Thursday, November 24, 2011

Here in this house

I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks of the other dogs ‘out there’.

I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake, my world will not have changed.
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I’ll eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat.
I will feel the sun’s heat, and the rain’s coolness, and be
allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

Here in this house… There will be an effort to communicate with

me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don’t understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that
I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in joy, and I will love the sound of it!

Here in this house… I will never be a substitute for anything I am

not. I will never be used to improve peoples’ images of themselves. I
will be loved because I am who I am, not someone’s idea of who I
should be. I will never suffer for someone’s anger, impatience, or
stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved
by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

Here in this house… I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch…

knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be
cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful
and known to be of value.

I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not

cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I
will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair
as dogs.

Here in this house… I will belong. I will be home.

 Author unknown to me. ... 

a fellow forum member posted this and I so enjoyed it that I thought I would pass it along for other animal lovers to enjoy as well.  

Happiest of Thanksgivings to each and all!! 
Sarah and the Weens!
Vintage Thanksgiving


  1. Great poem! Happy Thanksgiving to you & the weens. :-)

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, and beautiful post!
    Kisses and Tail Wags,
    Dachshund Nola

  3. Thanks for sharing. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    ~Milly, Shelby, and Maggie (the Mom)

  4. We're missing your wonderful posts!!

    We received an award the other day from our mutual friend Nola. You will want to check out our blog, you will be really surprised too!!

    Lily Belle