Our Pet Column

Published weekly and read widely in The Watch, Telluride Daily Planet and Telluride Inside…and Out as well as this website the Pet Column offers insights from the Second Chance’s pet of the week on a variety of topics.

Merry Dogmas

Merry Dogmas

My name is Benny and I believe dreams can come true. Last night I had a wonderful dream and I wrote it down to share with you.

Twas the night before Dog-mas,
when all through the shelter
not a puppy was yelping,
our minds did not chatter;

Our leashes were hung
by our kennels with care,
in hopes that St. Bernard
would soon find us there;

When outside the room
there arose such a clatter,
my ears perked right up
to hear what was the matter.

When, what with my puppy-dog
eyes did I see,
But a splendid dog-sled,
led by doggies like me,

With a regal furred driver
commanding, not stern.
I yelped to the others,
“That must be St. Bern!”

As I pulled in my nose,
and was turning around,
Through the door St. Bernard
came in with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur,
from his head to his tail,
his wood cask adorned
with an icing of hail;

A bag of chew-toys he had
brought in with him,
and his mouth was turned up in
what looked like a grin.

A wink of his eye and
a wag of his tail;
we knew right away
we’d have homes without fail.

He howled not a howl, but
went straight to his deed,
and took down our leashes
that soon we would need.

He threw open the door,
and families stood there,
with children, all smiling,
and much love to spare.

He lept to his sled,
to his team gave a call,
and away they all flew
as if chasing a ball.

But I heard him exclaim
as he chewed on a bone:
“Happy Dog-mas to all
and to all a Good Home!”

So you can find me here at Second Chance Humane Society where I wait for my family that is looking for a mellow little lap dog who is sweeter than sugar plums & candy canes. Give yourself the gift of love, adoration, loyalty, and sloppy kisses this holiday season – all wrapped in a bow with a wagging tail!

Second Chance Humane Society Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops service San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties. Call the SCHS Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, Feral Cat, or other Programs. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.

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