Friday, December 19, 2008

A Christmas Poem

My sister found this poem on petloverstips blog today, and I thought that it would be nice to share it with all my furriends. Instead of asking for a big fancy Christmas present this howliday season, I'm asking my humans to donate to a shelter so that homeless dogs (and cats) can be warm and have full tummies. This decision was inspired by my furriend Khyra!

A Christmas Shelter Dog’s PoemShelter Dog

’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found.

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care.

They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie — come fetch your new ball!”

But now we sit here and think of the days
we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.
Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash.
They reacted so quickly — why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,”
we “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.”

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew,
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam.
Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat.

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the inn –
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

Author Unknown

4 comments:

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Very nice poem. We hope that all of the shelter dogs find homes for Christmas.

Steve and Kat

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

OMD!

Hero, woo are MY HERO!

(and I don't mean the Bette Midler song)

Yes, that is a grrrrrreat thing to do!

I mean, I know we all have enough 'stuff'

Woo are a furry special fella!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Holly said...

Hello Hero!! Thank you for visiting my blog.

What a very nice poem. I sure hope all the shelter doggies and kitties out there can find homes.

I was looking over your blog, and see your human also supports Defenders of Wildlife! My human is a HUGE wolf fan and member of DOW! Her and dad have also been to Wolf Park in IN, and sponsor Willow the Coyote and Echo the wolf.

Do you mind if I add you to my friends list?

Merry Christmas!
Holly

The Husky in the Window said...

We like your poem. We wish we had a bigger yard and house so we could adopt all the pups that need homes.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie