Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Letter for Remember Me Thursday

Hello,
   It’s me, Stray Dog #1547 over here in the corner kennel. I know that I’m not the cutest dog around but really wish that you’d stop by my cage. It is sad to watch the younger dogs get most of the attention. We all deserve a chance at happiness. Oh sure, I was happy once upon a time but that was long ago. What’s my story, you ask? Sigh, mine is not an unusual tale but it goes like this…
   Life started out in a box with my four brothers and three sisters. Mom took great care of us and the humans seemed to think we were cute and lovable. After a few weeks, my siblings left one by one with strangers who cooed over how cute they were. It seemed nobody wanted me. I’m not sure why, maybe it was because I was smaller than the others. I tried to bark at them that I would grow up and be their best friend but not one single person listened to me. The humans kept me for a couple of years but I was always getting under their feet. They would yell at me and it was very scary so I’d run off and hide. That seemed to make them even angrier.
   Nothing I did seemed right so one day they loaded me up in the back of their truck and took me for a ride. Being ever the optimist, I was hoping they were taking me to a new home where someone would love me. That is not what happened. Instead, they pulled over to the side of the road and let me out with nothing but my favorite red and white monkey to keep me company. They jumped back in the truck and sped off. I waited three days for them to come back but they never did. 
   Finally, a nice lady stopped and offered me a piece of hamburger. It took all my courage to trust her but by this time I was very hungry and what dog can resist a burger? Not me that’s for sure. She scratched behind my ears before putting me and my monkey in the backseat of her car. 
   That’s how I ended up here at the shelter. It's been several years now but this is a no-kill rescue so I don't have that worry. Plus, my rescuer is one of the volunteers so I get to see her most days. She always stops by for a scratch behind my ears along with a sad smile. I love her but really want a home of my own. Maybe even one with kids that I can run and play catch with after they get home from school. Oh, and with a cushy bed of my own that doesn't smell musty. Surely, there is someone who thinks I would make a good addition to their family. If only they would give me a chance, I could show them what a great best friend I’d make. They take care of me at the shelter but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life here. Won’t you stop and pay attention to me? Please. Being old and unloved should not be a death sentence.
   On this #RememberMeThursday, I want to pay tribute to my rescue cat. Miss Gitty was a huge part of my life for almost 20 years. She raised two other kittens and helped train four German Shepherds. She was fearless and a true friend until the very end. Her pawprints are permanently etched on my heart. We picked each other out at my local Humane Society so I ask that today, you #RememberTheRescue to save a life and change yours for the better.

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35 comments :

  1. no it shouldn't be a death sentence... never... and I hope we can help to make better laws for all animals...

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    1. I pray for the day when we are a no-kill nation.

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  2. Every Senior needs a special peep to love and care for them♥

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    1. It always breaks my heart to see a senior dog in a shelter.

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  3. What a touching post, we so wish every cat and dog had a loving home.

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    1. Thank you! In a perfect world every dog and cat would be loved and cared for unconditionally.

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  4. It is terrible the way some people treat pets. People can be so wonderful, but also the exact opposite. We feel so bad for all those animals needing homes.

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    1. A man was arrested in Texas for dumping his dog! I hope this is made a law across the U.S.

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  5. #1547..bless your sweet heart. I hope and pray you find a furever home very soon..at least you are safe and loved and treasured at the shelter and don't feel scared

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    Yes indeedy the pillow GRITS is girls raised in the South.
    I have a cap too, although I rarely wear caps. I am proud of the quote!!
    Hugs Madi's mom

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    1. It is wonderful to see shelters where the volunteers love and care for the animals until they get their forever homes. I love the GRITS pillow! I had a tee shirt but it finally wore out! LOL!

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  6. My heart breaks for all the animals in shelters. I hope today helps a few find homes.

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    1. I hope that with all of the social media shares and blogs that we can make a difference. It has definitely changed my mind about where my next dog will come from.

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  7. It breaks my heart that there are far too many dogs in shelters whose stories are not unlike Stray Dog #1547 and pray they all find loving fur-ever homes.

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    1. I actually had several scenarios in mind but dogs are always being dumped in our city and it is so sad. I felt this was the story that I needed to tell today.

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  8. So much neglect...when will it end?? Thanks so much for sharing SD #1547!

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    1. I hope that we make a difference in the abuse and neglect of pets by sharing how special ours are to our lives. Congratulations on Rosy! She is a DOLL!

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  9. no animal should ever be treated like that

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    1. I agree with you 100%. It breaks my heart to see the way some animals enter the rescues.

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  10. Awe,,,, thanks for spreading the word on the animals that need homes

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    1. We are happy to play a small part in the worldwide campaign!

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  11. Oh Melissa! this was so heartbreaking!! Thank you so much for sharing and we pray all animals find their furever homes. We are signing under Cody's blog because he has a Remember Me Thursday post too catchatwithcarenandcody

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    1. Thank you, Caren. I usually try to give my readers something to smile and laugh about but unfortunately, there is nothing funny about abandoned animals.

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  12. So many sad stories...we wish there could be more happily ever after endings.

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    1. We wish that every pet had a loving home and a happily ever after. Maybe together, we can make a difference.

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  13. It makes us so, so sad to think of all of the stories like this, and some even worse. We wish we could take them all home! We hope this day helps to bring all those in need all the attention they deserve.
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you for joining in Remember Me Thursday! I love Luke and his story is inspiring.

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  14. We were surprised to learn how few pets in US homes came from shelters (less than 1/3). This is such an important message to get out. We purr that every shelter animal finds a forever home.

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    1. The numbers are crazy! We hope today makes a difference in how people add pets to their family.

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  15. What an amazing post. That little guy and his stuffed monkey are tugging at my heartstrings :(

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    1. Thank you so much! Skipper took this picture at a rescue day and it always breaks my heart.

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  16. What a beautiful RMT post! It made me tear up. So many dogs & cats run out of time in shelters, it's just too sad. I have several amazing shelters to thank for giving me the most amazing dogs & cats: Bideawee, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and that kind woman in Harlem who turned her Harlem brownstone into a makeshift shelter.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. It is wonderful that you have rescued your beautiful pets. You are a shining light for adoption.

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  17. We wish there was no need for shelters and that all pups and kitties were in loving homes! But this is a good cause!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. What a wonderful world that would be! Let's keep working for that day.

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  18. This letter is so sad, yet so true! Thank you so much for sharing!

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