View Full Version : Poem ... Death of a pound dog

13-07-2011, 23:13
Today is the death day of nobody's dog

Nothing will mark it but a note in the log

I'm faceless and nameless and no tears will fall

For I know in your world I have no worth at all

To you, my sweet someone, I'm a friend and a dear

We ran the wind daily and you held me so near

But the gate was left open - I chanced a walk on my own

I'd have cowered in fear if only I'd known

I know how you cried on the night that I strayed

I know how you searched, I know how you prayed

But I went to a pound far far from our home

Where I crouched in despair in my kennel alone

I know that you phoned for I heard your dear voice

And I hoped you would hear me so I barked myself hoarse

Although I'm a Lab cross with stockings all white

On their form I'm a Staff cross - the description's not right

So they said I'm not here and I sank to my bed

My kennel cough's worse and I can't raise my head

The rescue came yesterday but they hadn't a place

For an un-neutered cross breed with his mucus-streaked face

If only you'd come to search for me here

You would have known me at once, you would have sensed I was near

You would have sorted my ills, you would have carried me home

And I promise our God no more would I roam

Now my eyes plead for mercy for my seven days are done

And I am waiting with dread for the final vet run

No arms will caress me as they inject me to death

No words will comfort me as I take my last breath

When the body man comes, it is fitting I'm found

In a bin bag in the freezer in the depths of the pound

Thrown away like the rubbish - no respect and no shame

Denied even the time to find you again

My loyalty and devotion they did cruelly betray

Without microchip or nametag, I am just a dispensable stray

Once waggy-tailed, once proud, beloved and free

Oh Dad look with pain at what mankind's done to me!

Live Arico work hard every day to help dogs like this escape euthanasia and educate the public on responsible pet ownership. We rely totally on public donations to look after the 400 abandonded dogs. We realise that times are hard for everyone but there are many ways you can help.

Financial contributions are always deeply appreciated

If your a building contractor or renovating a property and have ANY spare building material, we would love to have it to improve the refuge

We have 3 Charity shops in Silencio, Los Cristianos and San Eugenio, we accept almost any donation, whether its clothes, shoes, books, jewelery or household goods. If you are having a clear out please consider donating your items to us.

Old mobile phones...we can recycle them for cash

Any spare change rolling about in a drawer..we will take it

Smart Media Desktop Browser...we get paid every time someone uses it through our login password....PM SuzyQ for details.

Volunteer, either at the refuge itself, or at one of the shops, you do as many hours as suits you, its a great way to meet people.

If your a bar owner could you hold a fundraiser?

Buy a square metre of Land for Live Arico, so we can purchase the land we rent.

There are lots of ways you can help to save a dogs life. For further details look at. www.livearico.org

Please help us to help the dogs x

13-07-2011, 23:31
So sad. Proud to say "not on our watch"!! Thank you for posting it. X

14-07-2011, 01:03
Nice poem...who wrote it?
Here is a poem about dogs by Lord Byron.

But the poor dog,in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome,foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his masters own,
Who labors,fights,lives,breathes for him alone.
Unhonored falls,unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth-
While man,vain insect!hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

14-07-2011, 09:19
It was written by Gary Edward a volunteer with Animal Kingdom Foundation, its the largest Rescue & Rehabilitation centre in the Philippines, saving dogs from the illegal meat trade. I thought our job was hard enough seeing the unwanted and abused dogs, i cant imagine the desperation he must feel trying to save them from the dinner plate. Nice poem too, i think dogs go to heaven...they are more deserving than some human i know:)

15-07-2011, 23:19
Thankyou for putting it on CaroleTenerife. It sums it up so well doesn´t it ! We think that we have it hard here but there are countries where things are so very much harder....all we can do is acknowledge this and strive to make the difference X