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  A Lesson in Friendship
by Mr. Ed
Monday, March 13, 2006
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“Keep smiling, keep shining,
Knowing you can always count on me,

For sure,
That's what friends are for;
For good times and bad times,
I'll be on your side forever more,
That's what friends are for.”


Dionne Warwick,

That’s What Friends Are For




She was severely depressed

She had lost her loving mate

Zookeepers were very concerned

They were worried about her fate


She now sat very glumly

She refused to eat or play

She had lost all zest for life

They fretted for her everyday


Tondalayo the female orangutan

Was already forty five years of age

When a tiny furry friend showed up

Who was both compassionate and sage


This friend cared not they didn’t look alike

Nor that they weren’t even of the same race

But this new friend truly brought her much solace

His loving companionship her loneliness soon replaced


Soon old Tondalayo was feeling much much better

She and young T.K. have been together now awhile

These best friends cuddle play and comfort each other

And this is one animal story that truly makes me smile


This young stray orange tabby cat just showed up one afternoon

In this old grieving orangutan’s enclosure in Panama City Beach

Zoo World custodians soon named him T.K. – Tondalayo’s Kitty

And it still amazes me the many life lessons animals can truly teach


How many of us can really and truly claim

We do all we can for our sad or grieving friends

And some wonder why I love earth’s animals so much

To me their amazing compassion - just never seems to end



That's what friends are for;
For good times and for bad times,
This cat will be on her side forever more,
Why? Because that's what friends are for.





©2006, Ed Kostro



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Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/21/2006
Cats knows when you feel sad, or when you don't feel good. My cat always knows it.

They are wonderful companion. The one in the picture is an angel sent.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 3/13/2006
This reminds me of KoKo the lowland gorilla who adores cats. Because she can communicate, she actually asked for her first kitten for her birthday...and asked that it be red. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves who are really the beasts of this land...certainly not these two in the picture.
Take care,
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/13/2006
and people think cats have no understanding. enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 3/13/2006
Why is it that I'm not surprised? Oh yeah! That we could learn from our furry friends.

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/13/2006
Just what I needed today Ed, a feel good poem and photo, thank you for sharing...
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/13/2006
Excellent write, friendship is truly a special gift no matter what form it is in
God Bless
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/13/2006
Thank you Ed for this amazing write about animal love !!

Great message!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/13/2006
Love it Ed! So good to read when things are the way they are supposed to be. We don't see enough of it, these days.I grew up in a home with a mother who befriended every one and every thing, no matter what they were, or looked like, or had. Her example is one I wish I could emulate! Thanks for another great poem!

tiger lily
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/13/2006
Exactly Ed! I am inspired by this
and I haven't given up on people.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 3/13/2006
This not only made you smile, us too. Friendship indeed is a great blessing when it's true!
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/13/2006
Oh this is lovely Ed, I heard about this, its such a lovely story,

Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/13/2006
Cats have healing & intuitive qualities and are attuned to other mammal's distress. They are drawn to those that need comfort, giving without expectation of return. Angels come in many forms. You can see the sadness in Tondalayo's eyes and the gratefullness of her freind's love-what a pic. I'm dabbin' my eyes, Ed. Wonderful write!

Reviewed by A PAX 3/13/2006
I think an God or an angel let that cat to that exact spot!!!
I once lost a dear dog, really grieved.....
Every once in a while, that dog would take off for the night,come back wet, stinky and happy, I think they feel the call of the wild and just cannot resist every so often. I would not be upset when she took off, because i knew when she got hungry, she would return. ]
Well aft she died, this yellow lab, chased my son home from the bus stop, he didn't know the dog and he and his friend ran thru the woods, over barbed wire fences, climbed rocks to get away and ran till they lost breath lol....turned out the dog was friendly,and followed my son home, right into my house..........long story short lol......her owners wound up giving her to us.........
my point is.........
via my mom lol

she said.........God...sent the spirt of my dog ready.......PAX... to this dog and told her, we needed a dog to love, and she needed a different home..........

and i belive it!

who knows maybe they roamed the woods together, because the new dog...Chabby...aka Chablis was a wonderer, thats why her owners gave her up......but in our home.......she was content.

Beauitful furry friendship poem and story
ty for sharing
pax grrrr woof.......A

Reviewed by Stacy Mantle 3/13/2006
That's SO SWEET! I didn't know that story! Well done - as usual!
>^..^ <
Reviewed by Sue Hess 3/13/2006
you never cease to amaze me
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/13/2006
Nice, as are all your poems of animal friendship...Ed
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/13/2006
A heart warming write.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/13/2006
Tondalayo and T.J. are so blessed to have each other! Beautiful tale of friendship and love! Thanks for sharing, Ed; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

Savin' this one! :)
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/13/2006

The right recipe to cure the malady of mankind --THE INDIFFERENCE AND UNGRATITUDE-- is duly delivered in "A Lesson in Friendship".

I hope this can reach the hearts of many.

I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 3/13/2006
absolutely beautiful! I'm hoping to find out about those two in an on-line search.

Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/13/2006

A very passionate write. There are areas where animals show better performance than man. Being a true friend is one area they excel us. Many many friends are friends only when the time is good. In bad times you don't see them. Thanks Ed. for sharing this magnificent animal character and behavior in terms of relationships.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/13/2006
You weave a masterly interplay of animal and human compassion and empathy Ed, in this endearing and enchanting composition
There are many salutory and defining lessons we can learn from the animal kingdom, where there exists an almost instinctive and spontaneous mutual respect and trust between creatures in the field !
I am still fascinated today, when you see starlings sitting on the backs of cows and bulls, removing the unwanted ticks and vectors from their hides, as a source of food to them, and instant relief to their
The picture is charming, and you enhance your reputation as the Defender of the Wilds !
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/13/2006

If animals can accept "differences," why can't humans? A powerful lesson in verse--thank you. Enjoyed--well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 3/13/2006
This is a wonderful telling of a tale...good moral lesson, Ed, not only for children for grown ups as well!


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