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Dear Mom and Dad,

I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. You had me KILLED because I chewed your shoe. Never once finding out what I was good at, or like to do that wasn't destructive. You know we ALL deserved better than this!!.


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I was so scared when they put me in the cage, but the lady tried to re assure me that everything would be OK. Here's what I look like now. Thanks mom. Thanks Dad.


Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge. They even killed a mother and two pups today, so you aren't the only cold blooded, irresponsible human, I assure you.

Would I still be at home if I hadn't chewed your shoe? I didn't know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys.

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Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my
nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.

Would I still be at home if I hadn't brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn't get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.

Would I still be at home if I hadn't barked? I was only saying, "I'm scared, I'm lonely, I'm here, I'm here! I just want to be your best friend. That is all I'm asking!"

Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn't make me learn how. Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me?
You didn't pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me. I was sure the world was a wonderful place when I heard your footsteps and heard your voice. Now look at me!

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I died today. I died because you nor anybody else bothered to do anything to find out what I COULD offer you or another family. I died today because you were too selfish to give this young, ambitious pup the proper care and guidance necessary. You never ONCE asked a professional for any assistance. You never allowed me to be your companion ' only got upset when I couldn't understand your words. You thought you had it all together, but I'm dead now, because you were DEAD wrong. 
    But don't feel too badly, by the looks of things in this landfill, there were several thousand other humans just as insensitive and uncaring as you. I'll be in heaven by nightfall. My hope is that you'll never make it here. This is definitely a place for those who care! My final words to you'' May God Bless You!


Your Puppy

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