Poem

Do I Go Home Today?

 

(author unknown)

 

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 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 the leash,

I'm very proud to say.

 

These 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 bedroom 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 didn't have time.

I wish that I could change things,

I wish I knew my crime.

 

My life became so lonely,

in the backyard, 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 a worker say.

Does this mean a second chance?

Do I go home today?

 
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