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  Shadow and Me
by Mr. Ed
Friday, May 11, 2012
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“Trust is always earned,

It is never just given.”


R. Williams



The vet contacted us yesterday

It was time to pick up Shadow

We had not yet found him a foster

And, he needed somewhere to go


My fellow rescuers looked at me

My wife gave me her usual scowl

But I soon decided to work with him

Shadow has to learn to trust, somehow


He has been on his own, his entire life

He has not experienced, a gentle touch

He has crouched in fear, out in the dark

Never knowing love, he has missed much


And today, here he sits, in my yard

In a kennel, now peering back at me

I know he realizes I was chasing him

Thinking ‘A few days ago, I was free’


It took time to gain the trust of his brethren

Like Little Jack, Trucker, Lupita, and Carrie

I know it will take even longer, with Shadow

He was thrown out by a human, while a puppy


I slowly crawl inside his kennel, and he backs away

I make no sudden moves, and sit down in the grass

He is on alert now, close contact makes him nervous

He watches me very carefully, his heart is beating fast


And now, here we are, staring at each other

I soon open my hand, and I offer him a treat

He has to think about it, for quite a long time

Then, he very timidly takes it, and now he eats


I will be spending a lot of time with him now

Trying to persuade him, we are not all mean

The birds are singing, the sun is shining down

Perhaps, a new beginning, for Shadow and Me



©May 2012, Mr. Ed




If you would like to help a rescued pet,

Think about becoming a foster parent;

Many dogs are in need of a new friend,

Contact a Rescue Group to assist them.







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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/12/2012
lovely that he finally is safe!

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/19/2012
Huge upside for Shadow. Plus you don't have to chase him now. Patrick
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/13/2012
Beautiful write, Ed; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/13/2012
So inspiring! This brings me great joy, just to know there are humans such as you who care so much about others, whether animal or human.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/12/2012
I love it when you write a uplifting poem. The stray that Beh found was a small terrier that had lost almost all of it's hair from malnutrition. Just like Shadow, she was very fearful of humans, but willing to eat the dog food and water placed out. Beh asked me if she could touch her, and I said give it a try. After about a week, she was feeding the girl, and all of a sudden, the little dog jumped in her lap! Now she wants to keep that stray. Only trouble is, the dog has been gone for two days and may have been picked up by animal control.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/12/2012
Shadows doubt soon to be washed away
when *Mr Ed* cast his shadow near by!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/12/2012
There are many souls on this earth with many purposes, you are the little prince who creates trust and love for these poor creatures

Love and Light
Reviewed by John Domino 5/11/2012
I can only imagine being in this Shadow's shoes. I can only imagine what a joy it would be to have one friend in the world I could trust.

God bless you Mr. Ed. You make a difference by touching many hearts.

It's a honor to know you.

John Michael
Reviewed by Deborah Tornillo 5/11/2012
Your kind heart and loving touch will become your shadow....

God Bless You,
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/11/2012
Oh my how this write touches the heart truly and appears that shadow will live happily ever after what a wonderful story and great job that you do for these animals. Hero indeed Laura
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/11/2012
Your introduction applies so well to humans as well as animals...we can learn so much from them.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/11/2012
I wish shadow were able to write his memoirs to tell us how ruthless we are as mankind. I seldom ask myself "How many Ed. Kostros do we have in this world and my answer always comes up as "not too many!
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/11/2012
I saw the title of your poem. Yes, I was right! You are
giving Shadow your heart in tender care!

Blessings "Shadow and Me"
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by jude forese 5/11/2012
i suggested to my friend in Colorado to read your work ... seems to have inspired her, she's adopting a tabby ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/11/2012
I agree with Jasmin, John has said it all...e
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/11/2012
Gosh, this is so have touched our hearts with this story, Shadow is in a whole new world, and could not be in better hands~
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 5/11/2012
I think John said it well enough, bless ya!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 5/11/2012
romance comes in many forms and this
is one of the most beautiful - a tender
giving soul wooing a frightened orphan

To You, Ed!


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