I was pregnant with my daughter in January of 1989 and her father, a veterinarian, and I read this together and cried. We cut this out and saved it knowing that we would teach her that accepting love from a pet also means giving love back.
"Alone Again "
I wish someone could tell me what it is
That I've done wrong,
Why I have to stay chained up and
Left alone so long.
They seemed so glad to have me when
I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we'd do
While I was growing up.
They couldn't wait to train me as a
Companion and a friend.
And told me how they'd never fear
Being left alone again.
The children said they'd feed me and
Brush me every day.
They'd play with me and walk me
If I could only stay.
But now the family "hasn't time."
They often say I shed.
They do not want me in the house
Not even to be fed.
The children never walk me,
They always say "Not now."
I wish that I could please them,
Won't someone tell me how?
All I had, you see, was love.
I wish they would explain,
Why they said they wanted me,
Then left me on a chain.
An added thought by Ann: Sandy just sent me this with an hour to go till November. OK OK so you can't get to a shelter by midnight -- but EVERY month should be "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month". A