Monday, December 15, 2008
Remember Your Pet
Photo courtesy of www.unchainyourdog.org
This sad little poem was sent to me by a friend. It originated from the Humane Society of Missouri www.hsmo.org.
Santa comes quietly long before dawn
While shops are still busy and lights are still on
While dinners are cooking and kitchens are warm
And children count presents they'll open by morn
He slips past the trees in windows aglow
Through the gate to the backyard as icy winds blow
To find the pup he brought last year chained up in the snow
And kneeling, he whispers "Are you ready to go?"
There are too many stops like this one tonight
Before the beginning of his regular flight
He leaves not a note or a footprint in sight
Just an unbuckled collar on a cold
One of the cruelest things that can be done to a pack animal like the dog is for them to be left chained or otherwise confined outside alone. In good weather and bad these animals live a life of virtual solitary confinement. Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility that doesn't go away just because the dog got too big, shed too much, or misbehaved (since no one had time and patience enough to teach him good manners).
Pets bring so much joy to our lives. One of my holiday wishes is that each day of the year pets receive what they deserve...kind and compassionate treatment from people who love them.