Do I Go Home Today?

(Author Unknown)

 My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm.


They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family, especially the little girls and boys.


The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets.


I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold the leash, Iím very proud to say!


These are the things Iíll not forget - a cherished memory.
I now live in the shelter - without my family.


They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didnít know the difference between the old one and the new.


The kids and I would grab a rug, for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug.


They said I was out of control and would have to live outside.
This I didnít understand, although I tried and tried!


The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadnít the
time.
I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime.


My life became so lonely in the backyard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.


So they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy, and then each kissed me goodbye.


If Iíd only had some training as a little pup, I wouldnít
have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.


ďYou only have one day leftĒ, I heard a worker say.
Does that mean I have a second chance?
Do I go home today?

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