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I waited (dedicated to the dogs of Louisianna)

September 13th, 2005, 03:56 PM
The following poem was dedicated to the dogs of Louisianna. It was written by Terry Kimmel Price of Rosie Animal Adoption. Please check the following link to see the picture and poem. Have your kleenex ready.


BY: Terry Price Kimmel (Rosie Animal Adoptions)

I waited with you while the news of the storm began. You patted my head and told me not to worry, let's wait and see.

I waited while you packed up what you could from the house and put away all the belongings.

You told me to wait just a while, let's watch the TV.

I waited for you to say let's go when they said we all had to leave.

I waited when they told you I couldn't go with you. I sat and watched you go.

I waited from the window while I saw you drive away, you looked back at me and said “Wait out the storm, I'll be back.”

I waited.

I was so thirsty I drank only the water that was there waiting for me, rising above me.

I waited while boats and people and helicopters went by and asked if there was anyone waiting to be saved.

I did not reply. I knew others like you were waiting longer than me.

I waited while my stomach grew thin and sore longing for food and full of toxins but hoping any moment that someone would stop ....and tell me that you were waiting for me.

I waited while I heard others like me... wailing, swimming in dark waters or tied up burning in the hot sun.

I dreamt someone would bring me to you, waiting for me.

I waited. ..While my aches grow to pain beyond recognition but I wanted you to know I was waiting for you.

I tremble and wait for death now because anything else would be too much to bear.

But I will wait for you forever.

I will wait for you in Heaven.

September 13th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Those poor animals having no idea whats going on,what a slow horrible death. It would have been more humane just to PTS on the spot. If anything happened like this where I live I would sneak Joey in a big duffle bag and make sure he gets out.

September 13th, 2005, 09:22 PM
Poor beasties. I, too, would never be able to leave them behind. Never. I wouldn't be able to survive without them either.

September 14th, 2005, 08:26 AM
:sad: Terry's poem is so heartwrenching. I wish like heck that I lived closer.

September 14th, 2005, 08:59 AM
I just went to the bathroom at work full of tears, all I can picture is Harley waiting at a window sighing as I leave.....Heart breaking. I could not ever leave him. He would be way to big to hide. I would find a way.
I just contacted someone from ASPCA in LA. They will let me know if Transportation can be done, so My friends and I can foster a couple. With me moving very soon, I can only take one, but at least it is a life being saved. I am waiting to hear back

September 14th, 2005, 09:01 AM
I would like to ask all the rescues to please post this poem on their website on their memorium page. Rosie's and Foxy's have made a special page dedicated to it, I ask you all to take a look and do a similar page. For those of us who wish to go but cannot, it is our way to help.

I think this peom says it all. Have'nt been able to stop crying everytime I read it.

September 14th, 2005, 04:27 PM
OMG,the Poem tells it all..poor,poor animals :sad: :sad: and a shame on the powers that be for condemning these animals to a slow and inhumane death.I too wish I was closer,they would have to shoot me to stop me from helping these cats/dogs.
How much extra time and work would it take for the soldiers to at least give the animals some food and water??

I know one thing for sure,I would NEVER leave my animals behind :sad:
To tell you the truth,this has really affected me badly,not a day goes by that I don't cry,I believe this is the worst case of animal-abuse I've ever heard of.
I know many people have suffered the same fate,but hopefully by now most people are safe..
I am furious about the non-treatment of these animals and there is not a darn thing I can do about it.
Money has been collected....a few million $$$,why are these dogs still suffering???

September 15th, 2005, 11:01 AM
Same here. Not a day goes by I dont cry when I think about it and when I read the peom. This is why she wrote it. Please pass it on, just give Terry the credit for it. She has given permission for it to be used and posted. I totally agree this is the worst case of animal abuse. So many need not be homeless if they had let the families take their pets with them. I too would never leave mine behind, all 7 of them.

September 18th, 2005, 08:03 PM
I know I couldn't leave my two. I would have gotten into my car and kept driving until I outdrove the storm. The problem is New Orleans is that many people did not own cars and thought they were being evacuated for only a few days. They left food and water and planned on going back home after the storm. No one counted on the levy's breaking. When they did no one was allowed or could go back into the city to get the dogs. My heart breaks for the dogs and cats and for the poor people whose hearts are breaking for their beloved companions. They underestimated Katrina and her aftermath and now they are all paying a heavy price.
I watched Houston Animal Cops last night and some pets and their owners have been reunited. Thousands have not been....yet.

September 18th, 2005, 10:01 PM
I watched Houston Animal Cops last night and some pets and their owners have been reunited. Thousands have not been....yet.

I’m leaving for Louisiana on Wednesday morning. I will spend five days cleaning cages, feeding and walking dogs…and whatever else they ask me to do.

To those who have questioned why do this when I could be helping humans I say....helping animals is helping humans. Imagine after weeks of not knowing about your pets to find that they are alive…and waiting.

This will go on for a long time. According to CNN there are still 2000 missing children due to Katrina and they are still being reunited (I couldn't imagine) so I hold out hope for many of the animals too.

September 18th, 2005, 10:17 PM
Wow twodogs, that's incredibly fantastic of you. You are a really beautiful person to go down there and help out. Good luck. I hope it goes as well as it can.. :grouphug: :grouphug:

September 21st, 2005, 05:11 PM
Thats amazing Two Dogs...Good for you!!!!! I just hope your okay since were now waiting to hear what happens with the next hurricane :eek: is there a group that your going there with?