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Portrait of a Rescue Dogs' Foster Mom
I am the bridge,
Between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush,
Because my heart melted when I saw you,
Matted and sore, limping, depressed
Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes,
When you are well, and sleek,
when your eyes shine,
And your tail wags with joy
Then comes the hard part.
I will let you go........not without a tear,
But without a regret.
For you are safe forever--
A new dog needs me now.
A RESCUER’S CREED
I shall be a believer of all that is good in man and of all that is
deserving in animals. I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their
safety and uphold their right to a natural death. I shall seek out the
injured and the maimed, the unloved, and the abandoned and tend to them
in their last days. I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of
life, nor that we walk in each other's paths. I shall bear witness to
the wonder they bring into our lives and to the beauty they bestow upon
our souls. I shall renew their spirits when they are waning, bind their
wounds when they bleed, cradle them when they whimper, and comfort them
when they mourn. I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need - a
companion and friend when the time has come. I shall watch over them and
console them and ask that the angels gather them in their arms. From the
creatures of the earth I shall learn the fruits of compassion and
undying love, and I shall be called the beloved of God. In their company
I shall indeed be blessed.