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  Remembering Scruffy
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, February 06, 2010
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Sadly inspired by a true story,

And by Brother Georg’s sad poem,

‘Old Woman, Old Dog.’



“The fidelity of a dog is a most precious gift,

And the bond with a dog is as lasting,

As the ties of this earth, can ever be.”

Konrad Lorenz


I first spotted this dirty matted old dog

Outside a veterans’ nursing home door

He looked so alone, and terribly forlorn

But today, I don’t see him there, anymore


I attempted to befriend this old dog for several weeks

I started putting food and water in the bushes, for him

But he would always rush off, whenever I got too close

Man’s cruelty to abandoned pets, one of our greatest sins


I spent many days trying to convince him, I was a friend

I even enlisted my spouse, and several friends, to help me

But this old dog I called ‘Scruffy’ would not trust anyone

His heart had been broken, that was extremely plain to see


One day, as I approached the bushes near that nursing home

I saw old Scruffy sadly staring up into a fourth floor window

When I gazed up there I saw an extremely old man sitting in it

He seemed to be sadly staring down at sad old Scruffy below


The next day, I decided to visit that old veteran in the window

I wanted to ask him if this old dog was his, and what I could do

But an orderly told me that the old man I had seen, had just died

“He would just sit in that window all day long, lookin so damn blue.”


“And I noticed that you been feedin that ratty old dog outside,

He keeps tryin to get in here, but we keep chasin him away;

My boss says that I should tell you to please stop feedin him,

We can’t have any flea bit, mangy dogs around here, no way.”


Strangely enough, this old broken hearted dog disappeared that day

I searched the grounds for him for many days, but never found a trace

I’m now convinced that Scruffy was the very devoted dog of that vet

And as I’m now penning this, some teardrops are running down my face


I sadly never got to meet this sad old veteran

And I sadly couldn’t help this sad old canine

But I often find myself thinking about them

Their images now, forever, etched in my mind


I first spotted this dirty matted old dog,

Outside a veterans’ nursing home door;

He looked so alone, and terribly forlorn,

But these days, he’s not there, anymore.



©2010, Mr. Ed



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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 2/8/2010
So very tragic, Ed. This is a heartwrenching story that happens way too often....

Reviewed by L. Figgins 2/7/2010
Tragic. Some nursing homes allow pets, but VA hospitals are strict. This has to rank as one of your top 100, Ed. A heart-breaking andc most tenderly written story-poem. This will linger...

Reviewed by Sheri Uy 2/7/2010
A deeply moving piece, Mr. Ed. I had a tough time getting through it for the tears it brought. It helps to think and look for someone (in advance) who could take care and love my loyal Sassy in case I go before her time is up. Thank you. Blessings to you.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/7/2010
Two souls searching for each other
One disappeared the other, is still searching
Thanks Ed for this heartfelt write,
that I am sad to say enjoyed its contents
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Andy Turner 2/7/2010
Very moving and heart hurting story.
It does reflect on modernity.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/7/2010
Heart-breaking, isn't it. Far, far too many stories like this. How can people be so cruel? D e n s e?

Thank you for all that you are doing to encourage people to appreciate and protect our environment. A l l . of nature's wonders, animal, plant, and mineral.

As a dog-owner [or perhaps it would be better to say, 'Being owned by a series of dogs'], I particularly appreciate your passionate and intelligent efforts on their behalf.


Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/7/2010
You have left me with a lump in my throat, Ed.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/6/2010
Truly soul-reaching and moving, Ed. All in all, a sad commentary on this life/world. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/6/2010
Ya got me thinkin' of my losing Rufuz and such. I miss my old buddy & hope he is well, but he is never coming home to be with me again...
I didn't need to read this, it made me more depressed than I already am...Ed (but keep writin' bout this type of stuff, it is you and I appreciate you for it)
Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 2/6/2010
Tears running down my face too. Extraordinary poem and slice of life. So sad these things. Heartbreaking. I have two dogs to whom I'm very attached. Always had a soft spot for animals.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/6/2010
Another chapter chronicled as only you can Ed. Patrick
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/6/2010
the worst part of living to be too old by societies standards. i'm so grateful that the nursing home where my mom signed herself into allowed us to bring one little old lady, cat, to visit the little old lady, mom, in the bed during the weeks mom was there.

they died within hours of one another.

sad the old vet could not have his old dog with him for a bit.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 2/6/2010
..oh my, riveting story of man and mans best friend, the mystery will never be known,,but I have a great notion that they are finally together alas!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 2/6/2010
This is the crossroads of fate of so many, animal and humans, a canine friend we made into a dependend a millenia ago, and the human just recently, crossing the path of misery, undeserved, heartbroken, shunned, forgotten, and finally broken. While most in this rat race have gained much; much has been lost, compassion, and love being the first that come to mind. How can we change that? I would like that explored, so that heartbreaking stories like this would deminish like we conquered the plague and polio,,, etc, think it's possible?
Bless you dear friend! just for who you are! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/6/2010
so hesrtbreaking
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/6/2010
this breaks my heart...nothing more to say..
Thank You for sharing


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