Am I The Dog For You?

Rand Souden

Am I the Dog for You?

I.
Am I the dog for you?
Probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.
My life has not been easy;
Now I'm scared and awfully shy.
Sometimes I try to hide and shake
And sometimes sit and cry.

But when I got to trust you
If you were to take me home,
I'd be there if you were ever scared,
And you'd never have to feel alone.

I could learn to romp and play
With patience and some care;
And if you were ever frightened,
I'd understand, and I'd be there.

I wish I were the dog for you,
But know I'm probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.

II.
Am I the dog for you?
Probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.
Most of my years are behind me,
And in my future's the rainbow bridge to cross.
Why would you adopt me
When so soon you'd face my loss?

But, if you did, I'd give a lifetime's love
In the time that we do share,
And the memories would make you smile
When I'm no longer there.

I wish I were the dog for you
But know I'm probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.

III.
Am I the dog for you?
Probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.
I'm big and strong and active,
Too much dog, most people say.
And I get more stressed and hyperactive
In this kennel every day.

I know I could mellow out,
Learn to sit and heal and stay.
If you'd take time to work with me,
I'd be a model dog someday.

I wish I were the dog for you
But know I'm probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.

IV.
Am I the dog for you?
Probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.
I'm not a full-blooded boxer,
Which, I guess, affects my worth.
I don't know what I did wrong,
I've been this way since birth.

I try a little harder
Than all the boxers I've known
To be sweet and loving and playful,
But, still, no one takes me home.

I wish I were the dog for you
But know I'm probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.

V.
Am I the dog for you?
Probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.
I'm one they call "medically challenged"
When other dogs find homes so soon,
At the kennel we tend to stay,
Those of us who've lost a limb
Or have to take medicine everyday.

But I'd make a great companion,
And I'm really very smart.
You'd find I have so much love to give;
There's no problem with my heart.

I wish I were the dog for you
But know I'm probably not.
There are so many better dogs here to adopt.

Is a "special" dog the one for you?
A senior or a mix?
One who's too shy or active
Or with a medical problem we can't fix?

Should you take a special challenge
When there are other dogs to adopt?
Wouldn't a "normal" dog be better?
Maybe. Maybe not.


"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
- Sydney Jean Seward
 

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