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A Christmas Pet

goldengal
November 24th, 2008, 01:22 PM
A Christmas Pet

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 heads.
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 midday to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but Santa Claus - with eyes full of tears.

He unchained 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, DONDER 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 pet is not just for the season,
we had gotten the animal for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids Christmas gift
there was one important thing that we missed.
A pet 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 giving a gift! You were giving a life!"

-- AUTHOR UNKNOWN

BenMax
November 24th, 2008, 01:25 PM
GoldenGal - thank you! Very appropriate.

Frenchy
November 24th, 2008, 07:28 PM
This is so true :sad: I wish this would be posted all over pet stores !

Mat&Murph
November 24th, 2008, 07:36 PM
What a perfect poem for this time of year!!! I agree with Frenchy...it shuld be posted at all the pet stores!!!

JennieV
November 24th, 2008, 07:52 PM
I second that! :thumbs up thanks for posting this!

onster
November 24th, 2008, 08:27 PM
:thumbs up:thumbs up:thumbs up:thumbs up

joeysmama
November 24th, 2008, 08:43 PM
I wish this would be posted all over pet stores !

I agree with you Frenchy. But I think the pet stores are hoping people make that impulse buy for Christmas.:sad: They wouldn't hang this up--bad for business.

mollywog
December 6th, 2008, 02:06 PM
I just made the mistake of looking through Kijiji ads for pets (not looking to buy, just browsing out of curiosity). There were SO many ads saying "Just in time for Christmas! Mixed Breed Puppies for sale"
I wonder how many of those "Christmas Pets" are going to end up in shelters :sad: I can't imagine any responsible breeder would want their puppies to go to a new home during the hectic Christmas season.
It makes me so sad :cry: