This was in our newspaper today. It was written by Beth Norman Harris. After I had a good cry I thought I would share it with you and you could have one too....lol. I had already given my dogs ( both of them) baths today. After I read this I felt like loading them into the car and taking them to the Dairy Queen for ice cream. I know there are a lot of animals that dont get proper care and enough to eat. It breaks my heart. Please if you have an animal that is outside in the extreme cold, bring them in...show them some love, treat them as you would treat a good friend, because they are the best kind of friend you will ever have.
A Dogs Plea
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart
in all the world is more greatful for kindness
than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might
lick your hand between blows,
your patience and understanding will more
quickly teach me the things
you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice
is the worlds sweetest music, as you
must know by the fierce wagging
of my tail when the sound
of your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when its cold
and wet, for I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to the
elements. I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your
feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh
water, for I cannot tell you when
I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I
might stay well, to romp and play
and do your bidding, to walk by your side
and stand ready, willing and able
to protect you with my life,
should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old,
and I no longer enjoy good health,
hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts
to keep me going.
I am not having any fun.
Please see that my trusting life
is taken gently.
I shall leave this earth
knowing with the last breath
I draw that my fate was always
safest in your hands.