Rescued Me (ode to our dogs)

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Adopted

rescued

saved

we gave her food

and shelter

and felt her ribs

go away

day by day

she grew stronger

and healthier

and I’m wealthier now

than I’ve ever been

though I don’t have

two dimes to rub together

or a nickel to lend

this precious dog

mended my heart

helped give me

a fresh start

but part of me knew

it wasn’t enough

so my wife and I

brought home

two cute little pups

and now Izzy has sisters

and they spend their days

wrestling and playing

and I’m praying

that they’re half as happy

as they’ve made us

and in these three

beautiful dogs

we trust

and ashes to ashes

and dust to dust

and red dirt remains

from paw print stains

on my shirt

as I sit on this plane

anxious to get back

to the four ladies

who rescued me

my wife, that is

and the four-legged three

Izzy, Lulu, and Pali.

 

Don’t get me wrong,

I love our cats too

but Izzy, Lulu, and Pali

are the ones

who walk with me

when I’m feeling blue.

When I’m in a bad mood

they always know

just what to do

they’re my water

they’re my food

they’re my drug

they’re three

furry

four-legged

balls of energy

and love.

 

Two weeks after

we got Izzy

I stopped drinking

it got me thinking

I don’t need it

I’d much rather sit

in the meadow

with my wife

and the dogs

than on a bar stool

in a drunken fog.

 

I found happiness

skin and bones

alone

forsaken

and abused

and all we did

was what anyone would do

rather,

should do…

we showed them love

and for us

Izzy and her sisters

have gone beyond

and  above.

We didn’t rescue

these three dogs

they rescued us

and, like I said before

in these three dogs

we trust!

 

This is dedicated to our three beautiful dogs Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Izzy”, Lulu (Hawaiian for calm, peaceful, protected) and Palestine “Pali”. 

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