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Rufuz, my year around Christmas present...
by Ed Matlack
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This picture was taken just after we got him & had his hair mostly all cut off...he looked just like a fox...e

He came to us from a shelter,

His first year had been helter skelter,

His other owner must have treated him badly,

He hated men, growled at me, most sadly…


He gave Rene a bit of a lick,

But treated me like a big dead stick,

Just walked past me, growling & showing his teeth,

He certainly wasn’t happy with me, under a desk he hid beneath…


The shelter took good care of him, but,

It was time for him to find a family & accept men,

I lay on the floor and let him over me walk,

I whispered to him when I did at him talk…


He finally let me play with his favorite toy,

I knew deep down inside he was a really good boy,

We did then go home, leaving Rufuz for another time,

When we got back, he did remember us both,

And treated me better, than the first time…


It took some training,

He has had to learn a few things,

Though each thing he learned didn’t take much explaining,

He was & is a really smart guy,

He’s traveled with us both on low road & high,

Now he has bonded with me, his anger towards men,

He cannot now remember why…



© Ed ~~~ 12/21/08

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Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
dogs and animals are more forgiving than men Ed, have a merry xmas
Reviewed by Eileen Granfors
Rufuz is a love! All dogs deserve homes and hearts to love them. Eileen, Pete, and Nilla (both rescues)
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Rufuz, you are such a beautiful fellow. And you have such a nice master and he does so much for you. Writes about you and keeps us informed of how you are doing. A plus too is living by the ocean too. You are so fortunate a dog now. Enjoy the new Year too.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
So glad you found each other, Bro. Dogs aren't our whole life, but they truly do make our lives whole.

And now Mean Tall Woman says she's gonna call you 'Lays With Dogs.' (It's a Native American thing.)
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
wonderful story--such gifts these creatures are!
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford
Rufuz is a very lucky dog Ed. My dog I found in a shelter for abused animals. She was afraid of everyone and every thing. Now she is everyone's friend and my constant companion. I'm not sure whose the luckiest, me or her. I think I am. Yep, me for sure. Merry Christmas Ed to you and to your family and of course to Rufuz too.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

He saw that you'd treat him with the love and dignity he deserves, that's why he's forgotten his anger. Well done, and congratulations!

(((HUGS))) and love, and Merry Christmas!, Karla.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat

The love you show for Rufuz always comes shining through. Sometimes friendships have to be earned, like his did for you. Animals are such special creatures, I can't understand why anyone would hurt them.

Reviewed by Felix Perry
The bond built between a man and his dog is as real as he cliche about a dog being man's best friend and in this case he seems to be your best friend and you his.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
he has such a sweet face. your words remind me of my Sadie, she too had a rough first year and never quite got over her fear of men, esp those with long hair, son's hair at the time was to his waist and Sadie always was a tad wary.

I'm glad Rufuz is such a love
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