Joan, the lady who gives me my home check assignments for APARN (Arizona Pug Adoption & Rescue Network), posted this poem on our member list.  Tears just streamed down my face because I was thinking of our dear Buffy and how happy she and we are since she joined our family.  I wish I knew who wrote the poem so I could give him/her credit.  I copied and pasted the post as Joan sent it.  Enjoy!


Good Morning Pug Lovers,
Since we've had some seniors adopted recently I thought you all would like this poem.
I printed this off a website of Ruf Creek Ranch Animal Rescue honoring their Sexy Seniors:

One by one, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.
A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail,
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong.
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To You, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that GOD deems I must leave,

I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thought and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Each time a senior is adopted a copy of this poem should go with them.


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Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on February 24, 2012 at 9:03am

Thanks for sharing Sookie with us, Shawna.  She is so blessed to have you.  :0)

Comment by Pretty Pugs x3 on February 24, 2012 at 2:55am

Thank you so much for posting this poem, It touched my heart and I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks...My Sookie is a senior pug, I got her Christmas 2010, from an awful place where she was outside in the snow with barely any shelter, not even a blanket. While the new puppy they had bought their daughter for Christmas  was inside sitting on the couch.(I stood there thinking "How could they be so cruel?)                     Sookie is 1/2 blind, and 1/2 deaf, but now she's home & happy & most importantly ~ she know she's loved... Sometimes I believe she also has a touch of Alzhimers~ But that actually could be a good thing ~ maybe she will forget about that other place & those awful people. Thanks again for posting the poem.                                                                                                                                       

Comment by Helena Brown on January 12, 2012 at 12:00pm

I am sitting here crying. So lovely.

Comment by Pug Chick on January 11, 2012 at 9:00am

This is precious beyond measure.  Tears rolling...........

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on January 11, 2012 at 8:04am

Oh that brought tears to my eyes. 

Comment by Puggirl on January 11, 2012 at 7:06am

That was a touching one!!!

Comment by Jackie Hiras on January 10, 2012 at 1:03pm

Oh my goddddddd!  How sad to think that it is true but touching to know that there are people out there who have a special place in their hearts for the seniors!

Comment by Pugnacious on January 10, 2012 at 8:38am

Crying in my coffee.

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on January 9, 2012 at 12:07pm

That is beautiful, and for those of us with or who had seniors, it is all so true, they give a special kind of love.

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