I know most of you have pets that are family. Like children, they learn important life facts from you, and like children, they forget once in a while, or don’t quite understand the lesson. Following is a poem about Gallant and Faith, two cute pups are in a shelter somewhere, waiting for someone to love, who will love them.
This is quite lovely, said Gallant to Faith,
lush green with sprinkles of white.
Yes, agreed Faith, but Gallant, I’m scared.
Where will we spend the night?
I’m not sure, sis. We’re all alone,
I think we broke some more rules.
I know we don’t belong with the flowers,
though I can’t see any gardening tools.
Faith replied, Brother, dear, I think what it was
was the price of our kibbles and bits
A litter of eight was too much this time,
and the humans just called it quits.
He cried when he left us, but he won’t be back
None of us know what to do
We could walk down that road and hope that someone
will see us and care for us, too.
But the flowers, said Gallant, we’ll step on them
and I’m sure someone will get mad.
We’re as alone now as I ever want to be,
I’m just afraid to be bad.
It’s darker now, Gallant, it’s time to move,
Come on Gallant, let’s go!
Okay, Faith, follow me, then,
Maybe we’ll see someone we know.
Stepping out bravely, the two left together,
staying to the side of the road.
A truck passed them and stopped. The driver got out
and said, “To what is this pleasure owed?
I’m Gil, little labs, and I run the shelter
that is just at the end of this drive.
With no tags, no collars, no I.D.
it’s a wonder you two survive.
My shelter is supported by regular folks
who love to help one another
and help the lost furry friends as well,
treating all like sister and brother.”
So please go down to the shelter today
and look for these two special pets.
They have love to spare, and are already named,
and that is as good as it gets.
Thank you for supporting your local shelters, whether for people or furry friends, and for spaying or neutering your pets to avoid happenings such as this.
Original work by the author November 1, 2010.