A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

With thanks to Rishi for providing:

A Rescue Dog’s Christmas Poem

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found,
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care,

They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,
“Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days..
we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways,

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly – why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children:, “don’t come when they call”,
we “bark when they leave us”, climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew…
we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam-
now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye…
“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone….
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…
we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads..
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the

We count on your kindness each day of the year –
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat…
and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

Author Unknown



The Night Before Christmas


 T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there;


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

With no thought of their Dog filling their heads.

Their Ma in her ‘kerchief, and kids in their quilt,

Knew the Dog was cold, but their concern was nil


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

Kids sprang from their bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window they flew like a flash,

Figuring the dog was free and into the trash.


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the luster of midday to the objects below,

When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,

But Santa Claus – with his eyes full of tears.


He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,

Last years Christmas present, now thin and sick.

More rapid than eagles, he called the dog’s name.

And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain;




To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!

Let’s find this dog a home where he’ll be loved by all”


Kids knew in an instant there’d be no gifts this year,

For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear,

The gift of a dog is not just for the season,

They had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.


In the haste of giving their kids a Christmas gift

There was one important thing that parents missed.

A dog should be family, and cared for the same

You don’t give a gift, and then put it on a chain.


Back onto his sledge Santa held the dog uptight

And the Doggy exclaimed, as it rode out of sight . . .

“Pets are for life, not just for Christmas.

Each of us waits for the joy of a home,

Take one of us in and you’ll never go kissless,

So long as you treat us as one of your own.”



Merry  Xmas !!! 


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