Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Puppy Poems

I came across these two Christmas puppy poems and immediatly realized they had to be posted on this blog. Every year we see people buying puppies for Christmas to give to their loved ones. How many times have you seen (be it on television, picture in a magazine, etc) a child opening a box and out pops that adorable puppy.

Yes it's beautiful at the moment, but come a couple months down the road, they realize that this adorable puppy is more than they expected (especially with our precious Labrador Retrievers), and decide it's to much trouble. Watch your local pet rescues and shelters in Febuary and March and see that they get overrun with dogs in these months.

Often people get dogs for all the wrong reasons not thinking about the life long commitment that they are getting into. This is just a simple reminder that are dogs are a lifetime commitment.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Christmas Puppy Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With no thought of the dog filling their head.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but didn't care about that.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Figuring the dog was free and into the trash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of midday to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus - his eyes full of tears.

He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last years Christmas present, now thin and sick.
More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name.
And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain;

"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Let's find this dog a home where he'll be loved by all"

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year,
For Santa Claus had made one thing quite clear,
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of giving the kids a gift
There was one important thing that we missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same!
You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain.

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"You weren't given a gift! You were given a life!"

—Author Unknown

Poem number two: The Christmas Puppy

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