Sunday, January 24, 2010

Here in this house

Here in this house... I will never know the loneliness I hear in the barks
of the other dogs 'out there'. I can sleep soundly, assured that when I
wake my world will not have changed. I will never know hunger, or the fear of
not knowing if I'll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from
the heat. I will feel the sun's heat, and the rain's coolness, and be
allowed to smell all that can reach my nose. My fur will shine, and never be dirty or

Here in this house... There will be an effort to communicate with
me on my level. I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand, I
can enjoy the warmth of the words. I will be given a name so that I
may know who I am among many. My name will be used in joy, and I will
love the sound of it!

Here in this house... I will never be a substitute for anything I am
not. I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves. I
will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I
should be. I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or
stupidity. I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved
by all. If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my
teacher for blame.

Here in this house... I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch...
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me. If I am ill, I
will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will be
cheered. No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful
and known to be of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not
cute enough. My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought. I
will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair
as dogs.
Here in this house... I will belong. I will be home.


Noah the Airedale said...

Wow, that is so true. We loved reading that.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Mom is wiping away tears! That was just beautiful, Falcon!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Amen! That's why our mom tells all three of us, every night, that she loves us and she pets us individually and tucks us in for the night! It's great being dogs!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

知道 said...


happy said...

This is just so beautiful, Falcon! Thank you for sharing it here. LS says she's getting leaky eyes reading it.

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Inky and Molly said...

This is beautiful. We've only just found you but we are already in love.
Your house sounds like our house.
Please come andd visit us soon!