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Christmas Rescue poem

I know this poem is preaching to the choir with the folks on this forum but it touched my heart last year and I wanted to share it with you this year. It's a gentle way of telling some folks that puppies for holiday gifts are not such a great idea.
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Christmas Rescue

Twas the night before Xmas when all thru the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nickolaus 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 the dog 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 broke his chain and got 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 Clause with eyes full of tears

He unchained the dog once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present now painfully sick

More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name
And the dog ran right 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 him a home where he'll be loved by all.

I knew in an instant there'd be no gifts this year,
For Santa had made one thing very clear

The gift of a dog is not just for the season-
We had gotten the dog for all the wrong reasons

In our haste to think of the kids-what 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 explain as he rode out of site
YOU WEREN'T GIVEN A GIFT, YOU WERE GIVEN A LIFE!

Susan

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That's the poem that I have on my web site. I have had the poem for years and it always hits me every time I read it and it also reminds me of why I am very cautious when we talk to people who come to us looking to buy a puppy for a family member for Christmas.

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so true...............

Sally,((Oliver)) Comet and Pennie too!
The best things in life are not things!
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Susan, that poem really sums up very well what I think of getting a puppy as a Christmas gift (that you actually get on Christmas) or just around the holidays period. When I first got Kubrick, the watching and constant playing and supervision were ridiculously tiring. I can't even imagine having to do that with Christmas dinner to worry about and a house full of people and pee and poop accidents left and right. I think I would go insane and I actually WANT a dog for the right reasons. Most people don't think of that, though, and just think of what a wonderful Christmas present puppies make.


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