For everyone who thinks a dog is a great holiday gift. I don't care if it is for a child or spouse. People need to choose there own pets
Forgotten Dog's Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
The children were nestled all snug in their beds With no thought of the dog filling their head And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter Away to the window I flew like a flash Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below When, what to my wondering eyes should appear But Santa Claus - with eyes full of tears
He un-chained the dog, once so lively and quick Last year's Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain
"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by all."
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear The gift of a dog is not just for the season We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons
In our haste to think of the kids a gift There was one important thing that we missed A dog should be family, and cared for the same You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain
And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight "You weren't given a gift! You were given a LIFE!"
I remember a HUGE thread on this topic, probably from last year. It is something that should be posted every year for all new members and lurkers. Probably would have been even better to have been posted around the first of November where it might have saved a few more pups from becoming "living gifts"...that unfortunately lose their novelty for many people in about the same length of time that a new video game does.
I think it's a horrible idea! I can speak for my own experience! Not that I don't LOVE my dog to peices, but I feel like I just never have enough time for her and could never find her a new home even though she might be better off. I think it would have been better for me to get a dog or any pet for that matter at a time I was ready and prepared to give her the best possible care and time she deserves!
"The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to his level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his."
You're the author, Illusion?!?! Cool! I've seen this "remake" many times, and it's always a tear jerker and, hopefully, an eye opener to people thinking about giving animals as unexpected Christmas gifts.
I love that poem. Very touching and true. I hope you don't mind if i post it on another forum.
I copied it and sent it to my sister. She is getting my niece a shih tzu for Christmas. She did call me to get as much information as she could before she purchased him. I have 2 shih tzu frubabies and love them dearly. They're not my pets, they're my babies, a very special part of my life.
Before i gave sis any information on where to purchase a healthy shih tzu, i made her promise that if at any time she felt that he was more than she could handle, to bring him to me, or give me a call and i would come pick him up.
Ok, so maybe I didn't make it up. I had not seen it before, and just inserted some words. I am sure if you can rhyme, it is easy to make the same thing. If you guys have seen it before, Then I guess I am not the original author. I just made mine up a week or so ago. Sorry
I think you did a good job with your poem. I had never read anything like it and it does make a great point. Who are these people who get a dog and leave it chained or penned up in a cage. I do not know what would drive a person to be so cruel. My daughter bought her first home this summer. The people behind her have a poor dog that is kept is a small chain link enclosure. It has a tumor of some type that hangs almost to the ground. The cage is filthy, both with the dog's stool and trash. My daughter has called the APA three times--with zero results. I think she should just steal him away at night. It would probably be days before the owners would even notice. Sad, but true.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read!! Groucho Marx