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This may make you cry, but unfortunately this happens all to often
My family brought me home

    cradled in their arms.

    They cuddled me and smiled at me,

            and said I was full of charm.


          They played with me and laughed with me

            they showered me with toys.

    I sure do love my family

            especially the girls and boys.


      The children loved to feed me,

            they gave me special treats.

         They even let me sleep with them---

            all snuggled in the sheets.


I used to go for walks,

        often several times a day.

            They even fought to hold the leash,

         I’m very proud to say.


       These are things I’ll never forget—

       a cherished memory.

    I now live in the shelter---

      without my family.


       They used to laugh and praise me

            when I played with that old shoe.

      But I didn’t know the difference

            between the old ones and the new.


          The kids and I would grab a rag,

            for hours we would tug.

         So I thought I did the right thing

            when I chewed the bedroom rug.



        They said that I was out of control,

            and would have to live outside.

         This I did not understand,

            although I tried and tried.


The walks stopped, one by one.

    They said they hadn’t time.

    I wish that I could change things

      I wish I knew my crime.

My life became so lonely,

     in the backyard, on a chain.

    I barked and barked all day long

      to keep from going insane
           So they brought me to the shelter

            but were embarrassed to say why.

    They said I caused an allergy,

         and then kissed me goodbye.


If I’d only had some classes,

   as a little pup.

    I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle

     when I was all grown up.


“You only have one day left,”

  I heard the worker say.

    Does this mean a second chance?

     Do I go home today?



            ©1991 Sandi Thompson

            Sirus® Puppy Training



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