If I Didn't Have A Dog If I didn't have a dog I could walk around the back yard barefoot without worry. My house could be carpeted instead of tiled. My clothing, furniture and other belongings would be free of hair. When the doorbell rings, my home wouldn't sound like a kennel. I could sit on the couch or lie in my bed the way I want to, without taking into consideration how much space she needs to be comfortable. I would not have strange presents under the Christmas tree like bones, stuffed animals, toys and treats...nor would I have to explain why I wrap them. I would have no guilt about going on vacation. I would not be on a first name basis with three veterinarians, as I put their kids through college. The most used words in my vocabulary would not be sit, stay, down, come, go pee pee. My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates and barriers. My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats, and an extra leash. My house wouldn't look like a daycare center with toys strewn everywhere. I would not have to spell out the words, BALL, Treat, bye-bye, walk. If I didn't have a dog.... how truly empty my life would be.
A Puppy's Prayer Now i lay me down to sleep the king-size bed is soft and deep. I sleep right in the center groove my human being can hardly move! I've trapped her legs, she's tucked in tight and here is where i pass the night. No one disturbs me or dare intrude. Till morning comes and i want food. I sneak up slowly to begin and nibble on my humans chin. She wakes up quickly, i have sharp teeth. I'm a puppy don't you see. For mornings here and it's time to play. I always seem to get my way. So thank you lord for giving me this human person that i see. The one who hugs and holds me tight and shares my bed with me at night. Amen
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here." I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me." You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me. Author ~ Missing You poem By Colleen Fitzsimmons/ In memory of Shadow & Sexy Sadie
Before I was a Dog Mom:
I made and ate hot meals all alone. I had unstained, unfurled clothes. I had quiet conversations on the phone even if the doorbell rang.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I slept as late as I wanted And never worried about how late I got to bed or if I could get into my bed.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I cleaned my house every day. I never tripped over toys, stuffing, chewies Or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I didn't worry if my plants, cleansers, plastic bags, toilet paper, soap or deodorant were poisonous or dangerous.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never been peed on Pooped on Drooled on Chewed on Or pinched by puppy teeth.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I had complete control of My thoughts, My body and mind. I slept all night without sharing the covers or pillow.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop a hurt. I never knew something so furry and four-legged could affect my heart so deeply.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never held a sleeping puppy just because I couldn't put it down. I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was well. I didn't know how warm it feels inside to feed a hungry puppy. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Dog Mom: I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being A Dog Mom
IT'S JUST A DOG FROM TIME TO TIME, PEOPLE TELL ME, TO LIGHTEN UP IT'S JUST A DOG, OR THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY FOR JUST A DOG. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DISTANCE TRAVELED, THE TIME SPENT, OR THE COST INVOLED FOR JUST A DOG. SOME OF MY PROUDEST MOMENTS HAVE COME ABOUT WITH JUST A DOG. MANY HOURS HAVE PASSED AND MY ONLY COMPANY WAS JUST A DOG, BUT I DID NOT ONCE FEEL SLIGHTED. SOME OF MY SADDEST MOMENTS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY JUST A DOG, AND IN THOSE DAYS OF DARKNESS, THE GENTLE TOUCH OF JUST A DOG, GAVE ME COMFORT AND REASON TO OVERCOME THE DAY.
JUST A DOG, BRINGS INTO MY LIFE THE VERY ESSENCE OF PUR UNBRIDLED JOY. JUST A DOG, BRINGS OUT THE COMPASSSION AND PATIENCE THAT MAKES ME A BETTER PERSON. SO FOR ME AND FOLKS LIKE ME, IT'S NOT JUST A DOG. BUT AN EMBODIMENT OFF ALL THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THE PAST, AND THE PURE JOY OF THE MOMENT. JUST A DOG BRINGS OUT WHAT'S GOOD IN ME AND DIVERTS MY THOUGHTS AWAY FROM MYSELF AND THE WORRIES OF THE DAY. I HOPE THAT SOMEDAY THEY CAN UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT JUST A DOG, BUT THE THING THAT GIVES ME HUMANITY AND KEEPS ME FROM BEING JUST A MAN OR A WOMAN. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR THE PHRASE IT'S JUST A DOG, JUST SMILE. BECAUSE THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTSND. THAT THE WORLD IS MADE UP OF ALL KINDS OF DOGS.
Breeders Poem I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home. She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone. She makes me smile; she makes me laugh; she fills my heart with love. Did someone breed her? Or did she fall from above. I’ve never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes. I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize. I’ve never know there anguish; I’ve never felt there pain. The caring of their charges, through snow, wind, or rain. I’ve never waited the whole night through for babies to be born. The stress and trepidation when they’re still not there by morn. The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands. This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams. Should you do that instead of this, or maybe that was wrong. Alone you fight and hope someday he’ll grow up proud and strong. You pray he’ll live to bring great joy to someone else’s home. You know it’s all just up to you; you’ll fight this fight alone. Formula, bottles, heating pad, you’ve have to get it right. Two hour feedings for this tiny little guy; throughout the day and night. Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight. To save this little baby; but god willing you just might. Day one; he’s in their fighting; you say a silent pray. Day two and three, he’s doing well, with lots of love and care. Day four and five he’s still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens. Day six he slips away again, and dies in your hands. Day seven you take this little angle, and bury him alone. With asking heart and burning tears, and a exhausted groan. You ask yourself why do this, why suffer through the pain? So when you think of breeders and label them with greed. Think of all that they endure to fills another’s need. For when you buy a puppy, with your precious dollars part. You only pay with money….. While they pay with their heart.
A SPECIAL PLACE
You have a special place, Dear Lord that I know you always keep. A special place reserved for dogs, to peacefully fall asleep. A place with fluffy pillows, and a yard for hiding bones. With maybe a little babbling creek, that rushes over stones. With wide green fields and flowers, for those who never knew, of running, playing freely, under a sky of perfect blue. Lord, I know you keep this special place, and so to you I pray, for one oh so special dog, who came to you today. She was full of strength and love, and so very, very wise. The puppy look she once had, this morning left her eyes. She will be dearly missed, Dear Lord, This special love of mine. But, now she'll romp and play, in your land that's so divine. Speak to my baby softly, please with a hug and a warm hello. She's a special gift to you, dear Lord, from me-who loved her so. — with Kandace Vincinere Westhoff and 4 others.