“You can judge the character of a man by the way he treats animals” ~Abraham Lincoln.
When released from this chain-link cage
I promise to be good, I do, I do
and not pull or bark much
as you give me reason to live.
I’ll gift unconditional loving kindness
as we walk outside; spacious and free.
Never mind much as I
chew on your shoe &
jump on you – let’s play!
I adore touch, affection
and scratches behind the ears,
just like you.
Oh, is the biscuit in your pocket?
Watch out as I get the leash
wrapped around your leg,
and cut in front of you,
then lick you, so you laugh
while getting back up
off of the ground.
Next, I’ll sniff grass, flowers and,
well…, you don’t want to know what!
Poo here, pee there
and everywhere we go,
anytime, as I’m not
a fair weather-only walker.
Humbly accept this doggy
attitude of gratitude,
tail wagging offering of love,
for volunteering to be here,
offering true presence
walking with & loving
us rescued, protected, shelter dogs.
We forgive those who
dumped & abandoned us.
My scent on clothes will linger
sweetly reminding you
to return and walk me again, soon.
Someday you or another
shall adopt me
& I truly go home.
Staying at the shelter too long
is not so healthy, as I hear barked
– it could mean getting put to sleep, forever.
Animal lives matter!
“I think I could turn and live with the animals, they are so placid and self-contained;
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God;
Not one is dissatisfied-not one is demented with the mania of owning things;
Not one kneels to another, nor his kind that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is responsible or industrious over the whole earth.” ~ Walt Whitman