The Forgotten Dog’s Christmas – a poem

This should be posted at all pet stores
and puppy palaces

Author unknown
Twas the night before Christmas
when all thru the house
Not a creature was stirring
not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care  
In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.
The children all nestled snug in their beds  
With no thought of the dog filling their head.
And mom in her kerchief and I in my cap  
Knew the dog was cold, but didn’t care about that.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter  
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow  
gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear  
But Santa Clause with his eyes full of tears.
He unchained the dog once so lively and quick  
Last year’s Christmas present now painfully sick.
More rapid than eagles he called the dog’s name  
and the dog ran to him despite all his pain.
Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen  
On Comet on Cupid on Donner and Blitzen.
To the top of the porch to the top of the wall  
Let’s find this dog a home where he will be loved by all.
I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year  
For Santa had made one thing quite clear.
The gift of a dog is not just for the season  
We had gotten the dog for all the wrong reasons.
In our haste to think of the kids a gift
There was one important thing we missed
A dog should be family, and cared for the same  
You don’t give a gift, then put it on a chain.
And I heard him explain as he rode out of site,
“You weren’t given a gift, you were given a life.”



15 Responses

  1. It is good in this time of year to warn people on this issue.

  2. Great one! And I agree. All dogs should be treated like family. Chaining a dog or leaving it out int he porch with no human & dog interaction is just plain torture for the dog.

    Butt wiggles,
    Solid Gold Dancer

  3. Our cousins bought a house from a family that had a vizsla, which they kept in the back yard. How anyone could keep a vizsla outside is beyond me …

  4. If only these so khalled ‘hoomans’ knew what it was like to be khold, tethered, and hungry…

    PeeEssWoo: Make sure woo khome see what had the nerve to see in MY tree on Sunday!

  5. AMEN! Great poem. We hope for no doggies on chains.

  6. I agree that this should be posted everywhere!

    It’s so sad to see dogs outside chained up or just left in the yard regardless of how cold it is outside.


  7. Hello Rusty, have you seen this?

    It’s a WIN for the squirrels! OMD!
    Rusty: 583 Squirrels: 2 (because the squirrel went 2)

  8. WOW. Rusty I came here to tell you that I left something for you over at my blog, but now that I read this post I want to cross post it on my blog. Is that okay with you? I think more people need to read this ASAP.

    Thanks Rusty 🙂


  9. I’m not a Christmas celebrating person, but your poem was very good

  10. P.S. Hety Rustmeister & Riley, are you guys leaving a gift under your backyard trees for the Squirrels???

  11. Thanks, Rusty. We love this poem–it’s so important this time of year.

  12. There should be no outside only dogs! Dogs are part of the family!

  13. A lovely poem and reminder. Thanks for sharing this, Rusty.

  14. Sniff. Lovely and very true.
    Makes me think of my neighbors across the street who bought a beagle/hound mix a few months ago. While he was a puppy, he was in the house at all times. Now he is banished to the backyard with their golden retriever. 😦 Can you imagine how cold they get? He has no hair. Sniff

  15. Hi, Rusty…

    A great lesson…I wish everyone would learn it…

    Abby xxxooo

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