Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm preaching to the choir - I wish this for every dog and every cat and every living being

Here in this house...

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs 'out there'.
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I'll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness,
and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house...
There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house...
I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea
of who I should be.
I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to
my teacher for blame.

Here in this house...
I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch...
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored.
If scared, I will be calmed.
If sad, I will be cheered.
No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not cute enough.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.
I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as dogs.

Here in this house...
I will belong.
I will be home.
(Author unknown)


Suzie Button said...

How sad is this! I didn't realize they gave back the dogs. Too bad they're not intelligent enough to realize the value of pets and how those dogs could have given comfort to the kids while they face two self-centered parents drag them through a very public divorce. I know my dogs are my greatest comfort when I am sad. Suzie

Ashley (the mom) and Dixie (the Catahoula) said...

What a wonderful poem. Very appropriate for today!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

what a wonderful poem..
We love the photo...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Olive said...

That was beautiful...Welcome to Olive :)

I am looking forward to getting to know you and stop by any time for a lick and a tail wag!

Olive :)

Benny and Lily said...

What a pretty picture and nice words....
Benny & Lily

Emma Rose said...

The Duchess has that poem hanging on the wall in her office - right under my picture! It has been there since the day I was adopted :)

Emma Rose

Angus said...

What lovely , and practical, sentiments.

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing it!
We are very lucky for our lovely homes, right?
Kisses and hugs

Brownie said...

what a bootiful poem... just like lorenza said, we're so lucky to be so loved!

Sarah said...

Beautifully put! Thanks for stopping by to visit my Pink Saturday. Happy to meet you. I'm off to visit your other blogs. You must be one busy person. I'm guest blogger this month at Quimper Club International on blogspot and I'm just trying to keep up with posting for two blogs. How do you do it? ~ Sarah

LV said...

A great poem and interesting story. A job well done. Always happy when you drop by to see me.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

So it is written, so it should be.

The OP Pack said...

Yes, so what Dennis said! We are all so thankful here that we have a wonderful home. Thanks for sharing.

Woos, the OP Pack

Teddy Bear said...

Beautiful beautiful poem.

Teddy Bear

Tanuki Maxx said...

Pawsome poem! Thanks for sharing!


Thor said...

Wonderful poem and photo! Thanks for sharing!


Becky said...

Very touching poem. Breaks my heart to think of a dog not in a loving home.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That was pawesome!

Mom helped four doggies get THEIRS this weekend!

Dodi on Friday; Brittle, Conway, and Sammie on Saturday!

Tank woo
Tank woo
Tank woo


Mango said...

Your described my estate exactly. I wish all doggies were as lucky as me and pee-wee to have a home like this.


Matilda said...

Hi Scout and Freyja!
What a nice poem! I am happy here in this house.

tula said...

everything a home should be - perfect! oh and one more thing.. there will always be cookies!

belly rubs,

KB said...

I love your photo. I realize whenever one of my dogs becomes very elderly or sick how true it is that "No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful". They always look beautiful for me.

How I wish that all animals could live in the type of home that you describe!

Dog By Nature said...

Hallelujah from the choir!

Anya said...

hugs from
Kareltje =^.^=

Kenia Cris said...

Such a beautiful poem, prayer and wish. All of us need the comfort of a family and house we can call home.

Much love from Brazil to you guys!

Sam said...

That was a beautiful poem!


Farley said...

We enjoyed the poem thank you for sharing :)

Kasha said...

Excellent poem. I love the layout as well! Very snazzy! I am so excited for Fall. No more 115 degree weather! I was going to post about Jon Gosselin ditching the dogs.What were they thinking getting two dogs with 8 young kids!? They were obviously having marital problems for a while! Anywho, I hope you have a great day.
Kasha and Africa

Sierra Rose said...

Lovely! I am happy here, and love being home with mom and dad!!! Wish that for all my fuzzy pals.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and mom

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

What a beautiful poem, it made my mom cry.