I have been searching for this to share with you all for so long and now that I had given up I stumbled accross it again!!! My sister Del sent this to me and I thought it was about as close to truth that you will ever find...
TISSUE ALERT!!! Please ensure a box is nearby! You will need them ... I did lol
I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home. She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone. She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love . . .Did some person breed her, or did she fall from above.
I've never been a breeder, never seen life through their eyes; I hold my little puppy and just sit and criticize. I've never known their anguish; I've never felt their pain, the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain.
I've never waited the whole night through for babies to be born, The stress and trepidation when they're still not there by morn. The weight of responsibility for this body in my hands, This darling little baby, who weighs but 60 grams. Should you do that instead of this . . . or maybe that was wrong?
Alone you fight and hope, one day, he'll grow up proud and strong. You pray he'll live to bring great joy to someone else's home. You know it's all just up to you; you'll fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've got to get this right, two-hour feedings for this tiny guy, throughout the day and night. Within your heart you dread that you will surely lose this fight, To save this little baby, but God willing . . . you just MIGHT
Day one; he's in there fighting; you say a silent prayer. Day two & three, he's doing well, with lots of love and care. Day four & five . . . he's still alive; your hopes soar to the heavens. Day six he slips away again, dies in your hands, day seven.
You take this little angel, and bury him alone. With aching heart and burning tears, and an exhausted groan, you ask yourself, "Why do this? . . . Why suffer through this pain?"
Yet watch the joy your puppies bring, and everything's explained. So, when you think of breeders and label them with "Greed," Think of all that they endure to fill another's need.
For when you buy your puppy, with your precious dollars part, you only pay with money . . . while they pay with all their heart.
Del sent this to me when I was having a bad time with my Tibbies. The litter got heat stroke because I was at work and didnt realise how warm it was at home, the temp differs greatly between the two. Anyway I took them to the vet and managed to pull them through but one boy kept getting heat stroke even though I left him in the cool... He had organ failier. There was nothing I could do for him, but I took the next two weeks off work and nursed this boy through his highs and lows. It was like having a very sick baby, I only got to sleep when he did, he slept on my pillow next to my head, I had to feed him mash and make him drink from a seringe. I lived with the constant worry and the knowledge that it was only a matter of time. Finally he hit a low he wouldnt come out of I went through the "Why do I do this to my self" stage and that is when Del sent me this. After reading it I really looked at the faces of the other people when they came to pick up his brothers and sister. The pure joy and instant love, and I had my answer.
NOW ... you wouldnt believe it but I put this up on another site (no need to say where) but they were all arguing about how it is breeders fault that there are so many shelter dogs, and that all breeders are puppy millers and are only in it for the money~and they should all stop breeding and the only dogs that should be baught are desexed ones from shelters! (good way to make dogs extinced!). So I put this in a thread just to say "hey not everyone is in it for the money, and when you put that much effort into a life you make sure they have the best possible home to go to. And NO it is not just a 'depressing bit of poetry' its a celebration of their lives, no matter how breif." And you know what??? I made ZERO difference they just kept up with their bull!! So I have put it here so that some of you may apreciate it for what it is.