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A Shelter Dog asks
Published on: July 29, 2001
What is "Time"?
I hear the sadness
in the voices of workers here. They say my "Time is up",
that they have to make room for yet another dog.
My "Time" is up. I don't know what that means, God. I
only know that my new friends are so sad, and the more I
wag my tail---the harder I try to make them feel
better---the sadder they become.
I know I have heard that word "Time" before, but I
don't understand. When I was younger, my people would
say "Time to play!" They would throw the ball, and I
would run fast. Sometimes I brought it back to them, but
other times we'd end up chasing each other having fun.
I remember "Time to eat". My people would put down a
bowl of food, and I would enjoy dinner, wagging my tail
in joy. There was also "Time for your walk". My boy
would put my leash on, and we would go walking together,
visiting the neighborhood and enjoying each other's
When I was younger I thought "Time" meant fun. Or
I don't understand. "Time" must mean something else,
but how can it change, God? Before I came here, I heard
my people say, "No time to feed you now, boy. Later,
when I get home." Sometimes my family would forget, and
there was no food in my bowl.
Does "Time" mean when
my belly hurts?
My people said there was no time for walks. I tried
to hold it all day long-- but God, I just couldn't
anymore. When I finally had to go, it made my family
Does "Time" means anger? Or maybe
My family said they didn't have "Time". They didn't
have time to play, or time to take me to the vet, or
time to go for walks. They didn't have "Time", so they
brought me here.
Maybe I was right... They said they didn't have time,
and if "Time" means Love, how did they lose it?
I do something wrong?
God, I think my new friends are sending me to you. Do
you have "Time"? May I sit on the couch?
Am I a
good Dog, God?
Is it "Time"?
One of the most important things we can give
our Pets is "Time". The time to love them, care for
them, and train them. Animal Shelters and Humane
Societies across the country are filled with Pets whose
families didn't have "Time". Every year, the "Time is
up" for 12 million companion Pets. Do you have the
"Time" to make a difference?