I was born today. One of ten.
My daddy was very famous. I have lots of half brothers and sisters,
My mother is very famous. Since she got famous, she only has puppies,
No more loving hands. No more fun trips...just puppies.
She is always sad when they leave her.
I left home today. I didn't want to go,
so I hid behind my mama and my 3 litter mates that were left,
I didn't like you. But one day they said I would be famous
I wonder- -is famous the same as fun and good times?
So you picked me up and carried me away,
even though you were concerned about
me hiding from you. I don't think you liked me.
My new home is far away. I am scared and afraid.
My heart says, "BE BRAVE." My ancestors were. Did they go to
"good homes"' like mine? I'm hungry because I can't eat too much
because it will be bad for my bones. I can't bite or snap when the
children are mean to me. I just run and play and pretend I am in a big
green field with butterflies and robins and frogs.
I can't understand why they kick me.
I am quiet but the man hits and says loud things.
The lady doesn't feed me good things like I had with my mother.
She just throws dry food on the ground, then goes away
before I can get too close for touching and petting.
Sometimes my food smells bad but I eat it anyway..
Today I had ten puppies,
They are wonderful and warm.  Am I famous now?
I wish I could play with them, but they are so tiny.
I am so young and playful that it is hard to lay here
in this hole under the house, nursing my puppies.
They are crying now. I am so hungry. I scratch and worry at my fur.
I wish someone would throw me some food.
I am also very thirsty.
Now I have eight puppies.
They got cold in the night and I could not make them warm again.
They are gone. We are all very weak.
Maybe if I take them out on the porch, we could get some food?
Today they took us away. Someone grabbed my puppies.
They cried and whimpered. We were put into a truck with boxes in it.
Are my babies famous now? I hope so because I miss them.
They are gone, and this new place smells of urine, fear and sickness.
Why am I here? I was beautiful and proud like my ancestors,
Now I am hungry, dirty, in pain and unwanted.  Maybe the worst is unwanted.
No one came although I tried to be good.
  Today someone came,
They put arope on me and led me to a room that was very clean and had a shiny table. They put me on the table and someone held me and hugged me. It felt so good.  Then I felt tired and laid down
in the arms of someone who cared.

~ Author Unknown ~

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If You Can...

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can forgive a friend's lack of consideration,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when,
no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,

      If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have
no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics,
then, my friend, you're almost as good as your dog.
Almost...but not quite.

~ Author Unknown ~

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