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  A Tale of Two Dogs
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, July 08, 2010
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“Every dog is a gentleman;

I hope to go to their heaven,

Not man’s.”


Mark Twain


I don’t believe that any dog, is inherently vicious

We vicious human beings, attempt to make them so

The story of Brutus and Rebus, is a very good example

And, theirs is a tale, that every human being, should know


Three vicious dog fighters, had been torturing, both of these dogs

Forcing them, to battle each other, so they could make a lot of cash

When the Sheriff’s Department raided their basement dog fighting ring

Both of these dogs were almost dead - wounded, bleeding, and fading fast


Fifty human beings, including young children, were all delighting, in their agony

Not one of them, cared one bit, that both of these dogs, would now be put to sleep

But very uncharacteristically, a compassionate member of Animal Care and Control

Decided that both of these dogs, deserved a chance, and their lives, they would keep


Both Brutus and Rebus were brought back to health, after months of medical rehabilitation

And, many of us followed this court case, with much interest, in these two tortured canines

The Judge made a most unusual, and a very much needed ruling, in this animal cruelty case

These three vicious dog fighters, had to pay for both dogs’ huge medical bills, in hefty fines


Today, nearly two years after their lives were spared, Brutus and Rebus, are the best of friends

They’re both very docile around human beings, and they now live together, on a sanctuary farm

We, as a nation, have to start advocating for much tougher animal cruelty laws, and enforcement

So that many other dogs, like Brutus and Rebus, can live out their lives, without torture or harm


Each and Every Day, In Our Nation, Today,

Thousands of Animals, Suffer Immense Cruelty;

It is Our Species, That Exhibits This Viciousness,

And This Fact, Should Fill None of Us, With Glee.





I helped to rescue quite a few so called ‘Vicious Pit Bulls,’

After Hurricane Katrina had tragically devastated New Orleans;

The vast majority of these canines were quite docile, and appreciative,

Most canines, if treated with kindness and compassion, are rarely mean.


I don’t believe that any dog, is inherently vicious,

We vicious human beings, attempt to make them so;

The story of Brutus and Rebus, is a very good example,

And, theirs is a tale, that every human being, should know.




©2010, Mr. Ed



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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/11/2010
Love it when something good happens Ed. Wonderful write and cute friends.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/10/2010
i'm afraid the inherently vicious are we so called humans
Reviewed by William Bonilla 7/9/2010
vicious dogs are man made
I owned a huge Rotti Name Of cause "Rocky" weight
at least 120 lbs, was the most gentle giant
At the time my twin granddaughters were learning to walk
in walkers they would take turns chasing Rocky to feed him scraps
he would gently nibble it off their tiny fingers.....
the twins would then grab his tongue and pull on it
the poor creature just stood their with a sad face, not whimpering nor growling...... until they released him.... the big lug that he was just stood there for more scraps.......and some say Rotties are killer dogs......yes they might be, only if trained to do so as all other Dogs in this world
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/8/2010
Sad and moving, Ed......but thank God for a happy ending.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/8/2010
Amen to that brother. Audience participation should be severely penalized. Patrick
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/8/2010
Awesome write, Ed; well done! Starts out sad, but ends up on a high note! Good for the puppies! :D

(((HUGS))) and much love, your freind in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/8/2010
Poor little guys, even those that watched these two fight should have been fined to the enth degree...e
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 7/8/2010
What a wonderful story! You've written it well, conveying your feelings as well as the plot. In January, my wife and I rescued a Weimaramer from a "puppy mill" where she was treated very badly. She's a wonderful part of our family.

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/8/2010
good one Ed, even man manipulates dogs, breeds them for his benefit, makes you wonder about us, we were breed of Gods benefit, except those who are breed by the devil, cheerio
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/8/2010
I love this ~ it is so well written and heart felt, as well as compassionate towards our fellow creatures. Bless you.
Gandi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated".
And George Bernard Shaw said "The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity."
I feel likewise, and your poem is radiant.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/8/2010
Good for the Judge! Thank you for sharing this compelling story Ed.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 7/8/2010
This is a moving story. I pains me to see any of Gods creatures mistreated. I once had a black lab. I loved her and I know she loved me. I still miss her. A neighbor has a dog and he treats her with love. They play a game where he throws her ball but she will not chase it until he opens his other hand at which time she is off to retreave it. Keep telling people if you can't be kind to an animal don't own one.
God bless,
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 7/8/2010
There should not be a ban on breed of dogs, but on a certain breed of humans don't you think? Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/8/2010
A sad story with a happy ending...

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/8/2010
a story of such tragedy then proof of these dogs decency that they now live together
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/8/2010
They are so beautiful, Ed! What an amazing never ceases to amaze me how cruel some humans are! I can't think of a bad enough punishment for anyone who mistreats a animal!!!! Thanks for putting this (thankfully happy ending) story out there.


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