Here in this house, from a pet who has found you

  • Here in this House

    Author unknown

    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

    of not knowing if I'll eat. I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary

    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

    be dirty or matted.

    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

    am ill, I will be doctored. If scared, I will be calmed. If sad, I will

    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

    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.

  • That's very nice; i have not read it before. Of course Zest the superstar in training would argue that she's always starving, but that's beside the point

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