Taking care of rescue dogs
Is something I do best.
I know because I've done it,
And I've surely passed the test.
The dogs I've bathed, the food I've fed,
The vacuuming I've done,
And all to watch a frightened soul
Sit dreaming in the sun.
My own dogs I've neglected,
But I tell them everyday
That I love and cherish each of them
Though a new dog's come to stay.
I know they understand this,
For in their eyes I see
The love that I have given them
Come shining back at me.
Some people think I'm crazy,
Some others think I'm great.
But very few can understand
What really is at stake.
If I can love and help a dog
To find a better way,
My own life is much richer,
I look forward to each day.
So now you know my secret,
It's there for all to see,
The love I give, the life I save,
I do it all for me.
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, and your entertainment. I only have you. I am YOUR dog -
We Are Rescue
I looked at all the caged animals in
He is your friend, your
partner, your defender, your dog.
"The sadness I feel, looking into the cages, is nothing compared to how it must feel looking out."
- author unknown
The Pet's Bill of Rights
2. We have the right to stimulation. We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.
3. We have the right to regular exercise. Without it, we could become hyper, sluggish...or fat.
4. We have the right to have fun. We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; don't expect us to be predictable all the time.
5. We have the right to quality health care. Please stay good friends with our vet!
6. We have the right to a good diet. Like some people, we don't know what's best for us. We depend on you.
7. We have the right not to be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show dogs or show cats, watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.
8.We have the right to receive proper training. Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife - and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.
9. We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.
10. We have the right to live with dignity...and to die with dignity when the time comes.
-- Author Unknown
10 COMMANDMENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS (author unknown)
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.
Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want
3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial
for my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, and
don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your
entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU !
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand
your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll
NEVER forget it.
7. Before you hit me, remember that I have
teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not
to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or
un-cooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps
I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or
my heart may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You too,
will grow old.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, " I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for ME if you are there. Remember, I love you.
Animal Rescuer Poem
I am an animal rescuer;
|Our 14 year old
dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter
Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked
if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God
would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in
gold paper on our front porch addressed, "To Meredith" in an
unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called,
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am wherever there is love.
|I adopted your pet today...
The one you left at the pound;
The one you had for ten years
And no longer wanted around.
I adopted your pet today...
Did you know that he's lost weight?
Did you know he's scared and depressed
And seems to have lost all faith?
I adopted your pet today...
He had fleas and a little cold;
Guess you don't care what shape he's in
You abandoned him I am told.
I adopted your pet today...
Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies,
Or was there NO reason he couldn't stay
I adopted your pet today...
He doesn't play or even eat much;
I guess he's very sad inside and
It'll take time for him to trust.
I adopted your pet today...
And here he is going to stay;
He's found his FOREVER home
And a warm bed in which to lay.
I adopted your pet today...
And shall give him all that he will need
Patience, love, and security,
So he can forget your selfish deed.
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship,
ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl who LOVES to play.
I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting,
camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight
dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door
when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Call (404)
875-6420 and ask for Daisy, I'll be waiting...
The Rescuer's Creed
I promise I will take your unwanted animals.
I will heal their wounds, their diseases,
their broken bones.
I will give them the medical attention they
need and deserve.
I will nurture their starvation and give
them a warm place to sleep.
I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them
against the diseases that can harm them.
I will treat them and honor them.
I will buy them toys, blankets, balls, and
teach them to play.
I will speak softly to them.
I will try to teach them not to fear, not
to cry, and not to hate.
I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words
into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain,
and their scars away.
I will face their emotional scars and give
them time to overcome them.
I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity, and hold their paws, and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge,
BUT most of all I will teach them LOVE.
A Letter from a Shelter Manager
I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will.
First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know.
That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.
| "If there
are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die want to go where they went."
- Will Rogers
"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. - M. Facklam
"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate." - poopy butt
"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue." - Anonymous
"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard." - Dave Barry
"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones
"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise." - Unknown
"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl." - Penny Ward Moser
"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn round three times before lying down." - Robert Benchley
"No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation." - Fran Lebowitz
"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." - Rita Rudner
"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money." - Joe Weinstein
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." - Ann Landers
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." - Andrew A. Rooney
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." - James Thurber
"He cannot be a gentleman that loveth
not a dog." - Old English Proverb
I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that
she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward
to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her
knees and made
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more humans are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more humans to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
I died today.
You got tired of me and took me to the shelter.
They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now.
Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge .
Would I still be at home if I hadnt chewed your shoe? I didnt know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.
Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.
Would I still be at home if I hadnt brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldnt get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.
Would I still be at home if I hadnt barked? I was only saying, Im scared, Im lonely, Im here, Im here! I want to be your best friend.
Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didnt make me learn how.
Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didnt pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.
I died today. Love, Your Puppy
Rites of Passage
Some of the most poignant moments I spend as a veterinarian are those spent with my clients assisting the transition of my animal patients from this world to the next. When living becomes a burden, whether from pain or loss of normal functions, I can help a family by ensuring that their beloved pet has an easy passing.
Making this final decision is painful, and I have often felt powerless to comfort the grieving owners. That was before I met Shane.
I had been called to examine a ten-year-old blue heeler named Belker who had developed a serious health problem. The dog's owners - Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane - were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt Shane could learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me - I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
-- Author Unknown
|The rescuer at Rainbow
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day
dawned cold and gray.
Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low
and tail dragging. He
But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred
by an angel, who
One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who
had been there
In the distance was a single person, and as he approached
the Bridge the
One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals
from the field fell
The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I
like rescuers." The cat
It Should Be
If it should be that I grow
frail and weak
You will be sad I understand
We have had so many happy
Take me to where my needs
I know in time you will
Don't grieve that it must
now be you
|THE WORLD ACCORDING
TO BORDER COLLIES
I will chase anything that moves - get used to it.
I consider myself to be an integral part of the family - don't treat me like a mere dog.
I will stick my nose into everyone's business and feel compelled to comment upon my observations.
If you should leave me behind, I shall consider this an aberration of proper behavior and will voice my disapproval. ..loud and long...often accompanied by frantic twirling and jumping.
I will determine which of your friends is worthy of my affection, and which are to be observed at a distance, before a verdict is rendered. All decisions are final.
I will follow you to the ends of the earth, and ALWAYS into the bathroom.
No door is considered to be closed as long as I can push it open with my nose.
Give me plenty of toys and activities to keep me busy. You don't want me finding tasks on my own - trust me on this.
I have absolutely no qualms about stealing FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD from any source available, even if it is from the mouths of babes.
I will sense your every mood and will be happy or sad along with you.
I will give you the best moments
of our lives and memories you will
The large flat device in the bedroom is intended for my pleasure. Do not be upset if I sprawl out in all directions from smack dab in the middle. Please remember that I am a border collie and have been on the go since the crack of dawn. You, on the other hand, have been sitting on your fat fanny at a desk for most of the day. Be honest. Which one of us is more in need of a good night's rest? So I snore. Get over it.
A Dog's Prayer