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Forgotten Dog's Christmas Poem
« on: December 04, 2007, 06:33:40 am »
I thought this was a very touching poem to share at this time of  year.I can't think of one person I have met on this board that this applies to,,,but I hadn't heard this one and maybe there are people in your lives that you know that should read this...I thought it was very good.
~~Forgotten Dog's Christmas~~

'Twas the night before  Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a  mouse

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that  St. Nicholas soon would be there

The children were nestled all snug in  their beds
With no thought of the dog filling their head

And mamma in  her 'kerchief, and I in my cap
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about  that

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from the  bed to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a  flash
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash

The  moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to  objects below

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But Santa  Claus - with eyes full of tears

He un-chained the dog, once so lively and  quick
Last year's Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick

More  rapid than eagles he called the dog's name
And the dog ran to him, despite  all his pain

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

To the top of the porch! To the  top of the wall!
Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by  all."

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year
For Santa  Claus had made one thing quite clear

The gift of a dog is not just for  the season
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons

In our  haste to think of the kids a gift
There was one important thing that we  missed

A dog should be family, and cared for the same
You don't give a  gift, then put it on a chain

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of  sight
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a LIFE!"

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Re: Forgotten Dog's Christmas Poem
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 06:54:03 am »
I have never heard that before, but it sure is appropriate at this time of year.  All you see in the classified ads this time of year is Christmas puppies.  All you will see at the pound in 5 or 6 months is Christmas puppies.  It sickens me to see how many people still give cute little puppies for gifts, not thinking ahead to when that cute little puppy grows up into a dog with noone to care for it or love it or walk it or feed and water it, once it is no longer a cute little cuddly puppy.  What if we did the same thing to babies?  Sorry, just my 2 cents worth.  Jake was turned in to a kill shelter when he was 10 months old, because he was too big, ate too much and barked too much. My cat Nicki was given back to the breeder at 5 months because he was "vicious".  My other cat John was given back to his breeder because something was wrong with the way he walked.  One hip was broken, the other cracked and both knees were messed up from his hips not being fixed.  He has no ball on either femur now after surgery, but he gets around just fine and is a happy cat.  They were both Christmas kittens.  Really makes me dislike some people.  Thanks for posting this.
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Re: Forgotten Dog's Christmas Poem
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 09:39:21 pm »
So true, a lot of SPCA don't adopt out dogs this time of year to prevent that problem. Which I think is a wonderful idea.

My kinda santa too!

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