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A Forgotten Dog's Christmas Poem

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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.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

With no thought of the dog filling their heads.

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 of his chain 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 - with eyes full of tears.

He un-chained the dog, once so lively and quick

Last year's Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick.

More rapid than eagles he called the dog's name

And the dog ran to him, despite all his pain.



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 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!"


However you celebrate the holiday season, may you have a happy one, surrounded by loved ones (including your pets); and may the New Year bring you peace, love, and good health.

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