Sometimes–I Wish–Wish–and—Wish Some More!

A few years ago, I wrote a poem about how I wish people who had pets would learn to care for them responsibly. Lately, I have been thinking of all the dogs we have taken in that are neglected, abandoned, and I just wish that somehow I could help more people learn how to be better pet owners.
These are just some of the abuse we have seen in the last few months.
Severe mange—starving dogs—dogs that are dumped—dogs left on chains without food, water or shelter.
The list could go on and on, but does it really matter to those who have abused or neglected their dogs? Do they know or realize that is what they are doing? Do they realize that they are responsible for a living creature, that depends on them for their needs? If the tables were turned, and they were the animal, what would they like? Maybe a dog house, out of the snow and cold rain. Or, maybe not to be tied up and left to die without food or water. Maybe a trip to the Vet to treat the sores on their body, or to have the vaccinations they need.
I wonder, and I wish—yes—I wish that people would ask us if they have questions, or problems with their dogs. Our rescue has helped so many, but wouldn’t it just be great, if we could see less abuse, less neglect for the dogs out there. Are we making a difference? I wish—wish and hope we are.
So, I wish for more time to educate the pet owners that I meet. I wish for more thought when getting a new puppy or doggie. I wish–I just wish.

Dog who was never groomed.

Dog who was never groomed.

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Chain--on dog--no shelter.

Chain–on dog–no shelter.


Bad case of mange

Bad case of mange


Starving Dog

Starving Dog

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You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

Or a dog for that matter. Recently a little Dachshund mix was picked up after being dumped beside the road. He was so thin, hungry and very scared. The family that caught him didn’t know what to think of him the way he was pulling and biting, at them. They told us that for a minute they considered that he was too mean to try and save. But they brought him to the rescue, and within an hour he was sitting on Chuck’s lap for comfort. By morning, he was giving kisses and laying his head on Chuck’s shoulder. We named him Mickey, and he is one of the sweetest little guys we have at the rescue. So, you see, you just never know.
Another dog, Betty was a mass of sores over skin and bones when she arrived. She has a beautiful soft grey coat now, and is so happy to be here.
Then poor old Boomer, was starving and so sick he couldn’t stand. Lots of love and tender care, and he is the King of the rescue.
So, just remember, that just like you can’t tell what a book is like by looking at it’s cover, you will sometimes find a hidden jewel when you try and look past some of the dogs out there that are neglected and abandoned.

Mickey, the next day after he was found! He is even more handsome, now.

Mickey, the next day after he was found! He is even more handsome, now.


Betty with her new coat.

Betty with her new coat.


Boomer so proud of his new sweater.

Boomer so proud of his new sweater.