Friday, October 22, 2010

Too Old??

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.

Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,

A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted and driven away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,

You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.

We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,

To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear


A.Marie said...

Gosh, I almost had to cry when I read this....I never give up on my old "babies." They stay with me until they cross that Rainbow Bridge. It doesn't matter that they get old and sore, crabby and cross. I love them until the very end.

Student Accomodation said...

OMG..i was crying with your touching...!!
thanks for sharing this...
Student Accommodation

Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

So true, so sad and poignant. I love puppies but I love my seniors more. I would like to put this on my new website for Silverwalk with your permission.

Dog Rescuer said...


Go for it. Someone sent it to me and with what I have been through the last few days it hit home.

Wait to hear what has been going on. I am so upset but can't write about it just yet

Dawn said...

I had to send this to you Amy! After reading your last post, I'm sure it really did hit home! I just love this though... so touching! Keep on keeping on!!! You are an amazing woman & so many of our furry friends are so very lucky to have you enter their lives!

9258 Photo said...

I have to tell you all one. A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would foster a senior JRT/chi mix. I said sure since my cocker foster was going to be adopted as soon as her antibiotics were done and we got clearance from the vet. They said he had been at the pound a couple of weeks already and would probably be euthanized unless I said ok. Hoover was as sweet as they come, but the vet estimated his age at about 10-12 years old. So I thought I was going to have to market him and I went and bought him a cute little blue argyle collar and matching leash. And a blue plaid sweater, since being a chi mix as soon as the temp drops below 70 he's shivering. What happens? Last night I get a call. One of the vets we work with has a new vet that just graduated from OSU. She was going to adopt a boxer mix, but her landlord said no to that one. She had done surgery on Hoover the week before, so she inquired about him. She adopted him today. How's that. From literally being scheduled to be euthanized to having a new mommy that's a vet.