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An Old Dog’s Poem

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I read this poem from the web and don’t know who to give credit for this wonderfully written poem about an aged dog in the shelter and being given a new lease in life. It is close to home base as it pulls my heart string because I also have a dog. Her name is Millie. I adopted her from a family who could not take her back to the UK.

I was not even the first in the list for those who wanted to take Millie. But as luck would have it (but I credit it to fate and God’s providence), the previous owners of Millie called me to say the rest backed out and asked if I still want Millie. That phone call sealed the deal for me and Millie. She is ours.

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Millie is also an old dog now. I reckon, she is around 9 or 10 already and her features are slowly showing those sign but I still pray that we’ll have her for many, many years more because she is already a part of the family and she’s already won our hearts 1 million times over.

This poem is very beautiful. If all shelter dogs can talk and share what they feel for being adopted and being given a second chance in life, I am sure this is what they will say:

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can’t run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can’t justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Such a lovely poem, right? So if you want to have a pet, please try not to buy. Visit a shelter for dogs and check out the number of lovely poochies you may be able to save there. Give them a new hope. Give them a home they can live in forever. More so, let them feel love whether they are young or old.

A dog’s love is unconditional. Aside from God, I can’t think of anyone else who can love me unconditionally despite of my imperfections than my Millie.

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What To Look For In A Dog Kennel

Photo credit: yahoo images and I added the text

Photo credit: yahoo images and I added the text

When you’re about to take that vacation and you need to leave your dog behind, your best option is to find a kennel. There are a lot of kennels in Los Angeles, and you want to be sure to find one that you can trust. Your dog needs to be comfortable while you are gone and you need to be relaxed on vacation rather than worrying about how your dog is doing. To find a quality kennel, look for the following things:

Finding the Perfect Kennel

When you go looking for a kennel, you will need to keep your budget in mind. Find the highest price that you are willing to pay and find kennels in the area that offer their services within your budget. You can call around to find out what the prices are for your dog’s stay. Find a few kennels that you are interested in and take your dog in to visit each one. The people there should be friendly and helpful. They should give your dog a warm welcome. This shows that they care about each dog that comes into their kennel. Ask for a tour of the kennel. The conditions should be fairly clean – dogs should be in cages that are comfortable and large enough to roam. Ask what exercise and food your dog will get each day. Your dog should get some time to run around and play each day, and should have proper water and food. Some kennels even offer grooming or other services. Ask to see where your dog will spend most of his or her time. It should be in an area where your dog will not be antagonized by other dogs.

After you have taken your vacation, ask about how your dog was during the stay. You can expect your dog to whine or be generally unhappy the first time you leave because he or she may be confused. However, if you really like this kennel out of all the kennels in Los Angeles, use the same one each vacation you take. This will give your dog some regularity and he or she will get used to it over time.

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