Over on Facebook a friend has recently nominated me to post 7 pieces of music or poetry in 7 days. I took her up on the challenge deciding to track down some new poems and in doing so came across this poem and information from The Many Tears Dog Rescue, based in South Wales.
On the page they said that black dogs are harder to home than other colours. We may, therefore, have bucked the trend having adopted 3 black labs over the years. All have now passed on to the great playground in the sky, their bodies gone but their memories never fading. For me this poem is particularly poignant and I will admit to shedding a tear when I read it.
A BLACK LAB SITS IN THE CORNER
A black Lab sits in the corner
A golden Lab lays on the rug
The golden is called to his master
Where he gets a cuddle and hug
The black lab sits there waiting
Will she call my name
Just because I'm older
I want a cuddle the same
The golden lab is aged one year
The black lab is eight
He's faithful, trusting, obedient
they know he won't go past the gate
The golden lab is still a puppy
Frisky, cheeky, sometimes bad,
The black labs sits in the corner
his expression shows he is sad
They used to play with me like that
We would have fun in the park
my owner would throw me a ball
and I would run and bark
Now the black lab sits in the corner
he is fed and watered well
But the owner no longer plays with him
The golden lab's favourite, you can tell.
There was a black dog here before me
I think they called him Joe
One day they drove off with him
and he never came back I know
The say my hair is a nuisance
It's not my fault that I moult
I didn't ask them to buy new carpet
A cream one that matches HER coat
The little black lab in the corner
lays down to rest his head
It's not till 4 hours later
they realized the black lab was dead.
So please, if you are looking to adopt a dog, do not over look the black dogs and do not overlook the older dogs. The deserve our love as much as every other dog.
I dedicate this poem to the black dogs in our lives who all came from rescue centres. To Lady. To Poppy. To Harry. I miss you all xxx
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