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by Ruan Mills Burke

Thursday, April 12, 2012
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A contribution to the Mark Barone awareness campaign for all neglected and abandoned animals


I really did my best to please

And live up to the name of “Pearl.”

I would have given anything

To hear them say, just once, “Good Girl!”



No matter what I did, they’d scold

And beat my body black and blue

Then tie me up, out in the cold

Bruised and scared, I took my cue


I slipped the leash and leapt the fence

My heart was pounding like a drum

Scared and lonely, no defence

Fear of what life would become


I fed from bins, slept under cars

No shelter from the wind or rain

I hung around outside the bars

In hope some sanctuary I’d gain


But then the man came from the pound

And caught me with his metal trap

It felt so tight around my neck

As I lay choking on the strap


He threw me in an iron crate

And left me there, so wet, so cold

The gas chamber is now my fate

My vision fades, my future told.


 American artist, Mark Barone is now hard at work, painting 5,500 portraits of abandoned dogs, killed in shelters and pounds across America, to raise awareness about their plight, and to promote adoption. You can see these paintings on the wall on the website. (Link below) When he is finished, these paintings will reside in a museum. It is hoped that this campaign will continue to raise awareness and reach out world-wide.



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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/14/2012
It's a sad state of affairs, but maybe one poet can make a difference.

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/12/2012
Pearl is a sweet dog. World-wide awareness is hope.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/12/2012
Yes, it is a hell of a bad situation where many animals are concerned. I have Zoe. I treat her kindly. She gives me great comfort and many laughs. She is my only participation in the "saving" of animals.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/12/2012
I fed from bins, slept under cars
No shelter from the wind or rain
I hung around outside the bars
In hope some sanctuary Iíd gain

I just got yet another phone call about yet another abused dog like Pearl, and I hope to catch him before the pound does, so he doesn't end up like poor Pearl. Wish me luck.

And I just got your note that An Act of Dog is an approved 'Non-Profit Organization,' which is very good to know.

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