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The Legacy - Author Unknown
When humans die,
they make a will
To leave their homes
and all they have
to those they love.
I, too, would make a will
if I could write.
To some poor wistful, lonely stray
I leave my happy home,
My dish, my cosy bed,
my cushioned chair, my toy.
The well loved lap,
the gentle stroking hand,
the loving voice,
The place I made in someone's heart,
The love that at the last could help me to
a peaceful painless end
Held in loving arms.
If I should die, Oh do not say,
"No more a pet I'll have,
to grieve me by it's loss"
Seek out some lonely, unloved dog
And give my place to him.
This is the legacy I leave behind -
'tis all I have to give.
Do I Go Home Today - Sandi Thompson
My family brought me home cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me, and said I was full of charm.
They played with me and laughed with me, they showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family especially the girls and boys.
The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
They even fought to hold my leash, I'm very proud to say.
These are things I'll never forget a cherished memory.
I now live in a shelter without my family.
They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe.
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.
The kids and I would grab a rag for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bathroom rug.
They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand although I tried and tried.
The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime.
My life became so lonely, in the back yard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.
So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy, and then, kissed me goodbye.
If I'd only had some classes, as a little pup
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.
"You only have one day left," I heard the worker say.
Does this mean a second chance? Do I go home today?
DOGS & CATS
Dogs & Cats
These are various experiences and tips - Diane's experience and advice
Here's our experience and tips:
We have two rescued boxers who were added to our household five years apart from each other. Cassius came to us at age 2 ˝ and Jess joined us at age 5. As far as we know, neither dog had ever been around cats before or at least they sure acted that way! And our three cats had never been around dogs, so it was pretty hairy for a while. I remember feeling both times that it would never work out and someone would have to go.
When we first brought Cassius home we were sure either he would accidentally kill one of the cats (he just wanted to play but he was so big and so rough), or they would have to stay hiding for the rest of their lives. It took over six months to get to a comfortable stage, but they did adjust. And by his one-year anniversary you would have thought they’d been raised together. The same thing happened when Jess came, although she was even more aggressive in pursuing and actually trying to corner, capture or stomp the cats. By her one-year anniversary and everyone had adjusted just great. It just takes time and patience.
Here are some of the tips that we felt were most helpful:
Keep the dog on a leash with you during some evening hours so the cat gets the chance to move about without being pursued. You can also put the dog in the kennel/crate and let the cat roam for a while, then reverse the positions and put the cat in the crate so the dog can see and smell it without any chance of hurting it. (You have to supervise though!) It is a lot of shuffling for a while, but it won’t last forever.
When you go to sleep, have the dog sleep in a room with someone with the door shut. That way the cat can do it’s nightly prowling around the house.
Make sure to give the cat special times where the dog is either crated or on the leash (restrained) while you pet the cat and display affection to it.
Give the cat many options of "high up" places to get to if being pursued. You can build floor to ceiling scratching posts with several ledges, or put comfy blankets or pillows on top of dressers or shelves so the cat can relax and watch the activity without feeling pursued.
One tip that we found most helpful was to train the dog to "break the stare". When a dog is interested in ‘ambushing’ it will often stare at it’s prey. Any time that you see your dog staring at the cat, firmly say "NO CAT". You may have to physically turn the dog’s head to make the dog stop looking at first. You can shake a can or plastic milk jug with rocks or coins inside to draw their attention, or if all else fails whack the dog on the chest with an empty half gallon plastic milk jug (noise but no pain). It’s important to break the stare (and thus the concentration). This type of training should also be done to make the dog realize it should not leave the house through an open door without your permission. The "NO CAT" training may also come in very handy later in other situations, like when you see your dog ready to pursue a cat or rabbit outdoors.
- Cats need a place that is all their own. We solved this by cutting a "kitty door" into our basement door. The cats’ food and water are kept on the landing and the litter boxes are in the basement. The basement is their world and no dogs are allowed. We kept the basement door closed for the first couple of months and after that, we’ve never had a problem with either dog even attempting to go to the basement. Now all the cats do if they are feeling pursued is get to the basement landing and they turn & stand their ground. There are several advantages to having the litter box in the basement (or you could choose one room or a large closet): the dogs are never tempted to "munch" there (which some people complain about) and the cats feel safe so they do their duties there rather than seeking a place elsewhere in the house.
- For the first few months, we moved some extra laundry baskets with pillows and blankets to the basement, so the cats had a comfy place to hang out. We also put a scratching post down there, and gave extra catnip treats to keep things lively
We truly never would have believed it was going to work based on the first few weeks of their time together. However, I'm attaching one of the most recent pictures of previously very aggressive Jess and Rudy, the most shy cat we have. Please encourage your adopters to give it time and be vigilant in their supervision for a while.