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Dog Stories and Poetry
by Patricia Walter
Benny arrived at the shelter
with a litter of puppies. He was the only puppy from his
family that never got adopted. He lived at the shelter for
over three months in a stainless steel cage, getting
out only occasionally. I took him to several “meet and
greets” in hopes of finding him a new home. But it never
happened. People constantly overlooked poor little Benny. I
felt bad every time I went to the shelter and still saw him
sitting there. I had about 12 dogs at the time and felt we
just could not have any more. But finally one day I knew
that if I did not take Benny home, he would be put to sleep.
Somehow, he had managed to stay alive much longer than most
at the shelter. Maybe because he was cute and never was very
large so the staff kept forgetting about him. Living at a
shelter for three months is not good for a small puppy.
Puppies need to be socialized and handled, they need loving
attention. Benny still seemed like a very nice dog in spite
of his shelter upbringing, but he was very fearful of many
things. That is probably the reason that he ended up in many
fights with the older dogs in our home. He never fought with
the younger female shelter dogs, but always with our older,
large dogs. We had never experienced such fights with our
dogs and felt very badly for Benny. He stayed with us for a
year and a half, but the fights continued. One day he had a
terrible fight with our large collie mix and I knew he
needed to find a home without other dogs. Finally we found a
family in Dover DE to adopt Benny. He was to be the King of
the house. We did not want to let Benny go, but we knew he
needed to be away from our large doggie family. We got in
the car and took Benny to Dover DE to meet his new family. I
don’t think Benny ever got over his upbringing in a shelter
and remained fearful in many situations. Puppies need love
and attention – most shelters just don’t have time or staff
to give little puppies what they need. Many shelters have a
great foster network where puppies are raised in a home
environment until they are ready to be adopted. But many
poor shelters don’t have such programs and the animals
suffer greatly due to the lack of funds and volunteers to
work with the animals. If you feel you could help to make
life better for shelter animals, please volunteer at your
at the shelter
I waited and hoped
that soon I’d be adopted
by some really nice folk.
The months went on
I would whine and cry
the end was near
soon I would die.
I tried to look cute
I would bark and dance
no one noticed
not even a glance.
I made a friend
she watched and waited
but the going was slow.
Finally at last
she had to say
I’ll take him home
there’s no other way.
Original Poetry & Art by
Patricia Walter 2001 ©
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