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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