Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Barking Wednesday ~ Beautiful poem

Thanks for joining me for my Barking Wednesday post.  Each week I will be posting stuff about my favorite guy...Kingers and his friends.  All kinds of stuff....products - homemade treat recipes - info I have learned over the years, etc.  Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.

If you plan to adopt or know of someone that is planning to adopt a dog -please share this poem with them.

One by One, they pass by my cage,
They say, "Too worn, too broken, too old of age.
Way past his time, he can't run and play."
Then they shake their heads 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 grey, 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 through the grey, 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 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.

Leslie Whalen

A co-worker gave me the info to a great website dedicated to "Making a Difference" ~  Cocker Rescue     Check them out!  
Thank you Laura for sharing this beautiful poem.
I can not imagine King in a shelter waiting to be adopted. That would be terrible...he would be lost and confused - not knowing what and why this is happening to him.  So SAD  



59 comments:

  1. Awww, that is a great poem. Our dog is adopted and I am happy we made the decision to adopt rather than get a new pup.

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  2. This is a really sweet poem that almost makes me cry! I agree that adopting a dog is a wonderful option!

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  3. i love this poem! so sweet. and makes me proud we rescue pets <3 <3

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  4. So sweet! I wish we had room to go get a doggie from a shelter.

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  5. Awww...that is so sweet! There are so many dogs out there waiting to be loved!

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  6. Maybe someday when I'm old and gray I'll adopt a pet! Sweet poem. Sweet doggy!

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  7. sweet poem! thankful for the post on rescue awareness!

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  8. Love the poem! Both of our pups are adopted and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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  9. Our dog is adopted, too… and a perfect addition to our family! Thanks for sharing the sweet poem.

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  10. That was such a beautiful poem! I have a small apartment so I wouldn't have room for big pets. When I get a house I'm for sure adopting a dog, they are great and loyal companions.

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  11. My shelter pup passed away in Jan of 2012, but not a day goes by that he doesn't cross my mind and my heart doesn't hurt for missing him. I never could understand how people could drop their pets off and just drive away. My pups are my family :(
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem

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  12. What A Beautiful Poem Who Could Refuse That Cute Face!

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  13. I "rescued" a puppy in January. I checked all of the shelters first and was very surprised not at the questions they ask about you and your background and stuff, but rather how much money some want to adopt.

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  14. What a lovely and sad poem. It's very thought provoking.

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  15. A very emotional poem. Our dogs are adopted as well as our birds. And birds are in an even worse situation because they live so very long. I always suggest adopting and rescuing.

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  16. What a sweet poem, it brought tears to my eyes!

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  17. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful poem. Way to make me cry! Great way to bring awareness to rescue dogs too.

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  18. I'm a huge fan of adopting pets. My sweet dog is a Hurricane Katrina rescue and I wouldn't change her for the world!

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  19. That is such a wonderful poem. I adore pets and still miss my Jackson. One day we'll adopt another, thanks for sharing that link!

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  20. I just had to put my old girl down. Miss her, but not ready for another yet.

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  21. Awe... my heart hurts... we rescued our pup and she has been a GOD-send to our family. I can't imagine how many people passed her by, but am almost grateful that they did

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  22. What a touching poem. My dad and his wife recently adopted a dog, I'm sure they'd love this poem.

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  23. We've adopted two shelter puppies and they bring so much love into our lives. Great poem. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Both dogs we had were shelter dogs. This is a really touching piece you wrote.

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  25. Aww what a sweet poem. I adopted my dog and he was the best dog ever!

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  26. Not sure why but this kinda reminds me a little of the Shel Silverstein poems. Very beautiful. Very sweet.

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  27. This is such a sweet poem. I don't have a dog but we adopted our cat. It's always best to adopt!

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  28. I love this poem! It brought a tear to my eye. We have a rescue dog and a rescue cat and they fill our lives with love and joy.

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  29. I love the poem. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  30. This poem always makes me cry, and then want to run out and adopt all of the animals I can; if only! Our dog was a rescue, though not from a shelter- we rescued her from being taken to a shelter by a family who was moving. Life wouldn't be the same without her!

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  31. This is such a great poem. We always rescue our animals, and right now we are fostering a dog and a cat.

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  32. You need to leave a Kleenex warning next time! Beautiful poem, and as a dog lover, I love the whole idea of Barking Wednesday.

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  33. We used to do animal rescue and rehab but I got soft-hearted and couldn't adopt out one, maxing our quota (of 3) for the county. Our dogs have passed on and I don't have the heart to replace them yet. I get so sad going to rescues but we like to visit the animals so they feel loved. Someday I will and I'm certain it will be a dog in need of rescue. Just like the one in the poem.

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  34. That is such a beautiful poem. Most of our dogs have been rescued through SPCA & I can't imagine doing it any other way :)

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  35. Beautiful pup and poem. We adopted our doggie, and stuff like this really affects me. :( I shared pics of my pet today!

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  36. All of our dogs came from the humane society.

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  37. what a pretty poem, that was sweet of your co-worker!

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  38. Beautiful poem! Simply beautiful! I am going to share with my friends! Thank you!

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  39. That is so sweet. I could not imagine my dog being in a shelter. She was dumped and abandoned by our house and I would LOVE to tell her previous owners... It is YOUR LOSS!

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  40. That is such a beautiful poem. I hope the dog in the photo has a happy life.

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  41. Aww, I love that poem. We adopted Shar Pei dogs for a few years and we got a few older one's that had mental issues.

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  42. I adopt all my kitties. They are strays, rescues, and fostered. Such sweet little babies!

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  43. Thanks for sharing! What a sweet puppy!

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  44. My sister has adopted so many pups. She found one running around homeless and hungry and brought him back to life!

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  45. What a great poem. We adopted our pup as well, he's the best dog we've ever had!

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  46. What a sweet poem. We tried to adopt a dog from a few rescues, but because we both worked we were turned down. We did eventually get a cockapoo and we love her - she's been with us for 9 years and she is truly loved by everyone! Our sitter though just got a rescue dog, he's sweet - but he chews everything!

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  47. This made me tear up. We love our Zoey, she is family and I could never imagine leting her go.

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  48. We adopted our dog. She is happy. We also named her happy,

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  49. what a sweet sentiment. We adopted our 2 and would do it again

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  50. I'm not a dog person, but my cats have all been rescue pets. I really liked this poem - I hope others will be inspired to adopt a pet.

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  51. What a great poem. This poem show how important dogs are in so many people lives.

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  52. This is such a wonderful poem. My cats are my rescue babies.

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  53. Great poem. I want a pup so bad, but have zero time to enjoy one right now. I'll really consider a rescue when I adopt one. -April at Two Chic's Blog

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  54. What a wonderful poem! I don't own any pets but my boys are really trying to pursue me otherwise

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  55. Such a beautiful poem! I've always adopted and try to convince everyone considering a pet to do the same.

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  56. We have adopted several pets over the years. Our last one was with us for 13 years. We still miss him all the time.

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  57. Ugh that makes me so sad. I love my fur babies and it doesn't matter where they come from!

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