Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"I Rescued a Human Today"

I have gotten this poem several times this week and each time I read it, it moves me - so I thought I'd post it here for anyone who hasn't been lucky enough to receive it. I did a Google search on it to see if I could find where it came from - and it's from a lady named Janine Allen who has a blog called "Adopt a Shelter Dog Today" - and all she asks is that she get credit for writing the poem and have a link to an online version of the poem - which is here

So here's the poem - and get your kleenex ready -

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 overworked 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 little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

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 are out there who
haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
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