..
And spare me from the owner's pleas
About the baby's allergies,
Or how they're moving out of state
Or spitefulness 'tween cat and mate.
Please keep me sane while dealing with,
The woman who bought as a gift
A wriggling tiny ball of fluff
That now is playing way too rough.
Remind me I should bite my lip
When confronted with "he grew too quick".
"I didn't know he'd get so large",
"He seems to think that he's in charge".
Protect my heart when I hear them say,
"I think we'll breed our dog one day".
Sometimes I think it'll break in two;
Each day brings trials harsh and new.
And if I die before I wake
I pray one hopeless soul you'll take.
My tears are gone, my faith is bare
Lord, please hear my rescue prayer.
- Author unknown
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