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by Mr. Ed
Thursday, April 05, 2012
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A Follow-Up To My Last Poem ‘5, 500 A Day’


“Thank you for your donation, and for being a voice for the animals and our cause.

I have attached the painting that your name is now beside on the Act of Dog website.

Spot is on page 6, 8 rows down on the right. Spot will be watching over you with grace.”


Mark Barone


I never got the chance to meet Spot

I don’t even know what town he lived in

He's one of the 5,500 dogs a day, we kill

Our betrayal of man’s best friend, is a sin


I believe that Spot deserved better from us

Than being dumped at an overflowing pound

As do each and every one of the other canines

Which are being killed, in every American town


After giving all of his love and his loyalty to his family

They eventually decided to abandon him at a ‘kill facility’

As many other pet discarders today now seem to be doing

They said: ‘We just cannot afford to keep him, in this economy’


Like all other discarded pets, Spot did not know what any of this meant

In his canine heart and soul, he couldn’t comprehend their abandonment

And, of course, no one else stepped forward to provide him a new home

So, with 5,500 other left behinds one day, to the gas chamber he was sent


I have now printed out Spot’s portrait, and placed it in the window of my truck

His forlorn eyes and visage, will now accompany me on all of my dog rescues

When my telephone rings and I’m on my way to help another left behind canine

Spot’s spirit and portrait, will remind me of why we pet rescuers do what we do


If you or someone you know must relinquish a loyal pet, for whatever reason

Don’t just dump them at a ‘kill facility,’ or throw them out, like yesterday’s trash

Man’s Best Friend deserves far better than we humans are giving him these days

And I pray that the 5,500 dogs a day we kill like Spot, can become part of our past



I never got the chance to meet Spot,

I don’t even know what town he lived in;

He's one of the 5,500 dogs a day, we kill,

Our betrayal of man’s best friend, is a sin.



©April 2012, Mr. Ed




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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/12/2012
A dog's eyes are a reflection of our lost collective souls. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/7/2012
Oh, oh, how devastatingly sad!
You are the animal's warrior, stand tall and thank you for giving us all the reminders and an array of opportunities to help these dear souls.
Bless you,
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/7/2012
It's a sad commentary on our consumer society where we feel that we can “buy” happiness by spending money on a cat or dog that we can't afford to keep. That and are superstitious ignorance of most wild animals that allows them to be slaughtered and their habitat destroyed for ignorant and stupid reasons leads me to believe that there's little hope for humankind unless we get a lot smarter by being forced to be to survive.

Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 4/7/2012
My heart goes out to these animals. So sad and deeply moving, Ed.
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/7/2012
Sooooooo much Sorrow *Mr Ed*
am praying for an awakening!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/6/2012
"Spot" you deserve more than this..tears Mr. Ed
To his spirit a prayer. Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by jude forese 4/6/2012
quite a sad story, Ed ... i truly feel sorry for these animals ...
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/6/2012
I'd like to repeat what I wrote on Ruan's page: The more people whose faces burn from your poignant words, the better our world really is. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/6/2012
whether it's in a painting, a photo
or face to face there is no denying
the innocence and unconditional love
in a dog's eyes and every day we shut
far too many of those eyes unnecessarily;
please forgive us for we know not what we do.

Be well, Ed, My Friend,

Reviewed by Linda Hill 4/5/2012
So sad! All I can do is pray.

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/5/2012
I wonder should the President look into his eyes, for God surely has, will He have compassion for us, when our day comes, bless you Ed!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/5/2012
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/5/2012
OMG!!! Instant tears!!!! I'm with Ruan....I wish I could take thousands of them in too...if I ever win the lottery....

Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 4/5/2012
It took me a good twenty minutes to collect myself after seeing those soulful eyes looking out at me and then reading the story.
If I could, I would give every single one of them a home myself.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/5/2012
poor liitle guy, I wish to take all 5500 everyday...e
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/5/2012
Oh my such a moving write and the photo of that adorable dog sure suits this story perfectly Laura (Have A Happy Easter)

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Where The Redwing Sings

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