I had never written a poem to keep a request. So when our blogmate nerdsakhi requested me in one of her comments to another of my poem ( I can’t speak up for myself, Will You?) to write a poem about dogs( “ Write a poem on dogs…pleaseee!“), I had to put my thinking cap on. When I start thinking, my writing does a vanishing trick. I can not think and write. Ah, I know! I am not a great thinker. I just write. I write from my heart, with feelings and passion. As you all well know, “when the heart is full, the words are few”. My heart is full with love for my dog Skooby. We got him from the humane society when he was barely one year old, just a week away from being euthanized. That’s another story for another rainy day. Yes, it is raining here today, so I can not go out for my walk with Skooby. He is sleeping peacefully by my side, quite oblivious to what his crazy human is doing. Writing this poem was a labor of love for me but every line I was writing filled my heart with a deep pain. I do not know what a dog thinks but I do not think any dog will like to be a stray. Stories of inhumane treatment to any animals are painful to me. So writing this poem was not easy. I hope the poem ( Tragedy of a Stray: Why can’t I have my own Human) will be able to make you think and act, if you can, about adopting a dog ( or for that matter any animal you love) from animal shelters or humane societies before they are euthanized instead of buying from the puppy mills.