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   This is dedicated to my sweet Oma an aged Dobergirl who spent over 7 months in the Humane Society waiting for a home. The week after I adopted her she was diagnosed with end stage mammary tumors (WHY WON”T PEOPLE SPAY THEIR DOGS!). I had her with me for about 5 weeks when, despite increased medication, the pain was so bad she could no longer rest…I had to put her down. I loved her as if I had her for her whole life. The first few weeks at my home were filled with freedom, fun and adventure for her. She made many trips out to explore the woods, the training building and the barn with the rest of the 16 dogs. She went with me to work, as I am a dog trainer. She will never be forgotten!

 

   AND Saul an old German Shepherd my friend found lying by the side of the road, She thought he was dead and when she approached he lifted his head and she brought him home and we adopted him. He was a great pal to my husband for a couple of years until he could no longer get up at all and we had to make that tough decision again.

 

   AND Isaac another very old and sickly German Shepherd who was abandoned in a back yard when he was about 11 years old, He was full of fleas and skin infections, numerous intestinal worms and bacteria and severe ear infections so bad that a black tar-like substance was oozing from both ears. It was a long haul back to health, but a year later he is safe and happy here with us.

 

   We always wonder and can’t believe that people would abandon these dear loyal dogs at a time when they should be treated with the utmost care and compassion…We truly are the blessed ones who have been graced with their presence.

 

                                                                                     Carol Humberger

                                                            “A Promised Friend” LLC” Dog Training & Animal Sanctuary

                                                                              www.apromisedfriend.com

 

One by one, they pass my cage,

Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.

 

Way past her time, she can't run and play.

Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

 

A little old lady, arthritic and sore,

It seems I am not wanted anymore.

 

I once had a home, who knows what I had?

 

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.

Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

 

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 face, and I finally had hope.

 

You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,

And felt I still had life beyond the 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 me 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 God deems I must leave,

I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

 

And when I arrive in Heaven, 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.


Added 5-20-13

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