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"Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts, which in us would be called moral; and I agree -- that dogs possess something very like a conscience." - Charles Darwin

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PLEASE READ THIS POEM - AND THINK BEFORE YOU ADOPT A PET AS A SURPRISE GIFT!

  A Christmas Pet

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 unchained 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;

"Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONDER and BLITZEN!

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 pet is not just for the season, we had gotten the animal for all the wrong reasons.

In our haste to think of the kids Christmas gift there was one important thing that we missed.

A pet 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 giving a gift! You were giving a life!"

                        -- AUTHOR UNKNOWN


DID YOU KNOW ???

* Trained dogs saved the lives of 10,000 American soldiers during the Vietnam War.

* Dogs became beloved companion animals at least 12,000 years ago.

* Of dog caregivers, 25% keep a snapshot of their animal in their purse or wallet.

* Recent studies have shown that interacting with companion animals (like dogs!) may speed recovery from illness, reduce stress, and promote family bonding.

* Dogs are instinctive joiners, which is why when one dog barks, dogs all over the neighborhood start to bark.

* Fifteen dogs are born for every man, woman, and child in the United States. You do the math. Please spay and neuter your companion animals ... it can be the kindest thing you do for the beings you love.


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Dog Owner's Guide (on-line newspaper)
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Woofs Magazine
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The Little Black Dog

I wonder if Christ had a little black dog,

All curly and wooly like mine:

With two long silky ears and a nose, round and wet,

And two eyes, brown and tender, that shine.

I am sure, if He had, that that little black dog

Knew, right from the first, He was God;

That he needed no proof that Christ was divine,

And just worshipped the ground where He trod.

I'm afraid that He hadn't, because I have read

How He prayed in the garden, alone;

For all of His friends and disciples had fled

Even Peter, the one called a stone.

And, oh, I am sure that that little black dog,

With a heart so tender and warm,

Would never have left Him to suffer alone,

But, creeping right under His arm,

Would have licked the dear fingers, in agony clasped,

And, counting all favors but loss,

When they took Him away, would have trotted behind

And followed Him quite to the Cross.

- Anonymous


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