Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home. I had no place to go, no one to call my own. I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow. I ate what ever I could find, I was always on the go.

My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain. And no one stopped to give a pat, or to gently say my name. I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run. For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.

And then one day I heard a voice, so gentle, kind and sweet, And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet. “No one again will hurt you”, was whispered in my ear. “You’ll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.”

“You will be dry, you will be warm, you’ll have enough to eat, And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet.”

I was afraid I must admit, I’ve lived so long in fear. I can’t remember when I let a human come so near.

And as she tended to my wounds And bathed and brushed my fur, She told me ’bout the rescue group and what it meant to her.

She said, “we are a circle, A line that never ends. And in the center there is you, protected by new friends.”

She said, “There is a family, that’s waiting patiently, and pretty soon we’ll find them, just you wait and see.”

“And then they’ll join our circle, they’ll help to make it grow, so there’ll be room for more like you, who have no place to go.”

I waited very patiently, the days they came and went. Today’s the day I thought to myself, my family will be sent.

Then just when I began to think It wasn’t meant to be, There were people standing there, just gazing down at me. I knew them in a heart beat, I could tell they felt it too. They said, “We have been waiting for a special dog like you.”

Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be. “Thank you for the life I live and all you’ve given me. But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street. And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet.”

By Arlene Pace, visit http://www.arundawndogrescue.co.uk/INSPIRATIONS/inspirations.htm

Discussion points

  1. Name five things that the dog in the story wishes to have or to experience.
  2. Think about some of the things in YOUR life that make you happy and discuss how similar they are to that of other animals’ needs and wants.
  3. How does it make you feel to know that there are many dogs in the world in the same situation as this dog was? What do you think you could do to help them?
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