To Dogger

Beaten and Broken you came to me,
Downtrodden, without a home.

You were left in a back yard
With no shelter,
Tied, with a heavy rope around
Your neck.
They braided it so it was extra heavy
Because you kept getting loose.
But, were you just looking for
The only home you had ever known?

There were boxes for you to lay on,
And I saw photos of you,
Drinking from a bird bath.
I wondered if you would become ill
From all of the bird droppings.
You were terrified of storms,
But you were left there, with no shelter,
To endure some really fierce ones.

My heart went out to you.
I was told that your owner had lost everything
And had become a beaten and broken man.
Something inside of me would not allow me
To become angry with him.
You were dangerously ill
And he could not afford your care
And I have so been there, Dear Dogger.
I knew that most people would look at you
And your disposition and your timid fear
And they would just kill you.
They would not care, my dear sweet Dog.

I met wonderful friends through you,
People who care what happens to the unwanted,
The discarded, the homeless
And the hopeless.
I know your owner really wanted you,
But he was in a terrible situation.
So, I came to get you, Dear Dog.
I committed to stand beside you,
No matter the outcome.
The wonderful rescue that found you
Stood beside us
Every step of the way.

Dear Dogger, you have come so very far.
Never having been socialized properly
You were a doggie
With a huge chip on your shoulder,
But love overcame your fear.
It always does.
Today, on 12/20/2011
We made a huge step, together.
You put your big, soft paws on my shoulder.
You gave me that “wolfy face”
Ears back, with a huge smile
And looked at me as if to ask
“Are you sure this is alright?
Am I in trouble?”
I looked into your beautiful eyes and said:
“You did it Dogger! I love you!”
Then, you reached over and gave me a kiss
And I knew that all of the tears
And all of the time
And all of the love
Had been worth every single second!

A friend of mine once wrote:
“God is in the very heart of rescue”
And He is!

God came here
In human flesh,
With no place to lay His Head.
He was despised and rejected,
And knew sorrow and grief.

Simple shepherds heard the news
And He was born in a stable.
He loves His Creation,
And yet, some choose to not care about it,
Nor, do any of us truly understand it.

He came to save us from this mess!
If we will only let Him in,
If we will only trust Him.

Dogger is teaching me how to trust Him more
By the way he is learning to trust me.

I dedicate this to God,
To my husband, Jim,
Who told me to load him up and come home,
When it looked as if there was no hope for Dogger,
To Karen and Terry Lilly of Freedom’s Song Wolf Rescue,
For getting involved and not ignoring the situation,
And for not abandoning us once I left Oklahoma,
And to all of the wonderful people
Who have donated, prayed and hoped for Dogger’s healing!

“Thank you and God Bless You!”

To Dogger

Catherine  Howell

Joined February 2008

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