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THE GIFT

Eyes fearful, paws worn
A sorrowful sight
So forlorn
Love they said would be the cure
For the suffering
You had endured
So our family grew that day
We brought you home
With us you'd stay
Slowly, gently the bond it grew
Faithful, loyal
Loving, true
Looking back it's so unclear
How we got by
Without you here
Trusted companion,
devoted friend
You give and give
It never ends
They said we were a gift to you
But now we know
Who rescued who 

-- J. M. Berry

To My Foster Dog
 
I am the bridge Between what was and what can be. I am the pathway to a new life. I am made of mush, Because my heart melted when I saw you, Matted and sore, limping, depressed, Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine. I will feed you with my own hand I will love you with my whole heart I will make you whole.
I am made of steel. Because when the time comes, When you are well, and sleek, When your eyes shine, And your tail wags with joy Then comes the hard part. I will let you go--not without a tear, But without a regret. For you are safe forever-- A new dog needs me now.

by Diane Morgan

"He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is just my dog." - Gene Hill

"I am an Animal Rescuer"

My job is to assist God's creatures.
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs.

I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures
without planning or selection.

I have patted many a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times.

And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body
too many times to count.

I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven,
but I believe there are. Why would God make something so perfect
and leave it behind?

Some may think we are masters of the animals,
but the animals have mastered themselves...
something people still haven't learned.

War and abuse make me hurt for the world,
but a rescue gives me hope for mankind.

We rescuers are a mostly quiet but determined army,
and we are making a difference every day.

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan,
nothing more rewarding than saving a life, and
no higher recognition than watching them thrive.

There is no greater joy than seeing a human or non-human baby play who,
only days ago, was too weak to eat.

By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue,
I have been rescued.

I know what true unconditional love really is,
for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many,
grateful for so little.

I am an Animal Rescuer.
My work is never done.
My home is never quiet.
My heart is always full.

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Dogs are not our whole lives, But they make our lives whole... ~ Roger Caras