One by One, They Pass Me By

One by One, they pass by my cage,
They say, “Too worn, too broken, too old of age.
Way past her time, she can’t run and play.”
Then they shake their heads and go on their way.
A little old lady, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn’t belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Cannot justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.
When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my sad face, and I finally had hope.
You saw through the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cold cage.
You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love so dearly, you want me to know.
I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.
I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.
And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you,
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

-Author Unknown

I was at the Capital Area Humane Society last week and was saddened to see the older cats and dogs there. It made me wonder why were they there, how could anyone surrender an older pet that was a part of their family, and how was their life before CAHS. I had the pleasure of meeting a special sweet girl that pulled at my heart strings, her name is Jasmin, she is just over eleven years old ,a beautiful black lab mix as you can tell by her pictures above. She is friendly, calm, wise, loveable, energetic, affectionate, and kind. She enjoyed her walk and walked well on a leash, sat when asked, and gave great kisses too. There are so many benefits to adopting a senior pet. Capital Area Humane Society is full of wonderful exemplary pets waiting for their forever home, the older ones deserve to live out the rest of their lives with dignity, love, and respect. If you aren’t ready to adopt or a senior pet is not a good fit for you please spread the word about these fantastic senior pets and help them get adopted.

One comment on “One by One, They Pass Me By

  1. Cheryl Rice on said:

    Beautiful, just like sweet Jasmin! I’ve adopted two “mature” pets, and they were the very best!!! Nothing but seniors for our family from now on! Their love is the deepest, their companionship like no other—not needy, just grateful for a tender touch or a kind word. Seniors rule!!

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