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The Reason (To you, from all your rescue dogs)

 

I wouldve died that day, if not for you.

 

I wouldve given up on life if not for your kind eyes.

I wouldve used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.

I would have left this life believing that all humans dont care

Believing there is no such thing as fur that isnt matted

Skin that isnt flea bitten

Good food and enough of it

Beds to sleep on

Someone to love me

To show me I deserve love just because I exist.

 

Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands

Your big heart saved me

 

You saved me from the terror of the pound,

Soothing away the memories of my old life.

You have taught me what it means to be loved.

I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.

 

I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair

Why you do it

When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes

You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter

Make just a little more room to save one more like me.

I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes

In the best way I know how

Reminding you why you go on trying.

 

I am the reason

The dogs before me are the reason

As are the ones who come after.

Our lives wouldve been wasted, our love never given

We would die if not for you.

 

By Kim Senke-Rocka

 

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