Julie writes, I want to share with all of my rescue friends:
I wrote this the other day when I learned that little Rusty didn’t make it. He was the little one that was dumped at the shelter. I was sobbing my eyes out. Sometimes we just can’t save them even though we try so hard. Sometimes they are in such bad shape that despite our best efforts they leave us. While I was crying so hard, I ended up writing this. It is for all of you when you feel like you maybe don’t make a difference…but you do!!
A LETTER TO MY RESCUER (written by Julie Chadwick )
My body is old my body is weak
I’ve spent my life in a backyard alone
The kids are playing in the house
Why can’t I come inside
My body is frail my spirit is pale
I’ve spent my time wandering around alone
Why don’t they love me anymore
They did when I was a puppy
My love is strong but what did I do wrong
I would still defend you but you still pretend
You love me and I wonder is this really love
Then the day comes and I’m so happy
We are going for a ride in the car
Finally you love me – Maybe not so much.
Where are we? What is this place?
I can smell other dogs I can smell fear
I am scared, I am afraid, you walk away
Where are you going
I hear what you tell someone
“he got too old, I don’t want him anymore”
I am in a cage with other dogs barking
We are all scared we can smell death
We know what lies ahead
When will it be my turn next?
Then a miracle happens
Someone walks past my cage
She stops to give me kisses
She whispers gently in my ear
I think they call her a ” rescuer ”
We are all in awe of this person
She says “I’ll take this baby out now”
Wow, yay, yipppee I’m getting out
She puts me in her car and takes lots of
What they call “freedom pics”
I’m so happy now – getting love, getting hugs
For the very first time someone cares for me
Ahh but now I see my rescuer crying
I ask what’s wrong with your eyes
She says to me softly
“I’m so sorry someone failed you”
You see I am very sick and dying
And soon will be going to a place
They call The Rainbow Bridge!
Cry not brave rescuer
For you gave me love
You gave me life for the first time
You gave me dignity and a soft bed of my own
You let me come inside and sleep on your bed
I got to eat soft food, and lie my head on your lap!
I even got to watch something called “Animal Planet”
All the love you gave to me
I will take with me wherever I go
All the hugs and belly rubs I will never forget
Just make me one promise
Dear rescuer, never give up!
Please continue to save my brothers and sisters
In a scary place they call the animal shelter
Don’t ever doubt yourself that you didn’t make a difference
You saved me from the worst fate – dying alone in the shelter
I will forever love you and watch over you like an angel!
Love from the little old dog you rescued!!