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Christmas poem and food for thought ...

meggsi
December 19th, 2007, 04:33 PM
'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!"

Author Unknown

SARAH
December 19th, 2007, 04:48 PM
That is so nice. Sad, but with a happy ending for one lucky dog.

My thoughts go to the poor dogs who are still tied up outside and forgotten by their "family" of unworthy humans. I wish there were none.

dmc123
December 19th, 2007, 05:44 PM
very nice, but it made me cry.....so sad that we all know it happens all the time.

Diane

coppperbelle
December 19th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Excellent, I am going to send it to my fellow rescuers.

Thank you

ancientgirl
December 19th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Beautiful poem. I know from experience, Christmas pets aren't a good idea. Luckily for Blizzard, he has a good home now, and my cousin learned the hard way, that you don't give pets as christmas presents, especially to young kids.

rainbow
December 20th, 2007, 02:33 AM
Great poem ......thanks for sharing. :thumbs up

TeriM
December 20th, 2007, 02:47 AM
:cry: Well said :thumbs up.