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My Shelter Mutt...
by Ed Matlack

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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You all know Rufuz now, but there was a time when he was not as loving & friendly...e


Rufuz was once in a no-kill shelter,

His life there was quite helter skelter,

He did not like men, though woman he adored,

Then along came Rene & I, till then with dogs we were kinda bored…


Walked up to Rene and kissed her on the cheek,

Growled at me, showing his teeth, I tried to act meek,

I lay on the floor, showing him my subservient nature,

Eventually he did understand my desired technique…


Started to play with a ball,

Brought it back without any stall,

Went home that night to think,

Two weeks later back we came to into our family him install…


He was a handful, but very soon learned his place,

So many times I can’t remember that he lost his grace,

Ran away to play with the seagulls, so I sat and waited,

Never ever was he in any way hated,

Now we live together, as if by blood we always were related…

© ed J 4/18/07

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Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 4/22/2007
Lovely my favorite dog Trooper growled at my husband at first because he was scared.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/19/2007
Awwwww..he growled at you because he knew how green you could!!

God love those who care my friend...specially those who love animals like you too :)!!

lvoe Tinka
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/19/2007
Another life saved...

Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 4/19/2007
This is a good thing you've done. I'm glad you all and Rufuz are happy.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/19/2007
I lay on the floor, showing him my subservient nature,
Eventually he did understand my desired technique…

Now that I would have loved to see! And Kudos, Little Brother, for getting him out of that shelter.

PS Has he taught you how to roll over yet?!

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 4/19/2007
What a great is people like yourself that help make this mad, mad, world a better place to live...enjoyed!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by CJ Heck 4/19/2007
Rufuz found so much more than a place to live, my friend. Rufuz found a loving home. Bless you and Rene, and bless Rufuz, too, for what he has brought you in return.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/19/2007
How you say it, Man with Dog....or Dog with Man?
When Rufuz became a family member the status-quo was shot to hell, wasn't it? because you love that mutt like crazy and you wish you could be a seagull for a few moments so you can play without you looking silly prancing around.
Dogs do that to you.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/18/2007
You were Rufuz's saviour, and I am sure he is grateful that you chose him. Shelter animals do make wonderful pets, I know. I adopted my Maine Coon kitty "Cajun" from there, and she was a true blue friend I will always remember. I still miss her now. Beautiful write; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/18/2007

Anyone who adopts a pet from a shelter is a hero in my eyes. Anyone who could turn around a dog's chaotic life into one filled with love and compassion is a hero in my eyes. Smile, hero, you've penned a beautiful one here. Well done. With love, anything is possible.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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