I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all
humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted,
skin that isn't flea bitten, good food
and enough of it, beds to sleep on,
someone to love me, to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes,
your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other
dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair,
Why you do it.
When there is no more money, no more
room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more
room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know
Reminding you why you go on trying
I AM THE REASON!
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones
who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.