Twas the night…

Yes, it was a night like no other here at the farm.  As I watch you in your new bed, you are at peace and now warm and comfy, not on the concrete floor without a blanket.  Your dreams have gone from uncertainty to a future.  You are now in a place where people love you as you now can trust people again and always. Destiny awaits you with new loving parents and possibly a dog and kids to play with who will welcome you and maybe even to there bed.

I saw the sparkle in your eyes and the smile on your face right from the start and saw you change from a scared little girl to someone who has hope, faith, and a fresh start.  I watched you the day you came to us and saw you run, actually run with all your heart, just to keep up with the other dogs, and you weren't as fast, but you had fun trying. 

You acclimated into our rescue family is just a few hours, and I know you were unsure of what would happen next because your past was so unstable and scary.  You met new friends and companions and loved each one of them as they love you, but this time it was different.  You got to wrestle and tumble in the middle of our floor and run up and down the stairs when you scampered through the house.  Something you didn’t know how to do until you watched the other dogs go up and down, and you did too. 

You learned many new things in just a few days.  A bath is good even though it is a little scary, but it gets the dirt, shelter smell, and any little critters off, and now you are clean and safe with a clean start, something not everyone gets like some of the dogs you knew.  I will never forget walking out the shelter and hearing the other dogs bark that was left behind.  Did they wonder where you were going, you have seen other dogs go with someone before, and it didn’t end very well.

When I arrived at the shelter, it was busy, and people were going and coming at a quick pace.  Walking into the “dog” room, as usual, I heard the barking before I went through the door and even smelled the urine, feces, and antiseptic before I went in.  A little dog was crouched in the corner with her eyes covered, hiding from the world and everything around her and it was you.  

All but given up
I went into your 3 by 5 kennel with only one empty water and food bowl.  Setting on the floor with my back to the gate, I patted the floor, and you wanted to come to me but was scared.  When you did, I cried.  You licked my hand as to thank me, and I thanked you for not giving up.  I ask God how does this happen but was answered; it didn't this time she was saved.   Twas this night occurs at the farm frequently and every week throughout the year.  To many, it is just another night but to this dog, little did she know that the night before, sleeping on the bare cold concrete floor, was a special night.  Twas the night before rescue…

Twas the night before Christmas and the shelter was dark,
The whole place was silent, not even a bark.
The dogs were locked in their pens for the night,
The staff had gone home and turned out the light.

As I lay my head down on the cold concrete floor,
I fondly recalled the home I had before.
The family I loved who loved me right back,
We'd shared everything from a secret to a snack.

Things couldn't be better at this time last year,
But that has all changed, and now I am here.
I won't see the tree, the lights or the snow,
I'm scared and alone, my spirits are low.

Others like me were put up for adoption,
A new home for me isn't an option.
We've been locked up in cells as if we're all crooks,
We don't deserve homes because of our looks.

While families celebrate with holiday cheer,
I know in my heart that my end is near.
The vet will arrive, the lights will go on,
By the time you awake, we all will be gone.

A stranger will come and take me away,
I'll never awake to see the next day.
As I at last close my eyes I won’t shed a tear,
The fond memories, with you, I'll always keep near.

-- Author Unknown